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Malaysia and Indonesia Area: 710.3 sq km Highest point: Bukit Timah Hill at 163.36m Climate: Tropical. It’s hot and sunny all year, with two monsoon seasons (December to March and June to September) bringing heavy rains Government: Parliamentary republic Gross Domestic Product: S$265,057.9 million (Statistics Singapore, 2009) Major industries: Electronics, chemicals, financial services, oil drilling equipment, petroleum refining, rubber processing and products, processed food and beverages, ship repair, offshore platform construction, life sciences, entrepot trade Currency: Singapore Dollar Population: 5,076,700 (Statistics Singapore, 2010) Median age: 37.4 years Life expectancy: 81.4 years Population growth rate: 3.1%
Ethnic groups: Chinese 74.1%, Malay 13.4%, Indian 9.2%, Other races 3.3% Language: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English are the 4 official languages in Singapore. The national language shall be the Malay language and shall be in the Roman script. Religions: Buddhism 42.5%, Islam 14.9%, Christianity 9.8%, Taoism 8.5%, Catholicism 4.8%, Hinduism 4%, other religions 0.7%, none 14.8% (Statistics Singapore, Census of Population 2000) Literacy: 95.9% of the population above 15 years of age can read and write Communications: Excellent facilities and services, including 3G wireless service launched in 2005, and a 195.3% household broadband penetration rate (Infocomm Development Authority, February 2011) Mobile phone penetration: 148.5% (June 2011) International country code: +65 Internet country code: .sg
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Singapore is a republic with a parliamentary system of government. The city-state and former British colony adopted the Westminster model after it gained independence on 9 August 1965. The first Constitution of Singapore was drawn up in 1867 with the establishment of the Straits Settlements to unite the British colonies of Singapore, Malacca and Penang. The constitution was drawn up colonial-style, in which the governor ruled with the help of his Legislative Council (Legco) and Executive Council (Exco). In March 1946, the Straits Settlements was dissolved and Singapore became a Crown Colony. In 1955, a new Constitution came into effect. After Chief Minister Lim Yew Hock succeeded in attaining self-government for Singapore, the first Constitution of the Republic of Singapore was enforced in June 3, 1959 and amended twice, in 1965 and 1991. Prior to 1991, the President was appointed by Parliament and had a largely ceremonial role. With the 1991 amendment, the President was to be elected by the citizens of Singapore.
5 km-long Waterfront Promenade. and the Cabinet led by the Prime Minister. The iconic development will usher in a new concept of city living that embraces all the opportunities and activities. The Fullerton Heritage. When fully completed.5m high sculpture . learn and play. There are 25 registered political parties. The first general election for Parliament was held on 13 April 1968. and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. with 82 Members of Parliament (MPs) from the People's Action Party. Art Park. Prime Minister’s Office Marina Bay is a part of downtown Singapore that will be a 24/7. It will be a place with a loop of attractions and round-the-clock entertainment. The current Parliament was elected on 6 May 2006. a 3. Visitors can look forward an enriching and interactive experience at the Art Park. Structure of government There are three branches of government: Executive. There will be a landscaped maze featuring a 4. The Cabinet has been led by the current Prime Minister.President S R Nathan was elected on 18 August 1999. state-of-the-art office space and transport infrastructure that will provide seamless connectivity for companies and professionals to grow and exchange business ideas. The Art Park features 27 artworks specially created by Singaporean youths. Former Presidents of Singapore 1965 to 1970 Yusof bin Ishak 1971 to 1981 Benjamin Sheares 1981 to 1985 Devan Nair 1985 to 1993 Wee Kim Wee 1993 to 1999 Ong Teng Cheong Former Prime Ministers of Singapore 1959 to 1990 Lee Kuan Yew 1990 to 2004 Goh Chok Tong Legislative The Legislative branch is the Parliament. 2 MPs from opposition parties. Other new developments include the Double Helix Bridge. the President who is elected on a six-year term. The Judiciary administers the law independently of the Executive and this independence is safeguarded by the Constitution. With these facilities. Lee Hsien Loong. The first sitting of Parliament was held on 8 December 1965. the bay will be a platform and catalyst for Singapore’s future growth and will boost its position as a leading global city. Judiciary The Judiciary is made up of the Supreme Court and the Subordinate Courts. Legislative and the Judiciary. Marina Bay will boast apartments set amidst lush greenery parks and waterfront promenade. He was re-elected on 17 August 2005 for a second term of office. since 12 Aug 2004. work. and 9 Nominated MPs. Selected Highlights of the Downtown Marina Bay Art Park Singapore’s first Art Park located next to the seating gallery of The Float @ Marina Bay. based on the theme “Aspirations for life in Singapore”. which is elected by general election every five years. 1 Non-Constituency MP. Source: Istana Singapore. It has 84 elected Members. thriving and energetic place where people will live. Executive The Executive branch comprises the Head of State.
As far back as the 13th century. the exciting and entertaining programmes in the pipeline will feature something for everyone – from performing and visual arts events. For starters. Get a blast from the past by heading down to any of these ethnic enclaves: Chinatown. This city gallery will be housed in an elegantly 2 designed building which is eco-friendly. the People’s Republic of China. Marina Bay Invitations 2010 To mark the completion of the upcoming key developments and to introduce Marina Bay as the new focal point for Singaporeans and visitors. Singapore’s attractiveness as a travel destination can be traced back to its history.5km waterfront promenade will link up the necklace of attractions at the Marina Centre. it embraces the future and worldwide trends in leisure and entertainment. Collyer Quay and Bayfront areas. then have a whiff of assorted spices at Little India and purchase a sari or some jewellery for a loved one.taking the form of a mountain with a wind-activated figurine of a girl holding a flag with the words “I want to scale the highest mountain in the world”. Themed “Marina Bay Invitations 2010”. Each quarter unveils traditional artefacts. traditional costumes or calligraphy of Chinatown. and ‘hop-scotch’ lighted flooring. to sporting and cultural activities.sg. Traditional attractions Singapore’s cultural and heritage trips showcase the old traditions which are still very much alive. For hundreds of years. travellers have found Singapore to be a welcoming stop. These early inhabitants would bestow upon Singapore a cultural heritage that is considered exotic today. In 2010. marking a milestone in the history of F1: it was the first street race in Asia as well as the . As a result. URA as the development agency for Marina Bay has lined up a series of events in 2010. clothing. or take a breather to cool off under the Breeze Shelters. log on to www. ethnic delicacies and other cultural treasures. Visitors can look forward to a stroll along the Mist Walk. In September 2008. Arab Street and Little India. soak in a panoramic view of the Bay from any spot on the promenade. Finally. you could enjoy the Chinese antiques. Singapore received 11. There will also be a rock wall featuring 18 drawings of Singapore icons. trading boats and merchant ships would take refuge in its safe harbour along the Malacca Straits. The promenade will be a destination that is easily accessible by the community and families. Waterfront Promenade The 3. Singapore played host to the annual Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. Marina Bay City Gallery The new Marina Bay City Gallery located by the waterfront along Marina Boulevard. Visitor numbers to the country have been growing consistently over the years. Even as Singapore celebrates its diversity of cultures. mainly from Indonesia. Japan. Australia. India. a free attraction for people from all walks of life to enjoy at Marina Bay. hurry down to Kampong Glam and Arab Street for bazaarstyle shopping and be intrigued by the exquisitely hand-made batiks from Indonesia and Malaysia – without ever leaving the country! Recent and upcoming attractions Singapore has many attractions to offer. For more information about the Marina Bay. United Kingdom and Malaysia. tourists find Singapore to be full of fresh surprises and worthy of repeat visits. Kampong Glam. One key attraction will be a large-scale model of Marina Bay that incorporates the latest multimedia and touch screen technology to allow visitors to navigate their way around the model to experience and appreciate the new city around Marina Bay.64 million visitors. a playful splash in the dancing water jets.marina-bay. even making the island their new home.
it handled 25 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers. Source: Singapore Tourism Board Images courtesy of Yoursingapore Singapore’s transformation from a backwater trading post to one of the world’s most advanced ports was paved by the development of modern infrastructure and a rapid adoption of technology. PSA Singapore Terminals PSA Singapore Terminals is Singapore’s port and the world's busiest transhipment hub.200 athletes and 800 officials involved across 12 days.to a network of 200 shipping lines with connections to 600 ports in 123 countries. wowing visitors with its modern architecture. A total of 1.600 projectors were used to illuminate the 5. Visitors to the Gardens will be greeted with a super surprise. extensive shopping and efficient processes. Singapore hosted the first Youth Olympics Games. and cargo freighters . The city-state is well-connected to the world via a top-class airport. PSA Singapore Terminals operates 4 container terminals and 2 multi-purpose terminals in Singapore. it has won more than 250 awards. this youthful. bulk carriers. The CAC is operated as a Free Trade Zone (FTZ). Sentosa. the world’s largest marine life park. consolidated. The Changi Airfreight Centre (CAC). It is also a regional centre for shipping activity. In 2009.067-kilometre circuit to 4 times brighter than that of a stadium. With a total of 26 sports – which include innovative ones like BMX biking and beach wrestling – and a whopping 3. Since it opened in 1981. Also in 2010. Changi International Airport Changi International Airport is Singapore’s national airport and air cargo terminal. and is consistently voted one of the best airports in the world by business and leisure travellers as well as various media. It makes an impressive gateway to Singapore. cargo agents. It has three terminals – the third opened in 2008 – which can handle 70 million passengers a year. It caters to 80 airlines serving more than 180 cities in over 50 countries. It handled 1. they will be dwarfed by SuperTrees . spectators were surely as dazzled as they were thrilled to get up close and personal with the F1 racers.64 million tonnes of cargo in 2009. stored or repacked without the need for documentation or customs duties. It handles about one-fifth of the world's total container transhipment throughput. and six hotels. Its success has put Singapore on the map as a regional aviation and air cargo hub. located at the northern end of the airport. bustling city will only get younger. where cargo is easily moved. The integrated resorts: Marina Bay Sands (a world-class luxury resort and casino with convention facilities and upmarket restaurants) and Resorts World. up from 10 million TEUs in 1994 and 20 million TEUs in 2005. . thanks to Singapore's strategic location at the crossroads of the main shipping routes of the world.first night race in the world. is a 24-hour one-stop service centre to airlines.treelike structures that measure up to 16 storeys high! This lush-looking bay area will surely support the Singapore dream of being ‘A City in a Garden’. houses Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios Theme Park. port and telecommunications infrastructure. Visitors can also look forward to the Gardens by the Bay. shippers and consignees. which will comprise three waterfront gardens in the Marina Bay area. connecting all kinds of vessels – including container ships.
including the United States and Sweden. and subway fares averaged at less than one-third of London’s. terminal-related logistics services and port IT services. Into its fifth year. MRT (Mass Rapid Transit): Getting around Singapore is a breeze with the MRT. The network of MRT (subway) trains. All in all. Singapore ranks ahead of 33 countries. According to the Public Transport Council.000 in June 2011. coupled with a pro-business environment and legal and regulatory framework. London and New York City. SMRT operates two main rail lines. allowing everyone to chat. the study put Singapore in first place for its use of infocomm technology to optimise the productivity of its ministries and departments. make business and banking transactions. apply for government services. in a list comparing the strengths of their e-government initiatives. and its endeavour to wire up every citizen to the information highway is taking shape. buses and taxis serves to shuttle its population of over 4 million across the city state every day. make the island an ideal e-commerce hub. Singapore’s extensive connectivity. which is run by SBS Transit. LRT (Light Rapid Transit): . (Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.537. In a 2009 study by Japan’s Waseda University Institute of e-Government. PSA Singapore Terminals consistently wins awards for best container terminal. offices. hop on board the Singapore Changi Airport Express which calls at Tanah Merah Station. schools and public places through a high-speed multimedia broadband network infrastructure.3% (Infocomm Development Authority. bringing mobile penetration rates to 148. simply change trains at Dhoby Ghaut or Outram Park. the Singapore government itself has come up tops for its e-government initiatives. Such widespread Internet access has created an e-lifestyle among Singaporeans. It was also singled out for “big progress” on its government online portals. For travellers bound for Singapore Changi Airport. the cruise hub of the Asia Pacific for passenger liners as well as regional and domestic ferries. In its pursuit to make Singapore an intelligent island. These developments were sparked off by the Singapore ONE initiative launched in 1998. average bus fares in Singapore were a little more than half that of Hong Kong. The total number of mobile subscriptions hit 7. Singapore’s public transport system is well-developed. to enable every citizen to connect from their homes. and the East-West Line which runs from Pasir Ris to Joo Koon. February 2011) it is also the world leader in terms of ICT utilisation. which regulates transport fares in Singapore. Singapore ties with the US as the cheapest place in the world to make a phone call or surf the internet using a broadband connection. the North-South Line which runs from Marina Bay to Jurong East via Woodlands. or simply watch a movie on demand – all online. In a 2006 report. take lessons. bus and subway fares here are lower than in Hong Kong. with a household broadband penetration rate of 195. This means there are more mobile phone lines than the number of people on the island.It provides a comprehensive range of ocean and harbour marine services. If you wish to connect to the North-East Line.5%. It also runs the Singapore Cruise Centre. 2009) According to a survey by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Telecommunications Singapore offers a world-class telecommunications infrastructure. at relatively inexpensive fares. Singapore is not only the most wired country in the world.
Buses and Taxis: SBS Transit runs 257 bus services with a fleet of more than 2. It will run from HarbourFront to Dhoby Ghaut. Land Transport Authority. you can cut travelling time and avoid transfers at the busy interchanges. the CCL will interchange with the North-South Line. and help commuters transfer between existing lines without the need to travel to the city centre. and schedules. Serangoon and Bartley are in operation. Lorong Chuan. you will be able to bypass City Hall or Raffles Place stations. For bus routes and timetables. if you prefer to take the taxi. visit Transitlink Electronic Guide. For MRT and LRT train routes. just flag one down by the road (or at any taxi-stand if you are in the Central Business District). fully automated rapid transit system with 29 stations. The remaining 24 stations will open from 2010. All stations on the Sengkang LRT and Punggol LRT lines are within walking distance of most apartment blocks in the Sengkang and Punggol New Town areas.com. 96% of which are airconditioned.Residents in Bukit Panjang or Choa Chu Kang use the Bukit Panjang LRT to connect to the main MRT line or travel to other parts of the neighbourhood. water treatment and the next generation of solar energy.3 km long with 29 stations. Marymount. This way. Source: Public Transport Council. What if I have more liquors than the prescribed duty-free limits? View Answer » 266 Views l View All l Upload . fares. At 33. Five stations. Bishan. or tap out the alphabetical prompter 6-DIAL-CAB. go to www. December 2008).sg However.sbstransit. Rail Developments: The Circle Line (CCL) is an underground. Both lines also provide a seamless transfer to the North-East Line. East-West Line and North-East Line. Singapore Department of Statistics Images courtesy of Yoursingapore Related Sites o Land Transport Authority o SMRT o SBS Transit o Changi Airport Back To Top Singapore is an emerging global centre for clean tech.800 buses. such as fuel cells. Daily ridership stands at an average of 2.14 million rides (SBS Transit. Using the CCL. call 6-3425-222.
. • National Flag Symbolises our sovereignty. Read more about their origins and meanings. as well as the guidelines on how they should be used..Was this information helpful? Yes No The national symbols of Singapore express the beliefs and ideals of the country. Read more » . excellence and resilience. Read more » • National Coat of Arms Represents Singapore and honours our historical links with Malaysia. Read more » • Lion Head Symbol Signifies courage. Read more » • National Anthem Echoes the enduring spirit and hope of Singaporeans to make progress. Read more » • National Flower Embodies qualities which reflect Singapore’s quest for progress and. pride and honour. strength.
"Majulah Singapura" (Malay for "Onward Singapore"). the late Encik Zubir Said. Upon Singapore's independence in 1965. Origin The anthem was written in the wake of nationalism from 1956-57. at the installation of the new head of state. the Yang di-Pertuan Negara. Its composer. Read more » The National Anthem.• National Pledge Reflects the ideals for shaping a united nation. The anthem was launched on 3 December 1959 together with the National Flag and the State Crest. anchored it with two words. together with the National Flag and the State Crest. Lyrics MAJULAH SINGAPURA Mari kita rakyat Singapura Sama-sama menuju bahagia Cita-cita kita yang mulia Berjaya Singapura . reflect Singapore's identity as a nation. "Majulah Singapura" was adopted as the new republic's national anthem.
with Lim Yau at the helm. and Singapore plays a major role in the cultivation and supply of orchids to the world. The selection of a national flower was part of Singapore’s overall effort at fostering national pride and a sense of identity. the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. the Vanda Miss Joaquim was proclaimed the National Flower of Singapore by then Minister of Culture S. including some 30 orchids. Eventually. Majulah Singapore. the orchid is also a symbol of our multi-cultural heritage. he said: “As the flower most associated with hybrids. It was registered within the same year. was launched on 19 January 2001. as well as with our many foreign visitors. The orchestration is in a slower tempo and uses more instruments to create a majestic rendition. Meaning Vanda Miss Joaquim was chosen as Singapore's national flower from among 40 other contenders. These are characteristics which reflect Singapore's quest for progress and excellence in all aspects of life. On 15 April 1981.” Related Sites o National Heritage Board Back To Top . Singapore's flagship orchestra. did the new recording at Victoria Concert Hall on 20 November 2000. This orchid was first discovered in 1893. It was selected particularly because of its hardy and resilient qualities and its ability to bloom throughout the year. was picked. Guidelines for the singing and playing of the National Anthem have been relaxed to encourage the singing of the Anthem at all events of national significance. You can find the translations of the National Anthem in three languages below: o o o Origin English Chinese Tamil The Vanda Miss Joaquim is Singapore's national flower. with a grander and more inspiring arrangement. several leading local composers were invited to re-arrange the National Anthem in the key of F. In a speech by Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan at the official opening of the Singapore Orchid Show in 2006. the version written by Cultural Medallion winner Phoon Yew Tien. Dhanabalan. in the garden of Miss Agnes Joaquim. It is representative of the harmony among our ethnic communities. The Vanda Miss Joaquim is a hybrid between the Vanda teres and the Vanda hookerana. Orchids are a national passion. In May 2000. the daughter of an Armenian merchant in Singapore.Marilah kita bersatu Dengan semangat yang baru Semua kita berseru Majulah Singapura Majulah Singapura New Recording The Ministry of Information and the Arts embarked on creating a new recording of the National Anthem to make it more accessible to all Singaporeans.
