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    Singapore – a brief overview

    Singapore has been hosting the world’s travellers for centuries. In the city’s colonial heyday, sultans and seafarers mingled on the streets with British traders and even the odd pirate from the South China Sea. Today, this is one of Asia’s most dynamic megacities, a bustling hub for shopping, sightseeing and business, and the perfect introduction to the exotic colours and flavours of Southeast Asia.

    Modern Singapore is a remarkable cultural melting pot. In the shadow of futuristic skyscrapers, Indian temples rub shoulders with Malay mosques, Chinese shrines and colonial churches. The same cultural fusion can be seen in the city’s fabulous restaurants, where chefs blend Indian and Malay spices and Chinese cooking know-how. Little wonder this is Asia’s most popular stopover!

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    Singapore Botanic Gardens

    1 Cluny Road
    259569 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6471 7361
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0500-0000

    Open from dawn till midnight, with no entry fee, this lush garden is the lungs of Singapore. Founded in 1859, it still provides a welcome escape from the urban sprawl, with shady trails, trickling water features and abundant greenery that almost makes you forget you are in the middle of the city.

    Singapore Zoo & Night Safari

    80 Mandai Lake Road
    729826 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6269 3411
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1800
    night safari 1900-0000

    Widely regarded as Asia’s best zoo, with a vast menagerie of rainforest creatures and recommended night safaris to meet the zoo’s nocturnal inhabitants. The zoo is famous for its naturalistic enclosures, its huge colony of orangutans and the chance to interact with working elephants.

    Sri Mariamman Temple

    244 South Bridge Road
    058793 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6296 3469
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1200 and 1800-2100

    The colours of India spill out into the Singapore streets at this rainbow-coloured Tamil temple, with a pantheon of Hindu deities atop its looming gopuram (entrance tower). The temple throngs with devotees, particularly during the Deepavali festival in October or November.

    Baba House

    157 Neil Road
    088883 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6227 5731
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    Tours:
    Mon 1400
    Tues 1830
    Thurs 1000
    Sat 1100

    For a fascinating window onto the lives of ordinary Singaporeans in the city’s seafaring heyday, visit this restored Peranakan home, administered by the National University of Singapore.

    Haw Par Villa

    262 Pasir Panjang Road
    118628 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6872 2780
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1700
    Sun 1000-1600

    Constructed by the family that invented Tiger Balm, this surreal sculpture garden provides a fascinating introduction to the world of Chinese mythology, complete with vivid depictions of demons, dragons and the Confucian hell.

    Thian Hock Kheng Temple

    158 Telok Ayer Street
    068613 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6423 4616
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0730-1730

    Singapore’s most famous Chinese temple is a hub of activity during the morning and evening rush hours, when devotees flock to light incense sticks and burn spirit money to honour their ancestors and the deities of the Hokkien pantheon.

    Sentosa Island

    Sentosa Island
    098269 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6736 8672
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800
    hours vary for attractions

    Singapore’s best loved theme park covers a whole island, with seaside resorts, thrill rides, a butterfly garden, an aquarium and even a colonial fort. Come by cable car for fine views across the Straits, or take the Sentosa express train.

    Peranakan Museum

    39 Armenian Street
    179941 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6332 7591
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thurs 1000-1900
    Fri 1000-2100

    This intriguing museum offers displays on Peranakan culture, a fascinating fusion of Chinese and Malay customs.

    Chinatown Heritage Centre

    48 Pagoda Street
    05920 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6221 9556
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1700
    Sun 1000-1600

    Step into the Singapore of old in this engaging cultural centre, where photographs, dioramas and mock-ups of shops and houses bring the Chinese experience in Singapore to life. Displays cover everything from religion and trade to opium dens and other vices.

    Singapore Flyer

    30 Raffles Avenue
    039803 Singapore
    Singapore
    Tel: 6333 3311
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-2230

    Giant Ferris wheels are big news around the world, and the Singapore Flyer is no exception. Riding high on the waterfront on Raffles Avenue, this soaring big wheel offers stunning city views from glass capsules that perform a slow arc above the city skyline.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Cultural melting pot and dazzling example of the region’s economic successes, wealthy and dynamic Singapore assails the senses of the first-time visitor. The former British trading post and colony has carved a unique niche for itself over the past couple of centuries, nowadays offering a vivid combination

    of ultra-modern skyscrapers, remnants of tropical rainforest, ambitious tourist developments, occasional reminders of the colonial era, and an assortment of colourful ethnic urban areas such as Little India, each with a character very much of its own.

