Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia, situated on the southern tip of Malay Peninsula, south of the state of Johor of Peninsular Malaysia and north of the Indonesian islands of Riau. The city has traded in its rough-and-ready opium dens and pearl luggers for towers of concrete and glass, and its steamy rickshaw image for hi-tech wizardry.

Singapore appears like a city full of contrasts, modern and anonymous, with Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions from feng shui to ancestor worship creating part of the everyday landscape. In the crowded streets of Chinatown, fortune tellers, calligraphers and temple worshippers are still a part of everyday life. In Little India, you can buy the best sari material, freshly ground spices or a picture of your favourite Hindu god. In the small shops of Arab St, the cry of the imam can be heard from the nearby Sultan Mosque. In spite of practices such as the ban of imports of chewing gum, that have led some to label it a "nanny state", authoritarian government intervention in social issues to the extent of behaving like overly concerned parents, Singapore is a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia.

Facts in a glance

Area: 683 sq km
Population: 4 million
Country: Singapore
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +8 (Standard Time)
Telephone Area Code: There are no area codes in Singapore; just dial the eight-digit number.

See Also

Events in Singapore

Hotels in Singapore

Restaurants in Singapore

Nightlife in Singapore

Attractions in Singapore

Maps of Singapore

Weather in Singapore


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