5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Singapore
Commonly known as the Little Red Dot, Singapore is known for the big things it has to offer. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit Singapore.
1. The Different Cultures
As a racially harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of culture and Heritage, Singapore celebrates many festivals throughout the year.
Starting the year with Chinese New Year (usually between January – February), you can join the crowd in the island-wide celebrations. Favourite places to visit this time of the year are Chinatown and Bugis Street.
In June, Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Puasa, a religious holiday where they feast after a month-long fast. If visiting, take a try at local street food when visiting the annual Geylang Serai Ramadhan Bazaar. Popular must-try dishes include: Chilli Crab Churros, Durian and Jackfruit Bombs, and Chocolate Kebab.
Towards the end of the year, celebrate the festival of lights, Deepavali, with the local Hindus. Explore Little India where you can get an intricately patterned Henna Tattoo, or sample a delicious curry with fresh Roti Prata (dough flat bread).
2. The Local Delights
Singaporeans love their food. Be it hawker stalls or restaurants, they are always queuing for must-try outlets. Join the locals in a snacking queue to feast on authentic local must-tries, you’ll be amazed at what you can find.
3. All-Year Shopping Destination
Singapore can be known as a Shopaholic’s Haven with malls at every corner of the country. Roam along the iconic shopping district of Orchard Road, where you can find the massive 4-level H&M building, Sephora, or Uniqlo outlets. Bargain for affordable fashion statements at Bugis Street, or explore quirky boutique stores of Haji Lane. Not forgetting the “mini Orchard Road” at Jurong East, with 4 malls different malls to explore: JCube, JEM, Westage, and IMM.
What’s shopping without a MEGA island-wide sale? Visit mid-year to enjoy great discounts with the Great Singapore Sale. From June till August, enjoy massive sales and additional perks when you shop! Shopping surely does not get any better than this in Singapore.
4. The Arts Scene
The growing arts culture in Singapore is one that you cannot miss. Appreciate artistic and creative talents with festivals like Art Week and the Singapore Writers Festival, or party at mega music festivals like Laneway Festival, Neon Lights and Ultra Music Festival.
5. The Quaint Neighbourhoods
Not up for crowded places? Visit the quaint neighbourhoods in Singapore where you will experience a fusion of traditional heritage and modernity.
Built in the 1920s, Tiong Bahru is the oldest housing estate of the city-state. Wander about the estate and explore Singapore’s café and pub culture while exploring the hidden spots of nostalgia in street corners or housing blocks.
Scout the distinct Chinese cultural elements and heritage shophouses of Chinatown, which have also drawn much interest of trendy business, resulting in a gentrification and rush of new energy to the neighbourhood.