As one of the world’s major commercial hubs, Singapore is a bustling place to get some sensational sightseeing done. The island country in Southeast Asia boasts fascinating multiculturalism: 75% of its population is Chinese, while Malays, Indians, and Eurasians predominantly constitute the remaining. Interestingly, however, it can be said that the country is misnamed; after all, Singapore, which is Sanskrit for “Lion City,” is home to no lions, and it is assumed that the beast first spotted by the country’s founder was actually a tiger.
While sightseeing Singapore is prime for the intrepid — there are 63 islands ripe for exploring, and close to 10% of the city has been set aside for parks and nature reserves — those looking for a more laid-back experience find the country just as magnificent. Five decades of greening efforts (seen, for example, through the city’s stunning tree-lined roads) have enhanced Singapore’s natural beauty, turning the country into a lush and clean locale that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.
Singapore has four official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil), but the country’s common language is English, making it a comfortable destination for travelers worldwide. And what makes Singapore that much more appealing for sightseers is that it’s a very diverse and young country with a noticeable peace about it; the Singaporean government greatly emphasizes racial and religious harmony, so any such tension is largely absent.
Sightseeing guides in Singapore are passionate to impart the true local experience of their culture on visitors, so they will show you everything from vibrant street art to festival lighting, wild otters at the marina to historic Kampong Glam, a neighborhood that retains strong ties to its Malay and Muslim communities. But what you also musn’t miss out on experiencing is Singapore’s food, especially when dining, along with shopping, is said to be the country’s national pastime. The country’s diverse nationalities makes for varied cuisine, the range of which is enhanced by the “hybridization” of each culture’s different styles (for example, Peranakan cuisine, which is a mix of Chinese and Malay cuisine).Read More ...