Singapore, also known as the Lion City, is an island city-state off southern Malaysia, a global financial center and one of the most expensive destinations in the world. With its tropical climate and multicultural population, whatever your travel budget, there will be plenty to keep you entertained here. Singapore’s excellent infrastructure allows travelers to explore the city safely and in style; think clean, green and highly efficient.
SINGAPORE TOP 5 THINGS TO DO
This Island resort has top entertainment and activities for kids and adults alike. For some family-friendly fun raid the Adventure Cove Waterpark or Universal Studios Singapore. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, iFly Singapore, The Flying Trapeze or Mega Adventure will be worth checking out. For relaxation, hit the man-made beaches.
The Marina Bay district is the focal point of all the tourist activities in Singapore. It has some of the main tourist attractions like the Art Science Museum, The Float at Marina Bay, the Singapore Flyer, Merion Park, Gardens By The Bay and some of the best views of the city overlooking the bay. In the centre of the bay is the Marina Resort with a world class Casino, several nightclubs, shops, performance halls and fabulous accommodation in case you don’t want to leave.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 160-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district. Spread over 60 acres, it is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden is enormous so for those who want to explore the entire garden, ensure that you have at least a couple of hours.
Singapore’s China Town
Since Singapore is a melting pot of many ethnicities, it also has many ethnic enclaves, China town being the largest. This province is divided into five districts and has so many things to do. You will find the shops, food stalls and eateries constantly buzzing with tourists and locals. For souvenirs, head towards Pagoda Street. For a night out, head towards the Tangong Pagar district which has a large number of pubs, bars and Karaoke lounges. To chill out, visit the Telok Ayer district.
Ride the Singapore Flyer
The Singapore flyer was inspired by the Ferris Wheel built in Chicago in 1893 and the London Eye built in the year 2000. This 42 stories tall giant wheel never fails to lure tourists of all ages. It gives a 360-degree incredible panoramic view of the urban landscape of the city and you can even see Indonesia and Malaysia from the very top.
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Singapore is an ethnic and cultural melting pot and travelers here can experience a wide variety of festivals, cultural events and ceremonies throughout the year.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration in Singapore and one the locals favorite holidays of the year. You will find celebrations all across the country, but the biggest and grandest celebration takes place in Chinatown. Chinese New Year occurs in January or February with parades, performances, street vendors and festivals all over the city.
Also known as Diwali, Divali or Dipavali is the Hindu festival of lights, typically lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. This festival of lights is one of the most important Hindu festivals marking the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated with the lighting of diyas and firecrackers. The celebration happens during October or November, and during this time Little India comes alive with glowing lights and much festivity.
This is the most important holiday for Singapore’s Buddhist community. The Vesak Day occurs in May and on this day the birth, enlightenment and the death of Lord Buddha is celebrated. Temples and shrines are decorated and events, talks and vegetarian food fairs also take place.
Language: Singapore has four official languages; Malay, English, Tamil, and Mandarin. Twenty other languages are spoken in various areas of Singapore. Many locals also speak conversational English.
Currency: Singapore Dollar.
Visa: Most nationalities do not need to apply for a visa in advance if you intend to stay in Singapore for less than 90 days. Use these free online visa checker and calculator tools so you know if a visa for Singapore is required (which depends on the country you’re from) and if so, how long it will take to process your visa and the cost.
Electricity: Singapore has a 220V AC supply. The power outlets are the same as those used in the UK and Europe, i.e. two prong flat or round socket. I recommend bringing a Universal Travel Adapter so you don’t need to keep buying new adapters for each new country you visit.
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WHAT TO EAT IN SINGAPORE
Some of the most delicious, traditional dishes that you must try on a trip to Singapore are listed below. Don’t drool!
Hainanese Chicken Rice: This is considered to be the national dish of Singapore. A combination of boiled chicken and rice cooked in chicken broth. Every street stall and restaurant has this dish on the menu, but all varying slightly. The meal is served with a side of vegetables and sauce.
