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Sub-Region: Southeast Asia


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"The Quintessential Cosmopolitan"

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Best described as a microcosm of modern Asia, Singapore is a melting pot of culture and history, and an extravaganza of culinary delights. Officially known as the Republic of Singapore, it is both a city and a country located in Southeast Asia. One of Asia's most visited destinations, Singapore is best described as an amalgam of a fast-paced life and an off-the-back-street inheritance.

Singapore is the quintessential cosmopolitan, having the highest religious diversity in any country. Spread 42 km (26 miles) east to west and 23 km (14 miles) north to south, today it boasts of the world's busiest port. Singapore has climbed to be one of Asia's hit-list destinations with its efficient and widespread transport system - whizzing in this country is just a matter of minutes! The national pastime of Singaporeans is eating, followed closely by shopping. This 'City in a Garden' is a blend of cultures, combining different ideas, cuisines, new architectures going well with the gleaming hint of the old school.

The incredible shopping malls, classy boutiques, departmental stores on Orchard Road, the exotic elements of Chinatown and Little India and the world-class nightlife span across the spotless land of Singapore. Expensive with respect to South-eastern standards, the city offers a plethora of other options for entertainment such as Sentosa Island, Singapore Zoo, Botanic Garden, Marina Bay Sands, Tiger Balm Garden, and the Night Safari. With picture-perfect skyline and city centre bustling with crowds of people, Singapore is one of the most popular travel destinations for a lot of reasons.

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There are four official languages of Singapore: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese and Tamil. English is the most widely spoken language (primarily by the population below the age of 50), and the medium of instructions in school. English is also the language of business and government in Singapore, based on British English. 

A unique and widely spoken language in Singapore is the Singlish. It is primarily the colloquial form of English, having a distinct accent, and ignoring the basic standards of English grammar. Having a jumble of local slang and expressions of various languages and dialects of Singapore, speaking in Singlish is seen as a mark of being truly local!

According to the historical records, the story of Singapore goes as back as the third century, then referred to as 'island at the end'. It was between 1298 and 1299 AD that the first settlement was established when the city came to be known as Tumasik or Sea Town. According to a legend, the current name of the country came into being during the 14th century when a prince of Palembang (capital of Srivijaya) saw an animal he had never seen before while on his hunting trip. Taking it as a good omen, he named the city as 'Singapura' or the 'lion city' derived from the Sanskrit words 'Simha' meaning 'lion' and 'pura' meaning. Soon, the city located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula (natural meeting point of various sea routes) became the major trading hub for Arabs dhows, Chinese junk, Portuguese battleships and Buginese schooners. However, the modern city of Singapore was founded in 19th century by Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles. After passing from various hands of power, the island was handed over to British in 1946 as its crown colony. The revolution for independence came about in 1959 when the country's first general elections were held and Lee Kuan Yew became first prime Minister of Singapore. One can witness the imprints of the island's rich past and struggle at various museums, monuments and memorials.

Singapore is an entirely different city at daytime and an absolutely different picture at night. The city very efficiently transforms itself from punctual and efficient to dancing and enjoying the present type at night. The nightclubs and bars around Clark Quay are pulsating with music and constantly buzzing with people all around. Tourists come out of the travelersê mode and give in to the high energy around Orchard Street at numerous caf_ and rooftop bars. Where Singaporeans are efficient employees during daytime, they are equally efficient at pubbing and clubbing at night. This is the true essence of this Lion City, and you have to experience it.

With several great options to shop at, one can find literally anything on this island. Orchard Road, 2.2km long, is one of the most popular shopping streets comprising of about 20 shopping centers alone. Haji Lane is yet another place that is regarded as a paradise for Singaporeês hipsters offering rage of cool casual wears. Tion Bahru is known fir its high fashion sense and numerous lifestyle boutiques. Other major shopping places of Singapore are Little India, Chinatown, Holland Road Shopping Center, Dempsey Road, and Vivo City.  Mustafa mall is a duty free mall for shopping in budget. Happy Shopping!

Almost all the major credit card brands are widely accepted in Singapore including Visa and MasterCard (although a 3 % surcharge may by charged by some shops, taxis may charge up to 15 %). Travellerês cheques are usually not accepted, however, can be cashed at most of the exchange booths. EZ-Link and Nets Flash Pay cards are valid in case of some convenience stores and fast food chains. The Brunei Dollar, which is at par with Singaporean Dollar, can be used interchangeably in both the countries.

Currency exchange in Singapore is done in banks as well as currency exchange booths found in almost every shopping mall. Generally, these booths offer better rates, opening hours and much faster service than banks. The Mustafa Mall, which is open 24 hours, accepts almost any currency at a very good rate with equal competitiveness as the small shops located at Change Alley next to Raffles Place MRT. Rates at the airport are not as good as in the city, so avoid exchanging there. The ATMs are easily available throughout the island in large numbers.

