Top 20 places to visit near Singapore – IHG Travel Blog
Singapore packs endless must-see sites and must-visit destinations into its 277 square miles. The city isn’t considered one of the most exciting cities in Asia for nothing, after all. Needless to say, there’s a lot of ground to cover during your visit. But if you stay in Singapore, you’ll be able to see the best of what the city-state has to offer in no time.
Here’s your guide to the top 20 things to do near Singapore:
1. Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Way back in 2006, an international master-plan design competition was launched to seek world-class designs for the garden. The end result: a spectacular “City in a Garden” at Gardens by the Bay. Showcasing plant life from all over the world, ranging from species in cool climates to tropical forests, Gardens by the Bay is a marvel of what technology and horticulture can do when combined. Also, be sure to scope out Gardens by the Bay’s “supertrees” in the Bay South garden. They’re solar powered, and visitors can actually walk between several of the 50 meter high trees to view the gardens from dizzying heights.
2. Sentosa Island
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Just 20 minutes from the central city of Singapore lies Sentosa Island, which is brimming with activities for any type of traveler. On a cable car ride to the island from Mount Faber, you can soak up some of the most breathtaking views Singapore offers. If you’re a fan of all things aquatic, catch glimpses of rays, sharks, and dolphins at the S.E.A. Aquarium. The island even offers a delve into Singapore’s history through an interactive exhibit with actors, 3D projections, and a virtual boat ride to whisk you through the story.
3. Sands Skypark
10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57
If an observation deck with sweeping views from 57 stories above the city doesn’t take your breath away, you may need to check your pulse. An infinity pool, several lounges, and a few restaurants constitute Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, which sits atop one of Singapore’s most iconic casinos. To truly enjoy, skip the always-crowded pool area and head to SkyPark’s Flight Bar & Lounge instead. (We’re told it has some of the best Cuban cigars around.)
4. Mustafa Centre
145 Syed Alwi Road
You thought malls had to close? Think again. Mustafa Centre, located in the heart of Singapore’s Little India, stays open 24 hours a day (perfect to burn some midnight fuel). As one of the largest shopping centers in the world, the Centre sells absolutely everything you could imagine. Clothing, jewelry, electronics, food – if you want to buy it, it will be sold to you. Just be prepared to battle the crowds, as everyone else wants to see this marvel of capitalism just as much as you do.
5. Beng Hiang Restaurant
135 Jurong Gateway Road, #02-337
For a real treat of a meal, dine at Hokkien restaurant Beng Hiang, which has been serving hungry diners since 1978 to much acclaim. Specialties include signature noodles, fish maw soup, and braised pork belly. This place is a Singapore institution, so most diners are regulars who come back again and again — especially to celebrate special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. So we recommend making a reservation in advance to avoid wait times.
6. Visit the Plecos Along the Singapore River
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This is a special, hidden treat for travelers: If you go to restaurant or take a river cruise along the man-made Singapore River, which cuts through the center of the city, you can see pleco fish on the steps of the river when it runs low. That’s right, the fish just hang out, partially submerged. It’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy the totally amazing way Singapore’s flora and fauna blends in seamlessly with its ultraurban ways.
7. MacRitchie Nature Trail
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Just three miles from the center of Singapore lies the MacRitchie Reservoir Park, home to the famous MacRitchie Nature Trail, one of the best hikes in Singapore. You’re more than welcome to venture onto the trails on your own, or you can join one of the free walking tours, which almost guarantees an encounter with one or more of the macaque monkeys that call the forest home. Great for nature enthusiasts and exercisers alike, you’ll be stunned how wild Singapore can get just minutes from the city center.
8. Merlion Park
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Throughout Singapore, you may notice the city-state’s official mascot, the Merlion, with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Well, there’s an actual Merlion Park where you can see a 28-foot incarnation of the Merlion shooting water from its mouth into Singapore’s Marina Bay. In addition to taking pictures with the statue, you can admire the view of the bay (and catch the twice-nightly light, laser, and water show) and hop aboard a local bumboat to see Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, both located on the Singapore River.
9. Chinatown in Singapore
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You came to Singapore — to see China? Why not? Singapore’s Chinatown is a wonderful mix of traditional Chinese shops and markets, and modern stores and cafes. There’s so much to eat, see, and do in Chinatown, you could spend days walking the narrow streets, popping into tea and medicine shops, eating barbecued meat on a stick from street food hawkers, and even visiting a Buddhist temple to say a prayer for good luck. It’s rich with history, but at the same time, as energetic and modern as the rest of Singapore.
10. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
288 South Bridge Road
Inside Singapore’s Chinatown is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, and though it may strike some as a bit touristy, it’s an impressive sight to behold. Styled after Tang Dynasty architecture, the temple was erected in 2007 and contains rich features and exhibits of Buddhist art and culture. On the fourth floor, in the Sacred Light Hall, is the temple centerpiece: the Buddha Tooth Relic, housed in a giant stupa. Only monks are allowed into the relic chamber, but just gazing upon it or visiting one of the prayer wheels on the roof garden may help you get closer to Nirvana.
11. Hawker Stands
Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
There is one thing that seems to be synonymous with Asian countries: an unending love for street food. No matter where you walk, someone is selling something delicious-smelling from a tiny cart, and Singapore is no different. Instead of random street food vendors, however, it neatly organizes “Hawker Centre” into mini-malls, where you can easily peruse upwards of 100 food stalls in no time at all. For particularly authentic and inexpensive street food, we recommend Maxwell Road Hawker Centre on the outskirts of Chinatown. There’s no air conditioning, but as long as you can stand the heat, you can enjoy tasty eats that are as authentic as you’ll find.
12. Orchard Road
Shopping on Orchard Road
For the shopaholics among you (or those who enjoy great people watching), Orchard Road is a must-visit. While everything isn’t under one roof like Mustafa Centre, Orchard Road offers shopping to suit every taste and budget. From its humble beginnings as a country road lined with orchards and pepper farms in the 1830s, Orchard Road has now grown into a powerhouse of shopping, dining, and entertainment unlikely to be matched. Today, more than 5,000 shops offer a lifestyle experience that’s hard to rival.
13. Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Nestled within the lush Mandai rainforest that stretches into the Upper Seletar Reservoir is an animal lover’s oasis — the Singapore Zoo. More than 2,800 animals call the zoo home, and guests can observe them at rest and play on elevated platforms, through underwater viewing areas, and even glass observatories. There are guided tram tours, interactive exhibits where you can meet critters face-to-face, and shows that educate and entertain at the same time. The zoo has been around since 1973, but it does a wonderful job of continuing to feel fresh and exciting. The Singapore Zoo is also home to the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals, where visitors can explore the rainforest at dusk, watch tribal dances, and more.
14. Geylang, the Red Light District
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Want to come back with a great story from Singapore? Swing by Geylang, Singapore’s infamous Red Light District. Brothels dot Geylang Road and Sims Avenue, situated just outside Singapore’s central business district. The houses operating in the adult industry are easily identifiable by their large, bright red numbers. You may not want to partake of what they’re selling here, but it’s worth a look for a good tale to tell back home.
15. Singapore Flyer
30 Raffles Avenue
Besides the Skypark, there’s one other place in Singapore where you can have a really unique view of the city, and that’s on the 540-foot-tall Singapore Flyer, the largest observation wheel in Asia offering a bird’s eye view of everything. A rotation takes 30 minutes, and for an extra fee, riders can drink champagne or even dine while they rotate. Whether you choose to ride during the daytime or after dark, the views are second to none.
16. Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road
Founded in 1859, Singapore’s Botanic Gardens are the only tropical botanic gardens in the world to have been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and that distinction is well earned. Just a five-minute walk from bustling Orchard Road, the Botanic Gardens offer a sanctuary in the middle of the city in the form of three separate, but connected, core areas. You can see bonsai gardens, a nationally renowned orchid hall, heritage trees, sculptures, and more.
17. Asian Civilisations Museum
1 Empress Place
Singapore may be a country on the cutting edge of modernity and technology, but it still preserves some nods to its past, including the historic Empress Place building on the north bank of the Singapore River. Originally intended as government offices during the colonial era of Singapore’s history, the Empress Place now houses part of the Asian Civilisations Museum, and is a microcosm of Asian civilizations spread over 11 galleries. You should go as much for the beauty and architecture of the building as for the wealth of history housed within.
18. F1 – Singapore Grand Prix
50 Cuscaden Road, #06-02 HPL House
If you want to get your heart pumping and your adrenaline racing, look no further than the F1-Singapore Grand Prix. At certain times of the year, the Formula One race track is abuzz with racers and onlookers, all anxious to see who will be the fastest and most skilled driver of the night. In addition to world class racers, the Grand Prix also offers world class entertainment, with past headliners including Jon Bon Jovi, Pharrell Williams, and John Legend. So if you’re in town when the race is on, it’s definitely worth a watch.
19. Kranji War Memorial
9 Woodlands Road
History buffs will enjoy checking out the Kranji War Memorial dedicated to the men and women from around the world who defended Singapore from invading Japanese forces during World War II. It’s comprised of immaculately maintained war graves, memorial walls, a state cemetery, and military graves, and is the resting place of almost 4,500 allied servicemen. The memorial is one of the most moving attractions in Singapore.
20. Clarke Quay
3 River Valley Road
In search of a vibrant nightlife scene? Then Clarke Quay is your spot. As you walk along, you’ll find a slew of live music, bars, clubs, and restaurants — with everyone around having a grand time. There’s even a popular boat ride where you can see all that Clarke Quay has to offer. The Quay really starts to hop at about 9 p.m., so don’t schedule an early morning hike or meeting the next day in order to enjoy your night to the fullest.
And there you have it — all the must-visit attractions Singapore has to offer. Honestly, this is just the tip of the Singapore iceberg, but hopefully it will serve as a good jumping off point to begin exploring this amazing destination.
What to See, Do, Costs, & Ways to Save
Singapore is a cosmopolitan city-state that became independent from the British in 1965 and is now one of the world’s leading economic centers in shipping and banking.
Backpacking Singapore – or just visiting on a budget – isn’t as big with travelers as it is with say Thailand, Vietnam, or really any other place in Southeast Asia.
Singapore is expensive by Southeast Asian standards with everything costing about double what it does elsewhere in the region.
While most people come here for a couple of days just to “do” Singapore and check it off their bucket list, over the past few years, the city has shed some of its stuffy nature and become much more fun and cosmopolitan city.
There are a growing cocktail and foodie scene here. Lots of activities are popping up too.
Singapore is one of my favorite cities in the world and a destination I love looking forward to so I can all the hawker food, Indian food, delicious seafood, and wander the lovely hiking trails in the north and sit on the beaches in the south.
Singapore rocks – and deserves more time than you plan on giving it.
Use this Singapore travel guide to help plan you trip and save some money.
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Singapore
1. Eat at the Boat Quay
Boat Quay is a hive of activity and is the place to go for dining and entertainment. The alfresco pubs and restaurants also make Boat Quay ideal for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing. Try Wakanui for quality Japanese steak cooked over a white oak fire, or Kinara for reasonably priced North Indian cuisine. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the imposing skyscrapers and bizarre statues along the riverside.
