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Singapore Highlights


Singapore is a small country but the most developed city-state in Southeast Asia. It is also an island country consisting of 63 islands, located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. This modern country was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 and got independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.

Singapore is a modern and affluent city and one of the fourth-leading financial centers in the world. As one of the five busiest ports and highly developed market-based economy, the country depends mostly on exports and refining imported goods. With a tropical climate, good quality shopping districts, clean and safe environment, Singapore becomes the great stopover for migrants and tourists.

Despite its small size, Singapore is a high population density country with a multicultural people. It is a pretty crowded city with over five million people, of which almost 2 million are migrants from all across the globe and the major population, is a mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian. However, in spite of its density, Singapore is a charming garden city as half of its area is covered by greenery, parks and natural reservations.

Tourist attractions

Singapore is a shopping paradise for most tourists. It has abundance of shopping malls, low taxes and tariffs on imports duties that make prices are generally very competitive. The shopping centers concentrations are in Orchard Road, Bugis Street and Marina Bay.
Other than shopping, Singapore is also famous for its local delicacies. A unique of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western offers a wide variety of full-service restaurants to every taste and budget.Some of tourist destinations in Singapore are:

Orchard Road
Singapore is very popular as a world-class shopping haven for tourists and Orchard Road is one of the famous shopping districts with high-end boutiques, major department stores and shopping malls offering various goods from apparel, shoes, handbags, electronics, and restaurants.

Marina Bay
It is the latest feature of Singapore and integrated resort of hotel, casino, convention center, shopping malls and museum.

Resort World Sentosa
Sentosa Island is a separate island formerly a military fort developed into a resort.It is a destination you have to visit while in Singapore where you can discover:

Marine Life Park, the world’s largest aquatic world
Universal Studios Singapore, is the first in Southeast Asia with Universal Studios theme park
Maritime Experiential Museum, featuring the maritime history of Asia
Festive Walk, where you can find the perfect place for dining and shopping


Bugis Street and Kampong Glam
These are the Singapore’s old Malay district which are very popular for their wide and relatively cheap range of apparel, shoes and more casual fashion options.

Esplanade Theater
On the cultural side, Singapore has the Esplanade, a world-class theater in Marina Bay to attract international artists and performance.

So if you plan to visit Southeast Asia, don’t forget to stopover in Singapore either for shopping or eating.
Most nationalities can enter Singapore without a visa and entry permit duration depends on nationality but for most people they can get 14 or 30 days.



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