Visiting Singapore? Here’s How You Can Make Most of Your Trip!
Singapore! The very name conjures up images of a clean, beautiful country with its pristine waterfront and the iconic Merlion welcoming you into his home. Rising from its humble beginnings as a fishing village, Singapore has become one of the most advanced economies in the world today. When you are visiting Singapore, this country welcomes tourists with open arms. From the well-known Sentosa Island and the Marina Bay hotel to the obscure Haw Par Villa, Singapore is a treasure trove of delight.
has a well-developed tourist infrastructure that makes exploring the island
nation very easy. It has something for everybody. Even though it is a small
island, it has a rich cultural diversity. Chief among these are the Chinese,
Indian, Malay and European influences. It is an ultra-modern country with a
knows how to take care of its visitors. There are ‘Singapore Visitor Centres’
dotting the island where you can get any information regarding the tourist
attractions. Along with the information, you can also buy tickets to the many
attractions or pick up a souvenir to carry back home. Singaporeans take pride
in their country and you can see it in the way the it is kept clean and in how
its citizens obey all rules.
There are many interesting and wonderful things to do while you’re in Singapore.
Bay Sands Light and Water Show
evening the Marina Bay Sands hotel puts a beautiful light and water show that
is free to watch. It is a beautiful ballet of light and water choreographed by
modern technology. The lasers from the unique ship-like rooftop of the Marina
Bay hotel light up the night sky. The water reflects the colours back
beautifully from the rooftop of the hotel’s shopping centre.
addition to the lights, the singing fountains and the video projections on the
splashes is a sight to behold. All this while the night sky and the beautifully
lit city skyline make a beautiful backdrop to a beautiful show.
best part of the show is that it is free for everybody. There are two shows
every evening from Sunday to Thursday at 8:00pm and 9:00pm. On Friday and
Saturday, there is one additional show at 10:00pm.
Gardens By The
Bay: The Cloud Forest
This is the best representation of a concrete jungle. And when we say
concrete jungle, we mean a jungle built over concrete. This marvel of
vegetation is a conservatory that showcases some rare plants and their
Amidst this mysterious world veiled in mist, the 35-metre-tall Cloud
Forest is home to plant life from tropical highlands to up to 2,000 metres
above sea level. It also hosts the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
It is a marvel of architecture. There were 2,577 glass panels of 690 different shapes used in the construction of its dome. Be sure to set aside ample time to leisurely explore this marvel. Make sure you carry a warm jacket. With the temperature around 23-25 degree Celsius and humidity between 80% – 90%, it gets a bit chilly and moist inside. You can pay for your admission with cash. But you can also pay for the admission with your prepaid forex card.
The Singapore Zoo is one of the main attractions of Singapore. It is
also one of the best zoos in the world. It is home to a variety of exotic animals
like otters, giant crocodiles, pygmy hippos, zebras, lions and a host of
primate species. You can even get your picture taken with a python or an
The zoo is made up of four parts:
The zoo is home to more than 2,800 animals belonging to over 300
species of birds, mammals and reptiles.
Jurong Bird Park
It is one of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world. It houses
more than 5,000 birds across 400 different species. There are bird shows which
The night safari gives you the thrill of watching nocturnal animals in
their natural habitat. You can roam around the midst of animals going about
their usual business.
This river safari is home to one of the largest collections of
freshwater fauna in the world. It houses over 6,000 creatures which include no
less than 40 threatened species.
The Singapore Zoo can take up your entire day but will not bore you.
There are many animal shows which are happening inside at different times. If
you are not travelling with kids, do not take the train as the queues are long.
You can save some money on your tickets by booking them at least a
week in advance. Pay for your tickets with your prepaid forex card for
Haw Par Villa
Haw Par Villa is one place you will not see on your typical tourist
beat. It is one of the most unique theme parks in the world. It is either crazy
or artistic, depending on your bent of mind. It has over 1,000 statues and 150
dioramas that depict scenes from Chinese folklore.
There’s a statue of the laughing Buddha, armed monkeys and giant crabs
with human faces, just to name a few. One of its most noted dioramas is the “Ten
Stages of Hell”.
It is a very unconventional attraction worth your time if you are not
squeamish or are not travelling with children. Some of the dioramas are very
detailed and grotesque. But, this park is worth visiting for the unique
experience. And it is free! Try to visit in the mornings as it gets hot during
is a very tourist-friendly country with a very low crime rate. But Singapore
enforces its rules and regulations quite strictly. The country loves
cleanliness and there are hefty fines for littering. Do you know that chewing
gum is banned in Singapore? Unless you have a medical prescription, you cannot
buy or possess chewing gum.
Though Singapore is an expensive country, the street food is surprisingly affordable and delicious. You get an endless array of cuisines from around the world and you end up saving money. There are many food courts where the food is delicious and affordable. Use your cash to pay for food here.
a few tips that can make your stay in Singapore a memorable one.
The Singapore Metro is well-connected. It is also
one of the cheapest and the best ways of getting around.
If you ever travel by a taxi, always pay by cash. Card payments attract
an extra surcharge.
Singapore offers a pleasant shopping experience.
But, always compare prices before buying.
Use your prepaid forex card for making purchases
wherever you can. Most of the shops in Singapore accept these cards for
You will be charged a 7% Goods and Services Tax
(GST) on your purchases made in Singapore. But, you can claim it back at the
airport if you have spent more than $100 at any participating shops.
You can get free public Wi-Fi in Singapore.
Register for a free public Wi-Fi account with your mobile number at any
The tap water in Singapore is up to the standards
set by the World Health Organization. You can carry a drinking bottle with you
which you can refill at any water tap and save money on bottled water.
to follow the rules and respect the local culture. Singapore may be a tiny
island, but it will create a wonderful experience and give you memories for