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Buses / coaches into Malaysia (KL / Malacca) run from Brunei, Indonesian Borneo, Singapore and Thailand. Please see the relevant c... moreMalaysia overview
A former British colony, Malaysia, as the rising star of South-East Asia, neighbored with Thailand in the west, Singapore in the S... moreTaiwan Climate
Located in the subtropical climate zone, Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. The weather is fluctuated during spring... moreTaiwan Overview
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The hotel was Located close to Bomun subway station, just a 5-min straight way. Its 5 mins walk from Bomum train/undergr... moreBayview Langkawi [2 Reviews]
Overall, a nice hotel to stay in. good location and nice food... if they provide better service would be great, Doesnt m... moreNew Otani Sapporo [1 Reviews]
This hotel was not too much luxury but nice and kind. Its location was fine. I could get Sapporo Central Station in just... moreEast Asia Macau [1 Reviews]
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697.1 sq km (269 sq miles).
4.6 million (official figure 2007).
6,584 per sq km.
Singapore City State. Population: 4.6 million (2007).
Republic gained full independence in1965. The island of Singapore is situated off the southern extremity of the Malay Peninsula, to which it is joined by causeways carrying road, railway and water pipe. The Johor Strait between the island and the Malaysian mainland is about 1km (0.8 miles) wide. The Republic of Singapore consists of 63 islands and islets. It is a mainly flat country with low hills, the highest being Bukit Timah at 163m (545ft). In the northeast of the island, and in the urban district, large areas have been reclaimed, and much of the original jungle and swamp covering the low-lying areas has been cleared.
Mandarin Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and speak English, which is used as the main language of communication.
Taoist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim.
GMT + 8.
Handshaking is the usual form of greeting, regardless of race. Social courtesies are often fairly formal. When invited to a private home or entering a temple or mosque, remove your shoes. For private visits, a gift is appreciated and, if on business, a company souvenir is appropriate. Dress is informal. Most first-class restaurants and some hotel dining rooms expect men to wear a jacket and tie in the evenings; a smart appearance is expected for business meetings. Evening dress for local men and women is unusual. Each of the diverse racial groups in Singapore has retained its own cultural and religious identity while developing as an integral part of the Singapore community. Laws relating to jaywalking, littering and chewing gum are strictly enforced in urban areas. Smoking is widely discouraged and illegal in enclosed public places (including restaurants). Dropping a cigarette end in the street or smoking illegally can lead to an immediate fine.
220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plug fittings of the three-pin square type are in use. Many hotels have 110-volt outlets.
Head of Government:
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong since 2004.
Head of State:
President S R Nathan since 1999, re-elected in 2005.
In both January 1997 and September 2001, opposition parties decided to contest only a small proportion (about one-third) of the 83 seats. Unsurprisingly, the People Action Party (PAP) won both polls comfortably. Goh was widely expected to stand down in favour of Lee Junior finally doing so in August 2004. In September 2005, S R Nathan began his second six-year term as President of Singapore. He won the election after the other contenders were disqualified for not meeting the strict selection criteria. Singapore staged the high profile IMF/World Bank meeting in 2006, and its first F1 Grand Prix in 2008.
(a) Not all Muslim festivals listed above are national holidays, but all will affect Muslim businesses. Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Hari Raya Puasa (Eid al-Fitr), Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Hari Raya Puasa itself. Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji (Eid al-Adha) may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the town.
(b) Hindu festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is only possible to forecast the month of their occurrence.
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