Singapore is a sovereign city-state and an island country in Southeast Asia, with a population of 5 million. Once a humble fishing village, Singapore is now one of the world's most major commercial and education hubs. Besides the customary reference to the nation, Lion City.
Ranked number 1 as the world's best airport, Changi International Airport is on the east of Singapore and 20 km away from the city center. If you are at the central airport of Singapore, waiting for a transfer to Changi, you can join the city tours for free, a great way to pass the time of your layover. You can also take a cab (night tariff is 50 percent more expensive), a shuttle (MaxiCab, 65 SGD/one way) or use public transportation (MRT or bus) to go to the city center. To reduce the cost of the public transportation within the city, you can purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass. (MRT and non premium buses limitless, 20 SGD/day, 26 SGD/2 days, 30 SGD/3 days). Another card option “Nets Flash Pay”, for long term use. Because the public transportation is very advanced in Singapore, renting a car is not very common. Trishaws (3 wheeled rickshaws) and the boats sailing in the Singapore River are the vehicles that attract tourists the most.
There are luxury and popular accommodation options on the Orchard Road and by the riverside. Reasonably priced hotels are mostly on South Bridge Road and around Chinatown. Some of the upscale hotels are : Raffles Hotel, Marina Bay Sands, Fullerton Hotel, Pan Pacific Singapore, The Ritz-Carlton/Millenia, Mandarin Oriental, The St. Regis Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel, The Quincy Hotel by Far East Hospitality, Conrad Centennial Singapore, Inter-Continental Singapore, Capella Hotel and The Forest by Wangz. If you are looking for a medium priced hotel you can check out the Carlton Hotel, The Scarlet Singapore, Lofi Inn@Hamilton, The Pod - Boutique Capsule Hotel, Copthorne Kings Hotel, Holiday Inn Atrium or Wanderlust. If you prefer low priced accommodation you can stay at Fragrance Hotel-Ruby, Fragrance Hotel-Sapphire, Hotel 81-Orchid, Hotel 81-Hollywood, Five Stones Hostel or Service World Backpackers Hostel.
The integrated resort that has come to be the symbol of the city, Marina Bay Sands and Skypark, Gardens by the Bay (especially Cloud Forest Dome in the garden), Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay, Singapore Flyer, Merlion Park, ArtScience Museum, Helix Bridge, Orchard Road, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, Raffles Place, Raffles Hotel, Chinatown, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple, Buddha Tooth Rölik Temple, Little India, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Arab Street, Masjid Sultan, Bugis Street, Geylang, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Botanic Garden, National Orchid Garden, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo and Sentosa Island are worth visiting in Singapore. If you are interested and have the time, you should add to your list, the Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore National Museum, Changi Chapel and Museum, Kranji War Memorial, Peranakan Museum, Chinese and Japanese Gardens, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Chijmes Building, Singapore Art Museum and Singapore Science Centre.
One of the reasons why Singapore is such a popular tourist hub is due to it's top ranked shopping center. From reasonable priced electronics to ethnic products, from trendy global labeled clothes to souvenirs, it's wide range of products satisfies the shoppers. Especially branded clothes and shoes, as they are much cheaper than Europe. Thinking of shopping, Orchard Road comes to the mind first. Even if you don't shop, it will be so much fun to have a stroll on this well known street full of shops, small boutiques, alleys, and malls where you can find anything. With its impressive architecture Ion Orchard, Lucky Plaza, Ngee Ann City, 313@Somerset, Forum, Mandarin Gallery, Orchard Central, Wheelock Place, Paragon, Palais Renaissance and Plaza Singapura are just a few of the malls to drop by. On the harbor region, the Singapore Cruise Center, HarbourFront Center at Telok Blangah and the biggest mall of the city VivoCity are the other popular places for shopping. To buy ethnic souvenirs you can go to Bugis, Arab Street, Serangoon Road and South Bridge Road, and for electronics to Funan Digitalife Mall, Sim Lim Square, Computer Centre. For a fair price you can find not only electronics but a wide range of products in Mustafa Center 24/7. Singapore is famous for it's tailors, from whom you can get custom made shirts, suits etc. in just a day. They open the stores late in the morning, but close in the late hours of the night. The Great Singapur Sale, starting in July and lasting 3 weeks is a focal point. If you don't happen to go during the great sale, don't be sad, there are lots of other sales in Singapore. Besides that, you always have the advantage of bargaining. If you're planning to spend a minimum of 100 Singapore Dollars at one time, depending on the store or product's taxability. You can obtain a special receipt of GST, upon leaving the country you can get the your GST (goods and services tax) refund and the current rate is 7%.
Singapore offers a wide range of attractions for any age group. Among the options of amusement parks to beaches, of special gourmet tours to nature expeditions, of crazy parties to cultural activities, and shopping to extreme sports, you can be sure to find one that suits you. Night safari is a must for your Singapore visit. If you are a nature lover, you can also have lots of fun at the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Botanic Garden. You may also hike in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve or MacRitchie Reservoir. If you want to have a panoramic view of city, you can get on the 165m high Singapore Flyer or climb to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. The Singapore Riverside and the boardwalks are full of local attractions. You can also join the boat tour along the river, you may also watch the light show, named Wonder Full, free of charge. When it comes to entertainment, the first spot that springs to mind is Sentosa Island, this has Universal Studios and S.E.A. Aquarium where you can have family fun all day long. If you like to swim, besides Sentosa Island, beaches on the East Coast Park are a fine choice. If you enjoy night life, you can hang out in the pubs and bars at Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. You will have a blast at the most famous club of Singapore, Zouk or the other clubs like KU DE TA Club Lounge, 1-Altitude, Long Bar, Attica, Avalon, Pangaea.