Singapore Treasure of the East

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Singapore Travel Guide

Though physically small, Singapore is an economic giant. It has been Southeast Asia’s most modern city for over a century. The city blends Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions. Its unique ethnic tapestry affords visitors a wide array of sightseeing and culinary opportunities from which to choose. A full calendar of traditional festivals and holidays celebrated throughout the year adds to its cultural appeal. In addition, Singapore offers luxury hotels, delectable cuisine and great shopping! The island nation of the Republic of Singapore lies one degree north of the Equator in Southern Asia. The country includes the island of Singapore and 58 or so smaller islands. Because of its efficient and determined government, Singapore has become a flourishing country that excels in trade and tourism and is a model to developing nations. The capital city, also called Singapore, covers about a third of the area of the main island.Know more about the country in this Singapore travel Guide

Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore’s tropical climate welcomes both leisure and business travelers year round. The island republic’s excellent infrastructure enables visitors to enjoy its many sites and attractions in a safe, clean and green environment. Award winning Changi Airport provides airlinks to major cities around the world. The train and subway systems are clean, fast and efficient. In addition, its state-of-the-art cruise terminal has established Singapore as one of the premier cruising centers of South East Asia and an exciting port of call on any Asian cruise itinerary.

In the city, there is no need for a car. Public transportation is excellent and walking is a good way to explore the city . All major attractions are also accessible by tour bus. Since the city is only 60 miles (100k) from the equator, the tropical temperatures do not vary much. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed through the year. No matter when you choose to visit, warm weather will be abundantly available. The visitor is struck immediately by Singapore’s abundance of parks, nature reserves, and lush, tropical greenery.

Singapore’s progress over the past three decades has been remarkable, yet the island has not been overwhelmed by development. Visitors will discover a wealth of historical treasures from the past, in the beauty of older buildings, values and traditions that have survived in the face of profound social and geographical change.

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How to reach Singapore

Singapore Travel GuideChangi Airport is one of Asia’s best-connected airports and is an important hub for international aviation. Being an important gateway to Southeast Asia, mostly all major international airlines fly into Singapore. There is regular air traffic from Singapore to several destinations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and North America. Regularly voted the world’s best airport, its facilities include a gym, several gardens, an outdoor pool, free internet, cafes and plenty of shops. Book your flights here:—>

Singapore Travel GuideSingapore is connected to Malaysia, Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur by rail, with a route to Bangkok. There are three trains per day, including a sleeper. Trains depart from and arrive at the Tanjong Pagar MRT station Singapore.

 

 

Singapore Travel GuideSingapore has two causeways that connect the island to Malaysia and the mainland of Asia. There are regular bus services from 5 am to midnight. Buses are operated by SBS and Causeway Link, with the latter being significantly faster.

 





 Climate by Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore weather is based on a tropical climate and with the Equator just 1.5 degrees south, days are generally sunny and seasons less distinct. Although rainfall is experienced almost daily, showers are sudden and heavy but short lived. Nevertheless, the majority of Singapore’s rainfall occurs from November to January during the northeast monsoon. During this time, Singapore’s weather can sometimes be characterized by longer spells of continuous rain however temperatures still remain warm.

Visitors are recommended to carry umbrellas as they not only provide protection from the sun, but also from the impressive thunderstorms that can occur at any time of the day throughout the year. Sumatran forest fires from May to October can also cause an unpredictable and dense haze that settles on the city but dissipates quite quickly.

Singapore weather is always warm, with temperatures averaging around 32°C during the day and 25°C at night from December to January while the rest of the year averages around 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. As you may be able to tell, there is little distinction between ‘seasons’ with such little variation in temperature. In fact, the higher temperatures and humidity even at night combined with little to no wind means that Singapore weather can be a little uncomfortable to those unaccustomed to such conditions, especially to visitors from colder climates. Limiting the time spent outdoors as well as your level of exertion will help to preserve energy.

The locals themselves dislike the heat so you’ll find that everywhere you go is air conditioned. This provides a welcome relief from the heat. Aside from any time you spend outdoors, you should be able to enjoy your time in Singapore in the comfort of air conditioning thanks to air conditioned accommodation, shopping malls and public transport.

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Things to do in Singapore

(The places mentioned are random and are not according to popularity)

Singaporeans moan that besides shopping, dining and the movies, there’s not a lot you can do here. Ignore them. The must-see list for the one-day visitor to Singapore, especially the first-timer, is absorbingly long. There is very little chance you’ll get bored. Most tourists tend to gravitate first towards the famed retail stretch of Orchard Road. Fine, get your fix of bold-faced names like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and every other couture label under the sun. When you’ve gotten that out of your system, dump your purchases back at the hotel and head out into the ‘burbs where the real charm of Singapore lies. Read along this Singapore Travel Guide has more o offer.


01 Wings Of Time

The Award Winning Outdoor Night Show in the world set against the majestic open sea. Be mesmerised by a multi-sensory presentation of water display, laser show, fire effects and spectacular music as you soar through space and time in a magical adventure. Why this is at first because I loved it but other attractions were also as good as this show. Include in your Singapore trip.


02 Botanic Gardens Singapore

Singapore Travel Guide

o, you’ve arrived. It’s early and nothing really opens for business until around 11 a.m., so how are you going to kill time? Slip on the trainers and head out to the Botanic Gardens (open 5 a.m. to midnight). At this time of the day, downtown Singapore’s last remaining green lung is a cool, bucolic retreat filled with joggers, dogs and tai-chi practitioners. Wander through the swaths of virgin rain forest (the main boardwalk through it is entered from Upper Palm Valley Road) and then take in the National Orchid Garden’s many-coloured collection of 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. When you’re done, drop into the food court near Tanglin Gate for a traditional local breakfast of soft-boiled eggs, coffee and toast slathered with coconut jam. Include in your Singapore trip.






