Singapore is an island country in Southeast Asia. The country is small and its formation recent, but its history and culture are rich. Singapore is a multi-racial country with diverse cultures from Asia. This island nation became a British trading colony in the 18th century.

The official languages here are Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. However, the majority of the population is bilingual and speaks English as the main language for everyday communication.

The official currency is Singapore Dollar. US$1 is equal to S$1, 45. The exchange is available at most banks and official money changers, which you can find throughout the city. However, US Dollars, Australian Dollars, Yen and Pounds Sterling are acceptable by many shopping facilities. All major credit cards can also be used, and ATMs are widespread.

Hiring a car in Singapore is quite expensive. Also, the public transport system is good enough to get around. And keep in mind, that in Singapore, they drive on the left side of the road. So, you might think twice, before renting a car.

As for electricity, Singapore uses type G sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

Since its independence, Singapore has boomed as one of the world’s most prosperous countries and now has one of the world’s busiest ports. Even though the country is densely populated, over half of its land area is filled with greenery.

The state has over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves. Hence, it also has a name of the garden city.

Culture

Singapore is a concoction of people from different parts of Asia. The country is known for having a fusion of cultures and people with different ethnic backgrounds.

Singapore is popular for shopping, lively nightlife, fancy hotels with rooftop pools, beaches, resorts, islands, nature, wildlife at the zoo, night safaris, bird parks and more. At one end you can see Skyscrapers and shopping malls clustered around the Singapore River. On the other hand, you can experience Chinese culture at Chinatown.

There is also Little India on the island where one can find Indian flavors, spices, and lifestyle. At Kampong Glam you will not fail to get a Malaysian/Arab experience. This island is close to the equator, and consequently, it is hot year round. Prepare yourself with sunblock and an umbrella for unexpected showers.

The climate can be humid, but it is mostly bright and sunny.

June 10, 2016 12:00 am Published by 2 Comments

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