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Singapore Travel Blog

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Singapore has a reputation locally that is not on par with its reputation among Westerners and tourists. Many Indonesians and Malaysians (Singapore's immediate neighbors) despise the tiny island state for its perceived arrogance and financial success. From a tourist's perspective, though, Singapore offers a lot that other countries in the region are not able to match. For starters, it is clean. That doesn't mean that it is spotless, but it is significantly and obviously cleaner than its neighbors. Singapore's shopping districts are on par with American or European shopping, and its river, while not drinkable by any means, is not brown or green with factory pollutants. Singapore's tiny size has made them more innovative when it comes to using space. Their transport network and road system is the best in Asia. And dining experiences here are truly diverse. Night life in Singapore flourishes and the airport is a tourist destination in itself. You should consider yourself fortunate if you have a stopover of any length of time at Singapore's Changi Airport. There are numerous ferries to connect you to Indonesia's Riau Archipelago or to some southern Malaysian islands. And the colonial district in Singapore is almost like a living museum. But it's so small--you almost wish that it would grow to get more out of it.

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