“To put it bluntly, there isn't one economic theory that can single-handedly explain Singapore's success; its economy combines extreme features of capitalism and socialism. All theories are partial; reality is complex.”
Ha-Joon Chang, a noted economist and intellectual, thus stated while trying to explain what has made Singapore what it is today.
And let’s make no mistake in stating or let’s waste no time in asserting that Singapore, by most standards, is among the finest places in the world to spend your life in. It is a disciplined city-state that runs on sheer intent, conviction and solidarity of its people. Quite curiously, Singapore also happens to be among the most diverse communities in the world, featuring almost every race on this planet, telling the rest of the world how to live in communal harmony and peace.
On the economic front, it has prospered like no other during last five decades. This, despite having a dire dearth of natural resources of any kind whatsoever (even water), is one of the reasons why it has managed to cultivate a thriving and vibrant tourism industry that turns over billions of dollars each year.
Those of our readers who are thinking of or planning on visiting Singapore anytime soon would find this quick guide to various classes and types of hotels in Singapore a handy reference.
Budget Stays in Singapore
For most of us, the availability of funds dictates tour schedule and duration. That’s why, it becomes important to save wherever you can, in order to make your trip a stress-less affair. From air fares to shopping, there are a number of ways to save on tour expenses.
The best among them, however, happens to be saving on hotel expenses. Hotel expenses can account for as much as 25% of the whole trip budget and so, you would be forgiven by most to grab every single opportunity to save on this front. The bad news, though, is that Singapore isn’t really big on cheap hotels.
This may come as a stark contrast to the hotel scene in adjoining Indonesia or Malaysia. However, this stems from the fact that Singapore is routinely counted among developed countries and has a very healthy currency.
Santa Grand Hotel Bugis and Hotel 81 Dickson are fairly famous among all the cheap hotels in Singapore. Wink Hostel is another choice perfectly suited for solo travelers and backpackers.
Have a Things for Extravagance?
Who wouldn’t like to get spoiled by the riches of comfort that a luxury hotel has to offer?
As far as luxury hotel establishments are concerned, every major brand or chain that operates within global hotel industry is represented quite lavishly by luxury Singapore hotels.
Raffles Hotel is the most notable one in this esteemed list. It shares deep connections with the history of Singapore, as Captain Raffles was the first English settler who traveled the length and breadth of Singapore – a malarial swamp back then – to set up trading posts and local missions.
AMOY Hotel and Four Seasons also make an appearance here, in style and grace. As is the case with many major tourist destinations, Singapore also features the Ritz-Carlton, in its standard glory and opulence.
Alternative Ways to Stay in Singapore
Lodging options that can be considered to be alternative to other Singapore hotels are not too prevalent.
It’s difficult to find homestays or beach house rentals in Singapore, only because of the fact that the city faces acute crisis of land space, and hence, it is very inconvenient (and expensive) to build houses just for rentals during the tourism season.
There are, however, a few beach shacks and temporary tent houses that can be rented on a daily basis. But these wouldn’t really appeal to the senses of most tourists who want a comfortable bed at night to melt all their weariness away.
What to See in Singapore?
Singapore is also known as the Lion City.
Merlion Park, featuring a giant statue of a merlion that is often an image of Singapore tourism adverts, a popular destination for families to hang out and have a quality time in the company of some great food stalls.
National Orchid Garden in Singapore offers a stupefying collection of orchids of all kinds, climes, sizes and colors, along with a number of peculiar plant specimens. Talking about plants, Singapore Botanic Garden is another cool place where you will be left utterly flabbergasted with some exotic species of plants and birds.
Singapore Zoo and Cloud Forest attract their fair shares of tourists each year, with the zoo being an automatic choice if you have the company of young kids.
Marina Bay offers some moderate beach fun, but nothing too exciting, if you are not a crowd person. Last, but definitely not the least, is the Singapore Flyer – the largest ferris wheel in the world. A ride in the flyer might well be your most memorable moment from your trip to Singapore!
Singapore is a liberal city on most counts. However, if you are going to be hopping from one sight to another in Singapore, be sure never to miss your time, even by one minute. Singapore runs very, very punctually, and as long as you are not a German citizen with innate time-keeping skills, you will have to make conscious efforts to keep by the clock.
For example, most hotels in Singapore will offer you no leeway in your check-out timings, promptly charging you a day’s fare if you overstay your room tariff!
Perfect Time to Visit Singapore
To put it in the simplest of words, the best time to visit Singapore is now.
Singapore is a tropical island that sees no significant changes in its weather all year round. It’s always humid and hot, with untimely precipitation of rain being the norm of the country.
Singapore also sees a consistent flow of tourists, no matter what time of the year it is. So, just pack up and make your plans – the garden city awaits your arrival!
- Top Attractions:
- Singapore Flyer, Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Marina Bay, Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT), Chinatown, Orchard Road
- Average Temperature:
- 88°F (31°C), Wind S at 3 mph (5 km/h), 66% Humidity