Why you don’t like Singapore (it’s not what you think)
When people tell me that they don’t like Singapore, I have one response for them: That’s because you didn’t see Singapore with me. I take you to the historic old neighborhoods, the best local hawker centers, and the most interesting sights.
Alright if Singapore is too sterile or uptight for you, give me a chance to show you otherwise. In one week I’ll be leading a small group of travelers on a tour through Singapore and Malaysia. We’ll hit up all the best eating spots, show your the best of the old and new architecture, drop into a museum or two, and see why Singapore is called Garden City.
If you can’t take this tour, we’ll run it again next year or consider our similar tours to Taiwan, Borneo, and Colombia.
Singapore via Instagram
To give you an idea of what life is like in Singapore and the kind of places we’ll take you on our tour, I’ve compiled my favorite Instagram photos (from my mobile phone) from Singapore. Enjoy and be sure to leave a message in the comment section if you’ve ever been to Singapore or if you’d like to go some day.
This post is part of an Instagram series I’ve published including: Myanmar via Instagram and Kolkata (Calcutta) via Instagram. If you’re interested in improving your mobile photography, read: 5 Easy Tips to Improve your Mobile Photography
It was a busy day at the Hindu Temple in Little India, but this man was on the side watching for a moment of calm.
What I love about traveling, and especially about a place as diverse as Singapore is the fact that if you just start wandering, you’ll find something interesting. I’ve been to Singapore five times now, and have never seen this Hindu Temple so active.
Produce stalls like this line the under-cover five footway in Little India.
You’ll find different vegetables in Little India compared to the rest of Singapore.
Backstreet scene in Little India.
This mosque at the border between Little India and Kampung Glam was built by the Malabar Muslims of Kerala, India.
Saturday, late afternoon, at Clarke Quay, one of Singapore’s nightlife districts.
The Singapore River on a Saturday evening. Marina Bay Sands in the distance.
Singapore’s financial district by night.
By chance we were treated to fireworks over Marina Bay Sands.
Singapore has a surprisingly large amount of green space. Take a hike through the Southern Ridges.
The Singapore skyline is seen from only a small portion of the Southern Ridges.
Singapore’s tropical climate allows lots of flowers to bloom year-round.
Don’t miss the spectacular Henderson Waves Bridge, one of the many architectural highlights of the city.
Old-style Chinese lunch boxes.
Primates were used to climb palms to collect coconuts.
This photo is part of a collection of National Geographic photos at the National Museum.
The Botanical Gardens are a great place to go for a long walk. And they’re free!
Many Chinese burn incense at the temple.
The faithful come to the Buddha tooth relic Temple in Chinatown.
Everyday retired Chinese men gather to play checkers outside the temple in Chinatown.
The oldest mosque in Singapore is located in Chinatown.
Muslims are called to prayer five times per day.
Gardens by the Bay is now one of the most popular sights in the city.
Do as most do–stare up in wonder at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
You can get this view from the bar on top of the Marina Bay Sands.
Gardens by the Bay was built on land reclaimed from the sea.
It’s nearly impossible to avoid the malls in Singapore.
If you look hard enough, you’ll find little pockets of old world among the modernity in Singapore.
I bet this tour would be pretty good. The photos look promising!
You are making me proud to be living in this vibrant city! 😀
You should be, Pamela! I get excited every time I visit Singapore. Sure I like the new, modern Singapore, (and the fact that everything works smoothly) but what I love most of all is exploring the neighborhoods where the old cultures are alive and strong. I tell people if they don’t find something interesting in Singapore, it’s because they haven’t looked hard enough.