PLACES TO VISIT IN SINGAPORE
Since 1964, when it was designed as the mascot of the Singapore Tourism Board, the Merlion, a mythical creature, half lion half fish, that symbolises the origins of Singapore has become the city’s greatest icon. There are two statues of Merlion in the park: the biggest and most famous spouts water into the bay while hundreds of tourists jostle for elbow room to get a good photograph to take home.
Clark Bay is an old harbour, now a buzzing part of Singapore with some of the best eating joints, bars and cafes. Try the G-Max Bungy, Singapore's first and only reverse bungee, which will catapult you to a height of 60 meters at 200km/hr!
Gardens By the Bay
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore are a sprawling expanse of 101 hectares with beautiful views of the Bay. This garden is inspired by an orchid and comes in the ‘Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World’.
The museum is located in a modern building that seamlessly combines art and science. The 6,000 square metres house a permanent exhibition and frequent touring exhibitions. The odd shape of the museum, the work of architect Moshe Safdie, is reminiscent of a lotus flower, although it is referred to as the welcoming hand of Singapore. The roof of the building channels rainwater into a lovely pond with aquatic plants.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Although quite contemporary (opened in 2007), the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is definitely worth a visit. The building is a minimalist design and also has a theatre for showing films, giving talks and cultural events, as well as two museums dedicated to the Buddhist doctrine and the history of the Buddha relics; the sacred tooth is kept on the third floor. The visit is loaded with Buddhist art and culture.
The official symbol of Singapore, Merlion literally translates as ‘Sea Lion’. It is a reminder of what this modern city once was - a small fishing town. Located at Marina Bay, it makes for a gorgeous sight. You can also find its copy in Sentosa.
Marina Bay Sands
Adding to the glitz of the Marina Bay area is the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. It contains a hotel, casino and SkyPark, the longest elevated infinity pool in the world. Its innovative and futuristic design is a sight to behold.
Universal Studios is a theme park with parades, rides and shows based on films and television series. Situated in Resorts World Sentosa, on Sentosa Island, it is the only film-themed park in Southeast Asia. It is divided into seven different areas that include six rollercoasters and two water rides: Hollywood, New York, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City, Madagascar, Far Far Away and Lost World.
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT SINGAPORE
The time in Singapore is GMT+8 all year round. There are no changes in spring or autumn.
The official language is English, although you’ll also hear Chinese and Malay (official language of Malaysia). A large portion of the population is Indian, so Hindi is another language used in the country.
The currency in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD or S$). There are S$2, 5, 10, 50, 500 and 1,000 banknotes.
You can drive with an international license, but it is not advisable because of the high fees you have to pay to get into the centre and park. It’s much easier to use public transport in Singapore.
Business and shopping hours are entirely flexible in the city, so it’s impossible to give a general estimate. Many places stay open 24 hours a day.
Chewing Gum Sales are Prohibited
The sale of chewing gum in Singapore is prohibited. Littering will also get you a fine.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a visa to travel to Singapore?
You do not need a visa for tourist or business visits up to 90 days.
What is the currency in Singapore?
The Singapore dollar is the official currency of Singapore.
When is the best time to travel?
It might rain any day, although between November and February the rain tends to be heavier. Expect high temperatures in July and August. Spring is probably the best time to travel.
What is the best time to visit Singapore?
Singapore has a fairly consistent weather and welcoming enough for travelers all year round for sightseeing. However, if you wish to avoid any crowds flocking the places, then you must avoid the peak months December, January, and June.
How can I get from the airport to the centre?
The country’s only international airport is Changi. The best way to get to the centre is by taxi. The train is also convenient and it’s easy to get from station to station.
What is the mode of public transport in Singapore?
The three main modes of public transport in Singapore are the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), buses and taxis. Buses are, by far, the most common form of public transportation in Singapore, followed by the MRT and taxis respectively.
What is the langauge spoken in Singapore?
The majority of Singaporeans are bilingual in English and one of the other three official languages - Malay, Mandarin & Tamil
Where are the best areas for accomodation?
All parts of the city are safe and well communicated by public transport. Orchard, Clarke Quay, Chinatown and Raffles Place are particularly recommended for their proximity to the main tourist spots.
Is there a tax refund on purchases?
Yes. You’ll need to spend a minimum of S$100 in the same shop and ask for the tax refund form. You’ll receive the refund at the airport before your return trip.