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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Republic of Singapore
Capital: Singapore - it is an island city state.
Population: ca. 4.5 million
Telephone Code: +65
Time Zone: GMT +8
Area: (not sure) sq km
Language(s): English, Mandarin (with other dialects such as Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, etc), Malay, Tamil
Ethnic Groups: Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian, Others
Highest Mountain: Bukit Timah Hill, only 100+ m high
President/Head of State: Mr President SR Nathan/ PM Lee Hsien Loong
Government: Democratic - PAP
Currency: Singapore Dollar SGD
Exchange Rate: GBP 1 = SGD 3.06, EUR 1 = SGD 2.13, USD 1 = SGD 1.63, AUD 1 = SGD 1.25, JPY 100 = SGD 1.58 (rates are correct as of 25 Jan 2005)
Health Risks: none at the moment
Electricity: 50/220v-240v. Power plugs used in Singapore are of the three-pin, square-shaped type
Weights & Measures: metric
Country Name in other languages: Singapur, Majula Singapura

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Night Safari (night zoo in the open - a world's first). The Night Safari is located next to the Singapore Zoological Gardens (Zoo) in Mandai. It would be wise to allocate a day to see all, at these two places. The Singapore Zoo opens from 8.30am-6.00pm while the Night Safari operates from 7.30pm - 12.00am (last admission at 11.00pm). You can skip the tram ride at the Zoo (all exhibits can be reached by foot) but might want to pay extra (SGD 6) for the tram ride at the Night Safari as some parts of the Safari are only open to the trams. Travel by MRT to Ang Mo Kio Station and hop on Bus Service 138 from the bus interchange. The bus takes you all the way to the Zoo/ Safari. Alternatively, you might want to take a cab from town - this would cost about SGD 15 (more/less).

Jurong Birdpark is one of the world's largest walk-in aviary with the tallest man-made waterfall. Opening hours, for this attraction located at Jurong, is from 9.00am-6.00pm. To get there, take the MRT to Boon Lay Station and hop on Bus Service 194 or 251 at the bus interchange.

Botanical Garden (don't miss the Orchid section)

Little India (check out the hindu temples)

Malay Village

Chinatown (walk the small back alleys and see interesting old professions that still exist)

Marina South (Suntec City and kite flying) Kite-flying, buffet steamboats at Marina South Take the MRT to Marina Bay, take bus, taxi or walk (will be a long one). For shopping, Suntec City is one of the bigger malls in Singapore. There's also Marina Square Shopping Centre and Millenia Walk Mall in the same vicinity

Orchard Road (all the skyscrapers with fancy shopping centres)

Raffles Hotel (check out the Long Bar, with peanut shells on the floor - the only place in Singapore where you won't be fined for throwing food on the floor - and home of the world-famous Singapore Sling)

St. Andrews Cathedral

take the MRT on a loop for a joyride to see how Singaporeans live in all those colorful highrise apartments.This is the routine I do everytime I go home to visit.

Of course don't forget all the yummy makan (food) at the hawker centers and food courts.

Oh, and there is Sentosa, which is rather touristy, but it is still something different to see. At Sentosa, you should go on the Carlsberg Tower, I heard it provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of Singapore and some of the neighbouring islands.

Boat Quay and Clarke Quay are tourist traps with Clarke Quay being the more expensive place to go, but Boay Quay is pretty laid back, with more pubs and a view to rival Circular Quay, Sydney. You could take a walk to One Fullerton and marvel at the Merlion Statue with the majestic Fullerton Hotel and city skyscrapers as the backdrop. Across the harbour, you can see the towering Esplanade, home to the performing arts.

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve (Mangrove Swamps, bird watching, swampy forest life)
Pulau Ubin (canoeing, mountain biking, old quarry and island life)
Changi Village
East Coast Park is not that bad as a manmade beach
If you have a car, take a ride to Jurong island where all the refineries are, it is a nice tour and good views of the sea and our neighbouring countries.
There are a few resevoirs that offer nice walks in the late afternoon.

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ... MRT (mass rapid transit) gets you from the airport to anywhere else in the country. There is also the buses that connects from the MRT, and the light rail (LRT) in some area (mostly for commuters). Taxis are affordable, but may be hard to get at peak hours. Taxis run by meters (starting fare is S$2.40), there are peak hour surcharges (an extra dollar between 7.30 - 9.30am, 5.00 - 8.00pm) and ERP charges (maximum S$3). So unless the driver takes you on a longer route, you won't be easily ripped-off. Plus you can take down the licence plate number and inform the cab company, so it won't happen to other travellers. Try not to drive, parking is expensive, traffic jam happens, and the highways are tolled (ERP). You will need a valid international licence to take to the roads, if you do and drive on the right side. Hitchhiking is not recommended, most drivers won't stop or know that you're trying to flag them down. You are better off taking the public bus, or MRT. It's cheap, efficient and dependable. In this manner, you might even be able to befriend locals who might be able to show you around or tell you all the good spots to go.
An interesting way to tour the streets of Singapore is to take a trishaw ride. It is recommended that you avoid hailing a trishaw off the road. If you do, make sure that you agree on the fare to your destination before getting on.

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or no one is available, here is what other members suggest.

Hostels
The Inn Crowd - This hostel have raving reviews from 100% of its guests. Be sure to make reservations because it's a popular hostel and before making your way down, you might want to call ahead to find out if your reservation is confirmed.

You might also want to try Summer Tavern, The Betel Box or @Mt. Emily. Summer Tavern is conveniently located at Carpenter Street, with Clarke Quay and Boat Quay on the right. It costs S$20 per person a night but it's clean, seldom full (it's the biggest hostel in Singapore so you don't have to worry about making reservations) and free internet access (no one to tell you to get off the computer cos they want to use it). It's only 2 mins to the nearest MRT Station (Clarke Quay) and you can also walk to Chinatown, or to Funan IT Mall for all your IT needs.

The Betel Box is located at Joo Chiat Road, in the heart of Katong, the east side of Singapore. You should stay here if you want a real insight into how Singaporeans live/work and go around their daily business. The friendly owner is also famous for giving his free foodwalks (you only have to pay for what you eat) while explaining the unique culturalscape of Katong. Afterall, the Joo Chiat area has the highest concentration of ' "Best of Singapore Foods" awarded by independent food critics on websites, magazines, food clubs, critics and TV-Radio programmes. ' (taken from the Betel Box website). With free internet access and healthy fruit breakfast, this lovely hostel is surely worth a visit! :)

Hotels

Boutique hotels cost less than luxury hotels. Hotel 81's chain of hotels are clean and cheap, but most of the hotels are situated in less than desirable places (red light districts).

Camping

Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Singapore is a food paradise. You will never go hungry on this tiny island.

