We all know that Covid-19 has ruined so many of our travel plans and put holidays on hold. However, muster your joy for one last dash of hope, to Singapore. Not only has Singapore led the way forward in how to deal with the virus, but its tourism industry is still up and running. The safety measures the government put in place are what every nation has now. Masks, gloves, and social distancing became the norm for Singapore many months ago. Consequently, it has one of the lowest infection rates in the entire world. For such a small country, which is actually just a city-state, it's such a remarkable achievement. This and many more reasons is why you should be visiting Singapore this year, rather than anywhere else.
Gardens by the coast
Singapore is well-known for its maritime pursuits in tourism. There are numerous hotels that are by the coast and since it has a huge coastline, it's little wonder that amazing architecture and buildings are here for you to enjoy. However, it also has a love for nature and because it's continually invested in greenery and wildlife, you should marvel at their Gardens by the Bay attraction. Spanning 101 hectares, right in the central region of the south, this is a huge garden which you can use to get some peace and quiet away from the city.
These amazing domes and the surrounding vegetation and foliage makes for the perfect getaway for any couple. If you have a family, enjoy walking the paths and go around the park, along the water, and through the foliage. It's quite an amazing place during the late evening because the lights that light up the area are the stuff of dreams. In fact, this is often named the best Christmas destination in Singapore, because the trees, plants, and flowers are bathed in such heavenly neon glows.
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The guardian of Singapore
We all know that statues and fountains make for some of the best tourist attractions in the world. Just think of Italy, France and Spain, where you can find landmarks that have been around for centuries, made into incredible fountains that we all want to sit by and contemplate the beauty we’re surrounded by. Well, Singapore is no exception because the half lion and half mermaid statue on the Southern Islands is breath-taking to behold.
These huge statues spout water from their jaws and teeth. As you sail in on a boat or perhaps thrash through the water on a jet ski, you can be showered by the water from these beautiful creatures. They are the symbol of Singapore because they show how strong the country is, both in the water and on land. The lion’s faces are very detailed and as you would expect, made from the best limestone money can buy.
A nice stop-off
So right now, you’re probably trying to slow down and figure out where on earth you’re going to stay. Surely Singapore is too expensive to have a long extended stay right? Wrong! With this type of studio for rent you have lots of spaces you could live in for a number of weeks or months. It's quite cheap as well, as you can get a 431 square-feet studio apartment, for just 2,500RM or $600 a month. Of course there are cheaper options too, but just think about that. You have over 400 square feet to yourself and it's for a very reasonable price. You wouldn’t get half that in cities like London or New York.
Thankfully, many of these apartments that you could rent are close to public transport and they have a list of amenities you could use. This is great for travelers who want to wash their own clothes, get some good workout hours in the gym and just want somewhere they can hang out like a coffee shop.
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At night with the animals
With over 900 animals and 100 different species, the Night Safari is a zoo that is just that, open during the night time. But why is this so spectacular? Well, many of the animals that you can get to observe, only come out during the night. So you can watch animals that would normally never be seen during the waking hours of the day, but will come out, run, jump, climb and do their thing while the stars are out to say hello.
You can go here to get a bite to eat, as the eateries often have some cheap but tasty snacks and treat for you and the kids to enjoy. However, the main draw is going into the caverns that have limestone crystals and shards dripping down from the ceiling. This is where many of the secrets of Singapore lie. The founders were able to forge a city-state on an island that is cut off from the rest of the region, and yet flourish and become wealthier than the rest. Usually, it opens at 7 pm but you can always check on Google for the exact opening times during the current situation.
On the prowl for food
Trust us, there is no shortage of places to eat in Singapore, least of all in the Hawkers Center. Here you can get authentic Singaporean cuisine that is made fresh every single day. Best of all, they use local produce, which the vendors are very proud to tell you. Therefore, you can get some of the best fried fish meals anywhere in the world, because the catch is local. Of course, if you just want some comfort food from back home, then you can go for some easy fast food restaurant meals too. But let’s face it, going for a fresh bowl of Singapore noodles is not something you want to miss!
Traveling to Singapore for your fall or late summer holiday is the best decision you’ll ever make. Get away from the hectic lifestyle you now lead at home. Go somewhere it's hot, safe and full of authentic adventure. Pack your bags and take a few weeks off, at the greatest city-state of all, Singapore!