Located on the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is a thriving, modern metropolis and the world’s only island city-state. Formerly a British colony, Singapore was once known as the “Jewel of the British Empire” and even though the city has changed significantly since achieving independence, its British history can be seen all over in its place names, monuments and architecture. Singapore sees visitors from all over the world, with direct flights from hundreds of countries as well as ferries bringing passengers from the numerous ports in the region. It is also a major shopping destination for people from other Southeast Asian cities and the world famous Orchard Road is home to many shopping centers and hotels.
Singapore has plenty of interesting things to see and do. A visit to Sentosa Island, home to Universal Studios Singapore, Madame Tussauds and the SEA Aquarium, is must for any visitor. Clarke Quay, Arab Street and Boat Quay will take care of your nightlife and dining requirements with restaurants and bars around every corner. For those seeking a more tranquil experience, heading to one of the parks and hiring a bicycle or taking a trip to the islands of Pulau Ubin and Kusu Island is the ideal antidote to hectic city life. Pulau Ubin is one of the last places in Singapore free from urbanization and is a great place to see the local flora and fauna. Kusu Island is home to pristine beaches, beautiful lagoons and a sanctuary for tortoises.