Singapore is sheltered from most of the natural disasters that affect neighboring countries and the rest of the world because of its favorable geographical location. . to build a democratic society based on justice and equality so as to achieve happiness. the citizens of Singapore. regardless of race. Guidelines on use of The National Pledge 1. which could be overcome if Singaporeans cared enough about their country. The Pledge shall not be used for any commercial purposes. against the backdrop of racial riots in the 1950s and 1960s. during SAF Day. Can I claim refund of the GST paid on gifts purchased in Singapore? View Answer » 4379 Views l View All lUpload Was this information helpful? Yes No Origin Singapore’s national pledge was written by Singapore’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs. language or religion. Rajaratnam’s inspiration was to build "a Singapore we are proud of". in 1966. Rajaratnam. Individuals reciting the Pledge shall place their right fists to the left side of their chests as a gesture to symbolise loyalty to the nation. race and religion were potentially divisive factors. pledge ourselves as one united people. 3. and at National Day Observance Ceremonies. while emphasising unity and multi-racial harmony. He believed that language. 2. S. The Singapore Pledge We. during the National Day Parade. The National Pledge is recited in schools during assemblies. prosperity and progress for our nation.
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with museums. . around the clean and modern city center.Time Zone UTC/GMT +8 Singapore(新加坡) is a city-state in Southeast Asia. affluent city with a medley of Chinese. The center of the city located in the south — consisting roughly of the Orchard road shopping area. with MRT lines and key attractions Singapore is a small country on a small island. Orchard Road — Miles and miles of shopping malls. unlike many other densely populated countries. this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region. However. with tasty food. Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate. statues and theaters. Singapore has over 50% of its area covered by greenery and with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves. since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and sports the world's busiest port. Districts Map of Singapore. the new downtown Marina Bay area and also the skyscrapers-filled Shenton way financial district known in acronym-loving Singapore as the CBD(Central Business District). but with just over five million people it is a fairly crowded city and in fact second only to Monaco as the world's most densely populated country. good shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene. not to mention restaurants. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern. the Riverside. it is an enchanting garden city. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819. bars and clubs. Riverside (Civic District) — Singapore's colonial core. Large self-contained residential towns mushroomed all over the island.
casino. now with a dash of gambling and Universal Studios thrown in. The first digit of both housing block and street number is the neighborhood's number (in this case 5). unit. North and West — The northern and western parts of the island. GoThere. stall or shop 186. now largely taken over by shopping Chinatown — The area originally designated for Chinese settlement by Raffles. Bugis and Kampong Glam — Bugis and Kampong Glam are Singapore's old Malay district. Useful tools for hunting down addresses include StreetDirectory. Sentosa is the closest that Singapore gets to Disneyland. considering the small size of the island. shopping mall. . Lorong(Lor) for "Lane".sg. "Blk 9 Bedok South Ave 2" is "Singapore 460009". Novena and Toa Payoh — Budget accommodations and Burmese temples within striking distance of the center. and "#01-186" means floor 1. Here. Addresses In the centre. Also covers Geylang Serai.com . "Blk 505" is the housing block number. making it easier to narrow down the right location. Marina Bay — The newest feature of Singapore. Bukit (Bt) for "Hill" and Kampong (Kg) for "Village". Sentosa — A separate island once a military fort developed into a resort. convention center and museum) and the Marina Barrage. miles and miles of beach and many famous eateries. There are also 6-digit postal codes. Little India — A piece of India to the north of the city core. For example. Singapore's addressing system is fairly similar to Western countries (such as 17 Orchard Road). generally correspond to exactly one building. now a Chinese heritage area popular with tourists. but the new housing developments on the outskirts may appear more intimidating: a typical address might be "Blk 505 Jurong West St 51 #01-186". Newton. "Jurong West St 51" is the street name. Finally. form Singapore's residential and industrial hinterlands. East Coast — The largely residential eastern part of the island contains Changi Airport. which. the true home of Singapore's Malays. you will also encounter Malay terms in addresses: the most common are Jalan (Jln) for "Road". dominated by the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort (hotel.sg  andOneMap. Balestier. also known as Woodlands and Jurong respectively.
Singapore Zoo Singapore is a microcosm of Asia. Nevertheless. the Switzerland of Asia is for many a welcome respite from the poverty. and crime of much of the Asian mainland. Malays. populated by Chinese. and if you scratch below the squeaky clean surface and get away from the tourist trail you'll soon find more than meets the eye. Indians. and now you can bungee jump and dance on bartops all night long. Two casino complexes — or "Integrated Resorts". chaos. Singaporean food is legendary. to use the Singaporean euphemism — opened in 2010 in Sentosa and Marina Bay as part of Singapore's new Fun . with bustling hawker centres and 24-hour coffee shops offering cheap food from all parts of Asia.Understand Bored proboscis monkey. Singapore has a partly deserved reputation for sterile predictability that has earned it descriptions like William Gibson's "Disneyland with the death penalty" or the "world's only shopping mall with a seat in the United Nations". In recent years some societal restrictions have also loosened up. although alcohol is still very pricey and chewing gum can only be bought from a pharmacy. and shoppers can bust their baggage allowances in shopping meccas like Orchard Road and Suntec City. and a large group of workers and expatriates from all across the globe.
the aim being to double the number of tourists visiting and increasing the length of time they stay within the country. Though the Dutch initially protested. Raffles' masterstroke was to declare Singapore a free port. India. Srivijayan prince Sang Nila Utama landed on the island in the 13th century and. Well-placed at the entrance to the Straits of Malacca.and Entertainment drive. the Johor Sultanate. According to legend. which separated the Malay world into British and Dutch spheres of influence (resulting in the current Malaysia-Indonesia and Singapore-Indonesia borders). Europe. in exchange for the British ceding their colonies on Sumatra to the Dutch. Sanskrit forLion City. History The first records of Singapore date back to the 2nd-3rd centuries where a vague reference to its location was found in Greek and Chinese texts. when Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles made a deal with a claimant to the throne of the Sultanate of Johor: the British would support his claim in exchange for the right to set up a trading post on the island. Along with Penang and Malacca. However. and Australia. decided to found a new city he called Singapura. Portuguese raiders then destroyed the settlement and Singapura faded into obscurity once more. catching sight of a strange creature that he thought was a lion. In . fell into obscurity. so the mysterious beast was more probably a tiger or wild boar. and an important port for the Sumatran Srivijaya kingdom. Srivijaya fell around 1400 and Temasek. The story of Singapore as we know it today thus began in 1819. ended the conflict with the Dutch renouncing their claim to Singapore and ceding their colony in Malacca to the British. battered by the feuding kingdoms of Siam and the JavaneseMajapahit. As Singapura. the trading post soon grew into one of Asia's busiest. As traders flocked to escape onerous Dutch taxes. there have never been any lions anywhere near Singapore or elsewhere on Malaya. Alas. However. Watch out for more loosening up in the future. drawing people from far and wide. under the names of Sabana and Pu Luo Chung respectively. it then briefly regained importance as a trading centre for the Melaka Sultanate and later. the signing of the Anglo-Dutch treaty in 1824. Singapore became one of the Straits Settlements and a jewel in the British colonial crown. Javanese for "Sea Town". Its economic fortunes received a further boost when palm oil and rubber from neighbouring Malaya were processed and shipped out via Singapore. More historical records indicate that the island was settled at least two centuries earlier and was known asTemasek. straddling the trade routes between China. with no duties charged on trade.
The . Granted self-rule in 1955. and on February 15. 1942. thus becoming the only country to gain independence against its own will in the history of the modern world. with 81 out of 87 seats in Parliament and opposition politicians regularly bankrupted by defamation suits. with supplies critically low after less than a week of fighting. with massive naval fortifications guarding against assault by sea. Malayalam and Punjabi. Amongst the Chinese. The subsequent forty years of iron-fisted rule by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew saw Singapore's economy boom. and the return of the British in 1945 was less than triumphal — it was clear that their time was up. but was expelled because the Chinese-majority city was seen as a threat to Malay dominance. and has a diverse culture despite its small size. while Teochew and Cantonese speakers round out the top three. not only did the fortress lack a fleet as all ships were tied up defending Britain from the Germans. However. with the government trying to shake off its staid image. while Indians form about 9% of the population. Hokkien speakers form the majority. Singapore was formally split off from British India and made into a directly ruled Crown Colony. earning it a place as one of the four East Asian Tigers. with the country rapidly becoming one of the wealthiest and most developed in Asia despite its lack of natural resources. Other notable "dialect" groups among the Chinese include the Hakkas. though there are also a significant numbers of speakers of other Indian languages such as Hindi. The Malays. Societal restrictions have been loosened up in recent years though. and it remains to be seen how the delicate balancing act between political control and social freedom will play out. Tamils form the largest group by far. Singapore ignominiously surrendered and the colony's erstwhile rulers were packed off to Changi Prison. who are comprised of Singapore's original inhabitants as well as migrants from present day Malaysia. form about 14% of the population. Hainanese and Foochows. Despite hastily turning the guns around. People Singapore prides itself on being a multi-racial country.1867. The largest group are the Chinese. this was something the British had not prepared for at all. Singapore briefly joined Malaysia in 1963 when the British left. Fortress Singapore was seen as a formidable British base. Now led by Lee's son Lee Hsien Loong. Tens of thousands perished in the subsequent brutal occupation. Among the Indians. the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) continues to dominate the political scene. who form about 75% of the population. but the Japanese wisely chose to cross Malaya by bicycle instead. Indonesia and Brunei. When World War II broke out. and the island became independent on 9 August 1965.
occasionally featuring lengthy spells of continuous rain. Buddhism is the largest religion with about 33% of the population declaring themselves Buddhist. Thais and many others. 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January. Follow their example if you want to avoid discomfort in the searing heat and humidity of Singapore. forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze. Slighty over one-third of Singapore's residents are not citizens. combined with the lack of wind and the fact that temperatures stay high during the night. 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year. 32°C (90°F) daytime. The temperature averages around: 30°C (84°F) daytime. can take its toll on visitors from colder parts of the world. Hinduism and Taoism. Zoroastrians. and also a handful of Filipinos. Other religions which exist in significant numbers include Christianity. Baha'is and Jains. take the air-conditioned metro to air-conditioned shopping malls connected to each other by underground tunnels where they shop. . Japanese. However. most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January). both as a shade from the sun or cover from the rain.remainder are a mix of many other cultures. Some 17% of Singaporeans profess to have no religious affiliation. so it's wise to carry an umbrella at all times. most notably the Eurasians who are of mixed European and Asian descent. Between May and October. work in air-conditioned offices. Jews. heavy showers that rarely last longer than an hour. Religious freedom is guaranteed by the constitution of Singapore. eat. Burmese. Islam. although this is unpredictable and comes and goes rapidly: check the National Environment Agency's site  for current data. normally in the afternoons. usually in sudden. Singapore is also religiously diverse. and exercise in air-conditioned fitness clubs. Many live in air-conditioned flats. the weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons. Rain falls almost daily throughout the year. Singaporeans themselves shun the heat. and for a good reason. Climate Located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator. The high temperature and humidity. Bear in mind that spending more than about one hour outdoors can be very exhausting. there are also much smaller numbers of Sikhs. with no religious group forming a majority. Spectacular thunderstorms can occur throughout the year. In addition to the "big five". especially if combined with moderate exercise.
a salad of shredded vegetables and raw fish enthusiastically tossed into the air by all present. Chinatown Singapore is a secular city state but thanks to its multicultural population. followed closely by yu sheng (魚生). Muslim. Favorite desserts are crumbly sweet pineapple tarts and gooey steamed nian gao (年糕) cakes. and Christian holidays. but unlike in China. Red packets of money (红包 ang pow) are still handed out generously. in Singapore you only need to start paying up once married. New Year decorations. celebrated in Singapore just as in the West with a fireworks show and parties at every nightspot in town. Indian. Particularly .Holidays Gong xi fa cai Singapore style There are a few twists to the Singapore way of celebrating Chinese New Year. particularly the food. Singapore celebrates Chinese. The top dish is bak kwa (肉 干). The year kicks off with a bang on January 1st and New Year. sweet barbecued pork. which bears little resemblance to the steamy hotpots of frigid northern China.
At around January-February. Female devotees usually join the procession carrying pots of milk instead. red tinsel. The climax on the 15th day of the lunar calendar is the Hungry Ghost Festival (中元 节). is celebrated around October or November and Little India is brightly decorated for the occasion.. On the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar. as "hell money" is burned and food offerings are made to please the spirits of ancestors who are said to return to earth at this time. except for the final burst of Chingay. rice dumplings. Due to the influence of the Chinese majority. the Dragon Boat Festival (端午 节) is celebrated to commemorate a Chinese folk hero. and join a procession from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India to the Sri Thandayuthapani Temple in Tank Road. when the living get together to stuff themselves and watch plays and Chinese opera performances. department stores and high end restaurants remain open. and then life returns to normal. The Hindu festival of lights. with exhortations of gong xi fa cai(恭喜发财 "congratulations and prosper"). more politically correctly. with elaborate lantern decorations — particularly in Jurong's Chinese Garden — and moon cakes filled with red bean paste. an elaborate structure which pierces through various parts of his body.famous are the wet and wild foam parties on the beaches of resort island Sentosa — at least those years when the authorities deign to permit such relative debauchery. Following soon afterwards. though supermarkets. The whole festival stretches out for no less than 42 days. As part of the celebrations. dragon boat races are often held at the Singapore River on this day. Lunar New Year. where there are also extensive street decorations to add spice to the festive mood. which in Singapore are sometimes wrapped in pandan leaves instead of the original bamboo leaves. one may witness the celebration of Thaipusam. While this might seem to be an ideal time to visit. and more consumed merrily. mandarin oranges and the year's zodiac animal emblazoned everywhere and crowds of shoppers queuing in Chinatown. but the frenzied buildup to the peak occurs just before the night of the new moon. known locally as Deepavali.. About one week before Deepavali is Thimithi. are usually eaten. The seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar — usually August — starts off with a puff of smoke. . a colorful parade down Orchard Road held ten days later. the largest event by far is Chinese New Year (农历新年) or. Diwali. The two following days are spent with family and most of the island comes to a standstill. nuts. usually held in February. the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month (Sep/Oct) is also a major event. a Tamil Hindu festival in which male devotees would carry a kavadi. In addition. many smaller shops and eateries close for 2-3 days during the period.
Overhead wires .the fire-walking festival where one can see male devotees walking on burning coals at the Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown. famous jewels and masterpieces from international jewellers and designers. when fluttering flags fill Singapore and spectacular National Day parades are held to celebrate independence. In local mosques. the Singapore Jewel Festival attracts numerous tourists every year. which is the period when Muslims make the trip to Mecca to perform in Hajj. lambs contributed by the faithful are sacrificed and their meat is used to feed the poor. with 2010's line-up featuring renowned stars such as David Foster. Events Singapore holds numerous events each year. National Day. Natalie Cole. The Buddhist Vesak Day. Christmas is also widely celebrated in Singapore. Get in Banned in Singapore There's more to the list than just porn and drugs: . particularly Geylang Serai on the East Coast. a season where the city streets and shopping malls along its famous shopping belt Orchard Road are lit up and decorated in vibrant colours.Handcuffs. known locally asHari Raya Haji. the Chingay Parade. In addition. which is lighted up with extensive decorations during the period. the World Gourmet Summit and ZoukOut. the Singapore Arts Festival. celebrating the birthday of the Buddha Sakyamuni. and is a display of precious gems. for which Orchard road is extensively decorated.Satellite dishes . is a major occasion in Malay parts of town.Freestanding billboards . and Good Friday round out the list of holidays. The Singapore Sun Festival is another popular festival in Singapore. A more secular celebration occurs on August 9th. even if pink and fuzzy . Another festival celebrated by the Malays is Eid-ul-Adha. Some of its famous festivals and events include the Singapore Food Festival. plus the Christian holidays ofChristmas Day. Jose Carreras and Sharon Stone. The Islamic month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr or Hari Raya Puasa as it is called here. the Singapore Grand Prix.
There is no duty free allowance for cigarettes: all cigarettes legally sold in Singapore are stamped "SDPC". it is an offence even to have any drug metabolites in your system. and smokers caught with unmarked cigarettes may be fined $500 per pack. even if they were consumed outside Singapore.Feeding pigeons or monkeys . you would still be subject to capital punishment. The paranoid might also like to note that in Singapore. codeine). and baggage is scanned at land . Citizens of some CIS countries (Russia. Alcohol may not be brought in by persons under the age of 18. Duty free allowances for alcohol are 1 L of spirits and up to 2 L of wine or beer per person. changing flights without the need to clear passport control and customs) while in possession of drugs. Kazakhstan) can transit 4 days without visa. but getting a shave and a haircut is no longer a condition for entry. Ukraine. bringing in one opened pack is usually tolerated. Pornography. Singapore has very strict drug laws.. pirated goods and publications by the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Unification Churchmay not be imported to Singapore. though. though customs officers rarely bother with a few sticks for personal consumption as long as you are discreet about it. although the citizens of the countries that are members of the EU and USA passport holders get 90 days. if having tickets to a third country. Bringing in chewing gum/tobacco is also technically illegal. Even if you technically haven't entered Singapore and are merely transiting (i. Refer to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority  for current guidelines. and Customs occasionally does spot urine tests at the airport! In addition.Malaysian newspapers .) If you declare your cigarettes or excess booze at customs. Hippie types may expect a little extra attention from Customs. and obtain prior permission from the Health Sciences Authority  before bringing in any sedatives (eg. bringing in explosives or firearms without a permit is also a capital offence in Singapore.Male Homosexual activity Most nationalities can enter Singapore without a visa. including a list of the 30+ nationalities that are required to obtain a visa in advance. (In practice. Bring prescriptions for any medicines you may have with you. and drug trafficking carries a mandatory death penalty — which is also applied to foreigners. Valium/diazepam) or strong painkillers (eg. you can opt to pay the tax or let the customs officers keep the cigarettes until your departure.e. Entry permit duration depends on nationality and entry point: most people get 14 or 30 days.
