Singapore is a modern, clean, bustling city with towering contemporary buildings, exquisite food and fabulous shopping. Singapore has been a seaport and trading center since the 14th century. It became a British colony in 1819 and an independent republic in 1965. This is a long history for a tiny country covering only 280 square miles. Within those 280 square miles live people from all over the world, the majority sharing seafaring roots. This has created a population as diverse as the world. It is a country that was founded because the people embrace this diversity. You see outward signs of different cultures in their food and architecture. You also see it in the respect that is shown for nature and for each other. It is a place where all faiths are practiced and multiple languages can be heard. Let these photographs inspire you to plan a visit to Singapore. For more information check out these two blog posts on eating in Singapore:
China Town, first look from the train station.
A long-tailed macaque along one of the numerous trails around the MacRitchie Reservoir.
Marina Sands Hotel, by a full moon.
The skyline from Bishan Ang Mokio Park.
A sculpture within the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Haji Lane. With its wall murals, funky shops and quirky cafes, it is a treasure to explore.
The Singapore Sling, created and still served at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel.
Anderson Bridge at night.
Delicious and inexpensive, Singapore's Hawker Centers serve some of the city's best cuisine.
Within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Orchid Garden is an oasis of serenity and color. Founded in 1859, it has over 1000 species on display.
Street Art in Little India.
The best thing I ate in Singapore was Green Curry in a Hawker Center with a cooling glass of Lime Sugar Cane Juice on the side. For more foodie tips check out my two blog posts on eating in Singapore.
The Singapore skyline at blue hour.
The Singapore skyline from MacRitchie Reservoir.
The coolest way to visit the Singapore zoo is on a night safari.
The award winning Singapore Zoo is an open concept plan in a rainforest. It allows you to see and visit the animals of Asia in their natural habitats.
The Sultan Mosque was built in 1824. It is a the must-see centerpiece of the Kampong Gelam District.
Iced coffee or tea sweetened with condensed milk is a delicious pick me up while exploring Singapore.
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