Singapore has the image of being a sterile, “made-up” destination. Nothing could be further from the truth though and you’ll forget all that once you visit and decide to scratch beneath that glossy, spotless surface. The city-state of Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. Partly Chinese, partly Malay, Indian and even a little Western thrown in for size.
The city itself is extremely well-kept and maintained, the public transport system is always on time and graffiti-free and you’ll be extremely hard-pressed to find even a single piece of litter on the ground. Some may think that this makes it a clinical and characterless city, a view bolstered by the fact that Singapore is one of the major business hubs in the region but there are vibrant ethnic neighbourhoods to explore, probably the best shopping this side of Dubai, some of the best street food you will find anywhere and a lush tropical jungle just a few minutes’ train ride from the centre of the city.
It’s not by accident that the travel industry is calling Singapore the new “hotlist” destination…
Chinatown photograph taken by Tan Wen Hui