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Singapore Overview


The main island of Singapore is shaped like a flattened diamond, 42 km (26 miles) east to west and 23 km (14 miles) north to south. Near the northern peak is the causeway leading to West Malaysia—Kuala Lumpur is less than four hours away by car. It is at the southern foot where you will find most of the city-state’s action, with its gleaming office towers, working docks, and futuristic "supertrees,"which are solar-powered and serve as vertical gardens. Offshore are Sentosa and over 60 smaller islands, most of them are uninhabited that serve as bases for oil refining or as playgrounds and beach escapes from the city. To the east is Changi International Airport, connected to the city by metro, bus, and a tree-lined parkway. Of the island's total land area, more than half is built up, with the balance made up of parkland, farmland, plantations, swamp areas, and rain forest. Well-paved roads connect all parts of the island, and Singapore city has an excellent, and constantly expanding, public transportation system.

The heart of Singapore's history and its modern wealth are in and around the Central Business District. The area includes the skyscrapers in the Central Business District, the 19th-century Raffles Hotel, the convention centers of Marina Square, on up to the top of Ft. Canning. Although most of old Singapore has been knocked down to make way for the modern city, most colonial landmarks have been preserved in the CBD, including early-19th-century buildings designed by the Irish architect George Coleman.

Renowned Singapore Tourist Attractions
Boat Quay


Local entrepreneurs have created a mélange of eateries and bars to satisfy diverse tastes at this popular entertainment hub along the Singapore River. Between 7 pm and midnight the area swells with an after-work crowd of people enjoying drinks along the water. At the end of Boat Quay and named after Lord Elgin, a British governor-general of India, Elgin Bridge links Chinatown to the colonial quarter. The original rickety wooden structure was replaced in 1863 with an iron bridge imported from Calcutta; the current concrete bridge was installed in 1926.

Bugis Street


Few years ago, Bugis Street was the epitome of Singapore's seedy, but colorful nightlife, famous for the transvestite beauties who paraded its sidewalks; the government wasn't delighted, though, and the area was razed to make way for the Bugis MRT station. So strong was the outcry that Bugis Street has been re-created (but not really) just steps from its original site, between Victoria and Queen streets, Rochor Road, and Cheng Yan Place. The shophouses have been resurrected; hawker food stands compete with open-front restaurants. Closed to traffic, the streets in the center of the block are the places to find bargain watches and CDs; across the road is the Parco Bugis Junction, an upscale shopping center that's quite a contrast to all the area's dollar stores and souvenir shops.

Singapore Night Safari


The Singapore Night Safari is the world’s first wildlife park built specially for visits in the night. Inside, there is a wide range of tropical animals on display and 90% of them are apt to active at night. Furthermore, the safari’s subtle lighting technique makes for an excellent view of the animals in a natural environment.

As with the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari boasts international acclaim due to its product and service quality. The 40-hectare park pulls in approximately 1.1 million visitors annually. 30% of the 115 animal species are endangered, with ongoing breeding programmes undertaken by the Night Safari. You can experience the Night Safari either through 3 different walking trails or by tram. For a truly unique experience, there is the Gourmet Safari Experience, where visitors dine aboard a tram while navigating through the park. The trams feature onboard live commentary and last approximately 45 minutes. Taking the tram option, you will view 18 exhibits altogether. However, only through walking the trails will you experience all the 41 exhibits in the Night Safari. Of course, the Safari Adventurer Tours that incorporate guided walking trails, tram rides, reserved seats to shows and even photography sessions are high recommended.

Darkness makes the Night Safari more worthwhile and unique.With all physical barriers (such as moats and trenches) melt awayin the darkness,the animals could probably walk right into your tram directly!However, it is very disturbing to these animals when you flash your camera at them. Herds of antelope tend to stroll uncomfortably near the trams even though they are harmless.The Night Safari also boasts great animal shows and tribal shows as well. You'll certainly want to catch the hugely popular creatures of the Night show, featuring half an hour of fantastic action!

Resorts World Sentosa


At a cost of close to $7 billion, the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) opened in a soft launch on 20th January 2010. The first of two highly-anticipated Integrated Resorts, it is developed by Genting International. RWS features Singapore's first ever casino, 6 uniquely-themed hotels, Asia's first Universal Studios Theme Park and the world's largest oceanarium. On top of these magnificent developments, guests and visitors will have more opportunities togo shopping and dining with numerous retail and F&B outlets. RWS is expected to attract a whopping 13 million visitors annually!

Marina Bay Sands


The Marina Bay Sands is the second world largest Integrated Resort (IR). It is developed by Las Vegas Sands, one of the world's biggest and foremost gaming companies. The Marina Bay Sands aims to be a unique icon, a landmark that symbolises Singapore and distinguishes her from other cities. Alas, such a claim is not without good reason. The three cascading hotel towers connected by a skypark platform atop, are set against the iconic Marina Bay skyline and the central business district. Besides boasting a fantastic location, this IR is where business and leisure converge like no other singular destination.

Visitors can choose from numerous shopping and dining options. From the latest fashion labels to celebrity-chef restaurants, you will certainly not be let-down. Besides, why the need to travel across the globe to Las Vegas when you can enjoy the high-life of endless theatre shows, casino gambling and great night clubs all at the Marina Bay Sands. Business travellers too, can utilise the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) facilities that include the latest technologies, flexible exhibition halls and a convention centre capable of putting up 45,000 delegates!

Arab Street


On this street of specialty shops, you'll find baskets of every description—stacked on the floor or suspended from the ceiling. Farther along, the road is dominated by shops that sell fabrics: batiks, embroidered table linens, rich silks, and velvets.

Recommended Tours:

One Day Singapore City Tour
Destination:JooChiat, Kampong Glam, Bras Basah.Bugis, Civic District,HarbourFront, Boat Quay
This itinerarywill head you to experience the historical, architectural and cultural heritage ofSingapore. After that, enjoyingcruising on Singapore River at night is also a great fun.

One Day Leisure Tour
Destination: Orchard Road, Chinatown, Little India, Marina Bay
No matter filling with traditional shops and markets in Chinatown, or showing off the best of Singapore’s Indian community in Little India, or walking in the most famous shopping street, or experience the modern and super-stylish leisure spots in Marina Bay, Singapore Leisure Tour is your best lifestyle choice.

One Day Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Tour
RWS features include Singapore's first ever casino, 6 uniquely-themed hotels, Asia's first Universal Studios Theme Park and the world's largest oceanarium. Universal Studios Singapore (USS), the first theme park in Asia, is specifically considered as a ‘shining star’ in this tour. A 3D special effects ride, Transformers, based on the popular Hollywood movie, is set to premiere as the 25th attraction in USS in 2011. This attraction will subsequently replace the Backdraft ride in Universal Studios Hollywood.

One Day Singapore Zoo Tour
Take time out with the family at one of Singapore’s most popular attractions, Singapore Zoo. This world-class establishment is beautifully landscaped with acres of tropical foliage, pleasing the animals who live here and visitors alike. You’ll see Singapore’s orangutans and exotic imports like tigers, sea lions, baboons and giraffes. Follow the lush rainforest walk to see otters and gibbons, drop into Wild Africa to see the big cats, watch elephants and their keepers, and visit the Australian outback kangaroos.The separate but adjacent Night Safari attraction is hugely popular, providing night-time viewing of nocturnal animals at play from the vantage point of a safari-style tram.

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