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Singapore Tourism Guide

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Language

English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil

Currency
Singaporean Dollar 

Visa
Visa Free

Cost of Lunch
SG$15 (avg)

Avg. Cost of a Full Meal with Family
SG$56 (avg)

Average Room Rate
407MYR / night (3* hotel)

1MYR = 0.32 SGD (Exchange rates can vary)

Singapore is a thriving city, bursting with energy and culture. The small island state offers a mix of ethnic diversity, one minute you’re in Chinatown, the next you’re in Little India.  The once Metropolitan city has developed over the last few decades to become not only a modern city but one that also boasts greenery and nature to make it a spectacular place to visit.

Whether you plan to visit for a few days or a couple of weeks, you’ll be spoiled for choice when planning your itinerary of things to do in Singapore.  The current exchange rate is 0.34 SG$ to 1MYR. There are no Visa requirements to enter Singapore.

Top Attractions

 

Marina Bay contains some of Singapore’s most iconic skyscrapers, hotels, and attractions, such as Gardens by the Bay and Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. It is beautiful to explore during both the day and night, with one of the standouts being the evening lighting shows.

 

Shopping is highly rated in Singapore for its trendy boutique stores, large designer filled shopping malls or small pop-up market shops. Browse through popular shopping attractions such as Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands, and Haji Lane to truly enjoy the extravagant and vast experience of shopping in Singapore.

 

Night Safari, Singapore is a popular attraction within the Singapore Zoo for providing guests with a unique after-dark wildlife adventure within the form of tram journeys, walking trails, and/or VIP guided tours. Be sure to see the Night Safari’s renowned Thumbuakar Performance and Creatures of the Night Show and don’t miss out on indulging on Singapore’s favourite dishes at the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant. For those travelling in a big group why not book a dinner on the award-winning Gourmet Safari Express.

Things to do in Singapore

 

Whether you plan to visit for a few days or a couple of weeks, you’ll be spoiled for choice when planning your itinerary of things to do in Singapore.  Among the many Singapore attractions, checking out the fantastic architecture should be on your list, the mix of old to new architecture is awe-inspiring and you can lose a day looking at the many colourful buildings.

 The National Gallery

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Visit the Art hub of Singapore starting with The National Gallery Singapore. Housed within two of Singapore’s national monuments, the gallery opened its doors in November 2015 and is a brand new visual arts institution housing an unparalleled collection of modern Singapore and Southeast Asian Art. The gallery is dedicated to curating a collection of unique art which showcases the heritage and history of the region.

Price: SG$20 for adults, SG$15 for concessions and free for children 6 years and under

Opening Times: 10:00 – 19:00 Sunday to Thursday and bank holidays and 10:00-22:00 Friday to Saturday and the eve of public holidays

Address: 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum focuses on contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia. Opened in January 1996, the museum has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. The museum features many different art forms such as sculptures, paintings, moving media and installation art and the exhibitions are changed every few months.

Price: General access is free, however special exhibitions may incur an admission fee

Opening Times: Saturday to Thursday 10.00 – 19.00 and Friday 10.00 – 21.00 (open on public holidays)

Address: 971 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

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Esplanade Theatres on the Bay is a 1,600 capacity concert hall and 2,000 capacity theatre, known to Singaporeans as the Durian due to its resemblance to the fruit. The theatre offers world class performances on its stages which vary in genres from The New York Philharmonic Theatre to a Chinese play inspired by the late Kuo Pao Kun. Free programmes from music to dance and theatre regularly take place around various locations of the Esplanade.

Price: Admission varies depending on each performance please check the website for more details

Opening Times: Box Office Opening Hours are 12.00 to 20.30 daily

Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

“For the best views of the city’s magnificent skyline, I’d recommend getting out and about on the harbor. The delightfully-named bumboats are popular with tourists but I’d recommend catching a much cheaper water taxi from Clarke Quay to the Esplanade, which takes about 20 minutes and takes in the city skyline.”

By Melvin, Travel Dudes

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are the first UNESCO heritage site joining the ranks of The Great Wall of China and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. The 60 acres of disused plantation was transformed into the stunning gardens you see today. A popular spot for joggers and people taking in the rays, the site is also used for botanical and horticultural research.

Price: Free

Opening Times: Open daily from 05:00 – 00:00

Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay are situated next to the Marina Reservoir and are a beautiful waterfront park. The gardens have won numerous awards for its horticulture which spans 101 hectares over reclaimed land. The Gardens are made up of two main areas. Supersized Trees is the larger of the two gardens and A Forest in the Clouds features a mountain veiled in mist and covered in vegetation.

Price: Conservatories: SG$28 for adults, $15 for children (3-12 years); Outdoor Gardens: Free admissions; OCBC Skyway: SG$8 for adults and US$5 for children (3-12 years) and the Far East Organization Children’s Garden is free.

