Stunning Singapore, a cosmopolitan city that became independent from the British in 1965, is now one of the world’s leading economic centers in shipping and banking. There is so much to do across the Malaysian border, from incredibly beautiful beaches to a world-class zoo. This is the year to visit the “Lion City” with its roaring state of the art accommodation, culinary creations and vibrant nightlife, proving that it is so much more than a financial center. The island city is home to the triple tower luxury hotel called Marina Bay Sands. This famous hotel has everything from its own museum to high-end shopping, plus 60 different restaurants to enjoy! The pool in Marina Bay Sands’ however is the crown jewel, the size of three Olympic swimming pools, it is the longest elevated infinity pool in the world.
Much like Malaysia, Singapore’s diverse population offers everyone a chance to experience not one but many different cultures. Temples, mosques and churches, are often located near each other, and the merging of religions and cultures is evident throughout the city's food, music and language. At the Maxwell Food Centre, you will discover a plethora of different cuisines all under one roof. Similar to how Malaysians speak ‘Manglish’, Singaporeans share a common language called Singlish, which is a slang consisting of English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese and Tamil words.
In Singapore, you can easily travel everywhere via public transport; just get a Singapore Tourist Pass for 10 SGD and enjoy unlimited rides on a number of buses and trains. A great place to sample food is on Smith Street, where you can savor delicious meals and local snacks for less than 6 SGD. Other options for great food are Little India and China Town. Also note that you don’t need to buy bottled water when you’re in Singapore because tap water is perfectly fine to drink. Another great way to see the city is by taking free walking tours; companies like Singapore Footprints offer free tours around the city so you can explore and learn about the culture, history and architecture of Singapore. While you’re there, you must visit the Singapore Zoo, as it is one of the best in the world. Undoubtedly one of Singapore’s top attractions, it spans 70 acres and has over 3,600 mammals, birds and reptiles. The entrance fee costs 71 SGD, which includes the awesome night safari. If you love music, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra hosts various free concerts at different venues all around the country, just check their website for details.