2. See the supertrees at Gardens by the Bay
Located along Marina Bay, this urban landscaping project is a series of fake “supertrees”. At heights of 80-160 feet, the metal structures have roughly 200 species of orchids, ferns, and other tropical plants coating their structure and forming a lush, colorful skin. It’s free to walk through the outdoor gardens, but you have to pay $8 SGD ($6 USD) for entry if you want to do the OCBC Skyway (the 128-metre long walkway through the canopy of the Supertree Grove).
3. Hang out (and party) on Sentosa
This little island is popular with locals and tourists alike. You can visit Tiger Sky Tower ($18 SGD/$13 USD), Asia’s tallest observation tower or Universal Studios, which is also on the island. There are a host of bars, restaurants, and beaches here too. Hang out at Bora Bora Beach Bar or try the cable car sky dining experience (although it isn’t cheap). You can get to Sentosa via the Sentosa Express train, which is $4 SGD ($3 USD) – but if you enter on foot or by bicycle you’ll get free access.
4. Visit Singapore Zoo
This zoo is one of the best in the world. Covering an area of 70 acres, this place is huge and has a vast array of animals: over 3,600 mammals, birds, and reptiles. The zoo’s night safaris are awesome. Entrance to the zoo and a night safari costs $70 SGD ($50 USD). There’s no restaurants around here and, since you have to wait for the night safari to begin, you get stuck eating the overpriced zoo food. See the zoo in the morning and come back at night for the safari.
5. Hang with the Merlions
You are sure to see statues of these imaginary creatures dotted about Singapore. The Merlion is Singapore’s mascot and has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The original statute (and most impressive Merlion) can be found in Merlion Park, but the 37-meter tall replica on Sentosa is also pretty cool to see. There is no entrance fee for Merlion Park.
Other Things to See and Do in Singapore
1. Admire Thian Hock Keng Temple
Stunning architecture makes Thian Hock Keng one of the most photogenic buildings you’re likely to see in Singapore. The temple was built in 1840 and made from the finest materials available at the time, and is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore. It’s dedicated to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea, and Chinese immigrants came here to ask for safe passage before leaving to cross the South China Sea. The temple was designated as a national monument in 1973. It’s open daily from 7:30am-5:30pm, and admission is free.
2. Explore Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Bukit Timah is located within Singapore’s only remaining stretch of rainforest, and is the country’s premier ecotourism attraction. You’ll find macaques, squirrels, flying lemurs, and various species of birds. If you take the hiking or biking trails, you’ll be able to get up close to them. The reserve is 30 minutes from the city center and is open daily from 7am-7pm. The weekends get really busy, so if you want to avoid the crowds come during the week.
3. Wander around Chinatown
Chinatown encompasses two square kilometers of traditional Chinese life, nestled beside the modern Central Business District. This remains the place to get a real sense of Chinese culture within Singapore. The streets are filled with temples, craft shops, stalls, and restaurants and are a great place to pick up a bargain. Head down Chinatown Food Street to find some char kway teow (stir-fried noodles) or grilled meats.
4. Take a trip to Pulau Ubin
This island lies off the northeastern coast. It’s incredibly different from the modern city — locals still use a diesel generator for electricity and fetch water from wells. Rent a bike and explore sights, villages, and beaches of this island. To get there you have to hop on a bumboat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, which costs about $3 SGD ($2 USD). There are no fixed departure times – just simply line up and wait. Very few tourists make it out this way!!
5. Relax in the Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens lie close to the city and consist of 52 hectares of gardens and forest. The main attraction is the National Orchid Garden, which is home to over 1,000 species of orchids. There is also a ginger garden, a rainforest, and various streams and waterfalls to explore. The Botanic Gardens are Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s open daily from 5am-12am, and admission is free.
6. Eat in Little India
No trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to Little India. Here you can get amazing, cheap and delicious food, fresh vegetables, and interesting snacks and souvenirs. Seek out local favorites like roti prata (pancakes) and teh tarik (“pulled” tea). Make sure you eat at the giant cafeteria restaurants and don’t be afraid to eat with your hands!
7. Learn about Singapore’s History
For a more cultural experience, visit the former British naval base of Fort Siloso located on Sentosa. It’s the only preserved fort on the coast of Singapore and provides a fantastic look into the city-state’s complicated history, including the coastal guns and the remains of tunnels. It’s a well-constructed, interactive attraction. Entry is $6 SGD ($4 USD). It’s open daily from 10am-6pm.
8. Visit Sri Mariamman Temple
This extremely colorful, ornate temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and was built in 1827 in Chinatown. It was constructed in what is known as the Dravidian style and is devoted to the goddess Mariamman, known for curing illnesses and diseases. During colonial times it was a hub for community activities and was even the Registry of Marriages for Hindus. It’s open daily from 7am-12pm and 6pm-9pm.
9. Watch a free concert
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra hosts various free concerts at different venues around the country. You might just be lucky enough to catch one fo their shows – just check their website for details.
10. Visit the MacRitchie Reservoir Park
This beautiful and lush city park has an eight-kilometer treetop hike, with bridges suspended high above the forest floor. Along the way you might see long-tailed macaque monkeys, squirrel, monitor lizards, owls, and even flying lemurs. Other than the TreeTop Walk there’s also a network of walking trails. The park’s lighting hours are 7am-7pm daily. The TreeTop Walk is open from 9am-5pm (Tues-Fri) and 8:30am-5pm on weekends. Admission is free.
Singapore Travel Costs
Accommodation – Accommodation here isn’t cheap. You’ll pay between $15-17 SGD ($11-12 USD) per night for a bed in a dorm room at a hostel. Most hostels offer free WiFi, free breakfast, and some offer free linens. You can find a room in a 2-star hotel with amenities like air-conditioning, private bathrooms, free WiFi, and a TV starting around $45 SGD ($33 USD) per night. Most large hotels cost between $80-110 SGD ($58-80 USD) per night. On Airbnb, you can find shared rooms starting around $25 SGD ($18 USD) per night and entire homes (including studio apartments) starting around $85 SGD ($62 USD).
Food – You’ll find all kinds of food from all over the world in Singapore, but especially Chinese and Indian food. Chinese and Indian food is usually around $8-9 SGD ($6-7 USD) per meal. As for Singaporean specialties, try the seafood. There are plenty of low-cost eateries around Singapore with street stalls typically selling food for less than $6 SGD ($4 USD) per meal. Most casual restaurants are around $20 SGD ($15 USD) and after that, the sky is the limit. If you cook your meals, expect to pay $75 SGD ($55 USD) per week for groceries that will include pasta, vegetables, chicken, and other basic foods.
Activities – On the whole, activities in Singapore are not that expensive. Some, like the Singapore Botanical Gardens and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, are free. Entrance to Singapore Zoo is $48 SGD ($35 USD).
Backpacking Singapore Suggested Budgets
How much does it cost to visit Singapore? For backpackers, you should budget $55-80 SDG ($40-55 USD) per day. On this suggested budget, you’ll be staying in a hostel dorm, eating out at the cheaper hawker stalls and in Little India, cooking most of your meals, limiting your partying, and using local transportation.
On a more mid-range budget of $75-135 SGD ($55-100 USD) per day, you’ll be able to eat out at restaurants all the time, enjoy some night life, get a private Airbnb, take some taxis or trishaws, visit more paid attractions, and stay in a budget hotel.
For a luxury budget of $520+ SGD ($380+ USD) per day, you can eat out more often, take taxis everywhere, stay in a nice hotel, and visit some of the more expensive attractions (like the zoo).
Average Daily Cost
Singapore Travel Guide: Money Saving Tips
- Take public transit – Travel on public transport is just $10 SGD ($7 USD) per day for tourists with a Singapore Tourist Pass. This will get you unlimited rides on a number of buses and trains.
- Eat on Smith Street – The stalls here offer food for less than $6 SGD ($4 USD) and are a great place to sample local snacks.
- Eat cheap – Save money on food by eating in Little India, Chinatown, or the hawker stalls throughout the town. Meals in these places cost only a few dollars.
- Couchsurf – Use Couchsurfing to stay with locals who have extra beds and couches and stay for free. I use the service a lot and find it not only saves me money, but I meet great people too. There’s nothing better than having a local guide to show you the ins and outs of the city!
- Stick to happy hour – Alcohol is expensive in Singapore, which means you’ll want to limit your drinking. If you do plan on having a few, stick to the happy hours where you can find buy one, get one free deals.
- Avoid bottled water – The tap water here is perfectly fine to drink, so avoid buying water and just refill your bottle. It will save you money and it’s better for the environment!
- Take a free walking tour – Companies like Singapore Footprints offer free tours around the city, These are a great way to explore and learn about the culture, history, and architecture of Singapore.
Where To Stay in Singapore
Here are some of my favorite places to stay in Singapore:
How to Get Around Singapore
Train – Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the fastest and best way to get around. The rail network is very extensive, so most of the city’s main attractions are within walking distance to an MRT station. Most trips will cost around $4 SGD ($3 USD), but you can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass which gives you unlimited travel for one day for $10 SGD ($7 USD), two days for $16 SGD ($12 USD), or three days for $20 SGD ($15 USD). Note: there is a $10 SGD/$7 USD deposit that’s returned if you return the card 5 days after purchasing it.
Bus – Like the MRT, Singapore’s bus system is very extensive and efficient. You can use your Singapore Tourist Pass on the buses as well. You can also pay with cash, but it has to be the exact change. A single trip will cost between $1.40-2.50 SGD ($1-2 USD).
Trishaws – Trishaws (like rickshaws) are less popular these days in Singapore, but you’ll find them along most of the tourist routes. They’re now managed by a queue system called Trishaw Uncle. You’ll pay about $40 SGD ($30 USD) for a 30-minute run.
Taxi – Taxis are comfortable and convenient, but they’re not cheap! All cabs are metered, but there might be surcharges depending on the company and where you’re going (for example, if you’re hiring a taxi from midnight to 6am there is a 50% surcharge on the total metered cost). Prices start around $3 SGD ($2 USD) and then about $0.22 SGD ($0.15 USD) for every 400 meters.
When to Go to Singapore
It’s always a good time to visit Singapore! The island’s year-round warm, tropical climate has daily temperatures in the 80s °F (high 20s °C). November to June is the high season, especially during the Chinese New Year. The Northeast Monsoon season occurs from November to January, however, so you may encounter plenty of rain.
Late summer and early fall (July to October) is also a good time to visit if you’re hoping to avoid all the tourist traffic. The weather is still pleasant, and the Southwest Monsoon (from June to September) is not as harsh as the Northeast Monsoon.
How to Stay Safe in Singapore
Singapore is an incredibly safe place to backpack and travel – even if you’re traveling solo, and even as a solo female traveler.
Singapore is notoriously strict on drugs. If you’re caught even with marijuana in your system, you’ll do jail time. You’ll also get fined up to $1,000 SGD ($730 USD) for things like littering, spitting, and smoking in public.
So say no to drugs here. Be polite. Have manners.
And you’ll be fine here.
Always trust your gut instinct. If a taxi driver seems shady, stop the cab and get out. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID. Forward your itinerary along to loved ones so they’ll know where you are.
If you don’t do it at home, don’t do it when you’re in Singapore. Follow that rule and you’ll be fine.