Pirated CDs or DVDs.and sea entry points. and even South Africa. pleasant. with airlines like Qantas  and British Airways  using Singapore as the main stopover point. New Zealand. In addition to the locals. the easiest way to enter Singapore is by air. North America. check in your luggage again and go through departure immigration. on the other hand. As befits the country's main airport and major regional hub status. By plane Singapore is one of Southeast Asia's largest aviation hubs. every carrier of any size in Asia offers flights to Singapore. so unless you're coming from Peninsular Malaysia or Batam/Bintan in Indonesia. Transfers between the main terminals do not require this rigmarole. In addition to flag-carrierSingapore Airlines  and its regional subsidiary SilkAir . Singapore is also home to low-cost carriersTiger Airways  and Jetstar Asia . can land you fines of up to $1000 per disc. and immigration . There are also direct services to Europe. ICAO: WSSS)  is big. Changi Airport (IATA: SIN. so if one or more of your connecting flights arrives or departs here. you have to go through arrival immigration and customs. In theory. Singapore is particularly popular on the "Kangaroo Route" between Australia and Europe. the Middle East. and it's best to allow at least 2-3 hr to complete the process. but that is rarely if ever enforced for original (non-pirated) goods. you will need a valid Singapore visa for this. and well organized. If required for your nationality. Changi Airport The price of cheap flights No transfer facilities are available at the Budget Terminal. all entertainment media including movies and video games must be sent to the Board of Censors for approval before they can be brought into Singapore. Australia. with pan-Asian discount carrier AirAsia  and Malaysian regional operator Firefly  operating dense networks from Singapore.
but fewer entertainment options. the Middle East (including Turkey) and Africa while all other destinations will use T3. be sure to at least tell the driver your destination so he knows which terminal to take you to. Singapore Airlines uses both T2 and T3. check in at the Singapore Visitor Centre in any terminal. Cebu Pacific. both wirelessly and via some 200 terminals and kiosks. arguably the most interesting. the newest. Unlike most other airports. There are also SingTel and Starhub payphones that . T2. you can clear passport control and customs at any terminal. T2. on the other hand. a small movie theater. as each terminal has a unique design and the airside areas of T1. In all terminals. can only be reached by passing through immigration and taking a shuttle bus from the basement of T2. is strictly functional. there are plenty of ways to kill time. T2 and T3) plus a dedicated Budget Terminal for low-cost airlines (currently only Tiger Airways. and there's live lounge music at times. Terminal 1 is physically connected to Terminals 2 and 3 by walking that you will notice you're in a different terminal except by reading the signs. You can travel between the main terminals without passing through immigration and. and only announces the arrival terminal two hours before landing. and T3 are attractions in themselves. In addition. a music listening area with couches and mood lighting. on the other hand. as the three main terminals are connected with the free Skytrain service. The Budget Terminal. T1 has a swimming pool and jacuzzi. T3. if you have no checked-in luggage to collect. and of course plenty of duty-free shops. has an indoor garden. When you return to the airport and are leaving Singapore via Singapore Airlines. they can clear passport control at any other terminal. a computer gaming room. The airport is split into three main terminals (T1. Fortunately transfers are quite easy. Firefly and Berjaya Air). Even if stuck in the airport.and baggage distribution is remarkably fast. there are no separate zones for departing and arriving passengers in the main terminals prior to passport control hence arriving passengers are free to shop and eat at the airside establishments if they are not in a hurry to meet someone or catch prearranged transportation. has a butterfly garden and plenty of natural light. Figuring out which terminal your flight arrives in or departs from can be complicated: for example. Your departing terminal is more straightforward as Singapore Airlines designates T2 as departures for destinations in South East Asia. the Indian subcontinent. internet access is provided free of charge. The Budget Terminal. which can be used without passing through immigration. paid massage services. If you have over 5 hr to spare there are free city tours six times a day. if they have no luggage checked-in from their point of origin. there are some Xbox systems set up to keep gamers entertained.
Subway . A 6 hr "block" for a single/double/triple costs $73. The same pricing applies to chartering van-sized MaxiCabs. If you're up for a little adventure. ATMs abound and money changers offer reasonable rates as well. T2 and T3 all have airside (i.90 plus a refundable $1 deposit.56/82. You can rent a shower (without a room) to freshen up for $8. Meters are always used in Singapore and prices are reasonable.40.65 per hr. budget singles (shared bathroom) $51. The 30 min ride to City Hall station costs $1. Food options are varied and generally reasonably priced. T2 and T3.Shared six-seater MaxiCab shuttle service to designated areas/hotels costs $7 and can be booked in advance or in the arrivals hall. which are good for large families or if you have lots of baggage. cash. and trains run from 5:31AM-11:18PM.offer unlimited free local calls. extensions $17.39/110.simply follow the signs after clearing customs. which serves much more than just soup. Bus . 6 AM to midnight only.35. seek out the staff canteen at level 3M of the carpark next to T2.MRT trains run from a station between T2 and T3. exact fare required (no change given) if you pay .00.Bus terminals can be found in the basements of T1. From the airport there are a number of ways to get into the city: Taxi (cab) is easiest . The Plaza Premier Lounges also offer a basic but functional gym with shower for $8.e. with some choice picks including the Peranakan-themed Soup Restaurant (T2 landside). it's open to the public and serves cheap local food. Fares are sub-$2. Limousines charge a flat $50 to anywhere in the city and are a pretty good deal after midnight.50.. 6AM-2AM. A trip to the city during the day will be between $20-$30 including $3-5 airport surcharge. ☎ +65 65419106 or book online via the Ambassador Transit Hotel  website. as you can skip the queue and avoid the surcharge. Terminals T1. but you'll need to Shuttle . min. An additional 50% surcharge applies between midnight and 6AM. every 15-30 change trains at Tanah Merah to a city-bound train: just exit through the left hand side door and cross the platform. although you pay a small premium compared to the city. accessible without passing through immigration) transit hotels.40 with a Singapore Airlines boarding pass. and Sakae Sushi (T2 airside).
There is only one infrequent bus across the Second Link. known as the Second Link. train. has been built between Tuas in western Singapore and Tanjung Kupang in the western part of Johor state. While later airports like Kallang and Paya Lebar have been closed and turned into a military airbase respectively. Currently. it is used by some of the luxury bus services to Kuala Lumpur and is strongly recommended if you have your own car.Seletar Airport Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP. Much faster and less congested than the Causeway. ICAO: WSSL). but it is no longer feasible to cross on foot after Malaysia shifted their customs and immigration complex 2 km inland. so if you're flying your own aircraft to Singapore. the Causeway is still jam-packed on Friday evenings (towards Malaysia) and Sunday evenings (towards Singapore). completed in 1928 and first used for civil aviation in 1930. is Singapore's first airport. you'll most probably land here. and only Malaysian "limousine" taxis are allowed to cross it (and charge RM150 and up for the privilege). . The Causeway can be crossed by bus. By road The Causeway. and trips from the airport incur a $3 surcharge. A second crossing between Malaysia and Singapore. with Johor Bahru on the other side Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia: The Causeway is a very popular and thus terminally congested entry point connecting Woodlands in the north of Singapore directly into the heart of Johor Bahru. While congestion isn't as bad as it once was. The only practical means of access to Seletar is taxi. Seletar Airport is only used for general aviation. Seletar is still in use to this day. taxi or car.
Walking across is also not allowed. Unfortunately. This is done by slotting the AutoPass into the reader at the immigration counter while you get your passport stamped. not that there would be any practical means to continue the journey from either end if you did. At the parking area. Moreover. Vehicle Insurance purchased from a Singapore-based insurance company and an International Circulation Permit. Do be sure to change some ringgit before crossing. be prepared for longer queues as Malaysia introduced a biometric system for foreigners wishing to enter that country (see Malaysia article). there is no central bus terminal and different companies leave from all over the city. see the Land Transport Authority's Driving Into & Out of Singapore  guide for the administrative details. Any VEP fees. you are free to go anywhere in Singapore. Driving into Malaysia from Singapore is relatively uncomplicated. an LTA officer will verify your car. you will need to pay a VEP fee of up to $20/day. Once that is done. In addition. road pricing charges and tolls will be deducted from your AutoPass when you exit Singapore. proceed to customs where you will have to open the boot for inspection. All foreign registered cars and motorcycles can be driven in Singapore for a maximum of 10 days in each calendar year without paying Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees. Go through immigration first and get your passport stamped. Singapore-registered vehiclesare required to have their fuel tanks at least 3/4 full before leaving Singapore. Driving into Singapore with a foreign-registered car is rather complicated and expensive. In both directions. By bus Direct to/from Malaysian destinations There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas. road tax and insurance cover note and issue you a small chit of paper which you take to the LTA counter to buy your AutoPass and rent an In-vehicle Unit (IU) for road pricing charges (or opt to pay a flat $5/day fee instead). as Singapore dollars are accepted only at the unfavorable rate of 1:1. but after the 10 free days have been utilised. Then follow the Red Lane to buy the AutoPass ($10) from the LTA office. although small tolls are charged for both crossing and (for the Second Link) the adjoining expressway. Customs Document (Carnet). After that. Major operators include: . note that rental cars will frequently ban or charge extra for crossing the border.Other foreign cars need a Vehicle Registration Certificate. Peninsular Malaysia-registered cars need to show that they have valid road tax and Malaysian insurance coverage.
but by no means all. video on demand and even wifi. . Another six companies. . power sockets. use the Golden Mile Complex shopping mall near Bugis as their Singapore terminal. No frills. and factor in some extra time for congestion at the border. edit Transtar. More plebeian SuperVIP/Executive buses are $25/39. while the cheapest buses leave late if at all. edit NiCE. Departures from HarbourFront Centre. use the Second Link. the faster and more comfortable your trip. . ☎ +65 68222111. . offers direct buses from Singapore through the peninsula. Departures from Lavender St. Book early for popular departure times like Friday and Sunday evening. Bus Online Ticket. ☎ +60 2 62947034 (Malaysia). Executive/economy buses RM80/35. . Easibook. Chinese New Year. direct service toMalacca and Genting also available. Aeroline. but the buses have good legroom and use the Second Link. In general. Hasry Express and AirAsia-affiliated StarMart. More expensive buses leave on time. etc. edit Transnasional. onboard attendants. Double-decker NiCE 2 buses (27 seats) RM80. Malaysia's largest bus operator. edit Most other operators have banded together in two shared booking portals. Beach Rd (near Lavender MRT). use the perpetually jammed Causeway and make more stops. the more you pay. and don't stop along the way. ☎ +65 64440745. . Departures from Copthorne Orchid Hotel on Dunearn Rd. ☎ +65 62588800. Another selling point is convenient public transport: buses depart from Novena Square (Novena MRT) in Singapore and arrive right next to Bangsar LRT in Kuala Lumpur. to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. lounge area etc. Over 20 daily departures from Kuala Lumpur's old railway station. From $47 one-way. . edit First Coach. luxury NiCE++ buses (18 seats) RM88. Luxury buses with meal on-board. ☎ +65 62565755. . $33/55 single/return. Transtar's sleeper-equipped Solitaire ($63) and leather-seated First Class ($49) coaches are currently the best around with frills like massaging chairs. ☎ +65 62999009. including major operator edit Fivestars Express. Many. Departures from Golden Mile Complex. Six bus companies including major budget edit operator Konsortium.
SMRT. then board the next bus by showing your ticket. There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur. fares may also be lower because you will be paying in Malaysian ringgit rather than Singaporean dollars. and also a day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM) and . all buses make two stops at Singapore immigration and at Malaysian immigration. By train Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia's Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railway or KTMB) network. SJE) can only stop at one destination in Malaysia. you must disembark with all your luggage and pass through passport control and customs. Figure on one hour for the whole rigmarole from end to end.An alternative to taking a direct "international bus" is to make the short hop to Johor Bahru to catch domestic Malaysian long-distance express buses to various Malaysian destinations from the Larkin Bus Terminal. To/from Johor Bahru Buses between Johor Bahru and Singapore Line Causeway Link CW-1 Causeway Link CW-2 Causeway Link CW-3 SBS 170 (red plate) SBS 170 (blue plate) SBS 160 SMRT 950 Singapore-Johor Express Stops in Singapore Kranji MRT only Queen St only Jurong East MRT Queen St via Kranji Kranji MRT Jurong East MRT via Kranji Woodlands MRT via Marsiling Queen St only Stops in JB Larkin via Kotaraya Larkin only Bukit Indah via 2nd Link Larkin only Kotaraya only Kotaraya only Kotaraya only Larkin only Price $1. while the Malaysian-operated Causeway Link  buses can only stop at one destination in Singapore.30 $2.30.70 $1.60 $1. At both immigration points. RM1. There's a pattern to the madness: Singaporean-operated buses (SBS.00 $1. more during rush hour.20 $4.10 $1.40 The most popular options to get to/from Johor Bahru are the buses listed in the table.30 $3. Terminals aside. Besides having more options. The downside is the time-consuming hassle of first getting to Johor Bahru and then getting to Larkin terminal on the outskirts of town.
Change to your 'real' seat after crossing the border. The small colonial-era railway station in Tanjong Pagar at the southern edge of the CBD has closed down on 30 June 2011. SeeMalaysia#By train for details about fares and travel classes. $45 one way).Singapore stamps you out. Buy the cheapest ticket you can from Singapore to JB. and all KTMB trains now depart from the Woodlands Train Checkpoint near the Malaysian border. A ticket which costs RM10 in Malaysia will thus cost $10 if bought in Singapore. Trains are clean and fairly efficient. Malaysian immigration checks are carried out on board the trains at Johor Bahru. then your 'real' ticket from JB onward. In the reverse direction. 2. while Malaysian taxis. While normal Singaporean taxis are not allowed to cross into Malaysia and vice versa. This means that immigration formalities go back to normal international practice . you can just sit in the car. There are three ways to avoid paying double: 1. but slower than buses. Kuala LumpurSingapore-Kuala Lumpurwill be charged at the ringgit rate. Note that making a reservation is highly advisable. and the train then heads for Woodlands where Singapore stamps you in. Book your tickets as return tickets from Malaysia. For example. while those bought in Malaysia will be charged in ringgitat a 1:1 rate.sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the "Jungle Railway" between Singapore and Gua Musang (Lambian Timur) or Tumpat (Ekspres Timuran). KTMB tickets in Singapore will be charged in dollars. towards Singapore. Cross the border by road and then board the train at Johor Bahru. can be taken from Rochor Rd ($32 to charter. specially licensed Singaporean taxis permitted to go to the Kotaraya shopping mall (only) can be booked from Johor Taxi Service ☎ +65 62967054. or $8/person if you share with others). Book your tickets online at KTMB's web-site. you can take taxis from Kotaraya to any point in central Singapore ($30) or Changi Airport ($40). which can go anywhere in Malaysia. . the easiest way is to book online. but it has to be done 48 hours in advance. In the reverse direction. 4. then Malaysia stamps you in at Woodlands. The main advantage here is that you do not need to lug your stuff (or yourself) through Customs at both ends. near Kota Bharu in the East Coast of Malaysia. By taxi Singapore is one of the few countries that you can enter or leave by taxi. 3.
Hourly ferries to Batam Centre. . Singapore has four ferry terminals which handle international ferries: HarbourFront (formerly World Trade Centre) near the southern part of the Central Business District. By boat Ferries link Singapore with neighbouring Indonesian province of Riau Islands. Fares are similar to the other companies. while ferries to/from Nongsapura use Tanah Merah FT. 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and Changi FT: No bus stop nearby. Indo Falcon. ☎ +65 62714866 in HarbourFront ☎+62 778 467574 in Batam Centre ☎+62 778 321636 in Sekupang ☎+62 778 381280 in Waterfront City . $16/20 one-way/return before taxes and fuel surcharge. and the Malaysian state ofJohor. Virtually hourly ferries to/from Batam Centre andSekupang. paid to the Singaporean driver. but only a few are available and they charge a steep RM150 per trip. . Sekupang and Waterfront City(Teluk Senimba) use HarbourFront FT. fewer to Waterfront City. Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on the East Coast. at the eastern extremity of the island. ☎ +65 62783167. but you'll need to swap cabs halfway through: this will cost S$50 and up. 2. Advance booking is highly recommended.A combination ride from anywhere in Singapore to anywhere in Malaysia can also be arranged. Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 35 to ferry terminal. Operates 16 trips to/from Batu Ampar. ☎ +65 65468830. ☎ +60 7 5991622. This company does not operate to/from Sekupang. fewer ferries to/from Waterfront City. Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. as well as Changi Ferry Terminal and Changi Point Ferry Terminal. To/from Indonesia To/from Batam: Ferries to/from Batam Centre. Operators at Harbourfront include: Penguin. Batu Ampar (Harbour Bay). Getting to/away from the ferry terminals: HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station. Berlian/Wave Master. Similar fares. take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah walk to the ferry terminal. MRT. The most expensive option is to take a limousine taxi specially licensed to take passengers from any point to any destination.
For Tanjung Pinang. $24/33 one-way/return including taxes and fuel surcharge. $26. For Bintan Resorts (Bandar Bentan Telani). To/from Karimun: Tanjung Balai is served by Penguin and IndoFalcon from Harbourfront. . . $34. ☎ +65 65468830 in Tanah Merah. 51 Lorong Bekukong.20 one-way/return peak period. a . ☎ +65 65452305. To/From Malaysia Ferries shuttle from Singapore to southeastern Johor and are handy for access to the beach resort of Desaru. +62 778 3250856 in Sekupang ☎ +62 778 381150 in Waterfront City.20 one-way/return off-peak including taxes and fuel surcharge. Bintan Resort Ferries. $25/35 oneway/return before taxes and surcharges. Around 8 ferries daily to/from Nongsa.60/50. At Tanah Merah: Dino/Batam Fast. Indo Falcon. and Pengerang. there are total of 6 ferries a day. Operators include: Dino/Batam Fast. Penguin. To/from Bintan: All ferries for Bintan use Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. $16/22 one-way/return before taxes and surcharges. increasing to 8 during weekends. $14/20 one-way/return before taxes and surcharges. ☎ +65 65427105 in Tanah Merah ☎+62 771 315143 in Tanjung Pinang ☎ +62 770 696120 in Lobam.60/39. ☎ +65 65426310 in Tanah Merah. Scheduled ferry service to Tioman was discontinued in 2003. increasing to 7 during weekends.  operates five ferries from Tanah Merah FT on weekdays. the resort area on the northeastern tip of Batam. fewer ferries to/from Sekupang and Waterfront City. Pengerang: Bumboats shuttle between Changi Point Ferry Terminal at Changi Village. Also hourly ferries to/from Batam Centre. .  Berlian/Wave Master. Dino/Batam Fast. ☎ +65 62700311 in Singapore ☎ +62 778 761071 in Nongsa. ☎ +65 65426786 in Tanah Merah. with six ferries total on weekdays. ☎+65 62700311 in Harbourfront ☎ +62 778 467793. increasing to 9 during weekends. . +65 65451616. +62 778 470344 in Batam Centre ☎ +62 778 325085. ☎ +65 65424369.
Boats ($10 per person. The previous car ferry service has been suspended. Desaru: Ferries to/from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal operated by Indo Falcon. but common destinations includeMalacca. China. Cruises Star Cruises  offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia. Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand. Europe and North America. Desaru: Cruise Ferries ☎ +65 65468518. departing from HarbourFront FT. Redang and Tioman in Malaysia. $48(A)/38(C) return including taxes and fuel surcharge. Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong. Check with cruise companies and sellers for details.Krabi. Langkawi. ☎ +65 65426786 in Tanah Merah. An all-inclusive 2 night cruise may cost as little as $400 per person in the cheapest cabin class if you book early. Three ferries daily except Tue. departures at 10AM. as well as Phuket. 5PM and 8PM. Australia. Get around . while others pay port visits.Sihanoukville (Cambodia).village at the southeastern tip of Johor. Singapore is also a popular stop for round-the-world and major regional cruises including those originating from as far as Japan. Itineraries vary widely and change from year to year. There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia). Sebana Cove Resort. +65 65468675. but beware the numerous surcharges and note that non-residents may be charged significantly higher rates. . $2 per bicycle one-way) operate between 7 AM and 7 PM and leave when they reach the 12-passenger quota. Many of those cruises embark/disembark passengers here. Klang (Kuala Lumpur). Tanjung Belungkor. Penang. Operates passenger ferries from Changi Ferry Terminal three times daily. $22 return.
and the card can be "topped up" in increments of at least $10 at the farecard vending machines or 7-Eleven stores. .MRT system map Getting around Singapore is fairly easy: the public transportation system is relatively easy to use and taxis are reasonably priced when you can get one.sg does a pretty good job of figuring out the fastest route by MRT and bus and even estimating taxi fares between any two points. Those who are familiar with Hong Kong's Octopus card. they can be exchanged for free with value intact at TransitLink offices in all MRT stations. including $7 stored value. and in the case of buses it delays everyone else because the driver has to count fare stages to tell you how much you need to pay. but if you have any old cards lying around. but you need to a travel a lot to make this alone pay off. the EZ-linkcontactless RFID farecard or aNets Flash Pay card might be a worthwhile purchase. Alternatively. You can store value on it and use it on the MRT trains as well as all city buses at a 15% discount. the Singapore Tourist Pass  available at selected major MRT stations (including Changi Airport and Orchard) also includes ez-link card functionality and a variety of discounts for attractions. but it's a hassle. London Underground's Oyster card or Japan Railway's IC cards will quickly understand the concept of the EZ-link and Nets Flash Pay card. Single tickets can be purchased for both MRT and buses. Very few visitors rent cars. The card technology was changed in 2009. If you are staying in Singapore for some time. You can use the same card for 5 years. Prices start at $8 a day for unlimited travel on MRT and buses. The card costs $12. Gothere.
