Over the last ten years, Singaporeans have made a concerted effort to improve the country's tourism potential, and on all counts they've been successful. There's an awful lot going on in this tiny island nation — in its beaches, museums, wildlife, water sports, Grand Prix, Dragon Boat races, incredible shopping sales, and the green haven of Sentosa, Singapore has much to offer at any time of year. Whether you're here for the day, a whole week, or just whizzing through Changi Airport, there's something for everyone.
Stop by the Raffles Hotel even if you can't afford the famous Singapore Sling for which it's famous. A remnant of British times, the hotel is beautifully maintained in all its colonial glory and is well worth a visit. If you love walking, make sure to check out Henderson Waves, an artistic pedestrian bridge which is beautifully lit up from dusk to dawn. For a night out on the town, head to the converted clubbing hotspot of St. James Power Station, or take in the more relaxed atmosphere at the Marina Bay where the casino complex, dozens of restaurants, nightclubs, and riverside walkway has something to suit every mood. If you're travelling with the kids, the city's Zoo, Night-time Safari, Jurong Bird Park, and Sentosa Island's Merlion are great spots to spend a few hours.
Singapore's squeaky clean reputation serves it well when it comes to the street food stalls. An alternative to the city's top-notch restaurants, these stalls are extremely cheap and serve a wide variety of pan-Asian fare encompassing Chinese cuisine, Indian food, and everything in between.
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Singapore's one and only airport is Changi International (SIN) which many consider to be a tourist destination in itself. With fountains, children's play areas, hotels, theatres, and indoor gardens, you will definitely need the airport map to find your way around. Flights form Vancouver (YVR), Toronto (YYZ), and Montreal (YUL) fly via stops like Seattle, Hong Kong, and Tokyo on the way to Singapore. Airlines connecting Canada with Singapore include Air Canada, United, Continental, Delta, American, Singapore Airlines, and Korean Air.
Only a few degrees from the equator, Singapore has a tropical climate with very little variation in seasons. It is sunny for most of the year with sudden showers during the day. An umbrella is an absolute necessity at any time of year, especially from November to January when the rainfall is sometimes continuous. The average temperature is between 24-30°C in the months of December and January, and between 26-32°C for the rest of the year. Even local Singaporeans find the combination of heat and humidity to be quite exhausting, so remember to stay well hydrated if you're spending a day walking about in the sun. Compared to the rest of the year, May to July is the driest period and this is the peak season for tourists. Other busy periods are also from November to Christmastime when tourists from the Indian sub-continent head over to the island.
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