If you are thinking of any great destination for spending a few days, then why not chose Singapore. It is not only one of the most enjoyable places for vacation but also one of the relatively cheaper destinations in the world.
The trip to Singapore begins with landing at one of the best airports in the world, the Changi Airport. The airport in itself is something to admire. This is one of the major aviation hubs in the world but at the same time one of the most well organized ones. Transfers are one of the quickest in the world and the three terminals are linked by the sky-train which the fliers can use for free to move from one terminal to another.
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The moment you step out of the airport you will be greeted with beautiful tree lined expressways. You can catch a cab or take the MRT to get to the city hub. The well organized traffic flow is something that you might miss in the other tourist destinations in the Southeast Asia. The overall atmosphere will make you feel that you are going to spend a good vacation in a trouble free atmosphere. But, how to spend the days in Singapore? What are there to see and do? There are plenty to do and see and there is probably every type of places to visit from temples and museums to nature parks and historical sites. One can see all as Singapore is not a very big place. Or one can choose a few if time does not permit.
Nature and Parks
Start with one of the most famous zoological gardens in the world, the Singapore zoo. There are various areas in the zoo that showcases various regions of the world from the Australian outback to the polar regions to the African wildlife. There are also some great collections of some of the rarest creatures in the world like Goeldi’s monkeys, spotted mouse-deer, kinkajous, leopard cat, etc.
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Another interesting attraction is the Night Safari. It is the best way to see some of the creatures in their natural surroundings. All you need to do is to buy a ticket and hop on the tram for a journey from the Himalayan foothills to Africa via Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Get glimpses of the tigers, lions, tapirs, wild boars and lots more on this unforgettable journey.
Jurong Bird Park is another world famous attraction that draws millions of visitors round the year. Here one can see the nocturnal birds in their natural surroundings; many birds from various eco-regions of the world; some of the loveliest parrots and parakeets in the world, and watch some very interesting and intelligent performance by the winged inhabitants.
Just 12 km from downtown Singapore, is the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. It is along the highest hill of Singapore, the Bukit Timah Hill and along with Central Catchment Nature Reserve houses over 840 species of flowering plants. There are many varieties of insects too.
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Do not forget to visit the Singapore Botanic Garden. This free to enter park is open from 5 am to 12 midnight and is home to some 3000 varieties of orchids of which 2000 are of hybrid nature. There are also other species of trees and plants and the total garden area is a beautiful place to even walk around.
Historically Singapore is a very important country. It was a very important British outpost and played a very important role during the Second World War. But Singapore has older history and the name was older than the European influence. For a glimpse of the colonial past of Singapore one should visit the Bras Basah region, east of Orchard and north of the Singapore River. Almost all the museums and colonial structures are in this area. Among the museums to visit are the Asian Civilizations Museum, the Chinese Heritage Museum, Singapore History Museum, the National Archives, etc. Singapore also has some old temples where many of the devotees visit round the year.
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For a taste of what life was in Singapore in the earlier days one should visit the island of Pulau Ubin. It is an idyllic village that still retains the old world charm and one will get a never-to-forget experience. It is a great place to savor some freshly caught and cooked lobster.
Entertainment and Shopping
These are probably the first reasons why people choose Singapore over other places to spend vacation. The nightlife at Singapore is one of its top draws. Over the time numerous nightclubs and lounges have sprouted all over this city state and most of them have world class facilities.
Daytime activities in Singapore can be equally thrilling with activities like indoor and outdoor climbing, flying trapeze, the Ski360 degree, skating or reverse bungee. Beach-side activities include roller-blading or cycling. One can get the taste of -5 degree C in the Snow City, a hangar, where can even get a 2 hour lesson on skiing or snowboarding.
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No visit to Singapore is complete without a trip to Sentosa, the entertainment island. The main attractions are the Sentosa Luge and Skyride, the Songs of the Sea show and of course the Underwater World, the walk-through aquarium where sharks swim overhead. Sentosa boasts of its latest attraction, the Universal Studios Theme Park which opened its doors in March 2010. Another not-to-miss attraction is the Singapore Flyer at the Marina Bay, the tallest Ferris wheel till date. It takes the visitors up to 42 stories high on a 37 minute ride for a great view of the city.
Shopping and Singapore are synonymous. Orchard Road is undoubtedly the main shopping area of Singapore. Almost the entire road is lined with numerous shopping malls. It is also the place where the Great Singapore Sale takes place every year. But most of the malls are costly with a few in between where the price seems reasonable. But also check out Marina bay, the latest addition to the shopping mall scene for some great deals. Bugis is another area that is becoming popular as a shopping destination in Singapore. Check out for some dirt cheap deals especially in apparels and some knick-knacks to take back home.