This city-state, located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, is one of the most popular, interesting and important tourist destinations of southeastern Asia.
Singapore is well organized, orderly, clean, safe and wealthy. Recreational drugs are forbidden, and offending tourists are severely punished. The same applies for people who litter impeccably maintained and clean streets.
The earliest settlement in the region can be traced back to the second century A.D. Throughout centuries, Chinese, East Indians, Malays and many other races settled in Singapore, until 1819 when Thomas Stanford Raffles signed a treaty with Sultan Hussein Shah on behalf of the East Indian Company fro trading privileges. Eventually, the treaty was manipulated to turn to British sovereignty in 1824.
During World War II, Japanese occupied Singapore, but after their defeat, government reverted to Britain once again.
Singapore’s location allows the city to a hub for southeastern Asia’s air traffic, and the extremely well organized, compact, and ingeniously designed Changi Airport is connected with 200 cities in 68 countries.
The country’s airline, Singapore Airlines, enjoys an excellent reputation for safety, service, and food quality in its in-flight catering.
The city is the second most densely populated in the world after Monaco, yet 50 per cent of the state is covered with parks and four natural reserves.
The port is the second busiest of the world and the busiest in the region, contributing to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of Singapore substantially.
Tourism represents a large part of the economy with tourist traffic of 10 million tourists annually.
Average temperatures from November to January fluctuate between 29 – 31 C and rarely exceed 32, despite its proximity to the equator, but the humidity is high and this affects some people.
Singapore offers many tourist attractions, besides almost endless shopping pleasure in many of its modern, air conditioned malls, and traditional Chinese open-air markets where you can find live snakes for sale, to the most expensive and exclusive jewellery.
The colonial core developed by British merchants offers an opportunity to admire English 19th century ostentatious architecture, museums of all sorts, the zoo, botanical gardens, and the Jurang Bird Park with its myriad of tropical birds.
Religious buildings, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and pagodas are clustered around the Bugist Marina Bay. All are of interest to the tourist interested in culture and etymology.
Gambling is popular with locals and tourists, and many luxurious casinos offer opportunities to pursue this interest.
If you want to experience nightlife and entertainment, you visit Three Quays Boat, Clarke, and Robertson districts.
Do not forget your sunglasses, umbrella, sweater for museums and malls (all are air-conditioned and the temperature difference between the outside and inside can cause you to catch a cold).
When it comes to gastronomy, Singapore is one of the best cities along with Hong Kong, to dine in southeastern Asia. You can experience Chinese, Indian, French, and Italian cuisines in luxuriously appointed dining rooms, or freestanding restaurants throughout the city.
Recently, many world-renowned chefs like Daniel Boulud, Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck, Santa Santamaria and Tetsuya Wakuda have opened restaurants in Singapore to cater to fun-loving well heeled locals and tourists.
When it comes to accommodation, you can choose between Bed and Breakfast to the highest luxury hotel brands.
Singapore represents a unique destination in Asia, and is well worth considering visiting as a single destination or during a long Asia exploration trip.