5 Reasons Singapore Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination
This post is not sponsored however we were hosted by FlyScoot (flights) and Club Med Kani (Maldives Accomodation) and Ibis Bencoolen (Singapore Accomodation).
Singapore offers so much more than a convenient airport to transfer from one flight to the next. This Asian city blends diverse culture with modern attractions in a unique way and it is family friendly!
We have just returned from an amazing 7 day holiday via the Maldives and we decided to spend 2 nights in Singapore to explore this amazing city. This time I was travelling without kids but my intention was to check it out for a future family holiday and I am sooo going back!
Overseas travel can be much more affordable than you think too. We flew with Scoot who are a great budget airline flying out of Singapore to Australia. All of their flights have to go through Singapore so there are lots of options and their fleet of planes is very modern. Scoot are a part of the Singapore Airlines family who have an excellent international flying reputation and record. They fly to more than 60 destinations including many Asian and European destinations.
I am a big fan of budget airlines because I only have to pay for what I want … I add baggage for a few passengers only, and food and entertainment when needed. Flying to Singapore can be less than $200 and that is cheaper than many domestic fares.They switched on the LED lights for us as a treat haha
We arrived in the early morning and grabbed a taxi to the Ibis Bencoolen which is a modern hotel (part of the Accor chain) in a more traditional part of town. This proved to be perfect and they were super helpful storing our bags until a room was available.
Prices were comparable to Australia and we were able to enjoy fast free wifi, delicious breakfast and another amazing feature. This hotel gave many rooms your own local mobile phone to use while you were in staying with them and it had mobile data and calls available. Literally we could take them out around town to stay in touch, call home or use them to navigate with Maps apps on them. We even posted to our social media when exploring the city … such a great idea!
There is an amazing public transport system in Singapore and it is very affordable. The buses stopped right outside the hotel including the open top red tour bus which is a great way to get orientated in most cities. As we were with a large group and had limited time, we used taxis quite a bit and they were surprisingly cheap. Uber is also an option if you prefer.Taxis are modern, very affordable and accept credit cards mostly
My kids are into their pre-teen and early teens and so I am wanting to expand their cultural horizons a little to help them to understand more about how large and diverse the world is. We can do that at home in Australia but it is nice to get overseas too. Singapore is a great place to start to explore this without having to deep-end them into a developing country (not that we wouldn’t do that haha) … I like the middle ground as a great introduction.
Singapore has very large and vibrant cultural precincts where you can go to experience slightly different foods, styles, religious backgrounds and more. We visited Little India as well as some Chinese and Middle Eastern influenced areas and I swear you could imagine yourself to be in those countries as you walked the streets and alleys.Little India with its street stalls, flower shops, tailors and food stalls
A local qipped that eating is a national past-time in Singapore and I can see why. WIth all of the cultural influences and the entreprenurial flavour, there is no end to the places to buy great food. We ate in fine food restaurants, bars and hawker centres which are a kind of huge food court with hundreds of small food outlets and a communal seating area.Chicken satay was delicious and affordableEspresso pork ribs … Mmmmm @Ibis Bencoolen
On the whole the food was excellent though eating Stingray was about as adventurous as I could manage this time (it is less fishy than I expected … a muscular stringy white meat). Generally street food dishes were under $10 and perfect to buy a few between your group. Simple noodles bowls were as cheap as $4-5.
Singapore has so much to do with a range of theme parks, an island resort/entertainment district (Sentosa), more shopping than you could ever manage and the wonderful Gardens by the Bay which is definitely a go-to location. Each night the huge Supertree Grove lights up with a great music and light show which is amazing and kind of like fireworks without the noise.Supertree Grove light show at the Gardens By The Bay – FreeA 7 story shopping centre with many of the same chain stores as home
The amazing Marina Bay Sands looks amazing from the ground but is worth a visit to see the infinity edge pool and bar along the top.Amazing architecture
The Formula One is coming to town in a week and it will be a great party whether you are into the racing or not. The track is around the bay area and there are huge concerts and more as a part of the event weekend.
I can’t wait to get back to Singapore with the kids and to explore the city sights, tastes and entertainment with them. You should check it out too as a possible destination for you and the kids. As far as overseas holidays with kids go, Singapore is a great first trip to experience travel and culture in a safe and controlled way.
10 Amazing Reasons to Visit Singapore
Angela Koblitz / © Culture Trip
Many travellers avoid Singapore because of its infamously high costs, it’s cleanliness (although we’re still not sure why that is a bad thing) and its perceived lack of attractions for tourists. However, skipping Singapore on your SE Asia tour is a huge mistake! Here are ten reasons why you should include Singapore on your SE Asia itinerary.
Singapore ranks up with other culturally and religiously diverse nations making it quite different from its neighbouring countries. The island has four official languages; English, Tamil, Malay and Mandarin and it also celebrates the national holidays of many different religions. Visitors can enjoy culinary experiences from different countries as well as visiting many different places of worship.
Abdul Gafoor Mosque, 2016 – Image courtesy of National Heritage Board
Another great reason for visiting Singapore is that it is one of the cleanest cities in the world. Thanks to rules about spitting and littering, Singapore is free of unpleasant smells or unsightly litter. Though some may accuse Singapore of being rather clinical, we think its clean streets are a real plus.
The Marina Bay Sands infinity pool
Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands / ExpediaYou’ll need to be travelling with a budget to check this one off your list, but the hotel boasts the longest elevated infinity pool in the world. Perched across the three towers that make up the Marina Bay Sands hotel and with Singapore’s stunning skyline in the background, taking a picture up here is every Instagramer’s dream. If you can’t swing the cash for the hotel, go to C’est La Vie instead. A cocktail will set you back about $30, much less than the $500 per night room rates!
Singapore is full of hundreds of hawker centres where you can get a delicious meal for under $10. A hawker centre is similar to a food mall court except most of them are significantly larger. Hawkers like Newton Food Circus and Maxwell Hawker Centre have dozens of offerings ranging from fresh seafood to laksa as well as fresh fruit and local style desserts.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Satay_stalls_along_Boon_Tat_Street_next_to_Telok_Ayer_Market,_Singapore_-_20120629-02.jpg | Hawker Centre Singapore / Wikicommons
For such a small island, Singapore has an extensive array of restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world at different price points. The Michelin guide rated Singapore last year, which is a good starting point if you’re struggling to choose between the seemingly endless options of restaurants. In the past few years, there has also been a big emergence of local chefs creating modern Singaporean food.
Courtesy of Corner House
Singapore has a proven record for the best (albeit expensive) bars in Asia. When the World’s Best 50 Bars list was released last year, Singapore was the top contender in Asia with three bars on the list. Speciality cocktail speakeasy 28HKS earned the top spot on the list of Asia’s Top 50 Bars with Manhattan Bar, Operation Dagger and Jigger & Pony all also in the top 10 of the Asia list.
Courtesy of Regent Singapore
These two outdoor attractions are unlike anything else in the world. Gardens by the Bay is dominated by its Supertree Grove, a collection of giant metal vertical gardens that are covered in thousands of species of flora and fauna. Gardens by the Bay has the atmosphere of a friendly and futuristic alien landscape. Visit at night for the full effect. Haw Par Villa is a former amusement park built by the Haw Par brothers who invented Tiger Balm. The park is full of life-sized sculptures and dioramas depicting Chinese mythology. The Haw Par brothers wanted to create a fun way for parents to teach their children about morality through these folk stories.
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The Singapore Zoo is world famous for its ‘open’ captivity design where animals are kept in large enclosures that are surrounded by moats or other non-intrusive barriers. The Singapore Zoo makes it easy for visitors to get around regardless of the equatorial climate by offering a variety of methods of transportation within the park including trams, boats and even horse carriages.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/monstermunch/4447917525/ | Singapore Zoo / Andy Mitchell flickr
It’s hard to believe that this street was once lined with orchards, but today it is the number one place to go to shop until you drop. With nearly two dozen malls lining the two kilometres between Orchard MRT and Somerset MRT, you can wander the malls and shop for various designer goods. This is a great activity if the weather is poor because the malls are connected by an underground tunnel network.
Orchard Road / Wikicommons | © chensiyuan / WikiCommons
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcartmell/27619871660 | Singapore Architecture / Mike Cartmell flickr
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What Travellers Should Know Before Going 🇸🇬
Singapore is a city-state of multiple layers and depth. While the clichéd image is one of skyscrapers and super-speed transport – and this isn’t wrong – , there’s a lot more to Singapore than that.
A historic seaport, Singapore made an incredible transformation from developing to developed nation in only a generation; it has now become an international hub of innovation, trade, technology and transport. It’s a hugely diverse place to be with a combination of Indian, Malay, Chinese and Western influences.
This has resulted not only in a fascinating cultural mix but also fantastic food. They say that eating is a national pastime in Singapore and that seems like an understatement. From high-end restaurants to the buzzing hawker centres, food is the beating heart of the city. Aside from all the eating, there is plenty to keep visitors entertained, from sky-high cable car rides over the city to endless expanses of gleaming shopping malls.
Travelling to Singapore means a trip full of surprises and adventure, all in a tiny area! With such a modern vibe it is easy to believe that it espouses tolerance towards all sexualities as well, but the attitude towards LGBT rights in Singapore is actually a disappointing one. While we believe gay travellers should be excited to visit this city, it’s important to be aware of the situation before travelling. This guide aims to give an overview of the current situation to help LGBT travellers prepare for a trip to Singapore.
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Much like in India, Singapore retained the law from the British Empire prohibiting sodomy. Unlike in India, Singapore has not made the decision to repeal this law, meaning that under Section 377A homosexuality remains illegal (technically, the law says nothing about same-sex relations between two women). The punishment is two years in prison.
While the Attorney General has said that cases are rarely prosecuted if they involve consenting adults in private, he also made a point of highlighting that he still has the legal power to prosecute. There was a partial repeal for heterosexual couples in 2007 but the Prime Minister took the opportunity to emphasise that “Singapore is a conservative society [where] family [means] one man, one woman”, so there was no chance of a step forward.
