Singapore is a small country in Southeast Asia and the worlds only island city-state. It’s one of the wealthiest countries in the world and is often seen as a very western and boring city. But the truth is far from that. Watch our video in this post to get an impression of this amazing city. We start our explorations in the modern centre of Singapore and then discover some other neighbourhoods.
The largest ethnic group in Singapore is Chinese so it won’t come as a surprise that there is a busy and bustling Chinatown. With great hawker centres, market stalls selling all kinds of wares and beautiful temples there are plenty of things to explore!
One of the main sites in Chinatown is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Several stories high it contains a temple as well as a museum. You can admire the decorations in the temple and then see the sacred artefacts of the Buddha at the buddhist culture museum. On the rooftop you can find a peaceful garden with beautiful orchids and a buddha prayer wheel.
Wandering through Little India
Little India really is little India. A small piece of India tucked away in Singapore. Messy and busy but with plenty of charm. The food is incredibly fragrant and spicy, the colours are vivid and the gold jewellery shines a bright yellow from the shop windows. Little India is a great neighbourhood to wander around in, sit down for lunch and people watch. If you are into shopping there are plenty of little stores along the streets of this neighbourhood. You can spend hours is Mustafa Centre, a big shopping centre where you can find just about anything. And if you are lucky there might be some random street market going on.
Taking a break from the busy city
When you are tired of all the hustle and bustle of Singapore and long for some nature, you can easily go for a hike. Singapore has a surprising amount of parks and gardens to escape the heat of the city, relax and breath some fresh air. The Southern Ridges is a route that connects several parks and along the way you get some nice city views.
Geylang is a fantastic, crazy mix of cultures, religion, food and prostitutes. Known as Singapore’s red light district this neighbourhood doesn’t have the best reputation but it’s more than worth a visit. The local food is amazing and at night Geylang really comes alive!
What we love about Singapore
Singapore is a city with so many different faces, so many different places to explore. Some parts are very modern and clean, other parts are full of old traditions that are still kept alive. Singapore is a city that has something to offer for everyone.
What we really love about Singapore is how there are so many people from different cultures, different backgrounds, different religions, speaking different languages, all living side by side, peacefully.