Tourism in Singapore

Tourism in Singapore

Singapore as a melting pot of different cultures 
Singapore is vibrant economy and an attractive tourist destination.  Located on the southern tip of Malaysian Peninsula, it’s formed of 59 islands.  With around 5 million people as its inhabitants, Singapore is one of the four Asian Tigers, and a major business center in the entire Southeast Asian region.  It has been one of the most modern cities in the world for many decades now.  It assimilates various cultures such as Chinese, Malay, Indian, Arab, and English.  The amazing ethnic diversity makes it one of the best tourist destinations for shopping, sightseeing and culinary delight. 

Singapore as a tourist attraction
Traditional festivals and holidays of different ethnic populations in Singapore are celebrated round the year and make it an appealing tourist destination. The island state, which is located one degree north of equator, is the haven of luxury hotels. Singapore has a special appeal because its government is highly efficient and focused towards development.  It has created a name for itself in the world of tourism and trade.  People prefer to visit and work in Singapore because of its administrative excellence and quality of life.  The capital Singapore is located on an island, which is just one third of the main island of the state.

Singapore Amusement Parks
Singapore as a tourist destination has many attractions including its amusement parks, which are meant for fun with family and friends.  At eating joints, you can have some of the most amazing cuisines from around the world.

Art galleries
Singapore competes with Hong Kong and other leading cities of the world as a center of art. It has a lot of prominent galleries, where you can unwind yourself.

Parks and gardens
With around 50 parks, gardens and nature reserves based on Chinese and Malay themes, Singapore is an ultimate destination for nature tourism.      

Night Safari Tour
Night Safari Tour is the best way to explore wildlife at the night zoo.  It has around 1000 animals with 140 species representing various geographic regions in the world. You can explore this tropical forest either by tram or just on foot.

Sentosa thrills
Sentosa offers amazing adventure sports, dining and recreational facilities. You can also enjoy a cable car ride to reach Sentosa Island. It offers a kaleidoscopic view of Singapore skyline. You can also explore the history of Singapore since World War II in Sentosa. Explore the underwater world in the grand Oceanarium and enjoy a sensational show of music and Lights the ‘Songs of the Sea Show’.

Universal Studios
Your visit to Singapore is incomplete without spending a day at Universal Studio. It’s a movie theme park offering various related attractions.

Shopping malls
A visit to Singapore is incomplete without visiting its shopping malls. 
Some of the must vist shopping malls in Singapore are:
TANGS Orchard, Wisma Atria, ION Orchard, Bugis Junction, FestiveWalk™ at Resorts World™ Sentosa, Changi Airport Mall Singapore, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®, Suntec City Mall, Marina Square, Mandarin Gallery(designer boutiques), Funan Digitalife Mall ( for gadget enthusiasts), 313@somerset at Orchard Road belt, Park Mall with cafes and restaurants, Paragon for designer and luxury items, Palais Renaissance for international brand and dining facilities, Orchard Central (the tallest mall of Singapore) Ngee Ann City at Orchard Road, Mustafa Centre with bustling crowds (known as little India), Knightsbridge at Orchard Road, and Joo Chiat Complex  for Malay Textiles and crafts.   

Birds Park in Singapore

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park was inaugurated in 1971 and it is the biggest bird park in the entire Asia.  It is spread over an area of 20 hectare along the hillside.  It houses more than 400 species and a total of 5000 birds.  This park is primarily aimed at conservation an exhibition of birds maintaining their natural habitats.  These natural habitats are inspired from different parts of the world, where these species of the birds are brought from.
This bird park provides ample exposure and knowledge of the avian world to the wildlife enthusiasts through different activities such as interactive encounters, bird feeding, bird shows, and other global events that attract around 1 million visitors every year.

Highlights:

Jurong Bird Park also houses the largest lory flight aviary, which is spread over 3000 sq mt and is around nine stories high.  You can walk in to his aviary which has 15 colorful species of lory and get the opportunity to feed these beautiful birds.
The other highlights of this Bird Park are Macaw Island, Penguin Coast, the hornbill and toucan exhibit, Heliconia Repository, African Waterfall Aviary and Flamingo Lake.  This is one of the rarest bird parks in the entire Asia, which has an avian hospital.  It also has a breeding and research Institute that takes care of the welfare and promulgation of birdlife, with special emphasis on rescued birds. 
Birdz of Play, is meant for children for fun and play.  It is a place that they can enjoy splashing in wet and dry zones.

