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Asia Travel Wonders – Singapore and Malaysia and the ties that bind them

Singapore and Malaysia have very close ties. Aside from the fact that they border one another and share a lot of the same Malayan culture and traditions, the two countries were once one and the same.

It wasn’t so long ago when in 1963, Singapore successfully merged with other countries like Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia.

The merger was thought to benefit all the countries involved in the form of a common free market that would exist among the four members.

No matter how optimistic the countries were when they merged, they were still unable to stop the riots and bloodshed brought about by racial tensions between the people of Singapore who were against the merger and the other states of Malaysia.

It seemed then that the only hope for resolution was to separate Singapore from the rest of Malaysia. And so it was in August 9, 1965, the then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew announced that Singapore was a sovereign state once again, apart from the rest of Malaysia.

Present Day Singapore

After the Singapore regained its independence, it started to work on it own government once again. Though the first few years of renewed independence was shaky, the country has slowly gotten back on its feet and has become one of the most prosperous and beautiful countries in the world. The Singaporean economy takes much of its income from local and foreign trade as well as in tourism. The country is also proud of its history and the effects of previous colonial status continue to be event to this day.

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Tourist Spots worth Visiting in Singapore

Singapore is home to a multitude of tourist destinations. Each year the country filters through Millions of tourist tat some from neighboring countries and those that travel halfway around the world just to see Singapore up close.

Over the years Singapore has slowly gained recognition as the quintessential shopping destination where locals and tourist alike are able to get the best deals on the most coveted items. Singapore is also home to lush botanical gardens that boast of exotic Asian Fauna. A bustling night life also awaits the discerning traveler.

Tourists can sample local and internationally cuisine among the many local restaurants all over the Singaporean landscape. Beaches are also a major attraction in Singapore and people come from all over the world to get one of a kind beach experience.

Asia Travel Wonders – History of Singapore

Singapore is a Southeast Asian country that borders Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia. Like so many of its neighbors, Singapore suffered through the toils of colonization and wars. It has managed to weather through it all and is one of the most prosperous countries in the entire world.

History of Singapore

Singapore’s establishment is credited to one man and that is Prince Parmeswara. He named the land ‘Singapura’ after the Sanskrit word for lion. Parmeswara was later on driven out of Singapore. He then went to establish the sultanate of Malacca which used Singapore as an integral trading post.

The British came to Singapore and made it a colony in an attempt to balance out the negative effect that Dutch colonies have imposed on the British trading routes in Southeast Asia.

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Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles was a defining character in the formation of modern day Singapore as it was him who determined that the region would play a great role in the world trading.

After the British, Singapore fell under the short rule of the invading Japanese. After the Japanese surrendered, Singapore momentarily fell into a state of disarray, but soon recovered and went on to establish an independent government.

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