Other parts of Singapore’s Penal Code could also potentially be interpreted to prosecute gay men, like section 354 on the ‘outrage of modesty’ or section 294A covering obscene acts in public. Perceived violation of these could result in two years’ imprisonment.
Human rights groups and LGBT activists have been pushing to repeal the law for many years and the recent victory in India has given some hope, although the countries are very different. It is argued that the law breaches articles 9 and 12 of Singapore’s constitution but in 2014 the High Court decided to preserve the ban.
With Section 377A still in place, the legal situation for LGBT rights in Singapore remains backwards. There is no recognition for same-sex relationships, adoption is illegal and there are no anti-discrimination laws in place. The media is even forbidden to promote “the glamorization of the homosexual lifestyle” so in the rare occasion an LGBT character appears on TV they are portrayed as damaged and have to be ‘fixed’.
While the government says that Section 377A isn’t proactively enforced, the LGBT community argue that this is a reductive argument as having this ban in place influences public opinion and makes people live in fear, marginalised in their community.The Social Situation in Gay Singapore
The social situation for LGBT rights in Singapore is complicated. While many members of the gay community live their lives relatively unmolested, there is always a sense of a hammer waiting to fall. Society in Singapore is not particularly extremist or religious, but it is still very conservative and opposition to repealing Section 377A is probably because it’s conflated with breaking down the traditional family.
Public opinion has gradually swung towards slightly more tolerance towards same-sex relationships or even gay marriage, although it is still not overwhelmingly in favour. A 2019 survey showed that a third of people would support same-sex marriage (23% were unsure or did not answer), with younger people being more likely to support it. This means a depressing 43% are against.
While most LGBT people living in Singapore might feel relatively safe, they do not feel comfortable or accepted. With the ban on positive representation in the media, zero education on LGBT issues old-fashioned misconceptions, life can be a struggle for those who come out.
The media ban is particularly troubling when you think about the risk of HIV – it is impossible to show condom adverts, for example. The illness still carries a stigma and sufferers have to disclose their information on a database and to their employers. Campaigners talk of the lack of information available on HIV and a January 2019 leak of medical records on 14,200 HIV positive patients caused shockwaves to go through the LGBT community. Such confidential data in the public domain could cause huge amounts of damage, considering the discrimination.
There have been some positive shifts as a result of consistent activism on LGBT rights in Singapore. Pink Dot, the annual gay pride rally, started in 2009 and grows year on year. Prominent celebrities have come out and there is hope that this will provide inspiring role models for young gay people in the closet. Many feel it is about ignorance, rather than bigotry, and that the outcome of activism will be to engage with the majority who simply haven’t encountered any LGBT people before.Trans Rights in Singapore
Since 2003 transsexuals have had the right to change their legal gender; in 1996 a law was quietly passed to allow post-operative trans people to marry. Gender generally is a more fluid notion in Southeast Asia but that doesn’t mean that life is easy for trans people and, again, there are no anti-discrimination laws in place.
As is often the case, poor and under-educated people are considerably more vulnerable to abuse and discrimination as they don’t have the resources or position to protect them. Transgender women have spoken about being assaulted and their jobs put in jeopardy due to transphobia.So what does this mean for travellers?
To be honest, despite the dire legal situation for LGBT people in Singapore, it’s unlikely that gay travellers will be negatively affected. Much like in other conservative countries in Asia, there’s much more of a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ mentality and people don’t want to cause a scene.
While in some areas holding hands with your partner might cause an eyebrow to raise, it’s extremely unlikely to go any further than that. After dark there’s a thriving gay scene and of course there’s more than enough to do during the day to keep all travellers – gay, straight, unicorn – busy and happy.
It’s just important to be aware that technically homosexuality is illegal and so to be conscious of surroundings and behaviour in public places.Places to Go in Gay Singapore
When we’re talking about such a tiny space this is a slight moot point, but the vast majority of Singapore is a completely realistic place for LGBT travellers and there is no need to be limited to certain areas. In fact, the only thing that might limit gay travellers is the same thing that would limit straight ones – budget!
In and around Chinatown is where most gay bars and clubs are based, so to feel totally free and easy it’s a good idea to stay here or spend a lot of time here. Often poorer areas (they do exist!) will be more conservative so gay travellers should be aware of any PDA or hand-holding there. Anecdotally, we’d say the same rule goes for more family-focused places like Sentosa Island. As we said before, there’s almost zero chance of any outright problems if you hold hands with your partner but you might get some looks – which is never very comfortable.
Otherwise, Singapore is your oyster! Eat, enjoy a cruise, eat, go on the Singapore Flyer, eat, walk around the Gardens by the Bay and (you guessed it) eat some more.Gay-Friendly Accommodation in Singapore
Given the legal situation, there are no exclusively or specifically gay hotels in Singapore. However, from the standpoint of the welcome you receive, we’d say every hotel could be classified as gay friendly. As LGBT travellers you will not have any issues checking into a hotel whether you’re in a same-sex partnership or on your own.
Of course, if gay travellers would like to ensure they’re around more ‘like-minded’ people then it’s a matter of doing some research and getting recommendations from fellow LGBT travellers. There are certainly a range of hotels that have got brilliant reviews from our gay friends – some high-end sophistication, some cheap (for Singapore) and cheerful. Usually hotels nearer the gay nightlife will have a higher proportion of gay travellers.Activities in Gay Singapore
Well, we already mentioned our number-one activity in Singapore: eat! The food here is well-renowned for good reason and it’s definitely possible to fill whole days rolling from one eating-place to another. All of Singapore’s attractions and activities are open to everyone so enjoy wandering around, shop-till-you-drop-ing, going on luges at Sentosa Island or whatever else this buzzing city has to offer.
For more gay-specific pastimes you will usually have to wait until after dark, unless you’re in Singapore for the Pink Dot rally. Despite the law, Singapore is surprisingly great for gay nightlife with cocktail bars, drag shows and wild dance parties galore.
Chinatown is home to many of the more famous gay bars (Dorothy’s Bar with its Wizard of Oz décor is a particular favourite of ours), although some places have become unofficial gay bars, like Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa Island. Neil Road in Chinatown, known as ‘Pink Street’, has the only gay nightclub – Taboo – and an organization called PLAY arranges gay takeover parties four or five times a year.
There are also plenty of opportunities for sensual massage or meeting people in the gay saunas of Singapore.Meeting People in Gay Singapore
There’s certainly no shortage of opportunities to meet people. It’s a foreigner-friendly city where everyone simply wants to have fun: have a drink, a dance, some food and some good conversations. In the gay clubs and bars you’ll find it easy to get chatting with locals and, of course, there are the saunas – just be respectful of the fact that the local men here might have complex relationships with their sexuality and have less education on issues, so it’s your responsibility to take precautions and use protection.
As well as the old-fashioned face-to-face meetings, you can also use Grindr and other hook-up apps to find yourself a local guide!Things to Think About in LGBT Singapore
One of the main reasons we love Singapore is that you don’t have to think too much, you just have to have fun! Kidding aside, this city is a great destination for gay travellers, despite the bad state of LGBT rights in Singapore. While some might find this too off-putting, we think the higher the profile of the LGBT community, the more likely things are to change and travelling there can only help that. If you want to take a stand then go during the Pink Dot rally to help the gay community show up in large numbers.
PDA is generally not common so in family spots or more conservative areas be aware of the affect affectionate behaviour could have. Apart from this small consideration, gay people should be able to explore Singapore without any issues and take home some fabulous memories. Be safe and enjoy!
Experience Singapore Tourism for A Remarkable Romantic Holiday in Southeast Asia This Season
Looking for a destination abroad with great beaches, nightlife, food, and wildlife without having to spend a bomb on the local commute to experience it all? Well, Singapore tourism has the answer! The city-state-country, one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world is home to many modern and natural wonders, all adding to the allure of Singapore tourism package. And despite being one of the world’s top metropolitan cities, more than half of its total area is covered in lush greenery, thanks to over 50 parks and four nature reserves!
Only when you come face-to-face with Singapore tourism from Delhi you realise why the world calls this nation an enchanting garden city. Be it the world-famous Night Safari, the Sentosa Island, the towering Singapore Flyer, or the bustling cityscape with posh markets and shopping centres, there is no dearth of places to visit in Singapore for couples, group of friends or families.
Even if you don’t have a lot of time at hand, but still want to go out on a holiday with your loved ones, Singapore tourism promises to exceed your expectations with all that it has on offer.
Top attractions in Singapore
Singapore has always been everything a destination needs to be for tourists with the plethora of activities one can indulge in. With the constant surge in demand for Singapore tourism holiday packages, it’s well on course to be Asia’s best travel destination, if it’s not already.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Singapore for a remarkable holiday:
1. Marina Bay Sands- Once famous for plush interiors and exquisite services, this wonderful resort in the heart of Singapore city is now known for Gardens By The Bay – a large public garden with a cluster of supertrees.
2. Bras Basah – Located towards the north of the Singapore River, Bras Basah is a hub for historical structures and museums where buildings and artefacts dating back to the colonial era.
3. Sentosa Island- This spectacular island resort close to the southern coast of Singapore is known for its monorail, the cable car, the Tiger Sky Tower, and the mesmerising Palawan beach.
4. Changi Village- If you want to explore the rural side of Singapore, then Changi Village is the place to visit. Witness the 2.2-kilometre Changi Point Coastal Walkway adding to the rustic charm of this laid-back village.
5. Little India- As the name suggests, it’s a region where Indian-Singaporeans live. So, just in case you booked yourself a lavish Singapore family tour package with airfare but worried you’ll miss desi vibes, Little India is where you should head!
6. China Town – Are you a big fan of Chinese street food, temples, crafts, and antiques? China Town, quite near to Little India, is where you can experience it all.
7. Jurong- Here, you can enjoy bird watching at Singapore Bird Park, visit the Singapore Science Centre, and Singapore Discovery Centre.
