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Singapore's Holiday Hotspot

Oct 26, 2007
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is probably the best tourist spot in Asia. Located in South East Asia in the Malaysian Peninsula, Singapore is the Asia's third smallest country and is much famed as the Island City.

Singapore is made up of the Singapore Island and more than 50 small islands. Spread across an area of 655 sq km, Singapore is a fine amalgamation of attractions such as interesting as well as historical museums, stunning temples, superb shopping complexes, and well-maintained parks. Also, noteworthy is the beautiful, perfumed Singaporean gardens consisting of tropical gardens and radiant flowers. Hence, no wonder why Singapore is sometimes referred to as the 'Garden City.' Above all, the nation is clean and safe with polite people.

As mentioned earlier, of the attractions of Singapore that deserves a special mention is its excellent parks and reserves, including Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is rich in flora and fauna, apart from being home to Bukit Timah Hill - the highest point in Singapore; East Coast Park, a venue to enjoy a range of recreational activities including cycling, windsurfing, picnicking, and bowling; and Jurong Bird Park And Jurong Reptile Park - the largest bird park in South East Asia - which is home to more than 500 bird species.

A most visit destination in the city is Sentosa Island, boasting of incredible beaches, amusement rides, an aquarium, and a butterfly garden with more than 2000 species of insects like dead leaf mantis and long horned beetles. Located within close proximity to the Singapore Zoo is Night safari - the world's first park that has been built exclusively to be seen during night. Illuminated with more than 500 lampposts, Night Safari is a great way to spectacle the free moving animals in search of their food at night.

A visit to Singapore would be incomplete without taking a tour to stunning gardens in the area. The city has to its credit one of the largest botanical reserves in the world, namely, Botanical Gardens, spread over 52 hectares of land. With more than 500,000 plant species, Botanical Gardens consists of four sections: Orchid Garden inclusive of 2,000 hybrids of orchids; Ginger Garden with plants belonging to ginger family; Evolution Garden; and Rain Forest. Also, significant are Chinese and Japanese Gardens, in which Chinese gardens feature traditional Chinese imperial garden with pagodas and Japanese Gardens with stone lanterns, classical Japanese motifs, and Zen rock garden.

Apart from parks and gardens, Singapore abounds in historical and cultural sites. A not to miss cultural spot in the nation is Chinatown, with ancient shrines, decorated terraces, and crowded streets dotted with fortunetellers, temple worshipers and calligraphers.

A good number of restaurants serving authentic, delicious Chinese cuisines can also be seen here. Another great cultural site in the city is Little India, whose highlights are outlets selling Indian items like saris, jewelry, and images of Lord Buddha. A great variety of ethnic Indian cuisines can also be enjoyed here. Other attractions here are the Sri Srinivasa Peruaml Temple and the Abdul Gafoor Mosque, whose architecture is a fine blend of Arabian and Renaissance styles. Additionally, a historically significant spot in the city is Singapore World War 2 Sites.

In order to explore the rich cultural heritage of the city, nothing would be better than a visit to some of the interesting museums in the region, including, Singapore History Museum, Selangor Pewter Museum, Changi Prison Chapel and Museum, Singapore Air Force Museum, Asian Civilizations Museum at Empress Place, Peranakan Place Museum, and Mint Coin Gallery, each of which exhibits a rare collection of Singaporean art and artifacts.

Likewise, on your trip to Singapore, don't miss attractions such as Singapore River, a stroll along its banks as well as a cruise across it would be memorable; Arab Street, whose attractions are mosques including Sultan Mosque, the largest in the nation, and Malabar Muslim Jamaath Mosque; and Orchard Road, a delightful area filled with innovative shopping centers, world class hotels and restaurants, and exciting night spots. If you are looking something exciting during your stay at Singapore, then visit Underwater World, which is one of its kind in the city and second of its kind in the world, another being in Japan.

Singapore also hosts a great variety of festivals such as Thaipusam, Vesak or Buddha Day, Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, and Deepavali - the festival of lights.

With these amazing attractions, tourists from across the globe flock to this amazing destination. Hence, the city has accommodation choices to suit every pocket and budget. It you are ready to spend lavishly for your Singaporean vacation, then hotels and resorts replete with high-end facilities are available. There are also hotels, especially designed for budget conscious travelers.
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