Restaurants:

Supermarkets: The main supermarkets in Singapore are Cold Storage (aptly named, by the way - brrrr!) and Singapore's own NTUC Fairprice. Items are reasonably priced at NTUC, which explains why a lot of aunties shop here. If you want hard-to-find items, Cold Storage or Jason's would be a better bet but prices are slightly higher as they cater to the expatriate clientele. There's also a hypermarket at Suntec City, Carrefour. You might also want try Sheng Shiong, though their outlets are mostly located in the neighbourhood estates (none in town).

Street Food: There are plenty of hawker centres (these are open-air) and food courts (these are usually air-conditioned and located in malls) serving local fare. Some of these places are opened 24 hours, and if you worry about the hygiene of some of these places, look for the grades that should be displayed on the individual stalls. The Ministry of Environment conducts checks on eating places and gives them ratings (A being the cleanest, of course). Sometimes, they will even shut down places if they don't comply with rules and regulations. Don't be surprised if you see long queues at some places with the 'C' rating (or lower) though, Singaporeans enjoy our food and somehow our stomachs have also evolved along the way to be somehow immuned.

Local Specialties: For breakfast, why don't you try the kaya toast at a local coffee shop? Kaya is somewhat like jam, and is made of eggs, sugar, coconut milk. And nothing beats paying only S$0.60 for a strong cuppa to perk you up for a day's sightseeing.

Note:
It is safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore but for those who prefer bottled mineral water, these are readily available at local supermarkets and convenient stores.

Money and Costs

Currency

The local currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD / S$) and cents.

Notes come in denominations of SGD 2, SGD 5, SGD 10, SGD 20, SGD 50, SGD 100, SGD 500, SGD 1,000 and SGD 10,000.

Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and SGD 1.

Other than the Singapore Dollar, the US and Australian Dollars, the Japanese Yen and British Pound as well as Euros, are also accepted in most major shopping centres and big departmental stores.

Exchanging Money

Banking hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am - 3pm, and Saturday: 9.30am - 1pm (some banks are open until 3pm). Sunday: 9.30am - 3pm (some banks in Orchard Road).

Most banks handle travellers' cheques and change foreign currencies. However, some banks do not have foreign exchange dealings on Saturday. Passports are required when cashing travellers' cheques. A nominal commission may be charged.

Money can be changed, apart from banks and hotels, wherever the sign "Licensed Money Changer" is displayed. Most shopping centres have at least one licensed money changer. Visitors are discouraged from changing money with unlicensed money changers.

Exchange rates of some currencies

AUD 1 = SGD 1.25

EUR 1 = SGD 2.13

GBP 1 = SGD 3.06

JPY 100 = SGD 1.58

USD 1 = SGD 1.63 (correct as of 25 Jan 05)

Credit Cards

Major cards are widely accepted by establishments in Singapore. Should any shop insist on adding a surcharge, contact the respective card company to report the errant shop-owner.

American Express
(65) 6880 1111

Diners Card
(65) 6416 0800

JCB
(65) 6734 0096

MasterCard
800 - 110 0113 (toll-free in Singapore only)

Visa
800 - 448 1250 (toll-free in Singapore only)

Tipping

Tipping is not encouraged as most hotels and restaurants in Singapore already levy a 10% service charge on customers' bills. Tipping is not a way of life in Singapore and is prohibited at the airport.

Bargaining

No bargaining in the shopping malls. You may try at the smaller shops in the housing estates/ neighbourhoods but we won't guarantee you will succeed.

Costs

McDonalds Value Meal - S$ 6
Taxi from Airport to City - S$ 15-25 depending on time and traffic
EZ-link stored-value card (for use on buses and MRT) - S$15 (S$10 value, S$5 deposit)
...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Foreigners who do not require visas for entry and are visiting Singapore as tourists may be given up to 30-day social visit passes upon their arrival in Singapore.

Foreign Missions

The majority of foreign missions are closed on Saturdays and some open only in the morning. It is recommended that you call to check office hours before visiting.

Argentina Embassy
9 Temasek Boulevard
#44-03 Suntec Tower 2
Singapore 038989
Tel: (65) 6883 0415
Fax: (65) 6883 0410
Open: 9am – 2pm (consular), 9am – 5pm (trade) Mon - Fri

Australian High Commission
25 Napier Road
Singapore 258507
Tel: (65) 6836 4100
Fax: (65) 6737 5400
E-mail: austhc@pacific.net.sg
Open: 8.30am - 12.30pm; 1.30pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri
www.australia.org.sg

Austria Embassy
600 North Bridge Road
#24-04 Park View Square
Singapore 188778
Tel: (65) 6396 6350
Fax: (65) 6396 6340
E-mail: trade@austria.org.sg
Open: 9am – 5.30pm, Mon - Fri

Republic of Bangladesh High Commission
101 Thomson Road
#05-04 United Square
Singapore 307591
Tel: (65) 6255 0075
Fax: (65) 6255 1824
E-mail: bdoot@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9am – 5pm, Mon - Fri
www.bangladesh.org.sg

Belgium Embassy
8 Shenton Way
#14-01 Temasek Tower
Singapore 068811
Tel: (65) 6220 7677
Fax: (65) 6222 6976
E-mail: ambas@embelsing.org.sg
Open: 8.30am - 12.30pm; 1.30pm – 4pm, Mon - Fri
www.embelsing.org.sg

Consulate of Belize
101 Cecil Street
#22-01 Tong Eng Building
Singapore 069533
Tel: (65) 6224 4312, 6224 3308
Fax: (65) 6224 6230
Open: 9am – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of Brazil
101 Thomson Road
#09-05 United Square
Singapore 307591
Tel: (65) 6256 6001/2
Fax: (65) 6256-4565
E-mail: cinbrem@singnet.com.sg
Open: mornings only, from 10:00 to 1:00
www.brazil.org.sg

High Commission of Brunei Darussalam
325 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247955
Tel: (65) 6733 9055
Fax: (65) 6737 5275
Open: 8.30am - 12.30pm; 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Mon - Thu
8.30am – 12pm; 2.30pm - 4.30pm, Fri

Royal Embassy of Cambodia
152 Beach Road
#11-05 Gateway East
Singapore 189721
Tel: (65) 6299 3028
Fax: (65) 6299 3622
E-mail: combadiaembassy@pacific.sg
Open: 9am – 12pm, 2pm - 5pm, Mon - Fri

Canadian High Commission
80 Anson Road
#14-00 & #15-01/02 IBM Towers
Singapore 079907
Tel: (65) 6325 3200 (immigration), 6325 3240 (immigration/visa enquiries)
Fax: (65) 6325 3291
Open: 8.30am - 11.30am; Mon - Fri
www.cic.gc.cai

Embassy of Chile
105 Cecil Street
#25-00 The Octagon
Singapore 069534
Tel: (65) 6223 8577/8
Fax: (65) 6225 0677
E-mail: echilesg@pacific.net.sg
Open: 9am – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the People's Republic of China
150 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247969
Tel: (65) 6418 0246, 6418 0224
Fax: (65) 6734 4737
Open: 9am – 12pm, Mon - Fri
www.chinaembassy.org.sg

