Travel to the East would be incomplete without a visit to this island nation. A country which is probably one of the best managed countries in the world and definitely one of the cleanest with stringent laws for its upkeep, Singapore is a place that cherishes its past as it looks to the future.
LocationLocated at one of the crossroads of the world, Singapore's strategic position has helped it grow into a major center for trade, communications and tourism. Its geographical location is 136.8 km north of the equator, between latitudes 103 degrees 38' E and 104 degrees 06' E.
Linked to Malaysia by two causeway bridges, the key islands of the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia are just a quick ferry trip away. Thailand and the Philippines too are a short plane journey away and Singapore, with an airport served by more than 69 airlines, is very much the gateway to South-East Asia.
ClimateSingapore's climate is warm and humid, with only slight variations between the average maximum of 31 degrees Celsius and minimum of 23 degrees Celsius. This makes it ideal for those who enjoy sunbathing, swimming, sailing and other water sports. But for those who do not enjoy the tropical climate, Singapore is sheltered from the worst effects of the sun with air-conditioning in almost all of its shops, hotels, office buildings and restaurants.
Rain falls throughout the year, with more consistent rain coming during the monsoon season from November to January. Showers are usually sudden and heavy, but also brief and refreshing.