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Neighbouring Singapore has transformed from fishing village to modern metropolis, with an impressive skyline in the CBD, an upscale shopping boulevard along Orchard Road, and lots of makan spots to be uncovered. It is definitely a foodie heaven, drawing from common influences of Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Peranakan cultures. Chances are you can find your favourite dishes in Singapore, if with a little bit of a different twist. A trip to Singapore will give you plenty of things to do as the city-state constantly injects new flavour into its tourism industry. Singapore is only a short flight away from any city in Malaysia, and a short drive from Johor Bahru across the Causeway.
Makan, Makan, Makan! Eating is at the top of the list of things to do in Singapore. Find a hotel in your favourite makan spots like Newton, Balestier or in the city centre where you're well connected to an endless array of Hainanese chicken rice, satay, laksa, roti prata all the way to foreign flavours like tacos, steaks, Brazilian churrasco.
Shopping is also great in Singapore, from bargain hunting to designer brands. Within the compact city, it's not hard to find whatever you want. Orchard Road and Bugis are shopping hotspots, though you can also wander Chinatown, Geylang Serai and Little India for some tourist-friendly favourites. While in Orchard, visit Far East Plaza for some budget finds and more fashion accessories than you'll ever need, watch a movie, shop at H&M and stop for lunch at one of the 5-star hotels in the area for a full hotel buffet spread.
There's tons of hotels in Singapore to choose from, from budget to luxury. For the most convenience, book a hotel in Orchard Road or around the CBD financial district. These are centrally located and well-connected by the MRT so it's easy to get to any tourist attractions. There are many 5 star hotels in the city, but budget options are also available on the fringes such as Clarke Quay, Chinatown or Bugis.
Book a Singapore beach resort in Sentosa to experience more of an island feel. The luxury resorts in Sentosa are great for a romantic trip or a family holiday, thanks to the proximity to Universal Studios Singapore and the SEA Aquarium.
Don't miss out on Singapore's boutique hotels though, as they offer a different flavour. Go for luxury boutique hotels which have artsy or minimalist innovative designs. Or check in to heritage hotels in Singapore which celebrate Singapore's Asian roots and colonial history. Raffles Hotel is the most iconic hotel in Singapore, but there are plenty of interesting new boutique hotels too.
Besides Bugis, there are plenty of budget hotels in Singapore located in Geylang, Chinatown and Little India. All these areas which feature plenty of attractions to check out as well, and blossom with activities around annual festivals such as Chinese New Year, Thaipusam, Chingay and Hari Raya. Get your fill of keropok, Malay food, tau sar piah and roti prata during your stay.