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For several decades, the tiny city-state of Singapore has been a commercial hub of Southeast Asia, and it is also considered to be one of the most prosperous nations in the world. Over the years, it has also developed itself as a premium family tourism destination. Amusement, relaxation, and shopping go hand in hand in Singapore. So, let’s figure out the best way to explore Singapore and learn about the attractions that must not be missed.
When to Visit Singapore?
It is a good idea to plan your trip during various festivals to get a full view of its various ethnic groups. As a modern and cosmopolitan city, Singapore celebrates the New Year’s Eve with gusto. For a more traditional touch, you can choose February when the Chinese New Year is celebrated. However, shops and restaurants owned by the Chinese majority might be closed during this time, so you should keep that in mind. You can consider other Chinese festivals, too, such as the Dragon Boat Festival in June or the Hungry Ghost Festival in August when Chinatown comes alive. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights around October or November, is also a good option to experience an entirely different culture.
How to Stay Within the budget?
Singapore is generally known to be expensive. However, it is not impossible to find affordable hotels in Singapore, too, and if you plan well, other expenses can also be managed within a reasonable limit. For instance, you can try out the famous street food or Hawker foods that are much cheaper. Similarly, some of the Singapore Museums offer free admissions on certain public holidays. So, you just have to time your visit perfectly.
Roaming Around Singapore
Singapore has an excellent public transport system. If you are planning to stay for a longer duration or intend to return soon, you can get an EZ Link Card, which is a smart card that can be used in both MRT trains and City Buses. You can keep the value stored, and you also get a 15% discount if you use the same card. Taxis are also available, but it may be hard to get one during peak hours. For a more exotic experience, try a trishaw (sort of a tricycle) ride in Chinatown.
What Not to Miss?
Singapore is a paradise for nature lovers. The Singapore Zoo is one of the best maintained zoos in the world where you can literally share a meal with the orangutans. If you still crave for more natural environs, just visit the Jurong Bird Park where they are not caged but allowed to live in carefully recreated aviaries resembling their actual habitats. You can also take the Night Safari to encounter wild animals in their natural habitat.
In order to get acquainted with the history and heritage of Singapore, pay a visit to the iconic Merlion Park, the Singapore History Museum, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Finally, you can wrap up your trip with a visit to the nearby Sentosa Island where you can soak in some sun on the beach and spoil yourself at the spas and restaurants.