Destination Guide - Singapore

Arrive with the appetite of a ravenous animal in ‘The Lion City’ and you’ll feast like the king of the jungle. Start at Raffles and sip an iconic Singapore Sling over high tea, then make your way to one of the many restaurants serving up Singapore’s unofficial national dish, chilli crab. If all that heat leaves you parched, there’s no shortage of bars at Clarke Quay to quench your thirst. Of course, there are plenty of non-food related activities including: shopping on Orchard Road, a day trip to Sentosa Island and a night safari at the Singapore Zoo. After all that activity you might just find yourself hungry again…

The Basics

Currency: Singapore Dollar (S$)
Population: 4,657,542
Time zone: +8
Daylight savings: N/A
Languages: Malay, Tamil, Chinese, English
Country code: +65
Electricity voltage: 230V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: British-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical blade
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • Orchard Road
  • Sentosa Island
  • Clarke Quay
  • Chinatown, Little India and the Malay-Arab Quarter

Events

  • 9 August
    National Day

Weather

Steamy Singapore is generally warm all year around. It can be wet from November to January. Temperatures remain at a consistent 30°C during the day almost all the time and it stays mild well into the evening.


Getting there and around

Singapore has an excellent network of transportation options. The bus system is effective, as is the subway network. There are plenty of taxis, too. For scenic travel, charter a boat and sail around the Singapore River. There are regular ferries and a free monorail to Sentosa Island.

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Travel Insider Singapore suggestions

Accommodation

Singapore city at night
Singapore: The lion sleeps tonight

Gothic, colonial or quirky modern – Singapore has the perfect hotel to suit every taste.

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Shopping

Singapore Harbour sunset
Singapore: City of sales

Warm up your credit card: Singapore is a country where the shopping opportunities are as impressive as they are irresistible.

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Insider City Guide

Merlion Park statue, Singapore
Singapore: Taming the Lion City

Exquisite cuisine, lively bars, new restaurants and world-class shopping – there’s plenty yet to explore in Singapore.

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Further Reading

Here are some suggestions for other destinations around South-East Asia.

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  • The country telephone code is +65 not +64
  • for great business accommodation in Singapore try Quincy, just off Orchard, I have stayed there 5 times in the past 2 years, everything is fantastic, best value in Singapore.

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