Welcome to Singapore!

Nestled in Southeast Asia, Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia is a global financial centre with a tropical climate and multicultural population. From theme parks to fine dining and wild life safari to world-class gardens, you will fall in love with this charming city. Many travellers assume Singapore is infamously high costs but, it is worth to visit Singapore once in a lifetime.

QUICK FACTS

Official Name:Republic of Singapore
Capital:Singapore (City State)
Location:Located in South East Asia, at the southern tip of the Malaysia Peninsula with Indonesia’s Riau islands to the south and Peninsula Malaysia to the north.
Goverment:Unitary dominant-party parliamentary republic
Dialing Code:+65
Time Zone:SST (UTC +8)
Climate Weather:Tropical
Population:5,791,901
Land Area:721.5 km2
Official Language:English, Tamil, Malay and Mandarin
Currency:Singapore Dollar (SGD)
Foreign Currency Accepted:USD ($), AUD ($), GBP (£), ‎Yen (¥)
Entry requirement:Indonesian and EU citizens can travel to Singapore without a visa for a period of 30 days. 80% of the world’s countries may travel to Singapore for a period of 30 days or 90 days without a visa depending on their nationality. All foreign visitors must ensure that they meet or possess the entry requirement stated by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.

All visitors must hold a passport with at least two blank pages valid for at least 06 months beyond the date of your arrival. If your passport does not meet these requirements, you will be denied entry.

Don’t do:Don’t Litter: Littering the street with small items (including spitting) can cost you a fine 300 SGD for first offender.
Don’t chew gum: in Singapore you can’t chew gum or even take it on your bag, you will cost 1000 SGD offender.
Don’t smoking: No smoking in public area (air conditioned spaces, common places such as school, mall, food courts), offenders may be surprised at how much they can be fined for smoking in public area, its 1000 SGD.

General information

Singapore is located in the Southeast Asia , at the southern tip of the Malaysia Peninsula, with Indonesia which is Riau island to the south and peninsular Malaysia to the north. Like most of Southeast Asia, Singapore is generally hot and humid. It’s warm and humid year round, with the temperature almost never dropping below 20°C (68°F), even at night, and usually climbing to 30°C (86°F) during the day. Singapore, which is officially called the Republic of Singapore, is a city-state with over 3 million citizens. Although it covers only 710 square kilometers (274 square miles) in area, Singapore is a wealthy independent nation with a parliamentary form of government. Excellent infrastructure enables tourists to enjoy its many sites and attractions in a safe, clean and green environment. The reason for this cleanliness and safety from the strict enforcement of rules even for the slightest violation like :

  1. Don’t chew gum: in Singapore you can’t chew gum or even take it on your bag, or you will cost 1000 SGD for offenders.
  2. Don’t litter: littering the street with small items(including spitting) can cost you between 300 – 1000 SGD for first offenders.
  3. Don’t smoking: No smoking in public area (air conditioned spaces, common places such as school, mall, food courts), offenders may be surprised at how much they can be fined for smoking in public area, its 1000 SGD.
  4. Don’t Jaywalking : unless you are in a marked crosswalked, do not cross the street. Police are authorized to give you a $20 fine on the spot, a $1,000 fine that you will have to pay later, or up to three months in jail, it is the individual officer’s decision which one you get.
  5. Don’t connect to someone WI-FI : Using a Wifi signal, even if it is an open signal, is considered hacking unless you have permission to use it. This is a serious offense that is punished with a $10,000 fine and even jail time.

Time defference

GMT +8
Compare to Indonesia, Singapore is 1 hour ahead compare to local time.
That means when it is 01.00 pm in Jakarta is 02.00 pm in Singapore.

Compare to France, Singapore is 6 hours ahead from France.
That means when it is 01.00 pm in Paris France, it is 07.00 pm in Singapore.

When to visit

July – September
While tourists visit throughout the year. The festive season is a great time to explore the many facets of Singapore, especially around July when the Great Singapore Sale and the Singapore Food Festival.

February – April
The months between the summers and winters are quiet pleasant.

November – January
The wettest months are between November and January, when showers can last for long periods of time, while the hottest months are May and June.

Money and currency

1 SGD = IDR 10.669 (currency rate can be varied depending the day you search)
1 USD = 1.39 SGD 1 GBP = 1.78 SGD

The Singapore dollar is used in Singapore and notes come in denominations of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$1,000 and S$10,000.
Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and S$1. For credit cards, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accept. Although cheaper eateries are likely to accept only cash. ATM are everywhere and many will accepts cards from overseas banks.

Electricity

In Singapore the power sockets are type G. The standard voltage is 22-240 and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. So you can use power plugs with three square prongs here.

Telephone and how to call

Singapore country code is +65 and the city code is 653. In case there are emergency needed Police number: 999 Ambulance and fire brigade: 995 Flight information: 1800 542 4422 Tourist can buy a sim card for internet data at the airport. The price between 10 – 20 SGD.