Single-trip tickets cost from $0. even if the lines are operated by different transport companies. All lines are seamlessly integrated. Underground stations have platform doors between the train and the platform so there is no risk of falling onto the . All train lines use contactless RFID tickets. with a 45-minute allowance between each transfer Take at most 2 hours to complete a journey Enter and exit the train network only once in a journey and Do not take the same bus service number more than once in a journey By rail The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and LRT (Light Rail Transit) are trains that are the main trunk of Singapore's transit system. so you do not need to buy a new ticket to transfer.Distance based fares have been introduced since July 2010 to further integrate Singapore's public transport fare structure. They are a cheap and very reliable mode of transportation.80 to $2 plus a $1 refundable deposit. Just tap to scan your train ticket at the gantry when entering and exiting the train service area. Distance based fares Please remember these points to enjoy full benefits of distance based fares: Pay with an EZ-Link or NETS Flashpay stored value card Make at most 5 transfers within a single journey. The MRT stations are clean and usually equipped with free toilets. Fares are now computed on a journey basis. All commuters will be charged a fare according to the total distance traveled. just insert your used ticket into the ticketing machine to get your dollar back. and make transfers without incurring additional cost. LRT and MRT. and the network covers most points of interest for the visitor. EZ-link or Nets FlashPay farecards (described above) are the easiest and most popular ways to use the MRT. on the bus. without a boarding charge being imposed for every transfer trip that makes up the journey.
with seven lines running every 20 min. Dishonest bus commuters risk getting fine $20 for not paying or underpaying fares (by premature tapping-out) and $50 for improper use of concession cards. After midnight on Fri. and a maximum fare is deducted from the card. Mohamed Sultan and Orchard before splintering off. Clarke Quay. Sat and before public holidays only. By taxi Taxicabs use meters and are reasonably priced and honest. Make sure you tap out. If you are in a group of 3 or 4. The advantage though of this is you get to see the sights rather than a dark underground tunnel at a low price. When you alight. trips within the city center should not cost you more than $10 and even a trip right across the island from Changi to Jurong will not break the $35 mark. but are slower and harder to use than the MRT. As mentioned earlier. as is the new Circle Line and all upcoming lines. You can pay cash (coins) in buses. you are charged marginally more and there is no provision for getting change. however. the NightRider  services are a fairly convenient way of getting around. so it's worth walking up to the front of the train to look out a tiny window and realize that there is no driver! By bus Buses connect various corners of Singapore. however. All services drive past the major nightlife districts of Boat Quay. Another advantage of ez-link or Nets Flashpay cards is that you will be able to enjoy distance-based fares and avoid the boarding fee. that taxis are often remarkably difficult to secure. or you'll end up paying the maximum fare! Inspectors occasionally prowl buses to check that everybody has paid or tapped. Payment with ezlink or Nets Flashpay card is thus the easiest method: tap your card against the reader at the front entrance of the bus when boarding. Be aware. so those who are on tourist day passes should tap before sitting down. tap your card again at the exit. Outside weekday peak hours. During these times it can be impossible to get through to a booking agent via telephone. or when there is inclement weather. but the fare stage system is quite complex (it's easiest to ask the driver for the price to your destination). especially during peak commute or shopping hours.sg will give you options as to which busses will take you from your origin or destination.00. Gothere. The North-East line is fully automated. it's sometimes cheaper and faster to take a taxi than the MRT.tracks. EZ-link accepted. and the difference is refunded. Flat fare $4. a shortage of taxis in Singapore means that they are often unavailable for hours at a time. and you can expect extended .
will probably lose their job if caught. Despite the costs involved. taxis may sometimes take you to distant locations outside the CBD faster than mass transport. All such charges are shown on the bottom right-hard corner of the meter. in practice many cabbies do not accept electronic payment. trips from airport or the IRs ($3-$5 during peak hours). it's wise to call for a taxi from the unified booking system at ☎ +65 6342 5222 (6-DIAL-CAB). you may on occasion be approached by touts offering a quick flat fare to your destination. In the Central Business District. This is illegal and very expensive but reasonably safe for you. (Drivers. Some cabbies may also ask you which route you want to take. Paying by credit card will incur an additional surcharge of 17%. late night (50%). An airport trip from downtown may take less than 20 mins on a cab but more than 30 mins on an MRT. on the other hand. (The sole exception is SMRT's giant black Chryslers. most are satisfied with "whichever way is faster". central business district ($3).) Some Singapore taxi drivers have very poor geographical knowledge and may expect you to know where they should go. By trishaw . During rush hour in the city center. public holiday ($1) and Electronic Road Pricing surcharges. if you suspect the cabbie is trying to pull a fast one. Note that there is no surcharge for trips to the airport. or late at night on the weekends. taxis may pick up passengers only at taxi stands (found outside any shopping mall) or buildings with their own driveways (including virtually all hotels). you're free to hail taxis on the street or call one to your doorstep. so it may be helpful to bring a map of your destination area or directions on finding where you wish to go. Always ask before getting in.20 per 330 m (after the first 10 km).30 per 385 m. Taxi pricing is largely identical across all companies at $2.) Watch out for surprises though: there are a myriad of peak hour (35%). While all taxis are equipped to handle (and are required to accept) credit cards. There is a puzzling lack of action to address this persistent and frustrating taxi shortage. Outside the centre. recorded in the printed receipt and explained in tedious detail in a sticker on the window. which may add a substantial amount to your taxi fare.50 and up).00 as a flag down rate (depending on the type of vehicle used). which lasts you 1 km before increments of $0.waits in taxi queues. phone booking ($2. which charge $5 and then $0.20 per 385 m (for the first 10 km) or $0. such as Clarke Quay.80-3. call the company and ask for an explanation. At night spots featuring long queues.
Bumboats also shuttle passengers from Changi Village to Pulau Ubin ($2. By Bumboat sailing on the Singapore River past the Esplanade Theatres Tourist-oriented bumboats cruise theSingapore River. You will usually be looking at upwards for $100 per day for the smallest vehicle from the major rental companies.50 one-way). Roads in Singapore are in excellent condition and driving habits are generally good with most people following the traffic rules due to stringent enforcement. although local ones can be cheaper and there are sometimes good weekend prices available. three-wheeled bicycle taxis. This also avoids the unwelcome extra attention that Singapore plates tend to get from thieves and greedy cops. offering point-to-point rides starting from $3 and cruises with nice views of the CBD skyscraper skyline starting from $13. Geared purely for tourists. and you have the option of dropping your car off elsewhere in the country. it makes much more sense to head across the border to Johor Bahru. they should be avoided for serious travel as locals do not use them. If planning on touring Malaysia by car. There is little room for bargaining: short rides will cost $10-20 and an hour's sightseeing charter about $50 per person. This does not include gas at around $1. haunt the area around the Singapore River and Chinatown. though road courtesy . a small island off Singapore's northeast coast which is about as close as Singapore gets to unhurried rural living. where both rentals and petrol are half price. and you'll usually need to pay extra to drive to Malaysia.Trishaws.80/litre or electronic road pricing (ERP) fees. By car Car rental is not a popular option in Singapore.
taxis. which is usually arranged by the rental agency. Drink-driving is not tolerated: the maximum blood alcohol content is 0. it's hardly necessary.e. ERP payments require a stored-value CashCard. you can still be charged with drink driving if the police are convinced that your ability to control the vehicle has been compromised by the presence of alcohol (i. although peak hour congestion can be quite severe. Buses. If stopped for a traffic offense. don't even think about trying to bribe your way out. You will need to pay an administrative fee in addition to the difference between the remaining amount and the actual charge. ubiquitous public transport. By bicycle Using bicycles as a substitute for public transportation is possible. parking spaces are comparatively easier to find in the city centre of Singapore. While the city is small and its landscape is flat. By thumb Hitchhiking is virtually unheard of in Singapore. Foreign licenses in English are valid in Singapore for up to a year from your date of entry. The ubiquitous road works around Singapore can also make cycling more hazardous when temporary road surfaces are not kept safe for biking. . who are heavily fined and possibly jailed. All passengers must wear seatbelts and using a phone while driving is banned. Compared to other major cities around the world like Sydney. The police do conduct periodic roadblocks and speed cameras are omnipresent. Even if your blood alcohol level does not exceed the legal limit. Tokyo or Hong Kong. The speed limit is only 90 km/h on expressways and 60 km/h on other roads. and given the size of the country and its cheap. with roadblocks set up at night to catch offenders. Foreign licenses not in English must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an official English translation (usually available from your embassy) for them to be valid. if you get involved in an accident). but it's your responsibility to ensure it has enough value. although there's little bicycling culture and amenities like bike lanes or bike racks are a rarity. after which you will have to convert your foreign license to a Singapore one. Passing through an ERP gantry with insufficient value will mean that alert is sent to your registered address. You have a limited time to settle this otherwise your penalty becomes heavier. Singaporeans drive on the left (UK style) and the driving age is 18. who will then pass on the cost with a surcharge. Fines will be sent by mail to you or your rental agency. it can be difficult to predict how rideable a route will be without scoping it out first.08%. and motorists stopping to drop off or pick up passengers rarely check for cyclists before merging back onto the roadway. which makes certain routes especially treacherous.tends to be sorely lacking.
There are few bike lanes in Singapore. but large bicycles are a no-no. air quality plummets even further. and frequently are obstructed by trash cans and plantings. Little India or Bugis. Classic walks in Singapore include walking down the river from the Merlion through the Quays. who often pass uncomfortably close to cyclists. pedestrians can be frustrated by narrow and poorly-maintained sidewalks that often jump from one side of the street to the other or just disappear. sidewalks and pedestrian crossings are in good shape and plentiful. cafes. According to Singapore's LTA. so bring along a handkerchief and a bottle of water. In 2008 22 cyclists were killed on Singapore roadways. evenings can also be comparatively cool. Drivers are mindful of marked crossing zones. Alternatively. 19. Air quality can also be a problem. Jaywalking is illegal and punished with fines of $25 and up to three months in jail. and none in the city center. is the tropical heat and humidity. It's best to get an early start. When the thick smoke from Indonesian fires descends on Singapore. On foot Singapore is generally fairly 'pedestrian-friendly'. pop into air-conditioned shops. but are not allowed on expressways. An unavoidable downside.5M Matters" seems to have little effect on the driving habits of Singaporians. Singapore has more than 178. even though by law any accident between a pedestrian and a vehicle is presumed to be the driver's fault.portable traffic barriers make it hard for vehicles to see cyclists. In the main business district and on main roadways. though. and museums to cool off. In residential areas of Singapore. and construction crews directing traffic are unsure of how to deal with cyclists on the roadway. and trucks. The 2010 campaign. Small folding bicycles may be taken on the MRT during certain times of the day. Bicycles may cross the Causeway to Malaysia (on motorbike lanes). but are less likely be aware or respectful of pedestrians crossing at streetcorners on less busy streets where crosswalks are not marked. buses. and plan on heading back to the shopping mall or hotel pool before noon.000 diesel diesel powered cars. Talk . which leaves many visitors sweaty and exhausted. after sundown. According to the Singapore "Ride of Silence" two cyclists are hit by motor vehicles every day in Singapore. taxis. which can make biking on Singapore's crowded roads very unpleasant. "1. and in 2009. trekking along the Southern Ridges Walk or just strolling around Chinatown.
especially the Liang Court shopping mall. on Orchard Rd Indonesians: City Plaza. Malay and Tamil as well as English words whose pronunciation or meaning have been corrupted. on North Bridge Rd Filipinos: Lucky Plaza. and has an odd way of structuring sentences. Mandarin and Tamil). spoken by almost every Singaporean under the age of 50 with varying degrees of fluency. on Beach Rd Malay may be enshrined in the Constitution as the 'national' language. plus Cuppage Plaza. but there are plenty of other communities with their own little neighborhoods (or shopping malls) in Singapore: Arabs: Arab Street. near Paya Lebar MRT Japanese: Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay. Malay. Malays and Indians — get all the press. due to the original speakers being mostly Chinese. However. except for mother tongue subjects (e. as it incorporates slang words and phrases from other languages. including various Chinese dialects. articles and plurals . In addition.Who are the people in your neighborhood? The Big 3 — Chinese. but in practice the most common language is English. Complex consonant clusters are simplified. the distinctive local patois Singlish may be hard to understand at times. usually using British spelling. all official signs and documents are written in English.g. English is also the medium of instruction in schools. opposite the Somerset MRT and Takashimaya along Orchard Road Koreans: Tanjong Pagar Rd Thais: Golden Mile Complex. of course Burmese: Peninsula Plaza. English is spoken much better here than in most Asian neighbours. which are also required to be learned in school by Singaporeans.
Try to resist the temptation to sprinkle your speech with unnecessary Singlishisms: you'll get a laugh if you do it right. however. it's best to start off with standard English and shift to simplified pidgin only if it becomes evident that the other person cannot follow you. Various Chinese dialects (mostly Hokkien. such as Punjabi among the Sikhs. the older generations still prefer the traditional style. and the popularity of Hong Kong and Taiwanese pop culture means that even the youth can usually read traditional Chinese. though all Singaporean Chinese are taught standard Mandarin in school. are also spoken.Dunwan lah. verb tenses are replaced by adverbs. though significant numbers also speak Teochew and Cantonese) are also spoken between ethnic Chinese of the same dialect group. English: Do you want a beer? -. dring five bottle oreddi. questions are altered to fit the Chinese syntax and semirandom particles (especially the infamous "lah") appear: Singlish: You wan beer or not? -.No. Wikipedia's Singlish  article goes into obsessive and occasionally impenetrable grammatical detail. Other Indian languages. However. Singapore's other official languages are Mandarin Chinese and Tamil. To avoid unintentional offense. the Mandarin spoken in Singapore has also evolved into a distinctive creole and often incorporates words from other Chinese dialects. [add listing]See . Like English.disappear. As such. Mandarin is spoken by most younger Singaporean Chinese while Tamil is spoken by most Indians. I've already had five bottles. though their use has been declining in the younger generation since the 1980s due to government policies discouraging the use of dialects in favour of Mandarin. thanks. but the sections on vocabulary and abbreviations  are handy. but it sounds patronizing if you do it wrong. The official Chinese script used in Singapore is the simplified script used in mainland China. Malay and English. capable of speaking what the government calls "good English" when necessary. all official publications (including local newspapers) and signs are in simplified Chinese and all ethnic Chinese are taught to write the simplified script in school. Thanks to nationwide language education campaigns. most younger Singaporeans are.
.Map of central Singapore. Other beaches can be found on theEast Coast. Broadly speaking: Beaches and tourist resorts: Head to one of the three beaches on Sentosa or its southern islands. with outlines of detailed region maps Sights in Singapore are covered in more detail under the various districts.
City parks full of locals jogging or doing tai chi can be found everywhere. where Buddhism. the colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown. $5 for adult admission and $2 for leafy vegetables and food pellets. Culture and cuisine: SeeChinatown for Chinese treats.Little India for Indian flavors. the psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier and the stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street.Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience or theEast Coast for delicious seafood. while skyscrapers are clustered around the Singapore River. easily divisible into bite-size chunks. Nature and wildlife: Popular tourist attractions Singapore Zoo. but also check out Bugis and Marina Bay to see where Singaporeans shop. History and museums: The Bras Basah area east ofOrchard and north of theSingapore River is Singapore's colonial core. including the famous chilli and black pepper crab. Taoism. Night Safari. is a flashback to the rural Singapore of yesteryear. Islam and even Judaism all exist in sizeable numbers. Sikhism. Also check out the tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town for a great afternoon with these wonderful creatures. Skyscrapers and shopping: The heaviest shopping mall concentration is in Orchard Road. Jurong Bird Park and the Botanical Gardens are all in the North and West. Hinduism. an island off theChangi Village in the east.Pulau Ubin. culture and shopping in Singapore. Christianity. Highlights of the trail includes a 36 m high Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge providing a stunning view of the sea beyond the jungle. Finding "real" nature is a little harder. but the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (located in the same district as the zoo) has more plant species than that in the whole of North America. . Baha'i faith. Itineraries Three days in Singapore — A three-day sampler set of food. Places of worship: Don't miss this aspect of Singapore. with historical buildings and museums. Southern Ridges Walk — An easy scenic 9 km stroll through the hills and jungles of southern Singapore. Particularly worth visiting include: the vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery near Ang Mo Kio. Religious sites can be easily visited and welcome non-followers outside of service times.
