Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, this dynamic city-state is the perfect cocktail of culture, cruising, arts and architecture. This global financial centre with a tropical climate and multicultural population is passionately working towards its dream of a ‘City in a Garden’.
Getting around Singapore is a fairly rapid affair, thanks to one of the world’s most efficient and widespread public transport systems.[ReadMoreMob] Its colonial core centres on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, and its multitude of Corinthian columns. The 19th century red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown, allegedly houses one of Buddha's teeth.
The concrete that once dominated the city skyline is slowly being replaced by ‘green skyscrapers’, which look more like living ecosystems than office buildings. Visitors stepping out of the centre will find walking trails, treetop bridges, indigenous wildlife and the city's green jewel, the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Singapore Botanic Gardens.[ReadMore]
A tantalizing selection of food sold from street markets is dotted around the city. Food is taken very seriously: from cheap street fare to Michelin-starred dining, Singaporean foodies will happily queue for it. Of course, for sheer elegance, nothing beats a Singapore Sling in the Raffles Hotel.
Singapore has always drawn visits from a variety of sea craft. Merchants of every race, colour and faith were quickly drawn to the island, and by 1911, Singapore’s population comprised of 48 races, speaking 54 languages. Malay is now the official language.
Gardens by the Bay
The multi-award winning Gardens by the Bay spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land. Inspired by an orchid, Bay Garden South resembles Singapore’s national flower, Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’. The famous Supertree structures are tree-shaped vertical gardens between nine and 16 storeys tall. Walk on the suspended walkway between two Supertrees to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the gardens. In the evening, catch the sky show of choreographed lights and sounds at the Garden Rhapsody amidst the Supertrees. Over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses recreate chilly mountain climates. Unique to Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest. Within the enclosed compound, a 35-metre tall mountain is veiled in mist and covered in lush vegetation amidst the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort known for transforming Singapore’s city skyline. It comprises three 55-storey towers of extravagant hotel rooms and luxury suites equipped with personal butler service. It’s architecture is completed by the Sands SkyPark which crowns the three towers. The SkyPark offers 360-degree views of Singapore from the observation deck.
There doesn’t seem to be an official recipe for one of these long drink cocktails, but it is generally accepted that the ‘original‘ contains gin, cherry brandy and pineapple juice, among other mixers. A Maraschino cherry can often be seen as a garnish.