The best time to travel to Singapore
Like other Southeast Asian countries, Singapore is mostly sunny all year round with torrential downpours. Although most of Singapore is a year-round destination, the best time to travel to Singapore is from February to April when it is the dry season in this country. The two months experience fewer downpours than the other time.
The dry season lasts from February to August. Although it is called dry season, unexpected rains still happen during this time. You can choose to travel between February and April to lower the chances of being soaked.
The wet season begins in September and ends in February. During this time, there will be rain (mostly) every day. Between November and January is the wettest time in the whole year. Expect to be soaking wet if you travel this time.
Transportation in Singapore
The best way to travel around in Singapore is via its MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) subway system. However, Singapore is a small island so it is quite easy to reach your destination on foot after getting to the neighborhood. Bus routes are also operated by MRT to get you from place to place.
Singapore is the top country that has great public transport efficiency, safety and affordability. So feel free to make use of the MRT system and buses.
It is advised not to hire a car as traffic can be terrible and parking is too expensive. If you wish to travel by car, just catch a taxi.
Where to visit in Singapore
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands resort is a complex with a high-end luxury hotel, a mall with a canal running through it, the Art Science Museum and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck where you can look over the whole city.
From the Skypark Observation Park, you can see the double helix bridge, the port, the Gardens by the Bay and a breathtaking skyline.
Marina Bay Sands and the Skypark Observation Deck are symbols of this Southeast Asian international city.
Gardens by the Bay
This designed green space is perfect to enjoy the vibrant plant life. Gardens by the Bay is an escape from the noisy and bustling city. The Supertree Grove is famous for its futuristic structure design of the environmentally sustainable functions. Remember to check out Cloud Forest Dome to check-in at the World’s tallest indoor waterfall. You can also learn a little bit about biodiversity here.
This green space guarantees a relaxing but interesting visit for all tired travelers.
Singapore Zoo is self-named as the World’s best rainforest zoo, and there must be a reason for that. The zoo is clean and green. The animals look well-treated. Orangutans are truly interesting. Visitors can also watch orangutans babies and adults swinging high above and eating fruits above their heads.
The zoo is also home to a large chimpanzee family, white tigers, zebras, kangaroos, meerkats, a komodo dragon, mole rats and other species.
Besides Singapore Zoo, this country also has Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park for animal lovers that want to get close to the wildlife.
Universal Studios Singapore
This studio has an area of 49 acres of Resorts World Sentosa. The park is organized based on themes. In particular, each area represents a location, film, or TV show. Some of the destinations are New York City, Hollywood, Madagascar and Ancient Egypt. Fiction-themed area has the film scenario of Shrek’s Far Far Away, Lost World and Sci-Fi City.
The park also offers dining options, shopping and live shows all day (and night).
What to eat in Singapore
Bak Chor Mee
It seems a little bit hard to pronounce, right?
Bak chor mee is a uniquely-Singapore dish. It has minced pork and pork balls usually served with dry noodles and braised mushrooms tossed in vinegar. There is also a soup version called Teochew style Bak Chor Mee. It is actually Singapore minced pork noodles.
Bak Kut Teh
An iconic Singapore dish includes pork rib soup. There are 3 types of Bak Kut Teh including dark, soy sauce Hokkien soup base; the less commonly seen herbal Cantonese style and the peppery garlic Teochew style.
This dish is pretty simple. First, handmade noodles are made to be cooked in soup. Then the chef will add main ingredients including minced pork, anchovies, mushrooms and spinach. Two different types of Ban Mian is You Mian which has thinner noodles and Mee Hoon Kway which has squarish and flat noodles.
The dry Ban Mian is gaining popularity as well.
As a popular Singapore dish, Hainanese Chicken Rice consists of poached chicken and rice that is cooked with chicken broth. It is served with cucumber, minced garlic, chili sauce and dark sauce
Anthony Bourdain used to say that the chicken rice was so delicious that it could be eaten without anything else.
This famous Singapore dish with the spicy-sweet-orange sauce. Prepare to get your hands dirty while eating this delicacy of Singapore. Although it has “chili” in its name, this food is not that spicy.
Mud crabs are used and stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and flavorful tomato-and-chili based sauce.
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