Where to Go & What to Do – A Local’s Guide to Singapore
Quick Update: It’s been about 3 months since I started this site and I’m glad to have pages on topics like Sentosa, Pulau Ubin, Singapore Changi Airport, Transport in Singapore and 4 pages on Katong and Joo Chiat. Also for interesting snippets of life in Singapore, look at the “random, brief blog posts on the menu. The views there can be rather strong but hopefully you will find them a useful and interesting!
Where is Singapore? What is Singapore?
There are people who insist Singapore is part of China, which it isn’t. In fact it is 3000 miles from Beijing! Welcome to Singapore. A place I call home. A tiny 14th century fishing village that is today a cosmopolitan collage of cultures, history, food and fun in a modern garden city which is a model for many countries. Join me in this little travel guide by a native Singaporean.
So where and what is Singapore? It is an island located at the southern tip of continental Asia. A state, a city and a country all rolled into one. Yup, one country with just one state and one city with a multi-cultural population of 5.3 million all living on a tiny island that is only 42km from east to west and 23km from north to south. That’s 26 miles by 14 miles. Find Singapore on maps.google.com.
It’s a great holiday destination with something for everyone including World War Two forts and prison-of-war camps complete with underground tunnels to explore, a world-class zoo and night safari, the world’s first and only Formula 1 night race on a street circuit every September, Sentosa island with a Universal Studios theme park and fantastic food from $2 cheap eats to Michelin star restaurants. A foreign friend once commented that Singapore is “a land of a million menus!” All this is easily accessible by a fantastic public rail and bus system.
Visiting? There are hundreds of hotels in Singapore from luxury hotels to cheap budget hotels and backpacker friendly hostels. I personally use Agoda to find the best hotel deals.
Singapore is an ideal base for business or leisure. With an English-speaking population, almost non-existent crime rate, clean streets, great food, high standards of business and living. Its superb location makes it THE hub for Southeast Asia and gateway to the region with numerous connections to Indonesia (including Bali which really isn’t that nice or beautiful), Malaysia, the Philippines (which has many better beaches and resorts than Bali) Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, China, Australia and the rest of the world. Not to mention that flying in and out is an experience in itself as Singapore’s Changi Airport is constantly ranked the best airport in the world.
Welcome to Singapore! Explore the pages on this site for a local’s take on things to do and places to go that your usual tourist guide might miss! Have fun and hope you will enjoy Singapore virtually and in person!
Feel free to leave a comment here if you have any ideas to contribute or questions about Singapore. And thanks for visiting!