Consulate of Union of the Comoros
101 Cecil Street
#11-09 Tong Eng Building
Singapore 069533
Tel: (65) 6220 1815
Fax: (65) 6224 6590
E-mail: surice@singnet.com.sg
Open: 10am - 12.30pm; 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Mon - Fri

Consulate of the Republic of Colombia
9 Raffles Place
Level 58, Republic Plaza
Singapore 048619
Tel: (65) 6823 1367
Fax: (65) 64401879
E-mail: tcachman@pacific.net.sg
Open: 10am - 2pm, Mon - Fri

Consulate of Cote d’lvoire
1 Maritime Square
#09-43 World Trade Centre
Singapore 099253
Tel: (65) 6278 8666
Fax: (65) 6278 4077
Open: 9am – 5.30pm, Mon - Fri
www.cemssvs.com.sg

Consulate-General of the Republic of Cyprus
102F Pasir Panjang Road #08-03
Singapore 118530
Tel: (65) 6271 9659
Fax: (65) 6271 5211
Open: 9.30am - 12.30pm; 2.00pm - 4.30pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of Czech Republic
7 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Tower One #18-02
Singapore 038987
Tel: (65) 6332 2378/6
Fax: (65) 6332 2372
Open: 9am – 5pm, Mon - Fri; 9am – 12pm, Mon/ Wed/ Fri (consular hours)
www.mfa.cz/singapore

Royal Danish Embassy
101 Thomson Road
#13-01 United Square
Singapore 307591
Tel: (65) 6355 5010
Fax: (65) 6253 3764
E-mail: embassy@denmark.com.sg
Open: 8.30am – 4pm, Mon – Thu; 8.30am - 1.30pm, Fri
www.denmark.com.sg

Consulate of Ecuador
9 Rhu Cross
#12-10 Costa Rhu
Singapore 437431
Tel: (65) 6346 8205
Fax: (65) 6346 6155
E-mail: vizcaino@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9am – 6pm, Mon - Fri

Egyptian Embassy
75 Grange Road
Singapore 249579
Tel: (65) 6737 1811/1587
Fax: (65) 6732 3422
Open: 9am – 3pm, Mon - Fri; 10am – 12pm (consular office) Mon – Fri

Consulate General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
23 Chin Bee Avenue
Singapore 619943
Tel: (65) 6262 1233
Fax: (65) 6261 2800
E-mail: amocan@pacific.net.sg
Open: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Mon - Fri

Honorary Consul of the Republic of the Fiji Islands
126 Owen Road
Singapore 218930
Tel: (65) 6294 7284
Fax: (65) 6294 8327
Open: 8.30am - 5.30pm, Mon - Fri

The Embassy of Finland
101 Thomson Road
#21-03 United Square
Singapore 307591
Tel: (65) 6254 4042
Fax: (65) 6253 4101
E-mail: sanomat@formin.fi
Open: 8.30am - 12.30pm; 1.30pm – 4pm, Mon - Fri
www.finemb.org.sg

The French Embassy
101-103 Cluny Park Road
Singapore 259595
Tel: (65) 6880 7800
Fax: (65) 6880 7801/33
Open: 8.30am – 1pm, Mon – Fri
www.france.org.sg

German Embassy
545 Orchard Road
#14-00 Far East Shopping Centre
Singapore 238882
Tel: (65) 6737 1355
Fax: (65) 6737 2653
Open: 8am – 1pm, 2pm – 4.30pm (by appointment only) Mon - Thu; 8am – 2pm, Fri 9am – 12pm, Mon - Fri (visa section)
www.germanembassy-singapore.org.sg

Consulate of the Republic of Ghana
c/o Lum Chang Holdings Ltd
38 Kim Tian Road
#03-00 Kim Tian Plaza
Singapore 169262
Tel: (65) 6273 8888
Fax: (65) 6278 5072
Open: 9am - 12.30pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the Republic of Hungary
250 North Bridge Road
#29-01 Raffles City Tower
Singapore 179101
Tel: (65) 6883 0882
Fax: (65) 6883 0177
Open: 9am – 4pm, Mon - Fri

High Commission of India
31 Grange Road
Singapore 239702
Tel: (65) 6737 6777/6809
Fax: (65) 6732 6909
hcifsc@pacific.net.sg
Open: 9am – 1pm; 1.30pm - 5.30pm, Mon - Fri
www.embassyofindia.com

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
7 Chatsworth Road
Singapore 249761
Tel: (65) 6737 7422
Fax: (65) 6737 5037, 6235 5783
Open: 8.30am – 1pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Thu 8.30am - 12.30pm, 2.30pm – 5pm, Fri

Embassy of Ireland
541 Orchard Road
#08-00 Liat Towers
Singapore 238881
Tel: (65) 6238 7616
Fax: (65) 6238 7615
Open: 9.30am - 12.30pm; 2.00pm – 4.30pm, Mon - Fri
www.ireland.org.sg

Embassy of Israel
58 Dalvey Road
Singapore 259463
Tel: (65) 6235 0966, 6834 9264 (consular), 6834 9220 (trade & tourism dept)
Fax: (65) 6733 7008, 6737 2502 (trade dept)
Open: 8.30am - 5pm, Mon – Thu; 8.30am – 2.30pm, Fri

Embassy of Italy
101 Thomson Road
#27-02/03 United Square
Singapore 307591
Tel: (65) 6250 6022, 6250 6492 (consular & passport)
Fax: (65) 6253 3301
E-mail: ambitaly@italyemb.org.sg
Open: 9am – 5pm, Mon - Thu; 9am – 3pm, Fri
www.italyemb.org.sg

Embassy of Japan
16 Nassim Road
Singapore 258390
Tel: (65) 6235 8855
Fax: (65) 6733 1039
Open: 8.30am – 12pm; 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Mon-Fri
www.sg.emb-japan.go.jp

Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
7500A Beach Road
#09-320 The Plaza
Singapore 199591
Tel: (65) 6440 3498
Fax: (65) 6348 2026
Open: 9am - 12.30pm; 1.30pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the Republic of Korea
47 Scotts Road
#08-00 Goldbell Tower
Singapore 228233
Tel: (65) 6256 1188
Fax: (65) 6254 3191
E-mail: info@koreaembassy.org.sg
Open: 8.30am – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
101 Thomson Road
#05-03A United Square
Singapore 307591
Tel: (65) 6250 6044
Fax: (65) 6250 6014
E-mail: laoembsg@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9am - 12.30pm; 2pm – 5.30pm, Mon - Fri

Latvian Consulate
27 Moulmein Rise
#10-29 Grand Tower
Singapore 308140
Tel: (65) 6256 6597
Fax: (65) 62561359
Open: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri

Consulate of Lebanon
3 Temasek Avenue
#31-02 Centennial Tower
Singapore 039190
Tel: (65) 6333 1614
Fax: (65) 6333 1467
Open: 10am - 12pm; 4pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Consulate General of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
1 Pickering Street
#16-01 Great Eastern Centre
Singapore 048659
Tel: (65) 6428 2218
Fax: (65) 6327 3027
Open: 9.30am - 12.30pm; 2.30pm – 4pm, Mon - Fri