    Geography

    The island of Singapore is situated off the southern extremity of the Malay Peninsula, separated from the mainland by the Johor Strait which is about 1km (0.8 miles) wide. Causeways run across the strait carrying roads, a railway and water pipes. The main island is mainly flat with only low hills, the highest being Bukit Timah at 166m (545ft).

    In the northeast of the island, and in the urban district, large areas have been reclaimed, and much of the original jungle and swamp covering the low-lying areas has been cleared. In addition to the main island, the Republic of Singapore includes more than 60 much smaller islands and islets.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 5.460.302

    Population Density (per sq km): 7.834

    Capital: Singapore.

    Language

    The official languages are Mandarin Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and speak English, which is used as the main language of communication.

    Currency

    Singapore Dollar (SGD; symbol S$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of S$10,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of S$1, and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    The currency of Brunei is also legal tender, although coins may not be accepted; 1 Brunei Dollar = 1 Singapore Dollar.

    US Dollars, Australian Dollars, Yen and Pounds Sterling are also accepted at many major shopping centres in Singapore.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style square three-pin plugs are in use. Many hotels have 110-volt outlets.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1300 and 1400-1700, Sat 0900-1300 if open.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    Note: Holidays falling on Sunday are observed the following Monday.

    (a) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan), Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Hari Raya Puasa itself. Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji (Feast of Sacrifice) may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    (b) Hindu festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Chinese New Year: 31. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Vesak Day (Buddha’s Birthday): 06. May 2014
    Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan): 28. July 2014
    National Day: 09. August 2014
    Hari Raya Haji (Feast of Sacrifice): 04. October 2014
    Deepavali (Festival of Lights): 22. October 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Chinese New Year: 19. February 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Vesak Day (Buddha’s Birthday): 01. June 2015
    Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan): 17. July 2015
    National Day: 09. August 2015
    Hari Raya Haji (Feast of Sacrifice): 24. September 2015
    Deepavali (Festival of Lights): 10. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Efficient Singapore is one of the easiest cities in the world to explore. The underground trains of Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (tel: 1800 336 8900; www.smrt.com.sg) run from early morning to late at night, connecting every corner of the city, including the airport. Tickets are sold in stations; buy a magnetic EZ-Link card or Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited travel. SMRT shares the city’s bus routes with SBS Transit (tel: 1800 287 2727; www.sbstransit.com.sg). For easy sightseeing, Singapore Airline’s SIA Hop-On bus (tel: 6338 6877; www.siahopon.com) zips around the main sights, or take advantage of the free city tours from Changi Airport.

    Taxis

    Air-conditioned taxis offer a welcome respite from the heat and humidity, but note that empty taxis can be difficult to find at peak times. As driving speed is strictly regulated in Singapore, it’s wise to avoid last-minute dashes to the airport. Taxis are metered and tips are not expected. To book a cab by phone, call Comfort & CityCab (tel: 6552 1111), Premier Taxis (tel: 6214 8880) or SMRT Taxis (tel: 6555 8888).

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    Nightlife in Singapore

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    The Singapore clubbing scene is the best in Asia, helped by a steady influx of big-name international DJs.

    More relaxing options include rooftop cocktail lounges, English-style pubs, modern microbreweries, old-fashioned sheesha cafés and open-air bars on the marina.

    The Long Bar at Raffles

    1 Beach Road
    189673 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Sure, it’s touristy, but the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel is still a great spot to sample a Singapore Sling, invented here in 1915.

    Zouk

    17 Jiak Kim Street
    169420 Singapore
    Singapore
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    The original Singapore superclub, still booming through the night to guest sets by the top DJs on the island.

    1 Altitude

    1 Raffles Place
    048616 Singapore
    Singapore
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    If you insist on a view with your Singapore Sling, ascend to this stylish three-storey bar atop the 282m (925ft) One Raffles Place building.

