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    Singapore: Dynamism in the sign of the lion

    Singapore, the city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, is one of the fastest-growing economic powers in Asia. The name is derived from the Sanskrit for Singha (=lion) and pura (=city). The Lion City’s cultural landmark is the Merlion, a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. As a port as well as a banking and financial center, the city weathers all crises – and remains as attractive as ever to developers and investors. Even into the early 20th century, the archipelago was only sparsely populated and it was not until Britain’s East India Company opened a trading post there in 1819 that the modern city’s boom began.

    Today, Singapore is proud of its prosperity: Architectural marvels, such as the hotel and casino complex Marina Bay Sands, magnificently restored colonial buildings, like the National Museum, and superlative leisure opportunities, like Sentosa Island, delight some 16 million visitors each year. More recently, Singapore has also been endeavoring to restore the appeal of its historical buildings and old town quarters – and with great success: In the area around Keong Saik Road and in the hipster neighborhood Tiong Bahru, Singapore reveals its laid-back side.

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    Tiong Bahru – traditional charm meets the modern world

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    Tiong Bahru was the first public settlement project to be planned and realized in Singapore. Built by  the British in the 1920s, the neighborhood with its curved balconies, symmetrical staircases and whitewashed facades is perhaps the best attempt to bring the Bauhaus style to the subtropics.

    Today,  Tiong Bahru is a heritage site with stores, bars and cafés occupying the ground floor of many of its buildings. On the weekend, the neighborhood is where the young, slightly alternative Singapore crowd gets together to ride their fixies (one-gear bicycles), parade their Margiela shirts or try some exotic coffee creations.

    Tiong Bahru Market

    30 Seng Poh Road
    Singapore 168898
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    Traditional charm meets the modern world, at least on a culinary level. The Food Centre here has two floors, on which old-established stallholders and young foodies ply their specialties, from handmade fish balls through rice cakes with black beans to egg porridge with chicken. Three or four Singapore dollars is what you can expect to pay for a plateful – an incredibly small price even in Singapore. The market is the true heart of the quarter, and in fine weather, you can dine out on the terrace beneath a sunshade and admire the ever-growing skyline.

    Books Actually

    9 Yong Siak Street
    Singapore 168645
    Tel. +65-622/291 95
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    This small, independent bookstore was partly responsible for sparking the hype surrounding Tiong Bahru as a hipster refuge. There’s plenty of reading material to be found here, and not just English novels, but also leftist aesthetic criticism. At the same time, Books Actually acts as a showcase for the publishing company Math Paper Press, which promotes local talent. And that’s not all: In the backroom, the store also sells high-ticket vintage tableware.

    Bincho

    78 Moh Guan Terrace
    Singapore 162078
    Tel. +65-643/845 67
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    This bar is the most popular speakeasy in Singapore. By day, the wait staff serve Chinese noodles in the front room, then in the evening, the back room opens for fans of Japanese whiskey and yakitori skewer specialties. A small, windowless place with metal bars on the walls, the back room is reminiscent of a streetcar with the lights dimmed. Make sure to book a table.

    Strangelets

    7 Yong Siak Street
    Singapore 168644
    Tel. +65-622/214 56
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    This concept store is ideal for fastidious interior designers. The furniture and accessories, including a bookshelf in the shape of a bear, handmade peppermint-scented soap, terracotta bowls with dragon feet, come from both Singaporean and foreign designers. At Strangelets, you are sure to find the ideal souvenir for friends and family who like to give their home a playful but elegant touch.

    Tiong Bahru Bakery

    56 Eng Hoon Street
    Singapore 160056
    Tel. +65-622/0 34 30
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    Chef Gontran Cherrier envisioned this airy and extremely popular corner eatery as a breakfast café with a French atmosphere. And you really do get the feeling of you are actually in Paris here – thanks to the overwhelming selection of croissants and small cakes. The most important difference: Guests sit outside in the tropical heat and can choose creations with Asian influences, such as squid baguette with smoked salmon or kimchi pancake as a burger ingredient. The coffee comes from the 40 Hands roastery just a couple of meters away.

