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One of south-east Asia’s major highlights, Singapore can be defined by its clean streets, gleaming skyline, amazing food and luxury shopping malls. But you may ask, “What makes it so unique?” Well, to begin with, more than 50% of this little island country is covered by verdant landscape, which when coupled with its tropical climate, makes Singapore the perfect year-round travel destination.
Founded as a British colony in 1819, this tiny island nation comprises one main island and several islets. Singapore is multicultural and is heavily influenced by Chinese, Malay and Indian culture. In fact the city-state has three unique neighbourhoods, which are influenced by these different ethnicities – Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India. In all three neighborhoods you will find influences and reflections of their native culture.
Without a doubt, the signature landmark of Singapore is the Merlion Park. The park, along with its iconic Merlion statue – which is the official mascot of Singapore, have become one of the most photographed locations in the country. No trip to Singapore would be complete without paying a visit to the statue. Apart from this, Singapore has top-class nightlife and some other great sites to explore. Take the billion-dollar botanical garden, Gardens by the Bay for instance. This vast garden is spread across 101-hectares and with its biodomes and high-tech supertrees, it seems straight out of a sci-fi movie. Other highlights of Singapore include the Singapore Zoo and the Singapore National Gallery, which has the world’s largest public collection of Singaporean and South-East Asian art.
Singapore’s southern coast is home to the famous Sentosa Island. The number of activities this island offers is just insane. It is home to the widely popular Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest oceanarium and also has a few beaches.
Singapore is hands down one of Asia’s most sophisticated places. Almost everyone can speak and understand English, so communication is the last thing you should worry about when planning a trip to Singapore. With lots of sights and activities, it is not hard to understand why it is one of the most bucket-listed destinations in the world.
The island nation of Singapore was founded as a British colony in 1819.