During the 14th century, Singapore flourished as a trading post with Chinese junks, Indian vessels, Arab dhows and Portuguese battleships frequenting its shores. Today Singapore is a predominantly Chinese society, with Malays, Indians and Europeans adding to the ethnic mix and the scene is one of shimmering skyscrapers and busy streets.
The influx of different cultures has made Singapore the culinary capital of Asia, with an incredible array of dishes and styles on offer. Sample the variety as you explore Chinatown and Little India, eating at hawker stalls or fine restaurants. After dark, take a dinner cruise, visit the theatre or stroll down to Robertson, Boat or Clarke Quay with its riverside restaurants, bars and clubs.
Dominating the skyline of Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Opened in 2010 the 200 metre high, three tower property with top class bars, restaurants, casinos and shops is set to become one of the most iconic images in Asia. New developments around the marina bay area are opening constantly and this has created a real buzz about Singapore.
Yellow fever - please note that if you are travelling to Singapore from a country that is considered to have a risk of yellow fever by the World Health Organisation (WHO) then you may be asked to provide proof of vaccination against the disease upon arrival. Please see the 'populations at risk' section of the WHO website for further details and consult with your GP for up to date advice. Http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs100/en/index.html.
Some prescribed and over the counter medicines available in the UK are considered controlled substances in Singapore. You must apply for prior authorisation and a permit at least ten working days before your travel date from the Singapore Health Sciences Authority in order to bring any such medication into Singapore. For medicines that do not contain a controlled substance, you may bring up to three months’ supply into Singapore without prior approval, but must bring supporting documents such as a letter from your doctor or a copy of the prescription as proof that the medicines are for your personal use. For more information please speak to your specialist.