By Satyaki Dutta
Singapore, one of the most versatile cities in the world, is full of enthusiasm. Popularly known as the ‘Lion City,’ it has the most prominent economic, cultural and tourism sectors. It is a mixing pot of Malaysian, Chinese, English, Arab and Indian cultures, keeping true to its rich heritage, yet free from the language barrier.
Coupled with iconic structures, a mesmerizing skyline and an efficient subway system connect and unify the culturally diverse city, Singapore. It is the second-most densely populated sovereign state in the world, after Monaco. The efficient management of the human resources, the highly disciplined citizens and over 50percent greenery coverage makes this urban settlement, a unique destination.
Barring the monsoon seasons from November to January, rest of the year is perfect to visit the city. One can avail any of the public transport systems to take a tour here or use the popular car app, ‘Grab’ for booking a taxi.
There is all kind of night-stay options starting from basic, budget to high-end luxury. Stay as it suits you, but plan your tour in such a way so that you can cover almost all the major attractions here.
For a three-day Singapore tour plan, start day one early in the Marina Bay area and the Merlion Park. The Gardens by the bay, opens at 9 am and try to get in early for a great experience in the flower dome, the supertree grove, or in the cloud forest. A panoramic view of the area from the SkyPark observation deck is unforgettable. Enjoy the local food in Chinatown’s Maxwell Hawker center, and then visit the Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset from the Singapore Flyer, one of the largest Observation Wheels of Asia. You should experience the vibrant nightlife in Clarke Quay and then retire for the night.
On day two, you can cover the 158 years old, Singapore Botanical Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Art-Science Museum, which is a major landmark of Singapore. At night, you may return to the Gardens by the Bay to enjoy the amazing magical Garden Rhapsody Show.
Spend day three, take a trip to Sentosa Island, a beautiful island with clean beaches, spa and the Universal Studios theme park. If you can manage time, do visit Bugis Street market, a paradise for the shopaholic, where you can find souvenirs at an affordable rate.
The importance and glory of Singapore are reflected in the related sectors too, as Asia’s biggest travel trade and tourism fair, ITB Asia generally takes place here. In 2018, it set a record with the highest footfall, which directly and indirectly boosted the total tourism influx to Singapore a lot.
The majority of tourists pours in Singapore are from the leisure and MICE segments. To further promote Singapore as a major destination and the hosting place for such a premier B2B travel trade show and convention, the government and the Singapore Tourism Board have taken the necessary steps. In collaboration with Oneworld as official airline alliance and many partner hotels for accommodations, Singapore is successfully promoting itself as a major tourism destination to the entire world through this great podium.