Consulate of the Republic of Madagascar
32 Maxwell Road
#01-02B White House Building
Singapore 069115
Tel: (65) 6223 1316
Fax: (65) 6223 6327
E-mail: malagasy@consul.com.sg
Open: 9am - 12pm; 2pm – 4pm, Mon - Fri and 9am – 11am, Sat

Malaysian High Commission
30 Hill Street #02-01
Singapore 179360
Tel: (65) 6235 0111
Fax: (65) 6733 6135
E-mail: mwspore@mbox3.singnet.com.sg
Open: 8am – 11.30am; 2.30pm - 4:15pm, Mon - Fri

Consulate of the Republic of Malta
10 Anson Road
#15-01/02 International Plaza
Singapore 079903
Tel: (65) 6324 2060
Fax: (65) 6227 6707
E-mail: sinoda@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9am – 12pm, 2pm - 5pm Mon - Fri

The Embassy of Mexico
152 Beach Road
#06-07/08 Gateway East Tower
Singapore 189721
Tel: (65) 6298 2678
Fax: (65) 6293 3484
E-mail: embamexsing@embamexsing.org.sg
Open: 8am – 4pm, Mon - Fri
www.embamexsing.org.sg

Honorary Consulate of Morocco
300 Beach Road
#02-01 The Concourse
Singapore 199555
Tel: (65) 6392 9881
Fax: (65) 6392 9901
Open: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
15 St. Martin's Drive
Singapore 257996
Tel: (65) 6735 6576 (visa), 6735 1672 (consular)
Fax: (65) 6735 6236
E-mail: ambassador@mesingapore.org.sg
Open: 9am – 1pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri
www.mesingapore.org.sg

The Royal Netherlands Embassy
541 Orchard Road
#13-01 Liat Towers
Singapore 238881
Tel: (65) 6737 1155
Fax: (65) 6737 1940
E-mail: nlgovsin@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9am – 12pm; 1.30pm – 3pm, Mon - Fri
www.nethemb.org.sg

New Zealand High Commission
391A Orchard Road
#15-06/10 Ngee Ann City Tower A
Singapore 238873
Tel: (65) 6235 9966, 6738 6700 (immigration)
Fax: (65) 6733 9924, 6235 3486 (immigration)
E-mail: enquiries@nz-high-com.org.sg
Open: 9.30am - 1pm; 2pm – 4pm, Mon - Fri
www.nz-high-com.org.sg

Nigeria High Commission
350 Orchard Road
#16-09/10 Shaw House
Singapore 238868
Tel: (65) 6732 1743
Fax: (65) 6732 1742
Open: 9am - 6pm, Mon - Fri
www.nigerian-singapore.org.sg

The Royal Norwegian Embassy
16 Raffles Quay #44-01
Hong Leong Building
Singapore 048581
Tel: (65) 6220 7122
Fax: (65) 6220 2191
E-mail: norembassy@pacific.net.sg, singapore@ntc.no (trade)
Open: 10am – 2pm, Mon – Fri
www.norway.org.sg

Pakistan High Commission
1 Scotts Road
#24-02/04 Shaw Centre
Singapore 228028
Tel: (65) 6737 6988/6621
Fax: (65) 6737 4096
E-mail: parep@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri
www.parep.org.sg

Embassy of Republic of Panama
16 Raffles Quay #41-06
Hong Leong Building
Singapore 048581
Tel: (65) 6221 8677
Fax: (65) 6224 0892
E-mail: pacosin@pacific.net.sg
Open: 9am – 4pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the Republic of Peru
390 Orchard Road
#12-03 Palais Renaissance Building
Singapore 238871
Tel: (65) 6738 8595/8740
Fax: (65) 6738 8601
E-mail: embperu@pacific.net.sg
Open: 9am – 1pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Philippines Embassy
20 Nassim Road
Singapore 258395
Tel: (65) 6737 3977, 6834 2938 (consular/admin)
Fax: (65) 6733 9544
Open: 8am – 12pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri
www.rpsing.org

Embassy of the Republic of Poland
435 Orchard Road
#10-01/02 Wisma Atria
Singapore 238877
Tel: (65) 6734 0466
Fax: (65) 6734 6129
Open: 9am – 4pm, Mon - Fri; 10am – 1pm, Mon - Fri (consular office)

Consulate of Portugal
55 Waterloo Street
#09-03A
Singapore 187954
Tel: (65) 6334 1231
Fax: (65) 6533 4943
Open: 8am - 12pm, Mon - Fri

Romanian Embassy
48 Jalan Harom Setangkai
Singapore 258827
Tel: (65) 6468 3424, 6468 5828 (commercial section)
Fax: (65) 6468 3425
E-mail: comosfrom@starhub.net.sg
Open: 10am – 1pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the Russian Federation
51 Nassim Road
Singapore 258439
Tel: (65) 6235 1834, 6737 0048 (consular section)
Fax: (65) 6733 4780
E-mail: rospospl@pacific.net.sg
Open: 9am – 3pm, Mon - Fri; 10am – 12pm, Mon - Fri (visa office for public)
www.singapore.mid.ru

Consulate of Samoa
c/o Asiaciti Management Pte Ltd
3 Raffles Place
#09-01 Bharat Building
Singapore 048617
Tel: (65) 6533 2611
Fax: (65) 6532 5092
Open: 9am – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
40 Nassim Road
Singapore 258 449
Tel: (65) 6734 5878
Fax: (65) 6738 5291
Open: 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm Mon - Thu 9am - 12pm; 2.30pm - 4.30pm, Fri

Consulate General of the Republic of Seychelles
22 Cavenagh Road
#01-17
Singapore 229617
Tel: (65) 6732 2202
Fax: (65) 6738 1710
E-mail: seycogen@magix.com.sg
Open: 10.30am - 3pm, Mon - Fri

Consulate General of the Slovak Republic
200 Cantonment Road
#09-01 Southpoint
Singapore 089763
Tel: (65) 6236 6103
Fax: (65) 6224 5954
Open: 8.30am - 1pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia
50 Raffles Place
#32-00 Singapore Land Tower
Singapore 048623
Tel: (65) 6239 7522
Fax: (65) 6532 5201
Open: 8.30am - 5.30pm, Mon - Fri

South African High Commission
331 North Bridge Road
#15-01/06 Odeon Towers
Singapore 188720
Tel: (65) 6339 3319
Fax: (65) 6339 6658
E-mail: sahcp@singnet.com.sg
Open: 8.30am – 1pm; 2pm - 5.15pm, Mon – Fri
www.sars.gov.za

Honorary Consul of Spain
22-A Mosque Road
Singapore 059502
Tel: (65) 6323 3431
Fax: (65) 6226 2422
E-mail: innideas@singnet.com.sg
Open: 10am - 1pm, Mon - Fri

