Our love for Singapore grows with each trip. We haven't spent a long time there, but so far I have to say; what's not to love? The skyscrapers along side tiny colorful homes, the multi culturural atmosphere, the neighborhoods, the cleanliness, the crazy architecture, the rooftop gardens and of course, the food. Singapore, also known as the City in a Garden, really is a far cry from any ordinary city.
We were staying at the gorgeous Dorsett hotel (see more about that in the next blog) wich was perfectly located for us. We spent half of the day by the river, and the other in Singapore's China Town.
If you're going there, I recommend finding Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters. Great coffee and the location by the river was lovely to say the least. China Town was no disappointment. After taking pictures of propably every house there, we ended up eating Indian food, drinking Korean beer, while listening to Chinese rap music.
(See the most intriguing facts we found about Singapore at the end of the post).
Fun facts about Singapore
- Singapore is one of three surviving city-states in the world! There are only 3 city-states in the world: Monaco, the Vatican City and Singapore! So it's both a country and a state.
- Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands. Most of these islands are uninhabited.
- In 2003, Singapore’s Changi Airport won the award for “Best Airport Worldwide” for the 16th consecutive year from the UK/Europe edition of the Business Traveller magazine.
- The Great Singapore Duck Race, an annual event that raises funds for charity, set a new world record in 2002 when more than 123,000 toy ducks took to the Singapore River.
- There are four official languages in Singapore: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil, reflecting the different ethnic make-up of the city.
- Singapore is an extremely green city with gardens, trees and jungles everywhere. They are transforming into a “city in a garden”, a current government campaign. It’s also very clean due to its littering laws.
- Singapore is often referred to as a “fine city” because of the number of big-dollar fines that one can receive for infractions. For example, you can be fined for not flushing a public toilet or for chewing gum!
- Everyone we spoke to, from taxi drivers to friends, lamented that the cost of living is very high, which we also experienced.
- Singapore was rated second in personal safety, after Luxembourg among world’s top 50 cities. (Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2003)
- Singapore has the most millionaires per capita (15.5%) of any country in the world.