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'The East’s great cultural melting pot'

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An introduction to Singapore

Singapore, the amazing centrepiece of southeast Asia, is a cultural pot pourri that leaves the surprised visitor dazzled by the containment of so many influences and cultures all on one small island. Sir Stamford Raffles, a 19th-century British civil servant, brought the ‘Lion City’ to the world's attention after seeking a trading station to counter the Dutch influence in the Straits of Malacca, and trade is still the island’s mainstay.

Singapore is a happy clashing of opposites – classy and fantastic at the famed Raffles Hotel, but laid-back and low-priced in the food markets of Bugis Junction and Clarke Quay. City Sites include superb shopping in Orchard Road, the cultural quarters of Chinatown, Geylang Serai and Little India containing the world’s first night safari. An impeccably clean city, nothing is permitted to dull the shine – even down to the banning of chewing gum.

Still the natural world is never far off, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve enjoys a superb area of primary lush tropical forest within its boundaries, and for those seeking adventure, Sungei Buluh Nature Park offers the opportunity for trekking. Visit Pulau Ubin’s mangrove forest, a bumboat’s ride from Changi jetty, or Kusu site of Taoists’ annual pilgrimage.

Culture lovers can savour the mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures, the main ethnic groups, with gardens, parks, museums, mosques, temples and synagogues testimony to the island’s rich national heritage.
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