Singapore Country Guide

 
 
Orchard Road, Singapore

Singapore's Orchard Road

Singapore is a city-state, which was once established by the British as a trading colony in 1819. Since independence, Singapore has become one of the world's most prosperous countries as well as a regional financial, trading, shipping and airport hub. The city-state is a microcosm of Asia, populated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and a large group of workers and expatriates from all across the globe.
 
 
 
 
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Singapore in the region from (CIA) World Factbook

Perception
Singapore has a partly deserved reputation for its squeaky clean image and sterile predictability that has earned it descriptions like William Gibson's "Disneyland with the death penalty" or the "world's only shopping mall with a seat in the United Nations". Nevertheless, the Switzerland of Asia, is a very safe city for travellers and for many a welcome respite from the poverty, dirt, chaos and crime seen in many parts of the Southeast Asian mainland.

Why Visit Singapore

If you scratch below the squeaky clean surface and get away from the tourist trail you'll soon find more than meets the eye. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant night-life scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.

Singaporean food is legendary, with bustling hawker centres and 24-hour coffee shops offering cheap food from all parts of Asia.
Shopping is second only to eating as a national pastime, which means that Singapore has an abundance of shopping malls. Singapore holds numerous events each year. Some of its famous festivals and events including the Singapore Food Festival, Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore Arts Festival and Chingay Parade.
Chinatown, Singapore

Eating out in Chinatown

Getting around Singapore is easy! The public transport system is extremely convenient and easy to use as well as cheap. Taxis are readily available (may be not so during the morning and afternoon rush hours) and reasonably priced when you can get one. Singapore is generally fairly "pedestrian-friendly". In the main business districts and on the main roadways, pavements and pedestrian crossings are in good shape and plentiful.

Singapore

MRT train station

Cost of Travel
Budget travellers should note that Singapore is much more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia and should budget accordingly if planning to spend time in Singapore.
In general, prices in Singapore are about twice as high as in Malaysia and Thailand and 3-5 times as high as in Indonesia and the Philippines.

 
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Boat Quay
Chinatown
City Hall
Clarke Quay
Marina Bay
Mustafa Centre
North Bridge Road
Orchard Road
Sentosa Island
Suntec City

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