Singapore is the city in which order and reason prevail. The chaos which is common in other busy Asian cities has been structured and refined.
Singapore is clean, safe and efficient and the inhabitants are as proud of this as they are of the city’s great financial heart beating around the clock. The harbour is the busiest in the world and capital flows on the stock exchange. All the world’s banks, insurance companies and investors are represented here.
In 200 years, Singapore has gone from being a deserted island to an eminent industrial nation and major financial power, as reflected in the flourishing townscape.
A good start for anyone who wants to experience Singapore today, with its mixture of old and new, is to have a drink on Boat Quay or Clarke Quay in the late afternoon and evenings. The renovated leisure districts are packed with bars and restaurants. Many people from the financial district meet in these 2 spots after work to socialise, as do many locals and visitors on both weekday nights and weekends.
Another popular destination is the Raffles Hotel, built, and newly renovated, in the Colonial style. Is there anything more embedded in mystic than to enjoy a Singapore Sling in the hotel’s Long Bar? It is the perfect way to experience Singapore and perhaps the very best way of all to experience the meeting between the city’s exciting history and modern, progressive outlook.
Anyone who is looking for the original Singapore might like to head for the crowds of Chinatown where fortune-tellers, calligraphers and temple visitors are a permanent feature of everyday life.
In Little India you will find the best Indian sari fabrics and lots of exciting spices. Don’t miss the small shops on Arab Street either, nor should you forget the quaint Malay Village community just off Geylang.