Singapore : Las Vegas of Asia
January 1, 1970
by Manika Bisht
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and also known as the Lion City, the Garden city, and the Red Dot, is a global city in Southeast Asia and the world’s only island city-state. It lies 137 km north of the equator, at the southernmost tip of continental Asia and peninsular Malaysia, with Indonesia’s Riau Islands to the south. Singapore’s territory consists of the diamond-shaped main island and 62 islets. The national anthem is “Maulah Singapura” and the official languages include English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Chinese form the largest part of population here followed by Malay, Indians and others.
The best way to reach Singapore is via flight. Changi airport is the sole airport of this isle and also one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. Another way to reach Singapore is via a cruise that docks at the port in Sentosa, one of the islands of Singapore. If you want a laid back, beautiful travel or are a honeymooner, cruise serves the best option for you. Another way to reach this beautiful place is via road. But that can be done only if you are in Malaysia. The road travel takes around 6 hours, depending on the crowd at the immigration station in between.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Singapore is one of the best places in entire world to visit if you are looking forward to enjoy nature, man-made tourist spots, beaches, hills, shopping, partying and even gambling. One of the major tourist destinations of this place is Sentosa Island. Sentosa is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some twenty million people a year. Attractions include a 2 km long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, the Merlion, 14 hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore. The best way to reach Sentosa is via Monorail. While entering Sentosa, you have to pay a minimum entry fees. If you wish to move in and out of Sentosa without paying gain and again, you can get a Purple Card which is valid for a certain time. Sentosa is a beautiful, fun-filled place that provides you with many options. The major attraction here is the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and The Universal Studios.
There are a total of five monorail stations in Sentosa. Each station has a tourist spot near it. Wings of Time, The Water park and the beach are among other beautiful attractions. Wings of Time is a beautiful light and laser show that takes you through the journey of time and mesmerizes you. It is a 20 minute show and runs two shows- one at 6 pm and other at 8pm. Just a few minutes walk from the Wings of time spot, is the Sentosa beach that will fill you with content. The best time to visit the beach is either at sunset or sunrise to enjoy the beauty of nature. If you want to relive your childhood, DO NOT MISS UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. No matter what age you are, whether you are 15 or 50, you are bound to have the time of your life here. The studios are divided into seven parts- Hollywood, Sci-Fi City, New York, Ancient Egypt, Far Far Away, The Lost World and Madagascar. The place has huge number of rides with The Transformers and The Battlestar Galactica dueling Coasters being the must ones. The studios also host many plays and dramas at different times. The place is open from 7am-8pm but during the Christmas time the place is open up even after 9pm.
Madame Tussauds is your destination if you are looking forward to have some fun with the wax statues. The Museum has two broad sections- one about Singapore history and other with the wax statues. There are a huge number of statues ranging from movie stars to political figures, famous singers, sportsmen etc. There is a 4-D show area near the museum. So if you are looking forward to some bumpy, fun-filled ride, head out there.
Singapore main city is just a half an hour to forty minutes away from Sentosa. You can either take the monorail or hire a taxi or a bus. The best option would be to opt for a public transport as the taxis might burn a hole in your pocket especially if you are travelling during night time. The city also provides many destinations with The Merlion being the most famous and oldest one. Merlin is the national symbol of singapore and provides a good relaxation point for everyone. Located at the sea side, it provides a beautiful view, especially during night. Another attraction is Marina Bay Sands that provide a breath taking, bird’s eye view of the entire city. Be sure to visit it before noon as the rain Gods mostly come down pouring after 12 and also the heat becomes unbearable. Just near to Marina Bay sands is Gardens by the Bay. These are divided into two parts-Cloud Forests and Flower Dome. Both of these take you through a dream walk through nature, nature like you have never seen before. The flowers in the Flower Dome are changed according to the seasons. Another major attraction is the Singapore Flyer which is a giant ferris wheel.
If you are among he ones who love shopping and partying, don’t worry, Singapore is the ultimate place for you. Orchid street, Sentosa and Clarque have some of the best Night life in the city with some of the best pubs, discs and bars. The clubs here are open till 3-4 in the morning and offer a wonderful experience. Also Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands have some of the best casinos, so if you’re looking for some fun, gambling experience, you know where to go. If you are looking for shopping, Orchid street provides one of the best options with all the big malls and brands available here. However, if you are looking for some budget friendly, street side shopping, Bogey street and China market are your place. If you are looking for some electronics items, Mustafa mall is your place which is open 24*7.
STAY AT SINGAPORE
Singapore is one of those places that has no stay problems. All the hotels in this place provide the best, guest friendly experience and are wonderful and comfortable to stay at. Sentosa has the options of Silos resort which is a beach resort. Also there is Movenpick Heritage that provides a world class stay. In the main city, you will find the best hotels on Orchard street or in Waterfront area, Grand Copthorne Hotel being one of them.
WHY SINGAPORE ?
It is one of the best places in Asia to visit. It has something in store for everyone. The people here are the most disciplined, helpful, cheerful and polite that you will ever find. The parties here are something to experience atlas once in your lifetime. It’s perfect for a budget friendly, small vacation and also for honeymooners. Well…now you actually need to visit this place to get mesmerized by its magic !!!