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What You Should Know More About Singapore
Money-wise: Quite obviously, the currency exchange will be quite different than what prevails at your native place. In Singapore, the notes prevail 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. Understand the exchange rate well before you enter the territory and things can get quite hectic when one makes use of credit and debit cards and taxes are simultaneously applied.
Tax charges: There is an interesting law in Singapore. This is especially applicable to tourists. They can now claim a refund on the 7 per cent goods and services tax that they pay on any service if they make purchase of over $100. Isn’t that great?
All go well prepared: Be it a pleasant shopping experience or eating experience, just make sure that you enquire about all the places that you decide to visit before you actually visit them. This makes things much easier for you to handle.
Use of language: You won’t have a problem as such, trying to communicate what you want to the locals as most of the Singaporeans speak fluent English. Other languages they are fluent in are Mandarin Chinese, Malay or Tamil – which is great as they are Indian languages.
Weather wise: Singapore is most of the times hot and humid. The temperatures reach well above 30 degrees all around the year. Visitors should also be prepared for rain at any given time. Make sure you carry cotton clothes and not woollen sweaters to Singapore.
Tipping: At restaurants and resorts, tipping is usually something that is given at the end of the bill as additional perk if the customers found the service good. Tipping in Singapore is not mandatory. You can give tips only if you want to.
Drinking laws: In Singapore, alcohol consumption is banned in all public places between 10:30pm to 7am. Even the retail shops are not allowed to sell alcohol to the customers. Make sure you follow the rules well while you’re in Singapore.
Visit the riding centre: The best part about these places is that you don’t have to be a member in order to gain a riding experience. Places like the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre, the Gallop Stable, Bukit Timah Saddle Club and the Rider’s Cafe are for all those adventure-seeking individuals who love riding horses. Island hopping in the Island-city of Singapore: Go island exploring through Singapore. There are many services that provide you with the convenience of travelling via ferries – so reaching there is hardly a problem. Visit the Kusu Island for a day out with your family or the St. John’s Island for a perfect holiday feeling. Rock climbing in Singapore: The Dairy Farm of Singapore is the only natural outdoor rock climbing destination that is available for pro rock climbers and amateurs to enjoy their time and realize their desires to feed the adventure-craving soul inside of them. This will truly give you an adrenaline rush and make you feel glad you tried it out. A day at Sentosa: Sentosa is a beach paradise with an itinerary that will fill up your entire day. This place has the best kind of restaurants, other entertainment centres and much more in much closer distance than most other places in Singapore. Spend a day in Sentosa and you will feel like spending more.
Visit the riding centre: The best part about these places is that you don’t have to be a member in order to gain a riding experience. Places like the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre, the Gallop Stable, Bukit Timah Saddle Club and the Rider’s Cafe are for all those adventure-seeking individuals who love riding horses.
Island hopping in the Island-city of Singapore: Go island exploring through Singapore. There are many services that provide you with the convenience of travelling via ferries – so reaching there is hardly a problem. Visit the Kusu Island for a day out with your family or the St. John’s Island for a perfect holiday feeling.
Rock climbing in Singapore: The Dairy Farm of Singapore is the only natural outdoor rock climbing destination that is available for pro rock climbers and amateurs to enjoy their time and realize their desires to feed the adventure-craving soul inside of them. This will truly give you an adrenaline rush and make you feel glad you tried it out.
A day at Sentosa: Sentosa is a beach paradise with an itinerary that will fill up your entire day. This place has the best kind of restaurants, other entertainment centres and much more in much closer distance than most other places in Singapore. Spend a day in Sentosa and you will feel like spending more.
The months between February to April when the island country has summers going on is a good season to be in Singapore.
Singapore is a one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia and the factor of being well connect it is an added advantage to Singapore tourism.
Changi Airport is one of Asia’s best-connected and busiest airports. It is an important hub for international aviation. This airport is voted as world’s best airport multiple time and facilities include a gym, several gardens, an outdoor pool, free internet, cafes and plenty of shops.
Malaysia and the mainland of Asia is connected by the two causeways Singapore has. There are regular bus services starting at 5 am to midnight. Buses are operated by SBS and Causeway Link. The causeway link option is a rather faster commuting facility.
Countries like Malaysia, Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur are connected to Singapore by rail, with a route to Bangkok. Three trains run per day which includes a sleeper train facility. Trains depart from and arrive at the Tanjong Pagar MRT station in Singapore.
Cruising is gaining popularity and Singapore is constantly being used as a base throughout South East Asia. Being an island country, Singapore offers regular ferry services to Tanjung Belungkor in Malaysia and Riau Islands in Indonesia.
