Singapore is a small island located just off the southern tip of peninsular Malaysia. Originally Singapore was like many islands you find around Malaysia, almost entirely covered by farmland and tropical rainforest. At that time the city of Singapore was small and situated around the mouth of the Singapore River on the southern coast of the island. The original city of Singapore is now classed as downtown Singapore and over time many new towns have been built on the island to the point where Singapore is now almost entirely built up.
Following 50 years of growth, Singapore is now an economic powerhouse of Asia with many of the world's largest multi centre companies having a base here. Its main industries today are financial services, high tech manufacturing and oil refining. The port of Singapore is also one of the busiest in the world.
Size: 697 square kilometres
Population: 5.3 million
Languages: Chinese, Malay & English
Religion: 33% Buddhist, 14% Muslim, 11% Taoist, 5% Hindu, 19% Christian & 18% Other
Land borders: Malaysia
Climate: Singapore has a tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity. The climate is very similar to Malaysia in that it faces two monsoon seasons, the northeast monsoon spans from December to March and the southwest monsoon from June to September. Click here to contact one of our consultants for more information on when and where to travel.
Money: Singapore Dollar. ATMs are available throughout Singapore and Debit and Credit Cards are widely accepted.
Tipping: Not expected but small tips are always welcome.
Formalities: Visa's are not required for British nationals staying up to 30 days. For stays over 30 days check the Singapore Embassy website for up-to-date information.
Travel advice: The Foreign and Commonwealth
Office produce up-to-date information on countries around the
world. This which can be checked on www.fco.gov.uk