We’re working our way down the list of 100 places you need to visit. MarketMAPS takes a look at a fast-growing destination with amazing cuisine and its own brand of English: Singapore.Comment and tell us which locations you think should make our list of Places You Need to Visit!
A former British colony, the island country of Singapore is located between Malaysia and Indonesia. Singapore consists of 63 islands that make up a total land area of about 272 square miles. It gained its independence from Britain in 1963 and has become a prominent economic and policy-making entity in the East Asian region. Here are just a few reasons why Singapore is one of the 100 places you need to visit.
There are countless food blogs dedicated to comparing, dissecting, and arguing about Singapore’s vibrant food scene. On the streets of Singapore you can find authentic cuisine from almost every corner of the globe. Egyptian, Indian, Nigerian—whatever your stomach craves, most likely Singapore has the best, most authentic version of it.
A Green Country
Amidst the urban business centers that have become a large part of Singapore’s image are luscious parks, gardens, and natural areas. And Singapore’s dedication to being green isn’t just for appearances; Singapore is a champion of environmental initiatives, from the world’s largest CNG refueling station to its first Solar Greenlots for electric vehicles.
Singapore was under British rule for over 100 years. Not surprisingly, English is one of the country’s official languages, but this is English that no one in America or the UK would understand: it’s Singlish. Singapore English is cobbled together from various influences including Queen’s English, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil, and dialects such as Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Bengali, and Punjabi.
A Tilted View of the World
Singapore’s Swissotel the Stamford is Southeast Asia’s tallest hotel. At about 226 meters high, the hotel offers a somewhat tilted view of the world. The bar that sits on the building’s 72nd floor is actually slanted down (20 degrees to give the ultimate eye-in-the-sky effect). If that isn’t dizzying enough for you, climb to the top of the hotel and gaze out from the helipad. On a clear night you can see as far as Indonesia.
If you think beautiful green spaces, a great foodie community, and an English that you can’t understand are just what you need to escape your comfort zone, then Singapore might be the place for you. If you’re looking to plan a trip to Singapore, get started with the right map. MarketMAPS publishes the most complete selection of maps of anywhere in the US and worldwide.
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