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Connected to the southern tip of Malaysia by a causeway, Singapore is often thought of as the gateway to South-East Asia.
Singapore attractions include Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island, Singapore Zoo, Orchard Road, Chinatown, and the Botanic Gardens.
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.
Most of Singapore's primary jungle and swamps have been removed for the benefit of residents.
The Lion City
Named Singapore (Lion City) by a Sumatran prince, there was not much roaring about it when the British arrived.
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.
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 Airlines is the award-winning national carrier and Singapore's Changi Airport is one of the largest international airports in Asia.
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.
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.
The shopping centres are conveniently close to the major hotels, but you still have to get it all on the plane.
The official site for tourist information on Singapore.
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.
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: 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 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: 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.
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.
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.
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
Weather in Asia:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Asia.
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