Singapore may be geographically small, especially when compared to its gigantic neighbours. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for a vibrant culture. The nation is abuzz with life everywhere you look. As the old intersperses with the new seamlessly, everyone always finds their niche here.
So, it’s not a huge surprise that every year, the Lion City welcomes millions of visitors. Tourists holding their SMRT train map and looking forward to their next stop are a common sight. After all, there’s always something new experience here.
But if you want to experience Singapore more intimately and veer away from the usual tourist paths, just do what the locals do.
If you want to know more about Singapore’s culture, start with food. It’s a difficult job to pin Singaporean cuisine to one origin. As the nation is at the crossroad of different cultures, it inherited different ways of cooking — and eating — food.
Cross out the fancy restaurants in your list, though. If you want to taste true Singaporean cuisine, visit the hawker centres, and sit among the locals. It’s perhaps the best way to enjoy your food.
Although it’s tiny, Singapore is home to various parks and recreational sites. Nature is close to many Singaporeans’ hearts. Be sure to visit the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, one of the last remaining natural mangrove forests in the country. You should drop by Singapore Botanic Gardens as well. You can have a picnic there and enjoy the lush greenery.
Land of Festivals
As Singapore is influenced by different cultures, people here celebrate a number of festivals and events. Be it Chinese New Year or Thaipusam, your visit to Singapore isn’t the same if you don’t experience at least one of these events. So, make sure to time your travel well and plan ahead so don’t miss the celebrations.
There are endless reasons to love Singapore. But you’ll love it more when you stop doing what all the other tourists are doing and follow where the locals go.