Visa Requirements:Visa on arrival
Languages Spoken:English, mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia
Currency Used:Singapor Dollar
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree (137 kilometres (85 mi)) north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres (50 sq mi)
Stamford Raffles founded colonial Singapore in 1819 as a trading post of the British East India Company; after the latter's collapse in 1858, the islands were ceded to the British Raj as a crown colony. During the Second World War, Singapore was occupied by Japan. It gained independence from the UK in 1963 by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but separated two years later over ideological differences, becoming a sovereign nation in 1965
The World Health Organisation ranks Singapore's healthcare system as 6th overall in the world in its World Health Report. In general, Singapore has had the lowest infant mortality rate in the world for the past two decades. Life expectancy in Singapore is 80 for males and 85 for females, placing the country 4th in the world for life expectancy. Almost the whole population has access to improved water and sanitation facilities. There are fewer than 10 annual deaths from HIV per 100,000 people. There is a high level of immunization. Adult obesity is below 10%. The Economist Intelligence Unit, in its 2013 "Where-to-be-born Index", ranks Singapore as having the best quality of life in Asia and sixth overall in the world.
The diversity of food is touted as a reason to visit the country, and the variety of food representing different ethnicities is seen by the government as a symbol of its multiculturalism.
In popular culture, food items belong to a particular ethnicity, with Chinese, Malay, and Indian food clearly defined. However, the diversity of cuisine has been increased further by the "hybridization" of different styles (e.g., the Peranakan cuisine, a mix of Chinese and Malay cuisine
Places To Go
Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore's circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha's teeth.
Gardens by the Bay
Modern public gardens on reclaimed land- A network of modern greenhouses & waterfront parks containing super trees lined with solar cells.
Movie- & TV-themed amusement park- Movie amusement park with sets & rides on themes from Hollywood to sci-fi, plus live entertainment.
Zoo for nocturnal animals opened in 1994- Night zoo with tram rides and walking trails through rainforest past elephants, tigers & leopards.
Marina Bay, Singapore
Garden, casino, and shopping- Marina Bay is a bay located in the Central Area of Singapore surrounded by the perimeter of four other planning areas, the Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South and Straits View. The area
64-acre zoo in a rainforest setting- Rainforest zoo with tram rides, trails & viewing platforms to see wildlife habitats & exhibits.
165m-tall public observation wheel- Huge observation wheel opened in 2008 for views of the city plus high tea & butler-serviced flights.
Half-lion, half-fish statue & fountain- Iconic, 8.5m-tall statue with the body of a fish & head of a lion, shooting water from its mouth.
Resorts World Sentosa
All-inclusive complex with chic lodging- All-inclusive complex with 6 hotels, outdoor pools, theme parks, an aquarium & a casino.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Botanical gardens founded in 1859- 183-acre botanical gardens with sculptures, a swan lake & significant collection of tropical trees.
Jurong Bird Park
Wildlife preserve for bird diversity- Sprawling sanctuary housing over 400 bird species from parrots to penguins, plus play areas & cafes.
Zoo & freshwater aquarium with boats- Zoo & aquarium with a river theme offering boat rides, freshwater fish & animals, including pandas.
Riverside shopping & leisure complex- Mall with restaurants & nightlife in redeveloped, 19th-century, riverside commercial district.
Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
Theater, concert hall & studio complex- Futuristic waterfront arts venue with 1,600-seat concert hall, 2,000-person theatre, studios & mall.
Shopping & Chinese baroque houses- Orchard Road is Singapore’s retail heart, with discount outlets, department stores and upscale boutiques, alongside luxury hotels. Emerald Hill Road is a mix of colorful Chinese baroque houses
East Coast Park
Strip of public beach with activities- White, sandy beach with a skate park, water sports and sports facilities, plus local food sellers.
Aquarium for marine life & dolphin shows- Aquarium featuring underwater sea life displays, live dolphin & seal performances & shark dives.
Art Science Museum
Flower-shaped design & technology museum- Design, science & technology exhibits in a distinctive, modern, flower-shaped building.
Sprawling shopping mall in modern digs- Expansive, modern shopping center hosting a wide range of retailers, restaurants & theaters.
Expansive shopping mall with restaurants- Large, modern mall featuring a vast array of well-known retailers, along with dining options.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Temple with Buddha relics & a garden- Tang dynasty–style temple housing religious relics, with ornate rooms & a tranquil rooftop garden.
Hilltop spot with scenic city views- Trails & a cable car lead up to this popular hilltop park offering scenic views of the city skyline.
MacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore's oldest reservoir. The reservoir was completed in 1868 by impounding water from an earth embankment, and was then known as the Impounding Reservoir or Thomson Reservoir.
Sri Mariamman Temple
Ornate 19th-century Hindu temple- Built in 1827, the city's oldest Hindu temple features a tower densely ornamented with deities.
Lau Pa Sat
Restored Victorian-style food market- Rebuilt Victorian covered hawker center in CBD with local delicacies & international food stalls.
Footbridge modelled on DNA structure- Steel footbridge, opened in 2010, inspired by the curved form of the structure of DNA.
National Gallery Singapore
Asian art museum in a historic building- Museum of Singapore & Southeast Asian arts housed in a restored municipal building dating to 1929.
Historical hilltop site with events- A well-known historical landmark, this grassy hilltop park hosts events such as concerts & plays.
Asian Civilizations Museum
Exhibits on Singapore's many cultures- Museum exploring the history & cultures of Asia & their shaping of contemporary Singapore.
