Singapore – The Lion City Guide

ImageSingapore gets its name from the Malay word Singapura, which means the Lion City. The legend says that a prince from Sumatra saw a beautiful lion that inspired him to start a settlement. In recent history, the ‘’father’’ of the  Republic of Singapore is an English man, Sir Stamford Raffles, who established the British East India company in this place, thereby influencing forever the destiny of this city. There is also a famous luxury hotel, wearing its name, located in the heart of Singapore, called Raffles Singapore.

Located at the head of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore enjoys a strategic location of great importance, which gives a huge advantage in business, culture and tourism. November and December are slightly rainy and from June to August is the best season to visit Singapore.

To reach Singapore you can opt to get to Munich, with a low-cost airline company, and from there go straight to Changi Airport in Singapore, 17 km from downtown. To get into town you can opt for Airbus, public buses or taxi. One trip with Airbus costs $, one public bus ticket is $ 1.50, reaching the city centre in about 60 minutes. Do not be surprised that inside of Changi Airport you will probably see palm trees and ponds with fishes. This airport is one of the busiest in Asia and the largest hub for Airbuses all over the world, having direct flights to Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand.

! Know before you go

  • Eating on the street or in public transportation is prohibited and the fine is harshly.
  • No chewing gum, her commercialization is prohibited.
  • If you have long hair, get a haircut, is forbidden for man to have long hair, being considered a form of hippie style.
  • There are no newsstands; they could disturb the peace, given that Singapore is a multicultural state.
  • Is forbidden feeding birds, spitting down or don not flush the water after using the toilet.
  • 1 USD / CAD is equal to between 1.3 and 1.4 SGD.
  • The passport should be valid for at least six months from date of entry. American and Canadian passport holders who visit Singapore for business or for a social visit do not require a visa for up to 30 days.
  • The power plugs used in Singapore are three-pin, square-shaped type.

What to see

  • Marina Bay Sands, the most original building in Singapore, housing a hotel and a huge mall, the roof being an Infinity Pool, the largest outdoor pool in the world.
  • Chinatown is the home district of the old generation of Chinese merchants and in this neighborhood Chinese tradition is very strictly.
  • Chijmes, which is among the last clauses monasteries in the world.
  • The Arab street is the place where you will find the most ingenious fabrics, textures & the famous batik textiles from Indonesia and Malaysia.
  • Orchard Road is a cosmopolitan street full of exclusivist boutiques and you could also visit the Peranakan area, which is near the Orchard Road.
  • Do a visit to Sentosa Island, which offers a variety of attractions besides the beaches, you can visit the Orchid Garden, Japanese Teahouse, Butterfly Park and Fort Siloso fortress.
  • Visit Pulau Ubin Island, here there are still the last Kampong villages and communities and an interesting fauna & vegetation.
  • Singapore Flyer, the largest wheel in the world, offering you a wonderful view of the city.
  • The Botanical Garden, Flower Dome, with a multitude of parks interconnected by walkways, bridges and lakes.
  • Night Safari, a great show, various animals and a trip to the Himalayas
  • Financial District, where the landscape is monopolized by skyscrapers and modern buildings.
  • Gardens by the Bay, a sort of botanical garden, very eccentric, free entry but for each building visited you must pay a ticket.



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