Singapore – Travel

Singapore is a modern city - state embracing economic progress against the backdrop of age - old tradition. The customs that underpin community life are created out of a cultural mix that includes predominantly Chinese, Indian and Malay ethnic groups.

 Singapore is an island off the southern tip of Malaysia, linked to it by a causeway. It evolved from a sleepy fishing village in the early 1900s to become one of Asia's economic leaders. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles landed on Singapore's northern bank in 1819 and felt that its location made it ideal as a trading station. From here Singapore's landscape was transformed by British colonial rule, Japanese occupation, Communist insurrection and finally, independence. Since becoming a republic in 1965 the island has experienced increased prosperity and exponential economic growth. Shimmering skyscrapers tower above the slick financial districts and elegant colonial buildings preserve a lingering old-world charm.

 Singapore's full calendar of events showcases a spectrum of cultural celebrations and shopping activities. The early summer months bustle in anticipation of the Singapore Sale - a time when tourists can cash in on the competitive prices of electronic equipment, jewellery and other merchandise. The business activity thrives amidst the celebration of Chinese, Hindu and Muslim festivals that punctuate the year with their colourful representations. These include the Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Hari Raya Puasa, Vesak Day, the Dragon Boat Festival, Festival of

the Hungry Ghosts and Thaipusam.

 The core of downtown Singapore is formed by the Colonial District embellished by cathedrals and cricket lawns. The notable sites of the area include the Empress Place Building and the luxurious Raffles Hotel. Although most of old Singapore has been demolished to make way for the modern city, many major landmarks within the Colonial district have been preserved. The surrounding ethnic enclaves of Little India, Chinatown and the Arab Quarters also provide glimpses into the traditions that have sustained their respective communities through the centuries.

 Entry requirements for Americans: United States passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Singapore for a stay of up to 30 days, provided they obtain a free Social Visit Pass on arrival. Extensions are possible for a fee of S$40.

 Entry requirements for UK nationals: British passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Singapore for a stay of up to 30 days, providing a free Social Visit Pass is obtained on arrival. Extensions are possible for a fee of S$40.

 Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Singapore for a stay of up to 30 days, providing they obtain a Social Visit Pass on arrival. Extensions are possible for a fee of S$40.

 Entry requirements for Australians: Australian passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Singapore for a stay of up to 30 days, providing a Social Visit Pass is obtained on arrival. Extensions are possible for a fee of S$40.

 Entry requirements for South Africans: South African passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Singapore for a stay of up to 30 days, providing a Social Visit Pass is obtained on arrival. Extensions are possible for a fee of S$40.

 Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Singapore for a stay of up to 30 days, providing they obtain a Social Visit Pass on arrival. Extensions are possible for a fee of S$40.

 Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Singapore for a stay of up to 30 days, providing they obtain a Social Visit Pass on arrival. Extensions are possible for a fee of S$40.

 Passport/Visa Note: Travellers should hold confirmed documents and tickets for onward or return travel and enough funds to cover their stay. Male travellers with long hair are advised to tie their hair back on arrival. Women who are six months pregnant or more may be refused entry. All nationals, regardless of visa requirements, may be issued with a Social Visitor's Pass on arrival allowing for a stay of 14 or 30 days provided their visit is for touristic or business purposes. Extensions are possible for S$40, but the initial Pass is free. Passports must be valid for at least six months from date of arrival.

 Health: Travellers from countries where there is an incidence of yellow fever need to have immunization records on arrival in Singapore. There are excellent medical facilities in Singapore. There is a high risk of dengue fever. Visitors should avoid poorly cooked food, particularly seafood, and be cautious of certain types of fish that contain biotoxins even if cooked. Health care is excellent but also very expensive and medical insurance is advised.

 Tipping: Tipping is not encouraged as most hotels and restaurants in Singapore already levy a 10% service charge on customers' bills. Tipping is not a way of life in Singapore, but is appreciated for excellent service.

 Climate: Singapore's climate is mostly hot and humid with average temperatures ranging between 79°F (26°C) and 86°F (30°C) during the day with cooler temperatures at night. The wettest months are between November and January (the monsoon period); however rainfall occurs throughout the year. Rainstorms are usually short but heavy, so remember to take an umbrella.

Safety: Singapore is a very safe travel destination with crime limited to the odd theft. The Singapore Government has stepped up security measures following the terrorist attacks in Bali and is committed to maintaining Singapore's reputation as a safe destination.

