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Singapore Highlights by District

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Almost all the attractions are located in the city centre, with the Singapore River at the nexus of this flurry and activity.

When the early immigrants arrived, they sought solace and help from within their own communities and coupled with Sir Stamford Raffles’ town planning, three ethnic enclaves were born in the city centre. To best understand the melting pot that is Singapore, a visit to Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India is a must.

Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India

Starting from the restored shophouses and Chinese temples of Chinatown, where you can learn more about the lives of the early Chinese immigrants at the Chinatown Heritage Centre, to the narrow alleys and fine textiles of Kampong Glam, which is home to the grandest mosque in Singapore in the shape of Sultan Mosque, these ethnic enclaves have their own distinctive features.

The colourful and bustling Little India beckons visitors to browse through the spice shops with their aromatic spices and visit its colourful Hindu temples with their eye-catching gopuram, or entranceway towers.

Colonial District and Orchard Road

In between, the Colonial District forms the greater part of the city centre and bears the remnants of British rule in Singapore. This can be seen in the number of colonial-era buildings that still stand today, in particular the famous Raffles Hotel. Another hard to miss attraction is the War Memorial Park, which is a grim reminder of World War II in Singapore.

A little northwest of the Colonial District is the area that Singapore is most famous for, Orchard Road. This shopping belt is a shopaholic’s dream as a wide variety of brands can be found in the sprawling and modern shopping malls that line the street. There are also some worthwhile attractions other than the shopping malls located in this area like the Goodwood Park Hotel.

The North, East and West

A number of interesting attractions outside of the city centre make a trip further afield worthwhile. The northern part of Singapore is a large and vast area that has the richest diversity of flora and fauna in Singapore. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is home to wide array of different species of animals and plants. For animal-lovers and kids, there is no better place to visit than the well-known Singapore Zoological Gardens which houses over 300 different species of animals.

Eastern Singapore is both a foodie and cultural junkie’s paradise. The Katong and Joo Chiat area is the heart of Peranakan culture and cuisine while Changi is home to a museum that honours the soldiers who lost their lives during World War II. The eastern part of Singapore is also home to the largest number of beaches in Singapore, though they don't quite come close to the ones in Malaysia or even Sentosa.

Other than a number of rather interesting museums at the National University of Singapore, western Singapore probably has the largest number of hills in Singapore. The stretch of hills is also known as the Southern Ridges and offers treks through a number of parks. Consider taking the Southern Ridges walking tour to visit the attractions along this stretch of hills.

Sentosa, Pulau Ubin and other islands

Although Singapore itself is an island, she does have a number of islets to call her own. These islets are usually less crowded and provide for ideal one-day getaways. Sentosa is the islet that is the biggest attraction to most tourists as the whole island has become a playground for locals and foreigners alike with attractions like the Universal Studios theme park, the Resorts World Casino and the Images of Singapore museum among others.

Another islet worth visiting is Pulau Ubin, where visitors can catch a glimpse of the relatively untouched kampung life of the inhabitants of the island that has long disappeared from mainland Singapore or visit the Chek Jawa Wetlands which is home to one of the richest ecosystems in Singapore. Other islands include Saint John's Island, Kusu Island and Pulau Hantu, all of them well off the beaten track and only worth a visit if you've got nothing else to do.

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Location: Singapore
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