Singapore city state is a small, 646km
square, tropical island just S of Malaysia, 165km N of the equator.
Despite its size,it is a major business & banking center
and has one of the world's strongest economies.
Singaporeans enjoy a high standard of living in 'one of the cleanest,
greenest and safest cities in the world.'
Though geographically and demographically
Asia - it's populace is a mix of immigrants from China (the dominant
group), India and indigenous Malays - Singapore doesn't look
or feel Asian. Rather it looks like a Disney style makeover has
taken place, Much of the central area is gradually being taken
over by high-rise glass structures.
The few ethnic areas that weren't demolished to make way for
the high rises, have been renovated and made over in mock traditional
Raffles, a historical sight and one of the worlds most famous
hotels, has also had a face lift, with bits added such as an
aircon shopping center, faithfully reproduced in the same architectural
Over 7 million tourists visit this small
island every year, many stopping over on the way to somewhere
else. Shopping and eating are its major attractions.
Singapore has an excellent tourist infrastructure,
though expensive compared to other countries in SE Asia. Travelers
usually spend just a few days here.