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Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries and boasts the world’s busiest port. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.

Located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator, the weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons. Rain falls almost daily throughout the year, usually in sudden, heavy showers that rarely last longer than an hour. However, most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January), occasionally featuring lengthy spells of continuous rain. Spectacular thunderstorms can occur throughout the year, any time during the day, so it’s wise to carry an umbrella at all times, both as a shade from the sun or cover from the rain.

I stayed at what is probably the world’s most famous hotel. If you haven’t had a Singapore Sling at Raffles then you haven’t lived. Raffles Singapore is not just a hotel, it’s an icon; Raffles Singapore is an oasis of colonial style, calm and charm in the heart of modern Singapore – exclusive, historic, and one of a kind. Singapore is a secular city state but thanks to its multicultural population, Singapore celebrates Chinese, Muslim, Indian, and Christian holidays.

The year kicks off with a bang on January 1st and New Year, celebrated in Singapore just as in the West with a fireworks show and parties at every nightspot in town. Singapore holds numerous events each year. Some of its famous festivals and events include the Singapore Food Festival, the Singapore Grand Prix, the Singapore Arts Festival, the Chingay Parade, the World Gourmet Summit and ZoukOut. The Singapore Sun Festival is another popular festival in Singapore, with all star line ups. Christmas is also widely celebrated in Singapore, a season where the city streets and shopping malls along its famous shopping belt Orchard Road are lit up and decorated in vibrant colours. In addition, the Singapore Jewel Festival attracts numerous tourists every year, and is a display of precious gems, famous jewels and masterpieces from international jewellers and designers.

Getting around Singapore is fairly easy: the public transportation system is relatively easy to use and taxis are reasonably priced when you can get one. Very few visitors rent cars. Singapore is generally fairly ‘pedestrian-friendly’. In the main business district and on main roadways, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings are in good shape and plentiful.
-Kim

Currency Singapore dollar

Language English is the main language used within Singapore, but there are three other official languages recognized within this small city-state. These include Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

Why we love it Singapore is not just a stopover anymore. It’s reinvented itself as one of the world’s hotlist destinations. We’re loving the sci-fi architecture in billion-dollar gardens, contemporary art in converted colonial barracks, and single-origin coffee in heritage shophouses.

Weather Located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator, the weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons. Rain falls almost daily throughout the year, usually in sudden, heavy showers that rarely last longer than an hour. However, most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January), occasionally featuring lengthy spells of continuous rain. Spectacular thunderstorms can occur throughout the year, any time during the day, so it’s wise to carry an umbrella at all times, both as a shade from the sun or cover from the rain.

Social customs & quirks This beautiful and clean city-state comes at a price. Singapore is renowned by locals as the “Fine City” because ticketsare often dished out for minor offenses. Luckily, the new government that was introduced in 1990 has undertaken many social reforms, one being the liberalization of some of the stricter, more obsolete laws.

Festivals & events In Singapore, cultures thrive side by side.  With the high population of Chinese residents, Chinese New Year is among the most popular festivals of the year. Spectacular parties take place during mid-January and mid-February, complete with dragon dancers, food displays, performances and fireworks.

Health* Currently there are no compulsory health requirements for travel to Singapore

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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