Singapore : Should you go to Singapore?.As we sail away from Singapore where we managed to have 2 fascinating tours in the space of 33 hours despite major jet lag after 28 hours of travel, I can summarize our experience in one word – awesome! Yes, you should go and here’s why ….While I could enthusiastically recommend our tour itineraries, highlights of which include the night-time narrated Bumboat ride along the Singapore river and the daytime walk through the exquisite National Orchid Gardens, I think an impressionistic image of life in the tiny country of Singapore gives you adequate reason to put Singapore on your bucket list. So here goes ….People are happy, cultural diversity is well-respected, and the cleanliness of the city-state reminds me of Switzerland. The government seems to be managing the economy, social services and infrastructure efficiently while keeping taxes and unemployment low and GDP high. Moreover, the 800 ships just waiting to unload their cargo at the second biggest port in the world in terms of tonnage reflect a country that is growing rapidly since it obtained its independence in 1965 and determined to get ahead..Then there is the aesthetic factor — the city is literally “green” with gardens, trees, and lush tropical foliage. To support and protect this beauty, developers who demolish existing greenery in the process of new construction are legally required to “green” their new buildings, for example, by adding treetop gardens. Plus the government strongly favors a refurbish over demolish policy with an eye to historic preservation..But Singapore is more than a well-governed and rapidly-growing country that is beautiful to visit. The pleasure principle is alive and thriving there with a local cuisine that is as full of life as the well-educated citizens..Bottom line: this little country is teeming with restaurants, street food and night-life plus a huge variety of retail establishments, from the trendy but affordable H & M to the very posh Hermes and Prada to name just a few. A favorite travel and shopping destination of Southeast Asians, little Singapore offers a very inviting stay for anybody traveling to this corner of the world..Stay tuned to BonVoyageurs.com for more Countries of the World as we share our joie de vivre from around the world. Luxury escapes and city breaks to Quebec City, New York, Washington, Buenos Aires. In Europe, places like Paris France, Nice France, Provence and the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera), Tuscany and Florence in Italy, Rome, Napoli and the Amalfi Coast. In Asia, countries like China, India, Nepal and so much more!
Sand In My Suitcase says
We’ll be visiting Singapore soon before and after a cruise we’ll be taking up the Malay Peninsula. So your post is timely! And checking out the botanic gardens (and the orchids) is tops on our to-do list. We hear the gardens are the most visited botanic gardens in the world! The “bumboat” river cruise sounds like fun too :-).
Mike Orobona says
Love its namesake airline, and I wish I’d spent more time in Singapore itself.