Singapore weather and the best time to visit
A rendezvous with Singapore tourism is something which can be experienced all year round. Due to its proximity to the equator, its weather doesn’t vary much for the most part of the year. However, the best time to visit Singapore extends from mid-February and April. This is the time when daytime temperatures hover between 24 to 32 degree Celsius and you can enjoy being outdoors, indulge in various kinds of water sports at Sentosa Island, and witness the best of Singapore package.
How to reach Singapore
Well, with the best airport and the best airline in the world, Singapore is already one of the most popular and frequently visited countries in Southeast Asia. Changi Airport in Singapore is well connected with most cities in the world, including New Delhi and Mumbai. Being an island nation, Singapore is mostly visited by air. However, there are private cruises that halt at Singapore and booking yourself a place in the same would make for one unique journey.
Singapore for couples
There are a lot of things to do and places to visit in Singapore for couples. Also, there are a number of adventure activities on offer that most of you would like to indulge in, especially while holidaying with your beloved such as water skiing, canoeing, paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, and more. Besides, you can explore cityscape, and check out the entrancing night of Singapore, or shop around in the local markets which are home to both local and international apparel stores.
Whether it’s a meal in Little India, a spiritual tour in ChinaTown, a go-around in high-speed local transport, a ride on an exhilarating roller coaster at Universal Studios Singapore, or the walk at Changi Coastal point, Singapore is just what every couple needs to experience at least once in their lifetime.
The charm gets multiplied due to the tourist-friendly environment and the ever-smiling locals who are known for welcoming the tourists with absolute warmth and unique hospitality. So no matter what kind of a traveller you and your partner are, Singapore tourism has got all of it for you! Just book yourself a Singapore holiday and make memories for life.
Flying solo: More Singaporean women holidaying alone abroad, Life News & Top Stories
An ongoing note in Ms Sancia Ng’s mobile phone serves as a record of where she has been.
The 30-year-old has gone on many solo trips in the past few years, including about 10 to Japan, several to Europe, and jaunts to other countries including the United States, South Korea, Cambodia, Australia and Turkey.
The sales trader in a bank started travelling alone in 2011.
It began on a whim, but these trips have since become annual must-dos and she embarks on at least two of them each year.
“Solo travel is liberating. The solo traveller is alone, but never lonely. Unhindered by itineraries, I love being able to observe people in my own space and at my own pace,” she says.
She is among a growing number of female solo travellers here and in Asia.
Like Ms Ng, they are drawn to exploring the world on their own because such trips offer them new experiences, allow them to immerse in local culture and give them opportunities for personal growth.
- Tips on getting the most out of a solo trip
1 Step out of your comfort zone
Travelling solo means you can do what you want, whenever you want. But while you embrace me-time, do not let insecurity hinder you from stepping out of your comfort zone.
Do not be afraid to dine alone. Solo dining does not mean ordering room service.
You are in a new country with new friends, so do not worry about embarrassing yourself.
2 Have your pulse on happenings in your destination
Do your research online and pick up a local guidebook to find out what is going on in the city. There could be free local performances, special events or a festival in town – all of which would allow you to experience the local culture without adding to your trip costs.
3 Know your limits
Know your own mental, physical and financial limits. Do not overschedule activities or you may find yourself rushing from one location to the next. Pace yourself, adjust to the environment and get sufficient rest.
Do not get drunk and end up lost, broke or taken advantage of.
Do not overspend and end up running out of cash as not all places accept credit cards or have automated cash machines. Always have spare cash for an emergency.
4 Do not disconnect
It might be tempting to just fall off the radar, but do not do it.
Keep your hotel, hostel or host informed of your movements for the day, so they know when to expect you back.
Keep important numbers – such as the hotel’s business cards and contacts of the local police station and your country’s embassy – in your wallet or mobile phone.
Buy a local data card and use a GPS tracker for family members to locate your whereabouts.
5 Stay safe
If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, walk away. Keep your valuables in a safe at the hotel or spread them out so you do not lose everything to a pickpocket.
Schedule your arrival well before dark and do not leave your bags unattended. Most snatch thieves work in pairs – one distracts you while the other takes your bag.
Do not be afraid to make a fuss if someone is bothering you.
Do not divulge personal information to people you have just met or ask them to look after your valuables.
At bars and clubs, get your own drink and always have it in your hand. Avoid shady clubs where you may end up with an inexplicably huge tab or face extortion.
6 Have a contingency plan
Beyond planning for your journey by booking flights and accommodation, always have a Plan B or even a Plan C and D, in case of weather changes or other unforeseen situations such as transport delays or cancellations.
• These tips were given by Mr Mark Wong, Small Luxury Hotels Of The World’s vice-president for the Asia-Pacific region; Mr Nicholas Lim, president of Trafalgar’s Asia region; Ms Pamela Knaggs, Skyscanner’s marketing manager for Singapore and Malaysia; Ms Josephine Lim, managing director of Preferred Hotels & Resorts for South-east Asia; and Lightfoot Travel, Airbnb and Flight Centre
Locally, data from global homesharing platform Airbnb reveals that the number of outbound Singaporean female solo travellers has doubled from Jan 31 last year to Jan 31 this year.
In contrast, the number of male solo travellers has remained consistent over the years.
Ms Robin Kwok, Airbnb’s country manager of South-east Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, says the trend is seen elsewhere in Asia. Its data shows that women from Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea are among the world’s most frequent solo travellers.
Travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor’s Women and the World Travel Survey in 2015 – a study it launched in 2014 to gain insight into the market – found that almost half of its South-east Asian respondents said they had travelled alone – “a significant rise” from the 36 per cent from the year before.
The survey’s 2014 edition had also found that 75 per cent of the 636 South-east Asian women polled enjoy solo travelling as the experience changes them and makes them feel more confident.
Hotels and tour operators have caught on and are rolling out carrots to reel in the female solo traveller.
At India’s The Leela Palace New Delhi, a five-star hotel, solo female travellers are offered a pampering and safe stay under the hotel’s Kamal package – specifically tailored for women.
These travellers are attended to by female butlers and housekeepers, and have access to a personal female chef. They are driven from the airport to the hotel by a female chauffeur and stay on the hotel’s exclusive ladies-only floor, which comes with a security guard, also female.
The hotel’s spokesman says demand for the package, launched in 2011, has “increased 10-fold” in the past two years and “is growing with each passing month”.
Various properties on third-party hotel booking website Small Luxury Hotels Of The World have also been actively catering to the needs of solo female travellers.
At Dukes London, such guests are assigned a female employee to escort them and handle all room and housekeeping requirements; and La Suite Kobe Harborland in Japan offers female-oriented amenities, including a facial mask, moisturising gloves and a ladies-only spa.
Premium tour operator Insight Vacations is also in the process of planning a female-targeted trip itinerary.
Beyond these special arrangements, solo female travellers say the draw of travelling alone lies in the people they meet and the adventures that await them.
Real estate agent Ang Geok Bee, 41, hit it off with an Italian man in a travel cafe while she was holidaying in Barcelona, Spain, more than 20 years ago.
They are still in touch and she has visited him several times in Italy.
“We chat about everything – our lives, careers, family. I find the friendship meaningful,” she says.
Bank employee Amy Soh, 31, went on a solo trip for the first time in January last year.
“I had just turned 30 and wanted to step out of my comfort zone after hitting the milestone for some me-time,” she says.
She booked herself a yoga retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand, to “connect with myself” and says she emerged from the trip feeling physically and mentally refreshed.
“I hope to make this an annual thing,” she says.
Chance to challenge herself physically
Ms Aprilyn Chan abseiling from Table Mountain in South Africa this year. PHOTO: COURTESY OF APRILYN CHAN
Although she considers herself unathletic, Ms Aprilyn Chan succeeded in doing a solo hike across a chain of mountains.
It took her 10 hours in the same day to trek the rugged coastline that links the mediaeval fishing villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre – a hike that guidebooks usually advise travellers to take a few days to do.
“A villager looked at my petite frame and told me to stop hiking when I was on the last leg of my journey. I contemplated doing so because I was dead beat by then. But I decided not to give up,” says the manager in a recruitment consultancy of the 2015 journey.
Such experiences are quintessential to her solo trips each year.
“I look to challenge myself mentally and physically, broaden my understanding of the world and discover myself anew,” she says.
She began ticking off a bucket list of “firsts” in 2014 when she made her first solo trip to Spain – her first time venturing out of Asia.
Last year, the 30-year-old singleton kayaked for the first time in Greece.
This year, in Africa, she went shark cage-diving, skydiving and abseiled from a 1,000m-high mountain, snorkelled with seals, and went on a two-week wildlife volunteering programme.
Her friends had mixed reactions to her solo travels.
Some were encouraging, but others found it “weird” that she would want to take on such “dangerous” experiences.
One friend even suggested that she carry a knife, so that she could stab anyone who “tries to be funny with you”.
Ms Chan realised that there were negative perceptions of female solo travel among Singaporeans.
“We seem to think of the worst things that can happen. There is also a stigma – that it’s a very lonely activity,” she says, adding that she has few friends here who have attempted solo trips or who would consider them.
“The more that people are against the idea of solo travelling, the more I want to do it,” she says.
After Spain, there was no looking back.
That trip gave her immense self-satisfaction – she managed to navigate her way around the country despite her poor sense of direction.
The journey to a location took much longer than that indicated on the maps. But that did not matter to Ms Chan – only reaching the destination did.
In adopting that mindset on all her trips to date, she is enjoying the time she has to herself and learning how to solve problems along the way.
“Sometimes, things don’t turn out the way I plan. But there’s no point in being frustrated because the problem doesn’t go away,” she says. “It’s far more useful to think, look around and ask for help.”
Taking the initiative to speak to strangers is also something she has learnt to do on her solo trips.
These strangers, she says, have helped her to decipher road signs, given her directions and helped her get to airports on time.
Some of them have even become friends – such as two male Swedish teenagers she met recently in Africa. The trio got on so well that she will be flying to Bangkok to meet them again later this year for a holiday.
She says: “It’s amazing that I could find such compatible travel partners when it’s sometimes hard to travel even with friends.”