High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
51 Newton Road
#13-06 to 12 Goldhill Plaza
Singapore 308900
Tel: (65) 6254 4595/6/7
Fax: (65) 6250 7201
E-mail: slhcs@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9am – 1pm, 2pm - 5.15pm, Mon - Fri
www.lanka.com.sg

Embassy of Sweden
111 Somerset Road
#05-01 Singapore Power Building
Singapore 238164
Tel: (65) 6415 9720
Fax: (65) 6415 9747
E-mail: swedemb@.singnet.com.sg
Open: 9am - 12pm; 2pm – 4pm, Mon – Fri
www.swedemb.org.sg

Embassy of Switzerland
1 Swiss Club Link
Singapore 288162
Tel: (65) 6468 5788
Fax: (65) 6466 8245
E-mail: vertretung@sin.rep.admin.ch
Open:9am – 12.30pm, Mon - Fri
www.eda.admin.ch/singapore

Taipei Representative Office
460 Alexandra Road
#23-00 PSA Building
Singapore 119963
Tel: (65) 6278 6511
Fax: (65) 6278 9962
E-mail: tperep@pacific.net.sg
Open: 9am - 12.30pm; 1.30pm - 4.30pm (visa); 1.30pm – 5pm (office), Mon - Fri
www.cetra.org.tw

Consulate of the United Republic of Tanzania
101 Cecil Street
#11-09 Tong Eng Building
Singapore 069533
Tel: (65) 6220 1815
Fax: (65) 6224 6590
E-mail: suric@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9.30am - 6.30pm, Mon - Fri

Royal Thai Embassy
370 Orchard Road
Singapore 238870
Tel: (65) 6737 2644/2158
Fax: (65) 6732 0778
Open: 9.30am - 12.30pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri
www.thaiembsingapore.org

Consulate of the Republic of Tunisia
15 Scotts Road #07-00
Thong Teck Building
Singapore 228218
Tel: (65) 6737 7544
Fax: (65) 6835 0933
Open: 8.15am - 5.30pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
20B Nassim Road
Singapore 258397
Tel: (65) 6732 9211/12, 6732 7646 (chancery)
Fax: (65) 6738 1786
E-mail: turksin@starhub.net.sg
Open: 9am - 12.30pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri

British High Commission
100 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247919
Tel: (65) 6424 4200 (chancery, management consular), 6424 4244 (commercial)
Fax: (65) 6424 4218 (chancery), 6424 4264 (consular), 6424 4356 (commercial)
Open: 8.30am – 1pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri
www.britain.org.sg

Embassy of the United States of America
27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508
Tel: (65) 6476 9100
Fax: (65) 6476 9340
Open: 8.30am – 12pm, 2pm –3.30pm, Mon - Fri
www.usembassysingapore.org.sg

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Ukraine
3 Shenton Way
#20-03 Shenton House
Singapore 068805
Tel: (65) 6227 9400
Fax: (65) 6224 7374
E-mail: ukraine@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9.30am - 1pm; 2pm – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
96 Somerset Road
#08-01/08 UOL Building
Singapore 238163
Tel: (65) 6238 8206
Fax: (65) 6238 0081
E-mail: emarat@singnet.com.sg
Open: 9am - 4pm, Mon - Fri

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
10 Leedon Park
Singapore 267887
Tel: (65) 6462 5938, 6467 3573, 6463 8004
Fax: (65) 6462 5936
Open: 8.30am – 12pm; 2.30pm - 5.30pm, Mon - Fri 8.30am – 12pm, Sat

Consulate of the Republic of Vanuatu
101A Upper Cross Street
#13-23 People’s Park Centre
Singapore 058358
Tel: (65) 6533 6888
Fax: (65) 6533 8171
E-mail: allan@jollyhub.com.sg
Open: 9am - 6pm, Mon - Fri

Consulate of the Republic of Yemen
36 Purvis Street
#02-05 Talib Centre
Singapore 188613
Tel: (65) 6339 1727
Fax: (65) 6339 6716
Open: 9am – 5pm, Mon - Fri

Singapore Missions

The following is a list of overseas Singapore Missions.

Australia
Singapore High Commission
17 Forster Crescent
Yarralumla ACT 2600
Canberra, Australia
Tel: (61-26) 273 3944
Fax: (61-26) 273 9823

Belgium
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
198 Avenue Franklin
Roosevelt, 1050
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: (32-2) 660 2979
Fax: (32-2) 660 8685
Accredited to EC, Holy See, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Cambodia
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
No 92 Norodum Boulevard
Phnom Penh
Cambodia
Tel: (855-23) 360 855/6
Fax: (855-23) 210862

China
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Kerry Centre, North Tower 27th Floor
No. 1 Guang Hua Road
Chao Yang District
Beijing 100020
People's Republic of China
Tel: (86-10) 8529 6256
Fax: (86-10) 8529 6244

Egypt
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
40 Babel Street
Dokki, 11511, Cairo
Arab Republic of Egypt
Tel: (20-2) 749 0468/5045
Fax: (20-2) 748 1682
Accredited to Jordan, Cyprus and United Arab Emirates.

France
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
12 Square de l'Avenue Foch
75116 Paris, France
Tel: (33-1) 450 03361
Fax: (33-1) 450 06179
Accredited to Portugal, Spain and Israel.

Germany
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Friedrichstrasse 200
10117 Berlin
Federal Republic of Germany
Tel: (49-30) 2263 430

Fax: (49-30) 2263 4355
Accredited to Greece.

Hong Kong
Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore
18 Harcourt Road, Units 901-2
9th Floor, Tower 1 Admiralty Centre
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2527 2212
Fax: (852) 2861 3595

India
Singapore High Commission
E-6 Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021
India
Tel: (91-11) 688 6506/5659
Fax: (91-11) 688 6798
Accredited to Nepal.

Indonesia
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Block X/4 KAV No 2
Jalan H R Rasuna Said
Kuningan
Jakarta 12950
Republic of Indonesia
Tel: (62-21) 520 1489
Fax: (62-21) 520 1486, 520 2320 (consular office)

Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
5-12-3 Roppongi
Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Tel: (81-3) 3586 9111/2
Fax: (81-3) 3582 1085

Korea
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
28th Floor Seoul Finance Centre
84 Taepyungro 1-ga
Chung-Ku, Seoul 100-101
Republic of Korea
Tel: (82-2) 774 2464/5/6/7
Fax: (82-2) 773 2463
Accredited to Mongolia.

