Singapore is a prosperous country in Southeast Asia between Malaysia and Indonesia. I didn’t know what to expect before travelling to Singapore. Only knowing that it has been described as one of Asia’s economics ‘tigers’. This was obvious the second I set foot in the country. On arrival, I was surrounded by skyscrapers and high-rise company buildings, scattered throughout the city. I should admit I had little knowledge of this country prior to travelling here. The main thing I remember was my astonishment at how clean the city was and how modern my surroundings were.
I felt instantly at ease and safe, which is rare to feel when embarking on a new adventure in a new city. It’s undeniable that Singapore is one of the most culturally diverse countries in Asia. We were met with nothing less than smiles from the other tourists and locals. People from various social groups, even some local Singaporeans asking to take pictures with us. I guess the paleness of the Irish really stands out in Asia!
Everyone knows the famous Merlion symbol. Even if you don’t know the meaning, you’ll recognise the iconic statue. There seems to be a constant audience at this attraction, each posing for the best picture with the half-lion half-mermaid. The mythical creature is the national image of Singapore. The lion-head representing Singapore’s original name—Singapura (the Lion City). The body of the fish representing Singapore’s origin as a fishing village. Of course, a selfie here is a must or even a quick Boomerang for Instagram!
Touring around Singapore can be expensive. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan once your money becomes scarce. One place I thoroughly enjoyed was The Singapore Botanic Gardens. At first I wasn’t too pushed about going, it sounded a little dull and boring.
It is one of Singapore’s national landmarks so it would be a shame to miss it. The only negative aspect of my time there was the intense humidity. I would recommend you to visit early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid rambling around in buckets of sweat.
I spent a few hours there taking in the stunning views of the exotic flowers, plants and trees. You’ll be greeted by fascinating wildlife including birds and insects. Make sure you apply insect repellent. I guarantee you will get bit otherwise. The last thing you want is to be walking around looking like you’ve got chicken pox for the rest of your holiday! The gardens were tourist-free which only added to the tranquil atmosphere. The open-space in the centre of Singapore was a calming contrast compared with the city’s numerous high-rise buildings. Some serenity is always a nice change during a city holiday!
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