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SINGAPORE in short:


Introduction

Singapore is a young, vibrant and cosmopolitan city-state. Its 5.6 million people trace their roots to diverse regions of the world,yet live together harmoniously on a compact island measuring just 40km east-to-west and 20km north-to-south.Independent and politically stable since 1965, Singapore has transformed into an important hub for many sectors of the global economy, including education, finance, technology and tourism.The city-state has an extensive and sophisticated infrastructure. Singaporeans live in a "City in a Garden" and enjoy some of the best educational, healthcare and sport facilities in the world.


Quick Facts


City / Country name

Republic of Singapore

Area

687 km2

Climate

Warm and humid

Population

Approximately 5.6 million

Language(s)

National Language: Malay
Official Language: English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil

Currency

Singapore Dollar


Singapore Today

Singapore is in the heart of Southeast Asia, a tropical island transformed from a sleepy fishing village to a thriving global city today with its strategic position, and excellent transport and logistics infrastructure.

Singapore is teeming with a vibrant and diverse range of cultures. Apart from the main races of Chinese, Malay and Indians, there are also many other nationalities from around the world that live and work in Singapore.

Though small in size, Singapore offers visitors a host of lifestyle experiences including world-class attractions, and great shopping in a clean and safe environment. Food-lovers can also indulge in Singapore's range of multi-ethnic cuisines and unique dining experiences showcasing a variety of gastronomical delights that will excite their taste buds.

Travelers/Backpackers' Essential Kit:

A map of Singapore ( available at the airport )

A pre-paid mobile phone card ( available at any 7-eleven store)

An EZ-Link* card or a Tourist Pass** ( available at any MRT stations*/selected MRT stations**)

At least a packet of tissue or a face towel (Get ready for the sweltering tropical weather!)

Places to leave your Footprints:

The Architecture & Sights

- Marina Bay Sands & Sands Skypark - Central

- The Helix Bridge - Central

- Gardens by the Bay - Central

- The Merlion Park - Central

- Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles - Central

- The Esplande - Central

- Raffles Hotel - Central

- The Singapore Flyer - Central

- Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple - North

- Sri Mariamman Temple - Central

- The Southern Ridges -West

- The Sultan Mosque - North

- Singapore City Gallery - Central

The Heartlands

- Geylang - East

- Tanjong Pagar - Central

- Chinatown - Central

- Holland Village - South West

- Yishun, Ang Mo Kio or Toa Payoh – refer to the MRT line

Shoppers Paradise

- Sim Lim Square (Electronics & IT) – 5 mins away on foot

- Mustafa Centre (24hrs shopping mall)  - 5 mins away on foot

- Bugis Junction shopping centre - 10-15 mins away on foot

- Bugis Village (open air street market) - 10-15 mins away on foot

- City Hall & Marina Square - Central

- Orchard Road - Central

- Chinatown - Central

Culture Vulture

- Malay Heritage Centre - East

- Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum - East

- Chinatown Heritage Centre - Central

- Arts & Science Museum- Central

- Singapore Art Museum - Central

- MINT Museum of Toys – Central

Food Glorious Food (Must try!)

- Geylang : No Sign Board Crab, Durian (a kind of fruit), Famous Frog Leg Porridge

- Katong : Katong Laksa (scoop it up with a spoon)

- Little India : Must try Roti prata and teh tarik

- Chinatown : Tian Tian Chicken Rice, Lao Ban Tou Hua

- Changi Village : must try nasi lemak, fried carrot cake, Char Kway Teow, seafood and others…

As night falls

- Singapore Pub Crawl - Central

- Clark Quay & Boat Quay (clubs) - Central

- Zouk (club) - Central

- Ku De Ta Bar - Central

- The Singapore Flyer - Central

- Night safari - North

Along the coast

- Sentosa - Central

- Singapore River - Central

- East Coast – East

- Changi Village - East

- Pasir Ris Park - East

- Labrador Park - South

- West Coast - West

- Sembawang Park - North