Once dubbed the most boring city in Asia, Singapore is today a metropolis with and old-world charm and a sparkling modernity. A spicy aromatic blend of Malay, Chinese, Eurasian and Indian culture, neatly displayed in a landscape of shiny skyscrapers, parks and lush tropical coasts. The days can be spent in the big shopping malls, taking small pauses to have a cup of tea or enjoing a traditional Indonesian lunch. The Singaporian culture is visible discovering the historic temples and browsing in Little India and Chinatown, just minutes apart, while relaxing in the sun on the island of Sentosa, then to change one’s luck at the Casino Sands and then concluding with a dinner in one of the exclusive restaurants in town.
Taxis are the most convenient and cheap way of getting to the city center. There will be extra charges for travel in peak hours, at night, on holidays or to certain destinations. Shopping is the national hobby. Shops are generally open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., even if the biggest shopping mall of Singapore is located in Little India, it is called Mustafa Centre and it is open 24 hours.
Singapore is renowned for its gastronomical scene: Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian traditional cuisine. You can enjoy it in many different places, from the hawker to the fancy and formal restaurant. For something truly unique, go to the Katong area for the kitchen of Peranakans, a sophisticated blend of Chinese and Malay flavors. Do not forget to ask for a Privilege Card at the Tourist Office.