Singapore is an island nation state situated at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia and enjoys a year round tropical climate. It is home to about five million people and boasts of historical and cultural landmarks, bustling shopping centers and many more exciting tourist attractions. A vibrant, cosmopolitan city, you may enjoy a variety of food and cuisine from many parts of the world here that may appease your taste bud.
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Singapore’s currency is the Singapore dollar (S$ or SGD). You may get to the nearest money changer near the venue at Ashiqs Foreign Exchange at One@KentRidge, NUH Medical Centre #01-29.
It is safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, local supermarkets and grocers always have ample stock.
Singapore voltage is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. The power plugs used in Singapore are of the three-pin, square-shaped type.
English is the language primarily spoken in Singapore. Mandarin, Malay and Tamil, together with other dialects, are used as well.
Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65). While in Singapore and if you have international roaming service on your cell phone, you don’t have to press +(65) as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers here. There are two mobile phone networks - GSM900 and GSM1800 - and three mobile telephone service providers - SingTel, M1 and StarHub.
Smoking is prohibited in all air-conditioned areas (e.g. shopping centres, restaurants, cinemas, public buses, the MRT, taxis, lifts), common corridors, void decks and staircases within residential buildings, outdoor hospital compounds, as well as a 5-metre radius from any entrance/exit and bus shelter.
The public transport in Singapore is well connected with commuters able to choose between trains, taxis and buses.
Mass Rapid Transport (MRT)
This is a fast and efficient form of transport, with a train arriving every few minutes. Fares range from S$1.00 to S$2.00, from vending machines at the stations. Operating hours vary a little but trains run from around 05:15 to 00:15. It is recommended to check what time the last train leaves from the respective stations if you are planning a late night.
Bus fares range from S$1.00 to S$2.00. If you are paying in cash, please ensure you have the correct fare, as bus drivers do not give change. Alternatively, you can purchase an Ez-Link card, which is a stored-value fare card, from bus interchanges and MRT stations. Ez-Link cards may be used for bus and MRT fares.
Taxis can be flagged from hotels and taxi stands, as well as on the streets, if there are no taxi stands nearby and traffic is not disrupted. Flagged taxi fares start between S$3.00 and S$3.40 for the first 1km. There are additional charges for trips from Changi Airport (from S$5.00 onwards, depending on the time); to and fro from the Central Business District (S$3.00 from Monday to Saturday, 17:00 to midnight), Peak Hours (25% of the metered fare on Monday to Saturday from 06:00-09:30 & 18:00 to midnight); After Midnight (50% of the metered fare shown).
Advance booking numbers (booking surcharge varies from S$8.00 to S$18:00):
|Comfort CityCab||(65) 6552 1111|
|SMRT Taxis||(65) 6555 8888|
|Premier Taxis||(65) 6363 6888|
Tax Refund Schemes
To enjoy tax-free shopping in Singapore, simply look out for retailers that display the “Tax Refund” logo on their shop front and spend SG100 in a single receipt to qualify. More information can be found at the Tourist Refund Scheme page on the Singapore Customs website at www.customs.gov.sg.
Tipping is not widely practiced in Singapore as most hotels and restaurants apply a default 10% service charge.
Visa and Entry Facilities
Most foreigners coming into Singapore do not require a visa for entry and may be given social visit passes for up to 30 days upon their arrival in Singapore. However, it is best to consult your local consular office for the latest information with regard to coming into Singapore.
If you would like to stay in Singapore for a longer period, you may apply to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) upon your arrival. You should have a valid passport with at least six months validity, onward or return tickets, onward facilities (such as visas or entry permits) to your next destination, and sufficient funds for your stay in Singapore.
The list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Singapore may be found on the ICA’s website.
Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC (88ºF), dropping to around 24ºC (75ºF) in the evenings. The monsoon season can bear down pretty heavily on our tropical weather from November onwards, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period.
Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari
The Singapore Zoo is a wildlife park that is currently a home for 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles - a place where animals roam freely in their natural habitats. Located within the vicinity is the River Safari, offering an unforgettable adventure inspired by the world’s most iconic rivers from Mississippi to Mekong River. The park features over 6,000 animals of which 40 are threatened species including Singapore’s resident giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia. When the sun sets, the Night Safari comes alive when you visit the 1,000 nocturnal creatures in their naturalistic habitats.
Rates: Single-Passes / Multi-Pass
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a 21st century botanic garden that features a fascinating array of plant life in two cooled conservatories. The Flower Dome houses plant life from the Mediterranean region by replicating the cool dry climate found there while the Cloud Forest showcases the horticulture of flowers that can be found in tropical highlands that are up to 2,000 meters above sea level. This magical botanic garden offers a variety of dining options, retail shops and events all year round for your enjoyment.
Rates: S$28 for 2 conservatories
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
The island resort has an exciting array of day attractions like Skyline Luge, iFly, Trick Eye Museum, Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark, S.E.A. Aquarium and many more. There are also night attractions like Wings of Time - an award-winning outdoor night show set against the majestic open sea. Be mesmerized by a multi-sensory presentation of water display, laser show, fire effects and spectacular music as you soar through time and space in a magical adventure. For those seeking nightlife activities on Sentosa, you may just find what you’re looking for at one of its many beaches such as the Siloso Beach. You may get to Sentosa by the Monorail located at VivoCity, a cab or via a scenic cable car ride from Mount Faber.
Kampong Glam – Sultan Mosque
Embark on a free and easy tour to trace the history of the Muslim Community’s development in Singapore. In the 19th century, Sir Stamford Raffles allocated Kampong Glam to the Malays, Bugis traders and Arabs. Today, this place has become a thriving lifestyle shopping destination that is rich in history and culture. When you are in Kampong Glam, take a trip down to Sultan Mosque, which is easily identifiable with its massive golden dome and huge prayer halls.
Rates: Walking tour (guide cost involved)
Address: 3 Muscat Street, Singapore 198833
Asian Civilisations Museum
Housed in a historical building by the Singapore River, this museum tells the stories of Asian civilisations through its permanent collections. The Asian Civilisations Museum’s collection began with objects from the colonial Raffles Library and Museum. The major part was ethnological materials collected in Southeast Asia – examples of the crafts, tools, weapons, utensils, and costume of the Malay and other indigenous Southeast Asian cultures. There was also a small collection of Chinese objects. Collections in new areas were started in the 1990s – West Asia/the Islamic world, and South Asia – so that the ACM could fulfill its mission to highlight the roots of Singapore’s different ethnic groups in the various cultures and civilisations of Asia.
Visitor Services: Gallery tours at 11am; 2pm - Tel: +65 6332 7798
Open daily from 10am - 7pm, and 10am - 9pm on Fridays
Address: 1 Empress Place Singapore 179555
Hop on a City Tour Bus and let it bring you around parts of the iconic attractions in Singapore such as the China Town, Merlion Park, Botanic Gardens and the Singapore Flyer. It is definitely one of the most convenient ways to get to know the city life in Singapore within a day!
For more information on Singapore, please visit the Singapore Tourism Board at http://www.visitsingapore.com/en.html
Source: Singapore Tourism Board (http://www.visitsingapore.com/en.html)