 Customs: Singapore is a fairly diverse society and has been moulded by its immigrant population, primarily Malay, Chinese and Indian, along with the large ex -pat community. The city is incredibly efficient and the citizens very law- abiding - there are fines issued for just about any offence in Singapore, including S$500 for smoking in public places, S$50 for jaywalking, S$1,000 for littering and S$500 for eating, drinking or chewing gum on the MRT.

There are even fines for not flushing public toilets so it goes without saying that getting involved in illegal drugs is not advisable; trafficking carries a maximum penalty of death. Chinese Singaporeans have three names, the first of which is their surname, or family name. As a result visitors should be prepared for hotels mistakenly reserving rooms under their first names. For clarity surnames may be underlined.

 12 Must To Do In Singapore :-

 a.     Eat at the hawker centre :- A hawker center is an open-air cooked food marketplace found in both city centres and the heartlands. The dishes served are as authentic as it gets. Get a hearty meal and a drink for less than $5. (Stop 10 on Red Line or Stop 5 on Brown Line)

 b.     Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel :- This signature cocktail was first concocted at the Long Bar of Raffles Hotel by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in early 1900’s. Order one for yourself and embrace the quaint beauty of the Raffles Hotel. (Stop 14 on Blue Line or stop 21 on Yellow Line)

 c.      Party at Clarke Quay :- A dining and entertainment destination, Clarke Quay houses restaurants, cafes, jazz lounges and clubs. Come here at night for a riverside dinner, then party away at the non-mainstream clubs. (Stop 6 on Yellow Line or stop 13 on Brown Line)

 d.     Selfie with the Merlion :- Take a stroll along the Merlion Park, enjoy the waterfront and take a photo with the famous Merlion. With a head of a lion and body of a fish, this mythical icon has become synonymous with Singapore’s istory. (Stop 3 on Brown Line)

 e.     Walk through Geylang :- While Geylang may be known as a red-light district, there are plenty of other things to do and see at this edgy neighbourhood – sample local fruits, hunt down supper fare (open all night), enjoy a foot reflexology massage and even go prawn-fishing!

 f.        Immerse in the heartland  :- Tiong Bahru, Toa Payoh, and Marine Parade are just some of the colorful heartlands you should visit. When in Rome, do as the Romans do – this is the best way to see how the locals dine, live and play. (Stop 7 on the Brown Line for Tiong Bahru)

 g.     Go ethnic :-  While Singapore is known as a metropolitan city, diversity is what makes it unique. Check-out Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam the Malay enclave for the distinct flavors of each ethic community. (Stop 2, 5 and 10 on Red Line). 

 h.     Temple visiting Places of worship are abundant and often near to each other. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown is just a block away from Sri Mariamman Temple — the oldest Hindu temple. (Stop 5 on Brown Line or Stop 10 on Red Line) 

 i.       The famous Chilli Crab of Singapore :- Chilli Crab is listed number 35 on “The World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods” compiled by CNN Go in 2011. Giant mud crabs weighing up to 2.5kg is cooked in yummy chilli egg sauce. This iconic dish is a must-try to complete the culinary journey of any traveller. u Join free walking tour Travel by foot, join a walking tour and comb through Little India or Chinatown to experience the country’s rich heritage up close. You might just find gems and unique souvenirs in the bustling markets to bring home with you.

 j.       Hop-on Hop-off (HoHo) city spin :- Enjoy Singapore with the Hop-on Hop-off (HoHo) transport network. With 7 different routes and a high bus frequency, the network connects you from city hotels to major tours and attractions, saving you on time and transportation cost.

 k.      Tread the OCBC Skyway :-  Stroll along the OCBC Skyway at Gardens by the Bay for a bird’s eye view of the world’s largest column-less greenhouse. As dusk sets in, don’t miss the twicedaily Garden Rhapsody light and sound show. (Gardens by the Bay stop is on the Green Line)

 Singapore In The Gardens :-

 a.     Gardens by the Bay :- Located at prime marina district, spanning 101 hectares of land, it is characterised by the 50m tall steel super trees and the two iconic domes – the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, both housing over 200,000 plants. (Gardens by the Bay stop on Green Line)

b.     Singapore Botanic & Orchid Gardens :- This more than 150 year old garden spanning 74 hectares of land has an extensive range of more than 60,000 plants. Located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the National Orchid Gardens, boasting the world’s largest orchid display. (Stop 13 on Yellow Line) 

c.      Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve :- Singapore’s only protected wetland nature park is home to over 500 species of animals and plants. The best time to visit is early morning where all animals like otters, crabs and even water snakes are most active. Remember to bring your cameras! 