No longer awkward doing things alone
Ms Olivia Lee enjoying the sand, sun and sea in Boracay in the Philippines last October. PHOTO: COURTESY OF OLIVIA LEE
Not even a broken foot could keep public relations specialist Olivia Lee, 24, from doing a solo trip.
While nursing a broken fourth metatarsal on her right foot in December, she holidayed for eight days in Krabi, a resort town in Thailand.
“I went clubbing, swimming, walked around a lot and even explored caves filled with rocks,” she says.
Her right foot was always sore and swollen by the end of the day. But to the plucky young woman, it was a case of “no pain, no gain”.
She embarked on her first solo trip in 2015 and has done five such trips in under two years.
She had always been intrigued by the idea of solo travelling.
“I wanted to know what it’d be like spending time with myself, immersed in my own thoughts,” she says.
An opportunity surfaced when she had a break after graduating from university in 2015 and she decided to book a 12-day trip to Taiwan.
There, she experienced what it was like having almost all her meals by herself and watched a movie in a cinema alone for the first time in her life.
After that trip, she was hooked.
“Unlike trips with friends, where you have to accommodate others, I could concentrate on my own wants and do whatever I wanted,” she says.
As these solo trips increased in frequency – Boracay last October, Krabi and Bintan in December and Cebu last month, her parents became increasingly worried.
“They say I’m a daredevil. They can’t understand why I must do these trips,” she says of her 51-year-old security guard father’s and 50-year-old factory worker mother’s concerns. Ms Lee has a younger brother, 20, a polytechnic student.
The idea of solo-tripping was also met with scepticism from both male and female friends.
Some admitted that they would find travelling alone a lonesome affair.
“Others asked: ‘Is it safe for you? You’re female, you know.’ I would retort, saying, ‘So?'” she says.
The bachelorette adds that while there were many periods when she was alone, she never felt lonely.
“There’s always something new to see or do,” she says.
She has yet to feel unsafe on her trips, but did feel harassed once – in Boracay.
She was at a bar listening to a live band with some hostel mates, when a local approached her and persisted in yanking her towards him.
He was “aggressive” and she recalls feeling uncomfortable.
She asked her hostel mates for help. They surrounded her protectively and the man left her alone after that.
She says she has become more “bold and spontaneous” where trip planning is concerned.
She planned her inaugural solo trip to Taiwan to a T, but for her most recent five-day trip to Cebu, she booked only a day’s worth of accommodation and booked the subsequent nights while there.
This way, she does not feel tied down to one place, she says.
Thanks to her solo travels, dining alone here is no longer a source of awkwardness for her. Watching movies alone here is also a newfound habit.
She catches people glancing and staring at her when she is doing these activities or travelling alone.
“I can imagine what is going through their minds. They are probably thinking, ‘Why?’
“I’d say to them, ‘Why not?'”
Correction note: An earlier version of the article referred erroneously to Ms Robin Kwok as Mr Robin Kwok. We are sorry for the error.
Singapore travellers have large appetite for overseas vacations
The slowing of the Singapore economy in 2015 did not reduce the number of travellers from the island republic holidaying overseas, revealed a survey by Chubb Travel Insurance.
The survey on travel leisure trends in Singapore was conducted from November to December last year with participation from 1,998 Singapore travellers. Their responses unveiled these trends (infographic below):
- Avid travellers: 79% of Singapore respondents travelled twice a year or more, across all ages and gender. They continued to go for holidays despite the slowing economy during the last quarter of 2015. Although this was a mere 2% drop from a similar survey done in 2014, it reinforced Singapore travellers’ zest for travel. The additional public holiday from the SG50 celebration also had a part to play.
- Travel hardships: 80% of the respondents had experienced a travel mishap, up from 75% in 2014. Flight delays continued to occupy the top spot, following by falling ill and trip postponement or cancellation.
- Travel fears: The survey respondents also indicated that theft (52%) was their top travel worry, followed by being injured in an accident (44%) and then loss or delay of luggage (43%). Younger respondents (less than 30 years old) tend to be more worried about travel inconvenience such as theft and loss or delay of luggage than their older counterparts. In contrast the main worry of the latter, age 40 years and above, were about suffering an injury and falling ill. This is a similar finding in the 2014’s survey results.
- Booking online: 88% of the respondents would frequently book their leisure trips online, while 72% would purchase their travel insurance online.
- Regret travelling without insurance: 30% of the survey respondents have travelled without insurance but wish they hadn’t. This is an increase from 23% last year.
Greg Dodds, country president of Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited, found “disturbing” that nearly 30% of the survey respondents have travelled without insurance, but wish they had not.
“We delved further and found that half of them travelled thrice or more in a year, incurring a higher exposure to travel mishaps without the safety net provided by travel insurance. The findings reinforce our push to educate consumers on the benefits of travel insurance, and also provide useful tips to help our customers travel smarter and be better prepared for their trips,” he added.
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There are a lot of beaches in Singapore, as in any country that has access to the sea. But despite this, Singapore has never been considered a country where tourists prefer to come for a beach vacation.
Visiting the beaches here is a pleasant addition to sightseeing or business trips, since Singapore is, first of all, the business center of Asia. People are also alarmed by the huge port, which receives up to a thousand tankers and other cargo ships every day, and this is the reason why people mistrust beach holidays in Singapore.
In fact, time does not stand still, and everything around is changing, including the beach infrastructure of Singapore, which rises to a higher level every year. There are fewer dirty beaches, the seawater purification system works great, and if earlier some beaches were fenced off from the sea side with a net that prevented dirt and debris from entering their territory, now this is no longer necessary.
The most popular are the beaches located in the southeast of the Sentosa Island .This is probably the only place in Singapore where you can see really clear water, as most beaches cannot boast of crystal clear water.
All beaches are state property, admission is free. Most of them are equipped with awnings where you can hide from either the tropical rain or the scorching sun. Each beach has toilets, showers, changing cabins and even lockers with combination locks where you can leave your valuables.
A special tram runs along the coast, taking you to any beach you are interested in.There are lifeguards and medical personnel on the beaches, and for safety reasons, every morning the sand is cleaned by special machines and tested with a metal detector. You will not find free-standing sun loungers with umbrellas here. All this can be taken for a fee at the beach clubs. From the sea side, the beaches are fenced with a net that serves as a barrier for marine predators.
Palawan Beach is ideal for families. You can get to the beach by the Sentosa Express bus, and then drive up by the beach tram or walk about 5 minutes on foot.This is the most visited place on the island. There is a theme park water attractions Port of LostWonder , there are many restaurants and cafes. In addition, it is believed that this particular place is the southernmost point of Asia, as close as possible to the equator.
A small island with observation towers, which can be accessed via an exotic wooden bridge, somewhat reminiscent of films about pirates and Jack Sparrow, gives a special flavor to the area.
For a more active holiday, Siloso Beach is suitable.It is always noisy here, as it is a favorite vacation spot for young people. From morning to evening, music plays, people dance, play beach volleyball, and some even try themselves in extreme entertainment, for example, in a half-kilometer rope flight over the island at an altitude of more than 70 meters. There are several clubs on the beach, so daytime entertainment flows smoothly into nightly foam parties. You can get to the beach by the Sentosa Express bus.
For a secluded or romantic getaway, Tanjong Beach is more suitable, which can be reached in the same way as the rest of the island’s beaches – by the Sentosa Express bus.There are not many people here, so you can enjoy the silence while lying under a palm tree with a refreshing cocktail in hand. This beach was chosen by the locals, and they know a lot about quality rest.
Changi Coast Beach
Changi Coast is not a beach, but a park with many kilometers of beach line. It is a great place for cycling and camping. Since renting a house in Singapore is not a cheap pleasure, you can put up a tent right on the seashore, there are special places for camping.The water on the local beaches cannot be called clean, and this is probably the only drawback of this place.
Changi Coast Park
Beaches of St. John’s Island
Less popular and quieter beach destinations can be found on St. John’s Island. Local beaches are not yet popular with tourists, as the beach infrastructure here is just beginning to improve. St. John’s is packed with palm trees, sand, picturesque lagoons and a great diving site. The absence of crowds of tourists makes it possible to enjoy the silence and take a break from the bustle of the city.
Only on the local coast can you see white-bellied sea eagles and sea cucumbers. The beach strip is narrow, and the trees come close to the water and create a natural barrier to the sun. Most of the island belongs to the National Park, construction of any kind is prohibited, which means that in the near future St. John’s will remain uncrowded and the most attractive place for recreation.
Beach on St. John’s Island
Beaches of Pulau Ubin Island
The beaches of Pulau Ubin attract the calm atmosphere.There are not many of them here and the beach infrastructure is rather weak, but this is compensated by the rich nature, in some places even wild. It just doesn’t fit into my head that only fifteen minutes by boat from the main island of the country, there are such quiet and peaceful places.
Pulau Ubin Island
Beaches of Kusu Island
The beaches of Kusu Island are considered to be no less attractive. You can get to it from the island of Singapore by ferry in just half an hour, but since ferries do not run often, you will have to adjust to the schedule.The local beaches are attracted not so much by the beach vacation as such, but by the abundance of large and small lagoons, which are the highlight of Kusu. The landscapes here are so picturesque that it is not clear what you want more, lie on the sand, sit in a thatched gazebo, or constantly walk and take pictures. It is forbidden to put up tents on the island, so you can enjoy the splendor only in the daylight.
Kusu Island Beach
If you are in the mood for a high-class vacation with luxurious service, you should pay attention to the beach clubs, which are mostly concentrated on the islands Singapore and Sentosa .Here you can order a romantic dinner, see bright shows, learn to surf on artificial waves or dance at a concert of a famous DJ.
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Singapore is a city-state, most of which is located on the island of Singapore, located in Southeast Asia. It shares a border with the Riau Islands in Indonesia and with the Johor Sultanate in Malaysia.
The area of Singapore is 650 km2. In addition to the island of Singapore, the state includes about 59 other small islands. The largest of the islands are Sentosa, Brani, Ubin, Sudong, Semaku and Tekong Besar.
