Singapore, sometimes referred to as the “Lion City”, the “Garden City” or the “little Red Dot” is a city-state located in the Southeast Asia. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty and delicious food, good shopping heaven and a vibrant night-life scene, this beautiful city makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.
Singapore’s tropical climate welcomes both business and leisure travelers year round. The island republic’s excellent infrastructure enables visitors to enjoy its many sites and attractions in a safe, clean and green environment. Award winning Changi Airport provides and enable airlinks to major cities around the world. The train and subway systems are clean, fast and efficient. In addition, its state-of-the-art cruise terminal has established Singapore as one of the premier cruising centers of South East Asia and an exciting port of call on any Asian cruise itinerary.
Singapore is an island which is warm and humid all year round with an average temperature ranging from 24 degree Celsius to 31 degree Celsius. Rainfall is mostly consistent throughout the year with the exception of November to January as it is the monsoon season and the summer month of June to August are the driest and hottest time in Singapore.
Visitor won’t have to fret too much about the dressing for the weather in Singapore. Keep it light, comfortable and cool, and don’t forget your sunnies.
Many visitors to Singapore do not require a visa for entry. For more information on visa requirement and the Visa Free Transit Facility, kindly visit https://www.ica.gov.sg/#/ or the Singapore Overseas Mission closest to you. The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement in your passport.
Tourist however should have a valid passport (minimum 6 months validity), onward / return tickets, onward facilities (Visas, entry permit and etc.) to their next destination and sufficient funds for their stay in Singapore.
There are four official language in Singapore; Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. You will be able to speak English to Singaporeans, most of whom are fluent in it. Many Singaporeans also speaks an additional language, usually Mandarin Chinese, Malay or Tamil.
The local currency is Singapore Dollars and notes come in denomination of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$1,000 and S$10,000. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and S$1. There are money changer in most of the shopping mall, if there is a need to exchange for local currency, just drop by to the malls for this service.
There are also Automated Teller Machine (ATM) along the street or mall in Singapore. Therefore, tourist are able to withdraw money from the appointed bank for cash withdrawal. However, do check with your local bank regarding bank charges or any admin charges.
Getting around Singapore
Singapore’s public transport is efficient and fast and will whizz you to most places without fuss. There are 3 mode of transport available for tourist, Train, Taxi and Bus. All 3 mode of transport allow tourist to travel to all the Singapore’s key attraction easily without any hassle. For more information, kindly visit http://www.visitsingapore.com
Places of Interest
Singapore itself is a destination that one must travel, let alone the many sights and activities it has to offer. Experiencing the nature and close to wildlife, Singapore Zoological Garden are able to provide tourist the experience of over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. As dusk falls, the shutters open at the Night Safari, welcoming you into the world of nocturnal creatures and their dimly-lit homes. Located next to Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. In between Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, River Safari allow you to explore the world’s river as well as giant panda Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the Giant Panda Forest.
Apart from nature and wildlife, Sentosa Island have lots of activities that is suitable for multi-generation interaction such as Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore Sea Aquarium and many more; The three Quays along Singapore River that offer all the food and night life one could ever dream of; Orchard Road is the shoppers heaven – with almost endless shopping malls, it will satisfy the most discerning shoppers.
Singapore is a shopper’s paradise. Any item can be found in one of many department stores or along the local markets. A good number of department stores and some smaller shops are open daily from 1000H to 2100H or 2200H. Every June-July, it’s the best time to visit Singapore as most of the department stores will be having Great Singapore Sales which most of the item will be on discounted rate!
Eating Out and Night Life
Singapore is a food heaven as well as has some of the world’s finest international cuisine and restaurants. From hawker to high end restaurant, tourist are able to enjoy the local food such as Chicken Rice, Laksa, Satay and etc.
Singapore night life can be described as vibrant and exciting with everything from many international famous and respected nightclubs through to boutique micro-breweries. Along Clarke Quay or Boat Quay, there are a lot of pubs available for you to have a chill-out with friend and family. There are also famous night club such as Zouk which is suitable for people who love to party!
There will be a yearly ZoukOut event which is the Asia’s largest beach music festival which feature all the famous Djs to party all night long!
There are 2 Integrated Resort (IR) in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa. Both IR feature gaming-integrated hotels, together with convention facilities, entertainment shows, theme park, luxury retail and fine dining.
Person entering the casino must be 21 years or older.
Law and Order
Singapore is known for its cleanliness and low crime rate due as well as strong penalties for what are usually considered minor offenses in other developed nations. As a tourist, it is better to keep on the right side of the law to enjoy your holiday. Do take note that smoking is not permitted in public service vehicle, museums, libraries, lifts, theatres, cinemas, air-conditioned, restaurants, hair salons, supermarket, department stores and government offices. Offender can be fined up to SGD$1,000.
For more information on Singapore, kindly visit www.visitsingapore.com