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Situated on its own island close to the Malay Peninsula, the city state of Singapore is often considered one of the region’s most accessible destinations, with plenty of flights to Singapore available from departure points all around the world. It’s a densely packed nation of more than five million, made up of Chinese, Malay, Eurasian, and Indian residents, with a healthy dose of expatriates from around the world.
Although it’s distinctly Asian, its origins as a British colony are still plain to see when flying to Singapore. English is an official language alongside Malay, Chinese and Tamil, but this extraordinary destination is much more than a colonial outpost. Book a flight to Singapore with Qatar Airways and discover a rich, varied and exotic destination that’s full of surprises.
There are plenty of beaches to relax on in Singapore, particularly on Sentosa Island. Its position relatively close to the equator means that good weather is virtually guaranteed. Although it’s a relatively young nation, there are plenty of historic attractions to explore during a trip to Singapore, including the National Museum of Singapore and the colonial-era architecture of Raffles Hotel.
The Bukit Timah Nature reserve is a good place to experience the flora and fauna of the country, while the Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo are essential visits for animal lovers. There are also numerous religious sites to visit, from all faiths. The Sri Mariamman Hindu temple and Thian Hock Keng Chinese temple are on most visitors’ itineraries during their trip to Singapore.
Despite its small size, Singapore is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Two of the city-state’s main pleasures are shopping and dining, and these are covered in detail below. Watersports such as surfing, swimming and scuba diving are also popular leisure activities for visitors, as are sports like golf. For families with children, there are also a number of theme parks like Universal Studios Singapore and Wild Wild Wet, for a variety of thrilling slides and rides.
If you’re planning on being a little more laid-back during your visit, you can book into one of the numerous top quality spas offering a variety of therapies and treatments, including traditional massage.
Keep an eye out for cultural and sporting events during your visit, such as the Singapore Grand Prix, which offers the unique chance to see F1 stars pitting themselves against the humid Singaporean night.
Singapore is a multicultural nation, so it’s unsurprising that its restaurants and street vendors offer a diverse range of cuisines from around the world. Singaporean cuisine itself is a fusion of disparate elements and ingredients from Malay, Chinese and Western cultures. Chilli crab, Laksa (noodles with coconut curry) and Satay are good starting points for your culinary explorations.
Malaysian cuisine is also very popular in Singapore, so expect to find plenty of Rendang and other specialty dishes.
At first sight, shopping in Singapore might seem expensive to anyone who’s been travelling around the region for a while. However, it’s actually much more affordable than destinations in Europe and North America.
Shoppers who travel to Singapore spend many an hour (and dollar) frequenting the large shopping malls that are ubiquitous in the country. For fashion and top quality consumer goods, head to Orchard Road. For something more traditional to remind you of your visit, head to Chinatown or Little India.
Travel to Singapore and you’ll find that rather than one homogenous culture, the nation has many different cultures brought there by those who now call it home. The largest religion there is Buddhism, but even this is only practised by around a third of the population. Other major religions include Islam, Hinduism and Christianity.
It’s important to be aware that insulting a religion or its beliefs is a crime in Singapore.
Qatar Airways flights to Singapore land at Changi Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Singapore please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type G
Language: English / Malay / Mandarin / Tamil
International dialing code: +65