d.     Pulau Ubin :- Located in the northeast of Singapore, Pulau Ubin is blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna. Home to a significant number of visiting and resident birds, the island is a must-go for avid bird watchers. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars! 

e.     Fort Canning Park :- One of Singapore’s most historic and beautiful landmarks, this is where the British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese during WWII. The highlights are the spice garden, WWII bunker and Gothic-styled gates. (Stop 6 or 7 on Yellow Line) 

f.       Southern Ridges :- This 10km stretch of connecting trails lets you walk among the top of the trees to observe a wide variety of flora and fauna in their natural habitat. You can also get a panoramic view of the city, harbour and the Southern Islands. Best time to visit is early in the morning!

 Gourmet Bus Lunch Tour :-

A Moving Dining Experience! Board the custom built luxurious Gourmet Bus and enter a world of gastronomic and sightseeing pleasures. A delightful way to discover Singapore through its food, sights and culture.

A fixed menu will be served on board, with no alternative menu selection. If you have any dietary restrictions, please check the menu before redeeming for this tour. Drinks are sold seperatly onboard the bus.


Opened in 1994 and located next to the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari is the world’s first wildlife night park. As dusk falls, the Night Safari welcomes you into the world of nocturnal creatures and their dimly-lit homes. Embark on a fascinating journey where you can explore the rainforest at dusk and be greeted by over 2,500 resident animals from more than 130 species – including the endangered Asian elephant, Malayan tapir and Malayan tiger. The Night Safari is an award winning attraction.

 Singapore Duck Tours :-

The 1st amphibious themed attraction in Asia, this award-winning DUCK is rated No. 1 in Singapore. With 14 years of perfect safety record, more than 1 million visitors have ridden on the Original DUCK! More than a tour, it’s 60 minutes of land and sea adventure on a genuine Vietnamese war craft. Hold on to your seat as it waddles up close to Singapore's famous skyline, historical landmarks and the gorgeous Marina Bay.

 Madame Tussauds :-

Showcasing our own unique of blend of glitz and glamour, Madame Tussauds will take you to a party like no other! With 8 fully themed interactive zones and the new "Spirit of Singapore" boat ride, get ready to photograph and pose with your favourite A-Listers, sports stars and music legends. Walk through the Images of Singapore (IOS) LIVE, a journey uncovering the nation’s extraordinary history - from a humble fishing village to the 21st century powerhouse it is today.

 Singapore Zoo :-

The Singapore Zoo is a beautiful, award-winning wildlife park where animals can roam freely in their natural habitats. You can trek along foot tracks or hop on to a guided tram to see natural wonders like the endangered white tiger and the world’s largest collection of proboscis monkeys. Visit the polar bear or catch a glimpse of the flying foxes that often glide over the heads of our visitors! Ideal for families, even kids will be kept busy with exclusive activities such as the Kidzranger Tour, which allows them to try their hand at zookeeping.

Singapore Flyer :-

Singapore Flyer is Asia’ tallest observation wheel. Standing at a staggering 165m from the ground, the Flyer offers breathtaking, panoramic views from every direction. You may even see parts of Malaysia and Indonesia on a clear day. Day or night, the Flyer reveals a gorgeous skyline of downtown Singapore.

 Singapore Cable Car :-

Soar high above the sky on the most scenic highway in Singapore for priceless views. Ride the Singapore Cable Car from Harbour Front to Sentosa. Enjoy not only one but two cable car lines (Mount Faber Line + Sentosa Line) with this attraction!

 River Safari :-

Venture into earth's deepest river and come face to face with the world's largest freshwater puffer fish as well as one of the smallest crocodiles in the world. Embark on a journey of discovery at River Safari and meet over 5,000 aquatic and terrestrial animals, including 42 endangered species. While you are there, visit giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the lush Giant Panda Forest and take a boat ride down the Amazon River.

 River Cruise :-

Discovering the scenic river in an authentic bumboat of yesteryear. The Singapore River runs through the city and used to be the lifeline of Singapore. This 45-min ride starting from Clarke Quay will bring you downstream to Boat Quay, Marina Bay and back.