Singapore is a buzzing city-state in South-East Asia, founded as a British trading colony in 1819 and going on to becoming a wealthy country with the world´s busiest port. Those seeking to get a taste of the cultures of China, Malaysia and India while also enjoying the pleasures of a modern and prosperous city will certainly not be disappointed by what Singapore has to offer. Explore the great shopping, delicious food and a tropical landscaped parks by day, and at night head to the pulsing bars and clubs. For accommodation, how about a room with a view in a skyscraper hotel, a cosy apartment or a sumptious villa? This buzzing port has everything you could want from a Southeast Asian city.
- Singaporeans can vote in British elections.
- The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore has a greater variety of tree species than all of North America
- Leave the Wrigleys at home - chewing gum is banned in Singapore to keep the streets clean!
- The four official languages in Singapore are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
- There are more millionaires per capita (15.5.%) in Singapore than anywhere else in the world.
- 9,234 Singaporean students set up the world record for the longest human domino chain in the year 2000.
Things To DoSingapore offers its visitors a wealth of things to do and see. To make things easier for you, we´ve picked out some tidbits of what the city has to offer:
1) Shopping, after food, is national pastime. There are an abundance of shopping malls and upmarket shops, however no super cheap locally produced handicrafts as virtually everything is imported. There are some deals to be made however, and the traders are honest and the selection of goods is plentiful and usually of good quality. Orchard Road is the place to go for shopping. There are miles of shopping malls selling anything you can imagine and some things you can’t. For the history buffs, the Civic District of Riverside is home to statues, museums and performing arts theaters.
2) To get a great view of the city go up on the Singapore Flyer, a giant Ferris wheel and incidentally the worlds highest observation wheel. For the original Singapore Sling cocktail (a rather sweet mix of gin, cherry brandy and soda) go to the Raffles Hotel where it the drink was first concocted.
3) The city-state originally consisted of 63 islands, but nowadays little is left of the rainforest it was once built upon. To get an impression of the natural beauty that was once all around, head out to one of the rural suburbs. Kusu Island is an important holy pilgrimage site where people pay homage to peace, happiness and good luck. The area around it is beautiful, with lagoons, beaches and plenty of wildlife. If you want to hire a boat for the day, take a trip to Marina South Pier.
4) Anyone who is serious about swimming should avail of the amazing density of cheap, open-air 50m-long public swimming pools that are dotted around the city. The Jurong East Swimming Complex is very reasonable and has a wave pool, water slides and jacuzzi.