Chilli Crab: Hard Shelled crabs are cooked in semi thick gravy with a base of Tomato and chilli. Once the crabs are steamed, they are partially cracked and then stir-fried in ketchup, chilli sauce and eggs. Despite its name, the dish is not at all spicy and is usually eaten with bread.
Laska: This is a cross between Malay and Chinese cuisine. Rice noodles are served in a spicy coconut curry with fish cakes, shrimp, eggs and meat. Laska has numerous variations but the Katong Laska is served in Singapore.
Char Kway Teow: This is a fried noodle dish that is loved by the locals. Rice noodles are stir-fried with dark soy sauce, chilies, and eggs and then topped with Chinese sausage. This dish is more sweet than spicy.
Kaya Toast: Kaya Toast comprises of thick slices of toast with Kaay Jam (combination of sugar, coconut, eggs) and served with butter. This toast is best served at breakfast but is also eaten as an afternoon snack with a cup of hot tea.
WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE
Singapore is an affordable place to visit and caters to all budgets. Finding excellent accommodation in Singapore is super easy because there’s so many options whatever your budget.
Hostels and dormitories make travel to Singapore affordable for backpackers and any travelers on a shoe-string budget.
Whether you’re a backpacker, flash-packer or a luxury vacationer, Singapore will not disappoint you. A basic hotel room in Singapore can cost less than $50 dollars. If you’re looking for accommodation that includes western amenities and comforts then there will be plenty of options. If you’re traveling to Singapore during peak season or wish to stay in a luxury hotel then it’s wise to book your accommodation in advance. Don’t wait until you arrive to see what’s available or you may be disappointed to find that all the best places to stay have already been snapped up. Singapore is a very popular year-round destination for business travelers and tourists alike.
Jetset Bunny recommends using Booking.com for the best accommodation deals in Singapore. However, if you are backpacking in Singapore or traveling on a tight budget then Hostel World is another great option. Staying in hostels makes travel in Southeast Asia very affordable and is also a great way to meet new travel buddies.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Singapore is most popular with travelers during the dry season which is between November and April. The weather gets really hot during March and April, so it’s best to travel during the cooler months of December to February.
SINGAPORE TRAVEL BUDGET
Singapore is generally an expensive destination for most travelers. The cost of your trip to Singapore really depends on the level of comfort you will expect while here. If you are backpacking and planning on staying in hostels and eating street food then budget between $35 to $50 a day. If you prefer to stay in 3-4 star hotel rooms and eat in mid-range restaurants you could spend anywhere between $50 to $100 per day. If you want to enjoy luxury 4-5 star accommodation and gourmet restaurants then budget about $200 plus a day.
IS SINGAPORE SAFE FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS?
Safety is not really a concern for most people traveling to Singapore. Singapore is one of the safest countries in Asia and even solo female travelers can feel safe while traveling about in this country. This is the result of some extremely harsh laws that are implemented here by the Government. That said, petty thefts occur occasionally so be cautious and do not leave your belongings unattended. Based on many years of solo travel around southeast Asia I would never leave home without travel insurance. I recommend checking out the travel insurance plan that World Nomads can offer you a few weeks before your Singapore trip.
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SINGAPORE PACKING TIPS
Packing for a trip to Singapore, like most other places in Southeast Asia, is a breeze. You really don’t need as much travel gear as you may think for a trip to Singapore and it’s always best to travel light whenever possible.
That said, the gear you do bring on your trip should be the very best option available for you and that doesn’t always mean the most expensive. Jetset Bunnies around the globe are always discovering the latest and the greatest in travel gear for women and this is where we share our fabulous finds with you.
It’s so easy to travel light in hotter climates just remember to pack lightweight and breathable lose-fitting clothing. Be prepared for the occasional chilly morning and evening depending on the month you visit and pack a warm sweater or coat.
Other essential items to pack for a trip to Singapore include, most importantly, a good quality travel backpack. Choose the brand carefully and make sure you find the right size backpack for your torso. Believe me, doing this will make all the difference and prevent major backache. Read our related blog post with advice on how to choose the best backpacks for women travelers. Smaller items to pack include a padlock, sleep sheet and a money belt to keep important documents close to you.
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