It was made a crown colony by Britain in 1867 and became a self-governing state in 1959. Later, on August 9,1965, it attained official sovereignty and the country began celebrating this date as its National Day. The city, which grew from a developing nation to a global city, presently has the highest standard of living in Asia. Ranked as the 22nd wealthiest country, it has a highly developed market-based economy, which made it a developed nation.
Area & Location : Lies on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is situated on the south of the Malaysian state of Johor and north of the Indonesian Riau Islands. Located just 137 km north of the Equator, it is situated at 1º17' Latitude North and 103º51' Longitude East. Covering a total area of 699 sq. km, it is the second most densely populated independent country in the world with a population of 4,326,000.
Transportation : The city has an extensive transportation system with road, rail, bus and waterways. Singapore Changi Airport, one of the top five airports in Asia in terms of passenger traffic acts as the main link to the city from other parts of the world. The road transport system with network of expressways connects the city with other regions. The Port of Singapore, the world's busiest port is mostly used in sea trade. The public transport system in the city includes bus services, metro system and light rail.
Hotels : The Singapore Hotels serve as host to the tourists who make their visit to the city. With well-maintained infrastructure and well-arranged rooms, these hotels are the first choice of the tourists who enter the city. The traditional food and comfortable rooms, make their stay in these hotels worth. The number of star hotels in the city offers all amenities to its guests where they can relax and enjoy to the maximum. Shangri-La Hotel, The Oriental, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, InterContinental Singapore, Raffles Hotel Singapore, Raffles The Plaza - Singapore, Clarion Collection Rendezvous and The Regent Singapore are such hotels that give a home way from home feeling.
Places of Attraction : Orchad road known for shopping is often visited by the tourists. Singapore Botanical Gardens with gorgeous flowers and plants is a nice break for those visiting the city. Singapore Zoological Gardens that houses variety of species is an attraction to all, especially children. The amazing Fountain of Wealth, the largest fountain in the world is really eye appealing. The Chinese High School Clock Tower Building -a clock tower in Singapore is the main landmark of the city. Besides this, the tall buildings located along the coast of Marina Bay are also a wonderful sight.