Opening Times: Conservatories: 09:00 – 21:00; Outdoor Gardens 05:00 – 14:00; OCBC Skyway 09:00 – 21:00 and the Far East Organization Children’s Garden 09:00 – 09:00 on weekends and public holidays and 10:00 – 19:00 Tuesdays to Fridays

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

“An early dinner in Makasuntra will treat your eyes with the stunning view of the Marina Bay Sands. If not yet satisfied, walk on the Helix Bridge and grab some durian ice cream in a waffle. When you reach the Marina Bay Sands enjoy the night and build some memories while watching the free light and sound show”

By Jherson, Lonely Travelogue

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Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios isn’t just for film buffs; it’s a great day out for all the family. Visit the set of some of your favourite films and see what it feels like to be a movie star! Try out some of the rides and attractions for the thrill seekers and then relax at the end of the day by watching one of the many fantastic shows on offer.

Price: SG$76 for adults and SG$56 for children

Opening Times: Opens at 10:00 but closing times vary depending on season

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269

 

“If you are visiting Singapore with kids, head to Sentosa Island. This place is full of family friendly attractions like Universal Studios, a water park, aquariums, wildlife, light shows, beaches and many activities. Look at buying a combined pass for attractions to save money.”

By Sharon, Where’s Sharon

 

Singapore Flyer

For the best view of the city, the Singapore Flyer stands at 165feet high and guarantees the most unique views. As the wheel is quite expensive, there are usually no queues and the 30 minute experience is one not to be missed. Sunset is the best time of day to visit the wheel, as the city lights shine and you get the most spectacular view.

Price: SG$33 per adult and SG$ for children

Opening Times: 08:30 – 22:00

Address: 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803

Civic District

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Start your journey into modern Singapore with a visit to the Civic District where it all began. The master plan began in 1822 with urban planning at its best. Buildings were marked along the river for use and new buildings erected for trade post. Some of Singapore’s most historic buildings have been restored, such as the Old Parliament Building which is now The Arts House, so you can combine architecture and art at the same time.

Address: MRT 150 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179100

Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru is popular with Singapore tourism and locals of Singapore alike. Famed for its art-deco style shop houses where you will find row upon row of stylish boutiques and off beat shopping. Be sure to spend a day of your itinerary here to explore the fantastic places to eat and shop.

Address: 302 Tiong Bahru Rd, Singapore 168732

Joo Chiat/Katong

Joo Chiat/Katong was once filled with coconut plantations and was used as a weekend retreat by the city goers. It was developed into a residential suburb in the early 20th century. The pre-war identity is filled with two storey colourful shop houses and terraces.

Address: 113 East Coast Road, Singapore 428803

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo, dubbed “the world’s best rainforest zoo”, offers an incredible day out for all the family. Across 68 stunning acres, you’ll enjoy the unique opportunity to come face to face with over 2,800 animals across more than 300 different species, including everything from elephants to meerkats and endangered white tigers. Attracting around 1.7 million visitors every year, there’s sure to be something here to thrill every type of animal lover. In addition to the many breath-taking exhibits, you can get up close and personal with colourful birds in the Jurong Bird Park, discover delightful aquatic species on a river safari or roam under the stars during a night safari. There’s also exciting events held throughout the year, so make sure you check out the website before you visit.

Price: Singapore Zoo – SG$33 per adult and SG$22 for children, River Safari – SG$30 per adult and SG$20 for children, Night Safari – SG$45 per adult and SG$30 for children, Jurong Bird Park – SG$29 per adult and SG$19 for children

Opening Times: 10.00 – 19.00

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826

Shopping in Singapore

A shopping paradise, Singapore has everything you could possibly want and more. Whether you’re looking for trendy boutiques or pop-up shops and large shopping malls, it will not disappoint. There are shopping spots for every budget and need. The famed Orchard Road is a popular shopping spot for those with the higher budget, whilst Marina Bay Sands is great for its luxurious boutiques and for the bargain hunters; Haji Lane is perfect for the lower budgets. Make the most of your flight home too; Singapore Changi Airport is a shopping hotspot in itself for its duty-free stores.

Fun Facts

  • You cannot chew on gum in Singapore, there is a ban on buying or selling and if you are caught spitting out gum you can be charged up to $700. You are allowed to chew gum for medicinal or therapeutic purposes (such as nicotine gum), but it has to be prescribed by a doctor.
  • Singapore is nicknamed the City in a Garden, this is because approximately 50% of the island is greenery and home to 1.3million trees.
  • Singapore is actually made up of 63 islands, a number of which you can visit or are uninhabited (a few are used for military and industrial purposes, so we do not recommend going there!).