Wings Of Time
Venue for a colorful nighttime show- Modern venue featuring a nightly show with colorful lights, lasers, water fountains & 3D effects.
Haw Par Villa
Park artfully depicting Chinese history- Unique park using giant statues & dioramas to retell historic Chinese legends of religious mythology.
Fountain of Wealth
Giant landmark fountain in a mall- Huge contemporary outdoor fountain in a shopping complex, offering nightly light shows.
Skyline Luge Sentosa is a luge located in Sentosa, Singapore. The attraction opened in the second half of 2005. The luge, situated on the Imbiah Lookout cluster opposite the Tiger Sky Tower,
Sprawling marine life attraction- Large aquarium & resort featuring 800 species of marine life in a variety of habitats.
Tiger Sky Tower
131m ascent for panoramic views- An enclosed cabin rotates to the top of this high observation tower with sweeping views.
Marine Life Park
SEA Aquarium & Adventure Cove Water Park- Large aquarium with rare species & seafood restaurant, plus a water park with slides & a lazy river.
National Orchid Garden
Thousands of rare orchids on display- Serene hilltop showcase of thousands of orchid species, plus bromeliads & carnivorous plants.
Reservoir with sustainability exhibits- Reservoir & kayaking destination featuring a gallery with interactive exhibits on sustainability.
Peranakan exhibits in neoclassical space- Peranakan culture is explored through interactive & multimedia exhibits in a historic 1912 building.
National Museum of Singapore
Landmark museum of Singapore's culture- Classical & modern architecture converge in this large, vibrant museum of Singaporean artifacts.
Science Centre Singapore
Educational museum with interactive play- Interactive science museum offering kids indoor & outdoor exhibits on Earth, biology & space.
Market for fresh produce, food & clothes. Mixed-use market building established in 1915 and located in this building since 1982.
Mega Adventure Park
Recreational park with zip-lines -Amusement park offering zip-lines, a climbing wall, suspended rope walks & a free-fall jump.
Dining complex in a 19th-century convent. A former convent & school, this 19th-century structure now houses restaurants, bars & event space.
Shopping. Arab Street was the name of a road and neighborhood in Singapore. There are two explanations behind the name. The first one is that the area was owned by an Arab merchant, Syed Ali bin Mohamed
Preserved historical mosque from 1824. Landmark Islamic house of worship in the Kampong Glam Malay Heritage District, with guided tours.
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
Interactive bug zoo in a tropical garden. Butterflies, beetles & other colorful insects are the main attractions at this lush interactive zoo.
Thian Hock Keng
Old temple with classic Chinese details. Historic temple built in the classic Chinese style of architecture with columns & dragon sculptures.
Spacious gardens with walking paths. Expansive, landscaped gardens with walking paths, water features & numerous pagodas & bridges.
St Andrew's Cathedral
This expansive cathedral offers complimentary guided tours of its sanctuary in early Gothic style.
Shopping- Raffles Place is the center of the Financial District of Singapore and is located south of the mouth of the Singapore River. It was first planned and developed in the 1820s as Commercial Square
Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen: Af) with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 22 to 35 °C (72 to 95 °F). While temperature does not vary greatly throughout the year, there is a wetter monsoon season from November to January
From July to October, there is often haze caused by bush fires in neighboring Indonesia, usually from the island of Sumatra. Although Singapore does not observe daylight saving time (DST), it follows the GMT+8 time zone, one hour ahead of the typical zone for its geographical location.
Singapore is the 6th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. After Japan Singapore is the safest country in Asia. Violent crimes against tourists almost don’t exist. The top list of crimes in Singapore leads petty crimes, including pickpocketing. It does occur at the airport, areas frequently visited by tourists and public transport. The main area of concern for a newcomer is scams. Widely known the property rental scams. Be aware of con artists, which pretends to be a landlord, they try to offer a property for a rent on different websites, therefore think twice, before renting an accommodation through untrustworthy resources. Avoid making large payments in cash and be sure that before signing the contract all sides are verified. Using the services of only accredited agents is highly recommended. Be aware of unscrupulous retailers, if you feel pressured into purchasing goods, leave the store. Choose reputable and official resellers of the electronic equipment.
Singapore vicinities and neighborhoods
OVERALL RISK: LOW
Singapore is a very safe country on average – some parts are very safe, others are very dangerous. It is ranked 6th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW
As a frequently visited tourist destination, the risks of petty crimes exist. Pick-pocketing might be a problem, though using common sense and following high degree of cautions, will almost eliminate chances of being robbed. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
Singapore is a safe country in terms of mugging and kidnapping.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
Generally, all scams in the country are the rental scam or scams in the electronic shops. Choosing trustworthy and well-known agent of the electronic retailer, you completely decreasing the chances of being scammed. Don’t make any prepayments from abroad for a renting apartment, until you are fully insured about the safety of transaction and trustworthiness of the landlord or an agent.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
All public transport of Singapore is well maintained. The risk on the roads is very low. While sailing or renting the boat, be aware of the piracy near the coastal areas around Singapore.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
There is a risk of the earthquakes. The monsoon season can bring heavy rains and strong winds. The monsoon season is from December to March and June to September.
TERRORISM RISK: LOW
Terrorism is a threat around the world. Risks of terrorism in Singapore is moderate. Watch out for suspicious activity and unattended belongings.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
While Singapore is generally safe for women, constant prudence is highly recommended.