    Curated Records

    55 Tiong Bahru Road
    Singapore 160055
    Tel. +65-643/836 44
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    The crackling good sound of vinyl records is back in Singapore: Vinyl has now achieved the same cult status with Southeast Asian music nerds as it has in Europe. In this tiny indie store, the owner stocks current releases alongside rare recordings from past decades. Around 2000 jazz, pop, rock and classic records in clear sleeves await new fans.

    Open Door Policy

    19 Yong Siak Street
    Singapore 168650
    Tel. +65-622/193 07
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    A long counter with a show kitchen and bar, upholstered benches and pewter ceiling panels – this green restaurant is the successful attempt to establish the New York bistro concept in Southeast Asia. On the menu, dishes include avocado salad with shrimp and roasted pork rack with spicy pineapple sauce, and hanging from the walls, the herb boxes in which the cooks grow the herbs they use to spice their meals.

    Qi Tian Gong Temple

    44 Eng Hoon Street
    Singapore 169786
    Tel. +65-622/024 69
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    This whitewashed temple at the entrance to the neighborhood ensures the spiritual well-being of the young and beautiful. Since 1938, the faithful have been lighting incense at this street corner to give thanks to the monkey god. He is credited with being able to bring fast financial success to a store. Judging by the success of the local café scene, the cafés’ founders were not mean with their offerings.

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    Sentosa Island has plenty to offer in the way of recreation, including gorgeous tropical bathing spots, like Palawan Beach

    Singapore Botanic Gardens

    1 Cluny Road
    259569 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-1800/471 73 00

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    Opening times:
    Daily 0500-0000

    Open from dawn till midnight, with no entry fee, this lush garden is the lungs of Singapore. Founded in 1859, it still provides a welcome escape from the urban sprawl, with shady trails, trickling water features and abundant greenery that almost makes you forget you are in the middle of the city.

    Singapore Zoo & Night Safari

    80 Mandai Lake Road
    729826 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-626/93 411
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1800
    night safari 1915-0000

    Widely regarded as Asia’s best zoo, with a vast menagerie of rainforest creatures and recommended night safaris to meet the zoo’s nocturnal inhabitants. The zoo is famous for its naturalistic enclosures.

    Sri Mariamman Temple

    244 South Bridge Road
    058793 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-622/23 40 64
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1200 and 1800-2100

    The colours of India spill out into the Singapore streets at this rainbow-coloured temple, with a pantheon of Hindu deities atop its looming gopuram (entrance tower). The temple throngs with devotees, particularly during the Deepavali festival in October or November.

    Baba House

    157 Neil Road
    088883 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-622/75 731
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    Tours:
    Mon – Fri 1000, Sat on request

    For a fascinating window onto the lives of ordinary Singaporeans in the city’s seafaring heyday, visit this restored Peranakan home.

    Haw Par Villa

    262 Pasir Panjang Road
    118628 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sun 0900-1900

    Constructed by the family that invented Tiger Balm, this surreal sculpture garden provides a fascinating introduction to the world of Chinese mythology, complete with vivid depictions of demons, dragons and the Confucian hell.

    Thian Hock Kheng Temple

    158 Telok Ayer Street
    068613 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-642/34 616
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0730-1730

    Singapore’s most famous Chinese temple is a hub of activity during the morning and evening rush hours, when devotees flock to light incense sticks and burn spirit money to honour their ancestors and the deities of the Hokkien pantheon.

    Sentosa Island

    Sentosa Island
    098269 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-673/686 72
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    Opening times:
    hours vary for attractions

    Singapore’s best loved theme park covers a whole island, with seaside resorts, thrill rides, a butterfly garden, an aquarium and even a colonial fort. Come by cable car for fine views across the Straits, or take the Sentosa express train.

    Peranakan Museum

    39 Armenian Street
    179941 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-633/275 91
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thurs 1000-1900
    Fri 1000-2100

    This intriguing museum offers displays on Peranakan culture, a fascinating fusion of Chinese and Malay customs.

    Chinatown Heritage Centre

    48 Pagoda Street
    059207 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-622/439 28
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sun 0900-2000

    Step into the Singapore of old in this engaging cultural centre, where photographs, dioramas and mock-ups of shops and houses bring the Chinese experience in Singapore to life. Displays cover everything from religion and trade to opium dens and other vices.

