Singapore is a sun-kissed, tropical island situated at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It is a unique location that is congruently a city, state, and nation.
Close to Malaysia and Indonesia, it is an affluent place that is lauded for being very clean, green and warm. It’s known for its stringent rules, too, with chewing gum not being available anywhere on the island, noise not being permitted after 10 pm, and walking around your house naked being illegal too!
Approximately 85 miles north of the equator, Singapore is a very different city from Southeast Asia. Surrounded by water, it is the largest port in the region and features 60 small islets and the main island. Almost two-thirds of it is less than 50 metres above sea level, and the city itself sits in the southern portion of the main island.
A place best known as the birthplace of the Singapore Sling, the city also has excellent food, fantastic duty-free shopping and a huge Chinese, Malaysian and Indian cultural influence.
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THE BEST TIME TO VISIT
Singapore has only two seasons, the Wet and Dry seasons.
Singapore is typically a tropical climate, with abundant rainfall, humidity and high temperatures all year round ranging between 30°C (86°F) and 32°C (90°F).
The Dry season is from February to April and has typically the least rainfall, the lowest amount of humidity and the most sunshine.
The Wet season is from September to February.
The best time to visit Singapore is from July to November to avoid the crowds.
For relaxation, a swim at the beach or any outdoor activities, visit Sentosa Island between June to August.
If you want to experience the Chinese New Year, (one of the main festivals of Singapore), then visit in January or February.
Other events that are worthing visiting Singapore for are:
WHAT TO EXPECT
The national language of Singapore is Malay, while English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil are the four official languages in Singapore.
Currency: SG Dollar (SGD)
Banks & ATMs:
The Top Banks in Singapore are · Developmental Bank of Singapore · United Overseas Bank · OCBC Bank · Standard Chartered Bank · Hong Leong Finance · Citibank.
ATMs are widely available in cities, malls, and supermarkets.
Plugs and Sockets:
There are three associated plug types C, G and M.
Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins,
Plug type G has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern and
Plug type M has three round pins.
Singapore operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Highly recommended to carry a universal adaptor
Singapore is known as one of the safest countries in the world, with low crime rates.
There are also many laws and regulations in Singapore that can result in hefty fines if abused, ranging from smoking in no-smoking areas, jaywalking or even eating and drinking on the MRT.
More severe infractions like robbery, vandalism, or drug trafficking in Singapore can result in jail sentences and corporal punishment like caning or even a death sentence.
Singapore Airlines is the national carrier of Singapore, with its hub at Singapore Changi Airport.
Other major international airlines that fly into Singapore are:
All Nippon Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air Asia, China Airlines, Air India, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Finnair, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Fiji Airways, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Emirates and Etihad Airways
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