Flights to Singapore
Singapore is an island nation in south-east Asia which was founded by the British in 1819 as a trading colony. Since its independence in 1963, it has flourished into one of the most prosperous countries in the world and is a hugely popular stop-over point for people flying long-distance.
You can catch a direct flight to Singapore from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, or get a connecting flight through JHB from other cities in South Africa. There are a good number of airlines to choose from for your flight to Singapore, these are: Air Malaysia, Emirates, Air Singapore, Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Thai Air, Ethiad Airways, British Airways and Qantas.
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The Tourist Attractions of Singapore:
Singapore is quite a unique place! It consists of a total of 63 islands, though mainland Singapore is where most visitors will stay. The Central Business District (CBD) is the downtown core where you’ll find the city’s skyscrapers and this area is at the mouth of the Singapore River which plays quite an important part in everyday life here.
The remainder of the main Singapore island was formerly tropical rainforest or used for agriculture although this has now all been developed into residential areas. You can still visit some areas of forest and nature reserves though, as about 23% of the land area remains as such. There is the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve for example, along with some more man-made nature attractions like the popular Singapore Zoo, Botanical Gardens and Jurong Bird Park.
Singapore is most renowned for its urban landscape though, plus great shopping and great cuisine. There is an eclectic mix of cultures here and this is very much reflected in the types of cuisine – Chinese, Malay, Indian and Arab, as well as in the diverse range of religious sites of the city where you’ll find Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Chinatown is one such place where you will find all these religions represented within a very small area – the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple which is the oldest and most important of its kind in Singapore, whilst nearby is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the Jamae Mosque, built in the 1830’s.
Chinatown is also an interesting place to simply walk around and enjoy the architecture and sample some of the great food!
If you prefer to see Singapore’s more colonial side, many colonial buildings will be found on Orchard Street. This is the main Singapore shopping street, though if you walk past the malls you will come across more historical parts. And talking of shopping, there are numerous malls here which vary from extremely expensive to bargains galore!
On the Riverside are several of the cities most photographed attractions: Cavenagh Bridge is a suspension bridge built in 1869 and is Singapore’s oldest bridge, crossing the mouth of the Singapore River. There is also the Raffles Statue of Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore along with ‘Merlion’, Singapore’s official symbol which is a cross between a cat and a fish and spouts water out of its mouth!
A great way to get around Singapore whilst taking in a different view of the city is by boat. Bumboats are very much tourist-oriented and can either take you from A to B or you can take a full cruise. If you want to get out of the city altogether there are also ferries which take you to the Southern Islands. These islands are uninhabited, but are a great place to visit for a day of relaxation and peace and quiet. There are no shops on the island, so you’ll need to take along a picnic!
When Should You Visit?:
Singapore has a tropical climate, and being so close to the equator there are no distinct seasons here. Be prepared for rain showers at any time of the year, although the monsoon season is when rain is most likely, between November and January. The daytime average in December and January is 26C (79F) and this rises to 31C (89F) during the rest of the year.