Visa requirement

If you plan on regional travel beyond Singapore, make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you plan to enter other countries in the region. For all EU, USA, Australian, British you do not need a visa for tourist or business visits up to 90 days, and Indonesia Citizens don’t need a visa too, but for the maximum stay of 30 days.

Vaccines and Travel insurance

Some vaccines are recommended or required for Singapore. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Singapore: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, and influenza.

How to go to Indonesia

Indonesia to Singapore

Distance between Indonesia, Jakarta and Singapore is 1.149 km. Non-stop flight from Jakarta to Singapore is 1 hour 40 minutes. Fastest one-stop flight it takes 4 hour 20 minutes. Airlines operated from Indonesia to Singapore are Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Malaysian Airlines, Scoot, Jetstar, Batik Air, Lion Air, and Singapore Airlines.

France to Singapore

The distance between Paris, French to Singapore is 10.741 km. From CDG Airport the fastest Non-Stop flight is 12 hour 30 Minutes. Fastest one-stop flight it takes around 14 hour 10 minutes. Airlines that operated from Paris to Indonesia are Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad, Jet Airways, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Cathay, Singapore Airlines, British Airways and Air France.

Transportation in Indonesia

In the city, there is no need for a car. Public transportation is excellent and walking is a good way to explore the city . All major attractions are also accessible by tour bus. The train and subway systems are clean, fast and efficient.

MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)

Probably the fastest way to zip around the city. The extensive rail network means that most of Singapore’s key attractions are within walking distance from an MRT station. Tourists can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass, which allow you unlimited travel for 1 Day (10SGD) 2Days (16SGD) 3Days (20SGD).

LRT (Light Rapid Transit)

is a series of localised automated guideway transit systems acting as feeder services to the heavy rail Mass Rapid Transit, which together with the LRT forms the core of Singapore’s rail transport services.

Taxis

Taxis are comfortable and especially handy if you want to go to places not accessible by the bus or MRT. Cabs here are metered, but there may be surcharges depending on when, where and which company’s taxi you board. Starting meter between 3 SGD – 3.70 SGD.

Bus

Singapore’s bus system has an extensive network of routes covering most places in Singapore and is the most economical way to get around, as well as being one of the most scenic. The buses can use a tourist pass too. Tap the card on the card reader located next to the driver as you board. Do remember to tap your card again, on the reader located at the rear exit, when you are arrived. You can use cash, but you have to pay with the exact amount.

Special food and drinks

The most common foods are Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisines. Malay food is famed for its use of spices and coconut milk, no pork is used because most of Malays are Moeslem. The Indian community mostly traces its roots back to South India and their foods reflect this, meaning that spicy vegetarian dishes are predominant. The most popular Chinese regional cuisine is Cantonese, which includes a lot of stir fry dishes as well as dim sum. There is so many special food you can taste in Singapore like Hainanese Chicken Rice, Chilli Crab, Fish Head Curry, Fried Carrot Cake, Hokkien Prawn Mee, Kaya Toast, Laksa , Nasi lemak, Roti Prata and Rojak.

Places to go and things to do

Merlion Park

Its name combines “mer”, meaning the sea and “lion”. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name – Singapore meaning “Lion city” or “kotasinga”.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is a man-made island that was built for fun and recreation. The many attractions on offer at Sentosa include the expansive Resorts World, Universal Studio Singapore, Tiger Sky Tower, Singapore Butterfly & Insect Kingdom and one of the largest collections of aquatic animals in the world, SEA Aquarium, all of which continue to draw repeat visitors from all over Asia. Located just south of Singapore CBD, the 12-minutes cable car ride from Vivo City to Sentosa Island has the added bonus of providing astounding panoramic views.

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 areas) of reclaimed land in the Central Region of Singapore. Gardens by the Bay is part of strategy by the Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora the city.

Marina Bay

Marina Bay is a bay located in the Central Area of Singapore surrounded by the perimeter of four other planning areas, the Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South and Straits View. The area surrounding the bay itself, also called Marina Bay is a 360 hectare extension to the adjacent Central Business Distrct.

Orchard Road

Orchard Road is a 2,2 kilometre-long major road in the Central Area of Singapore, often known colloquially as Orchard, the area is a major shopping belt and tourist attraction. The Orchard Planning Area is a planning area as specified by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. It is part of the Central Area located within the Central Region. Orchard is bordered by Newton in the east and north. Tanglin in the west, River Valley in the South and Museum to the southeast.

Chinatown

Located within the Outram district in the Cental Area of Singapore. Featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements. Chinatown has had a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. As the largest ethnic group in Singapore is Chinese, Chinatown is considerably less of an enclave than it once was. However, the precinct does retain significant historical and cultural significance. Large sections of it have been declared national heritage sites officially designated for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Little India

Is an ethnic district in Singapore. It is located east of the Singapore River-across from Chinatown, located west of the river and north of Kampong Glam. Both areas are part of the urban planning area of Rochor. Little India is commonly known as Tekka in the Indian Singaporean community.