On the upside.If you plan to go out during the day time. For watersports in particular.Singaporeans love to wear flip-flops.Henderson Waves Travel Tips If you are traveling to Singapore. Sweater . but beware . Umbrella . it is advisable to apply sun block as it is mostly sunny throughout the year. Be sure to carry a pair. though usually this is a welcome relief from the heat.as there is some precipitation throughout the year. just to blend in. and they often arrange weekend . the rain does not last long (usually). scuba diving.Be sure to carry an umbrella in your luggage.Singapore can get real warm. Shorts/Half Pants . However.in some formal establishments (e. even ice skating and snow skiing — due to the country's small size your options are rather limited and prices are relatively high. Do note that some places of worship may require visitors to dress conservatively. Try sandals if you're not used to flip flops. sandals. and most locals head up to Tioman (Malaysia) or Bintan (Indonesia) instead. the busy shipping lanes and sheer population pressure mean that the sea around Singapore is murky.Singapore is usually bright and sunny. Sun block . or shorts are allowed.g. it is advisable to carry some light clothing. there is an abundance of dive shops in Singapore. catching a show at Esplanade) no flip flops. [add listing]Do While you can find a place to practice nearly any sport in Singapore — golfing.the malls and museums' air conditioning can get cold. surfing. be sure to carry the following: Sun Glasses . Although air-conditioning is available in all public transports and almost all internal areas. Flip-flops .
trips to good dive sites off the East Coast of Malaysia, so they are a good option for accessing some of Malaysia's not-so touristy dive sites. Culture
Esplanade Theatres by the Bay
On the cultural side of things, Singapore has been trying to shake off its boring, buttoneddown reputation and attract more artists and performances, with mixed success. The star in Singapore's cultural sky is the Esplanade theatre in Marina Bay, a world-class facility for performing arts and a frequent stage for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Pop culture options are more limited and Singapore's home-grown arts scene remains rather moribund, although local starlets Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin have had some success in the Chinese pop scene. On the upside, any bands and DJs touring Asia are pretty much guaranteed to perform in Singapore. Going to the movies is a popular Singaporean pastime, but look for "R21" ratings (21 and up only) if you like your movies with fewer cuts. The big three theatre chains are Cathay , Golden Village  and Shaw Brothers . Censorship continues to throttle the local film scene, but Jack Neo's popular comedies showcase the foibles of Singaporean life. In summer, don't miss the yearly Singapore Arts Festival . Advance tickets for almost any cultural event can be purchased from SISTIC , either online or from any of their numerous ticketing outlets, including the Singapore Visitor Centre on Orchard Rd. Gambling
Singapore has two integrated resorts with casinos. Marina Bay Sands at Marina Bay is the larger and swankier of the two, while Resorts World Sentosa at Sentosa aims for a more family-friendly experience. While locals (citizens and permanent residents) have to pay $100/day to get in, foreign visitors can enter for free. Besides the casino, there are other forms of legalised betting which are more accessible to the locals. This includes horse racing, which is run by the Singapore Turf Club on weekends, as well as football (soccer) betting and several lotteries run by the Singapore Pools. Mahjong is also a popular pastime in Singapore. The version played in Singapore is similar to the Cantonese version, but it also has extra "animal tiles" not present in the original Cantonese version. However, this remains pretty much a family and friends affair, and there are no mahjong parlours. Golf Despite its small size, Singapore has a surprisingly large number of golf courses, but most of the best ones are run by private clubs and open to members and their guests only. The main exceptions are the Sentosa Golf Club , the famously challenging home of the Barclays Singapore Open, and the Marina Bay Golf Course , the only 18-hole public course. See the Singapore Golf Association  for the full list; alternatively, head to the nearby Indonesian islands of Batam or Bintan or up north to the Malaysian town ofMalacca for cheaper rounds. Races
F1 Singapore Grand Prix
The inaugural F1 Singapore Grand Prix  was held at night in September 2008, and will be a fixture on the local calendar until at least 2012. Held on a street circuit in the heart of Singapore and raced at night, all but race fans will probably wish to avoid this time, as hotel prices especially room with view of the F1 tracks are through the roof. Tickets start from $150 but the thrilling experience of night race is definitely unforgettable for all F1 fans and photo buffs. Besides being a uniquely night race, the carnival atmosphere and pop concert held around the race ground as well as the convenience of hotels and restaurants round the corner, distinguish the race from other F1 races held remotely away from urban centers. The Singapore Turf Club in Kranji hosts horse races most Fridays, including a number of international cups, and is popular with local gamblers. The Singapore Polo Club near Balestier is also open to the public on competition days. Spas Singapore has recently been experiencing a spa boom, and there is now plenty of choice for everything from holistic Ayurveda to green tea hydrotherapy. However, prices aren't as rock-bottom as in neighbors Indonesia and Thailand, and you'll generally be looking at upwards of $70 even for a plain one-hour massage. Good spas can be found in most 5 star hotels and on Orchard, and Sentosa's Spa Botanica also has a good reputation. There are
and "health centres". accessible for an entrance fee of $1-1. For those who feel richer. which are mostly legitimate. facials. cycle. on the East Coast): after the swim. A favorite of flight crew and repeat tourists due to the lower costs as compared to the sky high prices of other salons along the shopping belt. They just come from nearby housing complexes for a few hours to chill out. wakeboarding. head to theJurong East Swimming Complex where you get the wave pool. The Sentosa island also has three white sandy beaches. some of the better looking ones actually charge less. original architecture of the houses that really rich Singaporeans live in. visit the Wild Wild Wet water theme park with $16 and get yourself wet with various exciting water slides and powerful tidal wave pool. windsurfing. Water Sports Besides the more regular water sports such as waterskiing. and are located near the MRT station they're named after.. tennis courts etc. Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. . It is a popular getaways for Singaporeans to swim. which are mostly not. each with its own distinct characteristics – Siloso Beach. canoeing and etc. The Singapore Sports Council maintains a list of pools .also numerous shops offering traditional Chinese massage. Some of the visitors don't swim at all. When looking for beauty salons on Orchard Road. For those who don't like pools. They offer most salon services like manicures.50. They are all open-air 50 m pools (some facilities even feature up to three 50 m pools). Swimming Forget your tiny hotel pool if you are into competitive or recreational swimming: Singapore is paradise for swimmers with arguably the highest density of public pools in the world. stroll through the villa neighbourhood directly in front of the pool entrance and have at look at the luxurious. read and relax in the sun. Shop around for prices. Perhaps the best is in Katong (111 Wilkinson Road. barbecue and do many other sports activities. Most are open daily from 8AM-9PM. If you get bored with regular swimming pools. water slides and Jacuzzi at an insanely affordable entrance fee of $1. head out to the beaches. most of which are part of a larger sports complex with gym. waxing and hair services. The East Coast Park has a scenic coastline that stretches over 15 km. Singapore also offers water sports fans trendy activities such as cableSkiing and wave surfing in specially created environments. and all feature a small cafe. Just imagine swimming your lanes in the tropical night with lit up palm trees surrounding the pool. pedicures. try out the ones on the fourth floor of Lucky Plaza.50 on weekdays and $2 on weekends.
$0.10 (silver). and is officially frowned upon by the government. US$ to stand for US Dollar). ATMs are ubiquitous in Singapore and credit cards are widely accepted (although some shops may levy a 3% surcharge. $1000 (purple) and $10000 (gold). $0. it means it includes all taxes and service charges. [add listing]Buy All coins and a $2 note.20 (silver). abbreviated SGD. divided into 100 cents. There are coins of $0. $50 (blue). so don't be too surprised if you get a Brunei note as change.S$ or just $ (as used throughout this guide). When you see NETT.99++. Taxis will usually return your change to the last cent. Visitors can escape from the hot and humid tropical weather to play with snow or even learn to ski and snowboard with internationally certified professional instructors. Travelers checks are generally not accepted by retailers. but can be cashed at most exchange booths. $0. $5 (green). . sunny Singapore still has a permanent indoor snow centre — Snow City offers visitors to the region a chance to experience winter. You can safely assume that the '$' sign used in the island-nation refers to SGD unless it includes other initials (e. and taxis a whopping 15%). The Singaporean currency is the Singapore dollar. Restaurants often display prices like $19. or round in your favor if they can't be bothered to dig for change. $10 (red). eZ-Link and Nets Flash Pay cards are accepted in some convenience stores and fast food chains.g.Snow Sports While obviously not the best place on Earth for skiing. $100 (orange). The Brunei dollar is pegged at par with the Singapore dollar and the two currencies can be used interchangeably in both countries. which means that service charge (10%) and sales tax (7%) are not included and will be added to your bill. plus bills of $2 (purple). although bellhops still expect $2 or so per bag. Tipping is generally not practised in Singapore.50 (silver) and $1 (gold).05 (gold).
For large amounts. prices in Singapore are about twice as high as in Malaysia and Thailand and 3-5 times as high as in Indonesia and the Philippines. an average 34 star hotel in the city centre would typically cost anywhere from $100-$300 per night for a basic room. Shopping Cheated? Ripped off by a shop? Give the Singapore Tourism Board's free hotline at 1800 7362000. Accommodation is a little pricier. . Budget travellers should note that Singapore is much more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia and should budget accordingly if planning to spend time in Singapore. Rates at the airport are not as good as in the city. their rates are often terrible. Costs Singapore is expensive by Asian standards but cheap for visitors from most industrialised countries: $50 is a perfectly serviceable daily backpacker budget if you are willing to cut some corners.Currency exchange booths can be found in every shopping mall and usually offer better rates. with excellent hawker food available for under $5 for a generous serving. but a bed in a hostel can cost less than $20. The huge 24 hr operation at Mustafa in Little Indiaaccepts almost any currency at very good rates. ask for a quote. In general. Food in particular is a steal. better opening hours and much faster service than banks. and the most luxurious hotels on the island (except maybe the Raffles) can be yours for $300 with the right discounts during the off-peak season. The Small Claims Tribunal at 1 Havelock Sq also has a special expedited process for tourists that can solve simple cases within 24 hours. though you would probably wish to double that for comfort. as do the fiercely competitive small shops at the aptly named Change Alley next to Raffles Place MRT. and while many department stores accept major foreign currencies. as it will often get you a better rate than displayed on the board.
While you won't find any bazaars with dirt-cheap local handicrafts (in fact. which means that Singapore has an abundance of shopping malls. Many stores along the shopping belt of Orchard Road and Scotts Road now offer late night shopping on the last Friday of every month with over 250 retailers staying open till midnight. . when shopping centres pull out all stops to attract punters. goods are generally of reasonably good quality and shopkeepers are generally quite honest due to strong consumer protection laws. Most stores are open 7 days a week from 10AM-10PM. Singapore's computing and electronics mecca Shopping is second only to eating as a national pastime. usually held in June-July. virtually everything sold in Singapore is made elsewhere). Keep an eye out for the Great Singapore Sale .Sim Lim Square. and low taxes and tariffs on imports coupled with huge volume mean that prices are usually very competitive. 365 days a year. although smaller operations (particularly those outside shopping malls) close earlier — 7PM is common — and perhaps on Sundays as well. Mustafa in Little India is open 24 hours a day.
As elsewhere. and many camera stores in Singapore (particularly those in Lucky Plaza and Sim Lim Square) have a reputation for fleecing unwary tourists. However. but lesser mortals run a risk of getting ripped off and . and Page One at Vivocity are amongst the largest bookstores in Singapore. Clothes. Computers: Sim Lim Square (near Little India) is great for the hardcore geek who really knows what he's after. tailored: Virtually all hotels have a tailor shop attached. Antiques: The second floor of the Tanglin Shopping Centre on Orchard and the shops on South Bridge Rd in Chinatown are good options if looking for the real thing (or high-quality reproductions). the bookshops at the National University of Singapore has the best prices on the island. Then go to the downtown shops and compare prices/ packages to see which shop will give you value for money. up to 80% off compared to prices in the West. Clothes. Books: Borders at Wheelock Place and Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City. will charge at least $120. hip and cost-conscious. The best way is to know what you are looking for and then when you arrive. there are no great bargains to be had. drop by the shops at the airport's transit area and take a look at the price and check with them whether they have any promotions. while Singapore's best-known tailor. Cameras: Peninsula Plaza near City Hall has Singapore's best selection of camera shops. and touting tailors are a bit of a nuisance in Chinatown. Clothes. youth: Most of Bugis is dedicated to the young. both onOrchard. high-street: Ion. notably Far East Plaza and the top floor of the Heeren. Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya) and Paragon on Orchard have the heaviest concentration of branded boutiques. The basements of both Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City also have loads of options for the young. where you may attempt to bargain if you are buying a lot. Many second-hand bookstores are located in Far East Plaza and Bras Basah Complex. For university textbooks. Prices vary widely: a local shop using cheap fabrics can do a shirt for $40. also target the same market but prices are generally higher. you'll get what you pay for and will get poor quality if you don't have the time for multiple fittings or the skill to check what you're getting. CYC the Custom Shop  at the Raffles Hotel. Some spots ofOrchard.
For any purchases. but for specialties. pirated goods are not openly on sale and importing them to the city-state carries heavy fines. remember that Singapore uses 230V voltage with a British-style three-pin plug. Australian retailer Harvey Norman also has many stores scattered throughout Singapore. transistors. the $30 membership card may pay off. Takashimaya's basement (Orchard) has lots of small quirky shops and makes for a more interesting browse. Jason's Marketplace in the basement of Raffles City and Tanglin Market Place at Tanglin Mall (both on Orchard) are some of Singapore's best-stocked gourmet supermarkets. Check out the massive Harvey Norman Mega Superstore at Millenia Walk. You can find most common electronic components (such as breadboards. with a vast array of imported products. Electronic components: For do-it-yourself people and engineers. the largest and most central being on the 6th floor of Funan. with eight locations across the island. Fakes: Unlike most South-East Asian countries. Fabrics: Arab Street and Little India have a good selection of imported and local fabrics like batik. Ethnic knick-knacks: Chinatown has Singapore's heaviest concentration of glow-in-the-dark Merlion soap dispensers and ethnic gewgaws. Fake goods are nevertheless not difficult to find in Little India. Challenger  is a local chain that provides a great one-stop option for computer and other electronic (but mostly computer) products. or risk getting ripped off. Consumer electronics: Very competitively priced in Singapore. near Little India. Funan IT Mall (Riverside#Buy|Riverside). Sim Lim Square and Mustafa (Little India) are good choices. Avoid the tourist-oriented shops on Orchard Road. or even in the underpasses of Orchard Road.are better off shopping at Funan IT Mall. For Malay and Indian stuff. particularly the notorious Lucky Plaza. the best places to shop are Geylang Serai and Little India respectively. mostly but not entirely Chinese and nearly all imported from somewhere else. various IC's. Food: Local supermarkets Cold Storage and NTUC Fairprice are ubiquitous. etc. Bugis. a wide variety of electronic components and associated tools can be found at Sim Lim Tower (opposite Sim Lim Square). If you plan on buying a lot.) and bargain for larger quantities as well. For a .
Europe or Australia. Do note. North America. Mobile phones: Very competitively priced in Singapore due to high consumer volume. One of the better Gramophone locations is at Ngee Ann City in B2. however. Games sold for the local market are generally in English. and prices are usually cheaper than in the West. Taiwan. available throughout the country both used and new. so they can be used anywhere. Phones are never SIM locked. Numerous branches are scattered across the CBD and Orchard Road. South Korea. Gramophone. and though some games imported from Hong Kong or Taiwan would be in Chinese. seek out any neighborhood wet market. provides much better prices on CDs and has an interesting selection. like Little India's Tekka Market. Hi-fi stereos: The Adelphi (Riverside) has Singapore's best selection of audiophile shops. smaller outlet in the CityLink mall linking Raffles City and Suntec City Mall. however. Hong Kong etc. and many shops will allow you to "trade in" an older phone to offset the cost of a new one.). Music: The HMV at Somerset 313 (Orchard) is Singapore's largest music store. that Singapore's official region code is NTSC-J (together with Japan.more Singaporean (and much cheaper) shopping experience. Games: Video and PC games are widely available in Singapore. Marine sports: Many of the shophouses opposite The Concourse on Beach Rd in Bugis sell fishing and scuba diving gear. which means that games sold may not be compatible with consoles in mainland China. Pretty in pink: Peranakan tea set with dragon-phoenix motif . with a second.
seems to consist of nothing but sports goods shops. especially the distinctive pastel-colored ceramics. but is rather more upmarket. Watches: High-end watches are very competitively priced. For purchases of over $100 per day per participating shop. Martial arts equipment is surprisingly hard to find. may be fading but their colorful clothing and artwork. Tea: Chinatown's Yue Hwa (2nd floor) is unbeatable for both price and variety. [add listing]Eat This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one. but modern replicas are quite affordable. Do bargain! Expect to get 4050% off the price from the shops in Orchard for the same items. English tea is also widely available around Orchard Road. or Malay-Chinese. you may be able to get a refund of your 7% GST at Changi Airport or Seletar Airport. You can also find foreigner-sized sporty clothing and shoes here. See Singapore Customs for the full scoop. Velocity in Novena is also devoted to sports goods. although most of the clothing shops around Pagoda Street in Chinatown sell basic silk taiji/wushu uniforms. Sports goods: Queensway Shopping Centre. but the process is a bit of a bureaucratic hassle. Note that if you plan to buy weapons such as swords. Ngee Ann City (Orchard) has dedicated stores from the likes of Piaget and Cartier. Peranakan goods: The Peranakan. are still widely available. The largest selection and best prices can be found in Katong on the East Coast. off Alexandra Rd and rather off the beaten track (take a cab). as well as several other standalone shops. including soft drink: Budget Mid-range Under $10 $10-30 . while Millenia Walk (Marina Bay) features the Cortina Watch Espace retailing 30 brands from Audemars Piguet to Patek Philippe. most notably at Marks and Spencer in Centrepoint. but Time for Tea in Lucky Plaza (Orchard) is also a good option. Antiques are expensive. you have to apply for a permit from the local police (around $10) to get your weaponry out of the country.
If eating in a group. a unique mix of Malay. all visitors to Singapore smart enough to ask for them at any tourist information desk received coupons for free chilli crab.Splurge Over $30 Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines from around the world. but you'll get your own bowl of rice and soup. as Malays and Indians traditionally use their left hand to handle dirty things. The following is only a brief sampler of the most popular dishes. It's common to use your own chopsticks to pick up food from communal plates. onions and cucumber Peranakan/Nonya cuisine Culinary borrowings Many regional terms and the odd euphemism tend to crop up in notionally English menus. while Malay and Indian food can be eaten by hand. Malay. Chinese. Japanese. always use your right hand to pick your food. and most importantly. If eating by hand. Keep an eye out for the Singapore Food Festival . During the last three festivals. You will find quality Chinese. and eat with the spoon in the right. but most foods are eaten by fork and spoon: push and cut with the fork in the left hand. Noodles and Chinese dishes typically come with chopsticks. but serving spoons can be provided on request. serving dishes are always shared. and many Singaporeans are obsessive gourmands who love to makan ("eat" in Malay). Indian. Take note of the usual traditional Chinese etiquette when using chopsticks. Eating habits run the gamut. but nobody will blink an eye if you ask for a fork and spoon instead. Italian. American and other food in this city-state. held every year in July. Thai. A plate of chilli crab Katong laksa. no strings attached! Local delicacies Singapore is justly famous for its food. French. with chilli paste and chopped laksa leaf in a spoon Satay with peanut sauce. Indian and Western elements. A few of the more common ones: . do not stick your chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice.
. Penang andMalacca). tangy chilli sauce. Notoriously difficult to eat. gizzard tang hoo n thin. an aquatic vegetable (Malay) kway teow flat rice noodles (Hokkien 粿条) lengkuas blue ginger (Malay) mee thick egg noodles (Hokkien 面) serai lemon grass (Malay) sotong squid/cuttlefish (Malay) spare parts offal such as liver. but the more you eat. ask forblack pepper crab.assam tamarind (Malay) bee hoon thin rice noodles (Hokkien 米粉) garoupa grouper. transparent starch noodles (Hokkien 冬粉) The most identifiable cuisine in the region is Peranakan orNonya cuisine. It's spicy at first. the better it gets. The seafood restaurants of the East Coast are famous for this. born from the mixed Malay and Chinese communities of what were once the British colonies of the Straits Settlements (modern-day Singapore. For a less messy but equally tasty alternative. so don't wear a white shirt: just dig in with your hands and ignore the mess. a type of fish (Portuguese) gonggong a type of conch (Chinese) hor fun very wide. flat rice noodles (Cantonese 河粉) kangkung water spinach. Chilli crab is a whole crab ladled with oodles of sticky. heart.
