I had decided to visit Singapore on a whim. I was traveling to Indonesia for 4 weeks with the plans of visiting a friend in Jakarta before embarking on a month long backpacking trip through this incredible country. Singapore was so close, I’d always wanted to visit and with flights from Singapore to Jakarta costing next to nothing it was an easy decision. And I have to say it was the best decision I ever made! I’ve fallen head over heals in love with this amazing city/country and here’s why.
The Green Space
Often called “The Garden City” or “City In A Garden”, Singapore is just that. Filled with green space, parks, and jungle walks, this city really doesn’t feel much like a city at all. City planners and architects have gone to great lengths to include gardens and green space in their designs.
Just look at the wonderful Gardens By The Bay. In order to cool the two massive bio-domes, they had to build exhaust furnaces. Instead of dealing with the industrial eye sores, they turned the furnaces into the world famous Super Trees and covered them in lush vegetation. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!
If you’re feeling like you need a break form the city head to MacRitchie Reservoir Park and take a walk through the jungle. I couldn’t believe that there was an actual jungle located right in Singapore (complete with monkey’s)!
The Incredible Architecture
The buildings here will make your jaw drop. The incredible ingenuity and skill involved in constructing some of Singapore’s most iconic buildings is awe-inspiring. I’ve started telling my friends that if you want to see what the future looks like, go to Singapore.
Oh where to start?! First I went to the amazing Sky Deck on the top of the incredible Marina Bay Sands Hotel (talk about amazing architecture!) and soaked up the view from 57 stories up. The open air sky deck is located over Tower 3 (there are 3 separate towers that make up this crazy hotel) and you have views in every. Perfect for watching the sunset.
I also made my way 63 stories up to the highest Alfresco Bar in the world called 1-Altitude (the name seems fitting) and enjoyed the cities signature drink, the Singapore Sling. Viewing this incredible city all lite up and looking so pretty was definitely a highlight for me!
The Diverse Culture
Want to get a taste of China? No problem, head to Chinatown. Want to stop by India for some curry and Naan? Great, head to Little India. How about the middle east, I’ve always wanted to go there! Sure, head to Arab Street.
Singapore is a complete and utter mix of cultures and just stepping into one of the little cultural neighborhoods feels like the genuine article. Honestly, when I stopped by Little India to grab some lunch one day, I could have sworn I was back in India (minus the cows wandering the streets).
This one goes hand in hand with the culture. Head to any one of these cultural areas and you’ll find authentic food. Even just wandering through the main tourists area around Marina Bay, you’ll have your choice of authentic Thai, Chinese, Singapore, Lebanese, Turkish or Indian food just to name a few. It drove me crazy that I could’t try everything and I felt that I’d need to spend a year in this city just to eat my way through all the different foods! Warning to foodies: Make sure you’re hungry!
I’m in love with this city and so glad that I made the time to spend a few days exploring. There’s so much to see and do! I believe that Singapore really can please everyone due its diverse nature and mix of cultures. If you ever get the chance, visit Singapore!