Singapore Zoo

It is consistently been ranked as one of the most beautiful places in the world for many decades as far as the settings and ambience is concerned, where you can spot freely roaming animals in their natural habitats.  It is spread over more than 25 hectares and houses more than 3000 animals and 350 species.

In 2008, Singapore Zoo was awarded the Singapore Tourism Award, for the ninth time as the best place for leisure experience.
As a major tourist attraction, Singapore Zoo attracts around 2 million visitors per year.  With enhanced service quality and offers, this is truly a world class tourist attraction.

Highlights:

Singapore Zoo has many attractions which are unique in the world, such as the free ranging orangutan habitat, which charismatic apes.  You will find these apes in their natural surroundings here and experience proximity with these species on a raised boardwalk.
The other attractions of these new include the Elephants of Asia, Australian Outback, the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia and Fragile Forest.  These natural habitats offer very good educational experience.

Changi Beach Coastal Walk.

If you want to enjoy the beautiful view of the coastline, you should enjoy the boardwalk at the western end of Changi Point.  Changi Point area is popular for clubs and holiday chalets scattered along the beach.

To reach the point, where you can start the boardwalk, you can take a bus and get down at the interchange.  Or else, if you’re coming by car, you can park it at the ferry terminal, which has a local name Lorong Bekukong.  The start point of the walk is a sign “Changi Point’s Coastal Walk”.

The boardwalk is 2km long and you can walk at any time you want.To enjoy it, you can wear comfortable shoes, so that you can stroll without any hassle on the scenic way.Previously, the coastline was bare and boring, but here stands a well lit boardwalk with the natural surroundings.

This boardwalk can be divided into six distinct parts:  
Sailing Point Walk, Kelong Walk, Cliff Walk, Creek Walk, Beach Walk, and Sunset Walk.
Beginning with Changi Creek in the east, it passes along the western rocky coast, which is near to Changi Beach Club.  Finally, the coastal walk finishes at Changi Point.  You will also pass through Loyang Park Connector this way.The authorities have tried their best to retain the natural ambience and the rustic look of the place.  It has been designed in such a way that the flora and fauna merge with the design of the boardwalk.

How to get there?
By Car:
Destination: Changi Village
If you’re coming by car you can park it at the public car park.  The public parking is opposite to Changi Ferry Point Terminal.  You can enter the boardwalk area either through Netheravon Road or Changi Village Road.
By Bus:
Destination: Changi Village Bus Terminal
You can take bus number two or bus number 29 from Bedok or from Tampines MRT Station respectively.  Bus number two can also be taken from Tanah Merah MRT Station.
Destination:  Telok Paku Road or Loyang Avenue
You can take bus No. 9, 19 or 89 from Simei or Tanah Merah MRT Station, Tampines MRT Station and Pasir Ris MRT Station respectively.

Highlights of the boardwalk

•It is a scenic walk along the beach in an area which is full of Flora and fauna
•It is full of greenery and coastal-plants
•It offers amazing views of the coastline

The different sections of the boardwalk are described below:
Creek Walk (280m)
The coastline here is full of bumboats used to ferry people between the islands.  Crabs and sea stars are also visible here.

Beach Walk (660m)
During the walk along the clean beach, you will find many things that will refresh your mood.  You will discover many rare flower plants here.  Maiden’s Jealousy is one of the most common plants here with bright yellow flowers.

Sailing Point Walk (600m)
This particular area of the beach provides a panoramic view of yachts anchored along the beach.  Sailboats go here and there from this part of the boardwalk.

Cliff Walk (180m)
This part of the boardwalk reminds you of a lush green forest right next to the passage.

Kelong Walk (200m)
This part of the boardwalk is the heaven for people who love fishing.  There are several pavilions, where you been enjoy fishing and sightseeing.

Sunset Walk (120m)
This part of the boardwalk allows you an exemplary view of the sunset at the extreme end of Changi Point.  It is perfect for romantic excursions.

