Singapore Country Guide



Singapore is a small country on a small island but with just over five million people it is a fairly crowded city and in fact second only to Monaco as the world's most densely populated country. Unlike many other densely populated countries, Singapore with more than 50% of its area covered by greenery and with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves is an enchanting garden city.

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Orchard Road, Singapore

Orchard Road at night

The centre of the city is located in the south, consisting roughly of the Orchard Road shopping area, Riverside, Marina Bay area and also the skyscraper-filled Shenton Way financial district known. Large self-contained residential towns mushroomed all over the island, around the clean and modern city centre.

  • Riverside (Civic District) - Singapore's colonial core with its museums, statues, theatres and not to mention the restaurants, bars and clubs.

  • Orchard Road - Includes the adjacent roads, occupied by rows and rows of shopping malls as well as restaurants, bars and clubs.

  • Marina Bay - The newest feature of Singapore, dominated by the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort and the Marina Barrage.

  • Bugis and Kampong Glam - Bugis and Kampong Glam are Singapore's old Malay district, now largely taken over by small shops.

  • Chinatown - The area originally designated for Chinese settlement by Stamford Raffles and now a Chinese heritage area popular with tourists.

  • Little India - A piece of India located north of the city core, the heart of the Indian community and home to many Indian-owned businesses.

  • Balestier, Newton, Novena and Toa Payoh - Budget accommodations and Burmese temples within striking distance of the city centre.

  • North - The northern part of the island and includes Woodlands, forming Singapore's residential and industrial hinterlands.

  • North East - Comprises of the urban areas of Ang Mo Kio, Hougang, North-Eastern Islands, Punggol, Seletar, Sengkang and Serangoon.

  • North West - Location of the Bukit Timah Forest Reserve (at 166 meters this is Singapore's highest point) and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

  • Jurong - Comprises of public housing blocks and a significant industrial area in the reclaimed area of Tuas and also includes Jurong Island.

  • Tampines - The largest residential area in Singapore and with a very high population density than other housing districts.

  • East Coast - Home to Changi Airport, Geylang Serai (heart of Singapore's Malay population), miles of beaches and many famous eateries.

  • Sentosa - A separate island that was once a military fort developed today into a modern resort island with its beaches and theme parks.

Marina Bay, Singapore

The Merlion at Marina Bay

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