Let me tell you something, Singapore is one of the most underrated countries in the world. Most travelers I’ve spoken with write it off as bland, small, and lackluster. This set my expectations incredibly low but from the moment we arrived in the Southeast Asian nation via ferry I knew I was going to love Singapore. For being half the size of London it is an incredibly diverse, colorful, and culturally rich country. Here are 20 reasons why you need to travel to Singapore ASAP.
That passport stamp was euphoric for me, as it was my 50th country to explore. This milestone was incredibly meaningful me as never in my wildest fantasies did I imagine I’d get to pursue my dreams of traveling the world. Each new country and culture I am fortunate enough to visit leaves a lasting impression on me as a traveler, and as a human. Reaching my 50th country in Singapore inspired me to start the Meet The Stamp Collectors interview series where I chat with other travelers who’ve traveled widely around our globe.
Singaporeans also have the chance to be incredibly well-traveled as they now hold the world’s strongest passport, surpassing both Germany and the States. Singapore offers many nationalities a free 90-day tourist visa on arrival. If you sadly only have a layover in Singapore head out on a private 4-hour tour of the best the city has to offer with a local guide for just US$30.
6. For one of the best views in all of Singapore head to the top of the Esplanade. Go an hour before sunset so you can lazily stroll to the roof garden and stop to appreciate artwork or performance pieces along the way. From one side you’ll be able to watch the skies changing colors reflect on the high rise buildings of downtown Singapore and the light show from the Marina Bay Sands hotel. From the other, you can witness the sunset as the sky erupts in color over Singapore.
8. The Sultan Mosque is spectacular and free to enter except for prayer time. Unfortunately, the day that we explored this area the mosque was closed and we didn’t have the chance to make it back but really regret it.
10. Another beautiful mosque to see is Abdul Gafoor, which also allows visitors. The architecture is phenomenal with a golden yellow base and green accents. Outside of the mosque guest may find a series of framed images that tell the story of Islam. A very important read to further understand the Muslim community in South East Asia. Did you know that the majority of Islamic followers live in this part of the world? Even more so than the Middle East or Africa!
19. Chijmes is a fun area to explore. The centrally located Catholic convent was built in 1904 and has since transformed into a shopping and dining destination. The architecture of the building is inspiring and many of the restaurants have reasonable happy hour specials on food and drink.
Did I miss anything awesome about Singapore? If you’ve been to Singapore tell us why you loved it in the comments!
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