It may have been a sleepy fishing village only a century or two ago, but Singapore is now the most important business centre in South East Asia and a surprising blend of east and west.
Having just been there, I present a revealing 6 part series on Singapore; its Background; Business and Trade; Leisure and Attractions; and then the three iconic business hotels that characterize this booming economy and fast development.
Singapore is located at the top of the Malay Peninsula and so was a strategic choice for Englishman Sir Stamford Raffles when he sought a British trading post during the 18th Century. Their dominance remained until the 2nd World War when a surge of nationalism saw Singapore become an independent republic.
It is still a place to do business and make deals and a stepping off point or base for seeking opportunities in the rest of southern Asia. It is also a fantastic place for entertainment, leisure and the local´s favourite past-time: eating.
Singapore´s Changi Airport is served by more than 70 airlines, and includes a new dedicated budget terminal, so even on a budget, the availability of low cost carriers means it is possible to fly there on a budget on LCC´s such as Tiger Airways (http://tigerairways.com) for a fraction of the usual cost.
Once there Singapore offers an efficient transport system includes train, buses, taxis and ferries to the islands. The currency is Singapore Dollars, the weather is warm and humid all year, hovering between 23 and 31 degrees Celsius, Malay is the official language, though English is widely spoken along with Mandarin and Tamil and no vaccinations are required.
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