Malaysia
Singapore High Commission
209 Jalan Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur 50400
Malaysia
Tel: (02-03) 2161 6277/6404/6506/6612/6752
Fax: (02-03) 2161 6343, 2163 4875 (administration section), 2164 1013 (consular section)

Myanmar
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
326 Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township
Yangon, Union of Myanmar
Tel: (951) 525 688/700
Fax: (951) 525 734

Negara Brunei Darussalam
Singapore High Commission
No. 8 Simpang 74
Jalan Subok
Bandar Seri Begawan
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: (673-2) 262 741/2/3
Fax: (673-2) 262 752

New Zealand
Singapore High Commission
17 Kabul Street
Khandallah
Wellington, New Zealand
P.O. Box 13-140
Tel: (64-4) 470 0850
Fax: (64-4) 479 4066

Philippines
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
35th Floor, Tower 1
The Enterprise Center
6766 Ayala Ave Corner
Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Metro Manila
Republic of the Philippines
Tel: (63-2) 751 2345
Fax: (63-2) 751 2346

Russian Federation
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Per Kamennaya
Sloboda 5
121099 Moscow
Russian Federation
Tel: (7-095) 241 3702/3913/3914
Fax: (7-095) 241 7895
Accredited to Ukraine.

Saudi Arabia
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Al Baha Street
Oleya District
Riyadh 11693
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: (966-1) 465 7007/8993
Fax: (966-1) 465 2224

South Africa (Pretoria)
Singapore High Commission
980 Schoeman Street
Arcadia Pretoria 0083
South Africa
Tel: (27-12) 430 6035/6498/7163/7505
Fax: (27-12) 342 4425

Thailand
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Rajanakam Building, 9th & 18th Floor
183 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 286 2111/1434
Fax: (66-2) 286 6977

United Kingdom
Singapore High Commission
9 Wilton Crescent, Belgravia, London SW 1X 8SP
United Kingdom
Tel: (44-20) 7235 8315
Fax: (44-171) 7245 6583
Accredited to Ireland.

United Nations, Geneva
Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations
International Centre Cointrin
Block G - 6th Floor
Route de Pre-Bois 20
P.O. Box 1910
1215 Geneva 15
Tel: (41-22) 929 6655
Fax: (41-22) 929 6659
Accredited to Turkey.

United Nations, New York
Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations
231 East 51st Street
New York, NY 10022, USA
Tel: (1-212) 826 0840/1/2/3/4
Fax: (1-212) 826 2964
Accredited to Canada.

United States of America
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
3501 International Place, NW
Washington DC 20008, USA
Tel: (1-202) 537 3100
Fax: (1-202) 537 0876

Vietnam (Hanoi)
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Nos 41 & 43
Tran Phu Street
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (844) 823 3965/6
Fax: (844) 733 7627

Borders and Customs

Airline Services in Singapore

Singapore Changi Airport (Terminal 1 & 2) are served by these airlines.

Aeroflot Russian International Airlines
Tel: (65) 6336 1757
Fax: (65) 6337 6352

Air Asia
Tel: (65) 6733 9933

Air Canada
Tel: (65) 6256 1198
Fax: (65)6352 2820

Air China
Tel: (65) 6225 2177
Fax: (65) 6225 7546

Air France
Tel: (65) 6737 6355
Fax: (65) 6235 8661

Air India
Tel: (65) 6225 9411
Fax: (65) 6225 1559

Air Macau
Tel: (65) 6535 2922
Fax: (65) 6533 5227

Air Madagascar
Tel: (65) 6545 1181
Fax: (65) 6542 7166

Air Mauritius
Tel: (65) 6222 3033
Fax: (65) 6225 9726

Air New Zealand
Tel: (65) 6535 8266
Fax: (65) 6535 5912

Air Niuguini
Tel: (65) 6250 4868
Fax: (65) 6253 3425

Air Seychelles
Tel: (65) 6324 8006
Fax: (65) 6221 8810

All Nippon Airways
Tel: (65) 6323 4333
Fax: (65) 6224 6627

Asiana Airlines
Tel: (65) 6225 3866
Fax: (65) 6227 0250

Bangkok Airways
Tel: (65) 6545 8481
Fax: (65) 6546 8982

Biman Bangladesh Airlines
Tel: (65) 6221 7155
Fax: (65) 6221 9800

Bouraq Indonesia Airlines
GSA: Centre Point Tours & Travel Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6296 2721
Fax: (65) 6296 2741

British Airways
Tel: (65) 6589 7000
Fax: (65) 6583 7200

Cathay Pacific Airways
Tel: (65) 6533 1333
Fax: (65) 6534 1161

China Airlines
Tel: (65) 6737 2211
Fax: (65) 6732 8627

China Eastern Airlines
Tel: (65) 6323 2632
Fax: (65) 6323 2932

China Southern Airlines
Tel: (65) 6223 3233
Fax: (65) 6223 3112

China Southwest Airlines
Tel: (65) 6333 9566
Fax: (65) 6333 9466

China Yunnan Airlines
Tel: (65) 6324 0188
Fax: (65) 6324 0166

Continental Airlines
Tel: (65) 6538 6860
Fax: (65) 6538 3183

Egypt Air
Tel: (65) 6738 0006
Fax: (65) 6738 1816

Emirates
Tel: (65) 6735 3535
Fax: (65) 6235 2766

EVA Airways
GSA: RTW Air Services (S) Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6226 1533
Fax: (65) 6226 2177

Finnair
Tel: (65) 6733 3377
Fax: (65) 6732 0214

Garuda Indonesia
Tel: (65) 6250 2888
Fax: (65) 6253 6196

Gulf Air
Tel: (65) 6738 2500
Fax: (65) 6733 5789

Indian Airlines
Tel: (65) 6225 4949
Fax: (65) 6222 1113

Japan Airlines
Tel: (65) 6221 0522
Fax: (65) 6224 8870

KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines
Tel: (65) 6737 7622
Fax: (65) 6737 6359

Korean Air
Tel: (65) 6534 2111
Fax: (65) 6538 2031

Kuwait Airways
Tel: (65) 6735 9989
Fax: (65) 6735 9969

Lufthansa German Airlines
Tel: (65) 6245 5600
Fax: (65) 6732 1370

Malaysia Airlines
Tel: (65) 6336 6777
Fax: (65) 6336 2782

Myanmar Airways International
Tel: (65) 6235 5005
Fax: (65) 6836 9449

Northwest Airlines
Tel: (65) 6336 3371
Fax: (65) 6339 2575

Pakistan International Airlines
Tel: (65) 6251 2322
Fax: (65) 6254 0979

Philippine Airlines
Tel: (65) 6336 1611
Fax: (65) 6336 9068

Qantas Airways
Tel: (65) 6589 7000
Fax: (65) 6583 7200

Royal Brunei Airlines Sdn Bhd
Tel: (65) 6235 4672
Fax: (65) 6734 2321

Saudi Arabian Airlines
GSA: Alkanaah International Travel & Tours Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6223 3363
Fax: (65) 6223 3439

Scandinavian Airlines
Tel: (65) 6235 2488
Fax: (65) 6235 3655

SilkAir (S) Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6225 4488
Fax: (65) 6222 7028

Singapore Airlines
Tel: (65) 6223 8888 (Reservations)/ (65) 6223 6666 (Fare Enquiries)
Fax: (65) 6786 6947

SriLankan Airlines
Tel: (65) 6223 6026
Fax: (65) 6221 9425

Swiss International Airlines
Tel: (65) 6823 2010
Fax: (65) 6823 2014

Thai Airways International Public Co Ltd
Tel: (65) 6224 9977
Fax: (65) 6223 9005

Turkish Airlines
Tel: (65) 6732 4556
Fax: (65) 6733 8845

Tiger Air
Reservations: (65) 1800 3888 888
Fax: (65) 6580 7564

United Airlines
Tel: (65) 6873 3533
Fax: (65) 6225 5753 / 6323 5868

ValuAir
Tel: (65) 6229 8338

Vietnam Airlines
Tel: (65) 6339 3552
Fax: (65) 6338 2982

Virgin Atlantic Airways
Tel: (65) 6223 8888
Fax: (65) 6542 1231

Airport Tax

A passenger service charge of SGD 21 should be incorporated in the air ticket (including tickets issued outside of Singapore). If this has not been done, you may be required to pay the SGD 21 during check-in. In some cases, the airline may absorb the service charge.

