Singapore is one of the best countries to visit in Asia. Besides the year-round hot and warm weather, Singapore offers modern cosmopolitan vibes and cultural traditions. Singapore has something for everyone. There are the popular Sentosa Park and Universal Studios for the families. There are the Orchard Road malls and boutiques for the shoppers and Bugis District for the foodies. And there’s Garden by the Bay and the Botanical Garden for nature lovers. No matter when you decide to go, you will find a lot of things to do in Singapore. But when should one visit Singapore? Scroll below to read about our recommendations and choose the best time to visit Singapore.
1. Pleasant weather – February to April
While Singapore enjoys warm weather year-round, the best time to visit Singapore though for pleasant weather is between February to April. The average maximum temperature is around 31°C (88°F), which makes it bearable to walk outdoors since it’s not very humid. When it’s hot and humid outside, locals warn visitors to stay indoors from noon to late afternoon because of the humidity, which can cause a heat stroke. And during the summer months, there are clearing fires from Sumatra and the smoke and haze reach Singapore and can cause throat and eye irritation. To avoid all of these problems, best to visit Singapore between February to April so you can enjoy your vacation, even if you’re indoors or outdoors.
2. Singapore Design Week – March
If you love designing, and the processes behind it, its aesthetics and theories, then March is the best time for you to visit Singapore for the Singapore Design Week! Every year in March, numerous designers, design businesses, design students, and design enthusiasts, as well as policy makers gather at the National Design Centre to brainstorm, learn, and collaborate with each other. It is 14 days of showcasing Singapore and Asian designs to the world, discussing the merging of design with business, and policy solutions to enhance business and people’s lives. Plus it’s held in March when the weather is ideal for going around Singapore when the sessions are done for the day.
3. Singapore Writer’s Festival – November
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For writers, readers, and literary folks, the best time to visit Singapore is definitely November for the Singapore Writer’s Festival. The Festival introduces the best, new, and emerging Singaporean and Asian writers to the world while also presenting the best literary talent in the world to Singapore and Asia. Organized by the National Arts Council Singapore, the Festival features Nobel Prize, and Pulitzer Prize winners, and other award-winning writers. Learn from established authors about the writing process, the writing and publishing industry, and storytelling. Book your tickets and hotel rooms as early as possible. November is the start of the high peak season in Singapore and if you wait too late, you might have to pay more than you need to.
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4. Singapore Food Festival – July
This annual food celebration, which happens every July, is also one of the best times to visit Singapore. Featuring traditional and contemporary flavors of Singapore, the Singapore Food Festival is a 17-day celebration, showcasing local flavors and talented Singaporean and Singapore-based chefs. It’s anchor event, STREAT is an outdoor event with pop-up restaurants of Michelin-rated chefs and Singaporean classics. And when you want to take a break from eating, check out the culinary workshops and masterclasses available, as well as art installations honoring food.
5. Singapore International Film Festival – November to December
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Held annually since 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is one of the longest-running film festivals in Singapore and the best time to visit Singapore for filmmakers, producers, film critics, and film enthusiasts. Spanning 12 days, the SGIFF focuses on bringing Asian cinema to the global stage and also features local and international films from the UK, Spain, China, Japan, and the US, among others. Over 100,000 filmmakers, industry professionals, and film lovers attend the festival each year so make sure to book your tickets and hotels early.
6. Singapore Grand Prix – September
September is the best time to visit Singapore for racers, racing enthusiasts, and car lovers because it’s time for the Singapore Grand Prix. 2008 marked the first street circuit in Asia for F1 races plus the first night-time race in the history of Formula One. With almost 300,000 attendees, the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix finished with back-to-back to wins for Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. Tickets and hospitality packages are currently available for sale for the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix. And if you can’t make it, the race organizers and Formula One Management renewed their agreement during the 2017 Singapore Grand Pix and will guarantee the race until 2021.
7. Avoid crowds - August to October (except mid-September)
August to October is the low season and the best time to visit Singapore to avoid crowds. With the exception of mid-September for the Singapore Grand Prix, expect a low number of visitors because of high temperatures and humidity levels. There are a few outdoor activities and attractions open at this time because the high temperature and humidity can cause heat-related illnesses. Since it’s the low season it’s definitely the best time to come for inexpensive hotel rates that you might still be able to haggle to a more favorable rate.
8. Great Singapore sale – end May to end July
This is the favorite and best time to visit Singapore for those who love great shopping deals. The Great Singapore Sale is two whole months of great deals on fashion, electronics, toys, and other retail items, with up to 70% off. Plus, since you’re a tourist, you get to enjoy GST Refund, which means more money back for you! Check out the shops along Orchard Road, Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong for designer and independent labels.
9. Sightseeing – October to April
October to April are the best times to visit Singapore if you want to explore both their indoor and outdoor attractions. October to January is the winter season and there may be rainy days here and there but not strong enough to prevent you from enjoying your trip. February to April are the best times because of relatively moderate temperatures and humidity levels without expecting rain. Visit outdoor attractions like Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa, Universal Studios, and the Singapore Botanical Garden during the morning and escape indoors by lunchtime to avoid the heat, especially if your body is not used to it.
10. Chinese New Year – January or February
Chinese New Year in January or February is the best time to visit Singapore if you want to experience some of the most important events in the Chinese calendar. While it’s traditional to be at Chinatown at this time, the entire country is celebrating Chinese New Year so there is something happening in all corners of the country. Be sure to also check out the Chingay Parade at the Marina Bay Waterfront, as well as the River Hong Bao Carnival at the NS Square Marina Bay.
It's always a good time to visit Singapore
There are some specific times to visit Singapore if you’re keen to attend something particular. But the truth is, anytime is the best time to come visit! Just make sure you are always prepared. Bring an umbrella for the sudden showers during winter months. Carry water with you during the really hot and humid months. And always make sure to wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking and jumping on trains and buses everywhere while you explore this wonderful country.
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