Singapore – The Gateway to Southeast Asia
Singapore, the ideal gateway to Southeast Asia, is a country filled with a fascinating range of unforgettable experiences. Singapore's innovative culinary scene, awe-inspiring architecture, multi-cultural population and garden-filled landscape have made it a must-see destination. Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world and English is the official working language today.
Singapore is the perfect gateway to nearby Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, etc. Strategically located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and at a meeting point of sea routes, it's no wonder that the country became a crossroad of cultures. Singapore warmly embraces the kaleidoscope of cultures that call the country home as evident in the cultural enclaves of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam (Malay district). And, nowhere is the melting pot of cultures more evident than in the vibrant culinary scene which makes Singapore the food capital of Southeast Asia.
Whether you prefer Singapore's iconic hawker centers with their many food stalls or the country's world-class fine dining scene, the enticing flavors found in Singapore simply never disappoint. The Michelin Guide came to Singapore last year in 2016, solidifying its status as a world-class dining destination. Twenty-nine restaurants received prestigious star rankings, which is remarkable considering Singapore's small size. However, what's history making news is that, for the first time in the history of the guide, a Michelin star was awarded to a hawker stall (two different stalls in fact!), which now makes Singapore the least expensive place in the world to enjoy a Michelin star rated meal: US$3.00.
Originally founded as a British trading post in the 1800s and declaring its independence in 1965, the country is celebrating 52 years of Independence this year. In its short history as a young nation, Singapore has transformed itself from a sleepy fishing village into a hotbed of innovation and design. Awe-inspiring, futuristic attractions like Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands have enhanced the city skyline. However, Singapore still retains its charming, historic neighborhoods like Tiong Bahru. Nicknamed, the “City in a Garden”, Singapore is covered in greenery and full of impressive gardens, such as the Singapore Botanic Garden which is home to the world's largest orchid display.
Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no significant temperature variation year-round. The mercury rises to around the 86-87 degree mark across the year. The wettest months are November and December, but these months are still an enjoyable time of year to visit as the rain storms pass quickly.
Getting to Singapore
There are many choices when flying from the USA to Singapore: Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, ANA, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Delta, Emirates, Korean Air, etc. The only non-stop flights to Singapore from the USA are from San Francisco on both Singapore Airlines and United Airlines and the flying time on this non-stop route can range anywhere between 14 ½ to 18 hours depending on direction, load and the time of year. Otherwise, when flying another air carrier from another US gateway city, a stop in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei or Dubai are a great opportunity to explore more of Asia during your travels. Changi Airport (Singapore's international airport) has received multiple awards, including winning the "World's Best Airport" for the fourth year running.
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