Transit Passengers

Passengers who are in transit for less than 24 hours and holding valid travel documents may leave the airport without having to pay the passenger service charge of SGD 21 upon departure from Singapore.

Post and Communications and Internet

Hotel Phone Services

Most hotels offer in-room international direct dial (IDD) telephone services. However, some hotels may charge a minimal 30 cents successful call transaction surcharge. As there are different IDD service providers in Singapore, rates and access codes are dependent on the service provider used by the hotel. Generally, local calls are charged at 10 cents for every 3 minutes.

Mobile Phones

There are two mobile phone networks - GSM900 and GSM1800 - and three mobile telephone service providers - SingTel, M1 and StarHub. To make international calls, the access codes are:

SingTel - 001, 013, or 019

M1 - 002, or 021

StarHub - 008, or 018

Payphone Services

Public payphones operated by credit card and/or stored-value phonecards can be used to make both local and international calls. Public payphones can be found in most shopping complexes and MRT stations. Local calls are charged at 10 cents per 3 minutes. Stored-value phone cards in denominations of SGD 2, SGD 5, SGD 10, SGD 20 and SGD 50 can be purchased from post offices and phone card agents (convenient stores, supermarkets,etc).

To make an international call, dial the access code followed by the country code, area code and telephone number. Different telephone companies use different access codes - 001 for SingTel, 002 for M1 and 008 for Starhub.

International Calling Cards in denominations of SGD 10, SGD 20 and SGD 50 are also available at all post offices including Changi Airport, 7-Eleven stores and other retail outlets.

Postal Services

Singapore Post operates a network of more than 1,300 postal outlets located throughout the island. These outlets offer a wide range of postal, telecommunication and agency services. Most postal outlets are open Monday through Friday, from 8.30am to 5pm and until 1pm on Saturday.

Post Restante service is also available at:
Singapore Post Pte Ltd.
10 Eunos Road 8
Singapore Post Centre
Singapore 408600
Open: 8am - 9pm (Mon - Fri), 8am - 6pm (Sat),
10am - 4pm (Sun and Public Holidays)
Tel: (65) 6741 8857

Useful Telephone Numbers

Police
999 (toll-free)

Emergencies/ Ambulance/ Fire Brigade
995 (toll-free)

STB Touristline (24-hr automated tourist information system)
1800 736 2000 (toll-free in Singapore only)

CitySearch (operator-assisted Yellow Pages)
1900 777 7777

Time of Day
1711

Toll-free lines
Dial 1800 followed by the toll-free line number (in Singapore only)

Weather
6542 7788

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Pubs: Penny Black, Harry's and Muddy Murphy's come to mind. A great place to hang out, if you miss the pub back home. You should call for reservations, if in a group but solo or groups of two should be ok. Friday and Saturday nights can get very crowded.

Cafes: Bakers' Inn at One Fullerton. It is affordable, with a fantastic view of the harbour and Esplanade. Looks even better at night, when the lights come on. By the way, the sea breeze is great here.

Clubs: For those of you who would like to party the night away at least once during your visit, there are a few places you should go. Zouk, Phuture and Velvet Underground are located in the same building but cater to different party-goers. China Jump at Chijmes play R&B music, their live band on Saturday is worth listening to and is quite a popular spot, as is Carnegie's. You might also want to 'club-hop' at Muhd Sultan. It's clubs galore along the street, and if you don't like one place, you can simply move on next door. It's as easy as that. Most places don't charge for entry from Mondays-Thursdays. Ladies' nights are on Wednesdays so for those women travellers, take note. You don't pay for entry and house-pours are free and all-you-can-drink. The minimum age requirement differs with each establishment so be sure to bring along your photo ID for checks at the door.

Cinemas: Lido Cineplex and Cathay Cineleisure are the most popular venues for movie-going and they're both situated in town and near MRT stations. Expect long queues at Lido on weekends, but you'll enjoy their seats - they're rock-able! No matter which cinema you head to, the movie tickets are S$6.50 on Mon-Tue, S$7.50 on Wed-Thur, S$8.50 on Friday-Sun.

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Culture:

Singapore enjoys a multitude of cultures, native and foreign. The population of this tiny island republic is made up of a cosmopolitan mix of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians and expatriates from all over the world, which makes this place a unique melting pot of cultures.

Conduct:


Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions but some establishments may require a more formal dress code. It is always advisable to check beforehand on dress regulations, if any.

Local Customs:

When invited to someone's home, please remember to leave your shoes outside of the house. Gifts are not necessary but will be appreciated. Please pick out an appropriate gift, you wouldn't want to give your Muslim hosts a bottle of wine or offend your Chinese hosts by giving them a bouquet of frangipanis - they are meant to be offerings to the dead.

Language and Useful Phrases

Malay

How are you? ~ Apa khabar?

Thank you ~ Terima kasih

Mandarin

How are you? ~ Ni hao ma?

Thank you ~ xie xie

Tamil

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts ...

Public Holidays in Singapore for Year 2005

New Year's Day
, 1 Jan 2005 (Saturday)

Hari Raya Haji
, 21 Jan 2005 (Friday)

Chinese New Year
, 9 - 10 Feb 2005 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Good Friday
, 25 Mar 2005 (Friday)

Labour Day
, 1 May 2005 (Sunday)*

Vesak Day
, 22 May 2005 (Sunday)*

National Day
, 9 Aug 2005 (Tuesday)

Deepavali
, 1 Nov 2005 (Tuesday)

Hari Raya Puasa
, 3 Nov 2005 (Thursday)

Christmas
, 25 Dec 2005 (Sunday)*

* the following Monday will be a public holiday

Climate and When to Go

Singapore has a warm and humid climate throughout the year with a daily average temperature range of 24 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius. It is advisable to avoid the monsoon season, which occurs between late November and early January. During this period, expect heavy downpours and floods in some low-lying areas.

