Even though it’s just twice the size of Chennai city, Singapore manages to be a popular tourist destination. K. PAVITHRA
“Nature at its best” is your first thought when the clean, fresh air and a pleasant climate with lots of greenery greets you in Singapore. The island city is just 272sq miles (about 704 sq km), yet has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, shopping and much more…
Here are some of the must-dos in Singapore.
Food and shopping
Singapore has a diverse population of Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Hence various types of cuisines are found here. Little India, towards the east of the river, is the go-to place for Indian food from Saravana Bhavan to Punjabi Dhaba. Looking for great buys? Right from fashion clothing to electronics this place is one of the best for shopping.
The next stop for trendy but cheap shopping is Chinatown; a 24-hour market with rows of shops that include items such as souvenirs, accessories, bags, clothing and much more. Orchard Road is a popular shopping enclave flanked by pedestrian malls, coffee shops, nightclubs and hotels. Here are the world’s top labels.
Visit the Merlion, a mythical creature with the body of a fish and head of a lion. The Merlion Park is a famous tourist spot near Marina Bay. The other big attraction here is the Singapore Flyer. A giant Ferris wheel, it consists of 28 air conditioned capsules that give you an extraordinary aerial view of this amazing city.
This is south east Asia’s first Hollywood-based theme park with seven major themes: Madagascar, Far Far away, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Sci-fi city, New York City and Hollywood. Each has theme-based rides and shows. Don’t miss the Mummy ride, Transformers and Cylon. The Shrek 4D adventure and Waterworld are mindblowing shows. You need practically an entire day at each of these places to get the maximum from them.
A man-made island in the south of Singapore, Sentosa is a resort with tons of entertainment. For a breathtaking experience take the cable car to this resort. The Underwater World, with an array of marine life like the coral reefs, sharks, various fishes, is a definite must-not-miss experience. The pink dolphins and sea lions will entertain you at the dolphin lagoon where you can click photos along with them and even feed them. At 7.00 p.m. is a spectacular laser show “Songs of the Sea”.
Jurong Bird Park
A 30-minute drive from the zoo will take you to avian world filled with flamingos, penguins, different species of parrots and many other birds. A ride on the panorail gives an overall aerial view of this magnificent park.
The Mandai Zoo
Home to about 315 species of animals, of which 16 per cent are threatened. A tram takes you around the zoo to watch a variety of shows that showcase the animals. The popular night safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo. The theme in all the shows throughout Singapore is “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”.
Pavithra is a Final Year engineering student.
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