However. try asking for ice cream in roti (bread). the Peranakans are also known or their kueh or snacks which are somewhat different from the Malay versions due to stronger Chinese influences. Chinese rojak is a salad of pineapple. and has a spicy sourish taste. dried shrimp and fermented beans. is probably the best known Singaporean dish: a fragrant soup of noodles in a coconut-based curry broth. there are various local flavours such as durian and red bean which are not available outside the region and are certainly worth a try. tau pok (fried bean curd) with thin tiny slices of bunga kantan (torch ginger flower buds). fried tofu. They consist of a filling of boiled turnip. Mee siam is rice flour noodles served with sour gravy made from tamarind. hence the name. cucumber. in Singapore. Indian rojakconsists of mainly fried fritters made from flour and various pulses with cucumber and tofu. shrimp with a slew of condiments. it is the Peranakan version that is most popular with Singaporeans. Usually served with bean curd cubes and hard boiled eggs. Exists in two distinctive styles. To impress the locals. dried squid and pork slices are added in. colored with pandan leaf. Usually see hum (cockles). Kaya is a jam-like spread made from egg and coconut. an odd-sounding but tasty combination. tossed in shrimp paste sauce and sugar. Laksa. with sweet & spicy sauces. Popiah or spring rolls come fresh or fried. Ice cream is just as it is in Western countries. Rojak means a mixture of everything in Malay. Served on toast for breakfast. wrapped in a thin crepe and eaten like a fajita. . the greenish Nonya version. pork. Singapore laksa is very different from Penang laksa which is made with a tamarind-infused broth instead of coconut. topped with cockles or shrimp. and there are two very different types. Besides these dishes. in particular the Katong or lemak style. then sprinkled with crushed peanuts. white turnip. Though the Chinese. canonically accompanied by runny eggs and strong. Satay bee hoon is rice vermicelli (bee hoon) served with the same peanut and chilli sauce used forsatay. Malays and Indians all have their own versions. and the brownish Hainanese version. sweet coffee (kopi).
. stews or dips of one kind or another and nasi padangrestaurants. offering a wide variety of these to ladle onto your rice. chicken curry and an egg The Malays were Singapore's original inhabitants and despite now being outnumbered by the Chinese. some ikan bilis(anchovies). most Malay dishes are curries. Mee soto is Malay-style chicken soup. with a clear broth. Mee rebus is a dish of egg noodles with spicy. peanuts. occasionally dubbed "dry curry". a slice of cucumber and a dab of chilli on the side. and grilled in a banana or coconut leaf. Otah/Otak is a type of fish cake made of minced fish (usually mackerel). slightly sweet gravy. consisting at its simplest of rice cooked in light coconut milk. chilli and various other spices. a slice of hard boiled egg and lime. Rendang. is meat stewed for hours on end in a spicy (but rarely fiery) coconut-based curry paste until almost all water is absorbed. also combined with a variety of curries and/or sambal(see below). although chicken and mutton are spotted sometimes. A larger fried fish or chicken wing are common accompaniments. are very popular. cucumber. Beef rendang is the most common. shredded chicken breast and egg noodles. Characterized by heavy use of spices. usually served to accompany other dishes like nasi lemak. More often than not. Nasi lemak is the definitive Malay breakfast. coconut milk. their distinctive cuisine is popular to this day.Malay cuisine Nasi lemak with sambal ikan bilis (curried dry anchovies).
Durian is not exactly a dish. The Satay Club at Lau Pa Sat near Raffles Place is one popular location for this delicacy. Both smell and taste defy description. This can be served warm or cold. Ice kachang literally means "ice bean" in Malay. but eating garlic ice cream next to an open sewer comes to mind. This 'king of fruits' is also made into ice cream. Note: You're not allowed to carry durians on the MRT and buses and they're banned from many hotels. Sambal belacan is a common condiment made by mixing chilli with the shrimp paste belacan. If you are game enough you should try it. The end result tastes very interesting — and refreshing. while the popular dish sambal sotong consists of squid (sotong) cooked in red chilli sauce. Chendol is made with green pea noodles. puddings and other decadent desserts. but a local fruit with distinctive odor you can smell a mile away and a sharp thorny husk. Sambal is the generic term for chilli sauces of many kinds. especially the sweet pastries and jellies (kuih or kueh) made largely from coconut and palm sugar (gula melaka). The rich creamy yellow flesh is often sold in places like Geylang and Bugis and elsewhere conveniently in pre-packaged packs. What separates satay from your ordinary kebab is the spices used to season the meat and the slightly spicy peanut-based dipping sauce. for anywhere from $1 for a small fruit all the way up to $24/kg depending on the season and type of durian. try one of many concoctions made with ice instead: Bubur cha-cha consists of cubed yam. attap palm seeds and anything else on hand thrown in. palm sugar and coconut milk. more often than not you'll also get gula melaka (palm sugar). a good clue to the two major ingredients: shaved ice and sweet red beans. sweet corn. bear a distinct resemblance to those of Thailand. kidney beans. However. Malay desserts. but be warned beforehand — you will either love it or hate it. and the whole thing is then drizzled with canned evaporated milk or coconut cream and colored syrups. cakes. grass jelly. Satay are barbecued skewers of meat. sweets. sweet potato and sago added into coconut milk soup. But in the sweltering tropical heat. typically chicken. . mutton or beef.
mostly made with coconut milk. and the soup will come in a separate bowl. the daily fare served in hawker centres has absorbed a number of tropical touches. vegetables and mushrooms. tossed in a chilli-based sauce with lard. . particularly Fujian andGuangdong. While "authentic" fare is certainly available. They are often very colorful and cut into fanciful shapes. Bak chor mee（肉脞面）is essentially noodles with minced pork. Kuih (or kueh) refer to a plethora of steamed or baked "cakes". but also "dry" (干 kan). ikan bilis (fried anchovies). Noodles can also be served not just in soup (湯 tang). Chinese cuisine Bak kut teh with rice and you tiao fritters Hainanese chicken rice Fried hokkien mee Prawn mee and pork rib soup Chinese food as eaten in Singapore commonly originates from southern China. but despite their wildly varying appearance tend to taste rather similar. Pisang goreng is a batter-dipped and deep-fried banana. most notably the fairly heavy use ofchilli and the Malay fermented shrimp paste belacan as condiments. meaning that your noodles will be served tossed with chilli and spices in one bowl. grated coconut flesh. glutinous rice or tapioca. Black vinegar may also be added. especially in fancier restaurants.
or even the Penang version. usually served with some chilli sauce. but a few shops offer the original dark and aromatic Fujian kind. It's cheap ($23/serve). garlic and thick dark soy sauce as well as some cucumber and a small bowl of chicken broth.) Chee cheong fun (豬腸粉) is a favorite breakfast consisting of lasagna-type rice noodles rolled up and various types of fried meats including fishballs and fried tofu. Singaporeans prefer the light and peppery Teochew style. a token veggie or two and either cockles and shrimp. Often accompanied by chilli sauce made from crushed fresh chillis. Oddly. but the type most often seen is mee pok. which uses thick noodles in dark soy. which is served in very spicy soup.mui choy (pickled vegetables) and a pot of strong Chinese tea. To impress the locals. is a simple-sounding soup of pork ribs simmered for hours in broth until they're ready to fall off the bone. lit. Chwee kway （水粿） is a dish consisting of rice cakes topped with chai po (salted fermented turnips). which consists of flat egg noodles tossed in chilli sauce. Char kway teow (炒粿条) is the quintessential Singapore-style fried noodle dish. consisting of several types of noodles in thick brown sauce with strips of fishcake. . Bak kut teh (肉骨茶). Fish ball noodles (魚丸面) come in many forms. fragrant stock with prawns and other seafood. Hokkien mee (福建面) is a style of soupy fried noodles in light. Bak kut teh is typically eaten with white rice. hence the name — the broth itself doesn't contain any tea. filling and has nothing to do with the dish known as "Singapore fried noodles" elsewhere! (And which actually doesn't exist in Singapore. it bears little resemblance to the Kuala Lumpur dish of the same name. Chinese sausage. with the fishballs floating in a separate bowl of soup on the side. The dish is usually topped with a generous amount of sauce. ginger. order some you tiao fritters from a nearby stall and cut them up into bite-sized chunks to dip into your soup. Hainanese chicken rice (海南鸡饭) is steamed ("white") or roasted ("red") chicken flavoured with soy sauce and sesame oil served on a bed of fragrant rice that has been cooked in chicken broth and flavoured with ginger and garlic. "pork bone tea".
add in noodles or ask for rice to fill you up. Prawn noodles (虾面. accompanied by a plate of braised pork and pig organs (tongue. the Indians have had proportionally the smallest impact on the local culinary scene. Unlike the soupy Hong Kong version. Kway chap (粿汁) is essentially sheets made of rice flour served in a brown stock. Essential accompaniments are spicy chili sauce and sweet sauce for dipping. pick meat. This usually requires a minimum of two people. assorted seafood and vegetables. is do-it-yourself soup Chinese style. then cook it to your liking. idli lentil-rice cakes . The diner selects their favorites from a vast assortment of tofu. cooked briefly in boiling water and then served either in broth as soup or "dry" with the broth in a separate bowl. and the more the merrier. Indian cuisine Roti prata (left) and roti telur(center) with a side order of chicken curry The smallest of the area's minorities. fish paste. Wonton mee (云吞面) is thin noodles topped with wantan dumplings of seasoned minced pork. Steamboat (火锅). You get a pot of broth bubbling on a tabletop burner. also known as hot pot. Yong tau foo (酿豆腐) literally means "fermented tofu". fish and veggies to your liking from a menu or buffet table. including south Indian typical meals such as dosa (thosai) crepes. The dish can be eaten by itself or with any choice of noodles. it is usually served dry. Delicious and authentic Indian food can be had at Little India. When finished. ear and intestines). but there is no shortage of Indian food even at many hawker centres. hei mee in Hokkien) is a prawn-based dark brown soup served with noodles and a giant tiger prawn or two on top. and they are then sliced into bite-size pieces. but it's more exciting than it sounds. Some stalls will serve it with boiled pork ribs as well.
it's usually rather bland. rapidly cooked in oil. Modern-day variations can incorporate unorthodox ingredients like cheese. including: Fish head curry is. It is usually served with curry chicken and some Indian crackers. and eaten dipped in curry. however. tandoori chicken and more. Hawker centres Social welfare Singapore style One thing notably absent from Singaporean cheap eateries is any form of napkins or tissues. In addition. the fiery Indian and the milder Chinese kind. true to the name. but some canonical versions include roti kosong (plain). Strict vegetarians beware: unlike Indian roti. The head itself is not eaten. The solution to the mystery is in Singapore's lack of government welfare: instead. a gigantic curried fish head cooked whole until it's ready to fall apart. a number of Indian dishes have been "Singaporeanized" and adopted by the entire population. as well as north Indian meals including various curries. Unlike the Hyderabadi original.and sambar soup. although specialist shops do turn out more flavorful versions. . flat bread tossed in the air like pizza. naan bread. mutton or fish). chocolate and even ice cream. Note that there are two distinct styles. Nasi briyani is rice cooked in turmeric. Roti prata is the local version of paratha. who make a living by selling tissues ($1 for a few packets). every hawker centre has a resident invalid or two. Singapore's Little India is the place to sample this. roti prata batter is usually made with eggs. Putu mayam is a sweet dessert composed of vermicelli-like noodles topped with shredded coconut and orange sugar. giving it an orange colour. roti telur (with egg) and murtabak (layered with chicken. as there's plenty of meat to be found inside and all around.
and the demanding gourmand would do well to . join it! Ambience tends to be a little lacking though and there is no air-conditioning either. especially at the Satay Club in Lau Pa Sat and Newton Food Centre at Newton Circus: the tastiest stalls don't need high-pressure tactics to find customers. as tables are cleared by hired cleaners. meaning that you're expected to get your food yourself. At almost every stall you can also opt to take away (called "packet" or ta pao (打包) in Cantonese). To order. Once you are finished. but if it is quiet or you are sitting nearby. Touting for business is illegal. be leery of overzealous pushers-cum-salesmen. and occasionally a reminder of this can result in people backing off a bit. centrally located Newton Circus (Newton MRT). Bugis The cheapest and most popular places to eat in Singapore arehawker centres. are the most popular options — but this does not make them the cheapest or the tastiest. essentially former pushcart vendors directed into giant complexes by government fiat. then place your order at your stall of choice. in which case employees pack up your order in a plastic box/bag and even throw in disposable utensils. For tourists. and you pay when you get the food. but a visit to a hawker centre is a must when in Singapore. Gluttons Bay and Lau Pa Sat (near the River). Every district in Singapore has its own hawker centres and prices decrease as you move out into the boonies. just get up and go. note the table's number. Employees deliver to your table. they will usually deliver anyway. Prices are low ($2-5 for most dishes). first chope (reserve) a table by parking a friend by the table. hygiene standards are high (every stall is required to prominently display a health certificate grading it from A to D) and the food can be excellent — if you see a queue. However. Note that some stalls (particularly very popular ones) have signs stating "self-service".Typical hawker centre.
this is where folks come for the canonical Singaporean breakfast of kopi (strong.head to Chinatown or the heartlands instead. however. but if you want a plain black cup of joe. And if you miss western food. so the best way to find them is to ask locals for their recommendations. it will definitely be served with a heaped spoonful of sugar. and it will be served with ice. while kopiO or teh-O makes sure it's served with no milk. just add a peng to the end of the drink name. Coffee shops Coffee. some kaya (egg-coconut jam) toast and runny eggs. English proficiency can somtimes be . oh! Coffee and tea in hawker centres andkopitiam goes for under a dollar a cup. coffee shops or kopitiam sell much more than coffee — they are effectively mini-hawker centres with perhaps only half a dozen stalls (one of which will. sugary coffee). you need to ask for kopi-O kosong! If you want your drink cold. and this is also where they come to down a beer or two and chat away in the evenings. and more often than not with a squirt of sweet condensed milk. teh-Cpeng. Many of the best food stalls are located in residential districts away from the tourist trail and do not advertise in the media. Botak Jones in several hawker centers offer reasonably authentic and generously sized American-restaurant style meals at hawker prices. a steep discount on Starbucks prices. and tea.Milo-peng etc. Despite the name. sell coffee and other drinks). The Singaporean equivalent of pubs. If you order just kopi (the Malay word for "coffee") or teh (Hokkien for "tea") in Singapore. teh-peng. eg. To get rid of the sugar. see. but you'll need to learn the lingo to get what you want. Kopi-C or teh-Csubstitutes unsweetened evaporated milk. you need to ask for it kosong("plain"). kopi-O-peng.
limited. food courts are the gentrified. The variety of food on offer is almost identical. KFC. Food courts Retro style at the Food Republic food court. In addition to the usual suspects. Orange Julius. meaning a menu of local dishes. nearby locals will usually help you out if you ask. mostly Chinese-style seafood. The usual Starbucks and other local cafe chains such as Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf can be found in any shopping mall but an iced coffee or tea can put you back $5 and up. Fast food International fast food chains like McDonald's. whereas ateh tarik ("pulled" milky tea) or kopi coffee runs closer to $1 at any hawker centre. it is slightly more expensive in tourist intensive areas) and the quality of food is good but not necessary value for money. Subway etc are commonly found in various shopping malls. Many coffee shops offer zi char/cze cha (煮炒) for dinner.. Carl's Jr. Burger King. served at your table at mid-range prices. MOS Burger. Orchard Found in the basement or top floor of nearly every shopping mall. look out for these uniquely Singaporean brands: . Prices range from $2 for a basic burger and $5 upwards for a set meal. but most stall owners know enough to communicate the basics. All restaurants are self-service and clearing your table after your meal is optional. and even if they don't. but prices are on average $1-3 higher than prices in hawker centres and coffee shops (depending on the area. air-conditioned version of hawker centres. Dairy Queen.
Serves kaya toast. to the Western palate. catering to every taste and budget. edit . Famous for their curry puffs. but their range now covers edit anything and everything deep-fried. Arguably one of the more successful chains with branches in as far as South Korea and Japan. Crouching Tiger. Killiney Kopitiam. . Chinese pastries and everything in between. . Fresh soy drinks. Ya Kun Kaya Toast. A name like Yan Kee thus means "run by the Yan family". Just note that. Java. beancurd and tasty mee chiang kueh Chinese edit pancakes. edit Jollibean. Serves the classic Singaporean breakfast all day long: kaya toast. . kopi and ginger tea (with ice or without). Hidden Bacon) and baked on premises. . Offers a variety of soya bean drinks. and is used much like the trademark symbol in the West. funkily named (eg. edit Mr Bean. This self-proclaimed "designer bread" chain has taken not just Singapore but much of South-East Asia by storm. runny eggs and strong. Take-away only. ice-creams and pastries edit snacks. Bengawan Solo. Old Chang Kee. almost everything is rather sweet. and should not be taken as a political statement! Singapore offers a wide variety of full-service restaurants as well. . Singapore version of Indonesian cakes. The name is taken from the name of a famous river in edit BreadTalk. sweet coffee (plus some other drinks). . Restaurants Kee-ping up with the Lims Ever wonder why every other Chinese hawker stall and restaurant in Singapore has a name that ends in Kee? The answer is simple: the character kee (记) is Chinese for "brand" or "mark". . Everything is jazzily shaped. waiters at the original Somerset location shout your order towards the back with gusto.
Note that many restaurants only serve high tea on weekends. One British import much beloved by Singaporeans is high tea. In ordinary restaurants. Singapore also has its share of good Western restaurants. prices can vary greatly. but you'll usually be looking at $20-30 per head. while Thai and Indonesian restaurants tend to be more affordable. for example. These are much more fun to go to in a group. this is a light afternoon meal consisting of tea and a wide array of British-style savoury snacks and sweet pastries like finger sandwiches and scones. prices can go as high as more than $300 per person if you order delicacies such as abalone. though prices tend to be on the expensive side. and if you ask they'll quote you the price per 100 g. Prices vary. Being a maritime city. and Chinese dim sum and various Singaporean dishes are common additions. prices usually start from $20-30 per person. While Chinese restaurant food is certainly closer to authentic Chinese fare than hawker food is. while in top end restaurants in five-star hotels. but be careful what you order: gourmet items like Sri Lankan giant crab or shark's fin can easily push your bill up to hundreds of dollars. French. food is eaten with chopsticks and served with Chinese tea. one common specialty is seafood restaurants. . Menus typically say "Market price". there is an abundance of Chinese restaurants in Singapore. the term is increasingly used for afternoon buffets of any kind.As the majority of Singapore's population is ethnic Chinese. mainly serving southern Chinese (mostly Hokkien. Most of the more affordable chains are concentrated around Orchard Road and prices start from around $10-20 per person for the main course. but a big crab can easily top 2 kilos. with British and American influenced food being a clear favourite among locals. Depending on where you go and what you order. and hours may be very limited: the famous spread at the Raffles Hotel's Tiffin Room. Japanese and Korean food is also readily available. Teochew or Cantonese) cuisines. As with Chinese restaurants anywhere. In the classical form. is only available between 3:30PM-5PM. though with the large number of expatriates and foreign workers from China these days. Italian. However. suckling pig and lobster. offering Chineseinfluenced Singaporean classics like chilli crabs. as served up by finer hotels across the island. but for ambience the riverside restaurants at Boat Quay and Clarke Quay can't be beat. cuisine originating from Shanghai and further north is also not hard to find. The bestknown seafood spots are clustered on the East Coast. it too has not managed to escape local influences and you can find many dishes little seen in China.
