Hip city, shopping paradise, adventure park and much more: Discover "Asia for beginners" in all its diversity!
But Orchard Road is not the only place that offers an abundance of shopping facilities. You can also find souvenirs for you and your loved ones in Little India, Chinatown and the Colonial Quarter. Generally, products are not cheaper in Singapore than at home. But due to the many shopping options, price pressure leads to regular discount campaigns. The cheapest time to go shopping is from the end of May until mid-July, when the "Great Singapore Sale" takes place.
Fitness & Fun
Those who haven't walked enough miles through Singapore's shopping streets, can burn off energy to their heart's content on Sentosa Island, a smaller neighbouring island. Here, beach, bathing fun and water sports activities are awaiting you. By the way, you can also get there with Singapore's cableway from Mount Faber – fantastic view included! But especially at the weekends, the small island is overrun by tourists and locals.
Then, it is worthwhile taking a trip to the Tiger Sky Tower, which is 110 metres high. The ride in airy heights reminds one of an adventure park attraction: The visitors ride in a cabin, which rotates around the tower while going up. Those, who prefer to explore the depths of the sea, can do so in the saltwater aquarium "Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon". When else does one have the opportunity to dare to dive with sharks? Alternatively, flora and fauna can be explored on foot. Exotic birds, plants and prosimians can be discovered on the 1.8 km Nature Walk. Further highlights include the adventure park Universal Studios Singapore, which allows you to look behind the scenes of your favourite films and series and the Singapore Zoo that includes a wildlife reserve and safari adventure tour.
Singapore's cultural diversity is also reflected by the food: Chinese, Malayan, Indian and further influences characterise Singapore's cuisine. Sweet & sour shellfish is popular. The "Chili Crab” is an insider tip: huge boiled mangrove crab in slightly sweet tomato-chilli sauce with ginger strips and coriander leaves. But vegetarians and vegans will also find delicious dishes in Singapore, for example rice and noodle dishes with tofu, soya products and a lot of vegetables. Those, who are less eager to try out new things, will also find something to suit their taste buds: There are also Italian and French restaurants, as well as the usual fast food chains. A tip for all fruit lovers: Visit one of the markets in Singapore and taste exotic fruit varieties for very little money!
Singapore is a very hospitable country with strong European influences. However, it is important when you are out and about to respect the different cultural peculiarities. Otherwise, thoughtless gestures could unintentionally lead to misunderstandings. You should never stick your chopsticks vertically into the rice, as this is a symbol of death in Singapore. It is also considered impolite to point a finger at somebody. It is common to take off your shoes before entering a temple, mosque or private home. When dealing with the locals, politeness and friendly reserve are of paramount importance.
Singapore has strict laws, which warn the people on every street corner to keep everywhere clean and orderly. These laws should be abided at all times. For example, it is prohibited to chew gum, smoke or eat on public transport or in public buildings. Anyone, who gets caught, has to pay big fines.
If you are now asking yourself how you can communicate in the foreign country, be reassured. Singapore has four official languages: Malay, Chinese, Tamil and English.