Yet another holiday season and New Year celebrations have come and gone. After spectacular fireworks, exciting all-night parties, and relaxing vacations, it is time to return to your normal life. While this may be an unhappy moment for many people, a great way to make yourself look forward to 2018 is by planning trips that you would like to take this year.
Being one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world, Singapore is an ideal country for you to visit in 2018. Reasons for this are plenty. With cultural extravaganza to idyllic natural environments, exhilarating adventure sports, and glamorous shopping centres, this city-state has something for everyone.
So go ahead, check out the flight tickets and travel insurance policies, because it is always better to plan early. And if you plan to go on a shopping spree, make sure you carry travel credit card with you to get maximum value for your money.
In the meantime, read on to find out some top reasons to visit Singapore in 2018. If what you already know about the country is not enough to convince you, these should definitely help.
Culture and Traditions
One of the most attractive features of Singapore is its numerous ethnicities and religions. The presence of a number of migrant communities has truly made the country a melting pot of cultures. You will see Buddhist and Hindu temples, churches, synagogues, etc., a stone’s throw away from each other.
Immerse yourself in the rich and varied cultural heritage of the country. Head to ethnic enclaves like China Town and Little India for a taste of authentic Chinese and Indian cultural experience outside their native countries. Here is a tip to make your trip worth reminiscing about – try to visit during festival seasons like the Chinese New Year, Deepavali, or Hari Raya Aidilfitri to get a first-hand experience of the celebrations.
If outdoor sports is your thing, Singapore should be on top of your list of travel destinations. Whether it is high-tech Formula 1 (F1) cars darting at breakneck speeds, heavy-set rugby players running into each other, or a bit of professional tennis action, Singapore has it all.
Get into a bit of action yourself at KF1 Karting, a popular go-karting track designed by an F1 circuit designer. Drift down the Marina Bay with the Singapore Sailing Federation’s Marina Bay sailing project. Or if you prefer something calmer, try kayaking in the MacRitchie Reservoir.
The Party Never Ends
Singapore is home to several bars, pubs, and clubs that will ensure you have one of the most vibrant nightlife experiences ever. As the sun sets, the hustle and bustle of the day gives way to an electrifying party atmosphere. Places like Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay, and Boat Quay are some of the well-known night-out destinations in the city.
There are even annual music festivals such as Zoukout and Ultra Singapore, if the regular revelling spots are not enough for you. Just make sure you schedule your trip after confirming the dates of these events.
Shop Till You Drop
If a dose of retail therapy is what you are looking for, Singapore is the perfect place. From exotic stores that offer the latest in fashion to gems and jewellery, Singapore can bring out the shopaholic in you. In case high-end fashion is not to your taste, there are even flea markets that can give you a unique experience.
Places like Haji Lane and Orchard Road are some of the most popular commercial avenues in the country, beside the numerous malls spread across the city. Singapore even has some local fashion labels with collections that you would not find anywhere else in the world.
City in a Garden
Despite being a densely populated island nation, Singapore is well-known for its lush green parks and nature reserves. If spending time close to nature without missing the convenience of urban life is what you are looking for, Singapore could be the right place for you.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens, the oldest garden in the country that holds a wealth of plant varieties, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other attractions include Gardens by the Bay, East Coast Park, and Bishan Park. There are even some urban farms that you can visit if you are willing to get out of the city centre.
The limited size of the country inevitably makes it necessary to have buildings at close quarters. But contrary to what you would expect, Singapore is not a typical concrete jungle. In fact, the country’s architecture, in itself, is a tourist attraction.
Elements of modern design can be found in structures like the Marina Bay Sands while traditional architecture is visible in the buildings in ethnic enclaves like China Town. Remnants of the colonial era can be seen in buildings like the National Gallery.
The above-mentioned attractions are just the tip of the iceberg. Other things to do in this beautiful country range from adventure activities like bungee jumping to spending time at family-friendly theme parks and taking walks around pleasant neighbourhoods.
And if in the unlikely event that you find none of this exciting, you should visit Singapore just for the food alone. The presence of a diverse culture has predictably made an impact on the local cuisine. Whether it is a hawker centre or a posh multi-cuisine restaurant, Singapore is an excellent place to satisfy your taste buds.