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Travel Guide for Singapore

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Singapore that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Singapore Page.

Basic Facts

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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 highmore

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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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 r ... more


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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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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 after ... more

Suggested Itineraries

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


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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 (st ... more


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

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, Th ... more

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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


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 t ... more

Money and Costs

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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.


Visa and Documents and Embassies

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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: ... more

Borders and Customs

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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) 67 ... more

Post and Communications and Internet

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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 ... more

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.


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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Well, not really a travelogue but i have a website all about traveling to Singapore. See here


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Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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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 n ... more

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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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.


Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions but some establishments may require a more formal dress code. It is always advisable ... more

Language and Useful Phrases

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How are you? ~ Apa khabar?

Thank you ~ Terima kasih


How are you? ~ Ni hao ma?

Thank you ~ xie xie


Events and Holidays

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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
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Climate and When to Go

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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.


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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)
Gene ... more

Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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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 ... more

Tourist Traps

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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

(65) 6734 0096

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

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

Touting and Soliciting

While shopping in ... more


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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.


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Government and Politics

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


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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...


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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...


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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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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.


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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 ... more

Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Baby-sitting services are provided in most hotels.


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

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Official Country Website:
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The official website for tourist information on Singapore

Singapore Changi Airport

Offtopic Messages

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