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Unlock the secrets of Singapore with our insider's travel guide. From iconic sights to hidden gems, plan your perfect itinerary for an unforgettable adventure.

About Singapore

Singapore attractions include Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island, Singapore Zoo, Orchard Road, Chinatown, and the Botanic Gardens.

Singapore Stop Over:
Most of Singapore's primary jungle and swamps have been removed for the benefit of residents.

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Map of Singapore

The Gateway to South-East Asia

Almost on the Equator, Singapore is hot and humid throughout the year; encouraging stop-over travellers to spend more time, and money, in the air-conditioned shopping centres.

 Singapore is a vibrant and dynamic country that has achieved remarkable economic success and continues to thrive as a global city-state.

Singapore Overview

Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country located in South-east Asia.

It is situated at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, just north of the equator.


Despite its success, Singapore faces challenges such as income inequality, an aging population, and environmental sustainability.

The government is actively working to address these issues through various policies and initiatives.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Singapore is known for its cleanliness and efficiency.

The government implements strict laws and regulations to maintain cleanliness and orderliness in the city-state.

It is also recognised for its excellent public transportation system and urban planning.


Singapore has a highly developed free-market economy with a strong emphasis on international trade, finance, and technology.

Known for being one of the Four Asian Tigers - along with Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan - Singapore is a major financial hub and has one of the busiest ports in the world.

Education and Healthcare

Singapore has a well-developed education system and consistently ranks highly in international assessments.

The country also boasts a high-quality healthcare system that provides affordable and accessible medical care to its residents.


Singapore is a parliamentary republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government.

The President of Singapore serves as the head of state, while the Prime Minister is the head of government.


Singapore has a rich history dating back to ancient times, but it became a British trading colony in the early 19th century.

It gained independence from Britain in 1963 and joined the Malaysian Federation briefly before becoming a fully independent nation in 1965.


Singapore is a diverse society with a multicultural population consisting of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Eurasian communities, among others.

This diversity is reflected in its cuisine, languages, and religious practices.


Singapore is a popular tourist destination known for its iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and Sentosa Island.

It offers a wide range of attractions, including cultural neighbourhoods, shopping districts, and world-class dining experiences.

Visiting Singapore

Connected to the southern tip of Malaysia by a causeway, Singapore is often thought of as the gateway to South-East Asia.

Singapore Highlights

Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam

Explore Singapore's vibrant cultural neighbourhoods, each offering its own unique sights, sounds, and flavours.

Shop for souvenirs, sample local delicacies, and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of these areas.

Cultural Performances

Catch a traditional cultural performance such as a Chinese opera, Indian dance recital, or Malay cultural show to gain insight into Singapore's multicultural heritage.

Gardens by the Bay

Situated on artificially reclaimed land east of the Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay is a prominent garden attraction located in the heart of Singapore's downtown.

The gardens offer a stunning display of flora and fauna, as well as interactive exhibits and light shows.

Explore this futuristic garden featuring the iconic Supertree Grove, Cloud Forest, and Flower Dome.

Hawker Centres

Indulge in Singapore's diverse culinary scene at its hawker centres, where you can find a wide array of affordable and delicious local dishes.

Some popular hawker centres include Maxwell Food Centre, Lau Pa Sat, and Tiong Bahru Market.

Marina Bay Sands

An iconic hotel and entertainment complex, Marina Bay Sands is a must-visit in Singapore.

You can enjoy breath-taking views of the city from the observation deck, take a swim in the infinity pool, or visit the ArtScience Museum.

Sentosa Island

A premier island getaway in Singapore, Sentosa Island is known for its beautiful beaches, exciting attractions, and tropical landscapes.

It was formerly a British military fortress and was renamed Sentosa, which means 'peace and tranquility' in Malay, after the Japanese occupation during World War II.

Escape to this resort island for a day of fun and relaxation.

Enjoy attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and the beautiful beaches.


Singapore is a shopper's paradise with a variety of shopping districts to explore, from luxury boutiques on Orchard Road to bargain finds at Bugis Street and Haji Lane.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

A testament to Singapore's reputation as a City in a Garden, the Botanic Gardens is the country's first UNESCO Heritage Site.

Take a leisurely stroll through this UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring lush greenery, themed gardens, and the iconic National Orchid Garden.

Singapore River Cruise

Hop on a bumboat and cruise along the historic Singapore River, passing by landmarks such as Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and the Merlion Park.

Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

Experience wildlife up close at the Singapore Zoo; also known as the Mandai Zoo.

The zoo is home to over 4,200 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles that roam freely in open enclosures resembling their natural habitats; separated from visitors only by moats and wooden fencing.

Don't miss the Night Safari, where you can see nocturnal animals in their nighttime habitat.

The Lion City

Named Singapore (Lion City) by a Sumatran prince, there was not much roaring about it when the British arrived.

Inside The Lion City

Map of Downtown Singapore

Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles saw the potential of the strategic fishing village, off the Malay Peninsula, and laid the foundations for British East India's trading centre in 1819.

A hundred years later it was designed to be the impregnable fortress of the British Empire in the Far East; a claim destroyed in a week by the Japanese during World War II.

Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre:
The venue of ITB Asia in October, its 100,000 square metres of floor space make Suntec Singapore the ideal venue for meetings, conventions and exhibitions.

Singapore Transportation

Singapore by Air

Airlines and Airports.

Singapore Airlines is the award-winning national carrier and Singapore's Changi Airport is one of the largest international airports in Asia.

There is no need to fly from here to Bangkok; travel overland up through Malaysia is far more interesting.

Singapore by Road and Rail

A 26-km rail line crosses Johor Strait and links with the Malaysian railway system.

The Singapore Mass Transit System is the easiest way to get around Singapore. It's fast, efficient, clean and links the commercial and residential centres.

SBS Transit operates an extensive bus/a> and rail network around Singapore, with more than 200 bus services and a fleet of some 3,000 buses.

The North East MRT Line is the world's first fully automated, underground heavy rail system that connects Punggol to HarbourFront. There's also the Light Rail System in the Punggol and Sengkang new towns.

Singapore Sightseeing

Orchard Road

The shopping centres are conveniently close to the major hotels, but you still have to get it all on the plane.

Visit Singapore:
The official site for tourist information on Singapore.

Singapore Tourist Attractions

Standing at a stunning 165 metres from the ground, the Singapore Flyer offers panoramic views of Marina Bay, the island city of Singapore and beyond. Open daily from 8:30amto 0:30pm.

Singapore Accommodation

Where to Stay in Singapore

From medium-priced hotels to the classy Ritz-Carlton, there's bound to be something to catch your eye in Singapore; one of Asia's premier shopping destinations.

Lai Ming Hotel

Lai Ming Hotel

Lai Ming Hotel: 424 Geyland Road, Singapore.

Two budget hotels offer clean and comfortable rooms at value for money rates.

Just a three-minute walk to Aljunied MRT Station, Lai Ming is a familiar Singapore landmark building and has been operaties as a boutique hotel.

Raffles Singappore

Raffles Singapore

Raffles Singapore: 1 Beach Road, Singapore.

Even if you don't stay here, this hotel - declared a national monument in 1987 - is still one of the old colonial must-sees.

After an extensive renovation guests at Raffles Singapore can enjoy newly opened bars, restaurants and boutiques whilst exploring graceful courtyards and relaxing in cosy social spaces.

Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore


Ritz-Carlton: 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore.

The hotel features luxury accommodations, a 4,200-piece art collection and a Club Lounge with sweeping views of Singapore. Enjoy Cantonese cuisine at Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion and culinary Asian delicacies at Colony.

Centrally located in Marina Bay, guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore are surrounded by beauty.

Hotels in Singapore.

Ethnic Communities in Singapore

The three main communities in Singapore all have their own cliché areas: Chinatown, Little India, and Arab Street; for sweet and sour temples, curry and colourful spices, and the Sultan Mosque.

Singapore - Islands and Beaches

There's a popular beach at East Coast Park, on the way to Changi Airport, and there are numerous islands to explore in the straits.

Riau Islands

Ferries depart Singapore hourly for a wide range of outdoor activities in the neighbouring Riau Islands.

Singapore Language and Customs

The official language of the Republic of Singapore is living in harmony.

The four official languages (English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and Tamil) keeps everyone happy.

Traditional customs have not been preserved as well as in Malaysia, but some of the traditional religious values remain.

The move towards Uncle Sam's me culture has been stifled recently through educational promotion of Confucian values; emphasising society over the individual.

Historical Singapore

Singapore might be the modern shopping centre in the tropics, but don't forget to visit some of the historical places of worship on your stop-over.

Singapore Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Singapore (Travel Guide) Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (Rough Guides)

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