Food In Singapore

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A holiday wouldn’t be a holiday if you didn’t indulge in some amazing food and flavours. Singapore is famed for its cuisine and no matter where you dine, you are sure to eat something out of this world. Hainanese Chicken Rice is the National Dish of Singapore, but with the city’s cultural diversity, you can expect to try dishes inspired by Malaysia, China, India and Indonesia. If you want to try something completely different, head to Nox Restaurant (269 Beach Road, Singapore, 199546), where you’ll spend the evening dining in the dark to heighten your other senses, making it a truly memorable experience.

If you want to ensure you have a culinary experience of a lifetime, visit the Tippling Club (38 Tanjong Pagar Road) for a stunning Avant Guarde menu. Prices are not for the feint hearted at SG$160 for a classic six course menu, but the 20 plus course menu really does take centre stage. The food is teamed with a stunning wine and cocktail list, so if you have time for one indulgence in Singapore, make a date with the Tippling Club.

Some of our other favourite places to eat in Singapore are:

  • Corner House: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanica Gardens (Nassim Gate) EJH Corner House
  • Wild Rocket restaurant: 10A Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore, 228119
  • Rhubarb: 3 Duxton Hill, Singapore, 089589
  • Bacchanalia: 39 Hongkong St, Singapore, 059678

There will be plenty of restaurants that you want to try, but a good way to get the best recommendations is to ask the locals or concierge in your hotel.

“My favourite place in Singapore is a restaurant in Geylang called Lor 9. It sells frog porridge and yes, you read right.  Don’t be put off by Kermit though as they taste like a cross between fish and chicken. At Lor 9, they’re perfectly cooked, just sublime with the rice porridge”.

By Kimberly Low

Nightlife in Singapore

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Whether your idea of a good night out is sipping cocktails in a trendy bar, dancing until you drop in a nightclub or relaxing with a glass of bubbly on a rooftop garden, Singapore has it all.

For some of the best cocktails in town, head down to Secret Bar (28 Hongkong St) where you will find a new wave of cocktail catering to the more refined taste buds. Martini lovers should pop along to Orgo (9-8 Raffles Avenue, #04-01, Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay, Roof Terrace, Singapore 039802) which sits on top of the Esplanade, owned by Japanese mixologist Tomoyuki Kitazoe, it is renowned for its impeccable concoctions. In Chinatown you will find two classic venues, Bitter and Love (118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore, 068587) and Jigger and Pony (101 Amoy Street, Singapore 069921). Bitters & Love has an inventive menu to savour whilst Jigger & Pony is more the traditional cocktails with a few reinvented classics.

For clubs in Singapore, the first stop should always be Zouk (17 Jiak Kim Street, Singapore 169420), holding the forefront of the club scene in Singapore for the last 25 years. Famous DJ’s such as Paul Oakenfold and David Guetta make regular appearances at Zouk and it has been listed in the top 10 of the top 100 clubs in the world. Or for the more underground style of club, Kyo, (133 Cecil Street, Singapore 069535) in the business district, mixes elemental music and visionary art.

“It’s no secret Singapore is pricey and their taxes on alcohol are only the start when it comes to budgeting for nightlife; the club entry fees and taxis add up too. Although it seems crazy- buy a bottle at the entry to a club which could be $200 (usually they let you buy one which gets a group in without paying cover) and amounts to less money.”

By Rachael, Hippie in Heels

To relax and take in the stunning views of the Singapore skyline, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to rooftop bars. Sky Bar at CÉ LA VI, Marina Bay Sands and 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar, One Raffles Places are the number one places to try.

Singapore is a vibrant, exciting, multi-cultural city-state with a variety of interesting things to see and do. For me I love the fast growing craft beer and brewing scene in Singapore and will regularly enjoy drinks with some great food at PasarBella or Smith Street Taps in Chinatown.”

By Gareth, Shaolin Tiger

If you’d much prefer to spend an evening watching a show then the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay offer many different shows, refer to Things to do In Singapore for more details.

Top Tips

  • Despite being packed with elaborate flats, city skyscrapers and malls Singapore boasts a surprising amount of green spaces and offshore islands. With this in mind why not take a break from the bustle of city life and enjoy a nice stroll in the park.
  • It may seem a bit unnecessary considering the many great eateries available but preparing a ‘go to’ list of top local specialities and restaurants can be a great way to dine in Singapore. When you’re surrounded by a seemingly never ending choice of mouth-watering dishes, it can be a little overwhelming. Shortlisting your must-try dining destinations means you can rest assured that you are sampling only the finest and lets you know when and where you’ll need to make reservations in order to avoid disappointment.
  • Singapore is known for being quite expensive, so to save some money during your trip we recommend taking full use of the extensive MRT system and trying some of the delicious meals you can find at the street stalls.

