It's a financial-transportation-IT center in Asia. One of the biggest financial centers of the World.
But, there's more to Singapore than just business and economy! Tourism is thriving and you'll be astonished to see how much there is to see and do in Singapore.
By the way - the official name is "Singapura", meaning "Lion City" in Malaysian language.
50 years ago it was a lot less developed and in the late 1900s it was an obscure fishing village on a huge island covered by dense vegetation and plenty o swamps.
Today Singapore is a vibrant multi-ethnic metropolis worth visiting and it's surprisingly cheap when compared to most major European capitals!
Let's see how to get there and how to save on last minute Singapore trips...
Population: 5.312.400 (in 2012)
Local language(s): English, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, Malaysian
Other widely spoken or understood languages: Teochew, Cantonese, Indonesian etc.
Country, State: Singapore
Voltage info: 230 V, 50 Hz - Plug type: C, G, M
Time zine: PST (UTC+8)
Getting There & Away
The Changi Airport is Singapore's primary gateway to the rest of the World. The choices for flights are vast, but we'd advise you to always check Singapore Airlines - as they're the local carrier.
Silk Air, Air Asia and Tiger Airways are some of the biggest low cost airlines operating in Singapore - connecting it with the rest of Asia.
By bus and car you can travel in and out across 2 causeways linking with Malaysia. The main causeway is the one connecting Singapore with Johor Bahru (Malaysia).
Plenty of buses bring people in and out, but expect long waiting times.
Less popular way to travel to and from Singapore for tourists. But Singapore is one of the largest ports in the World, so you should find possibilities, including cruise ships.
See & Do
No trip to Singapore is complete without checking out the local Chinatown! It's a vast ethnic quarter with well-maintained old Chinese buildings.
Scenic area for taking photos, strolling and admiring the architecture...
Marina Bay Area
The ArtScience Museum's lotus flower-shaped building, as well as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel constitute primary attractions in Singapore.
Take the time to visit the platform on top of the triple sckyscrapers of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. The view from up there is unrivaled...
Boay Quay & Parliament Area
The Singapore River flows across this area. The panorama that you can enjoy at Boat Quay is rich in old buildings and modern skyward-rocketing high-rise buildings. The Parliament is in the proximity as well - another interesting buildings not to miss taking photos of!
The central business district. Crowded skyscraper-filled area of Singapore.
Lau Pa Sat is one of the best places to have a "brunch" in Singapore. Many travelers stop by to eat...
An important shopping district in Singapore. Cheap and luxury shops as well. Crowds of shoppers and impressive modern architecture.
The Masjid Sultan mosque with its golden cupola is the primary attraction in the area. Many colorful buildings and close to the mosque you will find plenty of souvenir and jewelry shops nearby.
It's the Indian Quarter of Singapore. Shops, restaurants and Indian, but also Chinese architecture are everywhere...
Eat & Drink
The choices are vast... the restaurants are abundant. From Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese restaurants to Australian, Argentinian, Italian, French and other ethnic cuisines, you will find almost anything.
Sushi bars, pizzerias and chinese restaurants are perhaps most abundant...
The old pavilion of Lau Pa Sat located in the middle of Raffles City is a great place to try out local specialities. Various Asian cuisines are represented there: Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai and many others!
The MRT is the local subway-suburban railway network covering almost the entire island. It's the cheapest way to get around in Singapore.
Additionally, you might hop on a bus (often gets crowded), try a taxi if you really need. The latter is rather expensive, but still a lot cheaper than taxis in Western Europe!
When to Visit Singapore at Last Minute?
Singapore has hot humid tropical climate. But June is the least humid, least hot month. Even so, many Europeans and North Americans find it "hard to bear": the heat, strong sunlight, dense humid air...
We advise you to hunt for offers all-year-round, because Singapore is pretty much an all-year-round destination - being a business center and a major international port and aerial hub between countries in the region (considering the importance of Changi Airport).
Singapore is a very safe country: crime/theft occur rarely.
Please note that drug traffickers get the death penalty and those possessing amphetamines as well (even in the form of medication)!
Learn about local customs and Singapore's laws before traveling there.
There is some risk of mosquito and other instect-spread diseases. It's a good idea to use insect repellent sprays/ointments.
Malaria, dengue fever and other diseases do occur, but rarely. Several thousands of cases of various insect-spread (potentially dangerous) disease cases occur each year in Singapore.
Avoid dense green vegetation, especially at night and, wear light-colored clothing in order to minimize the possibility of insect bites. You shouldn't forget about the mentioned insect-repellent.
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