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A vastly forward-thinking city with utopic buildings, a melting pot of cultures and incredible, artistic architecture, Singapore is becoming a favourite for tourists from all over the world. This Asian city is a firm favourite due to its mix of languages and cultures. A good majority of its residents speak English; the lingua franca of the modern world, attracting people from all over to discover this eclectic mix of cultures.
Singapore is famed for its incredible, fast and proficient public transport systems, this means that you can find places easily yourself, discovering each part of the city from Little India, Marina Bay, to Chinatown. Just as Singapore is a myriad of cultures, its culinary delicacies reflects this mixture as you can find food from a range of cultures including; Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, Peranakan, English, Portuguese, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Middle East. Some of the world’s most delicious dishes hail from Singapore including; Hainanese chicken rice, chili crab, Katong Laksa and roti prata.
Singapore’s skyline looks like the utopic future of the world, they have transformed their concrete jungles to green skyscrapers, growing individual ecosystems on the facades. The Singaporeans are developing a country that is both sustainable and green. The Unesco World Heritage site; Gardens by the Bay are the instantly recognisable network of man-made supertrees act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. The mechanical forest generates electricity using solar energy. Singapore is also home to the Unesco World Heritage site, the Singapore botanic gardens, which provide a fantastic day out, meander through mini waterfalls, giant lily ponds, sky-scraping trees and a patchwork of colourful flowers.
Away from the flora, the shopping in Singapore offers a fantastic choice of high-street brands, high-fashion houses, and discount outlet. You could also visit local, independent shops to support the local community. These shops offer a range of products including art, Chinese medicines, Persian carpets and saris.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Year round. Lying just north of the equator, Singapore basks in year-round sunshine, cooled down by occasional rainfall.
Bahasa Malay, Chinese dialects and Tamil (English is widely spoken).
Direct airlines include Singapore Airlines, and British Airways. Emirates and Qatar Airways have great connections through Dubai, Doha and Malaysia Airlines fly via Kuala Lumpur.
FLYING TIME FROM UK:
Approx. 13 hours.
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