Singapore

Top things to know:

Singapore is the cleanest, modest and safest destination in the world. It is an island-country made up of one big island and 62 other islets. It’s spread across just around 700 km2 and is lovingly called a ‘tiny red dot’. Though tiny, it does not fail in entertaining a traveller. It has awe-striking skyline, vibrant party scene, high end shopping, amazing food & interesting attractions.

 

Top things to know:

Capital: Singapore City.

Language: 4 official languages: English, Mandarin, Malay & Tamil. Everyone in the country speaks English. So no issues at all.

Visa: Please check here to know your visa requirements.https://www.ica.gov.sg/enteranddeparting/before/entryvisa

Main Region: Singapore is the main island and it has 62 other islets. 

Must Visit Cities/Islands: Singapore Island has everything that can keep you entertained for over a week. The small island near Singapore is usually frequented for a quick getaways. If you wish to know more, check out this link…..

Currency: Singapore Dollars. Though, cash is accepted everywhere, you can still use the card anywhere & everywhere. 

Currency Exchange: Mustafa currency Exchange in Little India provide best exchange rates.

Plug: C, G & M; Volts: 230V; Frequency: 50 Hz

Weather: Is usually warm & humid. Temperature between 25 – 32C; Showers are usually fast & quick. 

Transport: The island city is well connected with MRT trains & busses They are quick & efficient. You can buy a ticket for the train in a vending machine at the station & top it up as much as you want. You can use the same card on the bus too. Each trip lasts 75 mins and the amount is withdrawn based on the combined distance. 

You can still buy a single ticket in bus from the driver if you haven’t purchased the card yet.

Apart from the bus& trains, taxis are cheap too. You can just flag off a taxi at the street or book one using apps like uber, grab or smrt. 

Driving in Singapore?

You need an International Driving Permit (IDP) issued from your own country together with valid driving license to drive in Singapore. You do not need an IDP if you are from one of the ASEAN countries. Driving is pretty straightforward as roads are great and everyone strictly follows traffic rules however, you need to be a confident driver who is well aware of rules as the fines are hefty. Other problems would be peak hour traffic and high parking fees. 

To be honest, you do not need a car as public transport is well connected & very efficient. You can travel without any problem.

Religions: Secular; Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism etc.

Why should you visit Singapore?

  • For its many interesting attractions for all age groups & everyone’s liking
  • For its vibrant party scene
  • For its extravagant food options
  • For the convenience of travelling in SE Asia. 
  • To get a first hand experience of Singapore’s well known cleanliness, modernity, strict rules & regulations, multicultural social strata.
  • Lastly, It could be the easiest Asian destination to visit. It is the most developed and modern Asian country with asian cultural elements – Chinese, Indian, Arab, Malay etc.

Other fascinating facts about Singapore:

  1. Singapore is the only country in Asia with AAA sovereign rating from all major rating agencies.
  2. It is classified as ‘Alpha + Global city’ indicating its influence on the global economy.
  3. It is the 9th most developed country in the world according to UN HDI
  4. 90% of its population owns a house in Singapore
  5. It ranks #1 in longest life expectancy and lowest infant mortality rate
  6. Singapore’s passport is ranked #1 with walk-in visa to 189 countries in the world.
  7. It is ranked as the most expensive country to live in the world since 2013
  8. Car owners has to pay 1 & half the price of the car & bid for COE (Certificate of Entitlement), which allows them to drive for a decade in Singapore
  9. It is ranked #1 by World Bank for ease of doing business in the world since 2012
  10. It is ranked #1 as the most competitive country in the world
  11. It has the highest average peak internet speed in the world.
  12. It is a major transshipment port in Asia
  13. It has one of the most cost-efficient public transport systems in the World 
  14. It is rated as the world’s best Airport by skytrax since 2013.