Singapore Travel Tips – I do travel guides that are fun, informative and entertaining. I have a series on Singapore about all of the places you might want to read, do and things to eat.
If you’re interested in those, you can find them in this blog, but in this article, I’ll give you some general basics about visiting Singapore, so you understand what you’re getting into.
I’ve got these basics divided into six different areas along with tips in each one. And if you’re wondering what this is, well, they’re some notes that I wrote to make sure I keep myself on track, and I tell you all the basics and tips that I want to say to you.
First, we’re going to talk about the weather, and then we’re going to talk about the language, money, safety and laws, food and public transportation.
Singapore Travel Tips – Weather.
Singapore is hot and humid. It’s not just hot and humid; it’s sweltering and humid. So dress appropriately. Singapore is one degree off the equator, so it’s hot pretty much all year round.
The weather doesn’t change all that much. Your only reprieve from the heat is going to be on days when it’s partially cloudy.
Today’s a good example of that, or days when it’s a little bit rainy. And actually, the rain will be your friend. One of the things I’ll tell you, and this is a tip related to dressing, is don’t just dress cool, but dress in clothes that dry quickly.
I love cotton t-shirts, I always wear a cotton t-shirt wherever I go. I do not wear it when I come to Singapore, because it gets wet from the rain and my sweat, and then it never drys, and that stinks, literally.
So, I like to wear these shirts for travel. There’s a bunch of companies that make these types of shirts (travel clothing); they dry quickly.
They also have quick drying underwear. That’s probably a little more information than you wanted to know, but there you go.
The other things I’ll tell you to bring with you, make sure you wear sunscreen because it’s sunny and sweltering. And always carry a little umbrella. It’s good to probably get a small travel umbrella, keep it with you because the downpours can be pretty sudden.
There’s usually some partial percent chance of rain all of the time in the air, every day that you’re here. So don’t get caught without it. And frankly, some people wear those rain jackets, like those plastic bag things that you put over yourself.
Oh my God, those are awful here, because it’s so hot and humid; you’ll end up being just as wet inside from your sweat as if you just got in the rain.
Singapore Travel Tips – Language in Singapore.
Singapore has four official languages that include English, Mandarin, Malay and an Indian accent, but the official, the official language is English.
You’ll find everybody here pretty well speaks English. The question is, “Is it an English that you understand?”
English in Singapore is often referred to as Singlish because they add a lot of Chinese words to their English, and add a lot of extra words at the end for emphasis.
Like, “Hey, this line at the “hawker center is really busy lah.” and the lah is an emphasis-type word.
So they have a bunch of those words. You can look up Singlish, learn all about it, but you’ll hear it when you get here.
By the way, something I forgot to mention in the weather section is it’s hot, and I usually carry a towel from the hotel to wipe off my sweat cause it is that hot.
But instead, we’ll use my sleeve on this self-drying shirt.
Singapore Travel Tips – Money
The Singapore dollar at the time that I did my article, the exchange rate was about $1.50 the U.S. to one Singapore dollar.
While Singapore is a modern city, a lot of it is still cash-based. So it’s really important to have cash in Singapore. Most of the major stores will take credit cards, but many stalls at hawker centers won’t, and taxis are kind of hit or miss with credit cards.
And if taxis do take credit cards, they will often charge you a 10 percent surcharge for using your credit card in the taxi.
So bring money, and my tip related to carrying cash is avoid all of the exchange counters. Don’t go to that exchange counter in the airport or the dark exchange counters on Orchard Road.
Get money from an ATM, bring your ATM card. The ATMs here in Singapore will give you the best exchange rate, much better than the exchange counters will. Might be a good idea to let your bank know that you’re traveling so that they don’t deny your claims when you get here.
Singapore Travel Tips – Safety and Laws
One of the things is that Singapore is a country of rules and a country of laws and you should follow them. They have a lot of interesting laws like chewing gum is illegal.
Don’t even bring it into the country with you. Durians, a fruit, is illegal to take on the subway. It is a huge fine if you take a Durian on the subway. So make sure you follow the rules.
Don’t jaywalk, don’t do a lot of things like that. You will get a big, hefty ticket and that’s no good. But because of all those rules, Singapore is quite safe. So you don’t have to worry about your safety walking around.
You’ll see in hawker centers, and people will often put their purse down to save their table, and guess what, their purse stays there for them to come back.
I might not advise you to do that, because actually, their most significant crimes are petty crimes, which are things like pickpocketing. Still worthwhile to be aware.
Singapore Travel Tips – Food
Food, Singapore is a foodie destination, and you don’t have to worry about getting sick here in Singapore cause the food here is incredible, clean, and if you eat at the hawker centers or food courts, cheap.
Don’t think you have to go to high-end restaurants to get the best food, and actually, my tip is to tell you that the best food is in the hawker centers. And my second tip is, if you don’t like heat, then good to food courts. You’ll pay a little more, and the food might not be quite as good, but still pretty good, and you’ll be in air-conditioned comfort.
Singapore Travel Tips -Ppublic Transportation
Public transportation, also in Singapore, is fast, clean, efficient, relatively cheap. They have an MRT, their Metro Rapid Transit or Mass Rapid Transit, that’s their equivalent of a subway.
It goes almost anywhere you would want to go as a tourist, they recently connected Cheney airport to the city, you do have to transfer once if you’re going to the city center. What I’ll tell you about riding the MRT is make sure you buy an EZLink card.
You can buy tickets per ride, but it’s much cheaper, it’s almost half the price if you use the EZLink card for tickets. It’s about a 10 to 12 Singaporean dollar deposit.
You load it up and tap it in when you go on and go off. The rides are so cheap. One trip cost me 82 cents last night; so that’s too cheap not to use it. I use it even if saves me five minutes of walking, and they come all the time, so definitely take the MRT.
The hours of the MRT, they open at 6 a.m., and they close at midnight. So now you’re going to say, “Well, what do between the hours of 6 and midnight?” you’re going to take a taxi.
Taxis may also be relatively simple to find and fairly cheap unless you’re using them at night. They have a lot of hidden surcharges on taxis if you’re riding at peak times or you’re riding at night.
And at night, they charge a 50 cent additional charge to ride the taxi.
There’s also buses, but I think you’ll find that a combination of taxis and MRT will get you almost anywhere you need to go. So I hope you enjoyed this article.
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