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Visit Singapore: A Unqiue Blend of Western Culture and Asian Values

Singapore will be a really interesting holiday choice for anyone considering a year end holiday vacation. This is one of my favorite holiday destinations and I’ll explain why shortly as well as what are the best places and things to do in Singapore. Yer it is not for everyone.

The Good:

As mentioned in the title, Singapore is a Asian country with a strong flavor of western culture. You will find that the locals have been breed on a strong system of English education and media (TV, newspaper, movies, radio etc etc) which is great for any English speakers as you have no problems getting around and communicating with the locals using your native language.

The second thing to note about Singapore is that it is a haven for great food. You will find the delicious Asian foods (Malay, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Thailand, Indonesia) and the usual Western Imports as well (KFC, Burger King etc etc). Food is considered a national pastime here and that explain the strong food culture here. Locals are used to waiting for half an hour and above for really popular food stalls. The personal recommendation to try out are food such as “Chicken Rice” ” Roti Prata” and “Mee Goreng.”

The shopping is not bad too, although you won’t find much great discounts but the quality of the goods is great as they imported all the famous brands into one area, known as Orchard Road. Orchard Road is a haven for shoppers as it is the central town of Singapore and you can find anything you want here (cameras, clothings, books, cosmetics etc etc). Another new shopping location is Vivo City, a newly open shopping paradise.

The security of the place is another strong point, you can even walk around in the middle of the night and not worried about getting mugged because the crime rate is one of the lowest in this world but of course that does not mean it is 100% crime free. Just know that you can generally be stress free about security due to the strict laws here.

Apart from security, there are also certain business opportunities to watch out for ever since Pilotoasia was launched where you can find a way to start your own business with the right set of people and the required necessities. 

Lastly, getting around is rather easy with the advanced transport system here. Cabs and buses as well as trains will take you all over the places easily.

The Bad:

Unfortunately Singapore has a reputation of not being a place tourist would like to stay for long, unless you are really seeking a place to just relax and chill in a safe and peaceful environment. I would personally recommend staying for 5 days because you will run out of interesting places to visit and do after that, as the country is not very big, famously referred to as “a dot on the map.”

The beaches here are very poor and anyone seeking a beach vacation should visit “Sentosa Sunset Bay” which is actually is not a bad spot with active beach vollyball and clubbing going on.

Did I mention the clubbing scene is pretty tame too? However if you really wanna club and see the local clubbing scene, the notorious spots are “Zouk” “Ministry Of Sound” and “St James Power Station.’

The warm weather will take some getting used to as well, so wear light clothing and in general avoid walking in the sun. Luckily most of the places are air conditioned.

There you have it, as I said, Singapore is a unique place and will be a great holiday destination for certain people. Hopefully the above information was useful.

Jaime
Jaime London is a writer, contributor, editor and a photographer. He started his career as an editorial assistant in a publishing company in Chicago in 2009.