Over the past 2 decades, Singapore has metamorphosed itself from being a tiny island country to one of the top tourist destinations of the world. Not to mention a great place to live in!
A bustling cultural scene, high levels of safety, amazing infrastructure and hospitable locals make it a dream destination. In the past 5 years itself Singapore has added numerous new attractions that there’s so much more to see there. We give 10 fun Singapore things that will surprise you and make you pack your bags and travel there, pronto!
IT’S NOT ONE ISLAND, IT’S 63!
The land area of Singapore comprises of more than just one island, in fact it comprises of 63 islands, the largest being the very entertaining Sentosa. Some of the other prominent islands include: Sisters’ Islands, St. John’s Island and Palau Ubin.
If you are looking for a different kind of nightlife – you will definitely find it here, as Singapore is home to the world’s first Night Safari at the Night Zoo. A 35 hectare park, that houses more than 1000 animals, is a sure treat. Along with a 40-minute tram ride, the zoo also offers opportunity for walking with four interlinked walking trails within the zoo.
The very first man-made waterfall was born in Jurong Bird Park in 1971. Dropping from a height of 30 metres, it is known to be the highest waterfall in an aviary.
Singapore is also home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at the Clouds Forest at Gardens by the Bay. A taller one is poised to take its spot at the Jewel at Changi Airport – a 40 meter waterfall surrounded by a lush green garden.
THE LION CITY WAS INSPIRED BY A TIGER?
The Merlion is surely the most iconic symbol for Singapore. Legend has it that that the Sumatran prince spotted a creature that looked like a lion. Singapore got its name from that sight – Singapura, meaning City of Lions in Sanskrit. However, there is not evidence of lions being native to Singapore, and the creature may have actually been a tiger. Oops!
Travel to Singapore and you are sure to hear ‘leh’ and ‘la’ as part of conversations. Singlish is widely spoken in Singapore and is a collection of colloquial catchphrases, which has been created on account of the multiculturalism widely prevalent in Singapore.
F1 NIGHT RACE
Singapore is known to be the pioneer of the F1 Night Race. It’s been held every year since 2008 and is an entertainment extravaganza for all those who visit. From racing to concerts to entertainment activities for adults and kids alike, it’s nothing like anything else. The star of the show – The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix sets a record for being the world’s first ever Formula 1 Night Race.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The Singapore Botanic Gardens, more than 150 years was just awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 and is a sure treat to visit. Spread over 74-hectares, the gardens are home to over 1000 plan varieties. It also offers venues for hire, to celebrate special occasions, and a string of restaurants and cafes that offer global cuisines.
Singapore – also known as the city of skyscraper, is one of the greenest cities in the world. More than half of the land area is covered in greenery. Talk about progressing without disturbing Mother Nature!
There are so many different things that you can do in Singapore. From exploring the unique cultures at China Town, Little India and Kampong, there is a lot more!
Besides the history-rich Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India cultural districts, there is so much more you can see and do in Singapore like Gardens by the Bay, Universal Studios, Sentosa Island, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Flyer, Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and lots, lots more!
CELEBRATE IN SINGAPORE
You will always find a reason to celebrate in Singapore! From major festivals to art events to cultural fests, the city is always buzzing with activities. All of them are multi-cultural, extremely well organized and very secure. From marina-facing restaurants and hotels to celebrations aboard luxury cruise liners – you have all the choices in the world!
So what are you waiting for? Whether it’s a short getaway, a cruise holiday or a long-haul stay, Singapore is perfect! Just tell us what you like and we will have the rest sorted!