In May 2015 I found myself at the end of a thirty day trip around Thailand. I loved Thailand and really didn’t want to leave. However, the god of visa rules said that I had to exit the country before they’d grant me another thirty days. Hence I hopped on a plane to Singapore and gave myself a week to explore the world’s only city island nation.
I’ve met plenty of travellers over the years who gave Singapore a resounding thumbs down. In truth, some of their complaints are fair. A trip here can get crazy expensive, especially with large chunks of the city dedicated to soulless shopping malls. In the meantime, the food and drink scene can feel a bit snooty. Nevertheless, it was my experience that it’s easy to avoid these traps and focus on Singapore’s many strengths.
Just give the malls and boutiques a miss. Moreover, eat delicious, affordable street food at the city’s many hawker centres. Above all, embrace the gorgeous public green spaces on offer, most of which are free! From the elevated views from The Southern Ridges to the gorgeous Botanic Gardens, Singapore has become known as “the lungs of Asia!”
Thus I find myself disagreeing with the critics. For the full story on my adventures here, have a leaf through my travel reports from: