Singapore lures visitors from all around the world due to its matchless tourist attractions and stunning natural views. Singapore is the place that has something different for each visitor to fuel the fires of his/her craving. This Lion city is one of the smallest countries in the world that offers endless possibilities for everyone.
Are you intending for Singapore tourism in the upcoming holidays? Before starting your Singapore trip, you must be curious to get some important information like official languages in Singapore, currency, weather, safety, the best time to visit, days required for exploring top attractions and transportation from Singapore Changi Airport to Singapore city.
I am going to unveil significant information about Singapore. This Singapore travel guide would help you to plan your trip efficiently. Pack your essentials and prepare your gadgets for your Singapore trip.
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If you are planning to enjoy your vacation in Singapore and worried about a suitable month, then you will be glad to know that there’s no particular time to visit this sensational country. You can plan your Singapore trip in any month of the year as Singapore is a year-round destination for tourists.
You must make it sure to book your accommodation in advance to avoid inconvenience during the peak seasons i.e. in January, February, June, July, September, and October as lots of visitors love to visit Singapore in these months. Find your own convenient time for leisure and don’t miss exploring the world’s most visited country Singapore.
If you have planned your Singapore travel before departing from the source country, you can get around the most exciting attractions of Singapore without wasting your time.
As the population of Singapore consists the people from diverse cultures, the language will not be a problem for the tourists visiting Singapore. Singapore has four official languages Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English. But the majority of people in Singapore use British English for communication. Not only in schools but also in the business and government sector, the English language is crowned to be the primary language.
On the other hand, Malay is spoken by around 13% of the Singaporean population. Singapore’s national anthem ‘Majulah Singapura’, or Onward Singapore, is written and sung in Malay (Bahasa Melayu). Singapore’s ethnic group is formed by the Indians who migrated from Southern India and settled in Singapore. Most of the Southern Indians speak their native language Tamil that’s why it’s also taught in schools. Huayu or Mandarin is another official language for the people of Chinese origin, but it’s not that much popular.
Due to the geographical location of Singapore, it has a tropical climate. The temperature of Singapore varies very little during the entire year.
Singapore is characterized by the high humidity and abundance of rainfall.
February is the hottest and driest month in Singapore when an average temperature rises to 27°C (81°F) and the coldest month is January with an average temperature of 26°C (79°F). These figures reveal that the temperature of Singapore has slight fluctuation.
Higher rainfall occurs from November to January thus the couples enjoy more during this period. The wettest month in Singapore is December with an average 269mm rain.
If you consider yourself a beach-loving person then the most suitable time for you to visit Singapore is April when the sea temperature is 30°C which is perfect for swimming.
Safety is the first thing that comes in mind of every tourist while planning an overseas trip. Singapore is considered as one of the safest countries in the world for tourism. The travelers either they are traveling solo or with their loved ones can roam the entire country 24/7 without worrying about safety. For a solo traveler, Singapore is one of the best and safest holiday destinations.
The safe & secure atmosphere of the country persuades visitors to relish the trip during the days as well as nights.
When you arrive in Singapore, you can find a money changer at the airport, but the exchange rates are comparatively low there, so you are advised to exchange currency in Singapore city. Whether you carry USD or your local currency, you can exchange it there.
You may have a question in your mind that how would you reach at Hotel or Hostel if you don’t have SGD. I would suggest you exchange a little money at the airport, get to the city from the airport and then exchange the rest of the currency.
You can also use your travel card or any international debit or credit card to withdraw money at ATMs available at various places in Singapore. A credit card is one of the preferred modes of payment as nearly all the merchants accept all types of credit cards.
To visit the top attractions of Singapore, 3-4 days trip is enough, if you are ready to explore Singapore by leaving your rest time aside. On the other hand, if you consider enjoying the sightseeing in Singapore without getting out of your comfort zone, it would take about a week in Singapore.
It’s very convenient to visit one place to another in Singapore even when you are traveling for the first time. You can choose a bus, taxi or MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) train for going to your booked hotel or hostel. If you are a solo traveler, I would suggest using MRT/LRT trains which are the cheapest & convenient means of public transportation in Singapore.
You can have an EZ-Link or Nets Flashpay stored value card for MRT/LRT at MRT station by paying a nominal amount of SGD 12 and you’ll get SGD 7 for the usage in your card. You can get this card recharged (top-up) anytime within the period of 5 years hence it’s good to keep the card for your future trips. The same card can be used while traveling through a bus.
Take your card and move for MRT. Singapore MRT Train System Map is easier enough to understand quickly. You can have a picture or a copy of a map with you and enjoy visiting Singapore with family or friends.
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In case, you find it difficult to understand the map or have a problem in finding a particular place, you can always rely upon MRT officials at their inquiry counters.
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