Citizens of India can apply for a Singapore tourist visa that allows a stay for maximum period of 30 days with a validity of 2 years. As the rule applies for other countries, even for Singapore, you should ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months from the date of entry in Singapore.
The easiest way to apply for your visa is filling the form online. You have to pay the fees and your request is registered. You may also be provided with a pick and drop service. Some of the vital documents required for visa application procedure are air ticket, passport, bank statement of last three months, covering letter, visa application form and 2 passport size photographs.
The currency of Singapore is Singapore Dollars. You can get your currency changed in any part of the country as and when required. As Singapore is a popular tourist destination, you find money changers in every part of the country easily. However, in case you’re unable to find one in the area you’re residing, you can always go to the airport or the banks. These money exchangers provide the service at slightly greater cost but are hassle free.
Choosing the best things to do in Singapore is no easy task. Everything seems to be glorious and beautiful. Chinatown and little India describe the ethnicity of the country while Marina Bay Sands SkyPark and Singapore Flyer explain the development and natural beauty here. To make your task easy, below are some of the best tourist destinations in Singapore…
With so many things to do and places to see in Singapore, selecting the best one and having a preference can be a task. But we have taken on that pressure and listed down some of the best things to do in Singapore. These activities help you discover the best of the island country and absolutely worth visiting.
If you love eating, you can’t ignore foods at Singapore. There is so much to eat that your holiday would just pass eating at several restaurants, cafes and other eateries The local Singaporean cuisine is diverse and have influences derived from several ethnic groups like Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Peranakan. This food mix sounds too fancy and interesting to not be tried. Here are a few dishes you should definitely taste-
And here’s where you can eat them all!
Singapore is a developed country and has multiple means of transport for its people. The best and most used ones are-
MRT (mass rapid transit) system is probably the fastest way to zip around in Singapore. Most of Singapore’s key attractions are within walking distance from any MRT station, thanks to this extensive rail service.
Taxis are very comfortable and convenient, especially if you want to go to places that are not accessible by the bus or MRT. Cabs in Singapore are metered, but there may be extra charges depending on when, where and which company’s taxi you board.
Singapore's bus system has an extensive network of well connected routes covering most of the places in Singapore. It is the most economical way to commute for locals as well as tourists.
Taking a vaccinations before any trip is a great precaution. As the weather, water, food and other elements are changed, you may feel the need of a doctor. Vaccination may help you travel fit but of course, it is a personal choice. Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Tetanus are some of the vaccinations you may consider to take. Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over the age of 1 year, within the preceding 6 days, have been in or transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Singapore has four official languages which are English, Malay (Bahasa Melayu), Chinese (Mandarin), and Tamil. You can usually speak English and have a good communication with people who understand the language completely. You may find difficulty in understanding though, as the accent of the locals is different to that of an Indian, British or American.
Here are some common greetings in Malay which is widely spoken in Singapore-
Good Morning: Selamat pagi (sounds like "pag-ee")
Good Afternoon: Selamat tengah hari (sounds like "teen-gah har-ee")
Good Evening: Selamat Petang (sounds like "puh-tong")
Good Night: Selamat Malam (sounds like "mah-lahm")
Here are some common greetings in Chinese which is another widely spoken language in Singapore-
Hello (General greeting) - n? h?o - informal
How are you? - n? h?o ma?
What's your name? - n? guìxìng dàmíng?
Where are you from? - n? shì cóng n?li lái de?
Pleased to meet you - w? h?n g?oxìng g?n n? jiànmiàn
Did you know that the tiny island nation of Singapore has more malls per square mile than any other country in the world? Which means that although the country appears as a small red dot on the map, it surely is well up there with the best shopping destinations in the world. We have our list of best places to shop in Singapore ready, already!
Every country has certain survival tricks and so does Singapore. Here are a few piece of tips from Thrillophilia-
Having fun in Singapore is really easily, thanks to the number of amusement, thrill parks that are made. These attractions are one stop shop, eat, relax, have fun rides and can be visited with your entire family, group of friends or colleagues. Some of our best picks of amusement parks in Dubai are-
With so many activities to do and places to see, your itinerary will surely shine if you add romance to it. Singapore is not a very good honeymoon destination but there are many things you can do to make it one and if planning a honeymoon trip to Singapore, Explore now the best packages.