    Singapore Flyer

    30 Raffles Avenue
    039803 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-633/333 11
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    Opening time ticketing counter:
    Daily 0830-2200

    Giant Ferris wheels are big news around the world, and the Singapore Flyer is no exception. Riding high on the waterfront on Raffles Avenue, this soaring big wheel offers stunning city views from glass capsules that perform a slow arc above the city skyline.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Cultural melting pot and dazzling example of the region’s economic successes, wealthy and dynamic Singapore assails the senses of the first-time visitor. The former British trading post and colony has carved a unique niche for itself over the past couple of centuries, nowadays offering a vivid combination

    of ultra-modern skyscrapers, remnants of tropical rainforest, ambitious tourist developments, occasional reminders of the colonial era, and an assortment of colourful ethnic urban areas such as Little India, each with a character very much of its own.

    Geography

    The island of Singapore is situated off the southern extremity of the Malay Peninsula, separated from the mainland by the Johor Strait which is about 1km (0.8 miles) wide. Causeways run across the strait carrying roads, a railway and water pipes. The main island is mainly flat with only low hills, the highest being Bukit Timah at 166m (545ft).

    In the northeast of the island, and in the urban district, large areas have been reclaimed, and much of the original jungle and swamp covering the low-lying areas has been cleared. In addition to the main island, the Republic of Singapore includes many much smaller islands and islets.

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    Key facts

    Population: 5.5 millions (estimate 2017)

    Capital: Singapore.

    Language

    The official languages are Mandarin Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and speak English, which is used as the main language of communication.

    Currency

    Singapore Dollar (SGD; symbol S$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of S$10,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of S$1, and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style square three-pin plugs are in use. Many hotels have 110-volt outlets.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period.

    Note: Holidays falling on Sunday are observed the following Monday.

    (a) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan), Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Hari Raya Puasa itself. Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji (Feast of Sacrifice) may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    (b) Hindu festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

    2018

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Vajraya (Chinese New Year): 16 and 17 January 2018
    Good Friday: 30 March 2018
    Easter Sunday: 1 April 2018
    Labour Day: 1 May 2018
    Vesak Day (Buddha’s Birthday): 29 May 2018
    Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan): 15 June 2018
    National Day: 9 August 2018
    Hari Raya Haji (Feast of Sacrifice): 22 August 2018
    Deepavali (Festival of Lights): 6 November 2018
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2018

    2019

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Vajraya (Chinese New Year): 5 and 6 February 2019
    Good Friday: 19 April 2019
    Easter Sunday: 21 April 2019
    Labour Day: 1 May 2019
    Vesak Day (Buddha’s Birthday): 18 May 2019
    Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan): 5 to 7 June 2019
    National Day: 9 August 2019
    Hari Raya Haji (Feast of Sacrifice): 11 to 15 August 2019
    Deepavali (Festival of Lights): 26 October 2019
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Efficient Singapore is one of the easiest cities in the world to explore. The underground trains of Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (smrt.com.sg) run from early morning to late at night, connecting every corner of the city, including the airport. Tickets are sold in stations; buy a magnetic EZ-Link card or Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited travel. SMRT shares the city’s bus routes with SBS Transit (sbstransit.com.sg).

    Taxis

    Air-conditioned taxis offer a welcome respite from the heat and humidity, but note that empty taxis can be difficult to find at peak times. As driving speed is strictly regulated in Singapore, it’s wise to avoid last-minute dashes to the airport. Taxis are metered and tips are not expected. Cabs can be booked online (taxisingapore.com).

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    Discover East Coast Park by bicycle

    The park, located between downtown Singapore and the airport, is extremely popular as a leisure and recreation area with locals and tourists alike. East Coast Park extends along 15 kilometers of sandy coastline and is best explored by bicycle. The cycle path runs close to the beach with the sound of the ocean always within earshot. Well-serviced bicycles are available for as little as S$ 4 per hour from a number of rental outfits.

    Website

    East Coast Parkway/East Coast Park Service Road
    Singapore
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    Restaurants in Singapore

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    Singapore’s fascinating cultural melting pot is best experienced in its restaurants. In the space of a city block, you can dine your way from China to India and on to the Malay Straits.

    Take your pick from elegant banquet restaurants, sophisticated hotel eateries with star chefs and bustling hawker courts, where many insist the best food in Singapore is served.

