Introducing the city

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Beer £4.43 | $8.00

Main Course £6.64 | $12.00

About Singapore

Immaculately clean, intensely straight laced and conveniently compact; Singapore is the wonder child of Southeastern Asia, a futuristic Eden.

The highly diverse population of nearly five and a half million mainly dwell on Pulau Ujong, the largest of the 63 islands; land reclamation projects are expanding this. An urbanised hub, on the tip of the Malayan peninsula, Singapore is compact and lavishly accessorised. Most international callers stay for a two to three day stint, since no Southeastern Asian country is more than a four hour flight away.

A robust economy has proliferated in accordance to the green space philosophy impregnated in the cities construction plans. This has prevented areas from becoming a concrete metropolis, like many neighbouring Southeast Asian cities.

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When Should You Visit?

January, although you might experience rain, it's a great, vibrant time to visit.

Although Singapore has a monsoon climate, seasons are not distinct. Squalls drift over from Sumatra in the early morning of the southwest monsoon (May to September) and the northeast monsoon (December to March) tends to bring rains in the afternoon and evening.

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Travioor top tips

Street Food
Humidity
Unique Buys

Insider Info

  • The street stalls of Smith Street and food courts of Little India and Chinatown save money without compromising on quality. Hit the cocktail bars early to use the extra cash on happy hour. Try the Outram area, close to Telok Ayer Market.

  • Breathable, loose clothing and a poncho are essentials to cope with acute humidity and invariable rain.

  • Keen to show its wild side since being rendered sterile and boring in recent years, there has been a swell of boutique and artisan shops, cafes and bars. Avoid malls to individualise purchases, like eco-friendly bamboo GreenChamp bike or hand poured wax candles from A Dose of Something Good.

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Food and drink

Main Course £6.64 | $12.00

3-Course Meal £33.20 | $60.00

Cappuccino £3.01 | $5.44

Beer £4.43 | $8.00

The Scene

You have to taste Singapore to see it. A country that has long earned its keep by refining foreign natural resources into quality produce. Food is no different.

The fusion of Malayan, Chinese, Indian and Western cuisine, plus a sizeable non-native population, has been busy criss-crossing its flavours. Restaurants serving chilli crab can be expensive but more moderately priced food courts and eateries can be found in Little India and Chinatown also. Try the Roti Prata, dough slapped and spun into discs and then stuck to the inside of a heated barrel to crisp. The spicy chowder of a fish head curry washes down well with a Tiger beer.

The more cosmopolitan shouldn't limit themselves to a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel; seek out cosy holes in the wall coveting master stirrers and shakers.

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History

Singapore’s Story

Alighting from the synthetic air of the MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) into the verdant pathways of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a striking transition. Once an island of jungle, roads and plantations superseded wild Singapore in the 1840s.

Tigers were doomed from the get go when the British East India company selected the island as a trading port. This ploy would cut out the expensive Middle-Eastern mediators but saw the last wild Singapore tiger shot dead in the 1930s.

Following the assault on Pearl Harbour and the commencement of the War of the Pacific, Japanese troops accepted the surrender of British Singapore in 1942. Post World War II, the Singaporean voice for independence increased. This was partly because of sadistic treatment of civilians by Japanese soldiers, but can ultimately be attributed to the global and systematic collapse of colonisation.

Singapore industrialised at break neck speed after gaining independence in 1965 and is now the third richest country in the world due to its skilled workforce, political stability and attractive tax rates.

Language

Nǐ hǎo | Hello
Xièxiè | Thank you

Singlish

Although the official language is Malayan, English is the most widely spoken and Mandarin is the second most spoken language. Bilingualism is compulsory in state education. Teaching English in schools was an economically motivated decision, made immediately after Britain's political departure. The secondary language is usually selected according to ethnicity.

Singapore has neatly amalgamated the languages of its forebears, Malay, Manadarin, Talin and English into a linguistic medley, Singlish, Here are some Singlish phrases that you are likely to encounter:

  • Lah: Used to place emphasis on something, for example, 'very funny, lah!'
  • Catch no ball: Used to express a lack of understanding
  • Kantang: If a Singaporean describes someone as a potato, he means they are Westernised.

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Need to know

+65 Dialling Code
999 | 995 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Singapore has strict rules. Littering, jaywalking and eating aboard public transport do incur hefty fines but the public isn't 'controlled' to the extreme extent that some sources imply.
  • Public transport and bicycle are the best way of getting around. Make sure you hire a collapsible bike if you plan on taking it on the subway but don't do this during peak hours.
  • Singlish is a blend of English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Singapore here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Singapore Zoo

The spacious zoo and the night safari are unmissable. There are no bars to confine rare species like white tigers, pangolins and giant flying squirrels. Click here for deals.

2. Feed

Singapore is all about eating. Food courts, street snacks and top quality restaurants have got, Malayan, Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Korean and Filipino cuisine covered.

3. Supertree Grove

Bizarre yet wondrous; a bio-engineered, avatar-esque fantasy. Walk atop vertical garden super structures that perform respiratory, irrigation and photosynthesising functions.

4. National Gallery

Concurrently opened in 2015 to the booming arts scene, the world's largest collection of southeast Asian art is flaunted in the former City Hall and Supreme Court. Edifying.

5. Civic District

Museums, The St. Andrew's Cathedral and Fort Canning Park. Round things off in a cocktail bar downtown - the Singapore Sling of Raffles is easily bettered by several bars.


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