There are a few reasons why Singapore is one of the most desirable destinations for travelers from around the world. The food, attractions, contemporary skyline and tropical location are all part of the intrigue of this diverse island nation. These aspects all make Singapore special, but by far the best part of it is the people. Chinese, Arab, Indian, Portuguese, English and other cultures all come together to create one unique culture. The ethnicities, religions, foods and art are all pieces that come together to create a country that is united in its difference.
While visiting Singapore, make sure to visit the area’s various ethnic areas. Little India, Chinatown, Kampong Glam, and other enclaves allow an opportunity to taste culture at its best – literally. Try the vegetarian cuisine in Little India or the authentic Chinese food sold by vendors and restaurants. Tamil food, which is infused with Malay ingredients, is delicious. It contains an abundance of seafood such as squid, oysters, crabs, and clams. You absolutely cannot miss the barbequed stingray served on a banana leaf with sambal. It’s to die for.
There is more to feast on in Singapore than just food: drink in the sights, sounds and smells. For instance, in Little India you can hear modern Indian music, smell incense and curry and see colorful saris, temples and displays.
You will want to plan your trip around a holiday or take advantage of the many festivals that Singapore hosts each year. These celebrations bring the island nation’s diversity to life. There are holidays like Buddhist Vesek Day, Chinese New Year, Muslim Eid ul-Fitr and Christmas to be celebrated. Singapore also has its own holiday celebrating its own identity. The National Day Parade commemorates the country’s independence.
The diversity of Singapore is prevalent in its mix of attractions. Tourists can shop in the modern malls of Orchard Road or check out the hotels and casinos of the new Marina Bay. If you are looking for a more historic side of the country, try Bugis and Kampong Glam, the oldest Malay district in the country.
Singapore hosts a wealth of experiences for an adventurous traveler. What was once a gateway to Asia is now a wonderful and sought after destination in its own right.