Singapore is an enchanting land brimming with contradictions. It’s a bustling metropolitan centre with top-of-the-line shopping, nightlife and culture in the middle of a lush tropical land that reveres traditional, old-world values and customs. There’s a lot to plan if you’re travelling to Singapore, from finding a place to stay and deciding what to do to learning the local etiquette and laws. When travelling to Singapore, keep the following in mind:
Etiquette & Customs: Singapore is a very clean and orderly city, so you should respect these rules. Do not litter, smoke in public or chew gum. Because all of these things lead to litter and uncleanliness, they are frowned upon and are often accompanied by fines. Furthermore, tipping is not common and most places include a service charge in the price. It also is discouraged by the government in Singapore.
Ecotourism: The Singapore government has invested in being sustainable. Trees, shrubs, plants and flowers are seamlessly integrated into the urban city to protect the habitat of the mythical lions that gave the city its name, explains Frommer’s. In addition, there are a few preserves including bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Pulau Ubin and Sungei Buloh Nature Park.
Transportation: Transportation in Singapore includes trains, taxis and buses. The mass rapid transit train system is the fastest mode of transportation, according to YourSingapore.com, and most destinations are within walking distance of a station. Taxis are a good option if you don’t want to take the train or bus. They are metered and may have surcharges, so be sure to check with your driver about fares. The bus also covers most of Singapore. You can pay with exact change or you can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass.
Temperature & Weather: Because Singapore is very close to the equator, it does not have varying seasons. It also has a tropical rainforest climate, so it remains hot and humid all year long and has a lot of rainfall. Daytime temperatures are usually around 30 degrees Celsius and nighttime temperatures fall to 23 degrees Celsius.
Singapore has a wide variety of activities and places to see. From family-friendly fun to shopping and nightlife, Singapore has something for everyone. A few places to consider:
Safety should always be your first consideration when travelling. When visiting a different country, you need to be extra cautious about local laws and customs that may be different. Some laws to be aware of in Singapore include:
Outrage of Modesty: This law covers any immodest or inappropriate conduct in public places and may include penalties such as imprisonment, fines and corporal punishment. Men must behave appropriately toward women, and homosexual acts between men are illegal. Avoid foul language and inappropriate touching.
Drugs: Be sure to check what drugs (including over-the-counter drugs) are prohibited in Singapore, because they may have restricted substances that are common in Australia. If you have prescription medicines, you must apply for approval at least 10 days before arriving. Penalties are severe.
Before you leave on your trip, be sure to fill out any necessary paperwork and documents. Some items to consider include:
Singapore is a popular tourist destination, and hotels fill up quickly. Depending on your budget, you should book your hotel well in advance. Hotel suggestions include:
No matter what you do or where you stay, you are sure to have the time of your life in Singapore. Be sure to plan ahead for any mishaps by investing in travel insurance, and then let the city show you what it’s all about. Enjoy!
Annual rainfall and average temperatures representative of statistics gathered from World Bank for the host country or a continental sample; temperatures and rainfall gathered from a 20-year period between 1980 and 1999. Clock time does not take into account DST for other countries.