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Singapore, Singapore

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Singapore Overview

For an exotic destination and a taste of the best in Far Eastern culture, Singapore is the place to go. Singapore offers visitors an amazing array of attractions ranging from breathtaking rainforests to ancient temples and unique streets bustling with people of multiple nationalities and cultures. Visitors can partake in ceremonial tea customs, learn about the mysteries of miracle herbs or shop for fabulous silks, trendy fashions and great crafts.

Singapore, the smallest nation in Southeast Asia, is one of its most cosmopolitan and diverse of destinations. It’s interesting to know that it consists of 63 islands including mainland Singapore, with the largest islands being Jurong, Pulau Tekong, and Sentosa. Its climate, a tropical rainforest year round, has no diversity of seasons; June and July are the hottest months of the year, with a short monsoon season between November and December. However, the city comes alive with the celebration of the Christmas holidays.

Singapore is a center for the arts, with its famous Esplanade, built in an effort to transform the country into a cultural center. The Esplanade houses a theater, a concert hall and a large library. The Esplanade is usually referred to as the “durian” because of its unique shape, just like the durian, a tropical fruit of Singapore.

Singapore people love to eat and rightfully so; the number of restaurants is truly astonishing, and cuisine ranges from Chinese to Japanese, from Indian to Thai. Its popular cuisine includes staples of Singapore gastronomy such as stingray prepared Sambal style, oyster omelets, seafood prepared in a special clay pot, fish heads prepared in curry sauce, and the famous chicken rice, a unique blend of rice prepared with chicken stock, garlic, ginger, and shallots, sautéed and seasoned with chili sauce and lime; soy sauces of different types are then added. Singapore is also known for its great coffee, the Kaya Toast, a fine robust quality and aromatic blend.
Visitors will have no problem finding a restaurant, whether looking for vegetarian, inexpensively priced or more exotic.

Shopping is beyond words; in Singapore, you’ll find all the fashion names like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, fabulous antiques, the largest of bookstores, tea shops, medicinal and herbal stores, and much more. It’s truly a shopping Mecca.

Visitors will learn about Singapore’s history while visiting interesting museums, monuments and temples. Singapore was once a Malay fishing village, prior to being a European settlement. In 1819, the British East India Company established Singapore as a strategic trading post along the spice route. Today, Singapore is a center of business, culture, trade and tourism with multiple cultures though still mainly Chinese.

Traveling though Singapore, visitors can get a glimpse at the old colonial sites as well as the architecture of the Northern Empire, reflected in places like gardens and parks. After you’ve absorbed the culture, enjoyed the cuisine and seen the sites, a visit to Chinatown is a must; it’s the place to get a true glimpse of Singapore, an exotic destination though still traditional in nature.

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