Popular chains includeSakura . as even dishes that appear vegetarian on the menu may contain seafood products like oyster sauce or salted fish — check with the waiter if in doubt. Jews. of the Western fast-food chains in Singapore use halal meat: look for a certificate around the ordering area. Many Indians and not a few Chinese Buddhists are strictly vegetarian. no lard" signs. . however. will require reservations. especially international buffets offering a wide variety of dishes including Western. if not all. Many. check with the Jewish Welfare Board  for details. This is found at practically every Malay stall and many Indian Muslim operations too. That said. Most hotels also offer lunch and dinner buffets. but you can expect to pay over $100 per head and popular spots. Indian vegetarian food. Prices are generally what you would expect for eating at a fine dining restaurant in the West. Champagne brunches on Sundays are particularly popular. often employs cheese and other milk products. but more rarely on outlets run by the Chinese. Pariss . it's your call if this is good enough for you. like Mezza9 at the Hyatt on Orchard. few of whom are Muslims. Dietary restrictions Singapore is an easy place to eat for almost everybody. Vienna  and Todai . will have a harder time as kosher food is nearly unknown in Singapore. Nevertheless.Singaporeans are big on buffets. the opening of the two casinos have led to several of the world's top chefs opening branches of their restaurant at the integrated resorts. Fine Dining While Singapore has previously described as a place with excellent casual dining but a lack of fine dining options. or ask a manager if in doubt. often serving up amazing meat imitations made from gluten. Chinese vegetarian food traditionally does not use eggs or dairy products and is thus almost always vegan. Chinese and Japanese as well as some local dishes at a fixed price. Muslims should look out for halal certificates issued by MUIS. on the other hand. so every Indian stall will have a number of veggie options and most hawker centres will have a Chinese vegetarian stall or two. the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. the popular Banquet  chain of food courts is entirely halal and an excellent choice for safely sampling halal Chinese food. kosher food is still available near Singapore's two synagogues at Oxley Rise and Waterloo Street in the Central Business District. A few restaurants skimp on the formal certification and simply put up "no pork. Be on your guard in ordinary Chinese restaurants though.
Drinking age is 18. and while this is surprisingly loosely enforced. with superclub Zouk in particular regularly clocking high on lists of the world's best nightclubs. some clubs have higher age limits. with the clubs of Sentosa and nearby St James Power Station giving party animals even more reason to dance the night away. neon-covered KTV . Most clubs are closed on Monday and Tuesday. often meaning not just free entrance but free drinks for women. Gay bars are mostly found around Chinatown. Sunday is gay night in many bars and clubs.Celiac disease is relatively unheard of in Singapore. [add listing]Drink Clarke Quay by night Singapore's nightlife isn't quite a match for Patpong. Room rental ranges from $30/hour and up. but it's no slouch either. A few exceptions to this include Cedele  and Barracks @ House . Friday is generally the biggest night of the week for going out. gather a group of friends and head for the nearest karaoke box — major chains include K-Box  and Party World. For a night out Singapore style. with Saturday a close second. while bars generally stay open but tend to be very quiet. Beware that the non-chain. glitzy (or dodgy) looking. Clarke and Robertson — of the Riverside. Any artist touring Asia are pretty much guaranteed to stop in Singapore. while Wednesday or Thursday is ladies' night. Singapore's nightlife is largely concentrated along the three Quays — Boat. Some clubs have 24 hr licenses and few places close before 3AM. so don't expect to find information on menus about whether dishes contain gluten or not.
as the police will be called in. You can enjoy a large bottle of beer of your choice at a coffee shop or hawker center for less than $6 (and the local colour comes thrown in for free). tax-free at Changi Airport has some of the best prices in the world. On the other hand. public drunkenness in socially frowned upon in Singapore. and the entry price for clubs usually includes several drink tickets. Careful shopping at major supermarkets will also throw up common basic Australian wine labels for under $20. Do not allow any confrontations to escalate into fights. drinks in any bar. and most Muslim Singaporeans duly avoid it. and you will face jail time and possibly caning. Alcohol The original Singapore Sling at the Raffles Alcohol is widely available but very expensive due to Singapore's heavy sin taxes. You can bring in up to one litre each of liquor. Almost all restaurants in Singapore .lounges may charge much higher rates and the short-skirted hostesses may offer more services than just pouring your drinks. Unlike in most Western countries. On the upside. the pronunciation of karaoke follows the Japanese "karah-oh-kay" instead of the Western "carry-oh-key". Prices when eating out vary. wine and beer if you arrive from countries other than Malaysia. happy hours and two-for-one promotions are common. club or fancy restaurant remain extortionate. Alcohol is haram (forbidden) to Muslims. In Singapore. On the other hand. with a basic drink clocking in at $10-15 while fancy cocktails would usually be in the $15-25 range. While most non-Muslim Singaporeans are not puritanical and enjoy a drink every now and then. do not expect to find the binge-drinking culture that you will find in most Western countries. and misbehaving yourself under the influence of alcohol will certainly not gain you any respect from Singaporean friends.
a sickly sweet pink mix of pineapple juice. which — not coincidentally — also offers some of the cheapest lodging and best food in the city. The industry maintains a low profile (no go-go bars here) and is not a tourist attraction by any stretch of the word. Tiger. but a single pack!) of cigarettes into the country. but locals (almost) never touch the stuff. [add listing]Sleep . Many public places including hawker centres have restrictions on smoking. and you are not allowed to bring more than one opened pack (not carton. Paulaner Brauhaus (Millenia Walk) and Pump Room (Clarke Quay) all offering interesting alternatives. most notably Geylang. although in these places you'll need to bring your own bottle opener and glasses. has been famously summarized as "four floors of whores" and. and it is prohibited in public transport as well. The designated zone should be marked with a yellow outline. However. please be prudent and practice safe sex--although most sex workers will insist on it anyway. Legally practising commercial sex workers are required to register with the authorities and attend special clinics for regular sexually transmitted disease screening. so the risk of theft and STDs is significantly higher. The tipple of choice in Singapore is the local beer. Brewerkz (Riverside Point). on Orchard Road. This is particularly strictly enforced on the land borders withMalaysia. Beware that the prostitutes working here are usually not registered. Prostitution Prostitution is tolerated in six designated districts. Tobacco Tobacco is heavily taxed. but there's been a recent microbrewery boom withArchipelago (Boat Quay). Fancier places charge $20-50. continues to live up to its name. gin and more. Orchard Towers. a rather ordinary lager. despite occasional crackdowns by the authorities. and may have a sign reading "smoking zone". Tourists flock to the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel to sample the original Singapore Sling. and strict limitations on where you can smoke outside as well (eg.allow bringing your own (BYO) wine and cheaper restaurants without a wine menu usually don't even charge corkage. and not a few of the "women" are actually transsexuals. bus stops and all except the designated sections of hawker centres are off limits). although many offer free corkage days on Monday or Tuesday. There is a total ban on smoking in all air-conditioned places (including pubs and discos).
Lower-end hotels and hostels. Budget Backpackers' hostels can be found primarily in Little India. Particularly in the higher price brackets. ☎ +65 63456116. demand has been outstripping supply recently and during big events like the F1 race or some of the larger conventions it's not uncommon for pretty much everything to sell out. Rooms from $58. Do note that Singapore's laws that ban late night/early morning construction only apply to residential areas and not the city centre. Balestier and Little India districts. Chain of 13 affordable hotels and one backpackers' hostel. Bugis and the East Coast. where they service mostly the type of customer who rents rooms by the hour. the Riversideis probably the best place to stay in Singapore. Cheap hotels are clustered in the Geylang. The two major local chains.Individual listings can be found in Singapore's district articles This guide uses the following price ranges for a standarddouble room: Budget Mid-range Splurge Under $100 $100-300 Over $300 Accommodation in Singapore is expensive by South-East Asian standards. Keep this in mind and check for any construction work near any hotel you choose as the work will be unlikely to stop when you want to sleep! Unless you're a shopping maven intent on maximizing time in Orchard Road's shopping malls. remain affordable and available throughout the year. Rooms are generally small and not fancy. Around $20-30 for a dorm bed. You can expect to hear loud piling from sites such as the new Shanghai tunnel late into the night or early morning. discounts on weekends and for ISIC holders. but are still clean and provide basic facilities like a bathroom and television. are: Fragrance Hotel. though. edit . Prices start as low as $15 for a "transit" of a few hours and $40 for a full night's stay. . with hotels throughout the island.
You will generally be looking at upwards of $300 per night for a room in a fivestar hotel. ☎ +65 67678181. including the famedRaffles Hotel. Mid-range Much of Singapore's mid-range accommodation is in rather featureless but functional older hotels. Splurge South Africa High Commission. A chain of over 20 cheap. 15th Floor Odeon Towers.. Hotel rates fluctuate quite a bit: a large conference can double prices. however. . functional hotels that are not a bad option for backpackers willing to pay a small premium for privacy. ☎ +65 6339 3319. with rates starting at $49 for two. Long-term . The largest hotel clusters can be found at Marina Bay (good for sightseeing) and around Orchard Road (good for shopping). edit edit Raffles Hotel Singapore has a wide selection of luxury accommodation. which is still a pretty good deal by most standards. with a notable cluster near the western end of the Singapore River. Hotel 81. 331 North Bridge Road. with rates starting from $100/night. There has. been a recent surge of "boutique" hotels in renovated shophouses here and in Chinatown and these can be pretty good value. while on weekends in the off-peak season heavy discounts are often available.
most people on a budget share an apartment with friends or colleagues. Most condos have facilities like pools. known as bungalows. gyms. edit . their availability to visitors is limited. You might also want to check the classified ads in the local newspapers. where an average three-bedroom apartment will cost you anything from $2. One of the premier universities in Asia. National University of Singapore (NUS). Singapore Expats  is the largest real estate agency geared for expats and their free classifieds are a popular choice for hunting for rooms or apartment-mates. carpark and 24 hr security. however.000 range. with a "diplomatic clause" that allows you to terminate after 1 year. tennis court. Renting an apartment in Singapore will generally require a working visa. Singapore's oldest university. Apartment hotels in Singapore include Ascott . are incredibly expensive in the centre (rents are regularly measured in tens of thousands) but can drop if you're willing to head out into the woods — and remember that you can drive across the country in 30 minutes. Prices are competitive with hotels but quite expensive compared to apartments.000 per month for an older apartment in the suburbs to $20. As the supply of studio and one-bedroom apartments is very limited. although JTC's SHiFT  scheme makes some available with monthly rents in the $700-1. One or two-month security deposits are standard practice and for monthly rents of under $3. While over 80% of Singaporeans live in government-subsidized Housing Development Board (HDB) flats. Learn Singapore's universities are generally well-regarded and draw exchange students from near and far.000 for a top-of-the-line deluxe one on Orchard Road. As a result. which also operates under the Somerset andCitadines brands. turn to private housing blocks known as condos. you would generally be looking at rentals on par with the likes of New York and London. Leases are usually for two years. Landed houses.000 you need to pay the agent a commission of 2 weeks per year of lease. . strong in law. as the high population density and sheer scarcity of land drives real estate prices through the roof. Most expats.Housing in Singapore is expensive. computing and science. or just sublet a single room.
. Asian campus of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. where a chef introduces you to local herbs and spices and their uses in cuisine and medicine.com). University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. edit A number of foreign universities. The school offers a wide range of first degrees. edit Singapore Institute of Management University (SIM). ☎ +65 63489667 (info@cookerymagic. . . SP Jain Center Of Management (SPJCM). International campus of the business school inMumbai. . edit Cooking at-Sunrice. . Geared towards finance and business. more geared towards engineering. The third. Host for the Youth Olympics 2010 edit Singapore Management University (SMU).Redmond. business schools and specialized institutes have also setup their Asian campuses in Singapore. The crowd-pleaser is the "Spice Garden Walk" ($40) at Fort Canning. The second university in this island state. Singapore's private university with a number of international degree courses. A professional cooking academy that also does day classes for the public. INSEAD. . . writing and producing. Washington. It offers courses that are film-related. and then guides you in the fine art of making your own curry paste. . . The Asian campus of the DigiPen Institute of Technology. newest. The Asian campus of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Reservations essential. Cookery Magic. media and business studies. . Nanyang Technological University (NTU). ☎ +65 63363307. edit edit ESSEC. edit DigiPen Institute of Technology. Cooking classes in an old colonial edit . including animation. Seattle. Tisch Asia. International campus of the business school in Paris. edit edit INSEAD. and the only publicly-funded private university in Singapore. . Fort Canning Park. The Asian campus of European business school. from the arts to business to technology studies. 179 Haig Road. offering one of the most expensive MBAs in the world.
To be eligible for an employment pass. If your employment is terminated. you will get a social visit pass (a visitors visa with no employment rights) which allows you to stay for no longer than 14 days. you would generally need to have a minimum salary of more than $2.500 are allowed to bring in their family members on a dependent pass. with themes varying by day and cuisines from all over the continent. For more information.800 per month as well as your employer's recommendation. applying forpermanent residence (PR) is fairly straightforward. with added fines.black-and-white home. There is also a Working Holiday Programme  for recent university grads who want to live in Singapore for up to 6 months. which is usually granted to mid-skilled workers who have been promoted to positions of junior leadership such as worksite supervisor. possibly caning and certain deportation. contact the Ministry of Manpower . Work permits are mostly intended for menial. held in a colonial black and white bungalow in rural western Singapore. edit Palate Sensations. which allows you to stay in Singapore for a maximum of one year while you look for a job. 8 students maximum. and do not think about working without the right papers.500 per month and hold at least a bachelor degree from a reasonably reputable university. If edit . 12 students maximum. Employment pass holders as well as S pass holders with a monthly salary of more than $2. From $100. 1 Westbourne Road #03-05. this will result in a short stay in the local prison. and would require you to have a minimum salary of more than $1. but don't overstay your visa. Hands-on cooking classes in both European and Asian styles. highly skilled people can apply for an Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC).com). receiving either requires that you have a firm job offer and the sponsoring company applies on your behalf. Work Casual work is nearly impossible to come by. low-skilled laborers. however. There is also an intermediate known as the S pass. From $65. Once you have been working in Singapore for a year or so with an employment pass or S pass.. You can look for another job during this time. In practice. as you must have a work permit (WP) or employment pass(EP) to work in Singapore. ☎ +65 64799025 (info@palatesensations.
the higher your salary. including single female travelers. For example. and drinking and eating on public transport are prohibited. The government is also highly supportive of entrepreneurship in the country. the more likely you are to get it — you can stay in Singapore indefinitely (as long as you can show some income every 5 years) and can change jobs freely. Stay safe Fine-tuning the MRT Singapore is one of the safest major cities in the world by virtually any measure. Singapore's squeaky cleanliness is achieved in part by strict rules against activities that are tolerated in other countries. Look around for sign boards detailing the Don'ts and the fines associated with . spitting. littering. Even the company incorporation process  is done entirely online these days and can be completed as quickly as within a day. and supported by a highlyeducated population of locals and foreign talents. Singapore is a natural choice for multi-nationals who wish to have a presence in the region. "low crime does not mean no crime" — beware of pickpockets in crowded areas and don't forget your common sense entirely. As one of the most vibrant economies in South-east Asia. Most people. offering a full 3-year tax exemption on profit for new companies (for the first S$100. Locals joke about Singapore being a fine city because heavy fines are levied if one is caught committing an offense. But as the local police say.granted — and the rule of thumb is.000) and having one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world at 17% a year. jay-walking. will not face any problems walking along the streets alone at night.
robbery. 30 g of morphine. with a theoretical punishment two years in prison and/or caning. and it is not uncommon to see people openly litter. is now available at pharmacies for medical purposes (e. but also to a "Corrective Work Order". and heed them. there is a maximum of 10 years' jail or fine of $20. was legalised for heterosexuals in October 2007. manufacturing.2 kg of opium. This is no slap on the wrist: strokes from the thick rattan cane are excruciatingly painful.000. Enforcement is however sporadic at best. nicotine gum) if you ask for it directly. Corruption is also punishable by caning so under no circumstances should you try to offer a bribe or gratuity to a police officer. remains illegal. take weeks to heal and scar for life. You can be charged for unauthorised consumption as long as traces of illicit drugs are found in your system. famously long banned. etc. Oral and anal sex.therefore be vigilant of your possessions. Fay). The death penalty ismandatory for those convicted of trafficking. or both. For some crimes. 500 g of cannabis. spit. Homosexual contact. show your ID and sign the register. most notably illegal entry and overstaying your visa for over 90 days.these offenses. WARNING: Singapore treats drug offenses extremely severely. Do note that having sex with a girl under the age of 16 is considered to be rape under Singapore law. Avoid littering. importing or exporting more than 15 g of heroin. unauthorized possession of firearms and drug trafficking are punished with death. For unauthorised consumption. While importing gum is still technically an offense. molestation and rape. Though this law is rarely . as offenders are not only subject to fines. Other offenses which have caning as a punishment include vandalism (just ask Michael P. 30 g of cocaine.g. long banned under colonial-era sodomy statutes. even if you can prove that they were consumed outside the country. in which offenders are made to wear a bright yellow jacket and pick up rubbish in public places. Crimes such as murder. regardless of whether the girl consents to it and would land you a few strokes of the cane. one can usually bring in a few packs for personal consumption without any problem. Singapore imposes caning as a punishment. smoke in non-smoking zones. 200 g of cannabis resin and 1. and you can be charged for trafficking as long as drugs are found in bags that are in your possession or in your room. and possession of these quantities is all that is needed for you to be convicted. Chewing gum. however. even if they aren't yours and regardless of whether you're aware of them . kidnapping.
