Singapore has evolved from its days of being anunkempt British colony to a glamorous 20th century city. The city’s skyline is dotted with glittering skyscrapers, glitzy malls, luxury hotels, and theme parks, attracting tourists from all over the world. Get a taste of Singapore’s rich cultural heritage at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Take a sunbath on the golden sands of Sentosa Island. Rewind at one of Singapore’s many beautiful Buddha temples. Board the night train into the wild, and watch the forest come alive at the night safari. The options are many, take your time, and capture some of the city’s infectious energy while exploring the South Asian port city.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Singapore
Where to shop
Singapore boasts of numerous trendy malls selling high street fashion, from luxury clothing to shoes, bags, and jewelry. But, give the malls a miss and visit local flea markets for experiencing a robust oriental bazaar at full bloom. Collect antiques, clocks, home décor pieces, wall art, lamps and other such knick-knacks at the China Square Central Weekend Flea Market. Drop by MAAD to explore designs, artworks, craft, and other handmade products by local artists, artisans, and designers.
What to eat
The local cuisine has influences of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, and British cuisines. The best of local Singaporean food is served at the Hawker’s Market, at Maxwell Food Centre. Discover the magic of Singaporean street food in the numerous stalls lining the area. Most local delicacies make ample use of chilies in varying forms: from dried to chopped, and pickled. TianTianHainanese Chicken Rice is a local favourite. The crispy popiah, a spring roll stuffed with pork or beef, paired with a generous helping of the savoury rojak is like a burst of flavors in your mouth. Try a piping hot bowl of bakkutteh, a meaty broth made with pork ribs and ground spices, or dig into a laksa. Apart from these, sample the fresh seafood on offer. Try batter fried squid rings, dry chili crabs, or sliced octopus in hot sauce. Indulge your sweet tooth by feasting on deep fried carrot cakes.
The local language
A medley of languages is spoken in Singapore, with four national languages that include English, Malay, Tamil, and Mandarin Chinese. Go through the following Malay phrases to earn some brownie points with the locals:
• Good morning-
• Good night-
• How are you?-
• Good bye-
• Bon voyage-
Dos & Don’ts
• Ditch the chewing gum - in Singapore chewing gums are illegal.
• Be careful when using public washrooms - the city municipality can fine can much as 150 SDG if you litter public washrooms.
• Better not indulge in discussing religion, or politics. Respect the local cultural practices.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency services: 1800 255 0000
• 24-hour chemist: 6733 7508
• Fire: 995
• Police: 999
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Singapore?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets to Singapore are Singapore Airlines, Air China, Emirates
, Al Nippon, and Scoot.
• What is the time zone used in Singapore?
Singapore Standard Time (SGT) is calculated by GMT + 8h.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Singapore?
The most popular airlines flying from London to Singapore are Etihad Airways
, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa
, Air India, and Malaysia Airlines
• What is the shortest time for a London to Singapore flight?
The shortest time taken by a non-stop flight from London to Singapore is 13 hours 15 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Singapore?
The top tourist attractions of Singapore include Singapore Zoo, Peranakan Museum, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Gardens by the Bay, Night Safari, Sentosa Island, Marina Bay, Little India, Dempsey Hills, and Harbour Front.
• What is the currency of Singapore?
All monetary transactions in Singapore are conducted using the Singapore Dollar (SDG). 1 SDG amounts to 0.72 USD.
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