on the move: singapore travel guide
Picking up where we left off, this week we are tackling another power player in South East Asia: Singapore. This tiny city-state has become a hot topic since the wildly successful ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ movie came out last year. We’re excited to see a lot more Asian countries get international attention. Crazy Rich Asians was mainly focused on the glamorous side of Singapore society but it also showed some of the other fun things to check out when visiting.
first impressions matter
Before you even set foot in Singapore you’ll be impressed. The Changi International Airport is one of the best in the world. Not only is it beautifully designed but it has all the amenities you could ask for, and more. If you’re lucky enough to have a layover, you can pop in to one of it’s many hotels or spas. It just recently unveiled The Jewel, a complex that connects 3 out of the four terminals. The center of attraction is the Vortex, a 130 feet tall waterfall surrounded by an indoor botanical garden. Aside from that, it has over 230 food and shopping outlets. The best part? No boarding pass is needed, the Jewel is open to the public as well.
the colorful muslim quarter
Singapore is truly a melting pot of cultures. It has four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil which reflects the diverse people that live there. Research has found it to be the country with the highest religious diversity in the world. With 14% of people being Islam, their vibrant history is evident in the city. The Muslim Quarter is often discovered by way of the Arab Street, where you will find the colorful Haji, Bali, Muscat, and Bussorah lanes. For your dose of history you can visit the Masjid Sultan Mosque which has been around for almost 200 years. Then you can pop in to some of the indie shops or take a photo along the pastel colored Haji lane.
bring out your wallets
If you’re looking for something more high end, Singapore has the infamous Orchard Road. It is home to some great outlets, upscale boutiques, and luxury hotels. But it’s fancy character also goes way back. Through the years it has been the location of private homes and estates. At one end is the official residence of the Prime Minister and at the other is the former residence of the President. Drop by, indulge in some retail therapy, and take in the beautiful landscape.
"bok bok bitch" moment
If you’ve seen Crazy Rich Asians you will remember the funny pep talk that Awkwafina’s character Peik Lin gave Contance Wu’s Rachel. The two friends chatted against the backdrop of Bukit Pasoh Road. Located in Chinatown, you can even eat at the exact restaurant they were at, the Humpback. Not only does Chinatown have plenty of food options but you can also visit Ann Siang Hill Park. It is a lovely little trek and will lead you to the last remaining well in Singapore.
a breath of fresh air
Singapore is also one of the cleanest and safest countries in the world. This is in part to the strict rules as well as the disciplined citizens. Smoking is banned in public places and littering is illegal. While small regulations like this make the city very pleasant to explore, if you’re really craving fresh air you will want to pay a visit to the Gardens by the Bay. This 100 hectare nature reserve is a visual feat that has three waterfront gardens. You will have plenty to see and probably not enough time -- which is why you’ll want to come back!
What makes Singapore such an appealing destination is that it is small but has the best of so many worlds. It is rare that you get to experience so many different cultures in one place and enjoy the luxury of being surrounded by english speakers. Let our guide inspire you to visit Singapore and discover even more hidden magic.