Singapore

Singapore is a melting pot of culture, history, food, nature and adventure that is just waiting to be explored. From sipping cocktails at a rooftop bar or sampling food from the many street hawkers to discovering the Gardens by the Bay and experiencing the playground that is Sentosa Island – Singapore has so much on offer.

Cultural City

Step into the diverse culture and heritage of Singapore. Visit some of the country’s most colourful and bustling neighbourhoods. See the blend of old and new with historic temples and trendy bars in Chinatown and smell the fragrant spices and flower garlands in Little India. The Singapore National Gallery houses a world class collection of 19th century and modern Southeast Asian art. The mix of cultures in Singapore means there’s always a festival to celebrate such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali. Learn about the history of one of Singapore’s most iconic monuments,
he Merlion at Merlion Park overlooking Marina Bay.

Foodie Paradise

There are endless dining options in Singapore, from Michelin-starred restaurants featuring celebrity chefs to street food vendors serving a variety of local and international fare. Treat yourself to Singapore’s ‘national’ dish of Hainanese Chicken Rice or try the delicious Laksa with a blend of spice and coconut rice. Dance the night away while sipping on cocktails at one of the many popular rooftop bars throughout Singapore.

Nature Lovers

Explore the numerous gardens and parks scattered throughout Singapore. The stunning Gardens by the Bay is not to be missed with its breathtaking waterfront views, the massive ‘Supertrees’ vertical gardens and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Visit Singapore Zoo to see animals roaming freely in their natural habitat. Head over to Sentosa Island and see over 3,000 species of butterflies and insects at the Butterfly & Insect Kingdom.

Adventure Seekers

Singapore’s thrilling attractions will have your heart pounding. On Sentosa Island, fly along Southeast Asia’s steepest and longest zipline at Mega Adventure Park – Singapore. Try surfing at Wave House or go skydiving at the world’s largest wind tunnel at iFly Singapore. Travel in September and hear the roar of the engines when the Grand Prix Singapore is in action.

When to Go

Singapore’s tropical climate is hot and humid all year round and is affected by two different monsoon periods. The Northeast Monsoon season takes place from December to March with frequent rain. While the Southwest Monsoon season falls between May and September and is marginally dryer. Soak up the lively atmosphere during the months of July to September when many festivals such as the Singapore Food Festival and the Great Singapore Sale are in full swing.

Visas & Passports

A valid passport is required with at least six months validity beyond the intended stay. A visa is not required for Australian passport holders for stays of up to 30 days. Travel advice is available from the Australian Government at smartraveller.gov.au

Time

Singapore is two hours behind Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Currency

Singapore Dollar (SGD)

Etiquette

In respect to local traditions and religious beliefs, arms and legs should be covered and shoes removed when visiting places of worship. Food should be
handled with the right hand. Topless sunbathing (by women) is not permitted. Pointing with the foot is not considered polite. Singapore includes a large Muslim population. Ramadan is observed by many and we recommend you make yourself aware of how that may affect your travel. Daytime is often quieter, business hours are generally shorter with restaurants and cafés screened off or closed out of respect for those who are fasting. In the evening, cities come to life, public places will be busy well into the early hours of the morning.

Language

Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil are the official languages of Singapore.

Electricity

220-240V 50Hz. An adapter is required.

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