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Singapore

Pictures by QT Luong

[Central Business District]
[Marina Bay Sands]
[Bugis]
[National Botanical Gardens]
[Faber and Sentosa]

Singapore is a city-state located on a small (710 sq km) island at the tip of the Malay Peninsula. Thanks to its strategic location, discovered by the British in 1819, Singapore has become the world's busiest port, and one of the richest countries, consistenty in the top 5 by GDP per capita. Singapore's efficiency and cleanliness (all enforced by a strict array of rules and penalties) are legendary: there are no traffic jams despite Singapore being the second most densely populated country (after Monaco), no litter nor graffiti. Besides the reknown shopping and food, there is a medley of cultural influences to explore, and a surprising amount of greenery. In 2010, I concluded a trip down the Malay Peninsula by a 24 hour stay in Singapore.

Themes: Malaysia and Singapore World Heritage Sites, Singapore Botanical Gardens

Places: Asian Cities