Tourism is a major industry and attracts millions of tourists each year.A lot of its cultural attraction can be attributed to its cultural diversity that reflects its colonial history and Chinese, Malay, Indian and Arab ethnicities. It is also environmentally friendly, and maintains natural and heritage conservation programs. As English is one of its numerous official languages, it is generally easier for tourists to understand when speaking to the local population of the country, for example, when shopping. Transport in Singapore exhaustively covers most, if not all public venues in Singapore, which increases convenience for tourists. This includes the well-known Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system.
This is one of the motivations of health travelers along with world class medical infrastructure. A few days can be used in sight seeing by the medical tourist.
There are various shopping belts in Singapore namely Marina Bay, Bugis, Chinatown, Geylang Serai, Kampong Gelam & Arab Street, Little India, North Bridge Road, Orchard, Riverside, Shenton Way & Raffles Place and The Suburbs. Orchard Road district in the heart of Singapore, is dominated by fancy multi-level shopping centres and 5 star hotels. This is often considered to be the center of tourism in Singapore. The local populace also use Orchard Road for shopping extensively. Some other popular tourist attractions include the Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, Orchid garden and Bukit Timah park. These allow people to explore flora and fauna of Asian, African and American habitats. The island resort of Sentosa, which attracted around 19 million visitors in 2011 is located towards the southern part of Singapore. Sentosa along with a beach front resort, some tourist attractions include Fort Siloso, the historical museum and an underwater world aquarium. The Jurong bird park has a vast variety of exotic bird life from around the world and this is popular with children.
Other than Orchard Road, Singapore's largest shopping centre, VivoCity, has also attracted millions of people since its opening in 2006. The Singapore River is a popular tourist spot for its nightlife and restaurants. This includes the Clarke Quay and Boat Quay area.
The Singapore Tourism Board introduced "Late Night Shopping" in 2007. Tourists can catch "Late Night Shopping" on Orchard Road up till midnight every last Friday of the month and enjoy special deals or promotions by participating retailers. During Christmas, Hotels in Singapore and tour operators provide attractive travel deals to shopaholic tourists.
Some of the shopping haunts are-:
- Little India
- Marina Bay
- Orchard Street
Sports - Golfing
Perfect weather makes Singapore a ideal destination for golf. With superb golfing facilities and an extensive selection of clubs, one would be filled for choices. You can play golf at almost anytime of the day and even at night! -
as some courses are open for play in the evenings. This means you can
enjoy the courses at a wide variety of clubs, regardless of your skill
You can also easily access regional golf courses in neighbouring
destinations like Bintan, Batam and Johor. For instance, two signature
championship courses in Indonesia, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Ian
Baker-Finch, are a short 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore.
There are golf packages which can be arranged along with hotel packages. These packages can be part of public courses or regional level courses.
There are some things to keep in mind when golfing in Singapore. Most
of our golf clubs and courses have a dress code that requires collared
t-shirts with trousers or short pants. Proper golf shoes should also be
- Scuba Diving
- Water Surfing
In addition to all these sports activities one can also do a different type of sports - spectator sport. From the local soccer league
and dragon boat races to international events like the Caltex Masters
Singapore golf tournament and the Singapore Sevens rugby tournament,
Singapore is the ideal venue to catch some exciting sporting action.
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