Singapore has a monsoon tropical climate. Temperatures are high throughout the year. The average annual temperature is 26 ° C. During the day, the air heats up to a temperature of 30-32 ° C, at night it cools down to 21-23 ° C.
There is no dry season in Singapore. Annual precipitation is 2500 mm.The rainy season comes from November to January. Showers start suddenly and end just as suddenly. Thunderstorms are very frequent in May (about 19 days a month).
The climate in Singapore is very humid. In the morning, humidity reaches 90%, and during the day it drops to 70-75%.
To enter Singapore for residents of almost all countries of the world, including Russia, a visa is required. Visas are issued for 35 days. It is possible to stay in Singapore without a visa for 96 hours, subject to the availability of tickets with a fixed date of departure and a visa to the country of destination (if required), as well as sufficient money to stay in Singapore.In any case, the final decision on staying without a visa in the country is made by the border service.
To obtain a visa, you must have an invitation, an air ticket, a document confirming the rental of housing, or a reservation of residence and some documents.
The visa is issued within three days.
There are no restrictions on the import of foreign and local currency. Amounts over S $ 30,000 must be declared.
People over 8 years old are allowed to import up to 1 liter of wine, beer and spirits, up to 200 cigarettes, confectionery (including chocolate) worth less than 50 Singapore dollars, other goods, including personal items worth less than 300 Singapore dollars.
Tobacco products, as well as chewing gum, must be presented to the customs authorities.
Prohibited to import:
– alcoholic beverages marked “Singapore duty not paid”;
– category E cigarettes;
– drugs and psychotropic drugs;
– firecrackers, lighters in the form of weapons;
– large quantities of drugs;
– counterfeit products;
– toy coins and banknotes;
– any products of a pornographic nature;
– meat and meat products;
– animals and plants included in the Red Book.
Pets can only be imported with an international veterinary certificate, permission from the Singapore Veterinary Office is also required. Vaccination against rabies is mandatory.
If you have a permit, you can export from the country: weapons, explosives, animals, poisons, medicines, telecommunications equipment, video discs, photographic and videotapes, precious stones and jewelry (in quantities exceeding personal needs). It is allowed to export tobacco products duty-free (in reasonable quantities).
Beach Holidays in Singapore | Rest in Singapore
Despite the fact that Singapore is located in close proximity to the well-known resort countries of Southeast Asia – Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, it has not yet gained fame as a popular beach destination. Although from a natural and climatic point of view, everything is the same here – a lot of tropical sun and sea, sandy coast and palm trees. Moreover, all year round – both in winter and in summer. Nevertheless, most travelers still prefer to relax on the beaches of neighboring countries, and go to Singapore for other entertainments.
There are several reasons for such behavior of vacationers. Of course, in general, there is a lack of awareness of Singapore, and even among the “hot tours” offers of travel to this country cannot be found, therefore a mass tourist is simply “intercepted” by other resorts. Those who know something about this country, on the one hand, are afraid of high prices – after all, Singapore is considered the largest metropolis and business center in the world, and on the other hand, they have heard a lot about the fact that the local coastal zone is oversaturated with cargo and passenger ships – this is largely true, the port of Singapore is one of the world’s main transport hubs.
The main beach infrastructure in Singapore is located on Sentosa Island
In the minds of the vast majority of tourists, Singapore is associated with other types of recreation – shopping, excursions, gastronomic tours, entertainment attractions, a busy festival life, and so on. A visit to the beach in this row is seen as a pleasant bonus, the opportunity to diversify your leisure time between all the other Singaporean pastimes.
Meanwhile, the length of the coastline of Singapore, all of its 63 islands, is almost 193 km, which is very significant by conventional resort standards. All this coast is washed by the warm South China Sea, so the beach potential in this country is very, very high.
And Singapore would not be the Singapore that is well known around the world today if it did not strive to build one of the world’s best beach infrastructure. After all, one of the reasons for the success of this country is to create all the best: the most incredible attractions, the most incendiary club life, the most delicious cuisine, the most modern architecture, the most ideal natural parks.And so in everything. Therefore, if today you want to personally try out what a beach vacation in Singapore is, you will definitely not be disappointed.
And if the Singapore authorities are not yet able to remove the silhouettes of tankers from the sea horizon, then they can provide other beach characteristics: transparency and purity of water, snow-white sand and the quality of all other equipment, they can very well.
Sections of the coast adapted for recreation in Singapore are quite a lot for such a small country, you can familiarize yourself with them in a special section of the site or choose a beach from this list:
All the main beach life in Singapore is concentrated on Sentosa Island.Here, where the entire territory is intended only for recreation and entertainment, there are the most famous Singapore beaches, perfect for the recreation of young children and for fun youthful leisure. The safety is monitored by rescuers and medical personnel, and a special net protects from uninvited sea guests. All beaches offer a wide range of activities both onshore and in the water.
The main island of Singapore also has beach areas – East Coast Park, Sembawang Park, West Coast Park, Changi, Pungol, Pasir Ris Park and several other places.These parts of the coast are often used for picnics, fishing and water sports.
In the north of Singapore lies the Pulau Ubin island, it is considered a wildlife sanctuary, and on its coast you can find several good beaches, the poor infrastructure of which is more than compensated for by silence and tranquility.
Finally, if you really want to find yourself in the middle of a lost tropical paradise, where you will have only the azure sea, golden sand and green palms, you should go to the distant South Islands.These are eight Singaporean islands, together with Sentosa, which also includes the islands of Kusu, Lazarus, Pulau Seringat, Pulau Teukor, St. John, Pulau Subar Laut and Pulau Subar Darat. Since 2000, land reclamation has been actively carried out here, including the import of Indonesian sand and planting of coconut trees, as well as engineering equipment of the territory to create a special zone for eco-tourism. These islands are not crowded and you can safely enjoy tropical nature, swimming, sunbathing, fishing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking or windsurfing.
All beaches in Singapore are state property, so admission is free. Additional paid services are found only on the territory of beach clubs. All official beaches are equipped with sun or rain canopies, toilets, showers and changing cabins.
Singapore’s water activities are not limited to beaches alone. These are also magnificent water parks (like, for example, Adventure Cove), on the territory of which there are slides, rivers and even pools with sea water, fish and corals.And almost every large hotel has its own outdoor pool, most often on the roof, where you can swim along the way to enjoy the magnificent city panorama.
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In addition to airline tickets for self-travel in Singapore, you will also need to choose a hotel or private accommodation, make insurance, arrange a transfer and maybe rent a car. If you book all of these services in advance, you can get a good discount and save on your vacation costs.90,000 Where to go on vacation in Singapore: attractions, resorts, excursions
The exotic state of Singapore has been attracting numerous tourists from all over the world for several decades, but this country cannot be called a mass destination. This amazing city-state is located 100 km from the equator, so you can relax in it all year round, and the transitions from one season to another are almost invisible.Calling Singapore a beach country can only be a stretch: swimming here is allowed only in specially designated fenced areas, and the coastal waters are not particularly clean. Compensating for the disadvantages of a local beach holiday can visit ancient Buddhist temples and Muslim mosques, numerous parks and gardens. Sentosa Island is a kind of Asian Disney Land. It is worth visiting a large oceanarium here, getting to the show of parrots and monkeys, and, to top off an unforgettable holiday, take off in a hot air balloon.Despite the small size of the country (it covers an area equal to 2/3 of Moscow), a huge number of national festivals and holidays are held here. The main contingent of tourists in Singapore is made up of seasoned travelers who have already traveled in search of something new to more than one exotic country.
The main resorts of the country: Singapore, Sentosa Islands, Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin.
How to get to Singapore
Singapore can be reached by Transaero Airlines (once a week) and Singapore Airlines (four times a week).The flight on the route Moscow-Singapore lasts about 10 hours. Singapore Airlines operates flights on the Moscow-Dubai-Singapore route three times a week. Travel time in this case takes at least 14 hours. Singapore can be reached with a transfer in Dubai (by Emirates Airlines), Doha (Qatar Airways), Abu Dhabi (Etihad Airways), Bangkok (Thai Airways), Hanoi (Vietnam Airlines), Shanghai (China Eastern), Seoul (Korean Airlines), Tokyo (Japan Airlines) and Frankfurt (Lufthansa + Singapore Airlines).It is convenient to get from Ukraine and Belarus to Singapore by airplanes of Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, China Eastern.
To visit the country, citizens of the Russian Federation need a visa. Visa-free travel is allowed if the tourist’s stay in the country does not exceed 96 hours. You can get a visa to Singapore by submitting documents to the Moscow Visa Application Center for Asian countries (Pyatnitskaya str., 43, building 3, telephone: (499) 638-23-14), or to the office of the courier company Pony Express. All required documents must be submitted electronically.The cost of Pony Express services is 600 RUR. The consular fee of the Asian Visa Application Center is 750 RUR. A visa to Singapore will be sent to the email address specified in the applicant’s documents. It must be printed and presented when passing through passport control.
Duty is not subject to: 1 liter of alcohol, 20 cigarettes (the pack must be presented open), chocolate and any confectionery worth not more than 50 SGD, other non-prohibited goods worth not more than 300 SGD.It is prohibited to import lighters, weapons, including toys, firecrackers, pharmaceuticals (wholesale), toy banknotes and coins, counterfeit products, pornographic materials, chewing gum, meat, rare species of plants and animals, as well as products from them into Singapore. The death penalty is provided for the import of narcotic substances. A special permit is required for the export of medicines, precious stones, jewelry, television equipment, video discs and photographic films, animals, weapons, poisons and explosives from the country.The import and export of currency has no restrictions.
All hotels in the country, even 2 * and 3 *, are in fair condition. In Singapore, there are hotels of all world chains, including the southeastern Shangri La and the Chinese Oriental. Most of the hotels are modern multi-storey buildings that do not have their own adjacent territory. For smoking clients, special rooms are provided. When checking in, this should be clarified.
Sightseeing and entertainment
Singapore is a colorful city of contrasts: modern skyscrapers are located here next to the national quarters – Indian (Little India), Arab (Arab Street) and Chinese (Chinatown).To get acquainted with the history of the formation of the state, it is recommended to order a sightseeing tour of Singapore. Usually it includes a visit to the buildings of the City Hall, the old Parliament and the Supreme Court, the Cathedral, Chinatown with an old Buddhist temple, a gem factory, where you can buy gold and silver jewelry, as well as jewelry made from precious stones. Local museums include the Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Science Center and Discovery Center.
Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the local zoo, designed as an open space. There are no animal cages or fences. The only obstacles between zoo residents and visitors are water-filled ditches, dry branches and bushes. The most interesting time to visit the zoo is at night, as most of the local inhabitants are nocturnal. Part of the route through the zoo is on a quiet, illuminated tram.Only in the Singapore Zoo you can find such rare species of animals as fruit bats, black lemurs and small mouse deer (the growth of this amazing animal does not exceed 35 cm!).
The orchid is the symbol of Singapore. A whole park is dedicated to this magnificent flower here. In the greenhouses of the Orchid Park, a huge number of different types of flowers are presented. And the local restaurant offers to try a variety of dishes, the main ingredient of which is the same orchids.
One of the most interesting and memorable attractions in Singapore is the hot air balloon ride. This excursion allows you to see the city from a bird’s eye view. It lasts no more than 15 minutes and is completely safe for tourists.
Anyone can travel to Sentosa Island by funicular. The largest oceanarium in Asia is located here. The effect of being under water is achieved in it with the help of a special moving track, made in the form of a tunnel.Each visitor to the aquarium, surrounded by barracudas, sharks, rays, moray eels and other outlandish fish, can feel like a real inhabitant of the underwater depths. There is also a Butterfly Park and a Dolphinarium on the island. In the evening, you can see a grandiose spectacle – a show of singing fountains.
Singapore is the hub of Asian nightlife. The trendy nightclub Zook loves to gather local wealthy youth. Here you can try expensive exotic drinks, enjoy soft stylish music or go to a fiery disco and dance while you have enough strength.An unforgettable experience will be given by a night walk along the Boat promenade, where hundreds of city lights are reflected in the waters of the river. All nightlife establishments, cafes and restaurants receive visitors almost until the early morning.
Singapore has three kilometers of white beaches, specially fenced for swimming. Most of them are equipped with playgrounds. Local beaches are ideal for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Restaurants and local cuisine
Chinese cuisine, various sushi and seafood dishes are very popular in the country.In restaurants, food should only be eaten with the right hand. Leaving chopsticks in food is considered bad form, they should always lie on a special stand near the plate. Tipping is optional but welcome. In many restaurants, they are included in the order price in advance. National dishes of Singapore are: nasi lemak – an assortment of anchovies wrapped in a banana leaf, omelet, cucumber slices, coconut pulp and chili paste, chendol – coconut milk with brown sugar, red beans and pieces of green starch.Many restaurants in Singapore offer exotic dishes such as a salad of fresh vegetables and raw fish, a head of fish stew with a lot of spices, grilled stingray, oyster omelet with the addition of coriander. The ubiquitous use of coconut milk came to the country from Malaysia along with dishes such as meat fried in peanut sauce, steamed rice with added meat and curry, etc. For dessert, try almond jelly, coconut milk pudding, and jam pies.It is customary to finish dinner with a cup of ginger tea or freshly squeezed juice. Alcoholic cocktails and local beer are especially popular with tourists.
As souvenirs in Singapore, you can buy Malay batik and the famous Chinese silk, a variety of medicinal herbs and traditional Asian spices. In the shopping centers of the country, they sell clothes and shoes of good quality; here you can profitably buy bags and knitwear, as well as modern electronics at a relatively low price.Most shopping centers are open from 10 am to 10 pm.
Singapore dollar (SGD) is considered the national currency of the country. You can exchange currency at any bank, exchange office, hotel. The exchange rate is approximately the same everywhere. Credit cards are accepted everywhere.
Any European capital can envy the developed transport system of Singapore. Public transport of the country is represented by buses, trolleybuses, fixed-route taxis, metro.Singapore also has railways and high-speed cableways. Most city buses are air conditioned. The fares start from 0.6 SGD. It is worth paying for travel in small change, since change, as a rule, is not provided. Major trolleybus routes run through Singapore’s main attractions. A ride on them can be a real excursion. Taxis can be called by phone or taken at a special parking lot. Each taxi car has a meter. Most of the drivers understand English.A rickshaw in Singapore is more of a kind of attraction than a means of transportation, therefore it will cost much more than a regular taxi car.
Renting a car in Singapore is expensive – from 200 USD per day. There is left-hand traffic in the country, you can park only in specially designated places. It is much more profitable and safer to rent a car together with the services of a local driver. Such rent will cost at least 30 USD per hour.
Climate of the country
The average annual air temperature in the country is + 30 degrees.The island has a tropical monsoon climate. Precipitation in the form of rain falls throughout the year. In the period from November to February, there are heavy, frequent, but quickly ending showers. In the mountainous regions of the country, the climate is much drier, there is less rainfall. The best time to visit Singapore is between May and September. At this time, the country has dry, sunny weather.
Singapore is considered an exotic country. Before going to it, you should familiarize yourself with the basic rules of behavior on the streets and in places frequently visited by tourists.Crime in Singapore is low. Nobody from the local population will ever take other people’s things. Littering is prohibited on the streets. You can go to jail for disobeying the law. For smoking in places such as an elevator, bus, restaurant, theater, shop, there is a large fine. You can also be fined for crossing the road in the wrong place. Gambling and chewing gum are prohibited.
To visit local temples and mosques, it is required to wear protective clothing.Shoes must be removed before entering an Indian temple or local home. In Buddhist temples, you cannot take pictures of Buddha images and everything connected with him. The tap water is drinkable as it is carefully processed. Most shops, hotels and restaurants are air conditioned, so it is very easy to catch colds in them. Compulsory vaccinations before traveling to the country are not required. However, it is recommended to vaccinate against hepatitis A, B, measles, rubella. Those who are going to travel around the country for a long time and visit rural areas are advised to get vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis.
Addresses and telephone numbers
Embassy of Singapore in the Russian Federation: Moscow, per. Kamennaya Sloboda, 5. Phone: (499) 241-39-13, 241-39-14, fax: 241-75-07.
Russian Embassy in Singapore: 51 Nassim Road. Phone: (6) 235-1834, 235-1832.
Ambulance, Fire Department: 995, Police: 999.90,000 Rest in Singapore: tours and trips Singapore
How to get to Singapore
There are several options for flights from Moscow to Singapore.The most convenient way to go on vacation in Singapore is to use the services of Transaero and Singapore Airlines, which operate direct flights from Moscow (flight – 10.5 hours). On a tour to Singapore, you can also go on another Singapore Airlines route, a more budgetary one with a transfer to Dubai (flight – 14 hours). You can also choose from regular daily Emirates Airlines flight to Dubai, Qatar Airways flight (3 times a week) to Doha. There are many flights to Singapore to choose from via Bangkok, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, which are offered by various airlines.You also have the option to travel to Singapore by train from Thailand and Malaysia or by ferry from Indonesia. Time difference with Moscow – Singapore is 4 hours behind.
Singapore is a city-state located almost at the very equator, in the south of the Malaysian peninsula. It gained fame as an island with “a thousand shopping centers” and for a reason – Singapore, with its high standard of living, is one of the richest and most organized states in the world today.As for the rest in Singapore, here is a real paradise for most travelers. After all, Singapore is one of the most striking Asian cities and largest seaports. Here, on a very small piece of land, ultra-modern skyscrapers and old colonial quarters with green parks, graceful temples and busy shopping streets are bizarrely combined, which makes a vacation in Singapore truly vibrant and eventful. A tour to Singapore is always interesting and with a great deal of luxury.There are almost no minerals here, however, it is one of the most developed and economically stable states in Asia.
Singapore has a wonderful, even climate – tropical monsoon. All year round, the average air temperature here remains + 25-27 degrees, so a beach holiday in Singapore is always successful. You can buy a hot tour to Singapore at any time of the year!
Our travel agency will help you find the perfect tour to Singapore. You can buy tickets to Singapore at a great price, get into a wonderful fashionable hotel and spend an inexpensive vacation.Tours to Singapore usually include a sightseeing tour. You will see the Victorian-style Impress Place Building, which is home to a chic restaurant, art galleries, Victoria Theater, concert hall and museum. A trip to Singapore would be incomplete without visiting the Raffles Hotel with its luxurious finishes and the City Hall, Supreme Court and Parliament buildings of Singapore. St. Joseph’s Institute is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and most memorable buildings of the colonial era.Sightseeing tours to Singapore also do not bypass the statue of Sir Stamford Ruffles, the National Museum, the Singapore Museum of Art and such skyscrapers as the Art Deco Cltex House and Singapore Land Tower.
At the western end of Orchad Road, famous for the Chettiar Hindu Temple and the palaces of Istan and Peranakan, is the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It contains the last sections of untouched humid forest, which previously covered the entire island. Here you should definitely pay attention to the Mandai Orchid Park – it contains more than 60 thousand varieties of these flowers.A tour to Singapore is extremely romantic.
What vacation in Singapore can go without visiting the remarkable ethnic parts of the city? In crowded Chinatown, you can still find calligraphers, fortunetellers and believers, so typical of life in Asia. Walking through the shops of Arab Street, you will hear the shouts of the imam from the Sultan Mosque. In Little India, you can buy a painting depicting Hindu gods, freshly ground spices and sari material. Choosing the right Singapore tour will help you to have one of the most versatile vacations in your life.
Rest in Singapore necessarily includes a visit to Sentosa Island, located south of the city. Unlike a business, albeit spectacular, city, Sentosa is a whole complex of entertainment for both children and adults. It is here that the famous singing fountains are located. Both children and adults will be able to visit the VolcanoLand amusement park, the UnderwaterWorld oceanarium, whose transparent tunnel reaches 100 m, the butterfly and insect park, the Singapore founders museum, the Maritime Museum, the Cinemania virtual reality cinema, the Terracotta Warriors Museum, cultural -historical park “Tang Dynasty Village”, etc.e. Simply put, when going on vacation in Singapore, one cannot but visit Sentosa, especially if you have children with you.
