Lying almost on the equator, Singapore is a thriving city that has overcome its dearth of natural resources to become one of the juggernaut economies of Asia. A city of concrete, glass and steel, renowned for its high tech wizardry, Singapore also offers a taste of the Asian cultures in a small easy to manage package. Singapore is one of the cleanest and safest countries of Asia.

General Information

Location - South East Asia
Languages spoken - Chinese, English, Malay, and Tamil.
Time : Indian Standard time + 2 1/2 hours.

Singapore tourism

Climate is not a major problem. One can plan to go anytime as Singapore gets a fairly steady annual rainfall.
Temperature range : 30 to 34 Degree Celsius in the day. 23 to 27 Degree Celsius in the evening.
Humidity : Often exceeds 90 percent at night and in the early hours of the morning. On dry afternoons, it is usually 60 and 70 percent.
Rainfall : Singapore has its fare share of rainfall, and it is not unusual to have intermittent showers on a sunny day. Rainy season in Singapore are December and January.

Custom Formalities - There is no limit on the amount of currency you can bring into Singapore.

Binton Island :

How to go to the city From Airport -

Airport office is open 24 Hours throughout the year. This service is already available in Mumbai & Chennai.

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All the major airlines fly into Singapore's ultramodern Changi International airport- often voted as one of the world's best airport within Singapore there is a comprehensive bus network and a convenient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway system. There is also a good supply of taxis and all are metered. From India there are regular flights to Singapore from major cities like : Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.

Shopping in Singapore:

Singapore is also known as a shopper's paradise. Singapore has an incredible range of fashionable to functional products that are available in large, air-conditioned shopping malls, department stores and boutiques. As a result few visitors leave here empty handed. Avid shoppers would love the annual Great Singapore Sale held in the month of July every year. The best shopping malls are in Orchard Street Area and Suntec City.

Midpoint Orchard center houses numerous outlets, including a hobby shop, which sells sporting goods, gold jewellery, bridal gowns, fur coats and jackets. Located at 22, Orchard Road. In the little India area Mustafa Shopping Centre is very popular for electronics and other items. Clarke's Quay is a place to shop for clothes and souvenirs. Pushcarts selling unique pottery, jewellery and woodcraft knick-knacks add to the friendly, festive atmosphere.

Tax Free Shopping:

A goods and services tax (GST) of 3% is levied in Singapore. GST will be refunded if more than SGD 300 is spent. Ask for a Tax free shopping Cheque to be completed and show the goods and the shopping cheques at the airport departure terminal for customs inspection. The bank cheque is mailed later to you.

Singapore has accommodation for all kind of travelers. For the lower budget there are many moderately priced hotels and at the same time there are many international class hotels for people looking for higher standard.

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Jurong Bird Park

This is one of Singapore's main attractions. This park is spread in an area of 20 hectare and is the largest bird park in all of Southeast Asia. This park also holds the distinction of having the world's tallest manmade waterfall. It is also home to 8,000 birds from 600 species including one of the largest Hornbill collections in the world. The bird park can either be covered on foot or else there is a monorail. This park is open from 8 am to 6 pm, daily.

Getting there - Take the MRT to Boonlay station(W12) and then take SBS bus number 194 or 251.

Sentosa Island's Attraction :

Sentosa is the largest and best known of Singapore's offshore islands. It is a multi-million dollar pleasure resort offering a wide range of activities and attractions. Besides the under water world the main places of interest in this island are listed below :

Underwater World Sentosa :

Asia's most exciting tropical oceanarium, Underwater world has an 80-metre submerged acrylic tunnel which allows you to view over 2500 marine creatures from 250 species in stunning proximity. See sharks, stingrays, moray eels, stonefish, turtles and weedy sea dragons. Be sure to catch their latest inhabitants : piranhas, electric eels, a dugong and pink dolphins. This is open from 9 am to 9 pm, daily.


Cable car Towers

Be treated to spectacular views as your cable car travels in mid air to Mount Faber. One could also enjoy sky dining on board a cable car every Friday and Saturday night


Images of Singapore :

See images of life in early Singapore, the Japanese surrender at the close of World War II and the local festivals.




Sentosa Orchid garden:

Offers a clock made of flowers, a carp pond and a Japanese Tea house.



How to get there to Sentosa -

Sentosa is linked to Singapore by regular ferry services and a cable car. There is also a causeway with regular bus services linking Sentosa to the city centre. An admission fee for the entry to the park is charged and composite tickets can also be bought.

Stay in Sentosa -

Sentosa island also has a beachfront hotel called Shangri La's Sentosa Resort. It is located on the island of Sentosa just 15 minutes from downtown Singapore. Number of rooms-459
Address: 101,Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970.