    Street James Power Station

    3 Sentosa Gateway
    098544 Singapore
    Singapore
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    A former power station on the harbour, transformed into a sprawling entertainment complex, with a maze of interlinked bars and clubs, covering every musical genre.

    28 Hong Kong Street

    28 Hongkong Street
    059667 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Bringing American mixology to the streets of Singapore, this retro cocktail bar was voted one of the world’s top 50 bars.

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    Restaurants in Singapore

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    Singapore’s fascinating cultural melting pot is best experienced in its restaurants. In the space of a city block, you can dine your way from China to India and on to the Malay Straits.

    Take your pick from elegant banquet restaurants, sophisticated hotel eateries with star chefs and bustling hawker courts, where many insist the best food in Singapore is served.

    Iggy’s

    The Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road
    238883 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Expensive

    Singapore best-loved restaurant has moved around over the years, but currently weaves its magic at the Hilton on Orchard Road.

    Waku Ghin

    10 Bayfront Avenue
    018956 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Expensive

    Pet project of innovative Australian chef Tetsuya Wakuda, specialising in tantalising fusions of Japanese and European ingredients.

    L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

    8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island
    098269 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Expensive

    Michelin-starred cooking doubles as performance art in this stylish open-plan eatery at the swish Resorts World Sentosa.

    No Signboard Seafood Restaurant

    414 Geylang Road
    399392 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Moderate

    Many restaurants have imitated the fragrant pepper crab served by Madam Ong Kim Hoi at this bustling seafood restaurant, but few have bettered it.

    Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

    1 Kadayanallur Street
    069184 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Price: Cheap

    Meals at the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre are cheap, blisteringly authentic and delicious – little wonder this is Singapore’s favourite street food.

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    Calendar of events

    Singapore International Festival of Arts

    12 – 21 August 2014

    Venue: Various locations.

    One of Asia’s best and most varied arts festival with international dance, music and drama has been revamped with new organisors for 2014. Details have yet to be released but British composer Michael Nyman, New York’s experimental theatre company The Wooster Group and French choreographer Jerome Bel are among some of the names performing this year.

    Singapore Grand Prix

    19 – 21 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various locations across Singapore.

    Singapore held the first night-time Formula One Grand Prix in September 2008, with 5km (3 miles) of smooth course snaking around Marina Bay under specially designed lights. The thrilling event – which saw Fernando Alonso storm up the field from 15th place to claim victory – is now held every September in Singapore, and the terrific atmosphere and enthusiasm of the locals make it one of the best times to visit.

    Deepavali

    23 October 2014

    Venue: Little India.

    The Indian Festival of Lights celebration takes place on the main road of Little India, which is decorated with many colourful and bright lights, street decorations and fireworks. Traditional and culture activities, street parade, concerts and impressive bazaars with traditional clothing, saris, oil lamps, fragrant flowers and jewellery all come together, as well as delicious Indian food.

    Chinese New Year

    31 January – 1 February 2015

    Venue: Chinatown and various locations.

    Parades, lion dances and temple worshipping to celebrate the lunar new year, one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. Symbolically, new clothes are usually worn to signify the new year and homes are thoroughly cleaned to sweep away any ill-fortune. Families visit one another, with little red packets, or “hong bao”, filled with money, gifted to children. During this time, the streets come alive with the sound of traditional music, the sight of hanging red lanterns and the aroma of food stalls set up in various neighbourhoods.

    Huayi - Chinese Festival of the Arts

    6 – 16 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Esplanade and various locations.

    Enjoy Chinese dance, opera and arts from local and international groups, which forms a key part of the Singapore’s Chinese New Year festivities.

    Great Singapore Sale

    30 May – 27 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Orchard Road and various locations.

    Singapore loves to shop, especially during the ‘GSS’, which galvanises stores and malls citywide. From Orchard Road to Marina Bay and the suburbs, there are bargains to be had including discounts, warehouse sales, clearance sales and all types of other sales and promotions. It’s a must for hard-core shoppers.

    Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

    11 – 12 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Qu Yuan, Bedok Reservoir.

    The two-day dragon boat racing commemorates the search for a Chinese poet and patriot. The races take part on the Bedok Reservoir, a 20-minute taxi ride from the city, and the festival is a great spectator sporting event for of all ages. Accompanying the event, there will be a host of traditional Asian rituals performed.