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“Asian Pearl” or “Asian New York” – such big names can often be heard in the emotional stories of those lucky people who have visited Singapore.The state in Southeast Asia is strikingly different from its neighbors not only in economic stability and high living standards. Once in a city-state, the feeling of Asia is not always preserved. The diversity of areas, multinationality and at the same time an amazing atmosphere of safety – that’s what awaits a tourist who went on vacation to Singapore. We will tell you about prices and attractions in Singapore in our article.
Singapore is an island state, separated from the mainland by the Johor Strait.Closest neighbors: Riau Island (Indonesia) and Johor Sultanate (Malaysia).
The area of the state is about 720 sq. km.
Interesting! Every year, the area of Singapore is increasing, thanks to the state program of land reclamation, the method of reclamation is used and the acquisition of soil from other states.
Singapore has 63 islands, the main of which is Singapore, other large islands: Ubin, Brani, Tekong Besar, Sentosa, Semakau, Sudong.
Singapore on the map
Time difference with Moscow: + 5 hours.
Mentioned back in the 3rd century AD, Singapore, then – Tumasik, over the years of its existence was at the stages of rise and fall and for a long time did not play any significant role in the development of Southeast Asia.
In the 19th century, the British began to dominate the island of Singapore, the state turned into a colony of Great Britain. Under the rule of the conquerors, Singapore expanded its borders significantly, including through the merger with the Federation of Malaysia and the formation of Malaysia in 1963.However, as part of Malaysia, Singapore lasted only 2 years and was excluded. The reason is misunderstandings and constant conflicts between the current authorities and the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
The world success of the country is closely connected with the name of this man. A tough and competent leader, in order to achieve the goals of economic growth, carried out the reformation of all spheres of society, economy and politics. A stake was placed on education and discipline, a tough penalty system.
Interesting fact! You can often hear: Singapore is a fine city.At the same time, the word “fine”, in addition to the meaning “excellent, beautiful”, has another – “fine”. Indeed, Singapore imposes huge fines for non-compliance with the rules. For example, eating on a subway car can cost S $ 5,000 and throwing a cigarette butt out of a window can cost SGD 15,000.
A striking example is the struggle for a smart nation. Marriage agencies were created to connect couples with a high level of intelligence, thereby improving the future gene pool. Women with little education were asked to undergo a sterilization procedure.For adherence to these norms, the state encouraged, for example, housing.
Another example is the equality of education for all and regular tests to determine the level of IQ, which allow to identify talented and intelligent children in time and raise highly qualified specialists.
Economic growth was achieved by attracting foreign investment and organizing industrial parks.
A situation of near full employment and GDP growth was achieved. This made it possible to place special emphasis on the development of high-tech industries.
The stability and success of the economy contributed to an increase in the standard of living of the local population, which of course affected, among other things, prices in the state.
Worth knowing! Resting in Singapore is unlikely to be cheap.
Find out how to get to Asian New York, where to stay and get a lot of other useful information about Singapore here.
The multinationality of the state is not only a certain symbiosis of cultures, cuisines, architecture, it is the presence of entire districts that have united in their streets the unique cultural characteristics of a particular people.
The streets of the quarter are numerous shops with various vegetables, spices, traditional clothes and even jewelry. It is here that the most budgetary shopping center of the island “Mustafa” is located, where you can buy absolutely everything.
Almost at every step there are cafes offering colorful Indian dishes.
There is also the most beautiful Hindu temple of the island – Sri Viramakaliamman, as well as religious buildings of other faiths: Buddhism and Islam.
This is the most compact ethnic area in Singapore – just a few streets diverging from the central mosque of the area – the Sultan Mosque, which is the largest in the city.
The main filling of the streets is shops with carpets, fabrics, scarves, stoles and other similar goods. Male traders are friendly and persistent. It is quite difficult to get away from them without buying.
Remember! When shopping in the Arab Quarter, bargain. Prices are doubled here.
The houses that are built along the roads of the district are mostly 3-storey, on the ground floor there is a shop or a cafe, and on the top floor there are the owners’ apartments.
The streets are clean and have narrow or no sidewalks.
There is a food street where you can taste a huge number of dishes at a reasonable price, there is a market, including a night market, and there are several religious buildings, the most famous of which is the Hindu temple of Sri Mariamman.
This section of the Singapore River embankment cannot be called a district in the full sense of the word. Here, on three converging streets, there are many cafes, restaurants and nightclubs, each with its own concept and atmosphere. Interestingly, the inner streets of Clarke Key are air-conditioned, which makes it attractive to walk here even during the day when the entertainment venues are closed.
Clarke Key is always full of foreigners.
Singapore’s main shopping street.It is a mistake to believe that if you are not interested in shopping, then you should not go to Orchard. In addition to truly endless shopping opportunities, there are buildings and sculptures that are interesting in terms of architectural design.
In the evening, the street is especially transformed, the ubiquitous illumination and various events make a walk here very memorable.
The historic embankment on the south side of the river is a colorful 2- and 3-storey building that houses restaurants and shops.
Various sculptural groups are installed along the entire embankment. A financial center rises behind low-rise buildings. Particularly colorful view is obtained with the onset of darkness, when the lights on the skyscrapers are turned on. You can see all this splendor by walking along the embankment or riding along the river in one of the many tourist boats.
Temples and Mosques in Singapore
This Hindu temple is the most famous in Chinatown, its gate tower, decorated in the traditions of Hinduism with sacred animals and deities, can be seen long before approaching it.
The first building of the temple, wooden, was erected here in 1827, and in 1843 it was replaced by a stone one. The main buildings that can be seen today date from 1862.
Entrance to the temple grounds is possible only with bare feet.
The first building of the temple was built in 1855, it was made of wood.
The stone church was replaced in 1881. The last reconstruction took place in the 80s of the last century.
Gate Tower – Gopuram reaches 18 meters in height.
Before entering the temple, you should take off your shoes, it is also customary to leave a donation and ring the bell before you go inside and ask the goddess Kali to fulfill your wish.
The complex, the first temple building of which was erected in 1859, in contrast to the two described above, is dedicated to the god Shiva.
The building, located on Tank Road, attracts with its 5-tier gopuram.
The last reconstruction of the temple was carried out in the 70s of the last century.
The Church of St. Gregory is the first Christian church and was built in 1835. The facade of the building is made in a colonial style. The original appearance was slightly changed: instead of a dome on the roof and a bell tower, a tower and a spire were created. There is a memorial park on the territory of the church, where you can find the gravestones of famous members of the Armenian community in Singapore, which were brought from the Buki Timakh cemetery about 40 years ago.The church is located in the central part of the city.
Abdul Ghaffour Mosque
The very exquisitely decorated building is a recognizable building in Singapore. The first building appeared here in 1864. To rebuild the building, a Mosque Foundation was organized, one of whose leaders was a local clerk, Abdul Ghaffour. The Muslim community has been collecting money for a long time, the proceeds from the shops around the old building were sent to the fund. In 1919, when Gaffour died, the building was not yet completed, the construction was tentatively completed by 1928.
Anyone can get inside. Despite the fact that Muslim women are not allowed on the male half of the mosque, foreign women can go through and inspect the halls from the inside. An important condition is the closure of all exposed parts of the body. For this, the mosque staff can provide a special robe. The same staff will be happy to guide you on a tour. It’s free. At the exit, you can leave an offering in a special box.
The mosque is located on Dunlop Street
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese, the seat of the Archbishop.
The church was opened in 1847. The building reflects the architectural style of the Renaissance, it has 6 entrances, each of which is decorated with a portico and pediment. There is a patio with installed statues of John Paul II and the Virgin Mary.
Location – Queen Street
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
This neo-Gothic building is the temple of the Tamil community – Indian Catholics.
The temple was opened in 1888
Interesting fact! During the years of military occupation, two bombs fell on the church lands, but none of them touched the main temple building.
The church is located at 50 Ophir Road.
Hesed El Synagogue
Singapore has a small Jewish community and two synagogues. A more beautiful building, but less ancient, is Hesed El. The synagogue, built in 1905, is an architectural example of the Renaissance.
Services are held here infrequently, once a week.
Located on Oxley Rise
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay park complex has become the hallmark of Singapore in recent years.Its area is more than 100 hectares, it is located here:
- High-tech super-trees, up to 50 meters high. You can walk between them not only on the ground, but also along the suspension bridge – an observation platform. You can go up by an elevator in a tree trunk.
- Flower Dome, an indoor botanical garden of over 1 hectare with a subtropical climate.
- Cloud Forest Dome, where the equatorial humid climate is recreated on 0.8 hectares.
- Children’s creative park Far East Organization Children’s Garden, where entertainment for children under 5 and up to 12 years old is collected, the main theme is water and forest adventures.
In addition, the Gardens area is an excellent park complex where you can simply relax on the lakeside, walk along stylized areas, such as the Siren Park, opened by one of the last, inspired by the spirit of Japanese minimalism. Or admire the cacti as you walk along the paths of the Sun Pavilion, which gives you the full feeling of being in the desert.
A new flower pavilion called Floral Fantasy opened at Gardens by the Bay this year. It became the third dome garden, complementing the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest Dome. The Floral Fantasy area is divided into 4 zones. Getting inside, the first thing along a narrow path is literally through a cloud woven of fresh flowers. Zone 2 is bonsai territory. The next area is reserved for a magical cave, where many exotic representatives of flora grow, and a vivarium is also located there, where frogs of different colors live.However, the peak of the walk through the fantastic garden is the last fourth part – a virtual flight over the park area of the Gardens by the Bay. 4D glasses will allow you to feel like a dragonfly.
Greenhouses are open from 9 am to 9 pm, cost SGD 28 per adult, SGD 15 per child over 3 years old.
A walk at a height between super-trees is possible from 9 to 21 hours. Cost SGD 8 per adult, SGD 5 per child.
