Singapore, the Island Country off Southern Malaysia, has emerged as a global financial hub
and serves as the ideal model for developing nations. The beautiful country embraces the
tropical climate and multiculturism. Singapore is also counted as the third biggest creditor
nation globally. Traveling in this country is quite hassle free, thanks to one of the best
public transport systems in the world. Thus, a Hop On Hop Off bus tour is an ideal way to
experience Singapore. The state is a perfect mix of the concrete jungle and the greenery.
Singapore invests a lot of money in keeping the ecosystem more natural. Here are some fun
facts about this exhilarating country.
The name Singapore is derived from the Sanskrit language, which means ‘The Lion City’. As
per the stories, once a prince of Palembang saw a creature which looked like a lion on the
island and named it ‘Singha Pura’. The irony is, there has never been a free roaming lion on
Counted in the 20 smallest countries in the world, with the total area covering 682.7 Sq
kms. The USA is 15000 times bigger than the state. Even after its small size Singapore holds
a strong grip in Southeast Asia.
Singapore has changed time zones since 1905. Yes, this is true! The State was ahead 7.5
hours of the GMT before 1982, after which it became 8 hours ahead. The story behind this
is that East Malaysia was at the time zone GMT +8 while West Malaysia was GMT +7.5. So,
Malaysia regularised it. Singapore did not want to be left alone in the 7.5-time zone, and
that is why they changed it!
Singapore is undoubtedly the ideal developed nation for its Southasian counterparts, and
one of the main reasons behind it is because the Singaporeans walk very fast. According to
a study by the British, Council Singaporeans can cover a distance of 18 meters in 10.55 secs
i.e., 6.15 km in an hour approximately! Fast walking is more working! The secret behind the
Singapore is out of the three City-States in the world. The other two are Monaco and
Vatican City. Both a country and a state, it becomes easier for the Singaporeans to put the
Singapore boasts of Multiculturism and multilinguism! The National language is Malay
whereas the four official languages are English, Tamil, Chinese and Malay!