A trip to Singapore is an opportunity to get an express training on Asia. Indeed, the city-state is a condensation of four cultures: Chinese, Indian, Malay and Perenakan, a mixture of Chinese and Malay culture. Let us not forget Western culture, especially British culture, which is not to be neglected. All these cultures, but also all religions, are represented in the micro-State, evolving in good harmony. You will appreciate this multiculturalism as you visit, to see how these different populations coexist on a daily basis. In Singapore, there is also a good chance that your trip will coincide with major traditional festivals.
A gourmet's paradise :
Singapore is undoubtedly the kingdom of the palace because all the multi-cultural diversity is on the plate. For Singaporeans, eating is not an activity that is taken lightly. They will not hesitate to cross the city to eat the best chicken rice, the best fish-head curry or the best black pepper crab, at the best price of course. Thus, choosing a restaurant can be stunning. Which kitchen and in which setting? Because if the offer of cuisine is infinite, the choice of setting is also vast. Lunch of a chicken rice in a food court or tandoori chicken in a Little India canteen, snack around Kaya Toast in a Kopitiam or a high-tea at Raffle's, seafood dinner facing the sea or a seven-hour lamb in a 100% French bistro, champagne brunch around a swimming pool in Sentosa or dim sum in Chinatown. In Singapore, being greedy is not a capital sin, quite the contrary!
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