Admission to the fantastic Floral Fantasy is extra charge.The entrance ticket for an adult will cost 20 SGD, and a child 3-12 years old – 12 SGD.
Children’s park is open on weekends from 9 to 21 hours, on weekdays: from 10 to 19. Admission is free.
The credit for the creation of the first botanical garden in 1822 belongs to Sir Stamford Raffles – the British, who played a leading role in the transformation of a fishing village into a trading port. His task was to grow crops that are significant for trade. In this concept, the park existed for 7 years, after which it was closed.
Only three decades later, the Singapore government initiated the creation of a new botanical garden on an area of more than 30 hectares. Now the park was not only supposed to grow and cultivate significant plants, but also be an example of landscape design. Today, locals gather on its lands to spend time with family or friends, listen to music or play ball, and children – to gain new knowledge about all kinds of plants and trees. The entrance to the park is free, the gates are open from 5:00 to 00:00 hours.
This unique park, which contains a large number of species of orchid plants, is located on the grounds of the Botanical Garden. On the territory of 3 hectares, about 100 species of orchids and 2000 hybrid combs are grown. The garden is an example of landscape design, orchids are grouped by color, there are a number of thematic pavilions.
Ticket price for the orchid garden – 5 Singapore dollars. Open daily from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.
This is the largest zoo in Asia, where the inhabitants are not kept in enclosures.Most of the predators are protected from visitors by deep ditches. The whole island is given to the monkeys, but many of them can be seen moving freely along the treetops.
Today, almost 3,000 animals live within the walls of the zoo, including representatives of rare species: flying foxes, sloth bears, lizards from Komodo Island and many others.
During the day, you can watch several performances with the participation of the inhabitants or witness the feeding of the pets.The times of the activities are reflected in the booklet, which can be taken at the entrance.
The zoo is open from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Admission for an adult – S $ 37, for a child – 25.
Across the square in front of the entrance to the Singapore Zoo, there is a gateway to another zoo that opens at 18:00.
Here visitors will find a colorful fire show, a performance with the participation of animals, as well as a zoo-tram tour of the enclosures of nocturnal animals.In addition to the auto-excursion, there are hiking trails along which you can wander on your own, looking at the inhabitants. Of course, encounters with predators on walking routes are excluded.
Entrance fee: S $ 49 – adult ticket, S $ 33 – child ticket.
Important! You can save on the cost of a ticket by purchasing it in advance via the Internet or paying at once to visit several parks.
The park is also located next to the Singapore Zoo.Opening hours: from 9:00 to 18:00, cost 34 Singapore dollars for an adult visitor, 23 – for children.
On the territory of the park, you can not only take a walk along the thematic zones of the world’s most famous rivers, but also take a boat ride along each of them.
At its core, the park is the largest freshwater aquarium not only in Asia, but throughout the world. More than 6 thousand representatives of various river ecological systems live here. In addition to river dwellers, the park is equipped with zones for the comfortable stay of pandas, including the little panda.
You can get to all three parks by bus number 927, which departs from the bus station located across the street from Chua Chu Kang metro station.
Jurong Bird Park is an opportunity to observe representatives of more than 380 bird species, most of which are not contained in their usual cages.
The park covers an area of 20 hectares. In addition to getting to know the inhabitants, you can become a participant in the show, which is held several times a day near the entrance to the park.
There is a zone in the park where everyone, purchasing special food, can feed parrots belonging to different species. For this, a huge canopy is equipped over the ravine, in which multi-colored birds live on the trees. Visitors move along pretty bridges, some of which are rope bridges.
There are 16 thematic blocks in the park.
The park is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and costs SGD 30 per adult and SGD 20 per child.
You can get to the birds by bus 194 from Boon Lay metro station.
How to get a discount on entry to the Singapore Zoo, river or night safari or Bird Park. There are three options:
- If you want to visit all four parks at once, the combi ticket will cost 80 SGD for an adult and 60 for a child. If you want to not only explore the parks on foot, but also buy tickets for all transport options on their territory, then such a complex will cost 90 and 70 SGD, respectively, for an adult and a child.
- If two parks are enough – then such a complex costs 60-70 singles. dollars per adult and 40-50 – per child, depending on the selected parks.
- Buying a ticket on the Singapore Zoo website will also save you money. So, by purchasing any variant of the combi-ticket from the above online, it will cost 5% less. And if you buy a ticket to only one park out of four, then an online purchase on the office site will give you the opportunity to save 15%.
A huge number of exhibition halls and museums are organized on the island.Many are not only of historical value, but also a unique technological project.
Singapore Museum of Art
Singapore Art Museum has existed since 1995 and is located in a 19th century building. 18 galleries are open inside, there is a lecture hall, a courtyard, and restaurants.
It contains paintings, sculptures, various installations and other works of art by Asian masters, created over the past century. In addition to permanent exhibitions, temporary creative exhibitions are organized here, concerts are held
The museum is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm and until 9 pm on Friday.Entrance – 10 SGD.
The Museum of the History of Singapore has this name since 1965, at the origins of its creation is a small collection and library of Sir Stamford Raffles.
The museum has organized 20 dioramas telling about the formation of Singapore. Various ethnographic exhibits are presented.
The museum is open daily, from 10 am to 7 pm, entrance fee is SGD 10 per adult and SGD 5 per child over 6 years old.
Museum of Asian Civilizations
The museum was founded more than 100 years ago and today valuable items of antiquity and everyday life, examples of applied art of Singapore are exhibited within its walls.
Opening hours: 10: 00-19: 00 (Friday – 21:00), daily. Adult ticket – SGD 15, per child – SGD 10.
The museum is located on the Singapore River, opposite the Fullerton Hotel.
Museum of Science and Art
An unusual museum building is located in the area of the Marina Bay resort park
There are no permanent exhibitions in the museum, all exhibitions are temporary. However, it is worth visiting it not only because of the desire to touch the art. The architectural design of a building can itself be an object of interest.
The museum is open from 10 am to 7 pm, an adult ticket costs S $ 17. There are discount programs for other categories of citizens.
In addition to the main museums of interest are:
- Science Center Singapore, designed for children. Here you can not only watch and experience various physical phenomena, but also visit a cinema with a spherical screen or stroll through the nearby techno park;
- Museum of Optical Illusions, Trick Eye Museum Singapore – an opportunity to take unreal photographs;
- Sentosa Island Museums: Images of Singapore LIVE and Madame Tussauds Singapore;
- Maritime Museum, which looks like an upside-down boat.
Other Singapore Attractions
Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
The unique shopping and hotel complex in Marine Bay is one of the most popular buildings in Singapore. Three high-rise buildings are connected by a common deck at a height of 200 meters. The deck houses a swimming pool, accessible only to hotel guests, a restaurant and an observation deck.
The observation deck can simultaneously accommodate up to 900 people. Its location is such that you can explore the surrounding area in three directions: Garden by the Bay, Ferris Wheel and Financial Center of Singapore.
You can reach the complex by an unusual bridge made in the form of a DNA molecule.
Ticket price: S $ 23 per adult, S $ 17 per child.
By the way! Almost every evening, an amazing water and light show is held on the water surface of the bay, which anyone can see absolutely free of charge.
Singapore Flyer is one of the tallest rides of this type in the world.Its height reaches 165 meters, diameter – 150 meters. There are 28 cabins around the wheel, each one that can accommodate up to 30 people.
By the way! Those who wish can not only ride and look at the surroundings. It is possible to rent a booth, for example, for a dinner.
The wheel makes a full revolution in about half an hour.
Cost per adult – 33 SGD, per child – 21 SGD.
Statue of Merlion
The mythical beast is a symbol of the state.This is one of the most popular images on souvenirs. The most famous and one of the first statues is located on the opposite shore from Marine bay Sands. And it is a fountain, with a stream of water gushing from the mouth of the beast.
Its height is almost 9 meters, and it weighs about 70 tons.
Interesting! The snow-white statue of the Merlion is not the tallest in Singapore. Sentosa Island has its own Merlion, whose height is 37 meters, and an exhibition hall is equipped inside.
The lack of land in Singapore contributes to the creation of unique structures on the water.The football stadium, in addition to its main function, is often used for concerts and performances.
By the way! An excellent view of the football field opens from the Marina Bay Sands observation deck.
Supreme Court Building
Built in 1939, the building was one of the last examples of classical European architecture of the state.
Today, the building houses more than 20 vessels of various directions.However, court sessions have not been held here for a long time. And a large-scale reconstruction is underway. In the future, it is planned to open an arts center.
Sir Stamford Raffles Statue
This statue appeared on the banks of the Singapore River relatively recently in the 60s of the last century. Previously, there was a bronze monument to the activist. The place was not chosen by chance, it was here that Sir Raffles landed for the first time on Singapore soil.
A functioning concert hall and public place where various conferences and events are held.
Its uniqueness is ensured by its appearance, reminiscent of the Asian fruit Durian.
Separately, one can single out hotel complexes that have historical and cultural value. Among them: Raffles Hotel and the oldest hotel in Singapore – Fullerton. Both hotels offer easy access to the interior and enjoy the interesting interior decoration.
Attractions for children
Most of Singapore’s attractions are family-friendly, including younger children.
In addition to those parks that were described above, you should definitely go with your children to Sentosa Island – the center of beach recreation and Mecca of entertainment. More details about Sentosa and its sights can be found here.
An interesting excursion for children, regardless of age, is the Dack Tour, a land and river trip, in which passengers are accommodated on a reconstructed Vietnamese ship equipped with wheels. Transport will first take you for a ride around the city, and then literally float into the river and set off along the river route.Great views and a good mood guaranteed.
One hour walk costs SGD 37 per adult. It is possible to buy complex tours, which will save you money. More information about prices and packages of excursions can be found on the website: http://www.ducktours.com.sg
Singapore is a great vacation destination in 2021. However, you should be prepared for the fact that the variety of attractions goes side by side with high prices for vacations. Therefore, in order not to spend too much, it is better to plan excursions in advance and, if possible, purchase tickets on official websites or use the option of paying for complex packages.
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