Lonely Planet’s top country to visit for 2015
Have you heard the good news? Lonely Planet has picked Singapore as the world's top travel destination for this year!
Our island nation leads the prestigious Top 10 Countries 2015 list for Best in Travel 2015, which puts together what it reckons are the best travel destinations, ideas, trends, journeys and experiences for the year.
But don’t take our word for it. The global travel media company gives several different reasons for placing the Republic at the number one spot in their annual list of top 10 travel destinations, now in its 10th edition.
Chief among them are the many new developments reshaping what we’re already known for – our multicultural diversity, green urban spaces, and, of course, unforgettable food.
There’s Marina Bay, for example; the favourite tourist spot to do some Singapore sightseeing. This modern, luxurious precinct is like a “funfair for the whole family”, Lonely Planet says. After all, this is where you’ll find the iconic Marina Bay Sands® integrated resort as well as the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay and its futuristic biodomes.
Lonely Planet also points to a couple of other trends that have helped to make the city a lot livelier, such as a “new crop of swanky hotels”, an “emerging local fashion scene” as well as great new options for dining out (artisanal coffee or brunch in Club Street, anyone?).
Plus, our easy-to-use transport system is being spruced up, with new MRT stops and line extensions on their way to help make your visit in Singapore a more convenient one. Over the next few years, expect to be ushered in by a new and improved world-class airport on your holidays to Singapore. Plenty of changes can be anticipated at Changi Airport, with two new terminals and a third runway.
But the cherry on top is the fact that we’re also celebrating our Golden Jubilee this year, says Lonely Planet. Yup, this little red dot is turning 50, after becoming independent in 1965.
To mark this momentous milestone, we have a bounty of new attractions for Singaporeans and visitors alike for 2015. Even if your interests run as diverse as the arts or sports, you can be sure to find compelling things to do and sights to see in Singapore.
This year sees the opening of the long-awaited National Gallery Singapore, once the Old Supreme Court and soon to be given a new lease of life as an international hub for regional art.
The new Singapore Sports Hub and its sleek centrepiece, the National Stadium, will also play host to the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
The clincher? A great big celebration for our 50th National Day, with Singaporeans coming together and organising a myriad events throughout the year.
“These elements make a pretty spectacular backdrop for a 50th birthday party,” Lonely Planet says in its book.
In case you were wondering, Lonely Planet made its Best in Travel recommendations by sieving through hundreds of independent suggestions submitted by its staff, authors, travellers, bloggers and tweeters.
A panel of in-house travel experts then picked the select few according to a number of criteria, such as topicality, excitement, value and special X-factor. Lonely Planet says that its “focus is on the merits of each destination and the unique experiences they offer travellers”.
Brazil was crowned the winner last year because it hosted the FIFA World Cup and will also host the 2016 Olympic Games.
Take a look for yourself - check out Lonely Planet to see what else Singapore has to offer in the coming months.