Once a humble trading port of the British, the country of Singapore has now become one of the richest countries in Asia. It has its humble beginnings in the year 1819 when Sir Stamford Raffles discovered the island, known back then as Temasek, and decided that it would serve as a strategic trading post of the East Indies. Today, Singapore is a bustling city with its economy thriving on export, trade, commerce and tourism.
What makes Singapore distinct is its rich cultural heritage. Because of it being once a trading post, it had become the settlement of merchants from different parts of Asia as well as different parts of the world. Indeed, the country of Singapore has become a melting pot of cultures which have been molded and assimilated, giving birth to one that is uniquely their own.
Travelers visiting the country of Singapore would be confident traveling around the country because it has the lowest crime rate in the world. However, it is important to take note of the rules and regulations, particularly in public areas. Singapore’s government has known to be the strictest in the world. Tourists and locals alike are subjected to the same punishments if they are caught breaking the law. Some helpful tips to travelers is to make sure to throw your trash in the garbage, including discarded bubble gum. Smoking in public areas in the cities is also strictly prohibited.
Despite its small land area, Singapore has been able to adequately zone the land allowing modern day skyscrapers and infrastructures to be built while still providing some land for nature to thrive. One of the most visited tourist destinations in Singapore is the Mandai Garden. Recognized as the largest commercial orchid nursery in the country, the Mandai Garden is home to some of the most exotic plant and flower species in the world. In fact, much of the orchids and other tropical flower species that are sold in Europe, Australia and the United States are imported from this nursery.
Singapore is also home to some of the finest golf courses in the world. No matter what your handicap is, avid golfers can enjoy hitting the green while being captivated by the breathtaking landscapes. It is not only travelers visiting Singapore that get to enjoy these golf courses. Each year, these golf courses are hosts to some of the most prestigious international golfing tournaments such as the PGA and the LPGA.
While you are visiting Singapore, make sure to take some time to visit its very own Chinatown. It is another of the many favorite attractions travelers visit during their stay in Singapore. Travelers visiting Chinatown are taken back in time as they enter alleys lines with ornamental temples and buildings that seem to have been built back in time. It is also a perfect place to pick up some souvenirs and gifts for your family back home. Just remember to make sure not to accept the first price they give you. Many of these stalls and shops allow you to bargain for a reasonable price for both you and the owner of the shop.