Singapore is a popular tourist destination for its many shopping malls, natural beauty, resorts and exciting nightlife. Thousands of tourists from different parts of the Asian continent as well as the world visit this place every year. It is a city-state and enjoys an exclusive status of being the most happening economic hub of the continent.
Location and Geography
Singapore is an island country located south of the Malay Peninsula. It is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor. The country is made up of 63 islands and though the city is highly urbanized, rainforest covers more than 50% of its landscape.
The Singapore government has undertaken the policy to expand the size of the state through land reclamation. The current landmass of the country stands at 704 square kilometers. Urbanization has destroyed most of the rainforest of the country and now only 23% of the total landmass of the state belongs to forests and national reserves.
The city enjoys a typical tropical climate, which is warm year round with a comfortable winter season.
It is a favorite beach destination. Its natural beaches were destroyed during the process of land reclamation. So, most of Singapore’s existing beaches are man made. Given below is a list of its main beaches:
- East Coast Park Beach
- Punggol Beach: It is a historical World War II massacre site
- Sembawang Park
- West Coast Park
- Pasir Ris Park
- Changi Beach
Tourism in Singapore
Tourism is the most important business in Singapore. It is full of excitements and adventures to keep tourists from different walks of life engrossed. Over 990,000 international visitors had visited the city during February 2011.
It is regarded as one of the safest tourist destinations in the world. The crime rate in the state against tourists is significantly low. English is a widely spoken language which further helps in attracting large number of western tourists to the country. The place is known for its endless options for shoppers and food lovers. However, it also happens to be a famous destination for Eco tourism.