Singapore has been called the"Geneva of Asia," owing to its concentration of banking and the conservative and professional nature of its people. Once dubbed the most boring city in Asia, the city state now marries its old-world charm with gleaming and vibrant modern culture including one of the most up-and-coming arts scene in Asia.
A trade off being a financial center is Singapore is wonderfully manicured, lush and green, spaciously laid-out, efficient and easy to get around in, and relative to much of Asia, refreshingly clean and tidy. Its world-leading flagship airline offers a fabulous and comfortable transfer to Asia and Changi Airport is also consistently rated the world’s best.
One of the "Four Asian Tigers" along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, Singapore boasts the world’s second-largest port (after Shanghai) and an airline, Singapore Air, that is often awarded the best in the world. One of the world's great economic success stories, Singapore depends heavily on electronics, chemicals, petroleum refining and financial services and is a world leader in several of these areas, including the world's fourth leading financial center, the world's second biggest casino-based gambling market, and the world's top three oil refining center. In recent times, Singapore now hosts world-class arts venues and shows, world-class dining (it's street food is renowned throughout Asia), and major architectural achievements. Formula One takes place each September at the Singapore Grand Prix. Noteworthy for travelers, the famed Raffles hotel is located here.
If you are flying Singapore Airlines into Asia, or passing through, let us plan a day or two canvasing the historic and modern architectural gems and arts for which the city-state stands out, as well as delicous cuisine. Less known, Singapore also offers an escape into nature, including lush jungle national parks.
"A person who gets deculturalised—and I nearly was, so I know this danger—loses his self -confidence. He suffers from a sense of deprivation. For optimum performance a man must know himself and the world. He must know where he stands. I may speak the English language better than the Chinese language because I learn English early in life. But I will never be an Englishman in a thousand generations and I have not got the Western value system inside; mine is an Eastern value system. Nevertheless, I use Western concepts, Western words because I understand them. But I also have a different system in my mind."
—Lee Kuan Yew, Former Prime Minister of Singapore