Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore is an Island-nation in Southeast Asia. It’s extremely lavish and very cool. Everything is big, bigger and better. Even the airport is something worth visiting. In fact, Singapore has established itself as the #1 “layover city” when traveling to/from Southeast Asia. They offer great 6-hour tours during long layovers; which my friend and I took when we were traveling through Southeast Asia. It’s definitely worth checking out, even if during a quick layover.

Country Guide
Know Before You Go

Language

The official language of Singapore is Malay however most Singaporean’s speak at least two languages and a large percentage are fluent in English.

When to Visit

Singapore is fine to visit year-round. The best time to go to Singapore is during its dry season, which falls between February and April. Singapore is also nice during its “wet season”, though, as it only rains a slight bit more during this time.

Currency

The currency in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar. ATM’s are safe and readily available. Most stores, hotels & big restaurants will take credit card payment but be sure to have some cash on you for local vendors and taxis.

Transportation

Public transportation in Singapore is great. Cabs are readily available and reasonably priced. Its mass-transit is also efficient, affordable & reliable.

Safety

Singapore ranks as one of the safest countries in the world and is ideal for solo female travelers.

Enjoy the Airport!

Singapore Changi International Airport is ranked the best in the world. It’s a great airport for layovers. The airport features: a live butterfly garden, movie theatre and rooftop pool – just to name a few things. There’s also an airport tour of Singapore available to tourists if their layover is more than 6 hours.

What to Pack

Here’s a list of what to pack for Singapore; not including the stuff that you’d normally carry:  

Power Adaptor: The power plugs & sockets in Singapore are type G. 

The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

 
Clothes: The weather is warm & humid in Singapore year round. Be sure to bring light & breathable clothing. You’ll be walking around a lot in the heat and many of the tourist attractions can get very, very hot. 

Water Bottle: Singapore is super hot, and you’ll be walking a lot so it’s a good idea to bring a reusable water bottle with you to refill along the way.

Experiences

Singapore is known for its lavish and over the top architecture + delicious food and fun nightlife. Here’s a short list of experiences that you should be sure to check off during your visit.

 

  1. Gardens by the Bay: This is a #1 can’t-miss in Singapore and should be visited both during the day and at night if your itinerary allows. It’s a crazy cool combination of flowers + architecture that will literally make your jaw drop. 

  2. Marina Bay Sands: This hotel is built to look like a boat and is located next to Gardens by the Bay. It’s a really unique piece of architecture and offers great views of the city from the top. Non-hotel guests are allowed to the roof to drink & chill if they’d like. 

  1. Visit Pulau Ubin: a small Island off the coast of Singapore. It’s a great escape from city life and a reminder of what Singapore looked like just a few short decades ago, before it became what it is today. 

  1. Walk Around Like a Local: Check out all of the culturally diverse neighborhoods that Singapore has to offer. 

  1. Eat a Meal at Hawker Center: A local market with many stalls that offer a variety of local foods to choose from. Hawker Center is reasonably priced and a great way to experience the local food.

  1. Experience Chinese Culture: Pay a visit to China Town and experience a blend of old + new architecture.

  1. Enjoy the Nightlife at Clarke Quay: Clarke Quay is super lively at night and attracts both expats and locals. 

  1. Go to the Singapore Botanic Gardens: A trip here will make you feel like you’ve left the city and gone someplace else. It’s Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  1. Do Some Shopping on Orchard Road: Orchard Road is usually full of shoppers and tourists that want to check out the luxury stores. There are also many restaurants & coffee shops nearby. 

  2. Watch the Spectra Light & Water Show: This is a 15 minute light show that happens every night near Marina Bay Sands. It’s a mesmerizing display of lights, projections & water.

Fast Facts

Here are some basic facts about Singapore that you may not have already known:

  1. Singapore is the most religiously diverse country in the world with the population observing Buddhists, Christians, folk religions, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, a mix of many other religions.

  2. Singapore is made of 64 islands – including the mainland island. The other 63 islands, outside of the mainland are largely uninhabited.

  3. Singapore is one of the top 20 smallest countries in the world. 

  4. It’s home to the world’s first night zoo. In Singapore, you can go to the zoo at night to see the nocturnal animals in action. 

  5. Chewing gum is forbidden in singapore. 

  6. Singapore is the only island-city-state in the world. 

  7. The airport is home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. 

  8. Car use is discouraged by the government and owners have to pay a large fine to get it certified to drive. This is because they currently have too many cars on the road and are attempting to control it.

Budget Suggestions

 

Item

Budget Travel

Mid-Range

High End

Notes

Accommodation

$15 – $45/Night (Hostel Dorm)

$45-$100/Night 

(Private Hostel Room or Budget Hotel)

$100+ 

(Nice Hotel)

The sky’s the limit in Singapore but nice hotels start at around $100/night and go up from there. 

Food

$4 – $10/pp

(Local Food)

$15- $40/pp
(average restaurant)

$40+/pp
(high-end restaurant)

Meal costs vary; a nice meal would start at $40 but could cost more.

Alcohol

$8 – $12
(Domestic)

$14 – $20
(Imported Drinks)

The government of Singapore places hefty taxes on alcohol, which drives the cost up.

Transportation

$.60 – $2 for a 1-way ticket on mass-transit .

$.70/kilometer for a taxi. Most trips within the mainland will cost $4-$8.

Unlimited passes for mass transit (buses, trains) available to tourists – they cost approx. $10/day.

Explore from Home

With COVID-19 and the change that the travel landscape has recently seen, I decided to make some virtual resources available for those who want to satisfy their wanderlust and explore Singapore from home. If you have a trip to Singapore planned; then these can serve as great tools for getting amped for your trip! 

– Visit Singapore’s Museums from home on visitingsingapore.com.

– Check out this drone footage of Singapore in 4K on Youtube.