Singapore

As one of the most urbanized cosmopolitan countries in the modern world, Singapore bears a strong economic infrastructure comprised of high tech skyscrapers and architecture that embraces a mix of the Chinese, Malaysian and Indian cultures.  Singapore is known as the Garden City with enormous parks and greenery that meld with the cities modern atmosphere and culture. As one of the most popular destinations in Asia, Singapore welcomes over 10 million visitors per year. 

Singapore is the second most densely populated country in the world second only to Monaco. Though Singapore is one of the largest expatriate destinations in the world, the city is also a popular holiday destination for families with children. The Singapore Zoo, Universal Studious Singapore and the Singapore Discovery Center are some of the attractions that make this unique city such a popular sightseeing and learning destination in the world. China Town, Little India and the Arab Quarter embrace the cities roots while hosting some of the city’s biggest events cultural sights and local cuisine. The urban rainforest and the Bukit Timah Nature reserve offer vast areas of open space. In addition Singapore offers a festive nightlife and a resort hub on Sentosa Island.

The Climate in Singapore

Singapore has a tropical climate characterized by hot and humid weather year round. Average temperatures range from 79°F (26°C) and 86°F (30°C) with cooler temperatures at night. Rainfall is common throughout the year however November through January is monsoon season making them the wettest months in the city. Be sure to pack an umbrella and raingear as heavy downpours are common. Sweaters are also a good idea as the city is filled with ultra air-conditioned buildings in the heat of the summer.

Activities in Singapore

Singapore is a complex land, where strong cultural heritages mix with economic prosperity and cutting edge technology. The festive seasons are the best time to visit Singapore. Chinese New Year highlights the calendar occurring at the end of January or the beginning of February each year. The Singapore Arts Festival occurs in May and June. Comprised of dance, music and drama and is regarded as one of the best of its kind in Asia. TheThimithi Festival takes place in October and is one of the most important events of the Hindu calendar. The goddess Draupadi is honored during the culmination of the festival with a breathtaking fire-walking ceremony. 

Orchard Road is the retail hub of the city offering vast shopping and entertainment outlets. Merlion key-rings and jewellery, jade carvings, bronze statues and coasters made from Peranakan tiles are popular items to bring home.

The Singapore Zoo is an exotic attraction containing the Night Safari where one can see numerous nocturnal animals from Tigers to Tarsiers.

Have a picnic at The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve which is one of only two urban rain forests worldwide. 

Sentosa Island is comprised of exquisite resorts and theme parks all across this tropical landmass. 

Sightseeing in Singapore

Supertrees are mechanical tree-like structures that can be seen at the Gardens by the Bay, which is a space-age botanical garden containing a large selection of exotic ferns and orchids.

The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest Ferris Wheel and offers breathtaking views of the city.

Bird lovers can visit the Juroung Birdpark which contains one of the planets most extensive bird collections and is the largest sanctuary in Southeast Asia.

The downtown communities of Little India and the Arab district are exotic attractions as well as Chinatown, which is made up of traditions and decorations that are diverse from the modern city.

Singapore cuisine and spirits

Experience Chili crab, satay (barbecued meat served on a skewer) with peanut sauce, and the coconut milk-based curry known as laksa. Libations such as the Singapore Sling can be enjoyed at chic bars along the Three Quays waterfront.

Travel to Singapore/Passport requirements

Affordable flights to Singapore are available from numerous cities in the United Kingdom and the United States. Direct and indirect flights to the amazing Changi Airport are available. The airport has won 360 awards since 1981. You must hold a valid passport to enter Singapore. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Singapore. You may be refused entry or be turned away by airlines if your passport does not meet this requirement. 


 

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