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Singapore Travel Guide

You might be surprised to learn that Singapore is the 19th smallest country in the world, based on total land area, however, this small but mighty nation is a powerhouse destination. Singapore is teeming with an awe-inspiring skyline filled with towering structures, along with luxurious urban exploits that might just be as elevating as their more natural counterparts. 

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    November to June

    While Singapore’s peak season is November through June thanks to the mix of business and leisure travellers, it’s worth noting that it is essentially a year-round destination due to its consistently warm weather. That said, there are things to consider based on your preference. November through January experiences daily rains that range from short bursts to daylong showers. Mid-December through January or February sees an even higher occupancy because of the Western holiday season and the Chinese New Year. If you’re going to visit during the high season, February through April might be ideal for getting better rates with thinner crowds. 

  2. Low Season

    July to October

    Tourist traffic is considerably less heavy from July to October, when temperatures are higher. This low season is the best time to score low rates at hotels if you can tolerate the hot and humid weather. Expect some rainfall, but this time is definitely drier than earlier in the year. If you visit during this time, July hosts the Singapore Food Festival so it’s a great time for foodie experiences while July through early August is the Great Singapore Sale, so there are many retail bargains to be had. In October or November, on the other hand, Little India celebrates Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights.

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FAQs about Singapore

  • Do you tip in Singapore?

    Tipping is not a custom in Singapore. In fact, with exception of possibly your bellhop, tipping is frowned upon.
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet access is widely available at hotels, libraries, Internet cafes and restaurants. The recent Wireless@SG system offers free WiFi at public hotspots nationwide with registration.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Absolutely! Tap water in Singapore more than meets the WHO international guidelines and is completely safe to drink without filtration or boiling.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Singapore. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Alongside New Year, Lunar New Year and Christmas, Singapore also celebrates Good Friday (March/Apri)l, Labour Day (May 1), Vesak Day (May), National Day (August 9th), Deepavali (October/November), Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid al-Fitr), and Hari Raya Aidiladha. 
  • What are the toilets like?

    Toilets are often clean and well-cared for. Western-style toilets are easily found through you will find squat toilets mixed in. Some public toilets will require a small fee.
  • How expensive is Singapore as a destination?

    Singapore is the most expensive city in the world and has been for a few years. Prepare to shell out some serious cash during your visit.
  • Is it true that chewing gum and spitting are illegal?

    Non-therapeutic chewing gums are banned in Singapore, and you will be charged a $700 fine for spitting out gum on the street. And yes, spitting is also illegal, as are smoking in non-designated areas and littering.
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