03 Jurong Bird Park

Singapore Travel Guide

Jurong Bird Park is an aviary and tourist attraction in Jurong, Singapore. The bird park, managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, covers an area of 0.2 square kilometres (49 acres) on the western slope of Jurong Hill, the highest point in the Jurong region.

It was reported by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on 1 June 2016 that Jurong Bird Park will cease operations and be relocated to Mandai in 2020. The new park in Mandai has not been named. As for now, operation continues as per normal.


04 Night Safari Singapore

Singapore Travel Guide

The Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore.

The concept of a nocturnal park in Singapore was suggested in the 1980s by the former executive chairman of the Singapore Zoo, Dr Ong Swee Law. Constructed at a cost of S$63 million, the Night Safari was officially opened on 26 May 1994 and occupies 35 hectares (86 acres) of secondary rain forest adjacent to the Singapore Zoo and Upper Seletar Reservoir.

The Night Safari currently houses over 2,500 animals representing over 130 species, of which 38% are threatened species. The Night Safari is managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, and about 1.1 million visitors visit the safari per year.The Night Safari received its 11 millionth visitor on 29 May 2007. Book your safari tickets for Parks Now:–>


05 Clarke Quay

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Clarke Quay was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875, who played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.

At present, five blocks of restored warehouses house various restaurants and nightclubs. There are also moored Chinese junks (tongkangs) that have been refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants. The Cannery is one of the anchor tenants of the place. There are over 5 different concepts in one block. Another anchor tenant, The Arena,  home to Singapore’s First Permanent Illusion Show starring J C Sum and ‘Magic Babe’ Ning. The G-MAX reverse bungee, the first in Singapore, is located at the entrance which opened in November 2003. Notable restaurants and nightclubs include Hooters and Indochine. River cruises and river taxis on the Singapore River can be accessed from Clarke Quay. One of its most popular attractions is its exciting host of CQ’s signature events happening once every quarter.


06 Orchard road Singapore

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Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned shopper, Orchard Road, a 2.2km shopping belt, is the place for retail therapy.

Who’d have thought that over 150 years ago, Orchard Road was just a small lane lined with fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms.

Today, Orchard Road is flanked by iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels, choc-a-bloc with retail, dining and entertainment choice for every taste and budget.Designer threads, fast fashion, upscale restaurants, ethnic wares, art galleries and relaxed hangouts – you name it, Orchard Road has it.


07 Gardens by the Bay

Singapore Travel Guide

Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The largest of the gardens is Bay South Garden at 54 hectares (130 acres).

Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.

First announced by the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the National Day Rally in 2005, Gardens by the Bay was intended to be Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.Include in your Singapore trip.





08 Sentosa Island

Singapore Travel Guide

Sentosa is an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast, connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail. By Sentosa Station, Tiger Sky Tower has panoramic views that can stretch as far as Indonesia. On the south coast, Palawan Beach is lined with food stalls and bars, and has a suspension bridge to a small offshore island. Palm-lined, crescent-shaped Tanjong Beach is more tranquil. Book in Sentosa island now :–>

Sentosa island harbours best points of interest in singapore like Universal studios, Resort world, underwater world, marine life park, wings of time and many more Include in your Singapore trip……


09 Marina Bay Singapore

Singapore Travel Guide

A visit to Marina Bay is guaranteed to bombard your senses. With land reclamation works starting only in the 1970s, the transformation of the area has been nothing short of a miracle.

Architectural masterpieces

Marvel at the collection of architectural icons that dot the impressive skyline, or brag about having seen some of the best views in the world from Sands SkyPark® at Marina Bay Sands®, designed by no less than the renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

Want a nature fix? Pop over to the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay. Revel in the spectacular views from the Supertree Grove amid lush gardens. Escape from the tropical heat at the cooled conservatories or let the kids splash about at the Children’s Garden.

Dizzy by the sights of a nautical vision in the distance? That’s just the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore designed to receive the newer generation of larger cruise liners. Include in your Singapore trip.


10 Sim lin square

Singapore Travel Guide

Tokyo may have the latest in electronic gadgets, but Singapore has the widest range, and luckily for the time-pressed shopper, they’re all clustered in two massive multistory emporia. Handicams, portable DVD players, mobile phones, hi-tech cameras, MP3 players and laptops in just about every imaginable configuration are up for grabs at Sim Lim Square. The prices are usually about 10% to 20% cheaper than at other commercial outlets. At Sim Lim Square especially, good deals can be had with some serious haggling, and many retailers will knock off a few extra dollars if you pay in cash.


11 China Town Singapore

Singapore Travel Guide

The cramped five-foot-ways, dingy alleys and raucous street hawkers are relics of Chinatown’s past.

Yet pockets of history remain in Chinatown, along with more modern sights. You could easily spend a few days wandering through these still-narrow streets.Family-run goldsmiths, medicinal halls and tea houses ply their trades next to sleeker neighbours such as hipster bars and lifestyle shops.

Want to shop? Buy souvenirs in Pagoda Street, ‘bak kwa’ (barbecued meat) in New Bridge Road or traditional Chinese medicine in South Bridge Road.

Chinatown is where Hindu temples and mosques sit right next to Chinese temples. Sri Mariamman Temple and Jamae Mosque are on South Bridge Road, as is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

To rest that weary head, stay at a boutique hotel in Duxton Road, Keong Saik Road and Ann Siang Road. For budget stays, try Trengganu Street, Mosque Street and Temple Street.Best of all, there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the Chinatown area so you can continue to be plugged in while you sight see, shop and eat. Include in your Singapore trip.

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