    Singapore Food Festival

    11 – 20 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various locations.

    A much-cherished, four-week festival celebrating Singapore’s pan-Asian cuisines featuring 60 stalls laden with local dishes like black pepper crabs, chilli crabs, BBQ sambal stingray, and other tempting delights.

    National Day Celebrations

    9 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Marina Bay.

    Singapore stops and the parading and partying starts to celebrate the date of independence from British rule.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Singapore

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    Gleaming modern hotels rise over Singapore like a gigantic crystal garden. Upmarket offerings from global chains are the mainstay, but the boutique hotel scene is growing, and a

    handful of elegant period properties fly the flag for Singapore’s colonial past.Budget options are concentrated around Little India and Bencoolen Street in Chinatown.

    Raffles

    1 Beach Road
    189673 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Category: Expensive

    The grand dame of colonial hotels in Asia, and many would say the best, founded in 1887 and still offering the same high standards of comfort and service.

    Capella

    8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island
    098269 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Category: Expensive

    A luxurious escape on Sentosa Island, with elegant rooms and sprawling gardens that make the most of the gorgeous views across the bay.

    Hotel Fort Canning

    11 Canning Walk
    178881 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Category: Expensive

    A colonial villa transformed into a modern design palace, with rooms that wouldn’t look out of place in a millionaire’s mansion.

    Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen

    170 Bencoolen Street
    189657 Singapore
    Singapore
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    Category: Moderate

    Inviting mid-range rooms in a winning location close to Orchard Road, Chinatown and the Marina.

    Fragrance Hotel Selegie

    183 Selegie Road
    188329 Singapore
    Singapore
    Show on map

    Category: Budget

    On the fringes of Little India, within easy striking distance of Orchard Road, with comfortable rooms and a rooftop pool.

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    Climate and best time to visit Singapore (city)

    Singapore is steamy and tropical year round. Rain is a possibility at any time of year, but it’s easy to escape in the city’s air-conditioned malls. May and June are the hottest months, while November to January are the wettest, but the city doesn’t have an off-season and hotel prices are fairly steady throughout the year. Festivals draw huge crowds to Singapore, particularly Thaipusam in January and Chinese New Year in February. Come from May to July for the Great Singapore Sale, or grab a plate or three at the Singapore Food Festival in April. Book well ahead if you hope to secure a room for the Formula 1 night race in September, the biggest event in the sporting calendar.

    Climate & best time to visit Singapore (country)

    Located just north of the equator, Singapore has a tropical climate and stays hot and humid throughout the year. Temperatures average around 31º C (88º F) during the day with little seasonal variation, although it’s slightly cooler in December and January, and hottest in April and May. Temperatures are unlikely to dip below 23º C (74º F) at night; the lowest temperature ever recorded was just over 19º C (66º F).

    Singapore receives a considerable amount of rainfall – approximately 2340mm annually. Although there are no distinct wet or dry seasons, the region is affected by two different monsoons. The Northeast Monsoon generally takes place from December to March and is accompanied by more frequent rain, particularly from November to January.

    Conversely, the Southwest Monsoon produces a marginally dryer climate from May to September. Despite the slightly lower overall precipitation levels, particularly from June to August, the Southwest Monsoon is characterized by its early-morning rainstorms; these often persist for one or two hours then taper off for the afternoon. Even these drier months experience a fair amount of rain (around 150mm each month), so be prepared for unpredictably wet weather any time of the year.

    The beginning and end of the two monsoon seasons are not well defined, but are separated by the shorter inter-monsoon periods of April/May and October/November, during which months afternoon and evening rain showers are likely. These showers are typically sudden and heavy, but often only last for a short time.

    The region is extremely humid, with humidity levels usually between 70% and 90%; often the air is muggiest in the early morning, abating somewhat in the afternoon. On rainy days it is not unreasonable to expect the humidity to reach 100%. When visiting, be sure to drink enough water and seek frequent refuge from the sticky heat indoors. March and September are particularly humid and often very uncomfortable.

    Thunderstorms are also a very regular phenomenon, occurring on roughly 40% of all days year-round but particularly common during the Southeast Monsoon. In fact, this small city-state has one of the highest rates of lightning activity worldwide.

