The thing which sets Singapore apart from other cities is that it is a sovereign city-state AND an island-country. So it is three things at the same time: a city, an island and a state! It is situated in Southeast Asia and it lays on the south of Malay Peninsula. With more than 5.2 million inhabitants, Singapore occupies the third most densely-populates country in the world. The country is made up of 63 islands and the city Singapore is, contrary to what most people think, one of the most pleasant and enjoyable cities in Southeast Asia. There are no distinctive seasons here and the temperatures are relatively even throughout the year: the average high temperature is 31 degrees Celsius and the average low temperature is 24 degrees Celsius. Rainfall occurs evenly throughout the year and is usually abundant, but the wettest months are from November to January, when the monsoon season comes.
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Singapore comes from the Malay word Singapura, which means Lion City; ironically, there are no lions in the region. The legend of the foundation of Singapore says that Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang, went on a hunting trip near Riau Islands. As he was hunting he saw an orange-colored animal with a strange shape that was moving with great speed, disappearing into the jungle. The prince’s men told him that the animal was probably a lion, which the prince took as a good omen. Since he was searching for a place to build a new city, Sang Nila Utama decided that this new city would be built in Temasek. So in 1324 Temasek was founded and its name was soon changed to Singapura; the prince was the ruled of the city for 48 years. Nowadays scientists are of the opinion that the animal the prince saw was not a lion, but most likely it was a tiger.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
There are very few cities in Southeast Asia that can equal Singapore in its cultural and ethnic diversity. Here you can have a glimpse of Chinese, Muslim, Indian and Malaysian cultures all in a single day; and with food being literally a national obsession, you can’t call yourself a true tourist until you’ve had a culinary Singaporean experience: char kway teow, chicken rice, beef rendag and many more. If you’re looking to take the city by foot, you can visit the Singapore Zoo, the Singapore Flyes, the Botanic Gardens, the Telok Ayer Market or explore the underwater world center. Admire the art work at the Ritz-Carlton, then visit the Chinatown Heritage Center, followed by a walk through Geylang, a great demonstration of architecture and some of the best local food on the island.
You can see these landmarks by booking Singapore hotel deals. Also don't forget to visit a neighbour city Sentosa which is an island resort.
Singapore is served by The Port of Singapore and by eight airports with international flights to and from Sydney, London and more. Within the city the most popular means of transportation are via bicycle, taxi, train or bus. However, there are a lot of people who prefer to travel by foot. Find cheap hotels in Singapore nearby public transportation.