    Iggy’s

    The Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road
    238883 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Luxurious

    Singapore best-loved restaurant has moved around over the years, but currently weaves its magic at the Hilton on Orchard Road.

    Waku Ghin

    10 Bayfront Avenue
    018956 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Luxurious

    Pet project of innovative Australian chef Tetsuya Wakuda, specialising in tantalising fusions of Japanese and European ingredients.

    No Signboard Seafood Restaurant

    1 Harbourfront Walk
    #03-02 VivoCity
    098585 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Moderate

    Many restaurants have imitated the fragrant pepper crab served by Madam Ong Kim Hoi at this bustling seafood restaurant, but few have bettered it.

    Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle

    #02-126 Chinatown Complex
    335 Smith Street
    050335 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Budget

    The Chinatown Complex hawker center boasts what is likely the world’s most affordable gourmet restaurant: a Michelin-starred food stall, where Cantonese chicken and rice costs just two Singapore dollars (that’s roughly 1.25 euros). The price may be low, but the line is usually very long, so expect to wait.

    Four Seasons Durians Café

    391 Orchard Road
    B207-3-2 Takashimaya Food Hall
    238873 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Budget

    Opinions tend to differ on this spiky fruit that’s the size of a coconut: Although people all over Southeast Asia love it, many find it hard to stomach because of its foul smell (the fruit is also known as “stinky fruit”). In this famous durian café, brave souls can venture a mouthful of confectionery, ice cream, cake or pudding with or made from durian.

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    Hotels in Singapore

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    Gleaming modern hotels rise over Singapore like a gigantic crystal garden. Upmarket offerings from global chains are the mainstay, but the boutique hotel scene is growing, and a

    handful of elegant period properties fly the flag for Singapore’s colonial past.Budget options are concentrated around Little India and Bencoolen Street in Chinatown.

    Marina Bay Sands

    10 Beachfront Avenue
    018956 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Category: Luxurious

    The rooms offer every comfort and convenience and an exceptional view of the bay, and the restaurant and bar concept leaves nothing to be desired, but the open-air infinity pool on the roof of the 57-level building is now a world-famous sensation.

    Capella

    1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
    098297 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Category: Luxurious

    A luxurious escape on Sentosa Island, with elegant rooms and sprawling gardens that make the most of the gorgeous views across the bay.

    Hotel Fort Canning

    11 Canning Walk
    178881 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Category: Luxurious

    A colonial villa transformed into a modern design palace, with rooms that wouldn’t look out of place in a millionaire’s mansion.

    Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen

    170 Bencoolen Street
    189657 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Category: Moderate

    Inviting mid-range rooms in a winning location close to Orchard Road, Chinatown and the Marina.

    Fragrance Hotel Selegie

    183 Selegie Road
    188329 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Category: Budget

    On the fringes of Little India, within easy striking distance of Orchard Road, with comfortable rooms and a rooftop pool.

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    Nightlife in Singapore

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    The Singapore clubbing scene is the best in Asia, helped by a steady influx of big-name international DJs.

    More relaxing options include rooftop cocktail lounges, English-style pubs, modern microbreweries, old-fashioned sheesha cafés and open-air bars on the marina.

    More highlights in Singapore’s hipster neighborhood Tiong Bahru

    Zouk

    3C River Valley Road
    The Cannery
    179022 Singapore
    Singapore

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    The original Singapore superclub, still booming through the night to guest sets by the top DJs on the island.

    1 Altitude

    1 Raffles Place
    048616 Singapore
    Singapore
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    If you insist on a view with your Singapore Sling, ascend to this stylish three-storey bar atop the 282m (925ft) One Raffles Place building.

    Street James Power Station

    3 Sentosa Gateway
    098544 Singapore
    Singapore
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    A former power station on the harbour, transformed into a sprawling entertainment complex, with a maze of interlinked bars and clubs, covering every musical genre.

    28 Hong Kong Street

    28 Hongkong Street
    059667 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Bringing American mixology to the streets of Singapore, this retro cocktail bar was voted one of the world’s top 50 bars.

    Que Pasa

    7 Emerald Hill Road
    229291 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Small clubs and bars abound in the area around Orchard Road, and this Spanish-style wine bar is one of them. It’s a great place to start the evening; ask the locals to recommend a good club nearby for later on.

