Located on the southern tip of the Malaysia, it is the smallest nation in South East Asia. The main island and 63 islets make up Singapore. Two causeway bridges connect Malaysia and Singapore. The islands of the Indonesian Riau Archipelago can be reached by a short ferry trip. The four official languages of Singapore are Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English. English is the most commonly used language in Singapore and connects the numerous ethnic groups of the islands.
Singapore is a major sea port handling cruise liners from over 600 shipping lines. It is also a booming financial and cultural centre. You can see blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences on the culture, lifestyle and routines of the people here. Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street are all small areas that still have people from these communities staying together and sharing common lifestyles.
A famous landmark of Singapore is the Merlion statue which stands near the Singapore River. The Merlion has a lion head and a fish body resting on a crest of waves. The lion head stands for the legend of Singapura which in Sanskrit means Lion, ‘Singa’ and City, ‘Pura’. The fish tail also symbolises the country’s early period as a fishing town.
Sentosa Island has many sigh seeing areas for its visitors. The Underwater World Oceanarium houses more than 2,500 fishes. Sandy beaches at Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong have great beaches and people can take part in water sports here.
St. John’s Island used to be a penal colony which is now transformed into a resort. They organise water sport activities and you can stay at their holiday bungalows and cottages.
Jurong Bird Park is an open park and is the largest in the Asia Pacific region. Jurong Bird Park has a collection of more than 8,000 birds. Kusu Island, St John's Island, Sisters' Islands and Pulau Hantu are fine areas for scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, sailing, and even fishing.
Singapore is a shoppers’ paradise and you can get everything from clothes to jewellry at the malls, bazaars and wayside shops here.
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