Geography

Time Differences

City (Hours behind/ ahead of)

Amsterdam (-7)
Athens (-6)
Auckland (+4)
Bahrain (-5)
Bandar Sri Begawan (none)
Bangkok (-1)
Beijing (none)
Beirut (-6)
Brisbane (+2)
Brussels (-7)
Cairo (-6)
Calcutta (-2.5)
Chicago (-14)
Colombo (-2.5)
Copenhagen (-7)
Darwin (+1.5)
Dublin (-8)
Frankfurt (-7)
Geneva (-7)
Hanoi (-1)
Helsinki (-6)
Hong Kong (none)
Honolulu (-18)
Jakarta (-1)
Johannesburg (-6)
Karachi (-3)
Kuala Lumpur (none)
Lisbon (-8)
London (-7)
Los Angeles (-16)
Madrid (-7)
Manila (none)
Melbourne (+2)
Montreal (-13)
Moscow (-5)
Mumbai (-2.5)
Nairobi (-5)
New Delhi (-2.5)
New York (-13)
Osaka (+1)
Oslo (-7)
Paris (-6)
Perth (none)
Prague (-7)
Rio de Janeiro (-11)
Rome (-6)
San Francisco (-16)
Seoul (+1)
Stockholm (-7)
Sydney (+2)
Taipei (none)
Tehran (-4.5)
Tel Aviv (-6)
Tokyo (+1)
Toronto (-13)
Vancouver (-16)
Vienna (-7)
Yangon (-1.5)
Zurich (-7)

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Prohibited Goods

The following items are NOT allowed to be brought into Singapore:

> Liquors and cigarettes marked with the words "SINGAPORE DUTY NOT PAID" on the labels, cartons or packets
> Cigarettes with the prefix "E" printed on the packets
> Chewing gum
> Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products
> Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape
> Controlled drugs and pyschotropic substances
> Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products
> Firecrackers
> Obscene articles, publications, video tapes/ discs and software
> Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
> Seditious and treasonable materials

Offences

Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is viewed seriously in Singapore, illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substance is strictly prohibited. Death for drug traffickers under Singapore law.

Fireworks

Any individual found keeping, possessing, having under his control, discharging or letting off dangerous fireworks (including firecrackers, rocket fireworks, sandcrackers and such other fireworks) is liable to a fine not exceeding SGD 5,000 or imprisonment for up to 2 years or both.

Gambling

Charity draws, Toto and Singapore Sweep lotteries, and on-course betting at the Singapore Turf Club on horse races are the only authorised forms of gambling in Singapore. All other gambling activities are illegal.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in public service vehicles, museums, libraries, lifts, theatres, cinemas, air-conditioned restaurants, hair salons, supermarkets, department stores and government offices. Offenders can be fined up to SGD 1,000.

While it is an offence to smoke in air-conditioned eating places, smoking is permitted in air-conditioned pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots.

Spitting

Spitting in public places is an offence.

Safety

Travellers across the world are understandably more concerned about personal safety and security issues today than ever before.

The Singapore Government has and will continue to be vigilant in ensuring that Singapore remains safe by stepping up security measures at key installations and other sensitive places. The Government has also made it known that extremism originating from religion or race has no place in Singapore and it will not hesitate to take swift action against any extremist or terrorist group or individuals.

Tourist Traps

Extra Surcharges on Credit Card Purchases

Should any shop insist on adding a surcharge, contact the respective card company to report the errant shop-owner.

American Express
(65) 6880 1111

Diners Card
(65) 6416 0800

JCB
(65) 6734 0096

MasterCard
800 - 110 0113 (toll-free in Singapore only)

Visa
800 - 448 1250 (toll-free in Singapore only)

Touting and Soliciting

While shopping in Singapore is a hassle-free and pleasurable experience, there have been incidents of touting and soliciting. There have also been occasions where visitors felt pressured into buying products or services from vendors who approached them on the streets. Please keep in mind your right as a consumer not to go into any transactions with such vendors. If you are not interested, ignore the touts or tell them firmly you are not interested and then walk away.

Here is a short list of what to be wary of:
- representatives from companies selling timeshare programmes, promising freebies or deals if you fill in a survey form, visit their showrooms or attend a briefing at their office.
- representatives claiming to be from reputable department stores selling premium products like perfume or watches at attractive prices.

Health

Pharmaceuticals are available from numerous outlets, including supermarkets, department stores, hotels and shopping centres. Registered pharmacists work from 9am - 6pm.

Most hotels have their own doctor-on-call around the clock. Other doctors are listed under Medical Practitioners in the Yellow Pages of the Singapore Phone Book. For an ambulance, dial 995.

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Light and summer clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton is best for everyday wear as Singapore has a warm and humid climate throughout the year.

Shopping

Hair Salon

Most major hotels provide hairstylists offering a full range of services. Hair salons are also found in shopping centres, offering standard haircuts as well as more elaborate services like hair perms, facial treatment, manicure and pedicure services.


Orchard Road

Orchard Road is the major shopping area in Singapore. You will be able to find luxury goods like Chanel, Hermes etc and mass retail outlets like Marks & Spencer, Zara, Mango amongst other brands here. There are also two major bookshops- Kinokuniya and Borders. Kinokuniya is located at Takashimaya while Borders is located at Wheelock place. For cheap fuss free meals try dining at one of the foodcourts located at Takashimaya basement, Scotts Shopping Centre basement, Wisma Atria topmost floor etc. A full meal only costs about 3-5 SGD.

Far East Plaza is an enclave of youth fashion, it is also the shopping centre with the highest concentration of hair salons in Singapore. Pay it a visit for cheap fashionable clothing and shoes.

Lucky Plaza is where the Filipino community hang out in Singapore, thanks to them you can sample Filipino cuisine here and also buy goods from the Phillippines, there are also some electronics stores located at Lucky Plaza(however it is probably not advisable for you to buy those goods here) and 2 scuba diving stores.

The recent revamp of Marina Square shopping centre has injected new blood into the City Hall shopping belt, the 3 main malls here are Raffles City, Suntec City and of course Marina Square, the Esplanade is located a stone's throw away.

Those looking to buy electronics in Singapore can go to Sim Lim Square, Funan IT Mall (mostly computing stuff). Do note that some retailers at Sim Lim are blacklisted by the Singapore Tourism Board, you should look for the Star Retailers, they will have the sticker or icon displayed usually at the front of their store. Electronic chain stores include Harvey Norman, Best Denki. Mustafa Centre located in Little India is the only 24 hour shopping centre in Singapore, they sell everything from cabbages to ipods.

feel free to contact me for more information on any of the above.

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

Baby-sitting

Baby-sitting services are provided in most hotels.

Laundry

Same-day laundry service is available in most hotels. Typically, it costs SGD 5 for a laundered shirt, SGD 10 for a dress and SGD 14 for a dry-cleaned suit. Independent dry-cleaners can be found in the Yellow Pages of the Singapore Phone Book.

External Links

Official Country Website:
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The official website for tourist information on Singapore http://www.visitsingapore.com/

Singapore Changi Airport http://www.changiairport.com/changi/en/index.html

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