Situated at the center of the historic Far East trade route, Singapore is a cosmopolitan of nearly five million people and a melting pot of diverse cultures-English, Malay, Indian and Chinese. Because of this diversity, Singapore has English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese as its official languages. From its breathtaking temples and parks to bustling shopping malls and hawker markets, Singapore's cultural riches are as colorful and varied as its people.
Singapore has consistently awed its visitors with world class hospitality. For those who wish to be in the midst of the throbbing metropolis, a good place to stay is Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel at Marina Bay. Barely 20 minutes away from Changi International Airport, the Pan Pacific is near the Suntec City Mall and other major shopping malls. The world famous Raffles Hotel is not to be missed either. Considered as the top gem of Singapore's hotels, it has been called the "Ultimate Address for the Luxury Traveler." Several other hotels and hostels offer world-class accommodations that suit one's whim and budget. For the budget conscious, Grand Central Hotel, located at the very heart of Orchard Road shopping district, will fit the bill.
An enjoyable stay in Singapore is made complete with a visit to Sentosa Island. Once a British Fort, the entire island has been transformed into a top tourism attraction, with cable cars to transport visitors from the mainland. Aside from several attractions which include the popular Sentosa Merlion statue, Sentosa Island also boasts of the only golf course that is open to the public, the Sentosa Golf Club. Visitors who opt to spend the night on the island can choose from world class accommodations such as the luxurious Capella Singapore and the Rasa Sentosa Resort, operated by Shangri-la Hotels.