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    Calendar of events

    Huayi - Chinese Festival of the Arts

    February 2018
    Website

    Venue: Esplanade and various locations

    Enjoy Chinese dance, opera and arts from local and international groups, which forms a key part of the Singapore’s Chinese New Year festivities.

    Chinese New Year

    16 February 2018

    Venue: Chinatown and various locations

    Parades, lion dances and temple worshipping to celebrate the lunar new year, one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. Symbolically, new clothes are usually worn to signify the new year and homes are thoroughly cleaned to sweep away any ill-fortune. Families visit one another, with little red packets, or “hong bao”, filled with money, gifted to children. During this time, the streets come alive with the sound of traditional music, the sight of hanging red lanterns and the aroma of food stalls set up in various neighbourhoods.

    Great Singapore Sale

    June – August 2018
    Website

    Venue: Orchard Road and various locations

    Singapore loves to shop, especially during the ‘GSS’, which galvanises stores and malls citywide. From Orchard Road to Marina Bay and the suburbs, there are bargains to be had including discounts, warehouse sales, clearance sales and all types of other sales and promotions. It’s a must for hard-core shoppers.

    Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

    July 2018

    Venue: Various locations

    The two-day dragon boat racing commemorates the search for a Chinese poet and patriot. The races take part on the Bedok Reservoir, a 20-minute taxi ride from the city, and the festival is a great spectator sporting event for of all ages. Accompanying the event, there will be a host of traditional Asian rituals performed.

    Singapore Food Festival

    July 2018

    Venue: Various locations

    A much-cherished, four-week festival celebrating Singapore’s pan-Asian cuisines featuring 60 stalls laden with local dishes like black pepper crabs, chilli crabs, BBQ sambal stingray, and other tempting delights.

    Singapore International Festival of Arts

    August – September 2018
    Website

    Venue: Various locations

    One of Asia’s best and most varied arts festival with international dance, music and drama.

    National Day Celebrations

    9 August 2018

    Venue: Marina Bay

    Singapore stops and the parading and partying starts to celebrate the date of independence.

    Singapore Grand Prix

    14 – 16 September 2018
    Website

    Venue: Marina Bay Circuit

    Singapore held the first night-time Formula One Grand Prix in September 2008, with 5km (3 miles) of smooth course snaking around Marina Bay under specially designed lights. The thrilling event is now held every September in Singapore, and the terrific atmosphere and enthusiasm of the locals make it one of the best times to visit.

    Deepavali

    6 November 2018

    Venue: Campbell Lane, Little India

    The Indian Festival of Lights celebration takes place on the main road of Little India, which is decorated with many colourful and bright lights, street decorations and fireworks. Traditional and culture activities, street parade, concerts and impressive bazaars with traditional clothing, saris, oil lamps, fragrant flowers and jewellery all come together, as well as delicious Indian food.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +65

    Telephone

    Public telephone booths take phone cards, and sometimes credit cards, and can be used to make both local and international calls. For the latter it is usually cheaper to purchase a pre-paid international calling card; these are readily available due to the large number of migrant workers in Singapore.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies, although it’s also cheap and easy to buy a local SIM card (passports must be shown when making the purchase). Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Internet cafes throughout Singapore provide public access to internet and email services. Most hotels and hostels offer Internet access, but there is also a free city-wide Wi-Fi service called Wirless@SG (tech.gov.sg).

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    Shopping in Singapore

    Key Areas

    Singapore is one of the world’s great shopping destinations, with tax-free shopping that ensures year-round bargains, even outside of the Great Singapore Sale (June to August). Orchard Road is a long line of glitzy malls, with an emphasis on international brands, but more quirky souvenirs are on sale in the small boutiques of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.

    Markets

    Many Singapore markets have evolved into gleaming shopping malls, but browsing the city’s street markets can turn up some appealing finds. The markets on Bugis Street and Pagoda, Trengganu and Sago Streets in Chinatown bustle with vendors selling souvenirs, novelties and counterfeit brands. For fresh foodstuffs, join the crowds at Tekka Wet Market (Buffalo Road) and Chinatown Wet Market (Smith Street).

