Tourism in Singapore is a major industry
With a population of less than 5 million, Singapore expects 11.75 million visitors this year. Although it is a melting pot of cultures, including Indian, Chinese and Malay, English is the dominant language, and Westerners do not tend to experience the culture shock there that occurs elsewhere in the region.
Total Area: 716.1 km2
Local Language: Malay, English, Tamil
Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)
Time Zone: SST (UTC+8)
Major Airport: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Major Airlines: Singapore Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Air India, Emirates, Etihad Airways, KLM, Lufthansa
Once a poor trading port, today’s Singapore is a great example of the success story of modern Asia with high-rise condos and building touching the clouds. Against a backdrop of ultra-modern western commerce dwells the Indian, Chinese and Muslim Malaysian culture.
The former British colonies at the heart of the city are now the venues for superfluous shopping malls, museums and vibrant night life. The locals have an eternal obsession for food and surprisingly, the tourists also cannot escape this ecstasy; sitting in a bustling hawker center with few bottles of Tiger beer accompanied by an array of Asian food delicacies is one of the finest experiences that only Singapore has to offer.
It is a paradise for leisure travelers as well as adventure seekers; here one can dive with sharks, experience the thrill of mountain biking, spot the leopards in a night safari, take a chance in rock climbing and do several other activities that brings the shiver down to the spine.