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay has become one of the main tourist attractions in Singapore. Clarke Quay is an entertainment area with restaurant, cafes, bars, nightclubs and shops lining the Singapore River. Once used as a trading port on the Singapore River with large warehouses and docks to transport to goods up the river to waiting ships to carry it all around the world, Clarke Quay has seen a huge revival into Singapore’s busiest entertainment area.

Dempsey Hill

Is a cluster that located surrounding by the peaceful and lush area. Although it’s only 10 minutes from the CBD, Orchard Road. Tourist can enjoy and taste several food from another country. This place also have a Museum of contemporary arts (for people who love contemporary arts). For fashion fans, Rouge French design is a place that asia outfit style with French touch, Woody antique house is a heaven collector of asia antique goods.

Singapore botanic Garden

As well as being a favourite recreation venue for jogging, dining or just lazing about, the sprawling grounds are also a leading centre for botanical and horticultural research. Highlights include The National Orchid Garden, which boasts the world’s largest orchid display, with over 60,000 plants and orchids.

Jurong Bird

Meet and interact with thousands of birds at Asia’s largest bird paradise. Discover a collection of over 5,000 colorful birds from 400 species, across over 20.2 hectares of exploratory landscapes, naturalistic environments and giant walk-in aviaries. You’ll get to enjoy close-up interactions with the feathered residents at feeding sessions, and be impressed by entertaining antics at daily shows. Indulge in a sumptuous Asian buffet lunch in the company of talented parrots, and splash in some water fun at the wet playground.

Singapore zoo

The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares (69 acres) on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area. Singapore zoo is home to over 2,800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The park also boasts the world’s first free-ranging orang utan habitat in a zoo. Delight in an exciting outdoor feast at Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning programme that offer exhilarating experience with orangutans. The fun is endless with interesting animal presentations photography with animals and more!

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Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 areas) of reclaimed land in the Central Region of Singapore. Gardens by the Bay is part of strategy by the Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora the city.

Jurong Bird

Meet and interact with thousands of birds at Asia’s largest bird paradise. Discover a collection of over 5,000 colorful birds from 400 species, across over 20.2 hectares of exploratory landscapes, naturalistic environments and giant walk-in aviaries. You’ll get to enjoy close-up interactions with the feathered residents at feeding sessions, and be impressed by entertaining antics at daily shows. Indulge in a sumptuous Asian buffet lunch in the company of talented parrots, and splash in some water fun at the wet playground.

Universal Studio

Step into the glamorous Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studio theme park, features with an enticing selection of attraction, entertainment for families or thrill seekers and 24 rides in 7 themed zones, each zones is uniquely designed.

Singapore zoo

The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares (69 acres) on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area. Singapore zoo is home to over 2,800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The park also boasts the world’s first free-ranging orang utan habitat in a zoo. Delight in an exciting outdoor feast at Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning programme that offer exhilarating experience with orangutans. The fun is endless with interesting animal presentations photography with animals and more!

Night Safari

The world ‘s first nocturnal wildlife park. This internationally acclaimed leisure acttraction embodies innovation and creativity in products and services. There is close to 900 animals and around 100 species that 41% are threatened animal species. A visit to Night Safari is a journey into the wilderness. It is designed to be explored on a 40 minutes tram ride. You will be take through 6 geographical regions, from the Himalayan foothills to the jungles of Southeast Asia

Rainforest Lumina

When the day ends for the real animals, the Creature Crew takes on the role of Rainforest Lumina. This 1 kilometre long audio visual experience features 10 interactive zones with light installations that show off a different side of the Zoo. Meet the quirky creature crew and embark an adventures and discovery in the magical rainforest at night.

Sentosa Fun Pass

Sentosa Fun Pass is your gateway into the land of adventures. Be spoilt for choice with over 19 exciting atrractions. Discover endless fun and surprise at Sentosa from alluring attractions, pristine beaches, action-packed activities and lush rainforests.

Wings of the Time

Watch a mesmerizing night show by the sea. Wings of the time is the only permanent night show in the world set in the open sea. Discover an awe-inspiring display of water, laser show and fire effect and the spectacular music as you soar through space and time in a magical adventure.

Sentosa – Luge and Skyride

Skyline Luge is a unique wheeled gravity that provides rideers full control over their descent on purpose built track. Climb aboard your luge, let the gravity and enjoy 2.6 kilometre of adventure. For those who like things little easier, jump aboard the skyride for a scenic adventure on a 4 seater chairlift that gives you magnificent views of the South China Sea while engrossed in the natural habitat of Sentosa Island.

SEA Aquarium

SEA Aquarium is a magical marine world. Home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species. They are grouped according to 10 different zones with 49 habitats and swimming in 45 million litres of water. When you are in the humongous aquarium for the open ocean habitat, it will makes you feel like you’re on the cavernous ocean floor. It’s an experience you won’t forget.