One of the most adventurous places on the entire planet – certainly the most adventurous urban experience in the world – is the sovereign city-state of Singapore.
On the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula (shared by Malaysia and Thailand) that juts out into the South China Sea, Singapore, with a population of 5.5 million, is, arguably, the most modern city in the world. It’s history, however, dates back to the second century, which is why visitors feel transported into a world split between modern and ancient influences.
At the same time, it is less than 2 degrees north of the equator, so the city also reflects its environmental circumstances: An island nation full of glitz and glitter that is practically dipped into the sea but with a rainforest vibe. On top of that, Singapore includes some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and golf courses.
So, there you are: It’s an ancient, but ultra-modern, hot, urban-forest-beach landscape with the world’s most spectacular nightlife. It goes at a frantic pace, but includes some of the world’s most leisurely pursuits, like napping on the white sand of a Sentosa beach or swatting away at a golf ball with a tropical view of the planet’s most renown city skyline.
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What’s not to miss in Singapore is a long, long, long list that can be made to custom fit any visitor’s itinerary. Singapore has the world’s largest observation wheel – a Ferris wheel so large it dominates photographs in the way the Eifel Tower looms over Paris. The city also boasts of colorful, ethnic neighborhood, like the Chinatown district or the district known as Little India. You like night life? Obviously, you’ve come to the right place.
Where to start?
If you’re on vacation, you might want to start south of the city at the resort island known as Sentosa. This is a man-made island built specifically for tropical rest and relaxation. It includes delightful white beaches, great restaurants and the Universal Studios theme park for a day of family fun.
In addition, Sentosa includes some of the world’s most dreamy golf courses. Get a digital tour of these fabulous options and learn about pricing options at https://golfscape.com/singapore-golf-courses. Needless to say, bring your clubs when you travel to Singapore.
Wildlife tours are also a must-do in Singapore, available in various park settings. The Singapore Zoo includes close to 3,000 animals spread across 300 species, but this is topped by the Jurong Birds Park that has 5,000 feathered critters spread across 400 species. Other options include an exploration of noturnal wildlife by taking part in a Night Safari. After that, try a River Safari to explore the freshwater wildlife of the region.
Some of the oddest attractions of Singapore include the Gardens by the Bay exhibit, a walking tour of futuristic exhibits that might be plants, might be aliens, might be sculptures. Bets are still open. Just imagine stepping into a park that is part art spectacle, part science fiction landscape.
And be prepared to be amazed. On the flip side, there’s the Cloud Forest, which is the Singapore version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. This park includes exotic plants growing on massive concrete structures so high it takes a monorail to view the tops of them – all under a glass dome in a landscape that includes the world’s largest indoor waterfall. Yes, only in Singapore, it turns out.
At this point, it seems superfluous to mention shopping, but Singapore may be the most famous city for shopping in the world and that includes Paris, New York, London – you name it. In the meantime, try the famous nightlife and the famously exotic restaurants, but it is also an adventure unto itself to sample some of the street food available to visitors.
In fact, food is such an attraction in Singapore (and such a mystery to newcomers) that you can sign up for food tours that include, natrually, sampling some of the more adventurous items on the menu if only for a risk-free nibble or two. If you’re the type of person who needs a guide to get you through a menu, a food tour may be the education you need to select wisely from the exotic offerings of the region.