Singapore Travel Information and More

Tour Information

Make your Singapore travel more meaningful by learning more about the country and how to go about having a good time! Singapore is An island country made up of 63 islands, separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south. The country is highly urbanised with very little primary rainforest remaining, although more land is being created for development through land reclamation.

Capital: Singapore
Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)

Before independence in 1965, Singapore was the capital of the British Straits Settlements, a Crown Colony. It was also the main British naval base in East Asia. Because of its status as the main British naval base in the region, as well as hosting the largest dry dock in the world at that time in the form of the Singapore Naval Base, it was described in the press as the ‘Gibraltar of the East’. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 caused global trade to boom, and Singapore became a major world trade node, and the Port of Singapore became one of the largest and busiest ports in the world. Singapore is a very diverse and young country. It has many languages, cultures and religions for a country its size. Due to the many languages and cultures in the country, there is no single set of culturally acceptable behaviours.

 

 

Tourism forms a large part of the economy, and 10.2 million tourists visited the country in 2007. To attract more tourists, in 2005 the government legalised gambling and allowed two casino resorts (called Integrated Resorts) to be developed. Singapore is promoting itself as a medical tourism hub: about 200,000 foreigners seek medical care there each year, and Singapore medical services aim to serve one million foreign patients annually by 2012 and generate USD 3 billion in revenue. Singapore is an education hub, and many foreign students study in Singapore. Singapore hosted over 80,000 international students in 2006. There are also more than 5000 Malaysian students who cross the Johor, Singapore Causeway every morning with hopes of receiving a better education in Singapore. In 2009, 20% of all students in Singaporean universities were international students. The students were mainly from ASEAN, China and India.

Places to Visit:

Singapore
Changi Chapel & Museum
Mandai Orchid Garden
Raffles Landing Site
Bugis Area
Little India
Kwan Yin Tang Temple
Sri Mariamman Temple and Chinatown
Jurong Bird Park
Marina Bay Sands

Sentosa
Sentosa Park
Merlion – Merlion Park
Universal Studios
Resort World Sentosa
Suntec Fountain of Wealth

 



 

Getting there

There are several budget and non budget airlines flying to Singapore from the Philippines. Both National carriers (Singapore Airlines and Philippine Airlines) fly between cities almost (5) five times a day. Harbour Front Center in Singapore is also a gateway for cruise liners.

Getting around

Singapore has one of the best public transport system. The Singapore MTR (Mass Transit Railway) can get you to and from the airport and bring you to almost all the corners of the island. There are buses and taxis that you could take to go around. There are free shuttle services to Sentosa and other sites as well, make sure to check with your hotel.

Traveler Tips

1. Change your money at the airport. The conversion there is the same (sometimes better) than the hotel and the local money exchange.
2. There are free maps at the airport. Grab one to help you go around places.
3. You can pay taxi fares using your credit card and is relatively safe.
4. MRT can take you to several places like from the airport to the city center.
5. Check out the hotel or station near you where the Resorts World free shuttle service stops. It can get you to Universal Studios with less cost.

Singapore MTR Map

Singapore MTR Map