Location, Climate: Singapore is a small Southeast Asian country that is situated on the southern part of Malay Peninsula. This city-state has 63 islands including the famous Singapore Island and has direct links to Johor, Malaysia. Just like any tropical country, Singapore has no distinct season so the weather is either dry or wet. Avoid going to Singapore during months of April and May when the climate gets too hot and during its monsoon season in November till January. Brief History: Singapore has been reigned by different empires since the 2nd century AD, but it was soon turned into a trading post by a British statesman in 1819. This city-state was controlled by the British for years but merged with Malaysia in 1963. Two years after that, Singapore finally became independent. Events, Landmarks, Activities: Because of its multicultural environment, Singapore celebrates many holidays and festivals. But the biggest and most attended event is the Chinese New Year or also called Lunar New Year, which is usually celebrated during the month of February. Other popular events include the Singapore Sun Festival,Singapore Food Festival and Singapore Jewel Festival. Experience different cultures by visiting Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam where one can find many local items and delicacies. The city's most famous family attractions include Sentosa Island, Singapore Zoo, Orchard Road, Marina Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens. Transportation: The best way to explore Singapore is by walking since most of the streets are pedestrian-friendly. Most of the locals prefer cycling and the MRT since they are faster and cheaper too. Avoid renting a car because the city is congested.