Southeast Asia and Singapore are the most exciting regions for Western travellers to explore. The culture is almost completely different from what we’re familiar with so that every new sight and sound is a thrilling experience.
The city is a beautiful country filled to the brim with all types of treats for travelers. Everything is eye-catching, from the bustling cities to the gorgeous tropical landscapes. If you don’t know much about Singapore, you can learn more by reading these 10 fun facts about one of the fastest growing countries in Southeast Asia.
Interesting, funny and quirky facts about Singapore.
1. The World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel
The Singapore Flyer is a Ferris wheel located in the capital city. Dubbed an “observation wheel” by its designers and operators, the wheel reaches more than 541 feet (or 165 meters) into the air. From the top of the wheel, passengers are granted unparalleled views of the bustling island city, Marina Bay, and the glistening seas beyond. Plus, below the wheel, visitors have access to special shops and dining experiences not found in the rest of the city.
2. Strict Laws About Car Ownership
Unlike in most countries, citizens of Singapore can’t simply visit a dealership and purchase a car. Because the island nation is so densely populated, the government is striving to regulate the number of cars on the road. To own a car, a citizen must enter his or her name in a lottery that is drawn twice a month. If a citizen wins the lottery, he or she is granted a Certificate of Entitlement which allows ownership of a car for 10 years.
3. Resort With a Cruise Ship on Top
The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore city is a luxurious home away from home for wearied travellers – not least because of its spectacular pools placed in a cruise ship perched 55 stories up. The resort cost more than $6.5 U.S. to build, and it seems that every penny went to giving its patrons the most outstanding experience possible. The views from the infinity pools at the top of the resort are stunning and not to be missed.
4. Made of 63 Islands
Singapore is a tropical paradise comprised of so many small islands that it’s almost impossible to see them all on one vacation. Each island has its own variation of Singapore culture, and many have unique attractions of their own that can’t be experienced anywhere else. Besides the main city, here are the can’t-miss islands in the Singapore chain:
- Pulau Ubin
- Kusu and St. John’s Island
- Bintan Tanjung Pinang
5. The World’s Tallest Manmade Waterfall
Located in the enormous Jurong Bird Park, Jurong Falls is almost 100 feet (30.5 meters) tall. Water plummets from the falls at a rate of about 37 gallons per second to supply water to the world’s second largest walk-in aviary. While visitors may come to see the falls, they’ll stay to interact with the park’s more than 1,500 free-flying bird species.
6. More Tree Varieties in One Nature Reserve Than All of North America Combined
The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is placed almost dead-center in the city of Singapore — almost like New York’s Central Park — and is roughly 400 acres in size. Astute visitors can spy more than 840 different species of flowering plants, making this park one of the most productive natural areas in the world. Because of reclamation and population growth, the Bukit Timah Reserve is one of the largest areas of rainforest left in Singapore.
7. Boasts the World’s First Organization for Toilet Sanitation
We often think of personal hygiene as a Western invention, but Singapore’s close attention to the cleanliness of its bathrooms certainly deserves some attention. In fact, a person can be fined up to $1,000 for failing to flush a toilet immediately after its use. Maybe Western nations could take a page out of Singapore’s book on this one.
8. Law Forbids the Import and Sale of Chewing Gum
Perhaps it’s a cultural disgust with the jaw-smacking practice, or perhaps it’s the government’s frustration with cleaning up the sticky waste, but no matter what the cause, visitors to Singapore aren’t able to purchase gum anywhere in the islands. Addicted chewers must get their fix before they land or else find another habit to tide them over during their stay.
9. World’s Largest Garden of Orchids
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a stunning place to take in some of Singapore’s natural tropical beauty. The gardens are split up into several different categories depending on the plants they feature. The orchid gardens boast more than 600 individual species, each more gorgeous and delicate than the last.
10. Unique Time Zone
Due to a governmental agreement — or a governmental mistake — Singapore is actually a half hour ahead of time according to the world clock. Visitors should make sure they set their watches correctly when they step foot off the plane, or else they might find themselves a bit late for their favourite activities.