Where to Stay in Singapore

Luxury Hotels in Singapore

Where you choose to stay can be just as enjoyable as the holiday itself as there is no shortage of luxury hotels in Singapore. The Shangri-La Hotel is set in a tropical paradise which has a large luxurious pool surrounded by palm trees. For other fantastic luxury hotels you could also try the Pan Pacific Singapore, Capella Singapore or the The Fullerton Bay Hotel. All of these hotels have received above 4.5 out of 5 stars in customer reviews. Prices vary dependant on the time of year and also what types of extras you’d like in your room. Prices for these hotels range from 435 – 1,523MYR per night.

To live in the lap of luxury during your stay in London, you will need to be spending approximately 15,000 rupees per night’s stay (on average). These prices are influenced significantly by the length of time you stay, the size of your group and when you choose to visit London.

Mid-Range Hotels in Singapore

For something a little more moderately priced, the mid-range hotels in Singapore can be just as luxurious as some of the most expensive in the city. Just one of our favourite mid-price hotels is the AMOY which includes breakfast in your stay. For a hotel that offers luxury at a lower price, try the Naumi Hotel which includes a buffet breakfast, Apple TV and Nespresso machine in your room. Other highly recommended hotels include Goodwood Park, the Park Avenue Rochester and the Royal Plaza on Scotts. Prices for the aforementioned hotels range from 217-290MYR per night.

Budget Singapore Hotels

Singapore does home some lower priced hotels although they would not be classed as cheap. The following hotels still provide a great location and come with amenities such as free Wi-Fi and parking. The Noble Hotel is located in Little India and has received 5 stars in customer reviews. The hotel has its own restaurant and café along with a dry cleaning service.. You may also want to check out the Hotel YAN, The Haven by Jetquay or the Orchid Hotel, who all offer lower end prices and have received great customer reviews. Prices for these hotels range from 87-217MYR per night.

Getting Around Singapore

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The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is by far the easiest and quickest way to get around the city to visit the many things to do in Singapore. Trains run every 2-7 minutes to the extensive network of station. The transport system is open from 5am until midnight and a range of tickets are available. If you are in Singapore for a number of days, the cheapest option is to buy a Singapore Tourist Pass (EZ-Link Pass). The pass will cost approximately SG$10 and can be topped up whenever you need. Your EZ-Link Pass can also be used on the public buses, which also run a very efficient service, but be sure to have the correct change if you are not using a pass or you will not be able to board.

Taxis are also another method of transport to get to the places to visit in Singapore, be wary of using them in peak hours as the prices will increase, otherwise prices are pretty reasonable. To pre-book your taxi we recommend calling 6 DIAL CAB (6342-5222) who will re-direct your call to an available company. Your concierge in your hotel will also be happy to help book a taxi.

Best Time to Visit Singapore

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The climate in Singapore remains almost constant all year round, being 30°C most days, but there are a couple of considerations to make when deciding when to visit. If you don’t mind a hotter climate, the temperatures spike in May and June at an average of 32°C, so these are the months best avoided if you prefer it a little cooler.

November-January is their rainy season and you can expect showers to be at their worst, although the temperatures still remain around 30°C. As with most other destinations, the school holidays are when Singapore tourism is at its busiest but July- September is also a great time to visit as there are festivals and other festivities being held such as the Singapore Food Festival.

Singapore holds some great events such as the Indie music festival Laneway Festival. Sporting fans will also want to look out for the HSBC World Rugby Seven Series, WTA Finals and the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.

Flights to Singapore

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We have a range of flights to suit every budget and travel need daily from all of Malaysia’s airports. Please visit our flights page to book your Singapore visit today. There are a number of direct flights taking approximately 1-2 hours (from Kuala Lumpur) with some of your favourite airlines including, Jetstar, AirAsia, Tigerair and more.

Getting to Singapore from the Airport

The train station is accessible by foot from Terminal 2 or Terminal 3. To get to the city, transfer to the westbound train at Tanah Merah station. The last train that connects to the last westbound train at Tanah Merah station leaves Changi Airport station at 23.18. All the trains and gantries at the stations are luggage-friendly.

Top Three Tips for Your Trip to Singapore

Despite being packed with elaborate flats, city skyscrapers and malls Singapore boasts a surprising amount of green spaces and offshore islands. With this in mind why not take a break from the bustle of city life and enjoy a nice stroll in the park.

It may seem a bit unnecessary considering the many great eateries available but preparing a ‘go to’ list of top local specialities and restaurants can be a great way to dine in Singapore. When you’re surrounded by a seemingly never ending choice of mouth-watering dishes, it can be a little overwhelming. Shortlisting your must-try dining destinations means you can rest assured that you are sampling only the finest and lets you know when and where you’ll need to make reservations in order to avoid disappointment.

Singapore is known for being quite expensive, so to save some money during your trip we recommend taking full use of the extensive MRT system and trying some of the delicious meals you can find at the street stalls.