Approximately 5.2 million people reside in just 700 square kilometres of Singapore, making it the world's third most densely populated country. Social customs in Singapore differ greatly from the Western world with formal politeness very uncommon, while revealing clothing completely acceptable. Interestingly enough, the locals are more socially conservative and public displays of affection are not appreciated. Visitors should remove their shoes before entering a home or place of worship. Swastikas are also quite common in Hindu and Buddhist temples and is used as a religious symbol rather than a symbol of anti-Semitism or Nazism and visitors should not be offended.
Singapore is home to a range of fantastic attractions that keep visitors coming back including some wonderful beaches on the east coast as well as on Sentosa and the southern islands. Chinatown, Little India and Arab St offer a fantastic taste of local cuisine while Bras Basah offers a range of historical museums and buildings. Orchard road is the place to shop til you drop and be mesmerised by the glittering skyscrapers while the Gardens by the Bay, Botanical Gardens and Chinese and Japanese Gardens help to earn the city the reputation of the 'Garden City'. There are a great range of natural attractions as well including the Singapore Zoo, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Jurong Bird Park and of course, while visiting Singapore you can't miss the amazing places of worship including the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, the Sri Mariamman Hindu temple, the Burmese Buddhist Temple, the Thian Hock Keng temple and the Masjid Sultan.