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Singapore Travel Guide | Everything You Should Know Before Visiting Singapore

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Here’s an ultimate Singapore Travel Guide featuring travel tips, top attractions, recommended accommodations for all budgets, entry requirements and more. Experience the best of the city!  

Singapore Travel Guide – Singapore is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Asia. The amazing skyscrapers, fascinating gardens, beautiful islands, cultural blend, well developed infrastructure, boosting corporate sector and interesting shopping arenas has made this Lion City a very prominent part of Asia. If you are planning to visit Singapore or considering it as one of the destinations you would want to visit, here’s an ultimate Singapore Travel Guide which will provide you all the useful insights that you must know before traveling to this wonderful city.

Singapore Travel Guide 2019

Best Time To Visit Singapore

You can visit Singapore anytime throughout the year. It’s summer all year round with consistent temperature of about 25 Degree Celsius to 35 Degree Celsius and it’s also generally humid. I would still recommend you to visit during the year end between September and December, it might rain in these months but its also comparatively cooler than the other months.

Singapore hosts the Grand Prix event for Formula 1 motor race every year in the month of September.

Entry Requirements For Singapore

Travelers who are citizens of Europe, United States, Australia, Norway,  South Korea and Switzerland can visit Singapore without a visa and stay up to 90 days. The Singapore Immigration Authorities have two lists of nationals Assessment I and Assessment II. If your country is not a part of these lists you can travel to Singapore visa free. The ones on this list will have to apply for an e-visa or contact an authorized visa agent to get their visas processed. You can check out these lists on the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website https://www.ica.gov.sg/ .

Where To Stay In Singapore

Singapore has various options for accommodations ranging from high-end luxury hotels, exotic boutique hotels to budget friendly hotels. Since Singapore is well connected by the MRT Rail system, it’s very easy to commute within the city from whichever area you are staying. If you are on a budget you should be looking for hotels in Little India, Bugis or China Town. These areas are very lively, close to many eateries and budget shopping stores.

Here are some of the most recommended accommodations in Singapore that are located near all the major tourist spots;

Hostel: The Bohemian

Budget: Royal Lodge

Boutique Hotel:  Quincy Hotel

Mid Range:  Pan Pacific

Luxury: Marina Bay Sands

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Language

Language in not a barrier in Singapore. English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil are the official languages in Singapore. Most locals in Singapore are fluent in English and may also be well versed in Mandarin, Malay or Tamil.

Currency

Singaporean Dollar (SGD) is the currency used in Singapore and according to the current official exchange rate 1 USD is 1.35 SGD. You can get your currency exchanged at any money exchange outlets or bank. However, the banks may charge a flat fee of SGD 3 per transaction.

List of Top Attractions to Visit in Singapore – Singapore Travel Guide

Here’s a list of the must visit places in Singapore;

Read more about all these wonderful attractions in Singapore here and add them to your itineraries accordingly.

Food / Where to eat in Singapore

It’s not a hidden fact that Singapore is a foodie’s paradise. You will find a variety of Asian cuisines at every nook and corner of this beautiful city. Little India and Chinatown are the top spots where you can find lip smacking variables of food. through various hawker stalls and restaurants. These places are very budget and vegan friendly too. Don’t miss out trying Chilli Crab, Satay, Hokkien Mee (Egg Noodles), Dumplings, Chicken Rice and Durian during your food trails in Singapore.

Public Transportation in Singapore – Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore offers several modes of public transportation that interlink all the major attractions within the city efficiently and are very easily reachable.

Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Rail System 

The MRT Rail System is the fastest and the most efficient way to commute within Singapore. All the major attractions are located at a short walking distance to the respective MRT stations as per the localities.  You can also buy an EZ-Link Card at any MRT station, which you can re-fill with money to make your transportation more easier and cheaper. The trains and stations are accessible for wheel chair users and for families carrying strollers.

Public Bus 

The public bus system is another economical way to reach various attractions in Singapore. You can pay by cash or the EZ- Link Card while you are commuting by bus. If you are using the EZ- Link card, you will have to tap the card on the fare validator on entering as well as exiting the bus. The buses are very comfortable and air conditioned.

Taxi

Hiring a taxi or cab is quite expensive in Singapore. You may also be charged an extra surcharge during peak hours. The Taxis have meters installed in them and make sure you ask for receipt before leaving it.

