Those of us who love to travel tend to gravitate towards far flung lands with exotic and unfamiliar cultures. We love nothing more than immersing ourselves in new places, trying unfamiliar cuisines, seeing incredible marvels of architecture and geography and engaging with people whose lives are markedly different to our own. Even the oldest of us have grown up with multiculturalism a huge influence on the way we live, speak and eat. The English national favourite dish is curry. There’s something about Asia in particular that captures the Brits’ imagination, and their thirst for adventure which may be why so many of Brits travel (and even settle) there.
When we think of Asia we think of bright colours, spices, incredible wildlife and enormous cultural and geographical diversity. In this post, we’ll look at why the city state of Singapore is so popular among Brits who are either looking for an adventurous holiday or a new start in their career…
It’s a country and a city
Along with Vatican City in the heart of Rome and the gorgeous Monaco on the French riviera, Singapore is one of only 3 sovereign city states in the whole world. This means you get a whole country within a city. At just 721 square kilometres, it’s roughly half the size of metropolitan London, and you can explore its most well known and beloved sights in a weekend. However, if you choose to stick around longer and dig a little deeper, you’ll find that every day you spend there offers something new to fall in love with. From the shopping to the wonderful greenery to the safety and cleanliness it’s a city that keeps on giving.
It’s a foodie’s heaven
The Brits love our food. And their appetites are as eclectic as they are insatiable. They love to experience new cultures through the food they enjoy- and Singapore has no shortage of places to do exactly that. Those whose palates favour the spicy will feel right at home in Singapore, with a huge range of rice dishes, noodle dishes and soups that offer heat that doesn’t come at the expense of flavour. Seafood lovers with a penchant for spice will definitely want to try the national dish of chilli crab invented in 1950. Walk into any seafood restaurant (or any restaurant in general) and you’ll find it cooked to a high standard. Don’t dig seafood? Vegetarian? Vegan? Singapore has you covered! In fact it’s the second best place in all of Asia in which to be vegan according to PETA.
It has some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet
Indigenous Singaporeans are extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful to visitors from overseas. The population are mostly Buddhist with some sizeable Muslin and Christian populations. Their culture is mostly conservative and the locals are highly educated with an outstanding grasp of English. Although, if you feel like brushing up on your Malay, Tamil or Mandarin Chinese you’ll really make a good impression on the locals.
Singapore also has a huge British expat community with over 50,000 Brits living and working within the city state, and you’ll find all manner of British pubs in the expat friendly regions like Holland Village and River Valley.
It’s rich with opportunity
Singapore has one of the world’s most stable governments and fecund economies, which is why it’s so popular with ambitious professionals, investors and entrepreneurs around the world. Whether you’re looking to take your career to the next level or invest in a holiday home or room rental in Singapore, you’ll find that it’s a great place to find your fortune, grow your wealth and make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you want to make it your new home or become a frequent visitor, you’ll keep finding new things to love about the place.
And finally… It’s drop dead gorgeous
There are many stunning cities around the world (and a great many right here at home) but there are few places where you’ll see the kind of jaw-dropping beauty that visitors to Singapore behold as soon as they step off the plane (literally- the airport has its own sunflower garden). You’ll see a stunning marriage between the architecture of humankind and the architecture of nature. You’ll see marvels of the natural world in the world famous Tree House (the world’s biggest vertical garden) and the 60 acre wonder of the Botanic gardens (a UNESCO world heritage site). You’ll see the epic Marina skyline, the futuristic Garden By The Bay and the gigantic ferris wheel the Singapore Flyer.
There are few cities anywhere in the world as picturesque, intriguing and satisfying to visit, let alone cities that are also a country!
This is a collaborative post on Sunny in London.