A city as small as Singapore can be toured in just three days, many would say, but to see all the highlights and get beneath the skin of this charming place definitely warrants a longer stay. A tour planned around the major districts allows one to appreciate its history, people and rich cultural diversity in an optimal period of time. Here is the best of Singapore not to be missed.
Singapore's architectural goldmine. Let yourself be whisked back in time to 1819, when Sir Stamford Raffles first stepped ashore and the Union Jack was raised. Still exuding a strong air of colonialism, are well restored government buildings, cathedrals and churches, notably Singapore Cricket Club...
Interesting Facts About Singapore:
2. Fun Fact: The National Orchid Garden houses the largest display of tropical orchids in the world, with over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids.
3. Random Fact: The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve contains more tree species in one hectare than in the whole of North America.
4. Interesting Fact: Singapore has four official languages (English, Mandarin, Tamil and Malay) and four official religions (Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity).
5. Historical Fact: Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore first stepped ashore on 29th January 1819.
6. Fun Fact: More than 600 financial institutions operate in Singapore, and it is home to South East Asia's largest stock market, and the World's fifth largest foreign exchange centre.
7. Random Fact: Changi Airport received a total of 37.2 million passengers in 2009.
8. Weird Fact: Singapore is a very flat country – the highest point, Bukit Timah hill, peaks at just 163.63m.
9. Fun Fact: At 165m, the Singapore Flyer is the world's highest observation wheel, and is the height of 31 male giraffes stacked on top of one another.
10. Random Fact: The maximum height for buildings, as set by the Civil Aviation Authority, is 280m – only three buildings reach this height: the OUB Centre, the Republic Plaza and the UOB Plaza.
11. Historical Fact: Singapore was the focus of the greatest defeat in British military history, when General Percival surrendered to the Japanese on 15th February 1942. After 3 years of occupation, the Japanese surrendered on 12th September 1945.
12. Weird Fact: The Jurong Bird Park is home to the world's highest man-made waterfall (and over 8,000 birds).
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Singaporeans start the day with tai chi in the fragrant Botanic Gardens amid towering rainforest trees. Step back to Singapore's colonial days at the Corinthian-columned Supreme Court, near cricket...