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Why Travel Singapore?

Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore's circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha's teeth. Changi Airport (SIN) is the main entry point to Singapore by air. It is the second busiest airport in Southeast Asia after Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi (BKK). A major aviation hub in Southeast Asia. The airport, operated by the Changi Airport Group, and is the home base of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Tiger Airways,Jetstar Asia Airways, Valuair, and Jett8 Airlines Cargo. Changi is 20 km from the commercial centre of Singapore. Climate - Warm and fairly humid summer temperatures throughout the year There is no distinct wet/dry season. Most rain falls during the northeast monsoon (November to January) and showers are usually sudden and heavy. Read more: Time Difference – 2.5 Hours ahead of Indian Standard Time (IST) Places of Interest – Singapore City and Sentosa Island CURRENCY: The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (S$). Money changing services can be found not only at the Singapore Changi Airport but also most shopping centers and hotels around the island. You can also access the automated teller machines (ATMs) located everywhere (even in the most obscure bits) in Singapore, that accept most of the main credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express. WEATHER: Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC, dropping to around 24ºC in the evenings. The monsoon season can bear down pretty heavily on our tropical weather from November onwards, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period.  (No) Smoking: Besides air-conditioned areas such as shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment outlets and cinemas, smoking is also an offence on the SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit system), public buses, taxis and in lifts. Recently, the smoking ban has also been imposed on public eateries and within a five-metre radius from most building entrances, except for allocated smoking areas that are clearly marked with bright yellow paint. A maximum fine of S$1,000 may be imposed on first-time offenders.  It is the smallest nation in South East Asia. Even before independence in 1965, Singapore was already one of the richest states in East Asia due to its strategic location as a port. "Singapore" is the name of both the city and country, which are the same entity Common languages English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. English is widely spoken. Marina Bay Sands features three 55-story hotel towers which were topped out in July 2009. The three towers are connected by a 1 hectare sky terrace on the roof, named Sands SkyPark The SkyPark also boasts rooftop restaurants such as The Sky on 57 , nightclubs such as KU DÉ TA, lush gardens, hundreds of trees and plants, and a public observatory deck on the cantilever with 360-degree views of the Singapore skyline. Art Science Museum - Is one of the attractions at Marina Bay Sands. The architecture is said be a form reminiscent of a lotus flower. The ArtScience Museum has 21 gallery spaces with a total area of 50,000 square feet which will display exhibits from combined art/science, media/technology, as well as design/architecture motifs. Rainwater is harvested and channelled down the center of the building, flowing through its bowl-shaped roof into a reflecting pond at the lowest level of the building. The rainwater is then recycled for use in the building's restrooms. Attractions : City Tour Singapore Zoo Night Safari River Safari Jurong Bird Park Singapore Flyer Universal Studios Sentosa Island Universal Studios Gardens by the Bay Sands Sky Park S.E.A. Aquarium Shopping : Orchard Road Chinatown Little India Arab Street Bugis Mustafa Suntec city Vivo City Marina Bay Clarke Quay Boat Quay Singapore Zoo It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manage the neighbouring Night Safari and the Jurong BirdPark. There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16% are considered threatened species. Singapore Zoo follows the modern trend of displaying animals in naturalistic, 'open' exhibits, i.e. with hidden barriers. It also houses the largest captive colony of orangutans in the world The highlight is "Breakfast with Orangutans" programme which allows visitors to meet and interact closely with the orangutans at the zoo. Singapore Flyer : The Singapore Flyer - Towering 165 meters above Singapore, the Singapore Flyer is the world's largest observation wheel at 30 meters higher than the famed London Eye. During your 30-minute flight enjoy the views of the Singapore River, Marina Bay, Changi Airport, Sentosa Island and even  parts of neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia. Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules are capable of holding 28 passengers each, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes Universal Studio : Universal Studios Singapore is a new theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island There are a total of 24 attractions, of which 18 are original or specially adapted for the park. It consists of seven uniquely themed zones. The park also includes about 30 restaurants and food carts together with 20 unique retail stores and carts located around the park. Sentosa : Attractions UNDER WATER WORLD AND DOLPHIN LAGOON LUGE AND SKYRIDE CABLE CAR BUTTERFLY PARK AND INSECT KINGDOM SONGS OF THE SEA Underwater World - The Underwater World oceanarium on Sentosa is home to more than 2,500 fishes from 250 different species. Try ‘The Touch Pool’ for some 'hands on' experience with starfish, stingrays and if you dare, baby sharks. All around you, sharks, stingrays, eels and schools of fish glide past – engrossed in their own world. Dolphin Lagoon : Included in your Underwater World ticket price is a visit to the Dolphin Lagoon. A show at the Dolphin Lagoon, where trained rare pink dolphins put on a show. View adorable pink dolphins up-close! Its all the action closer to you with state-of-the-art panoramic viewing platform and VIP gallery overlooking crystal clear water, at the all-new Dolphin Lagoon 4D Magix Show : 4D Magix presents an interactive experience with 4-dimensional digital effects. The audience is engaged with incredibly lifelike images that jump off the giant screen, transforming a normal movie into something truly spectacular. It is also Southeast Asia’s first 4D theatre. Join in the hilarious misadventures of Captain Lucky and his hapless pirate crew on their clumsy quest for treasure. Each seat, which costs about S$10,000, comes equipped with special effects: in-built speakers, seat vibration, leg ticklers, water spray and base shaker features. The movement effect is received directly by each rider via the individually controlled seat The Merlion : The Merlion, Standing at 37 metres high, this half-lion, half-fish creature is Singapore’s Tourism Symbol. From the Mouth Gallery Viewing Deck on level 9, you can spot Singapore's impressive skyline. And you can also be rewarded with a 360° view of Sentosa and Singapore's southern shores. When you're done gazing at the splendid views, don’t forget to grab an iconic souvenir of Singapore, Merlion from The Merlion Shop. Luge and Skyride : Sentosa brings you the first ever luge in Southeast Asia. Part go-cart, part-toboggan, pure excitement – the luge is a fun-filled gravity ride that's safe for all ages. It is a self-driving car system that which enables the riders inside to control the speed by pushing a pair of handlebars back and forth. With a unique steering and braking system that allows you to make the ride as leisurely or as exciting as you want. Jump on the Sentosa Luge & Skyride and brace yourself for a joyride As the ride finishes, Skyride brings the riders back up to the starting point with the help of chairlifts. Songs of the Sea : Songs of the Sea is a multi-sensory spectacular with dramatic effects, engaging music, pyrotechnics and a live cast. Songs of the Sea is a stellar combination of technology, imaging and live characters. Lights, lasers, fire effects and water jets create a stunning visual feast together with striking computer images projected on giant water screens. The attraction is unique because there are no barriers between the show and the natural elements. Gardens by the Bay : Spanning 101 hectares, this award -winning horticultural attraction houses over  250 thousand rare plants and is just a five-minute walk from the city. The Gardens comprises three spaces— Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. Bay South?the largest waterfront garden? is where you’ll find the impressive Supertrees. A suspended 128-metre-long walkway between two Supertrees, the OCBC Skyway, is perfect for walks at any hour, offering a bird’s eye view of the Gardens and the Marina Bay urban area. S.E.A. Aquarium : Discover the awe-inspiring world of life in the ocean at the world’s largest aquarium. Step into S.E.A. Aquarium and immerse yourself in a magical marine world seen through our planet’s largest window to the ocean. With more than 800 species of marine animals, the aquarium is home to majestic manta rays, enormous goliath grouper, Napoleon wrasse, and other gentle giants of the sea. Come face-to-face with over 200 sharks and uncover the centuries of  myths about these ocean predators.  