Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia which is one of the world's most prosperous countries. Singapore, also known as “Garden City”, is a modern city with influence of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures felt all around it. The city offers a delicious food, good shopping and a tropical climate, making it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
Singapore was established by the British as a trading post in 1819. In 1955 Singapore was granted self-rule and 8 years later joined the Malaysian Federation. It didn’t last long as Singapore was expelled from the federation and became independent against its own in 1965.
Places to visit in Singapore
Singapore is a small island country and a very crowded city, but more than 50% of its area is covered by greenery and plenty of parks and nature reserves, giving it a name “Garden City”. There are plenty of things to see and do in the city.
The centre of Singapore is located in the south of the island. The centre of the city consists of the Orchard Road shopping area, the Riverside, the Marina Bay area and also the Central Business District.
On the Orchard Road you will find the heaviest shopping mall concentration in Singapore. Shopping malls are not only good for shopping in style but also for hiding from the heat in this tropical city.
Riverside is Singapore's colonial district where you can find a number of museums, monuments, historical buildings, theatres, as well as restaurants, bars and clubs.
Marina Bay area is the newest district of Singapore, dominated by the Marina Bay Sands resort and the Marina Barrage. The Gardens by the Bay situated next to Marina Bay Sands is a large public garden with two conservatories (the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest) and a cluster of gigantic Super Trees.
The Shenton way financial district also known as the CBD (Central Business District) is the area around the Singapore River where skyscrapers are clustered. It’s the financial centre of Singapore.
Singapore's old Malay district is also known as Bugis and Kampong Glam (Arab St). Nowadays this area is largely taken over by shopping. This district is the best place to experience Malay/Arab culture and cuisine in Singapore.
Singapore’s Chinatown is a Chinese heritage area popular with tourists. Here you can find many Chinese treats and a number of religious sites.
Little India is a district where you can find a piece of India in Singapore. Little India is located to the north of the city centre. You should visit Little India, if you’re looking for Indian flavours or want to see Hinduist temples as there are plenty of interesting ones.
Woodlands is the district in the northern part of the island that forms Singapore's residential and industrial hinterlands. Singapore Zoo is located in the area.
East Coast of Singapore is mostly residential area of the island. Here you will find Changi Airport, beaches and many famous eateries serving delicious seafood.
Sentosa is a separate island in the southern part of Singapore. In this resort island you will find places for gambling, Universal Studios theme park and three beaches.
Most nationalities can enter Singapore without a visa for up to 30 days.
Nationals of all European Union member states, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States can enter Singapore without a visa for up to 90 days.
Each time you enter Singapore you need to fill an immigration card.
Getting to Singapore
There are many options for getting to Singapore from Thailand.
Flights to Singapore
Flying to Singapore from Thailand is the easiest way to enter the country as Singapore is one of Southeast Asia's largest aviation hubs receiving many flights from a number of airports in Thailand.
All international flights land at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). There are directs flights to Singapore from a number of destinations in Thailand, such as Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Hat Yai and Koh Samui.
From Bangkok to Singapore you can fly directly with low cost airlines AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, Scoot, Jetstar Asia as well as full service carriers Singapore Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Thai Airway and Cathay Pacific.
Phuket – Singapore route is served by low cost airlines AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Scoot and standard airlines such as Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.
SilkAir, Singapore Airlines and Bangkok Airways also offer direct flights from Koh Samui to Singapore.
Direct flights from other destinations like Chiang Mai, Krabi and Hat Yai are provided by low cost carrier Scoot. Krabi - Singapore route is also served by low cost airlines AirAsia.
Traveling to Singapore Overland
You need to cross Malaysia when traveling from Thailand to Singapore overland.
There are direct buses from Kuala Lumpur and many other destinations in Malaysia to Singapore. If you are traveling by bus to Singapore from Thailand, you will need to take a bus from Hat Yai in Southern Thailand to Kuala Lumpur first.
There are direct sleeper train services (International Express) operated by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and connecting Bangkok with Padang Besar on the Thailand-Malaysia border. From there the national railway operator KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) offers connections to Kuala Lumpur and other destinations in Malaysia as well as Singapore.
Weather in Singapore
The weather in Singapore is usually sunny with no distinct seasons. Rain falls almost daily throughout the year but it rarely last longer than an hour. Most of rainfall occurs from November to January.
The temperature changes only a little throughout the year. In cooler months of December and January average temperatures at the daytime reach 29.5°C and gets as low as 22.5°C or even a bit less at night. For the rest of the year you can expect the temperature to reach about 32°C at the daytime and 24°C at night.
Useful tips for traveling in Singapore can be found here: Singapore Travel Tips