Are you looking for a little travel inspiration? Perhaps you feel like long haul but need some ideas on where. In this short guide we take a look at the seriously impressive island state that is Singapore, perfect for a stop off to the Western Hemisphere.
Not Just a Layover
There are plenty of countries you can stop over on your way to Australia or New Zealand, depending on which way you travel and which airline you fly with. One of the most popular is Singapore. It’s not surprising when the airport itself offers such fantastic restaurants, entertainment and even a rooftop pool.
But if you’re planning a long haul break this year, don’t miss out on spending some time in this fantastic South East Asian destination and experience the food, sights and smells of this unique city state.
If you’re going to love one thing about Singapore (apart from the Singapore Slings), it’s going to be the food. Quite simply, the choice is breathtaking. Sample the island’s favourite chilli crabs, spicy laksa noodle soup or offerings from across Asia all found in the malls and hawker centres across the island.
If you do visit a hawker centre, you’ll really be eating like a local. With freshly cooked meals for around the $3 to $4 dollar mark it’s the smart and cheap choice to experience street food and Singaporean culture.
You’ll find yourself sharing tables and be prepared for lots of advice on where to find the best food on the island, Singaporeans are proud of their culinary offering and love sharing their top tips.
You will need to know about the rules surrounding ‘choping’. This tradition simply involves putting a tissue or packet of tissues on a table or chair and means the spot is reserved. Often the owner has gone to buy their meal and will be returning to the spot shortly.
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From the oddly shaped Marina Sands Hotel with the famous rooftop pool to the Super Trees with their spectacular night show, there is plenty to keep you entertained in Singapore. If you’re looking for a day on the beach, head over to the East Coast where you’ll find more space and a relaxed vibe, not to mention fabulous food and drink in the urban areas.
Yes the island is expensive and if you’re financing this trip then be prepared to spend a little more here, Guarantor loan comparisons might help! But there are plenty of ways of keeping a lid on spending. Public transport is cheap and efficient, great quality food can be found at the hawkers and spending time exploring the beach and attractions are often free. Treat yourself to a Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Hotel and take a step back into Singapore’s colonial past.
If you are travelling far this summer, travel to Singapore. With guaranteed heat, fabulous food and so much to see, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Make some memories in the Lion City and you’ll want to go back.