Modern Singapore, a dream destination for travellers

Being a land-locked nation, it’s no surprise that many Lao folk are tempted by the allure of holidaying in a seaside destination such as neighbouring Vietnam or Thailand with the latter often preferred for its perceived quality of shopping.
However, many Lao holidaymakers are now also dreaming of travelling to Singapore with the island state’s vast array of shopping centres selling high quality goods including brand names, while diners can select from a plethora of cuisines with excellent menus for every meal.
Recently, I was invited to visit Singapore as part of the 9th Asean Journalists’ Visit Programme. This was my second visit to the island nation having been part of a Lao sporting contingent participating at an Asean tournament in 2002.

Tourists take photos of flowers at Garden by the Bay in Singapore.

After arriving at Changi International Airport and taking a limousine to the hotel, I was totally taken aback with the changes from 16 years ago with many new tall buildings, verdant trees lining the streets and the city developing into a liveable hub of technology for inhabitants and visitors alike.
During the programme, staff from the Singapore Ministry of Communication and Information guided the 13 visiting journalists from Asean nations to the Harmony Centre.
Opened in 2006, the centre, which is part of the An-Nahdhah Mosque, aims to bring about a greater understanding of Islam and Muslims among Singaporeans and visitors.
We also visited Gardens by The Bay with its great Flower Dome, known as the largest greenhouse in Singapore and crowded with tourists who were fascinated by the hundreds of flower species from around the world, all set in a colourful garden and featuring a waterfall.
Then journalists visited the stunning Singapore Esplanade Theatre precinct. Visitors come to experience the beautiful park and take photos as well as watch performances by Singaporean and international artists. The venue is one of the busiest theatres in the world with about 3,000 performances a year.
We continued our tour with a visit to the National Gallery Singapore which is a visual arts institution which contains the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
This fascinating destination has many other places of interest for visitors including the Merlion statue, the symbol of Singapore; the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with its striking architecture designed to resemble a large ship on the top of the hotel, and other places like the shopping centres along Orchard Avenue.
So, for anyone dreaming of visiting a wonderful city in Southeast Asia with awesome sights, shopping centres, and delicious food from everywhere in the world as well as warm hospitality, look no further than Singapore.


By Souknilundon Southivongnorath
(Latest Update August 25, 2018)

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