10 Tips to Save Money in Singapore

It’s not that visiting Singapore is always a nightmare for the middle class. There are ways you can travel Singapore and enjoy your vacations out there on a budget. Some people spend just around three or four days in Singapore as they have heard the stories that Singapore is a very expensive country for holidaying and therefore they miss on many important and entertaining things.

1. Buy a transportation card: It’s wise to buy a Singapore transportation card rather than buying bus and train tickets separately, which quickly pile up.

EZ-Link card is the best way to save money on transportation in Singapore, as it costs just S$15 and has nearly the same amount as credit. You can recharge it at various MRT stations and marts. It will also save you a lot of hassle buying tickets at metro stations.  This card is used at all the modes of public transport such as MRT, LRT and buses. It is charged according to the distance travelled rather than on station to station flat rates. All you have to do is to tap the card on the magnetic reader inside the buses and at entry and exit points at MRT.

2. Avoid the Singapore Tourist Pass: It’s slightly expensive than EZ-Link card, but you can ride a number of times on public transport using this Pass. But, as the cost of this Pass is S$18, you have to travel at least five times to just break even the cost. If you are not travelling that frequently, you are wasting money on this Pass.

3. Drink Tap Water: Try drinking tap water in Singapore, it’s safe to drink. So, don’t waste your money on packaged water, instead have a water bottle and refill it every time you find a tap.

4. Eat at Food Courts: Food is extremely cheap at food courts and it is available at hawker stalls as well. You get quality food in these courts in as little as S$5. If you are okay with Chinese soups and noodles, the cost is even lower at $3.  Food is always expensive at standalone restaurants and hotels and you can find food courts almost everywhere, the ground floors of high rise buildings and Chinatown etc. You can also try affordable food at places such as Lau Pa Sat food center etc.

5. Avoid Smoking and Drinking: Because of heavy taxation smoking and drinking is extremely expensive in Singapore. Just one drink in a night club will cost you around S$30 and a pack of Marlboro is worth S$12.  
Those who are fond of boozing may buy it from 7-11 (store) near Clarke Quay, and enjoy it on a public place.

6. Enjoy sightseeing at parks: Singapore’s parks are interconnected via a skywalk and you can enjoy both the nature and the view of high rise buildings from here.

7. Save money through freebies: Many events of entertainment are organized at the Esplanade, City Center and along the river front, mostly on weekends. You can enjoy these freebies and save money watching public performances and displays at expensive places such as cultural centers or museums. You can check out the free attractions magazines of these places.
You can also buy a three day pass, which will allow many museum visits for just S$20.

8. Avoid shopping at expensive malls: Singapore is a shopping paradise and even its airport is nothing but a big shopping mall. However, it’s like drilling a hole in your pocket if you happen to buy anything from these malls. Try markets such as Chinatown and Little India, which are much cheaper.

9. Rent a hostel dorm: Instead of expensive hotels, you can rent a hostel dorm for just S$20.

10. Know local laws and avoid fines: Eating chewing gums, eating snacks in MRT, not using marked crosswalks and driving offenses can cost you dearly in Singapore, so know the local laws.

Singapore Movies and Theaters

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – Singapore Concert Hall

It’s located on the main waterfront area Marina Bay–The Esplanade is not just a theater multiplex, it offers a complete package of entertainment, relaxation, shopping, fine-dining and arts.  It has an amazing exterior inspired from nature, which look prickly. Its architecture is amazing and worth having a look at. There is also a concert hall here where concerts are organized every afternoon.  It offers many entertainment facilities such as live music, visual arts, theater, and performance arts.  The complex also houses a library. Esplanade Mall is a big shopping area, where dining facilities are also available.

Golden Theatre–Golden Mile Tower

Located on the Beach Road, Singapore Golden Theater was a Chinese movie hall till 90s, now it’s a multiplex with three screens.  It is among the very first theaters t be opened in Singapore.  In this tower, all the four halls i.e. Golden Theatre, the main hall and others Golden Studio, and Golden 1 and Golden 2 are located on four different floors. The elevator connects all these theaters.  The Golden Theatre only shows entertaining and sexually titillating and restricted (under 17) movies.

