An island city-state off the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, Singapore is a global financial center with a tropical climate (it lies one degree north of the equator) and multicultural population (majority 3/4 Chinese, the other 1/4 split between Malay and Indian).
It's the only English speaking country in Asia while most Singaporeans are bi-lingual. Their Changi airport has held the title of "Best Airport" for many consecutive years for a reason. The country itself is ultra clean, safe, and known for its extensive ethnic cuisine and diverse delicious food culture. We found it to be a spectacularly fun place to visit with an endless amount of activities, architecture, museums, neighborhoods, shops and restaurants to experience such different cultures with everything feeling spacious and yet so nearby being in a pretty compact area of land.
Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore's circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha's teeth. The city-state consists of one main island and 62 islets and is home to almost 6 million people with four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil.
JAM had a blast finding it a perfect place to spend with family for a recent summer week. See snapshots of some of the places we visited (Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Island, Newton Circus) and highlights featured in the following pages of...
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