    Despite the unpredictability of the weather, Singapore experiences as much brilliant sunshine as it does rain, and therefore makes for a delightful beach destination. If sunbathing happens to be interrupted by an unexpected shower, there is at least a plethora of indoor entertainment.

    As Singapore’s weather does not vary drastically throughout the year, tourism in the area is relatively steady year-round. The weather can be erratic and unpredictable, so it may be best to plan a visit based on the festival season rather than the climate; some of the nation’s most notable are the grand celebrations of Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival and the Art Festival. Accommodation prices rise significantly during the Formula One racing.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +65

    Telephone

    Public telephone booths take phone cards, and sometimes credit cards, and can be used to make both local and international calls. For the latter it is usually cheaper to purchase a pre-paid international calling card; these are readily available due to the large number of migrant workers in Singapore.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies, although it’s also cheap and easy to buy a local SIM card (passports must be shown when making the purchase). Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Internet cafes throughout Singapore provide public access to internet and email services. Most hotels and hostels offer Internet access, but there is also a free city-wide Wi-Fi service called Wireless@SG. Visitors can register either online or by telephone.

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    Shopping in Singapore

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    Key Areas

    Singapore is one of the world’s great shopping destinations, with tax-free shopping that ensures year-round bargains, even outside of the Great Singapore Sale (May to July). Orchard Road is a long line of glitzy malls, with an emphasis on international brands, but more quirky souvenirs are on sale in the small boutiques of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.

    Markets

    Many Singapore markets have evolved into gleaming shopping malls, but browsing the city’s street markets can turn up some appealing finds. The markets on Bugis Street and Pagoda, Trengganu and Sago Streets in Chinatown bustle with vendors selling souvenirs, novelties and counterfeit brands. For fresh foodstuffs, join the crowds at Tekka Wet Market (Buffalo Road) and Chinatown Wet Market (Smith Street).

    Shopping Centres

    Orchard Road is shopping central, with a string of shimmering multi-storey megamalls selling the world’s top brands. ION Orchard and 313@Somerset lead the pack, but don’t overlook the nearby Tanglin Shopping Center for cultural souvenirs and antiques. For electronics, point your GPS device towards Sim Lim Square (Rochor Canal Road), Funan DigitaLife Mall (North Bridge Road) or the Mustafa Center (Syed Alwi Road).

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Handshaking is the usual form of greeting, regardless of race; Muslims, and some Hindus, would not however normally shake hands with someone of the opposite sex. Social courtesies are often fairly formal. When invited to a private home or entering a temple or mosque, remove your shoes. For private visits, a gift is appreciated and, if on business, a company souvenir is appropriate.

    Dress is informal. Most first-class restaurants and some hotel dining rooms expect men to wear a jacket and tie in the evenings; a smart appearance is expected for business meetings.

    Laws relating to jaywalking, littering and chewing gum are strictly enforced in urban areas.

    Smoking is widely discouraged and illegal in enclosed public places (including restaurants). Dropping a cigarette end in the street or smoking illegally can lead to an immediate fine.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 999

    Food & Drink

    Food hygiene is generally good, particularly now that most individual street stalls have been closed down in favour of hawker centres. As always it’s safer to avoid raw vegetables, shellfish and reheated foods, and to wash fruit which has not been peeled. The tap water is safe to drink. Hepatitis A infection is not unknown, although rare, and vaccination may be considered.

    Other Risks

    Before leaving home, visit a doctor or travel health clinic for advice on health risks. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.

    The risk catching of malaria in Singapore is extremely low, but as in many urban areas of South East Asia dengue fever can be a concern. This disease is spread by the Aedes genus of mosquito, and symptoms include a rash, fever, headaches and pain in muscles and joints. In a small percentage of cases, the disease can become life-threatening. There is no vaccine and so the risk can only be minimised by reducing exposure to mosquito bites. Covering up is a good idea, as is use of a repellent – most local brands include only citronella, so DEET-based repellent (which is generally more effective) should be brought from home if required.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Mark Kuo-Fan Dr. Lu
    Drs. Horne & Chin
    1 Scotts Road #17-01 Shaw Centre
    Singapore 228208
    Singapore
    Tel. +65-64911377

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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