The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:
Singapore Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources
Below are my favorite companies to use when I travel to Singapore. They are included here because they consistently turn up the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are always my starting point when I need to book a flight, hotel, tour, train, or meeting people!
- Momondo – This is my favorite flight search engine because they search such a wide variety of sites and airlines. I never book a flight without checking here first.
- Skyscanner – Skyscanner is another great flight search engline which searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget carriers that larger sites miss. While I always start with Momondo, I use this site too as a way to compare prices.
- Airbnb – Airbnb is a great accommodation alternative for connecting with homeowners who rent out their homes or apartments. The big cities have tons of listings!
- Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there, with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
- Agoda – Other than Hostelworld an Airbnb, Agoda is the best hotel accommodation site for Asia as it has the largest inventory and offers the best rates. If you want a guesthouse or hotel, book it via this website!
- Couchsurfing – This website allows you to stay on people’s couches or spare rooms for free. It’s a great way to save money while meeting locals who can tell you the ins and outs of their city. The site also lists events you can attend to meet people (even if you’re not staying with someone).
- World Nomads – I buy all my travel insurance from World Nomads. They have great customer service, competitive prices, and in-depth coverage. I’ve been using them since I started traveling in 2003. Don’t leave home without it!
Singapore Gear and Packing Guide
If you’re heading on the road and need some gear suggestions, here are my tips for the best travel backpack and for what to pack!
The Best Backpack for Travelers
What’s the best backpack for traveling long-term? I recommend the REI Flash 45 Pack. It’s light and comfy, front loading, and fits perfectly in an airplane’s overhead bin.
Straps: Thick and cushy with compression technology that pulls the pack’s load up and inwards so it doesn’t feel as heavy.
Features: Removable top lid, large pocket at the front, hydration compatible, contoured hip belt
If you want something different, refer to my article on how to choose the best travel backpack for tips on picking a pack and other backpack suggestions.
What to Pack for Your Trip
- 1 pair of jeans (heavy and not easily dried, but I like them; a good alternative is khaki pants)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 bathing suit
- 5 T-shirts (Unbound Merino is my preferred company. If you’re a member of NM+, you can get 15% off your purchase)
- 1 long-sleeved T-shirt
- 1 pair of flip-flops
- 1 pair of sneakers
- 6 pairs of socks (I always end up losing half)
- 5 pairs of boxer shorts (I’m not a briefs guy!)
- 1 toothbrush
- 1 tube of toothpaste
- 1 razor
- 1 package of dental floss
- 1 small bottle of shampoo
- 1 small bottle of shower gel
- 1 towel
Small Medical Kit (safety is important!!!)
Female Travel Packing List
I’m not a woman, so I don’t know what a woman wears, but Kristin Addis, our solo female travel guru, wrote this list as an addition to the basics above:
- 1 swimsuit
- 1 sarong
- 1 pair of stretchy jeans (they wash and dry easily)
- 1 pair of leggings (if it’s cold, they can go under your jeans, otherwise with a dress or shirt)
- 2-3 long-sleeve tops
- 2-3 T-shirts
- 3-4 spaghetti tops
- 1 light cardigan
- 1 dry shampoo spray & talc powder (keeps long hair grease-free in between washes)
- 1 hairbrush
- Makeup you use
- Hair bands & hair clips
- Feminine hygiene products (you can opt to buy there too, but I prefer not to count on it, and most people have their preferred products)
For more on packing, check out these posts:
Singapore Travel Guide: Suggested Reading
Singapore: A Biography, by Mark Ravinder Frost
Singapore: A Biography is part history book and part storytelling, but you’ll be captivated by this entire read. Mark Ravinder Frost has collected insights into this island city state through the personal experiences of workers, rulers, and revolutionaries – and how they’ve shaped Singapore over time. This book was written in collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore using oral histories, radio and TV broadcasts, and eyewitness accounts. You’ll learn plenty about Singapore from the past 700 years to now.
Singapore Noir, by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
This is a collection of stories from several of Singapore’s most renown contemporary writers, like Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Colin Goh, and Simon Tay. Lu-Lien Tan wanted to compile something different from the typical Western narrative of Singapore being a rich city state ruled by a strict government, and this book does exactly that. Each story is entirely different and offers an interesting glimpse of Singaporean life beyond the bright lights and high rises. Some stories are a little dark!
The Backpacker, by John Harris
I picked up this book at a second-hand shop in Vietnam years ago, and it intrigued me as I was backpacking around Southeast Asia. Amazon suggested it to me recently, so I picked it up again for another read and found it just as enthralling! John travels to India, where he meets Rick, who then persuades him to go to the Thai island of Ko Phangan, where John, Rick, and their new friend Dave pose as millionaire aristocrats. after getting on the wrong side of the Thai mafia, they leave for adrenaline-fueled journeys to Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and Hong Kong. I’ve always wondered if this was a true story since so much of it seems far-fetched, but, even if it’s all fake, it’s an entertaining read about life as a backpacker. Light, easy, and fun, it will get you excited for the road.
Breaking The Tongue, by Vyvyane Loh
This novel takes place during the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in World War II, and focuses on one Chinese family. There’s Claude, raised to be British and ashamed of his heritage; Humphrey, the father whose obsession with the English makes him blind to defeat; and Grandma Siok whose wise advice is often ignored. It’s a coming of age story as Claude learns to accept his heritage in a time of great suffering and war.
Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan
Here’s a light, fun read for you! Rachel Chu of New York has agreed to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend Nicholas Young, where she imagines she’ll be spending lots of quality time with the man she wants to marry. But Nick has withheld some important details from her…like the fact he’s grown up in a palace and has always had a private plane at his fingertips. He also just so happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. As soon as they step off the plane Rachel and Nick have to dodge societal pressures, nosy relatives, and social climbers. It’s laugh out loud funny!
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Things to See
There is no shortage of world-class visitor attractions in Singapore. Families are well catered for with the trio of wildlife parks – the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park, while the Marine Life Park boasts the world’s largest aquarium and the Universal Studios theme park is great for a family day of fun. Culture vultures will find a wealth of museums celebrating Singapore’s heritage and documenting the war years, and even general sightseeing is fun in Singapore with boat cruises, cable cars and observation wheels all at your disposal.
Avoid: Major attractions on weekend afternoons. If you must go at the weekend, get there early.
Hot Tips: The weather is extremely changeable in Singapore — carry sun cream and an umbrella with you at all times.
Where to Stay
Singapore boasts a wealth of hotels to suit most wallets, but where the city really excels is its luxury sector. Marina Bay is a popular area, with its stunning city skyline views and fantastic eating, shopping and entertainment choices all on the doorstep. Those in town for some retail therapy should check into a choice of high-end options on Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping thoroughfare, while if its sun, sea, sand and family fun you’re after, then make Sentosa your home for your vacation. For something a little different, then Chinatown is a good choice for boutique hotels.
Hot Tips: Sentosa hotels get booked up during local holidays with families taking ‘staycations’ — so book ahead.
What to Eat
Singapore’s multi-cultural make-up means there is a huge selection of international culinary delights to choose from. Some of the city’s best local dishes can be found in its hawker centers, the city’s equivalent of ‘street food,’ while at the other end of the spectrum is the growing number of celebrity chef restaurants, which are springing up in the city’s high-end hotel complexes, particularly Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa. For those aiming somewhere in between, you’ll find a concentration of restaurants along the river at Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay, and also all over Chinatown.
Caution: Prices on menus tend to be exclusive of service and GST – an additional 17% will be added to your bill.
Be Sure to Sample: Chilli crab, laksa, roti prata, char kway teow, chicken rice and prawn mee.\
Places to Party
Singapore has long since shrugged off its image of being ‘boring’ and now has one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Asia. Stylish roof bars attract the city’s beautiful people in the Marina Bay and Financial District areas, while Club Street in Chinatown is a popular haunt for boutique wine bars and trendy cocktail lounges. Alfresco dining and drinking is always on offer along the Singapore River in the three popular quays – Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay – while night owls will find a selection of dance clubs around the city attracting the world’s top DJs.
Hot Tips: Drinking is expensive in Singapore but most bars run happy hours from 5 pm – 8 pm, and many have ‘ladies’ nights’ on Wednesdays.
Where to Shop
Shopping is a major national pastime in Singapore, and you just need to visit a shopping mall at the weekend to prove the theory. Your first stop should be Orchard Road, the highest concentration of shopping malls in the world. It’s all about brands here, and the bigger and flashier the mall, the better. For souvenirs head to Chinatown or Little India, while Haji Lane in Kampong Glam is Singapore’s best stretch of independent and off-beat boutiques.
Best Local Souvenir: Orchids, feng shui items, Chinese tea, Chinese silk items
Top 10 Lux Travel Destinations in Singapore That Will Cost You $0
Singapore, five times crowned by The Economist as the most expensive place in the world, seems suddenly dashed hopes to have fun there. But, don’t get it wrong, it turns out Singapore also has free tourist attractions that are literally good. Suitable to show off on Instagram for those who want to look exist but still in the budget.
Singapore Art Museum
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SAM has built an important public collection of Southeast Asian contemporary art, with a growing component in international contemporary art. Drawing from its collection, the museum collaborates with international art museums to co-curate contemporary art exhibitions. Visitors can extend their SAM experience through exhibition-related education and public programmes such as tours, talks, workshops, special curator and artist tours, as well as downloadable activity sheets.
This art museum is filled with unique sculptures, funny works that kids would love, also very interesting 3D paintings. So with free entrance, you can enjoy art.
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Looking for an idyllic weekend getaway to relax? Or maybe seeking a casual dining place where you can tuck into your favourite hawker food such as satay, BBQ seafood, Tze char, etc.? We provide everything from animal feeding and farm tours to live seafood picks in a lush green environment, where you can refresh your senses and have a great time!
Gardens By The Bay
Authentic, beautiful, and unique. Not just an ordinary garden, especially when the lights are lit to welcome the evening. A garden with a wide range of unique plants can be entered for free too, you know!
Meandering Southern Ridges
This 10-kilometer overpass connects 3 tourist parks at once, with beautiful green scenery around it. The three parks themselves are Telok Blangah Hill, Mount Faber, and Kent Ridge Park.
Esplanade Roof Garden
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If picnic in the alfresco is too usual, now you can picnic on the roof of a beautiful building! The sights of Singapore at night will bewitch you, as well as the modern ambience.
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Usually, people came to the airport just for waiting and boarding. most of the time we feel pretty anxious, hurried, bored, exhausted, restless and even stressed because of various circumstances we face in an airport. It’s different in Changi, all facilities are there to make you comfortable so you could feel the best airport experience and enjoy your time. There are always great places for brunch before your flight, in Changi. So many restaurants or cafe there. Or you can enjoy the garden, swimming, watching movies, etc. Get bored while waiting for your flight? No more.
Singapore Botanic Garden
Singapore’s oldest garden is a treasure trove for plant lovers or those who simply want to have a good time outdoors. A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Botanic Gardens is the country’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, joining the ranks of iconic landmarks such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and The Great Wall of China.
Established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society, 60 acres of land were transformed from a disused plantation into the popular recreational garden you see today. As well as being a favorite recreation venue for jogging, dining or just lazing about, the sprawling grounds are also a leading center for botanical and horticultural research.
