10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Singapore This Year

In need of a vacation? Why not start planning (and booking) one soon! Besides being something you can look forward to, we’re pretty sure it would be a much-needed – not to mention well-deserved – break for you.

If you’re still in the midst of deciding where to go, perhaps we can convince you to drop by sunny Singapore! Apart from being the safest place in the world, this vibrant city also has tons of interesting attractions and activities – that you’d feel spoilt for choice.

Today, Evolve Daily gives you 10 Reasons to Visit Singapore This Year:

1) Expect non-stop fun all year round

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It doesn’t matter what time of the year you decide to come over, because Singapore has a massive events calendar which is filled to the brim with fun activities!

Some annual highlights include the multi-cultural music, dance and visual feast at Chingay Parade, Laneway Festival’s indie music line-up, free access to art museums and light shows at the Night Festival, as well as a stunning fireworks display at Singapore’s very own countdown party at the end of the year!

If you’re a sports fan, you’d be pleased to know that Singapore also plays host to events such as the WTA Finals, Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, and the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

 

2) Immerse in different cultures

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Known for being a multi-racial, cosmopolitan society, Singapore is a colorful blend of cultures. If you visit this sunny island, you’ll get to immerse in Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian cultures through Singapore’s many traditional and religious festivals.

Throughout the year, locals will celebrate Lunar New Year, Hari Raya Adilfitri, Deepavali, and Christmas, among other cultural festivals – you’re more than welcome to join in! Don’t forget to complete your experience by dropping by historic areas of interest such as Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.

 

3) Dig in to all kinds of local delights

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Calling all foodies! You’d be delighted to know that Singapore is a food paradise, with many kinds of local and international cuisine for you to munch on. For authentic local cuisine, go to hawker centres such as Amoy Street or Maxwell Food Centre. We suggest trying some of Singapore’s well-loved signature dishes such as chicken rice, chili crab, hokkien mee, nasi lemak, and kaya toast.

You can also tickle your taste buds at the upcoming Singapore Michelin Guide 2016 – which will feature special dishes prepared by local chefs.


4) Shop till you drop

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Singapore offers one of the best shopping experiences, thanks to its endless options. Shop at the row of malls along the iconic Orchard Road, or head to ethnic area shopping districts like Chinatown and Little India. For those who wish to avoid the crowd, you can head to the 24-hour Mustafa Shopping Centre and then have supper in the area after.

 

5) Chill out at the world’s best airport

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Apart from being known as the best airport in the world, Singapore’s award-winning Changi Airport gives tourists an enjoyable and hassle-free airline travel experience. What’s more, it has become a duty-free shopping destination, thanks to its variety of stores. Psst! Tourists who fly out via Changi Airport can enjoy a 7% GST refund on purchases!

Also, Changi Airport has cool transit hotels (one has a rooftop pool!), lounges, art installations, cinemas, and even a butterfly garden.

 

6) Soak up the sights and sounds of the local attractions

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Being a lively destination, Singapore offers a wide variety of exciting activities to cater to all kinds of visitors – be it business travelers or families who are visiting for fun.

For a fun day out, visit the popular Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari, Universal Studios Singapore or Sentosa! The Marina Bay Sands casino hotel and its Sands Skypark, as well as the Singapore Flyer are worth visiting, too.

 

7) Explore the garden city’s parks

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Although most people think that Singapore is an urban country, it actually has various parks and not to mention, foliage lining the streets! This is why Singapore is also known as the ‘garden city’.

If you’re a nature lover, you should make a trip to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other parks worth visiting include East Coast Park, Kent Ridge Park and Coney Island.

Also, don’t forget to check out the massive ‘supertree’ vertical gardens and conservatories at Gardens by the Bay!


8) Admire the island’s architecture

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As you wander around Singapore, you’ll notice artworks in public spaces as well as a mixture of modern and colonial architecture among Chinese temples and traditional Malay houses.

What’s more, Singapore’s gorgeous skyline will take your breath away – especially when you see it after the sun goes down. Don’t forget to admire the picture-perfect view from one of Singapore’s rooftop bars.


9) Party the night away

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Party animals, you will not be disappointed with Singapore’s vibrant nightlife. The iconic Zouk is the ultimate nightlife destination. Do visit it at its original location, Jiak Kim Road, before it moves to Clarke Quay and accompanies the rest of the clubs there!

You could also check out CE LA VI – which is located at the Skypark of Marina Bay Sands for a great view, or underground club kyo for a night filled with champagne and fun.


10) Train martial arts with World Champions

While enjoying this dynamic destination, why not give yourself an endorphin rush and get into shape by training martial arts at Asia’s #1 MMA gym? If you’re new to martial arts, you can acquire vital self-defense skills; or if you’re a seasoned practitioner, you can take your game to the next level. Who knows, it might end up being your greatest vacation yet!

 

With so many things to do and places to explore, we believe that Singapore should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Are you now convinced that you should come over to Singapore for your next vacation?

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