Here are some of the most romantic experiences honeymoon couples can have in this island nation of Singapore-
While there is so much to do during the daytime, the night in Singapore in no less. The best nightlife in Singapore is centred around the city centre and here’s how you can make the most of it -
It is actually possible to discover Singapore without having to pay any entry charge or cover charges. Some of our favorite freebies here are-
Away from the shopping malls and high-tech development of Singapore, take a walk into the glorious arms of nature. Here are few of the best hiking trails for adventure lovers in Singapore that help you learn more about the natural beauty, wildlife and geography here-
if you are a beach lover, the beaches in Singapore will lure you all year around. The best time to be here is from November to early March when the weather is awesome for activities like swimming, adventure sports, and beach games. Singapore’s best beaches can be divided in two broad clusters. First one are the beaches of Sentosa Island and in group two are the east coast beaches. Undoubtedly, both these clusters are pristine. However, beaches of Sentosa are more lively because of its extreme popularity. Here are best of beaches in both regions-
Safari rides are always fun. They take you to the habitat of birds and animals let you be a part of their life. They are thrill, adventurous and fun. More often than not we are able to spot different species that are otherwise not seen in our daily lives. So here are some different types of safari rides in Singapore that let you enjoy wildlife differently-
There is no possibility of experiencing movies in the way offered at the new Universal Studios Singapore. The most lovable and fun theme park offers very reasonable rates ranging from $74 for an adult pass, per day to $118 for a two day adult pass. Universal studios Singapore has everything you will want. Right from the best of thrill activities to food, from bring kids friendly to fancy fun-filled entertainment parades; the park has it all. Check out a few rides and things to do below
With great beaches come great watersports. Singapore offer a number of activities for all water babies. A few of them are-
Singapore has some fanciest casinos in the world. But remember to bring your passport to be admitted into the casino and then head to get your club card if you don't have one. This may be the case for first time visitors. Some of the best casinos in Singapore are-
A good pub in the town is the heart of every community. It surely brings everybody together for a fun filled night. But when you travel to a new country, selecting the best one can be a task, so here is where you can find these casual pubs in Singapore for the lovely evening with loved ones-
The Penny Black
The Dob and Bone
No. 5 Emerald Hill
The Pump Room
The Screening Room
A cruise or a yacht ride is always a good idea; especially when you are surrounded by clean blue waters. Cruising and Yacht experiences in Singapore are great and come in a variety. There are different types of cruise like the night cruise, sunset cruise, river cruise etc. Similarly, you can look out for a yacht that suits your preference. You can even hire a private one for your enclosed group to have the perfect get together or party!
The cost of the giant Singapore flyer’s ticket prices are S$33 for an adult ticket and, S$24 for senior citizens above 60 years age. For a child of 3 to 12 years old, the ticket cost is S$21. Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel. The construction of the great Singapore Flyer had taken about 2 and a half years, back in the year 2008. The Flyer has 28 air-conditioned capsules which are mounted outboard of the rim of the wheel structure to provide continuously unobstructed and uninterrupted views to its visitors.
Sentosa is a beautiful island full of attractions. Every place is full of breathtaking views where tourists are often spotted relaxing. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Singapore and has something to offer everyone. Here are the best things to do in Sentosa Island-
Traveller Tales from Singapore
22 September 2017
I and my husband beautifully celebrated our wedding anniversary amidst the lively glimpses of the glittering city in March 2017. We were offered a special boat cruise in Sentosa Island and that made us...
22 September 2017
We went on this honeymoon trip to Singapore in August 2017. This was the first time we went on an organized trip and it turned out to be the best. Very nice arrangements done for our rooms and food. W...
22 September 2017
Just came back from our honeymoon from Singapore and can’t wait to share our experience. We had so much fun together and such good arrangements were done for us. We went for the night safari the same d...
22 September 2017
While searching for destination for my honeymoon vacation I landed on this package of Singapore. I was earlier not sure if we want to go Singapore for our honeymoon but after discussing itinerary over ...
22 September 2017
The whole process of booking a Singapore Honeymoon Tour with Thrillophilia was hassle free and their responses were so fast. We both found the nightlife in Singapore dazzling which had a lot of hotels,...
22 September 2017
Singapore is a magical city, yes nothing less than magical was there and our honeymoon trip became the favourite days together for us. Being an architecture I liked the houses and the old buildings wit...
22 September 2017
Good landscapes, exotic islands, brilliantly structured buildings and artificial attractions, amusing architecture, well-maintained public spaces, luxurious and spacious hotel rooms and yummy, hot food...
22 September 2017
My birthday was celebrated with a Singapore trip in June 2017 and it was a most memorable trip for me and my wife. We were in Singapore for 6 days and we had gone through some of the best days of our l...
22 September 2017
What a great experience. I loved everything about the place, the nightlife, Sentosa Island and most of all Universal Studio. It was so much fun, but the best highlight was the light show at Gardens by ...
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