Singapore is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with just over five million inhabitants. Brimming with energy, the tropical city boasts a world-class living environment with modern infrastructure, a rich blend of culture, a melting pot of global cuisines and an abundance of leisure activities and entertainment.
Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Singapore is a well-connected urban metropolis. The public transport system is one of the most important means of transportation for most Singaporeans, with some 5.308 million trips made daily. The city centre is largely divided into several sections – the Orchard road shopping area, the Riverside, the downtown Marina Bay area and the financial district.
Singapore offers a diverse experience in terms of heritage, culture, food and people. Its population is made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians, and Eurasians, as well as a large community of foreigners from all over the world. English is the most common language in Singapore and other commonly spoken languages include Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and some other dialects
Regular banking hours are Monday to Friday: 10am to 3pm, and Saturday: 9.30am to 1pm. Money changing facilities can be found major shopping centres and hotels. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are generally open 24/7 and accept most major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Singapore is well loved for its range of ethnic food available. It may be a small country but the choices of food available is always an eye opener for first timers to Singapore. One of the best things about being in Singapore is undoubtedly the food. It is no secret that Singaporeans eat and drink with a passion. For the newcomer, deciding where and what to eat can be an intimidating, yet at the same time, exciting experience. Singapore’s multi-cultural diversity is reflected in the variety of local cuisine it has to offer, from Chinese to Malay, Indian to Peranakan. Singapore cuisine has influenced one another for decades. Foreigners who visit Singapore ought to try out some of our local delicacies.
Most major hotels, cafes and fast-food outlets offer wireless internet. Connectivity, however, may come with a price. Free wireless internet access is available at designated areas.
Singapore has a comprehensive bus network with frequent services and a convenient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway system. Both are cheap and simple to use. For road directions in Singapore, please visit www.streetdirectory.com.
Singapore is a small, stable, highly developed country with an elected parliamentary system of government. Singapore is a very safe country to travel in. It is highly unlikely that you will be assaulted, robbed, ripped off, or even touted. But, to quote a recent Singapore safety campaign, “Low Crime Doesn’t Mean No Crime”. Pick-pocketing is a minor concern in crowded places, particularly shopping centres. The Singapore government has stepped up security measures following the terrorist attacks in Bali, and remain very committed to maintaining Singapore’s reputation as a safe destination for travellers.
Taxis are plentiful, air-conditioned, hassle-free, and reasonably cheap. To book a taxi in advance, please dial +65 6552 1111 (Citicab) or +65 6555 8888 (SMRT Taxi). Taxi fares from the airport to the city centre are in the range of SGD25 to SGD30.
Public toilets are common in Singapore. They are available at the airport, shopping malls, places of interest, MRT stations, bus interchanges and even in parks. Most public toilets are free of charge, for those that are not, it’s only a small charge of SGD$0.20. Singapore even have the Restroom Association, a non-profit organisation that advocates the importance of clean public toilets and maintains a directory of certified clean toilets.
Singapore enjoys hot and humid weather all year round. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC (88ºF), dropping to around 24ºC (75ºF) in the evenings. Rain showers are common but rarely last longer than an hour.
Please note that all visitors to Singapore must meet the following entry requirements:
- Valid travel document (minimum validity = 6 months)
- Onward / return ticket
- Entry facilities to next destination
- Sufficient funds to stay in Singapore, and
- Visa for Singapore (if applicable)
You can also contact the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority of Singapore for assistance at:
Tel: +65 6391 6100 (24-hour call centre)
Fax: +65 6298 0843 / 6298 0837
Please visit www.yoursingapore.com for more details.