Singapore is an independent city-state in Southeast Asia, located at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula. Singapore is a very modern and civilized city with skyscrapers. It has also one of the world's busiest ports. The tropical climate, the great shopping opportunities, as well as an exceptionally well-functioning public transport and its wild nightlife make Singapore an excellent travel destination. Within the city are also long sandy beaches, many parks worth a visit, great spas, as well as one of the world's highest open swimming pools (located at an altitude of 150 m in the Marina Bay hotel).
Monthly Weather Conditions
Singapore's weather remains pretty much the same throughout the year; so don't think too hard about the weather when considering which time of the year to visit. November, December and January are the months with the most rainy days. However, when the rain does come, it rains for just about an hour in the day, which does not really affect travelling.
The most popular time to visit the country is from June to July and from November to December, when Singapore and many Southeast Asian countries have school holidays.
More information: Singapore forecast and weather conditions monthly
Singapore 16 most important sights:
- Singapore Zoo / Night Safari: A highly rated zoo.
- Merlion: Statue of a fictional creature known as the merlion.
- Light show: Short, free daily light show.
- Jurong Bird Park: Bird park that contains approximately 5,000 animals.
- Thian Hock Keng Temple: One of the oldest and most remarkable Hokkien temples in Singapore.
- Gardens by the Bay: High-quality park with many attractions.
- G-Max Reverse Bungy: Reverse bungy jump
- Singapore Flyer: Large Ferris wheel
- Marina Bay Sands Casino: Large casino
- Casino Sentosa: Large casino
- Sentosa: Small island with beaches and various activities, located next to Singapore's main island.
- East Coast Park: Large park with activities like wakeboarding, cycling and camping.
- Clarge Quay: Bar district
- Chinatown: Chinese district
- Little India: Indian district
- Orchard Road: Shopping center area
Recommendation for one day:
- Start the day with a walking tour of Chinatown or a little shopping on Orchard Road.
- After that, if you like beaches and attractions, visit Sentosa. For those who like gardens and nature, choose the Botanic Gardens instead of Sentosa.
- The Sands Skypark Observation Deck at 6-7pm. The building also has a large casino downstairs, a good visit for those interested in gambling early.
- Look up. See the light show at 8pm.
- After that, head to the bar/restaurant area on Clarke Quay for food, drinks and music.
The recommended accommodation areas for Singapore are:
Cheap area: Geylang
Central location: Chinatown, Clarge quay, City hall, Orchard road
Beach area: Sentosa
Nightlife: Clarke quay
Compared to prices worldwide, Singapore is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $47.65, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $200.97, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $53.29
- Hotel (3 stars): $81.79
- Hotel (4 stars): $158.84
- Hotel (5 stars): $247.25
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $4.60
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $6.59
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $7.26
- Meal, McDonalds: $5.80
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $8.16
Singapore has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 70.2 (better than United states average 48.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 78.0 (better than United states average 70.3)
- Walking alone at night: 70.7 (better than United states average 41.2)
More information: Singapore safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
- Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
- Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
- Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.