Discover and unfold the endless wonders of our blue planet at S.E.A. Aquarium. Adventure Cove : Promising endless splashes of fun, Adventure Cove Waterpark is an aquatic adventure park with something for everyone. Feel the adrenaline rush as you zoom down thrilling waterslides such as Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster. Chill out with friends at Bluwater Bay wave pool, or grab a tube and journey down Adventure River, passing through 14 stunning scenes including a tropical jungle garden and a grotto inhabited by whimsical sea creatures. Snorkel over a colourful coral reef with 20,000 friendly fish or wade amongst dozens of rays as you touch their velvety wings. For a day of wet and wild fun in the sun, come and experience it all at Adventure Cove Waterpark. Singapore Signature Dishes : Teh Tarikh It is unique to Singapore in various ways—from the brand-specific condensed milk (Carnation, a Singaporean product) used for the tea, to the artful way with which the tea is tossed repeatedly (hence its name) from one mug to another to  create a thick froth. Indian stallholders at the local coffee shops are always stormed with teh tarik orders, and can be caught live in action, expertly “pulling” their concoctions, which are fun and exciting to watch. HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE Hainanese chicken rice is a gem of a recipe adapted from early Chinese immigrants originally from the Hainan province in southern China. The dish is simple : bite-sized pieces of steamed white chicken, fragrant rice (it’s pre-fried in chicken fat and cooked in chicken broth), light or dark soy sauce, and a delicious ground chilli and ginger paste. Roti Prata Roti prata evolved from the original pancake recipes from Pakistan and India, and is a favorite in Singapore. It is not unusual to see prata - as it’s commonly known to the locals - being eaten with a sprinkle of sugar, as this brings out its natural taste. NASI LEMAK Nasi lemak is always enjoyable whether at breakfast or any other time of day, and some stalls still retain the tradition of wrapping the rice in a banana leaf to enhance its flavour. It is commonly found at food centres in Singapore, with the more famous nasi lemak stalls being the ones at the Adam Road Food Centre. Chilli Crab Some of the best places to lap up this stunning creation include No Signboard Seafood Restaurant, Jumbo Seafood and Long Beach Seafood at the East Coast Lagoon Food Village which sits right by the beach at East Coast Park. The red-tangy sauce is made deliciously fragrant with light flavorings of garlic and rice vinegar, while thickening flour and egg ribbons give the chilli crab dish the fluffy texture it’s known for.  ICE KACHAN The first ice-cold dessert introduced (way back long ago) in Singapore was ice balls, finely grated ice packed into a ball and topped with a type of colored  sugar coated syrup, typically eaten by using just the fingers or hands. The ice kachang is a thus modern, more elaborate update of the ice ball-- comprising jelly, red beans sweet corn and attap Chee as its base, and topped off with a  mound of shaved ice, psychedelically colored syrups and condensed milk; and it’s served in either a bowl or a tall glass. Shopping in Singapore : Chinatown is Singapore’s largest historic district, nestled close to the bustling business hub. Chinatown is now made up of exotic pre-war shop houses, home to merchants who have been hawking the same wares for years –  bales of fine silk, traditional handicrafts, and gold and jade jewellery. Make a visit to the large Chinese emporium Yue Hwa, conveniently located at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. It stocks a wide array of authentic Chinese products such as tea, medicinal herbs, foods, household items, antiques and traditional Chinese costumes such as the cheongsam 22 Shopping Malls, 6 Departmental Stores With close to 5,000 brands to choose from, Orchard Road is your ultimate shopping haven. Spanning almost 2.2km, Orchard Road is a swanky, one-way boulevard flanked by distinctive and iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels. Malls: ION Orchard H & M Orchard Road Orchard Central 313 @ Somerset Wisma Atria Takashimaya Little India Little India is a cacophony of car horns, bicycle bells and the vibrant chatter of its residents. This explosion of sights, smells and sounds that you’ll find in Tekka Market is only a short walk from Little India MRT Station. Tekka, as it’s popularly known, boasts a plethora of stalls selling Indian, Malay and Chinese food that regularly draws crowds from all over Singapore. No trip to Little India is complete without an all-night shopping spree at the 24-hour emporium, Mustafa Centre, located at the corner of Serangoon and Syed Alwi Roads. 

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