Singapore derives its name from the Sanskrit word 'Simhapura', which means 'Lion City'. This is signified by the Merlion, the statue of a mythical creature with the head of a lion and body of a fish, installed in front of the Marina Bay. Although this island city-state is small in terms of area, it is an economic giant and has successfully blended the Malay, Chinese, Indian, English and Arab cultures.
Eating out in Singapore
The most popular dish in Singapore is the Hainanese Chicken Rice, which comprises of steamed chicken and rice cooked in chicken stock. Laksa, another local favourite, contains rice noodles served in spicy coconut curry soup along with shrimps, egg, fish cakes and chicken meat. You would also love Char Kuay Teow, the broad white noodles mixed with bean sprouts, Chinese sausage, soy sauce, fish cake and clams. Taste some lip-smacking Singaporean treats during your Singapore holidays at 328 Katong Laksa located at 51 East Coast Road.
Places to visit in Singapore
The Marina Bay Sands Skypark is a vantage point from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. The Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel, also offers you some awe-inspiring views of the city. Another interesting place to visit is the Botanic Gardens, which gives you an escape from the city's hustle-bustle and concrete jungle. The Palawan Beach on the Sentosa Island also offers you serene natural surroundings that soothe your senses.
Fun activities in Singapore
If you wish to try snorkelling, the Sisters Islands Marine Park would be an ideal place. Besides swimming in the clean waters, you can also sight some amazing dolphins during your time spent in this marine park. Hiking can be enjoyed at Mount Faber, as you are rewarded with some gorgeous views of the surroundings and its attractive flora and fauna. For an exciting shopping experience, visit the Mustafa Centre. It offers all kinds of products at unbelievably cheaper prices.
Nightlife in Singapore
When the sun sets, Singapore transforms itself from a world-class financial centre to a vibrant hub of bars and nightclubs. You can find many executives take it easy after a busy day of work in some of the finest bars in the city. Students also visit certain laid-back bars and pubs to unwind and take a break from their study schedules. You can visit Zouk, which is one of the best clubs in Singapore frequented by 18-year olds as well as veterans.
Accommodation in Singapore
Hotel stays in Singapore are relatively expensive, and are always in great demand owing to the business and sports-related events happening in the city on a frequent basis. However, there are certain cheap hotels in areas like Little India. Besides the hotels, tourists can find some backpackers' hostels that offer accommodations at cheaper rates. You can get around in the city using three-wheeled bicycle taxis called 'trishaws', buses, taxis, boats, car rentals, and mass rapid transit and light rail transit trains.
Festivals in Singapore
New Year and Christmas are celebrated with great illuminations and festivities in Singapore. The Chinese New Year is a big event in Chinatown and you can see glowing lanterns and delicious food everywhere during this festival. Thaipusam and Deepavali are the two important festivals of Hindus in Singapore. Buddha's birthday is celebrated in the month of May every year. Muslims celebrate Eid with great zest and the place where it is felt the most is the Hari Raya street bazaars.
Best time to visit Singapore
The period from November to June and from July to October is ideal for holidaying in Singapore. This is the time when this city experiences the best weather and you would find lesser crowds as well. The holidays to Singapore offered by Lowest2 allow you to have greater savings, which you can utilise during your time spent in the city.
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