7 Reasons to Book Car Hire in Singapore in 2015
Lonely Planet named it Best in Travel for 2015, and Singapore earns its place at the top of the list of must-see countries with an extra-special party next year. Having gained its independence from Malaysia in 1965, Singapore is celebrating its Golden Jubilee. Join the party and enjoy the combination of historic buildings, shopping malls, street hawkers, and lush parks with a car hire trip to Singapore..
If you love shopping, you have come to the right city, but there is a lot more to Singapore than glossy mega-malls. Feeling a little grey and peaky? Then you’ll love the fact that Singapore’s tropical climate means you can enjoy hot, humid weather, even in the depths of our winter. Temperatures average around 27C, so you can leave that blue-tinged complexion behind. Pick up your Nova rental car, roll down the windows, and explore must-see attractions from of this Southeast Asian gem.
The world’s second-tallest observation wheel (after Beijing’s version), the 165-meter-high Flyer is Singapore’s version of the London Eye. It offers a stunning 360-degree view of Singapore’s latest entertainment precinct at Marina Bay. The best time to book a ride is at sunset, when the downtown skyscrapers are beautifully lit.
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Many visitors to Singapore overlook the Chinatown Heritage Centre, but try not to make the same mistake. Otherwise, you will miss out on a fascinating experience that presents you with recreations of entire sets of bedrooms, kitchens, and street scenes from the late-19th century and early-20th century. This is a genuine glimpse of Singapore’s history that is made all the more interesting by the modern skyscrapers nearby.
Open from 5 AM. to midnight, Singapore Botanic Gardens make the perfect retreat from the bustling shopping streets of downtown. Roam through virgin rainforest and visit the National Orchid Garden’s multi-hued collection of 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids.
Delve into the Rainforest
Within Singapore’s city limits, you will find an ancient virgin rainforest just a 15-minute drive from the city centre. Head to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where you will find well-signed trails with bridges and viewing platforms, playgrounds, and pavilions. Tucked away under the shady canopy of exotic vegetation, you’ll discover incredible flowers, brazen lizards, cheeky monkeys, and much more.
Thian Hock Keng
One of Singapore’s oldest Chinese temples, Thian Hock Keng, at 158 Telok Ayer Street, is an intriguing tribute to Chinese Buddhism, blending traditional Confucian beliefs and natural Taoist principles. It was built by grateful Chinese immigrants to thank the Goddess of the Sea, Mazu, for bringing them safely through the turbulent South China Sea, and over the years, it has become one of the most significant temples for the Hokkien community. Amazingly, no nails were used in its construction.
Visit the Market on Arab Street
Singapore is best-known for its glittering array of designer malls and outlets, but it could do with more places like Arab Street, with its exotic bazaar-like atmosphere. Small shops line the street, selling all kinds of intriguing curios and collectibles, from textiles to handicrafts. You are encouraged to haggle!
To coincide with the Golden Anniversary celebrations, Singapore is launching several new attractions in 2015. These include the new National Art Gallery and the Singapore Sports Hub, which will host the 28th Southeast Asian Games.