Singapore –Southeast Asia’s Trendy Playground!
Authored by Marie Hernandez
Singapore has become the new, trendy place to be while in Southeast Asia, and, as an expat, I consider myself very lucky to have watched her turn into an urban playground for the travel connoisseur.
A melting pot of several Asian countries, although founded by a Brit in 1819 (Sir Stamford Raffles), Singapore was originally conquered and occupied by the Japanese. She gained her independence in August of 1965 and has been a rising star in the financial world ever since.
Some of the world’s biggest banks reside in Singapore, as it is one of the world’s safest countries. Though this doesn’t come without a cost. The city was recently voted the most expensive city in the world to live!
She attracts many of the rich and famous, and it’s not uncommon to find stars like Jackie Chan, Miley Cyrus, or Hugh Jackman walking the streets of Singapore taking selfies with fans.
There is something for everyone when it comes to entertainment, food, and sightseeing, and the following are just some of the phenomenal attractions which make Singapore Southeast Asia’s trendiest playground.
Trendy Things to do in Singapore
Nightlife in Singapore is abundant and for such a small island there are plenty of places to choose from. A great place for live-wire revelers is Chateaux.
It boasts elegance and sophistication, is housed in an authentic historical site in Singapore, and has been catering to the clubbing experience for nearly a decade.
If food is your passion, Singapore doesn’t disappoint. Singapore is a foodie haven with something for every palette.
Go to places should include Capricci, an Italian fine dining eatery owned and operated by Massimo Squaro.
His 20 years experience and passion for food shines through in the delectable dishes served at his charming restaurant.
Grand Hyatt Singapore
A favorite amongst travelers, and a restaurant I personally recommend whenever someone is visiting Singapore, is Mezza Nine.
It’s located in the Grand Hyatt and offers diners literally hundreds of culinary delights.
With its nine different dining experiences; steam basket, deli counter, wok, grill, seafood, Thai, yakitori, sushi, patisserie counter and a martini bar there is something for every palate and it is impossible to leave less than satisfied.
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore has some of the most remarkable architectural designs, including the world famous Marina Bay Sands.
Internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, from Las Vegas, designed the spectacular hotel/convention center/shopping center/restaurant/casino/theater and it truly is an amazing sight to see.
A favorite thing to do is to ride to the top and take in the breathtaking views from the Sky Park. Only when you take in a 360° view do you gain a sense of how extraordinary Singapore truly is.
Gardens by the Bay
Another marvelous architectural feat is the Gardens By The Bay.
This is an attraction that encompasses three spaces where you’ll enjoy Super trees, a waterfront garden, and a vertical garden that generates it’s own solar panel and rainwater that acts as a ventilation system for the whole park.
The most amazing part being…it’s all enclosed in an air-conditioned space! Now, how can you have plants from every corner of the world and successfully grow and display them in air conditioning? It’s simply remarkable!
Cartier, Giorgio Armani
If shopping is your thing well Singapore is definitely the place for it. Orchard Road rivals Rodeo Drive or 5th Avenue and is where the shopaholics go to buy all the famous brand names.
Be prepared to dig deep though, nothing comes without a steep price.
There is no shortage of things to do or places to see in Singapore, and its central location to some of the world’s best tropical islands makes it a fantastic base to discover the rest of Southeast Asia.
In 5 years as an expat, I’ve never once been bored. Singapore is brilliant at keeping up with the demands of an ever-changing world and I am happy to call her home…for now!
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