Cities to visit before it's too late
A little more than half a century ago, Singapore was a small poor state, where even fresh water was imported. Today it is the richest country, one of the financial centers of the world. Corruption and crime are strangled here, first-class level of medicine and education, many religions and cultures harmonize side by side, and there is always a warm summer!
The state of Singapore is considered one of the safest places for tourists in the world. Currency exchange, communications, transportation, food - all this will not cause the slightest difficulty to the guest. There is no garbage and dirt, and the probability of "catching up" some tropical disease is almost zero. But to catch the amazing spirit of the ancient history is quite possible.
Fountain of Wealth, photo WEB
Today, the territory of Singapore, which was in its time Portuguese, and Malay, and British, and Japanese, is a republic, spread over 63 islands. Thanks to an unprecedented government policy, in just half a century, the state has made a stunning economic breakthrough, becoming one of the four "East Asian tigers". This phenomenon in history is called the Singapore economic miracle, and you should definitely see its consequences with your own eyes at least once.
When planning an independent trip to Singapore, you should take with you only basic knowledge of English and a credit card. Everything else to get here is not difficult. This country is a great place for shopping and, of course, cultural and beach holidays. What you need to know when going to Singapore for the first time: the currency here is the Singapore dollar, the national language is Malay (but absolutely all residents speak English fluently), the average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius, the time zone is UTC + 8. And yet, - to get here, you need a visa.
Bitnan Island, photo WEB
The capital of city is Singapore. And this is an amazingly dynamic, contrasting and vibrant city. There are the most modern streets, clad in glass and concrete skyscrapers, and completely ethnic quarters, like Chinatown or Little India. Among the places that everyone must visit in Singapore is the world's largest cell-free zoo, the only night safari park on the planet, a stunning Bird Park spread over 20 hectares, and a completely unimaginable Oceanarium with more than 100,000 marine animals.
The question of what to do in Singapore is not worth it at all - in this country, lovers of shopping tours, swimming, sunbathing on the beach, and tourists who prefer an active or cultural holiday will find a comfortable stay. Among other islands, Bintan Island stands out, where white beaches coexist with golf courses and untouched jungle. But on the island of Sentosa there are many amusement parks and dolphinarium in open water.
Zoo in Singapore is free-cell, photo WEB
Among all attractions of Singapore, everyone must visit Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Ferris Wheel, Gardens at the Bay with fantastic trees, a botanical garden and much more. Among the places of worship, what to see in Singapore, you can independently, the Buddhist temple Shuang Lin and the Jamai Mosque, as well as many temples, churches, museums and theaters.
Under the influence of the various peoples culture in Singapore, a very special cuisine was formed on its territory, an incredible mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European. Local cooking - a delightful tourist lure, comparable to shopping. Its multiculturalism and wide price range created a real paradise for gourmets in Singapore.
Park "Gardens at the Bay", photo WEB
Modern Singapore is the epitome of order and efficiency. Having achieved prosperity, it continues to develop, not only building new skyscrapers and filling bridges between the islands, but also improving the quality of its citizens life. It is difficult to imagine what this place will be like in 10 years, but here and today it is full of very real miracles.
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