Highlights include The National Orchid Garden, which boasts the world’s largest orchid display, with over 60,000 plants and orchids. Meanwhile, the SBG Heritage Museum features interactive and multimedia exhibits and panels that detail the Gardens’ rich heritage, while the CDL Green Gallery displays botanical related exhibits. Kids will have a blast at the Jacob Ballas Children’s garden where they can play and learn all about plant life. A host of restaurants and cafes are also available to satisfy thirsty and hungry visitors after a day out in the sun. And once you’re ready to step back into the concrete jungle, the Orchard Road shopping district is mere minutes away.
Changi Point Boardwalk
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Do you want to go there? If getting a taxi, ask to go to the Changi point ferry terminal. There are shops and a hawker center there, and probably much more but it seemed very quiet and subdued the day we were there. Anyway, it’s a very pleasant seaside walk along the coast and past the airport flight path. There are some children’s playgrounds and a few food shops, most of which were closed as we walked past. Lying on the grass at the midpoint, listening to the waves on the beach was very peaceful. The boardwalk is kept very clean, like the rest of the city.
Mount Faber Park
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Mount Faber, formerly Telok Blangah Hill, is a hill about 105 metres (344 ft.) in height, located in the town of Bukit Merah in the Central Region of Singapore. It overlooks the Telok Blangah area, and the western parts of the Central Area. The summit is accessible by Mount Faber Road or Mount Faber Loop via Morse Road, but there are many footpaths or trails leading up the hill. The main paths are: Marang Trail which leads from Marang Road at the Harbourfront MRT station (Exit D) and the Southern Ridges Park Connector which connects from Telok Blangah Hill Park, Kent Ridge Park and Henderson Waves. It is a frequent tourist destination, as it provides a panoramic view of the increasingly dense central business district within the Central Area. Its slope includes a tower that is part of the Singapore cable car system that connects to HarbourFront and Sentosa. It is accessible from the HarbourFront MRT Station.
Located in the center of Sentosa, Palawan beach has swaying palm trees, shimmering white sand, expanses of blue green water and lively beach bars. A fun zone, Port of Lost Wonder is themed on pirate world, and is popular among kids and adults alike. The place is complete with a rope bridge, few wooden beam towers, a pirate ship, and numerous treasure boxes. Indulge in swimming, and lazy lounging to have a great time.
90,000 A modern approach to tourism services and innovation in every detail – this is Singapore
Tourists are divided into gourmets, collectors and researchers, and Singapore has everything for each of them. The Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Airlines and one of the brightest and most innovative airports in the world, Singapore Changi, have extended their partnership for another three years to make travel to Singapore fun, convenient and unique. In an interview with Profi.Travel, representatives of the three organizations talked about why Singapore needs to be positioned more broadly than just a destination and about their innovations: a new promotion concept, a new terminal in Changi and new sides of Singapore Airlines.
Singapore Tourism Board on gourmets, collectors and explorers
Speaker: Director of the Singapore Tourism Board for Russia and Eastern Europe – Beverly Au Yong
Profi.Travel: In August 2017, the Singapore Tourism Board, in conjunction with the Singapore Economic Development Board, announced a new brand called “Make It Come True.” Can you please tell me what is the main idea of the brand?
In August, the Singapore Tourism Board announced a unified brand “Make It Go” to position Singapore in the international marketplace for both tourism and business.The new brand represents Singapore as more than just a tourism or investment destination. Singapore is a place where travelers can immerse themselves in the local culture and build an emotional connection with the local people.
To develop the new brand, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board conducted qualitative and quantitative research and concluded that the words “aspiration” and “opportunity” best reflect the spirit of Singapore.
Having analyzed the aspirations and interests of travelers, STB and EDB divided them into three groups, which were named “Groups of enthusiasts” – gourmets, connoisseurs, discoverers. Gourmets are people who enjoy new taste sensations; connoisseurs love to search for and purchase various authentic items, for example, garments made by local designers; Discoverers strive to find unexplored places of interest and attractions.Thanks to the new positioning, every traveler will be aware of the variety of activities that Singapore has to offer and what opportunities Singapore has in order to fulfill their personal plans.
Profi.Travel: “Making our plans come true” is a concept primarily aimed at tourists. However, tour operators and travel agencies play an important role in the Russian market today. Do you plan to interact with them and how it can manifest itself in a new concept?
We are always considering such opportunities and are open to suggestions.Promotional campaigns initiated by STB target both tourists and business travelers as well as travel agents. Despite the fact that the brand “Embodying the Plan” appeals mainly to tourists, representatives of one or another “Group of Enthusiasts”, we understand that it is also important to talk about the new concept of positioning and travel agents who implement trips to Singapore.
Profi.Travel: The number of tourists and tourism revenues in 2017 reached an all-time high.What internal factors, in your opinion, contributed to this?
A similar trend is indeed observed: revenues from tourism increased by 3.9% and amounted to $ 26.8 billion, due, first of all, to an increase in the number of tourists from all ten main markets for the country, as well as tourists from countries with a high volume of money spent funds such as China, South Korea, USA and UK. The number of foreigners visiting the country increased by 6.2% and amounted to 17.4 million.
We are confident that these figures show the growing interest in Singapore as a tourist destination and once again confirm that Singapore has a lot to offer to different categories of travelers.Such positive dynamics undoubtedly demonstrates the effectiveness of joint projects between STB and industry partners, including private organizations, aimed at developing the tourism sector in Singapore.
In 2017, the Singapore Tourism Board continued to actively develop marketing partnerships, in particular, a trilateral cooperation with the Changi Airport Group and Singapore Airlines worth $ 34 million was implemented. In addition, STB extended the contract for holding the Grand Prix races. Formula 1 “for another four years.
The growth of tourist traffic can also be due to favorable airfare and optimal hotel rates.
Profi.Travel: Tourists often travel to Singapore on a transit visa. What should you look for when applying for a transit visa and where can you get a tourist visa?
Many tourists apply for a transit visa for 96 hours, it is especially convenient for those who travel with a stopover in Singapore. You can get such a visa at passport control upon arrival in Singapore: for this you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip, a paid and printed air ticket, the necessary documents for entry (including a visa) into the third country of destination, and also have sufficient funds to stay in Singapore.
To obtain a tourist visa, you need to apply at one of 8 centers , which are authorized visa agents of the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore:
- Moscow: Aviareps, Pony Express
- St. Petersburg: Pony Express, VFS Global
- Vladivostok: Pony Express, Far East Fregat Aero
- Khabarovsk: “Mandarin”
Profi.Travel: What are the most interesting events on the Singapore calendar this year?
Singapore hosts many exciting and exciting events every year. Singapore Food Festival , which runs from 13 to 29 July 2018 , will definitely be one of the highlights of the month, where residents and visitors alike can sample local street food as well as molecular cuisine from renowned chefs.
Singapore Night Festival is the largest festival featuring street performances, light shows and installation exhibitions. The festival has been held every August for the past 10 years.
September and October will be remembered by tourists and residents of the city for world-class sporting events: the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix , September 14-16, and the Women’s International Tennis Tournament , October 21-28.
The winter period in Singapore is no less bright: in January Singapore Art Week is held annually , and in February there are large-scale celebrations on the occasion of the Chinese New Year.
The busiest month in spring is April.At this time, “World Gourmet Summit” comes to Singapore, presenting guests with a unique opportunity to taste dishes of little-known world cuisines. In addition, Singapore International Jazz Festival and Yacht Show are held this month.
If you think that there is no beach holiday in Singapore, it is not:
Singapore’s Sentosa Island is also known as a beach resort, offering tourists a variety of beaches for all tastes – among them Palawan Beach , perfect for family holidays, Siloso Beach with many bars and restaurants and Tanjong Beach , where the atmosphere of tranquility reigns.All beaches in Singapore are public and there are many hotels in the immediate vicinity.
Changi Airport’s new look at hub services
Profi.Travel : Changi Airport stands out from other airports for its comfortable transit possibilities, which itself becomes a vivid impression from visiting Singapore: huge shopping areas, art installations, gardens, swimming pools, recreation areas.How can you assess the effectiveness of this format?
CAG: Changi Airport makes the stay of tourists very comfortable. We are proud to keep improving it by adding new products and services. Our goal is to become the world’s leading airport by developing a safe, reliable and dynamic hub. This dynamics manifests itself in everything: from the design of terminals to the maximum convenience and speed of service provision, for example, registration.
Profi.Travel : The fourth terminal of the airport was opened in October 2017 .What awaits tourists? What cultural and entertainment facilities are available in the new terminal?
CAG: The terminal opened after five years of construction and, above all, increased the airport’s capacity by 16 million people a year, now the flow is 82 million.
Unlike other terminals, T4 is the first terminal at Changi airport, where the system has been developed for all departing passengers Fast and Seamless Travel – Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST).The widespread use of technology, including facial recognition software, will enhance operational efficiency and increase productivity. Passengers will love the flexibility of check-in at any time after check-in counters open. One of the goals of the FAST concept is to increase productivity and conserve employee resources, and over time, the retention rate is expected to be around 20%
! Passengers are advised to check in early in order to explore the variety of offers in the terminal, including art exhibitions and LED walls.
Shops and restaurants in Terminal T4 show passengers a new retail approach . Of the 82 properties, 62 are retail stores or service points and 19 are restaurant services. About a quarter of them first appeared in Changi.
At Cosmetics & Perfumes and Liquor & Tobacco stores operated by Shilla Duty Free and DFS, passengers can pay for their purchases from both stores in one place.
One of the main attractions in T4 is the Heritage Zone, which is designed in a classic style. There are shops with traditional local food and drinks. Everyone’s favorite traditional breakfast and light snacks are served here, for example, toast with coconut cream kaya toast, mee siam noodles, kopi – coffee prepared according to a special recipe. Travelers can also try roti prata, which the chefs prepare in front of the guest.
Profi.Travel: What new services for tourists appeared in 2017?
CAG: In 2017 we opened A Million Times – kinetic sculpture and clock. Designed by a group of artists from Stockholm, this art object is a visual embodiment of the concept of time. Its 1,008 stepper motors create a true moving picture on the wall, representing the relationship between a fundamental understanding of time and the beauty of synchronized movement. 7.5 m high and 3.4 m wide, A Million Times is one of the largest kinetic works in the world.
Profi.Travel: By 2019, it is planned to implement a large-scale infrastructure project “Precious Stone” – a modern technological module that will connect the terminals. At what stage is the implementation of the project now? Tell us in more detail what will happen to travelers.
CAG: Jewel Changi Airport, a mixed-use shopping complex, will open in 2019. Currently, about 65% of the project has been completed. Major work is currently underway – the construction of connecting bridges with terminals 2 and 3, as well as the installation of Jewel glass and steel façade.
In addition to shops, the 10-storey building will have a 40-meter indoor waterfall, a five-storey garden, and Canopy park with an area of 14,000 sq. m with playground rides and walking areas.
Here are some of the attractions that travelers will find.
- Forest Valley Garden and Rain Vortex Falls: five-story garden with 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs from Brazil, Australia, Thailand and America. The centerpiece of the Jewel is the 40-meter indoor Rain Vortex waterfall, which turns into an enchanting light and sound show with special lighting effects in the evenings.
