Destination Information for Singapore
The global financial centre of Singapore lies off the Southern coast of Malaysia. It is an island city-state, with a vast and multicultural population. Singapore is a dynamic and modern city, which is often used as a stopover for travellers heading to long-haul destinations, but it has plenty to offer as a destination in its own right. There are Chinese, Malayan and Indian influences everywhere, from the food and music to the architecture.
With contemporary developments springing up all the time, you won’t have to look far for a good restaurant or shopping complex. The city’s centre piece is Marina Bay Sands, a skyscraper with three towers. Adrenaline-lovers should make sure to pay a visit to the Universal Studios theme park at Resorts World, Sentosa.
If you’re inclined more towards ‘traditional’ sightseeing opportunities, Chinatown and Little India are colourful and exciting places to be. You could also head to Singapore Zoo, the Botanical Gardens or the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. With beaches, diving trips, wildlife watching, shopping, world-class cuisine, theatres, museums, galleries and more, it’s no wonder Singapore is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
The climate in Singapore is tropical, and the summer heat combined with haze from forest fires in neighbouring Sumatra means that June to October can be an uncomfortable time. It is hot all year round with sudden, heavy rain and thunder almost daily, although it stops as suddenly as it began.
Dengue Fever in Singapore
Dengue fever has been reported from Singapore. As of 17 April 2015, a total of 2480 cases have been recorded.
Advice to Travellers
Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended. Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Singapore.