Nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, Singapore boats itself as a melting pot of cultures. It is more than its glittering skylines, this diverse country is home to a fantastic array of culinary favorites, unique experiences, and timeless traditions that easily make it a must-visit. Plus points - with enhanced security throughout the country, Singapore is a relatively safe tourist destination.

Travel information

Country code +65 Time zone GMT+8 hours
Peak travel period December - June Four seasons No
Visa-required? Visit for the latest information Getting around Singapore has an efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway system. Several bus routes bring you around the island. Otherwise, you can easily book a private hire through apps such as Grab and Ryde.
AC socket type Types C, G and M. Currency Singapore dollar (SGD)

Useful tips

  • Bring an umbrella with you everywhere. Weather here can be unpredictable – it could be sunny in the morning but a thunderstorm by afternoon!
  • Don’t litter or bring/distribute gum. Singapore has stringent anti-littering policies and a ban on chewing gum. You could be fined or punished by law if caught littering or spitting gum on the streets.
  • Dress lightly, but not too light. Singapore is hot and humid, so head out in short-sleeved shirts and shorts. However, it's polite to cover up if you’re visiting a place of cultural significance.
  • Not everyone speaks English. English may be Singapore’s primary language, but not everyone is fluent in it. People who lack proficiency may include elderly locals and some foreign workers. Should the situation arise, you could consult a passerby for help; but if all else fails, most people understand basic English.
  • Tipping is not required in Singapore. Many businesses and establishments charge a Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 7% to 10% in place of this. If you wish to tip, be mindful of the situation: while it’s acceptable to tip your driver, server, tour guide, or food delivery guy, a compliment would work better at hawker centers or Changi Airport.

Fun facts

  • Unfortunately, chewing gum is banned in Singapore
  • Singapore is home to 4 primary races - Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Explore the heritage of Singapore’s main races in Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam.
  • 27 words from Singapore's local lingo - Singlish - are actually in the Oxford dictionary
  • Singapore has a night zoo called the Night Safari, which is also the first night zoo in the world

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