- Canopy Park: In addition to Forest Valley, the top floor Canopy Park will include two specially designed gardens – Petal Garden and Topiary Walk . The Petal Garden will feature floral displays that change with the seasons, and visitors will be able to see animals at the Topiary Walk. Also inside Canopy Park, visitors are encouraged to walk on Sky Nets – swinging nets suspended in the air. They will be the first major mesh ride in Singapore.Thanks to their design, the nets resemble a river flow. Visitors will have access to 2 routes: a 50 m long pedestrian network, which is 25 m above the ground and allows you to see through the mesh cells. For those looking for a more thrill, there is a 250m net and is located at the height of a three-story building.
Also, 2 labyrinths, stretching over 500 sq. m, – a 1.8 m high hedge maze and the first outdoor mirror labyrinth.
The Discovery Slide at Canopy Park is a playground for all ages. There are 4 slides – 2 slides-pipes and 2 open slides.
Singapore Airlines presents the latest aircraft and first class service
Speaker: Head of Representative Office in Russia Mr. Biren Po
Profi.Travel: Singapore Airlines is known around the world for its high standards of service and of course the Singapore Girl, the globally recognized symbol of the brand.What is the main advantage of Singapore Airlines service in the air travel market?
Y -n Biren Po : Singapore Airlines’ philosophy is based on personalized service to provide every passenger with a sense of comfort and a good flight experience through attentive service. Tactful and caring stewardesses always help, trying to anticipate guests’ requests and instantly fulfill them.
Excellent service, excellent cuisine and other unique offerings of Singapore Airlines have received numerous awards.So, just recently, Singapore Airlines was recognized as the best airline in the world according to TripAdvisor .
Profi.Travel: In addition to the highest service standards, what else allows you to maintain a leading position in the industry?
G -n Biren Po: In addition to being focused on continuous improvement of service, we strive for leadership in innovation, constantly updating and replenishing our aircraft fleet with modern liners that provide maximum comfort during flights of any range.
In December 2016, we were the first to introduce aircraft Airbus A350-900 in Russia, and today Singapore Airlines remains the only airline that offers regular flights from Moscow on this innovative aircraft. Additional comfort on board is provided by high ceilings, enlarged windows, smart lighting and a unique air conditioning system.
Our passengers from Russia and the CIS, traveling through Singapore to the resorts of Southeast Asia, are also offered flights on the latest types of aircraft.In March this year, Singapore Airlines became the first airline in the world to receive Boeing 787-10 from the South Carolina concern of the same name. They will be used on our regional flights from Singapore. Singapore Airlines 787-10 liners offer passengers additional convenience on medium and short haul flights, which are available to customers of other airlines only on long flights, which is an undoubted competitive advantage.
Profi.Travel: Singapore Airlines strives to be an innovative company, in particular, it was announced about the use of blockchain technology. What new technologies were introduced in 2017 and what other innovations are planned?
Y -n Biren Po: Singapore Airlines is constantly working to improve its own innovative technological developments that will simplify the interaction with the airline and make flights with Singapore Airlines more comfortable.
One of the expected innovations – launch of the world’s first e-wallet based on blockchain technology. The new wallet application will allow KrisFlyer loyalty program members to spend the accumulated miles at partner stores.
In January, Singapore Airlines also introduced Digital Innovation Program . One of many projects is the opening of Digital Innovation Lab , which will provide airline employees with the opportunity to work with startups, incubators and accelerators, which will foster new ideas and more productive creative interaction.
Profi.Travel: Singapore Airlines has two subsidiaries: SilkAir and low-cost airline Scoot. Tell us more about the holding, what are the differences between the concepts of the three airlines and their route networks ? How can SilkAir and Scoot be of interest to tourists from Russia and the CIS?
G -n Biren Po: SilkAir is a subsidiary regional airline that develops new and interesting destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, thereby expanding the route network of the group of companies.Today SilkAir operates more than 400 flights a week to 52 destinations in 16 countries of the world and will be especially interesting for those passengers who travel to exotic corners of Asia or make business trips in the region.
Scoot is a low-cost airline part of the Singapore Airlines Group. The company was repeatedly recognized as “Best Low Cost Airline (Asia-Pacific)” by AirlineRatings.com. Scoot’s route network currently covers 64 destinations in 17 countries around the world.Recently, together with Scoot, we presented end-to-end fares for Krabi, Macau, Langkawi and the Gold Coast to Russian tourists with convenient connections in Singapore.
Thanks to the well-coordinated work and close interaction of the three airlines, the Group manages to respond as efficiently as possible to the requests of different categories of travelers and expand its route network around the world.
Profi.Travel: Which airlines does Singapore Airlines cooperate with in Russia?
G -n Biren Po: We consider it important to develop cooperation with Russian airlines.We highly appreciate the partnership with S7. Our code-share agreement with this company covers 20 Russian cities, including St. Petersburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, as well as the Vladivostok – Hong Kong direction.
In addition, last year we had another code-share partner – Icelandair. Since November 10, 2017, we have presented joint end-to-end fares for flights from Moscow to Reykjavik via Stockholm.
Profi.Travel: What privileges are available to passengers traveling with Singapore Airlines?
G -n Biren Po: Passengers who arrived in Singapore or make a transfer here have the opportunity to get to know the city through special offers from Singapore Airlines.The Singapore Stopover Holiday program and the Free Singapore Tour for transit passengers are very popular.
Together with Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines is implementing another interesting program, offering transit passengers the Changi Dollar Voucher, which can be used in almost all shops and places of service of the world famous airport, recognized by as the best in the world according to Skytrax .
For more information on these and other benefits, please visit the Singapore Airlines website.
Singapore from Yekaterinburg
Tours to Singapore from Yekaterinburg are not a massive, but very popular destination.
If you are planning to visit Singapore, it is worth considering that you can stay in Singapore for 96 hours without a visa, subject to transit to a third country. To do this, be sure to have air tickets further.Otherwise, you should take care of opening an entry visa in advance.
You can get to Singapore from Yekaterinburg via Moscow, Dubai. Considering the long flight, a vacation in Singapore is best combined with a vacation in Malaysia.
Singapore has very serious fines for many seemingly harmless things. For example, the import of chewing gum is prohibited, you cannot eat or drink in public places, and you cannot litter the whole list.
In Singapore, you will hardly see police officers anywhere.Yet Singapore has the lowest crime rate in the world. There are video cameras around, they are everywhere. If any offense happens, the police are already there in a few minutes. Also in the city you will not see beggars and beggars, they are simply not there.
Singapore is one of the richest and most prosperous cities in the world, although the country does not have any natural resources. The main incomes of Singapore: the largest port, financial services (the offices of the world’s largest companies are located here) and tourism.The Formula 1 race , held annually in Singapore, also attracts many fans here.
Every year, Singapore implements large-scale projects that attract tourists from all over the world.
Singapore is a city entirely built according to Feng Shui. Skyscrapers, metro lines, restaurants and road junctions. Even the Ferris wheel spins clockwise, thus, according to Feng Shui, attracting powerful cash flows to the city.
Singapore’s Ferris wheel is the largest in the world, completing its circle in 28 minutes.The number 8 is considered successful here, and 28 is doubly lucky. Therefore, before going to the casino, players always try to make a circle on it.
There are no traffic lights in Singapore that contribute to the accumulation of negative energy. Singapore is a computer city where everything works well and smoothly. There are no traffic jams in this city. This is primarily due to the fact that the car purchase tax is 140%. In addition to this, it is necessary to acquire the rights to own the car.
The most popular public transport in Singapore is the taxi, by the standards of Singapore salaries, it is inexpensive to travel by.During peak hours, the queue for boarding a taxi is about 30 minutes.
Of course, Singapore is quite an expensive city. Dinner in a good restaurant will cost accordingly. But there are also many street food outlets. Each establishment is assigned an official cleanliness rating from A to D, and in such a place with the highest A rating, you can eat very tasty and budgetary.
Every evening on the streets of Singapore there are many free entertainment events: musical fountains, fireworks, soap bubble shows, concerts with sound and special.effects. There are plenty of nightclubs to please the nightlife lovers.
If you are traveling with children , then there are a lot of activities for children in Singapore. For example, the Singapore Zoo. There are no visible gratings and restrictions, animals live here in the “wild jungle”. Thus, those that are not dangerous are at arm’s length from you. Here you can have breakfast with orangutans for 24USD.
Located 500 meters from Singapore.You can get to Sentosa from Singapore: on foot, by metro, on a mono-rail (2.44 USD), cable car (30 USD).
Sentosa is Singapore’s entertainment island! Casino, Butterfly Park, Underwater Tunnel Aquarium, Orchid Garden, Flower Terrace, Universal Studio Park and much more! Sentosa is the only place in the world where you can swim with pink dolphins (approx. 130 USD) Must try: can you fly in a wind tunnel I FLY
Sentosa is a very popular holiday destination for both Singaporeans and tourists.It will be equally interesting for both adults and children.
There are more than 3 km of white sand beaches on the island: Palawan beach is good for families with children, on Siloso – it will be good for lovers of outdoor activities, and for a romantic and secluded vacation – it is best to Tanjong beach.
Contact the Ozheni Travel Agency and we will organize for you the best vacation in Singapore or Singapore + Malaysia, taking into account all your individual wishes.
Rest in Singapore can be combined with a visit to the UAE, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia or another country in Southeast Asia.
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Lion City – a literal translation from the Malay language Singapore.In the 14th century, Chinese merchants described Singapore as a bare island inhabited by vicious pirates. According to Malay legend, a Sumatran prince met a lion-like creature on the island, and this good omen prompted him to found the city of Singapore-Pura here.
Singapore is an island, river, city and state where three cultures have merged: Chinese, Indian and Arab. A country that combines an architectural fairy tale of the twenty-first century, ultra-modern shopping and entertainment centers.This is a Disneyland city for adults and all kinds of prohibitions. Various types of restrictions are a feature of Singapore – completely unusual for our tourist. Unusual prohibitions here await the traveler everywhere, you need to be careful and read the inscriptions on all prohibiting signs.
Singapore is not a country for a beach holiday. Even on Sentosa, where there are good beaches, rest on the ocean shore will not be the most impressive: the swimming area is fenced off, the local waters will not be called “impeccably clean” even in the most shameless advertising brochure, and the picture is completed by a huge port in the line of sight, where there are hundreds of tankers in the roads.
Tourists, who have often already visited many exotic countries of the world, in search of new impressions, as well as businessmen – for business meetings and exhibitions, go to Singapore on vacation.
The main resorts of the country are Singapore, Pulau Ubin, Pulau Tekong and Sentosa islands.
The island of Singapore has been known since antiquity as Tumasik (“seaport”). The first mentions of a Malay settlement that existed on it date back to the 7th century.The inhabitants were engaged in fishing and trade. At the end of the 13th century. a descendant of the Maharajas of the Sumatran state of Srivijaya, Sri Tri Buana, settled on the island. During his reign, the city of Singapore – “Lion City” was built. In the 14th century. Singapore has become the busiest maritime and commercial center in the Strait of Malacca.
