If you've ever heard anyone speak of Singapore the city and the country as one in the same, that's because they are. Singapore is an independent city-state located in Southeast Asia that was originally founded by the British as a trading outpost in 1819. Today, Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The city offers a combination of modern skyscrapers and first-rate dining with the ancient allure of the local Malay cultures.
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The city of nearly 5.5 million people is one of the most ethnically diverse in the world. Singapore has long attracted people from various corners of the globe, and that past is reflected in the vast number of holidays celebrated in the city. Among the most important are the Western New Year's celebrations on January 1st, and the traditional Chinese New Year.
A highlight event of the year is the Dragon Boat Festival that takes places every year on the fifth day of the fifth month to commemorate a folk hero from Chinese lore. The celebrations include rice dumplings, parades, and a dragon boat race on the Singapore River. Other notable celebrations throughout the year include Deepvali [Hindu festival of lights], which is more widely known outside of Singapore as Diwali.
Singapore is one of the warmest places in the world because of its location just 1.5 degrees north of the Equator. Hot, humid weather dominates the climate in Singapore on a year-round basis, but that doesn't meant there aren't good times and bad times to visit the city. The average daytime high from March to November each year is 89.6 F (32 C), with little relief offered at night as the lows average 82.4 F (24 C). The traditional winter months in Singapore might not seem like winter to most, but you'll find very pleasant weather if you visit the city in December and January. The average daytime high during this stretch is 85.1 F (29.5 C), with an average nighttime low of 72.5 F (22.5 C). If you have heart and lung issues, avoid traveling to Singapore between May and October. Forest fires on nearby Sumatra often result in a dense haze that hangs over the city, causing unhealthy spikes in airborne pollutants and irritants
Singapore has a vibrant arts and culture scene. Its evolving art landscape draws on its dual heritage as both an Eastern nation and a Southeast Asian nation. In addition, there is a healthy mix of Western art in the city. The Renaissance City Project was started in 2000 to cultivate local artistic interest, and there are now plentiful museums for you to visit when you are in Singapore. There is a little bit of something for everyone in the city. Gambling is available from two integrate resort and casino destinations. Marina Bay Sands is a large, high-end casino and hotel, with Resorts World Sentosa offering a more affordable outlet for any gambling ambitions. Singapore is also home to some of the finest golf courses in the region, and hosts an annual F1 racing event each year in September.
With so much warm, sunny weather and a pristine location on the water, Singapore is a great place to go and hang out at a beach. The city has three beaches located on Sentosa (a collection of southern islands) and additional options along its East Coast region. The Orchard Road district offers a heavy concentration of businesses and shopping malls, and is encircled by the modern skyscrapers and business district of Singapore. If you're looking for something a little different, try communing with nature at one of the city's many parks. The Garden City initiative encourages local residents to take greater pride in the city's greenspaces. You'll find great options such as the Jurong Bird Park, Botanical Gardens, and the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Tips & Recommendations
• The official language is English, but Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and Tamil also hold status as official religions. All are widely spoken.
• Use public transportation whenever possible as the roads are often clogged by traffic. The city has a robust network of buses, trains, and taxis to help shuttle you around.
• Singapore is one of the world's safest major cities, but the local police live by the motto "low crime does not mean no crime." Use common sense when out at night and keep your valuables close in crowded places.
With its 3 star rating, Parc Sovereign Hotel – Albert St guarantees a comfortable stay. With so many rooms, you'll find a comfortable one to call home. Fountain of Wealth is one of many landmarks in the area. National Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum are in the neighborhood of this accommodation. The impressive Kuan Yin Thong Hood Cho Temple is an easy jaunt from here. Nearby Raffles City is a popular site for conferences and events.
You'll enjoy a touch of opulence at 4-star Adonis Hotel. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. Fountain of Wealth is one of many landmarks in the area. Walk to Fort Canning Park and Singapore Flyer --just a short distance from this location. Wandering through National Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum, both a short walk away, is time well-spent. Raffles City is close to the accommodation, making it convenient for business delegates.
With its 3 star rating, The Ardennes Hotel guarantees a comfortable stay. With fewer than 20 rooms at this property, more personalized service is assured. A landmark you'll enjoy while visiting Singapore is Fountain of Wealth. National Museum is 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from here. In Singapore you'll find distinctive architecture, such as that of Kuan Yin Thong Hood Cho Temple. If you come to Singapore for a special event in Suntec, note that it is close by.
You're sure to enjoy great service and quality, at 3-star Hotel Clover The Arts. A landmark you'll enjoy while visiting Singapore is Fountain of Wealth. From this holiday accommodation, you can easily reach Fort Canning Park and Singapore Flyer. Nearby are numerous museums, including the fine Asian Civilisations Museum and National Museum collections. Conference facilities nearby include Esplanade.
Great World Serviced Apartments is a large property with an extensive selection of rooms. The 4-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in Singapore. National Museum and Fort Canning Park are within walking distance from this location.
Le Grove Serviced Apartment offers a large selection of rooms for your convenience. A good option for those who seek a greater degree of comfort in Singapore. National Orchid Garden is just one of the attractions within a short distance.
A larger establishment, Orchard Scotts Residences offers a number of rooms to choose from. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. An interesting museum 2.0 km (1.2 miles) away is National Museum .
With no more than 20 rooms, Green Kiwi Backpacker Hostel - Lavender is a small boutique establishment. Here, great value for the money means you'll have more to spend on sightseeing, dining and other travel priorities.
The friendly Pine Hostel by Just Inn offers cozy and welcoming accommodations. The 2-star rating indicates the price should be right for budget travelers. Fountain of Wealth is just one of the famous landmarks here.
This The POD is rated 2 star(s). There are enough rooms here to give you lots of choices. This lodging is a good choice if you are interested in visiting Fountain of Wealth. Singapore Flyer and Fort Canning Park are recommended favorites. Museums in the neighborhood include National Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum. Nearby Suntec is a big draw for business travelers.
L Residence is a small, intimate property where you'll enjoy personalized attention. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. You'll enjoy this prime location that's just a short distance from National Orchid Garden.