Singapore is a tropical island city-state located in Southeast Asia, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, south of the Malaysian border. Singapore is considered a city, a nation, and a state. It spans only 424 sq. miles (683 km2). Its small size (it’s about 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC) allows for quick and easy travel throughout the country. Due to it being a former colony and a multicultural nation (Chinese make up 77% of the population, East Indians 8%, Malays 14%), Singapore provides a blend of different cultures, food, architecture, religion, language, and art.
Approximately 5.6 million people live and work in Singapore, making it the 2nd most heavily populated nation worldwide after Monaco.
After its independence, Singapore became one of the most affluent countries with strong global trading partnerships. For instance, its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the equivalent of many wealthy European countries.
Although Singapore does not top the list of countries with the lowest medical care costs, it is still more than 50% cheaper than medical care in the U.S.
For years Singapore has attracted traveling patients from around the globe with its world-class healthcare system and English-speaking doctors.
Singapore’s majestic landscapes and iconic landmarks make it a popular tourist destination. It also does not have the poverty and lack of development associated with India, and the pollution and toxic waste that Bangkok is known for, which puts it in a class of its own.
Currently, the Joint Commission International has accredited 22 hospitals and medical facilities in Singapore, which offer various services. These procedures range from dental, orthopedics, urology, dermatology, cardiology, sports medicine, ophthalmology, endocrinology, and cosmetic procedures to alternative medicines such as traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbal remedies.
Singapore has many official languages: English, Malay, Tamil, and Chinese (Mandarin). Singapore´s official language of business is English.
Singapore is only 1 degree north of the equator, so its climate is tropical. The weather conditions are hot and humid throughout the year. Singapore has a couple of monsoon seasons: the South-Western season from June to September and the North-Eastern season from December to March. The rainy season arises in November and December.
For some nations, a visa application to Singapore may be required. For these individuals, it is advised to contact the nearest Singapore Embassy.
Changi International Airport (airport code: SIN) is regarded as one of the finest airports and can handle over 60 to 70 million passengers each year. It is served by over 80 airlines that go to 180 cities and over 50 nations.
The following airlines have flights to Singapore:
Cathay Pacific Airways
Royal Brunei Airways
Royal Dutch Airlines
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Thai Airways International
Cybercafes are commonly used in major cities and towns. Big hotels and a lot of private hospitals throughout the nation have Broadband Internet connections.
Singapore has been called a tourist magnet which was beautifully designed by the ingenious skills of its people, and even though it’s not large, there are various sightseeing activities to pick from. Suntec City has the largest man-made fountain, and the world´s tallest man-made waterfall is in Jurong Bird Park. Night Safari also has its designation as the first nighttime zoo. Similar to Malaysia, Singapore has a lively Chinatown and Little India.