The city center was located on the slopes of a hill dominating modern Singapore, there were temples and public buildings; in the Lower City, surrounded by a palisade and a moat, the common population lived.The rajis of Singapore fought against the expansion of the Thai state and in 1349 defeated the Thai fleet. But during the reign of the raja Sri Pikram Vira (1347-1362), the city lost its independence. He rejected the demand of the Javanese state of Majapahit for vassal dependence and payment of tribute and first repulsed the attack of the Javanese. However, then the city was besieged by the huge army of Majapahit and, with the help of the betrayal of one of the nobles, was taken by storm. The prosperous center was completely destroyed, and its population was massacred.
Over the next four centuries, the island experienced decline, although from time to time Indonesian and Malay rulers tried to settle on it.In the 1390s, Paramesvara, a descendant of the Maharajas of Srivijaya, killed Prince Tumasik and began to rule on the island, but already in 1398 his town was attacked by the army of the Malay principality of Patani. Paramesvara and the population of his possession were forced to move to the new capital – Malacca, located on the territory of the Malacca Peninsula. In the following centuries, the island was under the rule of Malacca, and after its capture by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. – Malay Sultanate of Johor. At the beginning of the 19th century. only a few fishing families lived there.
In 1819, Thomas Stamford Raffles, a representative of the British East India Company, concluded an agreement with the Sultan of Johor to establish a British trading post on the island. In 1824, Singapore officially became the possession of the British crown. Taking advantage of the advantageous geographical position of the island, Great Britain has turned Singapore into its main stronghold in the Far East. In 1826 it was incorporated into the Colony of Straits Settlements, which united the British possessions in the Malacca Peninsula, and in 1832 became the center of this colony and the gateway of Great Britain to Malaya.In 1867, the Straits Settlements received crown colony status.
The development of Singapore was promoted by the fact that the colonial authorities declared it a free port. Chinese and Indian workers were brought into Malaya through the city; some of them settled on the island. Between 1850 and 1860 the population increased by 1.5 times and reached 82 thousand people, of which 61% were Chinese. By 1891, 182,000 people lived in Singapore.
At the beginning of the 20th century. the population of the city increased several times again. After the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, the city found itself at the center of all trade between Europe and the Far East.New port facilities and manufacturing facilities were adapted for the primary processing and export of raw materials from Malaya and other British colonial possessions to the metropolis.
In 1921, the British government decided to create a military base in Singapore, the construction of which was completed by 1938. It was considered an impregnable fortress and was the mainstay of the defense system of the British possessions in this part of the world. However, in February 1942, it was surrendered to Japanese troops without a fight after they cut the water supply that supplied Singapore with water.The Japanese authorities renamed Singapore Shonan and turned it into the center of their administration in Malaya and Sumatra. However, in August 1945, a communist-led anti-Japanese armed uprising broke out in Malaya, and Japanese troops surrendered. In September 1945, British troops landed in Singapore again, and British power was restored.
Since 1959, Singapore has become a self-governing colony, Lee Kuan Yew served as prime minister after the elections. In 1963, as a result of a referendum, Singapore entered the Malay Federation along with the states of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak.On August 7, 1965, as a result of the conflict, Singapore was expelled from the Malay Federation, and on August 9, 1965 it received official independence.
From 1959 to 1990, during the reign of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore, deprived of resources, was able to solve many internal problems and made the leap from a third world country to a highly developed country with a high standard of living.
On August 10, 2004, the 63-year-old Prime Minister of Singapore, Goh Chok Tong, who held this post for the past 14 years, submitted a formal letter of resignation to the President of the Republic of S.R. Nathan. The government will be headed by 52-year-old Lee Hsien Loong, the eldest son of Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew. He will also retain the post of Minister of Finance. Himself 80-year-old Lee Kuan Yew, who served as senior minister after his departure from power, will now simply be an adviser to the government, which will be headed by his son.
Singapore is a parliamentary republic. The country has the 1959 constitution, which has been amended with a number of amendments (the latest in 1996).The head of state is the president, who has been elected since 1993 in a general election for a term of 6 years. The post of the president is mainly of representative value. The executive power belongs to the cabinet of ministers headed by the prime minister, the president plays a more representative role, but in some cases he can veto critical decisions.
The Republic of Singapore, a city-state in Southeast Asia, part of the Commonwealth led by Great Britain.
The country’s territory includes the small island of Singapore (42 km long and 23 km wide), as well as 59 small islets lying along its coast, located at the southern tip of the Malacca Peninsula. Total area – 715 sq. km. Population over 5 million people (2012). Singapore is a relatively wealthy country; the annual per capita income is about $ 22.5 thousand, and the country’s gold and foreign exchange reserves exceed $ 97 billion (1996).
Citizens of Russia and CIS countries need a visa to visit Singapore.Visa-free entry is possible in case of transit, if the time of stay in the country does not exceed 96 hours, and only if there are air tickets to a third country. A cruise or a trip to a third country by ferry is not a basis for visa-free entry.
There are no restrictions on the import and export of currency. Passengers over 18 years of age can import duty-free up to 1 liter of wine, 1 liter of spirits and 1 liter of beer, 20 cigarettes in an open pack, confectionery and chocolate products worth up to SGD 50, personal items, and other goods for a total amount of 300 SGD (and if the tourist is in transit – then no more than 150 SGD).Attention: chewing gum and tobacco products must be presented to the customs authorities.
It is prohibited to import drugs and psychotropic drugs, firecrackers, weapons, lighters and toys in the form of weapons, drugs in commercial quantities, counterfeit products, toy coins and banknotes, pornography on any media, meat and meat products, as well as animals listed in the Red Book and plants and products from them.
A permit is required to export weapons, explosives, animals, poisons and precious stones from the country.It will also be needed when exporting medicines, telecommunications equipment, videodisks, photographic and videotapes, jewelry in quantities that exceed personal needs.
Bringing drugs into Singapore is punishable by death. In addition, the import of chewing gum into the country is prohibited: violation of this prohibition can result in a fine or even in imprisonment for up to a year.
Since the beginning of 2009, a customs duty of about 7 SGD per pack has been levied on the import of cigarettes, the receipt of payment must be kept until the end of the trip.
Airport tax is usually included in the airfare. If not, then tourists departing on international flights will need to pay from 8 to 12 USD. The tax does not apply to passengers who do not leave the transit area and children under two years of age.
At Singapore Changi Airport, the rule is strictly observed: one person – one piece of carry-on baggage.
Useful phone numbers:
Signapur Embassy in Moscow: per. Stone settlement, 5; Tel.: (499) 241-39-13, 241-39-14.
Russian Embassy in Singapore: 51 Nassim Road; tel .: (6) 235-18-34, 235-18-32.
Police: 999, Firefighters: 995, Ambulance: 995
Singapore is a multi-religious country. 40% of the population is Buddhist. The majority of the Chinese population follow traditional beliefs that combine Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and ancient animism. Most Muslims are Malays, but other peoples also practice Islam.Christianity is held by 14% of the population; both Catholicism and other denominations are represented. But a significant portion of Singaporeans, especially among educated people, are atheists. On a national scale, the authorities are making significant efforts to neutralize the growing weight of religious movements, especially Islam. Since small Singapore is surrounded by two large Muslim countries – Indonesia and Malaysia, the issue of religion and loyalty from the Muslim minority is extremely important.
The official languages in Singapore are Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil and English. The national language is considered “Malay”, and “English” is the administrative one. The official language in business and politics is also “English”, which is used by most Singaporeans on the streets and in shops.
90,002 Population: 90,005
The majority of the population is Chinese – 76.8%. Malays of various origins make up 13.9%.Indians make up 7.9%, most of whom are Tamils, with a smaller number Malayali, Punjabis and Bengalis. Small groups are Arabs, Jews, Thais, Armenians, Japanese and Mestizos (Eurasians).
Singapore dollar (international designation – SGD, within the country – S $), equal to 100 cents. In circulation there are banknotes in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 10,000 Singapore dollars, as well as coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and 1 dollar.Also, the free circulation in the country has the Brunei dollar, which is equivalent to the Singapore dollar.
Banks work from Monday to Friday from 9.30-10.00 to 15.00, on Saturday – from 9.30-11.00 to 13.00. Many major bank branches on Orchad Road are open on Sundays from 9.30 am to 3 pm. Exchange offices are located in most shopping centers, but they work from 10.00-11.00 to 17.00, some – until 20.00-21.00. Therefore, you should worry about currency exchange in advance.
Tourist Safety in Singapore:
The crime rate in the country is very low: you can literally leave things, documents and even money anywhere – they will not be stolen. When visiting temples and mosques, hands and feet should be covered with clothes. When entering Indian temples and mosques, you are supposed to take off your shoes, and this should be done when entering the houses and apartments of local residents. It is forbidden to photograph and film images of Buddha in Buddhist temples.
Tap water in Singapore is sanitized and safe to drink.
Gambling and chewing gum are prohibited in the country. Trash thrown on the street is punishable by a fine of 500 SGD, and for repeated violations, they may well go to jail. Smoking in closed public places, buses, elevators, cinemas, theaters, government offices, restaurants and shops is prohibited by law, the fine is even steeper – 1000 SGD. The fine for crossing the road in the wrong place is 500 SGD, the same amount will have to be paid for driving in a car without wearing a seat belt.
The island is located in an area with a tropical monsoon climate, the temperature is constantly kept at the level of +30 … + 32 ° C. The coldest time of the year is from November to January, when the temperature drops to + 24-26 C. The rainy season is usually from December to March (northeast monsoon) and from June to September (southwest monsoon). There is relatively little rainfall between monsoon seasons, but it is often accompanied by severe thunderstorms and short but powerful rainstorms.Relative humidity is kept at 64-96% all year round.
In Singapore, it is best to wear light cotton clothing to help withstand the heat. At the same time, do not forget about the air conditioning systems with which almost all shops and office buildings are stuffed here: a light jumper with long sleeves will definitely not be superfluous.
Time difference with Moscow +5 hours.
The voltage in the electricity networks of Singapore is 220V with a current frequency of 50Hz.Most hotels have outlets that accept either three flat rectangular plugs (UK standard) or two round plugs.
Country code + 65
Singapore’s telecommunications system is very modern and efficient. Payphones operate on $ 2, $ 5, and $ 10 calling cards (available from post offices, commercial centers, and office supply stores) and on dimes (old-style phones).An international call can be made from any public telephone. Local calls from a public phone cost 10 cents for 3 minutes.
The international prefix is 001. All phones starting with 1800 belong to free public services.
Mobile communication of the GSM 900/1800 / 3G standard is provided by the operators MobileOne, SingTel and StarHub. The coverage area covers the entire island. Most cell numbers start with 011 or 010.
There are no bad hotels in Singapore, even 2-3 * are quite on the level.City-type hotels: no territory, multi-storey, with conference rooms equipped with the latest technology. All global hotel chains are represented in the country.
When checking into the hotel, you should immediately clarify which room is needed – for smokers or non-smokers.
You can exchange money at the airport, hotel or numerous exchange offices, the rate is about the same everywhere. International credit cards are accepted almost everywhere and are the de facto main payment method.There will be no problems with travelers checks either: they can be exchanged in almost any bank, but it is better to do this on weekdays.