Singapore maintains strict mosquito control (leaving standing water around will get you fined). gays should still expect legalized discrimination and unaccepting attitudes from locals and government officials. but the government's reach does not extend into the island's nature reserves. Medical care . Singapore is hot and humid so drink a lot of water.enforced and there is a fairly vibrant gay community. Flooding in the November-January monsoon season is an occasional hazard. especially in low-lying parts of the East Coast. Singapore is virtually immune to natural disasters: there are no fault lines nearby. when it hit a low of 19. If reasonably possible. are usually bogus.9°F). but any water usually drains off within a day and life continues as normal. Begging is illegal in Singapore.4°C (66. and sanitation standards are very high. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Singapore was way back in 1934. but dengue fever is endemic to the region. Most are not Singaporean — even the "monks" dressed in robes. and that you wish to go straight there. As a tropical country. Do not confuse genuine helpfulness with an attempted scam. so if you're planning on hiking bring along mosquito repellent. confirm the place you're going to with the driver before embarking on your journey. Some taxi drivers receive commission for delivering foreigners to certain tourist traps and will employ highpressure techniques to take you there. although Indonesia's earthquakes can sometimes be barely felt. but you'll occasionally see beggars on the streets. tornadoes and tsunamis. make sure the place you're going to is open before going there. Malaria is not an issue. who occasionally pester tourists for donations. though. Emergency numbers Ambulance ☎ 995 Fire ☎ 995 Police (Main number for Emergency Services) ☎ 999 Singapore General Hospital ☎ +65 6222 3322 Drug & Poison Information Centre ☎ +65 6423 9119 Stay healthy Tap water is safe for drinking. and other landmasses shield it from typhoons. Tourists should be vigilant of taxi scams while in Singapore.
malaria prophylaxis. rarely exceeds $30. afternoons are better than mornings. For larger problems. Mount Elizabeth (off Orchard Rd). Public . Open Mon-Fri 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Singapore's largest private hospital and a popular destination for medical tourists. Despite the lower prices. open 8AM-1PM and 2PM-5PM weekdays. bus interchanges. ☎ +65 62656011. while the Singapore Chinese Physicians' Association offers a directory of TCM physicians. Specialist departments here include a one-stop Travellers' Health & Vaccination Centre for immunizations. Eu Yan Sang runs a chain of over 20 clinics. practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are widespread in Singapore. 1st-3rd Hospital Avenue (Right next to MRT Outram Park). Outram Polyclinic  offers doctor's consultations for $20. and hawker centers are likely to have public restrooms/toilet facilities available. hotels. vaccines for $10 plus cost (consultation unnecessary). You'll still want to make sure your insurance is in order before a prolonged hospitalization and/or major surgery. standards are often as good as those in the West at both public and private clinics. and the total cost of a consultation. 8AM-noon Sa. +65 63572222. Restrooms/toilets Nearly all shopping centers. . head to a hospital. McDonald's restrooms are popular too. . For minor ailments. They usually receive patients without appointment and can prescribe drugs on the spot. 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng (MRT Novena). edit Tan Tock Seng Hospital. fully equipped to handle most anything. tel. no appointment needed..The standard of medical care in Singapore is uniformly excellent and Singapore is a popular destination for medical tourism (and medical evacuations) in the region. medicine included. Mount Elizabeth Hospital. One of Singapore's largest public hospitals. pre-trip and post-trip evaluations and general advice. Being clean. edit Alternatively. making this a good place to get your jabs and tabs if heading off into the jungle elsewhere. Singapore's oldest and largest public hospital. Flat $80 fee for doctor's consultation. head down to the nearest suburban shopping mall or HDB shopping district and look for ageneral practitioner (GP). College Road. Consultations with specialists start from $100. and the staff do not make a fuss.30 and can refer patients to specialists at the hospital. although waiting times can be long. ☎ +65 67372666. edit Singapore General Hospital. MRT stations.
Given names are often long and may be abbreviated.Malay names are given name + bin orbinti (son/daughter) + father's name. Faizal. but there is usually one squatting cubicle in every public toilet.Chinese place their family name first. The foolproof method is to ask how the person wants to be addressed. unlike much of southeast Asia. so he may also be known as Terry Phua. the person's given name appears after the Mohammed (example: Mohammed Faizal bin Mohammed Nasser) so. Sometimes. he would usually be addressed as Mr. is unlikely to offend anyone in Singapore. and a packet of tissue may come in handy if the toilet paper has run out. so Phua Chu Kang is Mr. Phua for business and Chu Kang (or just CK) to his friends. .facilities may charge 10 to 20 cents per entry. wherever home might be. Nathan. In Singapore. Nathan and would addressed as Mr. What would be decent behavior at home. Most toilets have bowls. in such a case.R. Mohammed. Many have Western names. so Ramanathan s/o Sellapan uses the name S. or father's initial + given name. Singaporeans care little about formal politeness. women wearing revealing clothing or men . .Mohammed bin Abdullah would usually be called Mr. but the south Indian (Tamil) names usually found in Singapore have two patterns: either given name + s/o or d/o (son of/daughter of) + father's name. Respect What's in a name? .Indian names are complex.
but Singaporeans are just protective of their personal space and showing courtesy by trying not to impose on others. Many places of worship also require you to remove your shoes before you enter. At rush hour. wait till the person has left and open it in private. Beware of taboos if bringing gifts. it is considered rude to open a gift in front of the person who gave it to you. If invited to somebody's house. and you may get strange looks if you try. while most Indians. That said. Most Malays eat only halal food. though in a somewhat orderly manner. always remove your shoes before you enter as most Singaporeans do not wear their shoes at home. after all. as are white flowers (usually reserved for funerals). respectively. As such. as long as they are not excessively soiled. Casual conversation such as chatting with a shopkeeper is rarely done in Singapore. meaning that public display of affection is still frowned upon and toplessness for women is not acceptable anywhere. abstain from beef. Western visitors should not feel offended on seeing a swastika in the homes of their hosts. not making a demand. being Hindu. Just go with the flow. It is regarded as a religious symbol and does not represent Nazism or anti-Semitism. Knives and clocks are also symbols of cutting ties and death. the person asking you the question is offering you a choice. as well as among the possessions of Buddhists and Hindus. Also note that in Singapore. even on the beach. despite signs asking people to be a little more courteous. Instead. Socks are perfectly acceptable though. upmarket bars and restaurants may enforce dress codes and Singaporeans tend to be more socially conservative than Westerners. No offense is intended. . Swastikas are commonly seen in Buddhist and Hindu temples. This is normal. and many locals will wonder what the fuss is all about. the local dialect with its heavy Chinese influences may appear brusque or even rude. Any products (food or otherwise) involving animals may cause offence and are best avoided. Many Singaporean Muslims and some Hindus abstain from alcohol. be prepared for a lot of pushing on the MRT (even just to get off) and everyone racing for the empty seat. Many Indians (and a few Chinese) are vegetarian.wearing shorts and slippers are perfectly acceptable. Take dietary restrictions into account when inviting Singaporean friends for a meal. and some Chinese are superstitious about the number four. but saying "You want beer or not?" is in fact more polite in Chinese than asking if you want beer. Furthermore.
Singaporeans generally do not hug. Business cards are always exchanged when people meet for business for the first time: hold yours with both hands by the top corners. and international roaming onto them may be possible. not in a shirt pocket or wallet. so the text faces the recipient. If they opt to place their hand on the heart and bow slightly instead. However. Mobile phones are carried by almost everyone in Singapore. just follow suit. especially if it is someone they have just met. check with your operator before you leave to be sure. Most meetings get straight down to business. and coverage is generally excellent throughout the country. phone shops and currency exchange counters. Business gifts are generally frowned on as they smell of bribery. The standard greeting is a firm handshake. but a few prefer Malay-style kebaya and sarong. There are three main telecommunication providers in Singapore: SingTel . Prepaid SIM cards are sold in 7-Eleven convenience stores. and do not write on them or otherwise show disrespect. just bring your own GSM/3G phone or buy a cheap used . Jackets are rarely worn because it is too hot most of the time. including many young children. so show up on time. conservative Muslims avoid touching the opposite sex. so a man meeting a Malay woman should let her offer her hand first and a woman meeting a Malay man should wait for him to offer his hand. StarHub  and MobileOne (M1) . place them on the table in front of you. Contact By phone The international telephone country code for Singapore is 65. All 3 service providers have both GSM 900/1800 and 3G (W-CDMA) networks.) Study the cards you receive and feel free to ask questions. Women usually wear Western business attire. although the tie is often omitted. Small talk and bringing up the subject indirectly are neither necessary nor expected. though the other person will probably be too polite to say anything as saving face is a major Asian value. standard business attire is a long-sleeved shirt and a tie. (This sounds more complicated than it is. when you are finished. and doing so would probably make your host feel awkward. while simultaneously receiving theirs. For men. the shirt's collar button opened instead.Business Singaporeans are punctual.
and 008 (for StarHub). Calling cards are also available for specific international destinations and are usually cheaper. As in many places. Most coin-operated pay phones are for local calls only. They are either coin-operated pay phones (10 cents for a three-minute local call). and/or . The carriers also offer special top up cards that will give a higher number of minutes for the price at the downside of expiring more quickly.Philippines. $5. To make an international call from Singapore. area code and party's number. or credit card phones.handset in Singapore. It costs $25 and is aimed at BlackBerries but works with any phone. Public phones are an increasingly endangered species. The access codes for this cheaper service are 019 and 013 for SingTel and 018 for StarHub. You may also be charged for incoming calls. there are some which accept coins of larger denominations and can be used for overseas calls.25 per min. bring a MicroSIM adapter and you can get StarHub's 2GB package (good for 60 days) for $37. Credit card phones are usually found at the airport or in some major hotels. $10. StarHub offers a 1GB package (valid for 30 days). China. Indonesia. Phone cards are available at all post offices and from phonecard agents. Recently the providers have started offering cheaper rates for calls using Internet telephony routes. but you can find them in most MRT stations. whereas each local text message (SMS) costs about $0.05-$0. By net Internet cafes charging around $2/hr are scattered about the island. $20 and $50. Sri Lanka and Thailand). You will need to show an international passport or Singapore ID to sign up. Most prepaid cards expire within 6 mth unless you top-up (which can be done outside Singapore). followed by the country code. India. dial the access code 001 (for SingTel). Data-only SIMs can be more affordable. card phones operated by phone cards in denominations of $3. A local phone call costs between $0. but are not particularly common since almost all locals have Internet access at home. Hello Card from Singtel offers a very cheap rate to 8 countries (Bangladesh. For short stays. For longer stays. Using the StarHub SIM.15-$0. call *122# and follow the menu to activate. StarHub has 2Mbps unlimited service at S$15 per week. 002 (for M1).05. make sure you input these codes instead of the "+" sign at the beginning of the number if you wish to use these services. work. Myanmar. mobile data with on prepaid voice SIM cards can be ridiculously expensive.25 (but a few dozen local SMS are usually thrown in for free when you top up). with international SMS about $0.
while the 1 Killeney Rd branch is open until 9 PM weekdays and 10AM-4PM Sundays.10/min. generally open 8:30AM-5PM weekdays. all public libraries  offer cheap Internet access ($0. 8:30AM-1PM Saturdays. Commercial alternatives include McDonalds. or check out the top floors of many suburban malls. The designer was Mr Fraser Brunner. For larger packages. In ancient times. The lion head symbolises the legend of the rediscovery of Singapura. SIM costs S$12. and postage labels can also be purchased from the self-service SAM machines found in many MRT stations. which has hotspots at most Starbucks cafes.50/100g for airmail. StarHub. which feature Internet cafes doubling as online gaming parlors. There are several options for prepaid 3G/HSPA internet. A postcard to anywhere in the world costs 50 cents. a member of the souvenir committee and a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium. and SingTel. M1 Prepaid Broadband offers unlimited Internet access for three days/five days at S$18/S$30 . although you must register and receive a password via e-mail or a mobile phone first. See the Infocomm Development Authority website  for a current list of hotspots. Singapore Tourism History and Origins Introduction The Merlion The Merlion was designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964. Roaming or prepaid rates are on the order of $0. or $1/100g for surface mail. Small packets up to 2 kg cost $3. a member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance with hotspots at Coffee Bean cafes.2mbps internet.03/min or $1. The Merlion has a lion head and a fish body resting on a crest of waves. but you need to jump through registration hoops to get access. DHL may offer competitive rates.school. Starhub MaxMobile  has different plans from S$2/hour to S$25 for 5 days unlimited 7. The first phase of the nationwide free Wireless@SG system is now operating and visitors are free to use the system. Singapore was known as Temasek. closed Sundays. Alternatively. which offers free wifi at most outlets. By mail SingPost  has offices throughout the island. as recorded in the "Malay Annals". The Changi Airport T2 (transit side) office is open 6 AM-midnight daily.80/hr). Head to Chinatown or Little India if you need get online. Service is fast and reliable. a .
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.. Bangsawan – Malay Opera Bangsawan is a form of Malay opera that is now considered a rarity in the Asian region. Bharatanatyam Bharatanatyam is an old classical dance originating from India that is also known as the fifth Veda... Wayang – Chinese Opera A traditional art form adopted from the Canton province of China.. memorable soundtracks and... Chinese opera involves various performing arts types such as singing.. or engage in compelling storylines. bangsawan performances often depict. Lion Dance The lion dance is a pugilistic performance that is mainly performed on occasions such as official openings of buildings.. offices and shops in.. It is now the most widely performed Indian dance. acrobatics.Immerse yourself in artistic masterpieces as you peruse galleries and museums. Line Dance Line-dancing is an activity that has quickly gained in popularity. It comprises of a group of people. .. Like most western plays... with Singaporeans of all ages taking part.
.. joget and zapin. Folk Music As part of a multi-racial society.. vedic hymns and. Malay Music Traditional Malay music generally falls into five categories – ronggeng. asli. masri... the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is well-regarded worldwide for bridging the musical.. Indian Classical Music Indian classical music is one of the oldest forms of music in the world. Singapore Chinese Orchestra Recognised for its high performing standards. Singapore Symphony Orchestra A full-time professional orchestra with 96 members. The slowest in pace are the masri and asli... • • Arts & Entertainment Culture & Heritage o Peranakan Pickings o A Collage of Cultures o Culture Spotlight o A Touch of History o Heritage Sites . Singaporeans enjoy a diverse range of musical influences.. the Singapore Chinese Orchestra has been invited to perform at various major occasions such as the.. Its roots can be traced back to the era of tribal chants. some of which come in the form of traditional folk..
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20 of 37 results Architecture . Being a multi-racial society. you only need to step into their ethnic quarters. Find out more Architecture Renowned architects in Singapore and around the world have constantly pushed the boundaries.Diversity doesn't get any wider than in Singapore. cultures and religions. Some ethnic quarters to start with are Chinatown. Find out more Heritage Sites The best way to discover the Singapore’s history is through the many heritage trails on the island. where your five senses will be treated to a myriad of experiences. head for the different ethnic quarters. Culture Spotlight For a first-hand experience of the various cultures. Little India. Joo Chiat and Katong. there is also mutual respect and this can be seen in daily interactions and festive celebrations. Singapore is home to a collage of communities. To truly experience Singapore’s diverse ethnology. You’ll enjoy a time of cultural immersion. Beyond just co-existing with one another. each accompanied by a rich heritage that dates far back.. Kampong Glam. Find out more Displaying 1 ..
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featuring a marriage of old and new furniture in its • Not far from the Asian.. • impressive number of bronze. is sure to catch your eye as you.. yellow and blue. the open plaza of Parkview Square is surrounded by sculptures and statues. People of the River One of the most photographed statue series here. Old Parliament House / The Arts House Converted into an arts and heritage venue in 2004. uncover layers of Singapore history as you freely walk and discover the People • • • • • • Arts & Entertainment Culture & Heritage Nature & Wildlife Nightlife Sports & Recreation Family Fun o Attractions o Fun-filled Adventure o Family Tours & Packages o Something different o Science & Discovery o Theme Parks . Parkview Square Described as imposing and monumental. New Majestic Hotel The New Majestic Hotel combines luxury with a contemporary design aesthetic. with all of its 911 windows painted in a myriad of colours like green.. with an • of the River... the Old Parliament House was renamed and relaunched as The Arts House.The MICA building... • open concept lobby.. red.
500 luxurious rooms.• • • o Whiz kid o Young Explorers Beauty & Wellness Your New Singapore Leisure Cruises 0 ^ You have no items added to Your Singapore Guide. v Marina Bay Sands® • • • • • Indulgence by the Bay Marina Bay Sands® is a magnificent destination for entertainment. This landmark building is situated in the heart of Singapore’s central business district. This structural masterpiece will stand tall and proud in the centre of city. redefining Singapore’s skyline. . delivering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. business and shopping. theatres. state-ofthe art convention and exhibition facilities. this is the place to go for world-class entertainment. and some of the best shopping and dining in the region. With a luxury hotel. Take your pick from the recommended items or browse the website to add items you like. At the heart of it all will be three 55-storey hotel towers offering over 2.
The three hotel towers are crowned by the Sands SkyPark® on the 57th storey. beautifully sculptured gardens. Or simply retreat to one of the many spa facilities for some heavenly pampering. which offers a 360-degree view of Singapore's skyline. bars and lounges for you to choose from.000 seats. Finally. This impressive wonder will truly inspire the cosmopolitan landscape of Singapore. offering a vibrant collage of entertainment and lifestyle choices. making Marina Bay Sands the hangout du jour for visitors and locals alike. featuring top international brands such as Louis Vuitton located in a "floating" crystal pavilion. including world-renowned restaurants – featuring Michelin-starred Batali. There’s no greater feeling like standing at the top of the world. Wolfgang Puck. Arts lovers will have plenty of options too. Santi Santamaria. The museum's lotus-inspired design lends a powerful presence to the waterfront area and will be a sight to behold. will offer you an impressive variety of hand-picked international and local performances all the way from Broadway to Bollywood – including hits such as the internationally acclaimed musical The and celebrity chefs like Mario Lion King. Be greeted by personalised and intuitive service that seeks to make your stay a truly unforgettable experience. you’ll enter a world of luxury and exclusivity. shoppers will surely be spoilt for choice. you’ll be amazed by the unprecedented collection of art installations. Daniel Boulud. don't miss the museum where blockbuster artworks from the world over will be displayed.Once inside the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Luxury fashion fans will have more to cheer about. This one-hectare sky oasis will feature lush greenery. The Marina Bay Sands integrated resort is going to be a city within a city. while film buffs can expect exclusive gala premiers. Guy Savoy and Tetsuya Wakuda. • • • • • • • • • Arts & Entertainment Culture & Heritage Nature & Wildlife Nightlife Sports & Recreation Family Fun Beauty & Wellness Your New Singapore o Attractions o Design & Architecture o Shopping o Dining o Arts o Nightlife o Culinary Stars Leisure Cruises 0 ^ . enjoy a great meal at one of the 50 dining experiences. The resort's two state-of-the-art theatres. Besides offering the best in retail shopping. At the Marina Bay Sands Art Path. With a wide array of high-end boutiques alongside niche designer labels at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. there are restaurants. totalling 4. there will also be an eclectic mix of gourmet restaurants and cool cafes. For entertainment and leisure. After all that shopping. restaurants and even an infinity pool. Live music fans can also get their fix with a smorgasbord of concerts.
Singapore has it all. or engage in compelling storylines. then don’t miss these spectacular performances and arts encounters for an entertaining time in Singapore. Whatever you fancy. Immerse yourself in artistic masterpieces as you peruse galleries and museums. v Arts • • • • • Bringing Arts aficionados together If you love the arts and enjoy watching a theatre production or a musical or two. Voyage de la Vie™ .You have no items added to Your Singapore Guide. memorable soundtracks and death-defying stunts. Take your pick from the recommended items or browse the website to add items you like. set amidst awe-inspiring backdrops.
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