All you need to know about this island
Some refer to her as the “little red dot”, but Singapore’s presence in the world today is larger than that moniker. In fact, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with her landscape populated by high-rise buildings and gardens. One interesting facet you’ll discover about Singapore is a ubiquitous collage of cultures, where people of different ethnicities and beliefs coexist. Besides a vibrant multicultural experience, there’s more you can discover about Singapore.
Sentosa is a relatively large island of Singapore located to its south. Along with a beach-front resort, the island’s tourist attractions include Fort Siloso, its historical museum, the Underwater World aquarium and the Tiger Sky Tower. Singapore also features two casinos (integrated resorts), one the Marina Bay Sands and the other, Resorts World Sentosa (home to Universal Studios Singapore) The proposal of building Singapore Casinos in these resorts was controversial.
The monument to Chopin in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, just south of Symphony Lake.
Singapore has a variety of parks and projects which often feature its natural tropical environment.
The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, allows people to explore Asian, African and South American habitats at night, without any visible barriers between guests and the wild animals.
Singapore has its Singapore Botanic Gardens open to the public that is 52 hectares large, and includes the National Orchid collection with over 3000 types of orchids growing.
Recently the government has also been promoting the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve as a quiet getaway from the stress of modern life.
The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is an extensive nature reserve which covers much of the Bukit Timah Hill, and is the only remaining place where primary rainforest still exists on the island.
The Jurong Bird Park includes extensive specimens of exotic bird life from around the world, including a flock of one thousand flamingos.
Pulau Ubin, an island offshore Singapore, is slowly becoming a popular tourist spot. The nature wildlife there is left undisturbed.
River Safari is the latest attraction in Singapore which allows people to get up-close with river animals in major rivers around the world such as the Mississippi, Congo, Murray, Ganges, Mekong, Amazon, Nile and the Yangtze River.
Cuisine of Singapore
The cuisine of Singapore is often viewed by her population as a prime example of the ethnic diversity of the culture of Singapore. In Singapore’s hawker centres – a technical misnomer, to be precise – for example, traditionally Malay hawker stalls selling halal food may serve halal versions of traditionally Tamil or Chinese food. Chinese stalls may introduce Malay or Indian ingredients, cooking techniques or entire dishes into their range of catering. Some dishes introduce elements from all three cultures, while others incorporate influences from the rest of Asia and the West.
This phenomenon makes the cuisine of Singapore significantly rich and a cultural attraction. Much prepared food is available in the hawker centres or food courts (e.g. Lau Pa Sat, Newton Food Centre) rather than actual restaurants. These centres are relatively abundant which often leads to low prices, and encourages a large consumer base.
Food in itself has been heavily promoted as an attraction for tourists, and is usually promoted by various initiatives undertaken by the Singapore Tourism Board or the associations it deals with as one of Singapore’s best attractions alongside shopping. The government organises the Singapore Food Festival in July annually to celebrate Singapore’s cuisine. The multiculturalism of local food, the ready availability of international cuisine, and their wide range in prices to fit all budgets at all times of the day and year helps create a “food paradise” to rival other contenders claiming the same moniker. The availability of variety of food is often aided by the fact Singapore’s port lies along strategic routes. Catherine Ling of CNN listed Fish soup bee hoon, Bak kut teh, Chilli crab, Nasi Padang, Hainanese chicken rice,and Kaya toast as some of the “40 Singapore foods we can’t live without”.
There is also a proliferation of fast-food chains, such as McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, Burger King, Subway, Long John Silver’s, and Mos Burger.
Halal and vegetarian food are also easily available.
Singapore Tourism Board promotes a variety of events all year round for tourists. Some of the anchor events are the Chingay Parade, Singapore Arts Festival and Singapore Garden Festival. The Singapore Food Festival is held every July to celebrate Singapore’s cuisine. Other annual events include the Singapore Sun Festival, the Christmas Light Up, and the Singapore Jewel Festival. Singapore hosted a round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship (Singapore Grand Prix). The race, held on a new street circuit at Marina Bay, was the first night-time event in Formula One history. The event was considered an overall success due to the sheer amount of organisation, planning and hard work put into the event.. Also in 2010, Singapore hosted the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, where the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), which say the Games is expected to generate a minimum of 180,000 visitor nights for Singapore.
|Languages spoken||English, Malay, Mandarin,Tamil|
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Holders of Special Travel Documents
All Holders of Special Travel Documents/Certificate of Travel are to contact the Singapore High Commission in London for entry/visa requirements by calling +44 (0)207 235 8315 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating the type of travel document (eg, British Travel Document, UK Certificate of Travel) before making any travel plans to Singapore.
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Sports and natureHave the time of your life If you’re looking for adventurous things to do, there are many sporting and recreational activities which you can participate in. This includes extreme ones sure to send your adrenaline skyrocketing, and also recreational ones which you can enjoy at your own leisurely pace. Sports is a popular past-time in Singapore and one of the reasons is because there of the numerous world-class facilities to cater to all kinds of sports. You’ll be surprised to know that even though Singapore has a tropical climate, you can find a “Snow City” here that offers selected winter sports. And that’s not all, you’ll also discover many other sports and activities to pursue while you’re here.
NightlifeExperience diversity like no other As night falls, Singapore takes on another persona to offer a vibrant array of nightlife and entertainment choices. There are nightclubs for the party hedonists to revel the night away; bars and lounges for the thirsty hippos and chill cats; and live entertainment venues for the livewire revellers. Besides music and entertainment, food and dining also make up the Singapore nightlife scene. There are many eateries that stay open till late, offering a variety of sumptuous food. Whether you’re looking for a late snack or replenishing your energy after a night of partying, there’s a lot available to whet your appetite. With such a wide variety of offerings, sleep will be the last thing on your mind.
Culture and historyThe culture of Singapore is a melting pot of mainly Chinese, Malay, Indian, and British cultures, and is a reflection of its immigrant history. Singapore was a part of British Malaya for many centuries. It was ruled by the Sultanate of Johor. In 1819, the British came to the Island and set up a port and colony. During British rule, the port of Singapore flourished and attracted many migrants. Singapore became part of the Malaysian Federation in 1962 for two years, and in 1965 it became an independent nation and a republic, which it remains today. Singapore has a diverse populace of nearly 5 million people which is made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and Eurasians (plus other mixed groups) and Asians of different origins, which is in line with the nation's history as a crossroads for various ethnic and racial groups. In addition, 42% of Singapore's populace are foreigners, which makes it the country with the sixth highest proportion of foreigners worldwide. Singapore is also the third most densely populated territory in the world after Macau and Monaco.
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