Singapore has one of the most modern transportation systems in the world, including metro, buses, trains, taxis, monorail, cable car systems to nearby islands and even domestic helicopter services. Everything is quite cheap and easy to use. An extensive bus network covers the entire island.Buses operate from 6 am to midnight. The metro has three lines, one of which starts at the airport. This is the fastest and cheapest way to get anywhere in the city. The fare on the metro is from S $ 0.8 to S $ 2, depending on the distance, on the bus – from $ 0.7 to $ 1.7 (on express routes – up to $ 2.35). The high-speed tram serves as an auxiliary function in the remote areas of the island, bringing passengers to the metro. The main transport to the entertainment island of Sentosa is the cable car.It has three stations – Mount Faber, Harbor and Sentosa.
There are enough taxis, they all work with meters. Here are the offices of all major car rental companies, you can also rent a boat to make various excursions along the Singapore River. There is a regular ferry service between the World Trade Center and Sentosa, as well as other islands, and you can also take a luxury boat tour of the harbor.
Shopping and Shopping in Singapore:
From the country you can bring Chinese silk and Malay batik, orchids in gold, silk snakes, Chinese medicinal herbs.In Singapore stores, you can buy bags, summer shoes and knitwear, as well as the most modern electronic “devices” and just electronics for every taste.
Cuisine and restaurants:
As such, Singaporean cuisine is a mixture of all the culinary traditions of the world. Here you can taste dishes of Chinese, Malay, Japanese, Indian, European, Mexican and Thai cuisine, including works of culinary art from any country in the world.There is practically no own kitchen here.
Indian and Malay food should only be eaten with the right hand. Chopsticks are never left in a plate with food, but are placed on a special stand or on a table near the plate. If the serving includes two spoons, you need to eat with a porcelain spoon, and with a silver one – only put the food.
Tipping is not customary in Singapore. For example, government officials, as well as employees of Changi Airport, are strictly prohibited from taking tips.It is also discouraged if employees of hotels and restaurants, as well as taxi drivers, take a tip. However, you can leave change as a reward for additional services rendered to you – calling a taxi or ordering tickets.
Entertainment, excursions and attractions in Singapore:
The sights of Singapore are a separate topic for conversation. The list will open, of course, the magical amusement park Universal Studios, which is located on the territory of the Resorts World Sentosa complex on Sentosa Island.Dizzying rides for children and adults, themed shows and vibrant festivals – all this awaits tourists in this park. In addition to the above, more recently, on the territory of the same Resorts World Sentosa complex, the largest oceanarium in the world – Marine Life Park, as well as the Adventure Cove Waterpark, were opened. The latter, by the way, pleases its guests with a seawater pool, where you can swim with a mask surrounded by real fish and corals. There is another water park in Singapore – Wild Wild Wet.
Next on the list are the Singapore Zoo with the world’s largest orangutan colony, a night safari, the Jurong Bird Park and the Singapore Flyer (VIP cabins with assorted Moet & Chandon champagne). Another opportunity to soar into the skies over Singapore is to ride the cable car, and for a reason, but in style (in a VIP cabin with a glass floor, decorated with Swarovski crystals) or with dinner.
Last but not least, do not overlook Singapore’s futuristic 101 hectare Gardens by the Bay.There are several greenhouses in the gardens, which allow you to get acquainted with the most diverse representatives of the flora in the world. For example, there is the Flower Dome greenhouse, which maintains a warm subtropical climate. The Cloud Forest Dome is slightly smaller (0.8 hectares), humid equatorial conditions reign here and endemic species typical for this strip grow. In total, by the way, 220 thousand plants grow in both greenhouses. In addition, in Gardens by the Bay, a special complex of 18 “trees” with a height of 25 to 50 m has been created for tourists, the highest of which are connected by a 128-meter bridge.Another nature reserve – “Bukit Tima” – is 70 hectares of pristine tropical forest.
Despite the diminutive size of the country, there are a great many celebrations and festivals in Singapore.
The most colorful and colorful national festivals are the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Hindu holidays of Ponggal and Thaipusam in February, the Hougang Spring Festival (at the end of February) and the Birthday of the Child God, which is celebrated on May 1.Also of interest are the Dragon Boat Festival in May-June, the festival of classical Indian dance and music – the Chettar Temple Festival and the Timiti Fire Purification Ceremony (in October).
Navaratri (“Nine Luminaries” in Tamil) is a festival held in October that brings Indian songs and dances to Singapore in honor of the Hindu goddesses Durga and Lakshmi-Saraswati. And November Deepavali – the most important Hindu holiday of the country, marks the victory of Light over Darkness.
Of the social events, the most interesting are the famous National Food Festival or Singapore Food Festival in July, the Spring City Festival (January-February), the Singapore Fashion Festival (March-April) and the Singapore Jewelry Festival in September.The Singapore Writers’ Festival is an event held every two years to celebrate the best talent in contemporary literature. And since 2008 in September, the Formula 1 race has been held in Singapore.
In January-February, the spring festival, Chunjie, is held, and from December to March, the Muslim holidays of Hari-Raya-Haji (the holiday of sacrifice) and Hari-Raya-Puasa – the end of Ramadan. Good Friday and Easter are also celebrated from April to May. The birthday of Buddha (or Wesak) is celebrated here on May 6.
Public Holidays and Weekends:
January 1 – New Year
January-February – Chunjie (Spring Festival, Chinese New Year)
December-March – Muslim holidays Hari-Raya-Hadji (holiday of sacrifice) and Hari-Raya-Puasa
April-May – Good Friday and Easter
May 6 – Vesak (Buddha’s birthday)
August 9 – Republic Day
December 25 – Christmas
According to the Muslim lunar calendar, religious holidays fall on different dates.It should be borne in mind that all dates of religious events in the Islamic calendar begin at sunset and last until the next sunset.
Top 5 Places to Visit in Singapore
Singapore’s attractions are diverse. Here you can see both the best examples of modern architecture and military monuments. It is not surprising that this metropolis has become one of the most popular tourist destinations not only in Southeast Asia, but throughout the world. In terms of prices, however, Singapore also does not lag behind any other world-class city.But that doesn’t mean it’s off-limits to budget travelers. Today we will tell you how interesting it is to spend your vacation in this city and at the same time not go broke.
FACTS FROM AGODA : According to local laws, the height of skyscrapers in Singapore cannot exceed 280 meters – taller buildings can interfere with the takeoff of military aircraft from the local airbase Paya Lebar . An exception to this rule was made only once: for the skyscraper Tanjong Pagar Center built in 2016 (also called Guoco Tower ), whose height is 290 meters!
1.Visit the famous Flower Dome and Supertree Grove at GARDENS BY THE BAY
Combine art and nature with a guided tour of Gardens by the Bay . A visit to three coastal parks with unusual natural and architectural objects that have earned world fame is not only exciting, but also informative. In the southern part of the natural complex there is a greenhouse Flower Dome , where eternal spring reigns.Walk the OCBC Skyway along the futuristic Supertree Grove. And walk from the central part of the park to the east along the three-kilometer seaside promenade. Its final point offers a panoramic view of Singapore, which can be enjoyed in a quiet and cozy garden.
Popular attractions near Gardens by the Bay
Merlion : The famous statue of the mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish is the official symbol of Singapore and the most popular selfie target.Take a photo with the Merlion at sunset and make sure the bay and three towers of the Marina Bay Sands are included in the frame!
Museum of Art and Science : Built in the shape of an opening lotus, the museum is renowned not only for its superbly designed exhibitions, but also for its year-round scientific and practical workshops.
Helix Bridge : A steel bridge, designed in the shape of a DNA molecule, links the central and southern parts of the bay.Take a walk through it at night and see how effectively science and architecture are combined!
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2. Explore the secret military bunker THE BATTLEBOX in FORT CANNING PARK
After descending into the dungeon, you will find yourself in the former command post of the British troops, which was used during the largest battle in the history of Singapore.The complex The Battlebox , located on Fort Canning Hill in Fort Canning Park and which served as a bomb shelter during the Second World War, has now been converted into a museum and a popular tourist attraction. Learn how journalists rediscovered the abandoned bunker and why Fort Canning is synonymous with disaster and the largest military defeat in British history.
What to do in Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Arts Center : Former British military barracks host exhibitions, cultural events and galas.
Nine-Pound Cannon : Take a look at one of the two surviving cannons from World War II that not only defended Singapore, but also told soldiers the time three times a day by firing blank volleys.
Raffles House : Explore the restored block of brick buildings built for the military command at the top of Fort Canning, overlooking the tombs of the Malay sultans.
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3.Double your wildlife excursion experience with the SINGAPORE ZOO & NIGHT SAFARI Combo Ticket
One of the best zoos in the world provides an opportunity to get in touch with the world of wildlife and get acquainted with more than 300 species of animals. Singapore Zoo was established by the Government of Singapore as a wildlife conservation and research center, where animals are not kept in cages, but in conditions as close as possible to their natural habitat.After walking through the park during the day, wait for the evening and go on the popular Night Safari to see Asian elephants, Malay tapirs, bantengs (wild bulls) and other endangered animals.
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4. Hike the nature trails of the SINGAPORE BOTANICAL GARDEN
A natural and historical landmark, Singapore Botanic Garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Its territory is divided into four parts, in each of which you can not only admire the beauty of the surrounding flora and fauna, but also get acquainted with scientific facts. Stroll through the ginger garden and then head into the rainforest to learn about Singapore’s role in global rubber production.
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5.Take a breath in tropical greenery after a guided tour of SINGAPORE NATIONAL MUSEUM, the city’s oldest cultural institution
You can get acquainted with the rich history of Singapore in the oldest museum in this country. The National Museum of Singapore hosts 11 permanent and several temporary exhibitions detailing the founding of Singapore and its rise as an independent state. In addition, there are daily dance performances and Magic & Menace shows that tell about the world of magic and belief in supernatural powers.On the last Saturday of every month, visitors come here with their children for educational workshops, family events and colorful concerts. History buffs love the Museum District of Singapore, which, in addition to popular tourist attractions such as the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Art Museum, , is home to a vast green space often referred to as the “lungs” of the Singapore city center.
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Singapore Zoo is the best animal park in the world
Zoos are hard to love. On the one hand, you need to go there for educational purposes with children, on the other – very often the sight there is painful. But there are pleasant exceptions in the world, one of them is the Singapore Zoo, which provides exemplary conditions for keeping animals. This is an open-type zoo, where natural barriers are used instead of cages – ditches with water, barriers, and the like.A visit to this place leaves the most rosy emotions not only for children, but also for adults. In conditions of the most appropriate natural, more than 2000 species of fauna from all over the world live here.
What to see?
The zoo in Singapore is very large, to see it you need at least the whole day, and even better, the night, since after sunset the night safari starts working. The Night Zoo is a separate animal park nearby and offers a continuation of the daytime program.You can plunge into twilight on an electric train, from which it is convenient to observe animals – night owls, and someone goes on a walking route, guaranteed to get some of the most unforgettable impressions.
The territory of the daytime zoo is simply huge. Here, you can also travel on trailers, but we recommend looking at the local animals on foot so as not to miss anything interesting. First-class photo frames are provided for you.
Lions, giraffes, zebras, hippos, tigers (including the rarest whites), thousands of monkeys and many, many other animals.For example, a kangaroo. The diversity of the Singapore Zoo amazes the whole world. Some animals are represented only here and nowhere else, for example, the Proboskis monkeys.
