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- 81%Local Culture
- 65%Family Travelers
- 54%Luxury Travelers
- 52%Budget Travelers
- 52%Business Travelers
- 51%History Buffs
Member Reviews (596)
- SingaporeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 1Mar 08, 2014
Most visitors' only experience of this island state will be a short and very efficient transit between flights at its excellent airport, considered by many to be one of the best conceived in the world. It's fair to say that the place doesn't have a great reputation for democracy or truly free press expression (the same family have controlled majority interests here for generations) but it functions - and really well. Think of this as a little bit of Switzerland, but right on the Equator. The weather is temperate all year round, the expats mostly obnoxious and propertionately over-privileged (a hark back to its colonial past). But there's no doubt about it, this is a major trading hub for western multinationals seeking a presence in South East Asia. There are plenty of pockets of interestingness to seek out, such as Little India, but pockets is all they are. As fellow poster Frances very eloquently puts it in her post immediately below, this place will grow on you if you give it half a chance. That said, it's also a place who don't really want to be challenged culturally or aesthetically for anything which sits outside the comfort zone of western taste. But as fellow poster Matthew also observes, it's an easily navigable place offering an interesting (if controlled and slightly homogenised) melting pot of cultures.
- SingaporeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFeb 19, 2014
Granted, Singapore has an obnoxious government. Its meddlesome approach to personal freedoms and perceived social ills is irritating at best, and shades of totalitarianism at its worst. Still, no one on Earth is well-governed, and acknowledging that fact, one quickly finds that Singapore is a very easy place to like: clean, beautiful, and safe, with loads of interesting sights and activities. Even if you're not into the gambling-meets-cutting-edge-architecture scene in Marina Bay, and even if you never visit the gorgeous landscapes of Sentosa, you'll still find more than enough reason to enjoy this city which, simply put, has one of the best dining scenes in the entire world. With an astonishing mixture of Chinese, Indian, and Malay food existing side-by-side and constantly cross-pollinating, it's an amazing city for noshing, and while I enjoyed my time seeing the sights of Singapore, it was my dinners and lunches that made me want to come back for more. Get past the facade and into the streets and hawker centers -- this tiny island nation is one of the true pearls of Asia.
- SingaporeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Feb 15, 2014
Singapore has a reputation for being boring and austere. Though there are plenty of reasons to criticize the city-state, it is a modern urban miracle. The pace of development here has been incredible and Singapore has done an amazing job of fabricating a global melting pot.
The tourist sights themselves are pretty limited and unimpressive. That said, the food and weather here are fantastic and it makes a great base for exploring the rest of the region.
A better to place to live than to tour. A few days here is plenty for most tourists.
- SingaporeMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Feb 07, 2014
Singapore is a remarkable city considers is such small yet is nearly pure urbanization. I hardly see any trash in the street, is almost no such thing as back alley here. City is very safe with very low crime; you do not see any homeless in the street. If you like tech, you will love this place. There is camera and other gadget everywhere, especially in the orchard road. If you do not find the stuff you looking for in one store, they can bring it for you without need to walkout the store.
Their Chinese food is excellent, and not expensive. I cannot believe their Hainan chicken is actually a lot cheaper than Los Angeles. Food court is actually common there, and is been inspect to ensure is safe to eat.
You can walk one mall to another underground, without need to walk in the street. Singapore train system is the best, very easy to use even for foreigner. I think Singaporean speak the best English in Asian, they first language is English which that help. There’s reason why is very hard to migrate to Singapore,
- SingaporeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Aug 27, 2013
It took a while for Singapore to grow on me. At first glance, Singapore seemed fairly generic and staid, but I started to appreciate Singapore after a while. The food scene is one of the best in the world and it's remarkably efficient and clean. Plus, the Arab Quarter along with Haji Lane, and Chinatown make Singapore an enticing place to visit. The only main downside is Singapore is extremely hot and muggy.Recommended for:Foodies
- SingaporeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Aug 25, 2013
Singapore is an interesting blend of cultures in one of the most modern cities in the world. It is one of the top culinary destinations in the world as well.
- SingaporeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Aug 18, 2013
beleefd, schoon, geregeld, heel warm, mooie plekjes, leuke stortregens, pas op kakkerlakken en gele miertjes...
- SingaporeMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersGreen Travelers+ 2Jul 09, 2013
Singapore has changed so much in the past 10 years and have done a great job to make it a more vibrant city. You have a lot more choices to go now compared to 10 years ago. It is clean, orderly and safe. Well done, Singapore!
- SingaporeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Jun 08, 2013
A true cosmopolitan city that is a hub of many cultures meshing harmoniously together, Singapore is modern and traditional at the same time! Because of its size, ease of navigating within the city, and lack of language barrier, Singapore is a really great city to visit, especially for those visiting Asia for the first time.
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