Singapore is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to comparing popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Not only is it a city-state (one of only three independent country city-states in the world; the other two being Monaco and Vatican City), it has also been ranked as the most expensive city to live… in the world. Quite a contrast to the ‘backpacker haven’ cities in neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia! Another major differences is that English is one of the four official languages. For Canadians like us, it’s easy to track spending: the Singapore Dollar is almost on par with the Canadian Dollar.
There are many unique things to see and do on the island. With only four days to explore, we feel like we barely scratched the surface. An obvious highlight was Gardens by the Bay: Cloud Forest is breathtaking, and the Supertrees are absolutely magnificent!
A cultural melting pot, Singapore offers foods and flavours from all over Asia. While slightly more challenging, we were still able to find plenty of inexpensive food options (our favourites were in Little India). There are also ‘hawker centres’ (open-air complexes that house a multitude of inexpensive food stalls) located throughout the city.
In terms of public transportation, visitors have the option of buses, taxis, Uber, GrabCar, or MRT (train). Singapore also has a number of bike-sharing programs, with bicycle available nearly everywhere we visited.
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