Proboskis Monkeys – Zoo in Singapore
These strange creatures received the offensive nickname “Irish” from the local inhabitants of the island of Borneo. They were so nicknamed for their characteristic resemblance to the first colonizers from Ireland – red color, large bellies and elongated noses.
In nature, these monkeys can be found only in Malay Borneo, in zoos they, as a rule, do not survive, with the exception of the Singapore park, where they are provided with sufficient care.
Another unique representative of the zoo is the Komodo dragon, which also lives in nature only on two tiny islands in the Indian Ocean – Komodo and Rincha. Inhabitants of a clearly different era – giant deadly monitor lizards – have survived to this day as a mute greeting from the past.
Lovers and researchers of the animal world have been given full freedom in the Singapore Zoo, even visiting it twice and three times, you will be surprised and delighted to discover new corners – this is such a large and exciting place.
Various shows and animal shows are held here at certain times. As a rule, these are high-quality performances that deserve attention. It is better to decide in advance on which program, with which animal, you would like to get in, in order to plan your day at the zoo. To do this, even at the entrance, pay attention to the map and program schedule (which changes from season to season). For example, the elephant show is well worth your visit.
90,000 Experts told whether Russian tourists will be able to fly to Greece and Singapore
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Vice-President of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) Dmitry Gorin told Moscow 24, which of the Russians will be able to fly to Greece or Singapore, and on what conditions.
From February 8, Russia resumes international flights with two more countries – Greece and Singapore. Flights to Athens from Moscow will be operated twice a week, flights to Singapore – three times a week.
According to Gorin, Russians could have entered Greece since September last year. Then the Greek authorities established a weekly quota for tourists, which is constantly being extended.
“The quota is small – 500 people per week, now it has been extended once again – until February 22. But there are also certain restrictions that apply in Greece. there is for travelers.You also need to take into account the quarantine measures that are currently in force in the country, “he explained.
To visit Greece, all Russians, with the exception of children under the age of 10, should have a certificate in English with a negative PCR test for COVID -19. The analysis must be completed no earlier than 72 hours before arrival in the country.Also, passengers, other than those traveling through Greece in transit, no later than a day before arrival must fill out a special form for notification of the whereabouts of the guest on the travel website.gov.gr. In addition, all arriving in Greece must go through mandatory self-isolation within 7 days at the place of stay indicated on the form.
Singapore at the moment cannot be visited for tourism purposes, the expert added.
While it is possible to use this direction only as a transit route – through Singapore to other countries. A visit is possible only for certain categories of citizens related to business, citizenship and residence permits in this country.
Vice President of ATOR
According to Gorin, it is too early to talk about the full restoration of tourist communication with Greece and Singapore.Yuri Barzykin, vice-president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry (PCT), agrees with him. He believes that only by the summer season foreign countries, including the Mediterranean states, will be fully open to tourists.
“There is already a statement from Cyprus that tourist flights will be opened sometime in March, there are also proposals from Tunisia,” Moscow’s interlocutor explained 24.
From February 8, railway communication between Russia and Belarus will resume. Trains will follow the routes Minsk – Moscow – Minsk, as well as Moscow – Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad – St. Petersburg with a stop in the capital of the fraternal republic.From that day on, the number of regular flights to Belarus from Moscow will also be increased – up to five flights a week. Also, once a week planes will fly to Minsk from the airports of Rostov-on-Don and St. Petersburg.
And from February 15, Russia resumes flights with Azerbaijan and Armenia. There will be two weekly flights from Moscow to Baku and four flights from Moscow to Yerevan. You can also get to Armenia by land transport.
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While many of the southern islands are used as industrial bases, some are of some interest. The Sister Islands are good for swimming and have real coral reefs, making them attractive for diving. The islands of Lazarus Island (Pulau-Sakidjang-Pelepa), Pulau-Buran-Darat, Terumba-Retan-Laut and Pulau-Renggit are widely known as centers of active and “wild” recreation.There are also good conditions for sailing and windsurfing, especially during the monsoon period.
Pulau Ubin Island
Pulau Ubin Island, located off the northeastern coast of the main island, is a veritable oasis of silence after the ever-bubbling Singapore or Sentosa. Here, among the fishing villages-Kelongs and deserted shores framed with palm trees, there are several tiny temples, the main attractions of the island are many colorful restaurants with seafood, as well as sea plantations and original wildlife.
Sentosa Island is a small (3 sq km) resort island located south of the main island. An acclaimed recreation and entertainment center, Sentosa has a huge selection of parks, attractions, sports fields and other entertainment for all ages. Fort Siloso, the Vulcanoland amusement park, the famous Musical Fountains, the Founders Museum of Singapore, the Museum of Rare Stones, the Maritime Museum, the Butterfly and Insect Park (more than 5.5 thousand species), the Flower Terrace and the Spice Garden, the Wax Museum, are located here. Oceanarium “Underwater World” with a transparent underwater tunnel 100 m long.and dolphin lagoon “Dolphin Lagoon”, virtual reality cinema “Cinemania”, ultra-modern entertainment complex “Images of Singapore Exhibition”, cultural and historical park “Tang Dynasty Village”, Museum of Terracotta Warriors, the highest observation tower in Singapore Sky Tower, numerous gardens with fountains, as well as over 3 km. beaches with white sand (it is regularly brought here from the islands of Oceania). Any car traffic on Sentosa is prohibited, only special tourist buses run here, but more than 50 km have been laid here.walking and cycling paths.
The Jurong region, located southwest of the city center, is actually more like an independent city. An ultra-modern port, a huge industrial center and one of the largest oil refining complexes in the world, it is a real locomotive of the Singapore economy, while remaining a surprisingly clean area, where only the round-the-clock hum of the port and in some places visible factory chimneys remind of its colossal industrial potential.Therefore, such well-known attractions as the Au-Per villa with a Chinese park, the largest bird park in Southeast Asia with a huge variety of birds (more than 600 species, including penguins), a reptile park (about 2.5 thousand people) are located here quite freely. various reptiles), as well as the center of research and scientific technologies “Discovery”.
The city has a Navy Museum, a Fish Museum, an Air Force Museum, a World War II memorial (including part of a Japanese concentration camp), a Museum of Asian Civilizations, a Museum of Malay Culture in Geylang and many small private collections.And, of course, all over the city you can find statues of the mythical lion-fish “merlion” – the symbol of the island.
A new “21st century exemplary city” is under construction in the northeastern part of the island. It will combine spacious beaches, parks, sports and social clubs, shopping centers and supermarkets, markets, shops, restaurants, cinemas and other entertainment.
Parks of Singapore
The city has a huge number of parks, which not only play the role of green spaces, but also contain many cultural, entertainment or sports facilities on their territory.The most interesting are Telok Blanga Hill Park, Tiong Baru Park, Pearls Hill City Park, Morning Park and Mount Faber Park in the southern part of the city, Crawford Park in the north, East Coast Park and Marina City Park in the east, as well as small parks in the historical part of the city – Esplenade Park, War Memorial Park, Fort Canning Park, the famous Japanese and Chinese Gardens, the Tang Dynasty City Cultural and Historical Park (reconstruction of the ancient Chinese capital Chaani) and others.
The Singapore Zoo is a fairly well-known part of the city’s tourist landscape.Its characteristic feature is the complete absence of any gratings and fences around the habitats of animals, and there are more than 2000 species of them here. Planned with great skill, the zoo simply fences off the viewer from the animal with natural barriers that are completely unobtrusive and provide its inhabitants with a free existence. It also organizes a night safari, passing through the most interesting nooks and crannies of the park and the adjacent forest.
Chinatown west of the CBD is the cultural heart of Singapore and still prides itself on its old Chinese architecture, numerous temples, decorative terraces and colossal clusters of markets and shops.Unfortunately, most of Chinatown was almost destroyed in the middle of the 20th century and is being intensively restored. The old shops of the Tanjong-Pagar quarter, the Tian-Keng temple (Tian-Hock-Keng, 1840, one of the most interesting Chinese temples in Singapore), the Vak-Hai-Cheng-Byo temples, Nagora-Durga-Shrin, Kong- Men-San, Siong-Lim, etc., as well as one of the most beautiful mosques in the city – Al-Abrar and the oldest Hindu temple in the city – Sri Mariamman (1827).
Arab Street Kampong Glam is the Muslim center of Singapore, located northeast of the colonial city center.It is a bustling shopping area and a traditional textile district famous for batik, silk, carpets, sarong and other light clothing. Here are the main city mosque – Masjid Sultan (1925) with a golden dome, the old Serai market, the Itan-Kampong Glam palace (now the Malay Museum is working here), the tiny Jamaat mosque, the colorful “Indian mosque”, the unusual Hajja mosque. Fatima with the “falling minaret”, the Golden Mile complex and the “Thai village”.
The Little India District lies north of the colonial center.This rather humble but colorful neighborhood of shops, spicy flavors, vibrant sarees, bustling markets, great restaurants and Hindi is a real relief from the artsy modernity of the city’s business districts. The main attractions of the area are Jujiao Center (Tekka Center, the “main market”) and numerous colorful spice shops nearby, Little India Arcade, fifteen-meter statue of the seated Buddha, Viramakaliamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and the charming “Temple of 1000 Lights” on Flight -Course Road.
This area is home to first-class hotels, shopping centers, nightclubs, restaurants, bars and concert halls, a real showcase for the wealth and success of the local elite. At the western end of Orchad Road lies the Singapore Botanic Gardens, founded in 1859. The country’s oldest park has preserved the last tracts of pristine wet forest that once occupied the entire island. A rose garden, numerous examples of gardening art, a fern greenhouse, a palm valley and small, but very picturesque lakes are good.One of the pearls of the Botanical Garden is the Mandai National Orchid Park, which contains more than 60 thousand of these beautiful plants on its territory (local craftsmen even make jewelry from orchids, covering fresh flowers with a thin layer of gold).
The central part of Singapore is formed by the business districts south of the river and the administrative center of the city, its old colonial part located slightly to the north. They say that the spirit of the city’s founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, who planned and built this part of Singapore almost entirely, has been preserved here.Local attractions include the imposing Impress Place Building (1865) in Victorian style (now houses a museum, art galleries and a chic restaurant), Victoria Concert Hall and Theater, Parliament buildings (XIX century), Supreme Court, City Hall and the cricket club, the Padang complex, the proverbial Raffles Hotel, the Anglican Cathedral of St. Andrew and the Catholic Cathedral of Good Shepherd, the Armenian Church of St. Gregor the Prelate (the oldest church in Singapore) and the Christian cemetery on Fort Hill -Canning Hill.It is worth seeing one of the most beautiful buildings of the colonial era – St. Joseph’s Institute, the Singapore Museum of Art on Bras Bass Road, the National Museum on Stamford Road, the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, the beautiful buildings of Superior Court and City Hall, numerous skyscrapers like Singapore Land Tower or Art Deco Caltex House, Benjamin Schwartz Bridges, Elgin Bridge and North Bridge, Merlion Park, Telok Iyer Market (Lau Pa), scenic Clark Quay and Boat Areas -Kwai, turned into fashionable centers of entertainment and shopping, as well as the famous street of skyscrapers Orched Road with its palaces of Peranakan and Istana or the Chettiar Hindu temple.