Beginners Guide to Singapore

Singapore is one of the world’s quickest growing economic giants but has been named one of the  most expensive city to live in. City became independent from the British in 1965. City is very expensive by Southeast Asian standards and its mostly just a stop over and not a main destination. There’s a lot to do here and its full of fun activities for all ages of travelers. Singapore is a very diverse city that modernized into a tech hub from its origins as a fishing village.

Before you go:

  • Stock up on duty-free alcohol
  • It’s worth buying a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited bus and train rides for 1-3 days.

Things to See and Do:

  • Boat Quay – is one of the major trendy food and nightlife spot  in Singapore
  • Hawker centers are open-air complexes housing many stalls that sell a variety of inexpensive food. They can be usually found near public housing estates or transport hubs. 3 of the best are at Maxwell Road, Newton Circus, and Lau Pa Sat
  • Marina Bay Sands complex (or ‘that boat building’)- Singapore iconic spot. Make sure to catch the elevator to Ku De Ta and get access to those stunning views.
  • Gardens by the Bay – A must see garden with fascinating plants and flowers. A good outing for the family
  • Sentosa Island – Catch the cable car to Sentosa from Harbourfront for a fantastic view. And later get some sun at the beach.
  • Chinatown –  is a sharp contrast to the rest of the city. Chinatown is a bustling mix of old and new
  • Thian Hock Keng Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore and dedicated to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea.
  • Botanic Gardens – a lovely, peaceful way to spend time it the city
  • Little India – vibrant and colorful part of Singapore. You will find here a lot of amazing food, temples, shops, cheap clothing and souvenirs.
  • Pulau Ubin –  island off eastern Singapore and often considered the last ‘kampung’ (village) in Singapore. This day-trip is often skipped by tourists  but its a paradise for nature lovers
  • Holland village – great spot for food and drinks
  • Orchard Road – shopping heaven. A 2.2-km stretch of road boasting 22 malls and 6 department stores

Singapore facts:

  • You will be able to speak English to Singaporeans, most of whom are fluent in it.
  • Singapore has some of the best public transportation. Getting around is a breeze.
  • Singapore is hot and humid all year-round
  • Singapore is widely considered a mecca for shoppers
  • Hawker stalls, street vendors and shopping mall food courts offer amazing food options
  • You are not allowed to smoke in all air-conditioned places
  • The Singapore dollar is used here and notes come in denominations 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.
  • Visitors can register for a free public Wi-Fi account with their foreign mobile numbers at any Wireless@SG hotspot. Overseas charges may apply.
  • You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards.
  • Tourists can claim a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your purchases if you spend more than $100 at any participating shops.
  • The standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and you can use power plugs with three square prongs here.
  • Tipping is encouraged when you experience good service


Beginners Guide to Singapore

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