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Flight Time to Singapore from the UK
Approx 11 hours 45 min to Singapore.

Singapore is a diamond-shaped island with surrounding smaller islands. There are two connections from Singapore to the Malaysian state of Johor - a man-made causeway known as the Causeway to the north, crossing the Tebrau Straits, and Tuas Second Link, a bridge in the western part of Singapore that connects to Johor. Jurong Island, Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin and Sentosa are the largest of Singapore's many smaller islands. The highest point of Singapore is Bukit Timah Hill, with a height of 166 metres (538 ft).

The urban area used to be concentrated on the southern part of Singapore around the mouth of the Singapore River, while the rest of the land was tropical rainforest or used for agriculture. Since the 1960s, the government has constructed new towns in outlying areas, resulting in an entirely built-up and urban landscape with a few exceptions, such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. In addition, Singapore has reclaimed land with earth obtained from its own hills, the seabed and neighbouring countries. As a result, Singapore's land area grew from 581.5 square kilometres (224.5 sq mi) in the 1960s to 697.2 square kilometres (269.1 sq mi) today, and may grow by another 100 square kilometres (38.6 sq mi) by 2030.

Without natural freshwater rivers and lakes, the primary domestic source of water in Singapore is rainfall, collected in reservoirs or catchment areas. Rainfall supplies approximately 50% of Singapore's water; the remainder is imported from Malaysia or obtained from recycled water facilities, a product called NEWater and desalination plants. More NEWater and desalination plants are being built or proposed to reduce reliance on foreign supply.

Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinct seasons, under the Kppen climate classification. Its climate is characterised by uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity and abundant rainfall. Temperatures range from 22C to 34C (72-93F). On average, the relative humidity is around 90% in the morning and 60% in the afternoon. During prolonged heavy rain, relative humidity often reaches 100%. The lowest and highest temperature recorded in its maritime history is 18.4C (65.1F) and 37.8C (100.0F) respectively.

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Singapore is unique, blending Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions in a modern Far East metropolis that would rival any western shore. Don't let the size of this city-state deceive you - within its patchwork districts you'll find an island of contrasts, where colourful temples and pockets of leafy, botanical gardens stand with colonial monuments and the gleaming architecture of tomorrow.

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Cosmopolitan Singapore is an intoxicating blend of traditional and modern, east meets west and conceals a multitude of attractions behind its hi-tech faade.

A unique, dynamic city with contrast and colour, Singapore has plenty to offer its visitors: everything from culture and cuisine to arts and architecture. Serene gardens reside among sleek skyscrapers, and a Chinese temple, Muslim mosque, Hindu temple and Christian church all sit beside each other in the same neighbourhood. Made up of one main island and 63 surrounding islets, Singapore is located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesian islands to the south, and Thailand and the Philippines to the north. The city's location, friendly people, excellent facilities, shopping, fascinating cultures and tourist attractions ensure it's a prime destination. And you really can't leave without a taste of the famous Singapore Sling.

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The handsome colonial buildings of the centre are a delight to stroll around before taking a river trip on the 'bum boats', once used to take goods to the warehouses. Visit the famous Raffles Hotel, where a singapore sling in the Long Bar is essential. Wander the different ethnic neighbourhoods Raffles created (he founded modern Singapore) and soak up their unique atmosphere. Shop everywhere from rickety markets to hi-tech malls, and eat everywhere from street-corner stalls to top-class hotel restaurants: Cantonese, French, Thai, Italian, Japanese, Pacific Rim, fusion cuisine - Singapore has it all. A causeway links Singapore to the pleasure island of Sentosa, home to a fabulous water park, great golf courses and Asia's biggest aquarium. On the mainland, take the brilliant cable car trip to Mount Faber. You'd never believe there was so much to do in this bustling little city state on the tip of the Malaysian peninsula. -

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Shopping, the closest thing to a national sport, with around two hundred shopping malls and countless characterful independent shops.

The food - befitting its position as the 'crossroads of Asia' the city'' cosmopolitan blend of cultural influences is reflected in its cuisine, prepared with sublime skill and an unmistakeable passion. Try the sensational chilli crab!

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The colonial treasures and fascinating ethnic quarters, each with its own distinctive atmosphere and architecture.

The Botanic Gardens with its magnificent orchids, and Sentosa Island, two miles of white sand beaches and lush rainforest where the flora and fauna are wonderfully accessible.

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Public Holidays in Singapore
Mon Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Tues Jan 2 - Hari Raya Haji (Feast of Sacrifice)
Sun Feb 18 - Chinese New Year (2 days Mon-Sat)
Fri Apr 6 - Good Friday
Tue May 1 - Labour Day
Thurs May 31 - Vesak Day (Buddha Day)
Thurs Aug 9 - National Day
Sat Oct 31 - Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan)
Thurs Nov 8 - Deepavali
Thurs Dec 20 - Hari Raya Haji
Tue Dec 25 - Christmas Day

Visa Requirements for Singapore
Entry requirements for UK nationals: British passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Singapore for a stay of up to 30 days, providing a free Social Visit Pass is obtained on arrival. Extensions are possible for a fee of S$40.

Getting around Singapore is effortless: the public transportation system is among the best in the world and taxis are cheap. Very few visitors rent cars.

If you are staying in Singapore for some time, a farecard called ez-link [37] might be a worthwhile purchase. You can store value on it and use it to enter and exit the MRT and buses at a 15% discount, and you get a 25c discount on transfers too. The card costs $15, including $7 of stored value and a $3 refundable deposit, and the card can be "topped up" in increments of at least $10 at the farecard vending machines or at the numerous 7-Eleven's in the city). Alternatively, the Visitors Card [38] also includes ez-link card functionality and a variety of discounts for attractions; prices start at $45 for 3 days.

Singapore is one of the safest major cities in the world in terms of crime and personal safety. Most people, including single female travellers, will not face any problems walking along the streets alone at night.

Singapore's squeaky cleanliness is achieved in part by strict rules against activities that are tolerated in other countries. For example, jay-walking, spitting, littering, and drinking and eating on public transport are prohibited. Locals joke about Singapore being a fine city because heavy fines are levied if one is caught committing an offence. Look around for sign boards detailing the Don'ts and the fines associated with these offenses, and heed them. Enforcement is however sporadic at best, and it is a common sight to see locals openly litter, spit, smoke in non-smoking zones, etc. Chewing gum, famously long banned, is now available at pharmacies if you ask for it directly, show your ID and sign the register. (Importing it is, theoretically, still an offense though.)

For some crimes, most notably illegal entry and overstaying your visa for over 90 days, Singapore imposes caning as a punishment. This is no slap on the wrist: strokes from the thick rattan cane are excruciatingly painful, take weeks to heal and scar for life.

Homosexual contact is illegal with a theoretical punishment of life in prison and/or caning. Although laws against gay sex are rarely enforced and there is a fairly vibrant gay community, gays should expect legalized discrimination and unaccepting attitudes from locals and government officials.