If you’re planning a trip to Singapore, then there are many things you will need to keep in mind. When you arrive in Singapore at the Changi airport, the airport alone is like a Disneyland with so many interesting things to see and do. You can get your feet cleaned by fishes, shop till you drop, look at gorgeous butterflies and enjoy as much sushi as you want. However, beyond the airport, there’s even more to see and do. So, in this article, we will be covering a few guidelines that will help you on your trip to Singapore and ensure you have an extremely safe, seamless and enjoyable trip.
First of all, you need to get your money sorted. At the current rate of conversion, one Singapore dollar is equivalent to 0.75 US dollars. It is typically advised that you don’t carry too much cash on you since this is always a risk. However, at the same time, you should still keep some cash on you, in case of emergencies. You should take your Visa card or Mastercard with you and most Visa cards will work overseas. The ATMs in Singapore are very safe to use, so you can rest assured and rely on them. If you feel unsafe using ATMs, then you should only use the ATMs in large shopping malls or shopping centres.
Next, you may be wondering what you should wear and what the weather is like in Singapore. It is mostly humid and warm during the day, with some light rain in the afternoon. As a result, it is important to wear clothes that allow your skin to breathe which means wearing clothes with natural fibres or even dry fit clothing. You should always wear comfortable shoes for walking and be aware of any possible chafing issues. Chafing typically happens because of the humidity so you should get some 3B cream or powder and use it throughout the day as needed. However, if you intend to spend a lot of time indoors, then you should pack a few cardigans or jackets since most buildings are heavily air conditioned.
Now, when it comes to travelling and getting around, you should know that the Singapore people usually take cabs instead of walking. This may be due to the humid weather, however, if you want to see more of the country, then you should consider walking a lot more than the locals. Getting a cab is quite easy and they are also cheap. It will only cost you around $20 to go from the centre of Singapore to the airport. These cabs are also quite safe and you can even catch the train for about $3.
The food in Singapore is absolutely to die for and you should try to taste as much of the local cuisine as possible. You don’t have to be overly careful about water since the tap water is relatively safe. There are lots of sidewalk restaurants that you can visit and you can get a plate of noodles for only $5. Of course, you can visit all the fancy restaurants which cost hundreds of dollars per plate.
Lastly, there are a few things that you shouldn’t do when you’re in this country. For example, it is illegal to chew gum, so you should avoid doing so unless you have a prescription. Also, you should avoid littering, always flush the toilets and don’t eat on the MRT trains.
In closing, we have just looked at a couple of tips for travelling in Singapore. Be sure to keep these tips in mind and I am certain you’ll have a smooth and enjoyable trip.