Twenty-six miles across, the island of Singapore is connected to Johor, Malaysia, by causeways. This tiny city-state has poured resources into a revitalized harbor district. Most people are aware of Singapore’s robust economy and eerily spotless rapid transit system; they may be less familiar with its Arab Quarter, raucous food stalls and centuries-old temples. Singapore is the world’s third-largest port, and Changi Airport is the aviation hub for Southeast Asia and is consistently rated among the world’s best.
To phone hotels in Singapore, dial 011 (international access) + 65 (Singapore code) + local numbers in listings.
Singapore dollar (SGD). Fluctuating rate valued at SGD1.39 = US$1.00 as of October 2016.
The climate is hot and humid year-round. May and June are the hottest months, while the November and December monsoon season has the highest rainfall.
Singapore, Tel. 6476-9100.
Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.
12 hours ahead of New York (EST). (Time listed is for DST in the West. Difference is one hour more November to mid-March.)