Edited by Jessica Wright
Lion City - the direct translation of Singapore - is everything the name promises; perfectly regal, visually striking, impressive in its efficiency and simply top of the food chain is so many aspects. While this great melting-pot of cultures is undoubtedly exceedingly modern, the skyscrapers give way to stunning green spaces that speak to deep-seated respect and love for natural beauty. The Lion City is dazzling not only in its beauty, but in the endless entertainment offerings and hidden gems; from excellent shopping, historical and cultural wealth, and a culinary appeal that ranges from superb street food to glamorous fine dining. After decades of living in this city I still find myself entertained. There are a few things to know when traveling to Singapore for the first time, and with these Singapore travel tips, based on years of experience, I hope you’ll be able to make the most of your stay. To be aware of all the subtle social nuances and norms can be hugely helpful and make your visit far more comfortable, and just a bit of insider information can turn up the fun dial considerably. With this guide to Singapore first time travel you’ll be travelling Singapore like a local who has lived here for years!