    Shopping Centres

    Orchard Road is shopping central, with a string of shimmering multi-storey megamalls selling the world’s top brands. ION Orchard (ionorchard.com)  and 313@Somerset (313somerset.com.sg) lead the pack, but don’t overlook the nearby Tanglin Shopping Center for cultural souvenirs and antiques. For electronics, point your GPS device towards Sim Lim Square (Rochor Canal Road), Funan DigitaLife Mall (North Bridge Road) or the Mustafa Center (mustafa.com.sg) in Little India.

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    Climate and best time to visit Singapore

    Located just north of the equator, Singapore has a tropical climate and stays hot and humid throughout the year. Temperatures average around 31º C (88º F) during the day with little seasonal variation, although it’s slightly cooler in December and January, and hottest in April and May. Temperatures are unlikely to dip below 23º C (74º F) at night; the lowest temperature ever recorded was just over 19º C (66º F).

    Singapore is steamy and tropical year round. Rain is a possibility at any time of year, but it’s easy to escape in the city’s air-conditioned malls. May and June are the hottest months, while November to January are the wettest, but the city doesn’t have an off-season and hotel prices are fairly steady throughout the year. Festivals draw huge crowds to Singapore, particularly Thaipusam in January and Chinese New Year in February. Come from June to August for the Great Singapore Sale, or grab a plate or three at the Singapore Food Festival in April. Book well ahead if you hope to secure a room for the Formula 1 night race in September, the biggest event in the sporting calendar.

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan33 °C18 °C29 °C23 °C83 %198 mm125.6 h
    Feb34 °C18 °C31 °C23 °C82 %154 mm106.5 h
    Mar35 °C19 °C31 °C23 °C83 %171 mm136.2 h
    Apr35 °C21 °C31 °C24 °C84 %141 mm145.8 h
    May36 °C21 °C31 °C24 °C84 %158 mm145.8 h
    Jun35 °C20 °C31 °C24 °C83 %140 mm135.9 h
    Jul33 °C21 °C30 °C24 °C83 %145 mm146.1 h
    Aug33 °C20 °C30 °C24 °C83 %143 mm135.8 h
    Sep33 °C20 °C30 °C23 °C84 %177 mm145.2 h
    Oct33 °C20 °C31 °C23 °C84 %167 mm155.0 h
    Nov33 °C20 °C30 °C23 °C86 %252 mm194.3 h
    Dec33 °C20 °C29 °C23 °C87 %304 mm194.3 h
    year36 °C18 °C30 °C23 °C84 %2150 mm1705.5 h
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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Handshaking is the usual form of greeting, regardless of race; Muslims, and some Hindus, would not however normally shake hands with someone of the opposite sex. Social courtesies are often fairly formal. When invited to a private home or entering a temple or mosque, remove your shoes. For private visits, a gift is appreciated and, if on business, a company souvenir is appropriate.

    Dress is informal. Most first-class restaurants and some hotel dining rooms expect men to wear a jacket and tie in the evenings; a smart appearance is expected for business meetings.

     

    Laws relating to jaywalking, littering and chewing gum are strictly enforced in urban areas.

    Smoking is widely discouraged and illegal in enclosed public places (including restaurants). Dropping a cigarette end in the street or smoking illegally can lead to an immediate fine.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 999

    Food & Drink

    Food hygiene is generally good, particularly now that most individual street stalls have been closed down in favour of hawker centres. As always it’s safer to avoid raw vegetables, shellfish and reheated foods, and to wash fruit which has not been peeled. The tap water is safe to drink. Hepatitis A infection is not unknown, although rare, and vaccination may be considered.

    Other Risks

    Before leaving home, visit a doctor or travel health clinic for advice on health risks. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.

    The risk catching of malaria in Singapore is extremely low, but as in many urban areas of South East Asia dengue fever can be a concern. This disease is spread by mosquitos, and symptoms include a rash, fever, headaches and pain in muscles and joints. In a small percentage of cases, the disease can become life-threatening. There is no vaccine and so the risk can only be minimised by reducing exposure to mosquito bites. Covering up is a good idea, as is use of a repellent – most local brands include only citronella, so DEET-based repellent (which is generally more effective) should be brought from home if required.

     

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Lu, Mark Kuo-Fan
    Drs. Horne & Chin
    1 Scotts Road #17-01 Shaw Centre
    Singapore 228208
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-64911377

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.