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For most travellers across the world, Singapore is the gateway to Asia. A relatively easy destination to travel to, this paradisiacal island country is everything you can possibly dream of. From the best cultural attractions to the well-known tourist hot spots, Singapore is every bit a tourist’s haven. For female travellers too – for whom travelling is not as easy as compared to their male counterparts.
Singapore proves to be one of the best places to visit. Sounds hard to believe? Here are 10 compelling reasons that proves Singapore to be a perfect place for female solo travelers.
It’s Safe. Very Safe
Petty crimes and thefts are common everywhere. If you’re not careful, you’re prone to problems. But otherwise, Singapore is considered to be an extremely safe city for females, especially solo travellers. The city has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. From littering on the streets or even chewing gum, you can be charged a fine.
The city allows you to be yourself and walk freely, even at night. This is no mean feat for a city that was until some years back was haunted by tortures and crimes. The safety rules of the country have positively impacted the influx of tourists from all over the world.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
It’s simply impossible to visit Singapore and come back empty handed, especially for women who have a taste for good things. Don’t know where to shop? Simply go to Orchard Road and it’s a promise you won’t want to return home.
Other amazing places to shop for great souvenirs are Chinatown and Little India. From jewellery and clothes to handicrafts and paintings; there’s nothing you can’t find in Singapore. Shopping is almost synonymous to Singapore and it is advisable to keep a separate budget so you can spend freely.
Cultural diversity is a huge attraction for most travelers, especially female travelers. The city is a beautiful amalgamation of various cultures including the local Malay, Chinese, Indian and more. The city is full of old temples, museums, and churches that are a must-see. The cultural fests happening all year round are one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country.
It Adds to Your Style
Only when you visit Singapore you realize that the city is very stylish and its style rubs off on you, too. Fashion and style are an extremely significant part of the Singaporean culture. From the architecture, to the dressing sense of the people, everything depicts elegance and class, which is very rare for a city to carry off with such grace.
It Doesn’t Burn a Hole in Your Pocket
One of the best things about Singapore is the fact that it is extremely affordable. It welcomes tourists from all walks of life with the same warmth. While it has the best of rooftop resorts for the luxury traveler, its cheap public transport ensures no backpacker should feel constrained, too.
If you’re on your own in Singapore, all you need is a route map for the public transport. It’s very safe, cheap and literally goes everywhere across the length and breadth of the city, thus making it a perfect way to explore Singapore for one and all. Even the stay is affordable. From economical dormitories and hostels to luxurious suites; Singapore offers every traveler a place to sleep.
It Offers Both Peace and Adventure
Travelers come to a destination with different mindsets. While some come in search of peace, others come to enjoy adventures and attractions. Singapore has plenty of such places that makes it extremely appealing for all types of travelers.
For those looking for unmissable adventurous attractions, check out Universal Studios, the night safari and Singapore Zoo. For those in search of peace and tranquillity, the churches and shrines of Singapore offer the calmest experiences one can ever imagine. It has the perfect balance of vibrant nightlife and quiet streets that allow you to immerse in the soul of the city.
Lip-smacking Food. Period.
Singapore is one destination that has the capability to make anyone a foodie. Irrespective of whether or not you love food, the variety is simply adorable. Also, the fact that the food is so amazingly affordable makes it one of the best unique selling points of the city.
Everything from fine dining to food courts and even roadside food stalls, guaranteed you’ll leave Singapore with a happy tummy (and some insta-worthy photos, too!). From Japanese, Indian, Thai, Singaporean, European, and so many more delicacies enjoy their best versions in Singapore.
Singapore is surprisingly a very distinctively designed city. Almost every building in the city is designed artistically. Buildings, temples, churches, museums, roads, gardens–even the lamp posts are designed to please the eye. It’s almost impossible to call anything in the city as ugly.
For the selfie lovers and memory capturers, Singapore is ideal. Almost every spot whether it is the Marin Bay Sands, Sentosa Cable car, or Singapore Flyer; each attraction is picture perfect and worthy of saving in your cherished memories folder. So, gal, forget anything but your cameras while sightseeing around majestic Singapore.
It’s Clean. It’s Green
Singapore is clean and green beyond belief. In an era where pollution and global warming are rising at an alarming rate, the greenery in Singapore is inspiring. Known as the garden city of the world, Singapore is full of greenery all around.
From the green suspended bridge to an entire futuristic garden dedicated to greenery, Singapore is a living example of how technology can be used to make the world a better place.
It Keeps You Connected
We’re living in the 21st century and staying connected while travelling is a must, especially for solo travelers who have loved ones back at home waiting for them. Also, sharing pictures instantaneously is an integral part of our travels now, isn’t it? Internet is everywhere in Singapore, literally. Wi-Fi connectivity is present even in museums, churches and temples. Even the most commercial areas of Marina Bay Sands, and Esplanade offer fast free Wi-Fi services for the comfort of its travelers.
Singapore has the perfect mix of culture, beauty, adventure, and serenity. It has everything a female traveler looks for – whether solo or in a group. The city not only allows you to let yourself free but also influences you to sit back and look within yourself. Singapore is a destination you just can’t do without. The city grows on you and you’ll want to come back here again and again.
Are you traveling to Singapore soon? What would you like to see and do? Let me know in the comment section below!
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About the Author
As a Mass Comm post graduate, Neha naturally has an artistic take on everything about life. This is quite evident in her writings as well. An avid trekker, explorer and a true foodie; Neha finds happiness in small endeavours of life and loves to pen them down as a cherished memory. A firm believer that “we have just one life to live and so much to do”, Neha lives every moment to the fullest.