With its gleaming skyscrapers, impeccable tree-lined streets and modern landscaped parks, it is difficult to imagine that today’s Singapore was born of a humble fishing village. Located at one degree north of the equator and at the most southerly point of the Malaysian Peninsula, Singapore enjoys a tropical climate. Made up of the mainland, over 50 surrounding islets, four official languages (including English), and hosting many world religions, there are many layers of Singapore to discover.


Singapore is a microcosm of world cultures and religions. Make sure you explore all sides of this fascinating city by visiting the temples of Chinatown and Little India and the modernist architecture of the Central Business District, as well as the city’s main boulevards. To explore more of the city’s heritage, start with one of Singapore’s many museums including the newly restored Empress Palace Museum, the two Asian Civilisations Museums and the Changai Museum, which explores the lives of the prisoners of war held in Singapore during World War II.

The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of only two city Rainforests in the world, with a greater variety of trees than the whole of North America! Situated at Singapore’s highest point, this natural haven includes many varieties of plants, birds, monkeys and other wildlife. Singapore’s Zoological Gardens represent one of the finest zoos in the world, and one of the best ways to explore its residents is on one of the many night safaris.

A trip to Singapore is incomplete without a visit to one of the many surrounding islets. Sentosa Island, a man-made pleasure resort, is particularly popular, with beaches, golf courses, museums and gardens. The island can be accessed by ferry, or for a thrilling view of the harbour, by cable car to the top of Mount Faber.

Singapore’s many gardens are magnificent. The National Orchid Garden and the Botanical Gardens are particularly impressive.


With hundreds of indoor shopping centres across the city, shopping seems like an obsession in Singapore. Orchard Road is lined with department stores offering a full range of international stores. For traditional Asian jewellery and crafts, go to Arab Street. For bargain antiques and tapestries, head to Chinatown and Little India. Suntec City Mall, the largest shopping centre in Singapore, boasts the world’s largest fountain and over 83000 square metres of shops.

Nightlife and Eating Out

As a truly cosmopolitan city, Singapore offers some of the most eclectic cuisine in the world. Some local specialities include Chilli Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Satay. Al-fresco dining at Boat Quay and Clarke Quay is very popular and there are many international restaurants along the main boulevards. Chinatown and Little India offer authentic Asian cuisine.

The Theatres on the Bay at the Esplanade is an unforgettable venue for an evening of entertainment. With a concert hall and a theatre overlooking the waterfront of Marina Bay, the outdoor entertainment is a wonderful way to experience local culture.

Tourist Information

Singapore Tourism BoardTourism Court1 Orchard Spring LaneSingapore 247729Tel: +65 6736 6622Fax: +65 6736


Consistently placed among the world’s best airports, and complete with a rooftop swimming pool, a trip to Changi Airport itself is a delight. The city’s pristine metro system, the Mass Rapid Transport service, runs from the centre of the city to the airport and takes 27 minutes. The airport is also served by a local bus service and a shuttle mini bus service.