Where is it?: Singapore is in south-eastern Asia, a host of islands between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Why do people go here?: The headquarters to most international trade in the world, Singapore is a shrine to capitalism and cleanliness. Singapore is also well-known for its fines imposed on littering, smoking in air-conditioned areas, spitting and flushing of toilets. Interesting place? You bet!
What are the main entry points?: Many travelers fly into Singapore’s airport. You can also easily cross from Malaysia
Currency used: Singapore Dollar
Country Code for Phones: 65
Area codes for Major Cities: No area codes required.
Religion: Buddhist (Chinese), Muslim (Malays), Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Taoist, Confucianist
Population: 5 million
Ethnic Groups: Chinese 76.7%, Malay 14%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4%
Government: Parliamentary Republic
Languages: Chinese, Malay, Tamil, English
Major Cities: Bedok, Seletar, Woodlands
Attractions: Colonial Singapore, Sentosa Island
Tourism Office locations and links: Singapore Tourism Office
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Pulau Ubin
Health Issues: No Health Risks
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Singapore maintains a temperate temperature most of the year. You can visit more of the year.
Specific Events/Holidays: New Year’s Day: January 1, Chinese New Year: January/February, Hari Raya Haji February, Good Friday: March/April, Labour Day: May 1, Vesak Day: May, National Day August 9, Deepavali: October, Christmas Day: December 25
Getting Around: bus, LRT (light rail transit), MRT (massive rapid transit), taxicabs or the three-wheeled bicycle taxis called the Trishaw.
Good to know: There are ways to escape the high energy of the cities. Head to some of the southern islands if you want to escape, relax and breathe.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Singapore is the Changi Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Singapore travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.