Singapore Travel Guide


Singapore, an introduction


The city-state of Singapore has become one of the world’s most developed and richest countries and provides a unique combination of modern city-life with skyscrapers and efficient metro system, a tropical climate, Malay and Chinese influences and excellent shopping. Although Singapore can feel crowded, especially if you are packed like sardines in the metro in rush hour, the country has over 50 parks and four nature reserves. Only about 50% of the country is build on. For these reasons Singapore is also called the Garden City. Be sure to visit one of the many excellent parks while you are here.

Singapore on the map

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things to see

Things to see

The name Singapore is Malay, meaning Lion City. Be sure to see the famous lion statue, a Singapore's landmark at Merlion Park. Many tourists come here to get a photo with Singapore's iconic statue as background.

Singapore has some excellent museums in the area east of Orchard and wildlife parks (Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park) in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

things to do

Things to do

Singapore is famous for shopping, and while here be sure to check out the excellent shopping centers on Orchid Road where you can find anything you want.

The city has an excellent nightlife and many entertainment options. Sentosa Island is home to several popular attractions, beaches and theme parks, including one of the two casinos.

things to eat

Things to eat

While in Singapore you may feel that most food on offer is pretty Western but you need to get of the tourist streets to get some authentic Singapore dishes in one of the many restaurants. The Singapore cuisine is mostly Chinese with many foreign influences, mostly Malay and Indian as well as Western. Also, being an island country seafood is a popular ingredient.

Things to see and do near Singapore

Airport at Singapore

Singapore is served by the Changi International Airport.

Singapore is a major international transportation hub in Asia, positioned on many sea and air trade routes. Singapore Changi Airport hosts a network of 80 airlines connecting Singapore to 200 cities in 68 countries. The airport has three passenger terminals, and a new budget terminal, which serves low-cost airlines like Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific and Firefly. Other low-cost airlines still use one of the main passenger terminals.

Entering the city from the airport

Singapore has an excellent public transport system and efficient taxi's. At Terminal 2 is an MRT station, easily connecting you to the city. Buses leave also from Terminal 2, in the basement. The bus system is a bit complicated if you have never been to Singapore before. If you arrive on the Budget terminal there is a free shuttle bus that can take you to Terminal 2, from which you can take the MRT or Skytrains to other Terminals if you have a connecting flight with another airline. Taxi's are efficient and affordable. They leave in front of each Terminal.