Most Popular Singapore Movies

Hollywood movies and Chinese movies are very popular in Singapore.  Among the most popular Hollywood movies in Singapore are the Hangover Part III Movies, the Great Gatsby Movies, and Fast And Furious 6 Movies etc.

Among the Cineplexes Cathay, Cathay West Mall, Filmgarde Cineplexes, Golden Village, Shaw Organisation and other theaters such as Rex DIGITAL, Golden DIGITAL, and Screens of Bombay Talkies are among the most prominent cineplexes. Certain cineplexes are coming up at Seletar Mall and Hillion Mall as well.

Cathay Cineplexes

Cathay Cineplexes have many theaters with digital screens around Singapore such as Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Cathay Causeway Point, Cathay Downtown East, Cathay AMK Hub, Cathay JEM, and Cathay at The Cathay.
 
Cathay West Mall

WE Cinemas (By Eng Wah) and WE Cinemas Empress are all digital screen and are part of Cathay West Mall.

Filmgarde Cineplexeso

It has two cineplexes namely Filmgarde Bugis and Kallang.  

Golden Village

Golden Village is very famous theater complex range and the theaters that are a part of this complex are GV Bishan, GV City Square Mall, GV Grand, GV Jurong Point, GV Katong, GV Marina, GV Plaza, GV Tampines, GV Tiong Bahru, GV VivoCity, GV Yishun and GV Suntec City.

Shaw Organization

Shaw Organization run many cineplexes including Shaw Balestier, Shaw Century, Shaw Lido, Lido DIGITAL IMAX HFR 3D, and Shaw Bugis. Other cineplexes such as Shaw Choa Chu Kang, Shaw nex Serangoon, Shaw JCube, JCube DIGITAL IMAX 3D, Shaw Waterway Point (Punggol), and Waterway Point DIGITAL IMAX 3D.

Others cineplexes

Other cineplexes in Singapore include  Rex DIGITAL, Screens of Bombay Talkies, Golden DIGITAL and DIGITAL 1 & DIGITAL 2.

Upcoming cineplexes

More attractive and state of the art cineplexes are being constructed at Seletar Mall and Hillion Mall.

Wildlife in Singapore

A wonderful tropical ecosystem of wildlife

Though the planners and smart administrators have developed the Island state into a multistory cosmopolitan city, all around this jungle of concrete is scattered a haven of wildlife with wonderful and rare species thriving in the midst of rich flora and fauna. The tropical rainforests and wetlands provide a treat for the eyes and senses. The gardens and parks are specially landscaped showcasing the local vegetation and flowers at key locations, where you can also have a panoramic view of the city. The nature reserves are planned not only to preserve the rarest species of the area, but also to entertain the visitors. If you want to take one further step into this amazing world, you can visit Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Sanctuary and Night Safari, where you will be face to face with some of the most dangerous beasts of our planet.

Marine Life Park: the largest oceanarium on the planet

If you want to enjoy the spectacular and rich marine life of our oceans, Marine Life Park offers you an amazing opportunity to spend some quality time.  SEA Aquarium is the largest aquarium here and it’s also the largest in the entire globe. If you love aquatic adventures, you can explore some fun at Adventure Cove Waterpark. To further explore marine life, discover various options available at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore!

River Safari Singapore

In Singapore, you will get a lifetime chance to explore the wildlife park based on river theme with almost eight river habitats, giving you exposure to rare animals and birds.  River creatures such as salamander, river otter and a giant variety of catfish etc. are found at this River Safari.  In the river habitats, you can enjoy strolling in the freshwater galleries. There are more than 300 species of these rare aquatic and dry-land creatures here.

Night Safari, Singapore

This is first of its kind of wildlife Night Park in the world and it offers a sensational experience to visit the wild in the night, where you can watch the animals roaming as if there are in their natural habitat, hunting and grazing in this big park. There are around 1100 animals out there. The entry fee for an adult is $35 and for a kid it’s $25.

Singapore Zoo

You will be hypnotized with this unique “Open Concept,” where you’ll be able to touch the animals roaming freely in their habitats. Over 3000 animals include Asian elephants, mouse deer, lemurs, fruit bats, orangutans and large mammals. You can also see the largest butterfly dome in the world here.

Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

With around 400 species of birds and 5000 birds, this is the superlative bird park on the planet.  Spread over 20 hectare of land, it includes different varieties of birds from African wetlands, Asia, waterfalls birds including hawks and falcons. At the Penguin Coast, you can learn about the birth of the penguins.  Your kids will enjoy it the most as they can also familiarize themselves with lifecycle of birds at the Avian Hospital, where thousands of birds are bred.  

Sports in Singapore

Have a lifetime’s fun

For people who love adventure, recreational activities and extreme sports, Singapore is a paradise.  If you want a little respite from the boring schedule of work, you can program a trip to Singapore, which I think is the world’s leading destination, when it comes to unwinding yourself.  Whether, it is skyrocketing, extreme sports for your adrenaline rush, or simple rope gliding in Sentosa Island, Singapore is fun to explore.

Singaporeans are not only the fastest walkers on the planet, but they are also sports lovers and adventure freaks. There are countless world class facilities and places where you can enjoy these sports. You can also ski in the “Snow City” in Singapore, which is an artificially made ice-skating rink in the hot tropical island state.

Adrenaline rush for thrill seekers

There are lots of exhilarating opportunities in Singapore for the people, who would like to get their adrenaline rushing, which include skateboarding, rock climbing, gliding on an aerial rope course in Sentosa, and enjoying a freefall simulator. 

Sports and adventure at Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is the hub of such activities. It’s just five minutes drive from the downtown area and can be reached through cable car from a station at Harbourfront Tower II and it’s the most fun way to reach this island. You can reach the island on foot through boardwalk enjoying lush green landscapes and natural beauty.  You can also take public transport such as MRT (rapid metro service), Sentosa Express monorail or a public bus. You can also drive a car or taxi to the island of Sentosa.

Sentosa offers you plethora of activities related to sports, which are meant for every age group. Imbiah is also such an attraction that is full of thrill, where you can enjoy a ride on Skyline Luge Sentosa. Sentosa is a treasure house of nature, where Insect Kingdom and Butterfly Park are rich with lush green nature and you will certainly enjoy walking the trails over here. You can also take a guided tour of Sentosa Nature Discovery. If you love beach volleyball, then Siloso Beach is your ideal destination. If you love water sports and playing with the waves, then you can head towards the Wave House Sentosa, which becomes even more spectacular at night, when you will enjoy the melody of the ocean and dancing waves.

Ski off

SKI 360° is the cable Ski Park of Singapore, where fun is not restricted to age. You can enjoy various water sports over here, which are adventurous as well as recreational. These water sports include water skiing, surfing and wakeboarding. The other facilities available at SKI 360° are cable wakeboarding and cable skiing. In this wonderful sport, you will ride the waves using an overhead cable rather a boat. The maximum attainable speed through the cable is 60kmph, which is nearly equal to the fastest boat. This sport does not require paying a boat rental and you won’t have to wait in the queue. The other sports in this arena are trick-skiing and kneeboarding.  In kneeboarding you float on a board, whereas in trick-skiing, you would have to perform tricks.

Singapore-One of the Cleanest Cities in The World

If you’re told to pinpoint Singapore on the world map, you’d really have a hard time locating this tiny island nation. After questing relentlessly for a while, you bump on a tiny, microscopic dot between Indonesia and Malaysia with Singapore written all over it. Although more than 5 million people are squeezed into a total land of area of approximately 274 sq miles, Singapore is billed as one of the cleanest cities in the world.

According to many travel and tourism websites, Singapore ranks amongst the top five spotless cities in the world. Successive governments in Singapore have upheld the commitment to keeping the city clean and Singaporeans have well adapted to the government’s cleanliness policies and are very particular about not transgressing the laws that are nothing short of Draconian.

You could be fined on the spot for spitting or littering or even chewing gum and spitting it out in a public place by plainclothes policemen who appear out of nowhere! So before you can plan a trip to Singapore, apprise yourself of all the strictures on dos’ and don’ts to save your skin in public as many tourists traveling to the city-state for the first time end up paying hefty fines for as mundane an act as chomping on a stick of chewing gum and then spewing it out.

