Singapore is a country which blends East with West, traditions with modernity quite well. A bustling cosmopolitan city-state with an incredible conglomerate of cultures, ethnicities, scenic beauties and man-made wonders, Singapore is a country to enchant you. Even though a small country, it still offers a world class living environment, with plush gardens and tall structures present all over the land. Having a young, bold & dynamic population, Singapore is ranked third in the world for its rapid growth and development. Explore the world of “Uniquely Singapore” and get awed by the modern beauty of this City.
Capital : Singapore City
Total Area : Approx 513,120 sq kilometers (198,115 sq miles)
Time Zone : Singapore Standard Time (GMT + 8.00)
ISD Code : +65
Official Language : English, Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia and Tamil
Currency : Singapore Dollars (SGD)
Religion : Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam.
Climate : Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 23 to 32 degrees. April and May are the hottest months, with the wetter monsoon season from November to January. From July to October, there is often haze caused by bush fires in neighboring Indonesia.
Best Time to Travel : Singapore can be preferably traveled to and enjoyed all round the year, except in the months of April and May.
Apart from being a secular country, Singapore is a country of multi-ethnic society practicing multi-culturalism and multi-religion. Each ethnic group practices its own religion and belief which means various festivals are celebrated throughout the year. These festivals are usually celebrated either nationwide or at state level. Some of these festivals are public holidays. The festive dates vary each year as each festival is based on the local calendar systems.
Shopping is second only to eating as a national pastime, which means that Singapore has an abundance of shopping malls, and low taxes and tariffs on imports coupled with huge volume mean that prices are usually very competitive. While you won’t find any bazaars with dirt-cheap local handicrafts (in fact, virtually everything sold in Singapore is made elsewhere), goods are generally of reasonably good quality and shopkeepers are generally quite honest due to strong consumer protection laws.
The Great Singapore Sale, usually held in June-July, when shopping centers pull out all stops to attract punters. There are lots of items to feast everyone’s senses on what to shop out of an exasperating variety available in Singapore. Few of the famous items bought while shopping in Singapore are – Antiques, Books, Cameras, Clothes, Garments, Contemporary designs, Consumer Electronics, Fabrics, Food, Games, Speaker Systems and Woofers, LCDs and LEDs TV sets, Marine Sports, Mobile Phones, Sports Goods, Perfumes and Watches.
Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines from around the world, and many Singaporeans are obsessive gourmands who love to east. One can find quality Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Italian, French, American and other food in this city-state. The Singapore Food Festival is held every year in July. The most common local cuisine includes Chilli Crabs, Katong Laksa (with chilli paste) and Satay with peanut sauce, onions and cucumber. The Peranakan/Nonya cuisine is the second preferred cuisine in Singapore having the luxury of delicacies like Kaya, Mee Siam, Popiah, Rojak, Satay Bee hoon and Laksa Lemak. The traditional Malay Cuisine enjoys the luxury of sumptuous delicacies like Mee Rubus, Mee Soto, Nasi lemak, Otah, Rendang, Sambal and Satay. The Malay Cuisine also has some soothing desserts especially Bubur cha cha, Ice Kachang and Pisang Goreng.
The Chinese food as eaten in Singapore commonly originates from southern China, particularly Fujian and Guangdong. The traditional Chinese dishes are Bak chor mee, Bak kut the, Char kway teow, Chee cheong fun, Fishball noodles, Hainanese chicken rice, Hokkien mee, Prawn noodles, Steamboat, and Yong tau foo. The smallest of the area’s big three ethnic groups, the Indians have had proportionally the smallest impact on the local culinary scene, but there is no shortage of Indian food even at many hawker centers. The traditional Indian Cuisine includes Fish head curry, Nasi briyani, Roti parata, and Putu mayam. Singapore is plush with many international Fast food chains viz. Mc Donald’s, Carl’s, Burger King, Orange Julius and many more. Vegetarian food is available without any problem in the entire Singapore.
Changi Airport- For a country with full of architectural marvels, Changi Airport is the first and foremost tourist attraction which gifts the tourists a pleasurable landing in Singapore. Being rated as people’s favorite for many years, this airport surely has a lot of things to explore
Marina Bay – Located in the heart of the city, this advanced township and business hub relates Singapore to its iconic Merlion sculpture and Hotel Marina Bay Sand, which has the shape of a giant boat over 3 erect chambers.
Sentosa Island – Sentosa offers many scenic delights and numerous fun filled places to explore. The bigger Merlion statue, a panoramic view from Imbiah Lookout, Underwater World Aquarium and the Song of the Seas which lighten up the skies every evening, are few of the delightful attractions here.
Universal Studios – Sentosa Island also boasts of having the commercial premises of Universal Studios, a famous production and studio house for Hollywood Movie Franchises and International movie making directors.
Chinatown district – The Chinatown district as the name suggests, is an ethnic neighborhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. This venue is famous for its Chinese cuisine which relate to the originality of the cuisine in China.
Sri Mariamman Temple- The famous Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple located in the downtown Chinatown district. This temple since its inception has solemnized its priests to promote Hindu Marriages in Singapore. This beautiful temple truly adds to the sightseeing options of Chinatown.
Little India – An ethnic neighborhood lying to the east of Singapore River, Little India is the home land for various Tamil cultural elements and aspects of other cultures. Sweet aromas of Indian sweets, Indian spices and condiments run through the streets of Little India. Budgeted shopping options are also the catch of this little wonder land.
Parliament House – Being a cultural landmark and a public building, the Singapore Parliament House is one of the most advanced Government structures built in the World. With state of the art architectural and building skills used, this Parliament House acts as a good sightseeing option for various tourists visiting the Central district.
Singapore Zoo – Formerly known as the Zoological Gardens of Singapore, this land occupies 69 acres of land around the heavily forested central catchment area of Singapore. This zoo houses more than 150 species of animals and attracts about 1.6 million tourists globally, every year.
Jurong Bird Park – Spread over 50 acres of land, Jurong Bird Park has a lot of activities which needn’t necessarily amuse the kids, but also the grownups! You will hate to miss the opportunity to explore this scenic land sitting amidst aisles of green vegetation and natural beauty. It is managed by Wildlife Reserves of Singapore, a Governement owned initiative.
Singapore Night Safari – Being one of the most developed countries of the world, Singapore is a city which never sleeps. The Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore.