Singapore is an island off the southern tip of Malaysia, linked to it by a causeway. It evolved from a sleepy fishing village in the early 1900s to become one of Asia’s economic leaders. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles felt that its location made it ideal as a trading station. From here its landscape was transformed by British colonial rule, Japanese occupation, communist insurrection and finally, independence. Since becoming a republic in 1965 the island has experienced increased prosperity and exponential economic growth. Shimmering skyscrapers tower above the slick financial districts and elegant colonial buildings preserve a lingering old-world charm.
The core of downtown Singapore is formed by the Colonial District, embellished by cathedrals and cricket lawns. The notable sites of the area include the Empress Place Building and the luxurious Raffles Hotel. Although most of the old City has been demolished to make way for the modern, many major landmarks within the Colonial District have been preserved. The surrounding ethnic enclaves of Little India, Chinatown and the Arab Quarter provide glimpses into the traditions that have sustained their respective communities through the centuries.
There are many sites and places to visit. From The elegant charm of Raffles Hotel (Try a Singapore Sling in the famous Long Bar). Yixing Xuan’s Tea House in Chinatown which provides a fascinating insight into the ritualistic art of tea-making. The traditional Chinese and Japanese gardens which provide a tranquil retreat from the city streets.
Situated only one degree north of the equator, it is not surprising that Singapore has a tropical climate. This means that it is hot and humid all year round with hardly any variation in temperature between seasons. In fact, it doesn’t really have seasons at all. Travelers here would be wise to take an umbrella, because rain is abundant and possible all year round. This usually falls in heavy downpours at short notice. The wettest months are between November and January, which is the monsoon period. There is generally more rain in the west of the island than in the east.
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