Every country is unique in its own right. Getting a general idea of what to expect from your visit in a country can prove to be a real lifesaver in more ways than one – you can save time, money, and effort in figuring out what to do and how to do things right, and just focus on getting the most of the experience the country has to offer.
If your wanderlust takes you (or brings you back) here in Singapore, here’s a quick list of helpful information you should know to optimize your visit in the Lion City:
Singapore Travel Guide for First-Time Visitors
The Singapore dollar is the official currency of the country. You can carry notes in values of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$1,000 and up to S$10,000. Also, coins are available in 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents.
You can speak with majority of the locals using English without any problem. Some of the locals can also speak in other languages such as Malay, Mandarin Chinese, or Tamil.
As Singapore can be found lying near the equator, expect hot and humid weather with temperatures rising up and beyond 30 degrees Celsius most of the time all throughout the year.
- Potable Drinking Water
Singapore has clean and potable water that passes World Health Organization standards. This means you can drink water straight from the tap. Alternatively, you can also buy bottled water anywhere in the city.
- No Smoking Zones
There are certain areas in the city where smoking is not allowed including all air-conditioned locations such as malls and restaurants. However, some entertainment places and open-air diners have designated smoking areas for their customers.
- Wi-fi and connectivity
Travellers can gain access to free public Wi-Fi by registering their foreign mobile numbers for a free public account and connecting to any Wireless@SG mobile hotspot. Overseas data charges may apply.
Singapore is accessible to many different kinds of travellers including the elderly, the hearing and visually-impaired, as well as those who are in wheelchairs.
- Important Hotlines
When in Singapore, remember the following important numbers: 995 for Ambulance and Fire Brigade, 999 for Police, and 1800 542 4422 to check with Flight Information.
- Power Plug
In Singapore, the power sockets are commonly of the G-type which requires cable plugs with three cylindrical prongs. The standard voltage is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles).
- Consumer Advisory
To ensure smooth and hassle-free shopping, always compare prices, check refund policies, invoices, as well as item warranties before you make a purchase.
As in most countries, tipping is acceptable when recognizing above and beyond service, but is not a general requirement as some establishments already apply a ten per cent service charge to the bill.
- Tax Refund
For a minimum purchase of $100 in any participating stores, tourists can claim a refund for the 7 per cent Goods and Services tax (GST) imposed on purchased items.
They say “knowing is half the battle.” If you’ve never been or are planning for your first trip here in the Lion City, then you would surely find these pieces of information quite useful for an enjoyable and memorable stay in Singapore.