You’re constantly under surveillance

Once you head to the metropolis from the Changi International Airport which keeps on winning numerous awards and accolades for being one of the swankiest and tidiest airports in the world, you enter a high surveillance region. When you step out of the hotel for sampling the local cuisines on the streets or taking a walk through any of the numerous boulevards, you’re constantly being watched by policemen dressed in civil clothes.

You’ll not be able to spot them as they’re intermingled with the crowd and keep moving from one spot to another but nobody knows better than Singaporeans that they can catch you unawares if you happen to spit or litter. Apart from the numerous epithets that Singapore has earned (‘Lion City’, ‘Garden City’, ‘Little Red Dot’, and so on), it won’t at all be out of place to add one more-‘Police-State’.

Orchard Road which is the most bustling shopping district in Singapore has close to 700 police officers in plainclothes from the National Environment Agency that have a knack for swooping down on people committing even the smallest of misdeeds.

Fines are quite hefty

Just try dropping a cigarette stub on the elevator of a supermarket or discarding an empty soda can on the street pavement. From nowhere a policeman will appear and hand you a penalty ticket. It could be anything in the range of $700-1000 Singapore dollars that is equivalent to $600-800 USD which is quite a sum. So now you why Singapore is able to keep itself clinically clean. You’ll come across many billboards and hoardings that list the guidelines for keeping the city spotless. Although it is not illegal to chew gum in Singapore but importing the same in bulk, and then peddling it is. Refrain from jay-walking, littering or spitting as long as you’re on the streets.

Singapore is almost crime free

Singapore is so safe that even a heavily bejewelled lady can move around in the streets late at night without the fear of being mugged or molested. And contrary to what you may think, policing is not very strong at night to nab you red-handed. Singaporeans have ingrained it into their psyche that it‘s not only illegal but also immoral to waylay un-chaperoned women or even men for that matter.

The public toilets in Singapore are so clean that you won’t feel like urinating or emptying your bowels that might mar the sparkle. The first prime of the country, Lee Kwan Yew was the pioneer who set down stringent rules for growth and development and his policies have transformed Singapore in a manner that has caught the attention of the entire world!   

Best Singapore Desserts

Everybody likes to have a sweet ending to their lunch or dinner by tucking into a mouth-watering dessert or pudding. And as far as Singaporeans are concerned, most of them have a penchant for desserts, ice-creams, and other sweet dishes. Singapore is a melting potpourri of cultures and you can taste an assortment of sweets items that the ethnic Chinese, Malayans, and South Indians have made popular since the time of their migration to Singapore.

The names of the sweet offerings and dishes are real tongue-twisters and you might have a hard time pronouncing most of them but all your worries will melt away the moment you roll your tongue over them. So the next time you’re in Singapore, extract time from your busy schedule to dig into steamed cakes, Cendol, Fritters, Grass Jelly, Tutu Kueh, and Chinese Sponge Cakes.

Bubble Tea
There’s nothing that can compare to a hot steaming cup of tea or coffee to jumpstart your morning. When you’re in Singapore, take a break from downing those routine cuppas with Bubble Tea. Join in with the locals by sipping rich, creamy tea that is ice cold from a plastic cup. Flavourings such as tapioca seeds, hazelnut milk, and blueberries are added to make it more invigorating. You can ask for bubble tea without milk. It is called ‘Bubble Tea’ because of the froth that develops when preparing the mix in a blender or cocktail mixer.

You can find tea shops serving Bubble Tea almost anywhere and everywhere in Singapore. You can drop in for a cup at Sweet Talk or Koi Cafe.

Cendol
There are many versions of Cendols available in Singapore and each one characterizes the distinct flavour of the region from where it originated. So you’ve Indonesian Cendols, Malaysian Cendols and Thai Cendols. But all the variants essentially contain ice shavings topped with a generous dose of noodles garnished with pandan and thick syrup of fresh palm sugar. This melange sits on a fluid base of coconut milk (or sometimes condensed milk). Don’t shirk from the noodles but fill your mouth with them for a heavenly experience.

Cendol is available in almost all food hawker stalls but if you want to have a special treat, go to the Tekka Market in Little India.

