CNNGo created an extensive list of the top 50 reasons why Singapore is the world’s greatest city. “The little red dot heard round the world proves that size doesn’t matter”. Here are some of the highlights of this vibrant city-state:
Food Capital of the World
Singapore = Food. The city-state dominates the ‘net with food blogs where hungry netizens compare, dissect, argue and swap foodie fodder, scouring the island for new tastes. And nearly every conceivable victual from every earthly corner has a home here. Fancy authentic Egyptian Baba Ghanoush? Arab Street’s got you covered. Crave something Nigerian besides a scam e-mail? Find it on Verdun Road in Little India. If it’s edible and fits on a plate, bowl, banana leaf or sheet of paper, we’ll wolf it with zeal. But if you truly want to sample Singapore’s food culture, head to any of the hawker centers in the heartlands — there’s a huge variety of stalls there at dirt-cheap prices.
Best Airport in the World
It’s the pearl of Singapore’s eastern end, voted Best Airport by more magazines and organizations than anywhere else. Families plan weekend excursions here, students spend inordinate amounts of time studying and daydreaming within its four terminals, and over 37 million passengers passed through its gates in 2008. There’s a great transit hotel in the form of the Hotel Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, an orchid garden complete with a koi pond, free video games and movies 24 hours a day and free wireless internet throughout the airport. Why does anyone ever depart this place?
Biggest Observation Wheel in the World
At 165 meters (the height of a 42-story building and some 30 meters taller than the London Eye), the Singapore Flyer is the biggest observation wheel in the world. It’s worth the half-hour ride for its 360-degree view of Singapore, from the Marina Bay to the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Empress Place and the Padang.
One of the Safest Cities in the World
Singapore has a crime rate so low, ladies stroll without fear in the wee hours of the night. You don’t expect to get mugged or knifed at 3am in our darkest alleys. Neil Humphreys, a UK-born columnist who planned to visit for three months and ended up staying for almost 10 years, commented on how safe the island state was in his book, Notes from An Even Smaller Island. And contrary to Western opinion, there’s no strong police presence poised to cane anyone for spitting, chewing gum or scratching cars […]
Read all 50 reasons why Singapore is number one here on CNNGo. Another reason we feel should be added to the list: Highest Swimming Pool in the World – Featured in the impressive, boat-shaped ‘SkyPark’ perched atop the three towers that make up the world’s most expensive hotel, the £4billion Marina Bay Sands development, its infinity pool is the tallest pool in the world. Located 55 stories off the ground, at three times the length of an Olympic pool and 650ft up, it is the largest outdoor pool in the world at that height. That’s a lot of ‘top world’ features!
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