See the following
videos to experience Singapore virtually.
Walk the streets virtually using this interactive map.
Read this newspaper
to learn what is going on in Singapore today.
Listen to these Savvy
Traveler Audios about prosperous Singapore, the wonders of Changi
Airport, and a nostalgic train ride from Singapore to Bangkok
Look at these beautiful
photographs of the city.
Watch this video
clip about Singapore.
View these panoramic scenes
about Singapore industries and hotels
Read what visitors
say about Singapore
Read this BBC
Travel article about
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technocratic interesting country of 3.5 million people located
near the equator on a island at the tip of Malaysia. View
map. The population is mostly Chinese, however, the population is
form of government emulates England
(its former colonial master) in that it is a parliamentary democracy.
Its airport and airline (Singapore Airlines) are rated among the best
in the world. Another interesting fact is that
most of the worlds major religions: Taoists, Buddhists, Muslims.
and Hindus appear to get along peacefully. Travelers should be made
(view the US Consulate linK below) that jay walking and littering are
MAJOR crimes, and people are punished accordingly.
The hotels are excellent, the
dining experiences are interesting and diverse, and the city
attractions are culturally interesting. The opium dens are from another
era, but other forms of entertainment and activities make Singapore an
interesting place to visit. View this information
island nation of the
Republic of Singapore lies one degree north of the Equator in Southern
Asia. The country includes the island of Singapore and 58 or so smaller
islands. Because of its efficient and determined government, Singapore
has become a flourishing country that excels in trade and tourism and
is a model to developing nations. The capital city, also called
Singapore, covers about a third of the area of the main island.
Though physically small,
Singapore is an economic giant. It has been Southeast Asia's most
modern city for over a century. The city blends Malay, Chinese, Arab,
Indian and English cultures and religions. Its unique ethnic tapestry
affords visitors a wide array of sightseeing and culinary opportunities
from which to choose. A full calendar of traditional festivals and
holidays celebrated throughout the year adds to its cultural appeal. In
addition, Singapore offers luxury hotels, delectable cuisine and great
Located at the tip of the
Malay Peninsula, Singapore's tropical climate
both leisure and
business travelers year round. The island republic's excellent
infrastructure enables visitors to enjoy its many sites and attractions
in a safe, clean and green environment. Award winning Changi Airport
provides airlinks to major cities around the world. The train and
subway systems are clean, fast and efficient. In addition, its
state-of-the-art cruise terminal has established Singapore as one of
the premier cruising centers of South East Asia and an exciting port of
call on any Asian cruise itinerary.
In the city, there is no
need for a car. Public transportation is excellent and walking is a
good way to explore the city . All major attractions are also
accessible by tour bus. Since the city is only 60 miles (100k) from the
equator, the tropical temperatures do not vary much. Rainfall is fairly
evenly distributed through the year. No matter when you choose to
visit, warm weather will be abundantly available. The visitor is struck
immediately by Singapore's abundance of parks, nature reserves, and
lush, tropical greenery.
Singapore's progress over
the past three decades has been remarkable, yet the island has not been
overwhelmed by development. Visitors will discover a wealth of
historical treasures from the past, in the beauty of older buildings,
values and traditions that have survived in the face of profound social
and geographical change.
Lacking any noteworthy
natural resources, Singapore's early prosperity was based on a vigorous
free trade policy, put in place in 1819 when Sir Stamford Raffles first
established it as a British trading post. Later, mass industrialization
bolstered the economy, and today the state boasts the world's second
busiest port after Rotterdam, minimal unemployment, and a super
efficient infrastructure. Almost the entire population lives in upscale
new apartments, and the average per capita income is over US$12,000.
Singapore is a clean, safe place to visit, its amenities are second to
none and its public places are smoke-free and hygienic.
Forming the core of
downtown Singapore is the Colonial District. Each surrounding enclave
has its own distinct flavor, from the aromatic spice stores of Little
India, to the tumbledown backstreets of Chinatown, where it is still
possible to find calligraphers and fortune tellers, or the Arab
Quarter, whose cluttered stores sell fine cloths and silks.
North of the city, are
two nature preserves, Bukit Timah and the Central Catchment Area, along
with the splendid Singapore Zoological Gardens. The east coast features
good seafood restaurants set on long stretches of sandy beach. In
addition there are over fifty islands and islets within Singaporean
waters, all of which can be reached with varying degrees of ease. Day
trips are popular to Sentosa, the island amusement arcade which is
linked to the south coast by a short causeway and cable car. Music,
theater, nightlife: all are abundant in this remarkable city. Singapore
used to be considered a "stop over" on the way to larger Asian cities.
This is no longer true! Visitors seek out Singapore for business and
finance and also for a fascinating and satisfying vacation for the
Strategically located at
the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula sixty miles from the equator,
Singapore has for centuries been a crossroads between East and West.
Chinese traders en route to India had navigated its waters from at
least the 5th century. In the 14th century it was part of the powerful
Vijayan Empire and was known as Tenmasek or Sea Town. Legend has it
that it was renamed Singa Pura or Lion City after a visiting Sumatran
prince saw an animal he mistook for a lion, an animal considered a good
Modern Singapore came
into being in 1819 when Sir Stamford Raffles claimed what was then a
small fishing village as a regional base for the East India Company.
The island's natural harbor and location made it an ideal site for a
trading post serving British trade interests between China, the Malay
world and India. Singapore flourished as its free trade policy
attracted merchants and residents from all over the world.
Raffles initiated a town
plan which included leveling one hill to form a new commercial district
(now Raffles Place) and constructing government buildings around
another hill (now called Fort Canning Hill). The British plan also
involved separating the population according to ethnic categories with
Europeans, Indians, Chinese and Malays each living and working in their
own distinct quarters of the city.
Revenues soared in
ensuing years from the production of opium and rubber. Millionaires
were made overnight. Immigration rose steadily.
The island became
Britain's strategic defense base in the Far East but fell to the
Japanese in 1942. After the world war ended in 1945, Singapore became a
crown colony. It gained self governing status in 1959 and independence
in 1965 when it became part of the new state of Malaysia which united
Malaya with Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak. The alliance did not last.
Singapore was used to being on its own, and within two years the island
set up its own stable government and became known as the Republic of
Under Prime Minister Lee
Kuan Yew's leadership, Singapore continued to strengthen its
infrastructure and its industrial base. Housing and urban renovation
kept pace with population growth. The areas of health and education are
strong. Singapore's leaders have also brought order and progress
through strict regulation of social behavior. Smoking in public was
banned, as was gum chewing. High economic growth rates have supported
Singapore is the world's
second busiest seaport, has an airport served by over 50 major
airlines. It has state of the art communication and mass transit
systems. It is Asia's premier center for finance and business and the
world's third largest oil refining center. Over 7 million visit the
tiny country every year.
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