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Singapore – A city-state in Southeast Asia and world’s busiest port.

Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It is the world’s busiest port. The city-state is a combination of skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city. The city is also a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences. It enjoys a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene. This is also known as the Garden City and hence makes a great stop-over or springboard into the region.

Quick facts about Singapore

• Capital Singapore
• Government Parliamentary republic
• Currency Singapore dollar (SGD)
• Area 712.4 sq km
• Population 5,076,600 (2010 mid-year est.)
• Language English (official), Mandarin Chinese (official), Malay (official and national), Tamil (official)
• Religion Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism
• Electricity 230V/50Hz (British plug)
• Calling Code +65
• Internet TLD .sg
• Time Zone UTC/GMT +8

Singapore Districts

• Singapore is a small country on a small island.
• Singapore has over 50% of its area covered by greenery and with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves.
• The center of the city is located in the south.
• It consists of:
– Orchard road shopping area
– The Riverside
– The new downtown Marina Bay area
• The skyscrapers-filled Shenton way financial district known in acronym-loving Singapore as the CBD (Central Business District).
• Singapore’s districts are basically divided into:
Riverside (Civic District)
– Singapore’s colonial core
– Museums
– Statues
– Theaters
– Restaurants
– Bars
– Clubs
Orchard Road
– Shopping malls
Marina Bay
– Marina Bay Sands integrated resort (hotel, casino, shopping mall, convention center and museum)
– The Marina Barrage
Bugis and Kampong Glam
– Singapore’s old Malay district
– Chinese settlement by Raffles
– Chinese heritage area
Little India
– A piece of India to the north of the city core.
Balestier, Newton, Novena and Toa Payoh
– Budget accommodations
– Burmese temples
North and West
– Woodlands and Jurong
– Singapore’s residential and industrial hinterlands
East Coast
– The largely residential eastern part of the island
– Changi Airport
– Beach
– Many famous eateries
– Geylang Serai
– A separate island, once a military fort
– At present, it is a resort.
– Disneyland
– Universal Studios

Events in Singapore
– Singapore Food Festival
– Singapore Grand Prix
– Singapore Arts Festival
– Chingay Parade
– World Gourmet Summit
– ZoukOut
– Singapore Sun Festival
– Christmas
– Singapore Jewel Festival

Singapore has four official languages
– English
– Chinese
– Malay
– Tamil

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore

Blogs at yoursingapore.com
Blogs at wikitravel.org
Blogs at lonelyplanet.com
Blogs and reviews at stb.gov.sg

Images and photos of Singapore

Images at google.com
Images at streetdirectory.com
Images at singaporeshots.com
Images at imagesofsingapore.wordpress.com

Videos of Singapore

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