Where To Shop – Singapore Travel Guide

In Singapore you are going to find all kinds of shopping areas whether you are looking for high end brands, brand outlets, budget stores or flea markets. If you want to check out luxury brands, then you should be heading to Orchard Road or the Marina Bay Sands shopping center. If you are on a budget, you can find some great stuff at good bargain prices in Singapore too, just head to Little India or Chinatown marketplaces and enjoy some inexpensive shopping of goods.

Don’t Miss : The Best Attractions At Sentosa Island, Singapore;

Tipping In Singapore

Giving tips to the service staff is not compulsory in Singapore. Mostly all the restaurants and cafes will add a 10% service charge on top of your total invoice. Hawker stalls or less formal restaurants do not apply the service charges. Leaving tips is not illegal in Singapore, you can leave some tip on the bill, if you wish to.

Safety In Singapore

Singapore has very stringent rules and regulations making it one of the safest cities in the world to travel to. It’s of course not crime free so you must be taking care of your belongings while visiting crowded places and avoid getting into brawls.

Nightlife In Singapore

Singapore has a fantastic and entertaining nightlife which makes visiting Singapore more fun. You will have to head out to Clarke Quay which has various nightclubs, pubs and bars. Just make sure that you reach there early or make a prior reservation because these nightclubs get filled very quickly specially during the weekends.

Places to visit in singapore

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Well, I hope my Singapore travel guide must have answered all your questions and considerations you might be having before visiting this amazing destination. You can find more about it by reading my posts on Singapore to get ideas and recommendations for your own travel adventures there.

Have you been to Singapore before? Let me know about your favorite places in this beautiful city. If you have any queries, drop a comment below, I would be happy to help.

If you are traveling alone to this wonderful city, here’s a solo traveler’s guide to Singapore to help you plan your visit.

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30 thoughts on “Singapore Travel Guide | Everything You Should Know Before Visiting Singapore

  1. I’m so excited to visit Singapore in a few weeks!! I was curious if there are nice and easily accessible beaches I can get to? I saw the post for Sentosa island, but it looks like more entertainment fun than relaxing. Just curious! Am eager to explore more.

    1. I had been to Palawan Beach at Sentosa. It was very beautiful and relaxing. There was a suspension bridge too from the beach to a small island. I could reach the beach through the shuttle bus service at Sentosa.
      There is Siloso beach as well that hosts many fun activities, but I had skipped it since after a long day at Sentosa I was looking out for a more relaxed place. The Palawan beach was perfect. 🙂
      I am sure you are going to enjoy your trip. You can read out my post on things to do in Singapore as well to get a clear idea of places which you can cover during your visit♥️
      https://cheerfultrails.com/10-best-places-to-visit-in-singapore/

  2. We spent a few days in Singapore earlier this year and would love to go back. This is such a helpful guide and covers many things we didn’t know about before, and lots of ideas for our next trip. Will be saving this for later!

  3. I never realized that Singapore had so many official languages! Thanks for including the Singapore visa requirements, as this is something people often overlook when planning for a vacation.

  4. Would love to be back in Singapore soon! It’s the safest I’ve EVER felt in a country – even compared to my home of Canada. Great info here with some cool fun facts too! And yes, I agree – Singapore is a foodie paradise for sure

  5. Thank you, I always wanted to visit. Glad to hear the MRT is good to use as I was looking at the more expensive hotels so I can be close to everything.

  6. Awesome, so many tips!! I’ve heard loads about the street food being good but it’s great to have some examples of things to try now 😁

  7. This is very handy quick reference guide for visiting Singapore. From entry requirements, to currency to language, to best time to visit, it has almost all the information one needs to plan a trip! Also love the recommendations on the places to see. Would definitely be referencing in for our trip to Singapore!

  8. I have been to Singapore a few times and have never been disappointed. As this post shows, there is just so much to love about this island nation. There is also so much to do and the local people are so friendly and easy to speak with. The shopping of course is something Singapore is very famous for and they offer so much variety depending on your preferences and budget. And the food…oh my gosh…just second to none. So much packed into such a geographically small country. Fabulous post.

  9. Have been wanting to visit Singapore for sometime now as I visited more then 10 years ago and a lot has changed since then. One of the main reasons is the amounts of active things to do. Must visit again.

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  11. Thank you for the suggested budget accommodations! I love visiting Singapore, but always end up spending more money than I budget for! You are right, Singapore is foodie’s heaven and if only I can spend less time browsing through restaurants 😀

  12. Thanks for all the tips! Especially the expensive taxi one, that’s usually my normal mode of transportation, but I’ll look into bus option then. Heading there in July, soooo excited!

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