Kempinski Blog Article
In Singapore, visitors truly walk among giants. Its spectacular skyline amazes all those who wander through, with modern skyscrapers creating an awe-inspiring labyrinth for travellers to explore. Recently, more open and green spaces have begun to appear within the metropolis, making Singapore an even more attractive destination for people worldwide.
As a city-state, Singapore is rather unique on the world stage, with just Monaco and Vatican City in the same category for company. Subsequently, it is also one of the smallest countries on the planet, but what it lacks in size, it positively makes up for in extravagance and beauty.
Singapore is actually made up of over 60 islands, with the towering mainland surrounded by dozens of smaller, picturesque territories, all offering their own brilliantly different experiences.
Most people heading to the country will understandably be drawn to its impressive display of modernity, but visitors should not forget about Singapore’s natural beauty. It is this combination of lush scenery and architectural grandeur that makes this corner of Asia a destination worthy of any bucket list.
Visitors will generally enter the country by Singapore’s Changi International airport and will receive the most hospitable and impressive of welcomes. The airport has been named the best in the world by Skytrax for an incredible six years in a row, with an extensive selection of facilities, flawless hygiene and refreshingly cheerful customer service.
Getting from the airport to the city is also a relatively stress-free experience. Trains from the airport to the city run throughout the day, while buses and taxis are also available.
Cars are particularly expensive in Singapore and consequently there has always been great demand for an efficient public transport system. Thankfully, the government has responded to these calls and funded a network of buses and underground trains which make getting around the city a breeze.
The modern MRT system, involving a series of convenient railways, is quick, cheap and passes by the majority of all the major landmarks.
Singaporean cuisine is heavily dominated by rice and noodles, with its proximity to countries like China, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia strongly influencing the food available.
Hainanese chicken rice is a local favourite, with its irresistible chilli, ginger and garlic flavours exciting the taste buds.
Bak Kut Teh is another popular dish found across Singapore and consists of a selection of pork ribs in a garlic and herb-based broth. One of the best places to sample the meal is the famous Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh, which has been serving the people of Singapore for over 40 years.
For seafood fans, visitors should try the chilli crab - a dish bursting with spice and flavour. It is one of Singapore’s most acclaimed meals and can be found in restaurants all over the country.
Opening in October 2018, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is located right in the heart of the cultural district, making it the perfect base to explore the country. The hotel will offer a range of elegant rooms and suites, four sophisticated restaurants and bars, as well as a luxury spa.
Singapore has a variety of sights and attractions, with visitors able to explore both the inner city landmarks and the natural beauty of its surrounding areas. Here we run through a selection of the highlights, but the list of things to do and see in Singapore is endless.
Gardens by the Bay
Possibly Singapore’s most famous attraction, the Gardens by the Bay is a collection of sculptures, rare plants and water features that dazzle the central area of the city. Their incredible displays are a joy to walk around and most light up at night to make them even more spectacular. At certain times, the lights flash in time with music, in impressively choreographed after-dark performances.
Once a British military base, Sentosa Island is now a place full of fun and thrills. The site offers a wide range of attractions, including waterparks, adrenaline-fuelled bungee jumps and various wildlife exhibits.
Visitors to Singapore can access Sentosa via a scenic cable car ride, offering great views of the city’s waterfront, or the relaxing boardwalk running through beautiful gardens.
Koon Seng Road
Singapore is a country full of colourful characters, food and culture, and nowhere is this more visible than at the joyful Koon Seng Road. The street, easily accessible from the Eunos MRT station, features a rainbow of houses thanks to its history as the home to Singapore’s Peranakan population.
The colourful buildings bring a splash of joy to this part of the city and visitors can enjoy the area’s soulful charm by dropping into one of the many little cafes or shops.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a perfect getaway. Found in north-east Singapore, the reserve is the city-state’s first ASEAN Heritage Park. A large selection of walking trails meander through the grounds, with visitors able to see a variety of rare birds and plants. The reserve’s new visitor centre is the perfect place to start and learn about the area, before heading off to see it for yourselves.
If you are planning to visit Singapore the team at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore would be delighted to help you plan your trip – don’t hesitate to get in touch.