A vibrant city state which has transformed itself into the commercial hub of south-east Asia. A former colonial outpost of the British Empire, it is a fusion of Chinese, Malay and Indian peoples and cultures all living on the main island and some of the surrounding 50 or so smaller islands. A showcase of modern architecture and a thriving port, it is the gateway for many visitors to south-east Asia.
- Have a Singapore Sling at the Legendary’ Long Bar’ in Raffles
- Visit the colourful district of ‘Little India’
- Take the cable car crossing to Sentosa Island
- Shop in the boutiques of Orchard Road
- Relax on the beaches of Bintan Island
Dry Season: February to October is the dry season with February to April being a cooler time of the year, but incredibly pleasant to experience. May to July sees the hottest time of the year reaching temperatures of up to (and possibly above) 35°C, but do bear in mind, however warm or hot it is, Singapore is incredibly humid all year round.
Wet Season: November to January sees Singapore experience its wet months, when showers happen frequently.
Best time to go
Singapore is a great destination to visit all year round. It does have intervals of rain, but with the humidity, they are a welcome addition. If you want to avoid the crowds try not to be there during September when the world of Formula One descends to the city.
- Capital – Singapore
- Currency – Singapore Dollar
- Point of Entry – Changi, Singapore
- Airlines – British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas
- Flying Time – 12 hrs 50 mins
- Time Zone – GMT + 7 hrs
- Visa – Not required
- For stunning views of Singapore go to the Marina Bay Sands roof top bar for an evening drink…….buying one drink is cheaper than paying to go to the official viewing platform.
- If you have a few hours to kill at Changi airport there’s plenty to do. Take a walk through the butterfly garden, watch the calming Koi Carp swimming along the indoor ponds, Skype using the free wi-fi, chill at a TV lounge, or take a relaxing massage in the airport spa. If you’ve got five hours (or more) of transit time, book a free city tour.