Grass Jelly
Grass Jelly is actually a Chinese herb belonging to the Mint family of plants. It is called ‘Chin-Chow’ in Chinese which means eternal grass. The herb is boiled thoroughly to get the characteristic black, opaque and wobbly slab which is tasteless in itself. It is actually used to flavour drinks or eaten after garnishing it with shaved ice topped with sugar syrup. Grass Jelly works as an immaculate antidote after a heavy dinner or lunch and is very refreshing when the weather is very balmy in Singapore during the summer season.
You can savour Grass Jelly at Koi Cafe in 1-16 People’s Park Complex or at Gogo Beanz at 1, Bedok Road.

Durian Sweets

Durian is a fruit that is typical to Southeast Asia and is known for its pungent odour. The fruit is quite large and the fleshy part has an aroma that some find revolting and others overpowering. Singaporeans really revere this fruit and it is used for flavouring ice-creams, puddings, soufflés, and even taken in raw form. The flesh is so succulent and juicy that you can scoop it out and eat the same.

Taste durian delicacies in People’s Park Centre in Chinatown and also along a string of stalls at Geylang.

Tutu Kueh

It’s a specialty pastry that is a favourite with Singaporeans. It is made by pouring hot and steaming rice paste peppered with powdered sugar in specially made moulds. The dough is stuffed with sweetened pistachios, almonds, coconut pieces or peanuts. Best had with a cup of hot tea or coffee, Tutu Kueh is available in shops that lines Haig Road Putu Piring in the Malaysian section of Geylang.

Chinatown in Singapore

As the name clearly suggests, Chinatown is that part of Singapore which has a distinct Chinese flavor to it. In their native tongue, it is referred to as “Niu che shui” which means bull cart water because that’s how the residents of the area would carry water. It came to be known as “Chinatown” because of the concentration of Chinese immigrants in the region. It has long since been a symbol of hope. Even though it houses non-Chinese residents today, it has retained certain aspects which are unique to China alone. One only has to go to the heart of this famous enclave to be engulfed in a beautiful and colorful cultural experience.

Food:

There is a multitude of options available to diners- from cheap street food at the stalls of Smith Street to a fine dining experience at hotels. However, dining alfresco at the Chinese Food Street is something that most tourists opt for because of the charm of the place. It is equivalent to heaven for all the foodies out there. The lit-up streets and lanterns create the right kind of ambiance for family and friends to get together and enjoy their meal. Chinatown Complex and Maxwell Food Center are other viable options too. All sorts of local dishes are available here.

Chinatown Heritage Center:

There are three shop-houses situated along the Pagoda Street of this ethnic district that make up the Chinatown Heritage Center  People come here to relive the experiences of the Chinese migrants who moved to Singapore post 1819 in the hope of a better life. It reflects their past and transports you back in time. It is a beautiful cultural journey indeed and anyone who decides to take it will be able to sympathize with the migrants’ lives. Hence, it is much more than just a museum.

Religious Landmarks:

One would be surprised to find out that Chinatown is actually home to a number of religious landmarks such as the Sri Mariamman Temple and the Jammae Mosque. They both lie in the South Bridge Road. It is interesting to note that the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple- renowned for containing Buddha’s tooth- too lies in this enclave.

Shop:

Everyone is compelled to awaken the shopaholic in them at Chinatown! An array of items from fine silk to jewellery to handicraft items can be bought at the Chinese emporium called Yue Hwa. The Chinatown Complex, Chinatown Point and People’s Park Complex are the most popular and noteworthy malls that there are. But, all the ”trend-setters” are advised to visit the chic boutiques in Ann Siang Road and Club Street. It will not fail to impress even the most fashionable people!

Things to do:

There are some things that you one simply cannot afford to miss when in Chinatown. Yes, of course we are talking about the excellent services offered by the spas and massage parlors in the region. The Bath Culture Foot Therapy incorporates a culmination of foot massage using traditional techniques and oriental music to relax the mind and body. Living Wellness, Qimantara and Rustic Nirvana are other forms of treatment meant to rejuvenate oneself. The Toy Factory Theater Ensemble is a theater group which preached free expression in the nation and whose performance is a must see if you want to complete your Chinatown experience!
 
The most ideal time to visit these Chinese quarters would be during the Chinese New Year, when the entire market-place is bustling with activity. It is at its most colorful at bright self at around that time.