Singapore in general is an expensive country by the standards of the Asian countries. Although, the city caters to the taste and interest of each kind of tourist, the minimum budget for backpackers, mid-rangers and luxury travellers are higher in comparison to the neighbouring countries. The cost of travelling in Singapore per day and per person (excluding hotel expense) is as follows: Budget Traveling: SGD 30 - 40 approximately Comfortable travel: SGD 50 - 90 approximately Luxury travel: SGD 100+ (sky is the limit)

Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Islam and Christianity are considered the major religions of Singapore. Most people practice two religions - primary and secondary.

Singapore is a racial mixture of people from several distinct communities and culture. However, Singaporeans have created a culture of their own irrespective of their ethnicities. While meeting a Singaporean formally or informally, make sure to shake hands firmly with all, even when departing. A slight bow while shaking hands is considered respectful. Make sure to never pin point someone or something with a finger, just raise your hand for indication. Western type of clothing is most common here. Men usually wear shirt, slacks and tie for business and women wear blouses with sleeves with skirts or pantsuits. For normal routine, any kind of casual clothes can be worn. Gender discrimination is legal offence, thus take care to not disrespect anyone. Tipping is usually practiced in Singapore in restaurants and hotels. A standard tip of 10% of final bill is given. Make sure to handover the tip to waitperson specifically, as owners might keep any cash left at table. It is not customary to tip anyone except waitperson and bellhop at hotels.

People of Singapore are quite possessive when it comes to the food. With a myriad of food outlets all over the island, you can find food according to your taste. The various restaurants and cafes serve cuisines from all over the world with varying budget and eating style. You can enjoy the affordable delicious food, mainly Indian and Chinese dishes that you will not even find in India and China, served by pushcart hawker and vendors along with super Malay and Indonesian food. However, western food is a lot more expensive when compared to its Asian counterparts. Nonya cooking, native to Singapore is a unique fusion of Chinese and Malay cooking styles prepared by the Peranakan community that is worth trying. Chilli crab; Satay with peanut sauce, onions and cucumber; Katong laksa (white noodles in a creamy, immensely rich coconut-based curry broth, topped with cockles or shrimp) with chilli paste and chopped laksa leaf in a spoon are some of the most popular local delicacies of Singapore.


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3 months ago by Ken Chiramel

A melting pot of cultures from around the world, Singapore has long been heralded as a utopian blend of technology and culture. Having its foundational roots in the British empire, Singapore has flourished into one the most economically advanced countries in the world. A smorgasbord of culinary experiences that draws influence from Indian, Chinese, Malay, and European heritage, Singapore?s food scene is bustling. From food courts where people can have meals for less that SGD 2 to the most lavish Michelin-starred restaurants, there is something to ensure nobody goes hungry there. With a vibrant nightlife that thrives along the Clarke Quay river, revellers can party long into the night. Sentosa beach offers lazy days by the sea and the thrill of water park rides as well. Gardens by the Bay is an artificial garden right in the CBD area of Singapore that has towering man-made trees, called Supertrees, that measure up to 50 m in height, and looks straight out of a sci-fi movie. Spread out over a sprawling 101 acres, it also includes the world?s largest indoor waterfall.

7 months ago by Jaykishan Oraon

Be it the education system or the Merlion figure head that drew you to Singapore, you'll agree that Singapore is a fine and expensive city. With plush roads, clean environment, and hardworking people; I loved taking a shot at Jurong bird park and Gardens by the bay. Be careful not to litter! These are 2 reasons why Singapore is called a 'fine' city.

9 months ago by Joysurjya Hagjer

I visited Singapore in 2008. Back then this tiny island nation was still growing in terms of population and area. The thing I will always cherish about Singapore is its people. It is harder to find a nicer and more friendlier country than this one. Our guide, the hotel staff and even the taxi and bus drivers were so warm and polite all the time. They are always ready for a conversation when you need one. This city nation is an amalgamation of different cultures. It was heartwarming to see people from various communities living harmoniously with each other. Apart from the people, I really enjoyed the night safari and the various attractions and events at Sentosa Island. I will always remember the water laser show at Sentosa Island as it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Do take care to not litter!! The city is kept very clean under strict rules. Chewing gums are not allowed and any sort of careless dirtying is heavy imposable.

10 months ago by Abdullah Haider

Be it the education system or the Merlion figure head that drew you to Singapore, you'll agree that Singapore is a fine and expensive city. With plush roads, clean environment, and hardworking people; I loved taking a shot at Jurong bird park and Gardens by the bay. Be careful not to litter! There's are 2 reasons Singapore is called a 'fine' city.

10 months ago by abhijit sreepada

Singapore is a country like no other and had me in love the from the very second I landed there. It has an extremely lively and welcoming vibe and is incredibly safe and easy to navigate around having lots to do and see. It is the melting pot of cultures, languages, and traditions. Whether it is the glitzy skyscrapers of downtown Singapore or the historic districts, it has something in store for everyone; making me come back time and again. Singapore is a fine city in every aspect, the rules adding to its charm.



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