Explore Singapore - A Perfect Holiday for the Whole Family

By on Jun 13, 2014
Explore Singapore - A Perfect Holiday for the Whole Family
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Singapore, a small Southeast Asian city-state, may not be popular as a family-friendly destination. In fact, many people think that Singapore is just a business and financial hub, a stopover on the way to a better destination, or a shopping mecca.

In fact, Singapore is one of the tourist hubs in the Southeast Asian region, with a good number of attractions perfect for the whole family. Here are the places and things to see and experience during a family holiday in Singapore.

East meets West

Singapore is not picked up by the radar of many tourists and travelers because it does not seem exotic enough. Singapore is a very modern country—especially by Southeast Asian standards—but there are plenty of Eastern touches that will remind visitors that they are still in Asia despite the seemingly Western appearance of Singapore. Visit Little India and Chinatown for obvious touches of the two dominant cultures in Singapore—fortunately, these spots are quite close to each other, and visiting them on the same day feels like going to two different countries in an afternoon.

The National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore, the oldest museum in the country, offers an interesting look at the rich and colorful history of the Lion City, from its colonial past to its ultra-modern present. Must-visit museums that illustrate the “east meets west” vibe of Singapore include the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Peranakan Museum, the Singapore Art Museum, Fuk Tak Chi Museum, the Mint Museum of Toys (small, but definitely a must visit for children), the Nei Xue Tang Museum, and the Red Dot Design Museum.

Sight-seeing in Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Southeast Asian region, with over five million visitors every year. The island is home to Universal Studios Singapore, Fort Siloso, two five-star hotels, two golf courses, a sheltered beach, the Tiger Sky Tower, the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, the iconic Merlion Statue, the Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, the MegaZip Adventure Park, the Waveouse Sentosa, and the iFly Singapore.

Sentosa Island

Universal Studios Singapore is one of the hottest theme parks in Southeast Asia, located right inside the Resorts World Sentosa. The theme park is divided into seven sections, namely: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar. Numerous attractions exclusive to Universal Studios are also found in the Sentosa theme park, including the Revenge of the Mummy, the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, and more. The island also has some great beaches.

Gourmet adventures

Singapore is one of the best places for the family who loves to eat. There are plenty of hawker markets and food courts scattered around the city, and the fact that Singaporeans are extreme sticklers for cleanliness make it less scary to try street foods and new dishes. Chicken rice is a must-try—you can have it steamed and roasted—it can be considered as the national food of Singapore. Also, if your children are game for a culinary adventure, make sure to try laksa, chilli crab, cereal prawns, rojak, otak-otak, satay, wanton mee, roti prata, and kaya toast.

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