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Singapore is that gorgeous pot that holds the exotic raw mixture of five different melted cultures in it. This magnificent city-state presents the visitors with a unique opportunity of observing the cultural and religious tapestry of Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English culture very closely. The country has a calendar full of holidays and festivals, so no matter when you visit you are going to witness something amazing.
Singapore is the most modern city of south-east Asia. The country includes sixty some small islands and the city of Singapore covers one third of the Republic of Singapore. This country is an economic giant and a model to the developing countries for its outstanding governance and exceptional tourism policy.
The Tropical climate of this country is widely considered pleasant, but if you are used to very cold weather you might find it a bit hot sometimes. As the city is really small the temperature remains almost the same. If you visit in January you should find a colder atmosphere as it is the coldest month of the year. I suggest, not coming here in December as it is the wettest month and rainfall could be an issue.
There is no shortage of parks, restaurants and shopping malls here. They are everywhere, and all air conditioned. It is very easy to move within the city. Singapore offers an amazingly clean and green environment. As the country’s economy is mainly depended on its tourism industry, the tourists enjoy a lot of facilities while traveling. The roads, subways and trains are kept very clean and tidy. Changi Airport of Singapore is officially the best in the world. You will not require any personal or rented vehicle as they provide the smoothest, most efficient and cheapest public transportation service.
A deeper observer might find the infrastructural development of Singapore very strategic. The stroke of modern science and technology is visible everywhere but there are places where the smell of heritage and vestige of history have been kept intact. Singapore offers its visitors a very wide array of sightseeing, exotic and delicious foods and a lot of shopping. The city is divided into various colonial districts which have their own different flavors. You can walk through from the aromatic spicy restaurants of Little India, to the narrow streets of the Chinatown where still fortune tellers await to make a fool out of you, or to the Arab neighborhood to find some finest piece of silks, carpets and clothes. And when you come to Marina Bay and look at the dazzling lights, stunning malls, and to the mighty Gardens of the Bay you won’t be able to help wondering about the amazing diversity of this beautiful country.
Surprisingly this economically affluent country does not have any natural resources worth mentioning. In the 7th century, it was the center for trading of an ancient Sumatran empire. In the 13th century a visiting Prince named it Singa Pura (Lion City), after seeing something what he thought was a lion, but one interesting fact here worth mentioning is there is no lion in Singapore. In the next century there were some conflicts with the empires of Java and Siam and Chinese admiral Cheng Ho, for regional dominance. However within a hundred years Singa Pura got destroyed and consumed by the jungle. Then arrived Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company and declared it a British free port in 1819 and also named it Singapore. It was the beginning a flourishing country that is today’s independent Singapore. It got the last economic boost from its mass industrialization. Today it has an average per capita income of $12,000 and one of the best education systems in the world.