A country where east meets west in a colourful combination of culture and technology, Singapore is at the forefront of Asia’s emerging markets. Located just off the Malay Peninsula, this city-state consists of 63 islands and has a proud and rich history that has shaped the lives of the multicultural community that calls Singapore home.
The country once belonged to the region’s British Straits Settlements and this British influence and heritage can be seen even today. Occupied by the Japanese during World War Two, the country again fell under British rule after the war. Gaining full independence in 1965, Singapore has over a short time span transformed itself into an economic powerhouse and a tourist hub in Asia.
A country of contrasts, Singapore is a thriving metropolis where modern skyscrapers, ancient monuments and lush pockets of greenery merge together to form a fascinating cityscape. The country is also home to various communities including Chinese, Indian, Malay and Eurasian ethnic groups who have influenced the Singapore’s culture and cuisine.
Singapore Travel Tips
One of the world’s most advanced airports,; Singapore’s Changi International Airport is a prime gateway to Southeast Asia. Playing host to most major international airlines, this busy transport hub has regular flights to destinations across Asia, Europe, North America, Australia and the Middle East. While most travellers will be able to enter the country without a visa, getting by inside the country can be done on a metered taxi which is easily available outside the terminals, offering quick access to your hotel.
There is also a ferry service that links Singapore with Riau Islands in Indonesia and Tanjung Belungkor in Malaysia.
Well connected by an extensive Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train network, Singapore offers easy access to the country’s many cultural hotspots, distinct neighbourhoods and tourist attractions. The city also has a well developed bus network, while EZ-Link or Nets Flash Pay Cards provide discounted fare when travelling by bus or train. Taxis are another popular method of travelling in and around the city. With so much to see and do behind every street corner, Singapore is also a great destination to explore by foot and offers a truly unique sightseeing adventure.
What to pack:
Singapore’s climate is characterised by hot and humid weather the whole year through with temperatures rarely falling below 30 ºC. Light clothing is ideal for such weather and the months between June and August are particularly pleasant. This tropical climate is also affected by monsoons and those visiting between November and January should be prepared for sudden downpours, which do bring a welcome relief from the heat.
What to do and where to go?
From family oriented theme parks to ancient monuments and sprawling shopping malls to exotic gastronomic adventures, Singapore offers countless hours of sightseeing fun. Home to an energetic nightlife and distinct neighbourhoods each with their own cultural heritage, Singapore is truly a world city offering something new to discover each time you visit.
Orchard Road Shopping Malls
The Cenotaph, Singapore
Arts and Culture:
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Asian Civilisations Museum
Esplanade (Singapore Symphony Orchestra)