A Quick Guide to What You Need to Know When Visiting Singapore

A Quick Guide To What You Need To Know When Visiting Singapore

If you have yet to visit Singapore, you’re missing out on a gem of an island that will make you think twice about going home.

Here’s what you need to know for your visit:

When to Visit?

The weather in Singapore is warm and humid year-round with high temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most festivals take place between May and July, and between November and February, so flight and hotel prices will be a bit higher during these months. Monsoon season starts at the end of the year, dropping more rain on the city than usual.

Where to Stay?

Singapore is full of amazing places to stay, from cozy boutique hotels to swanky spa hotels. And while you won’t have a problem finding a place to sleep, hotels can be expensive. For the budget savvy traveler, alternative accommodations will save money.

Guests will find thousands of rentals on Airbnb, including luxury condos, two bedroom townhouses, and spacious single rooms.

Hostels are also a good budget option for your stay.

What to Do?

Immerse Yourself in Singapore’s Culture

If you want to gain some brain cells while you’re on vacation, peruse a museum or two while in Singapore. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum houses ancient, authentic relics of the Buddha. Alternatively, the National Museum of Singapore gives visitors a firsthand look at the city’s culture and history.

It’s not hard to find amazing street food to sample. Try local staples like ketupat, laksa, and wanton. Make your way to Maxwell Food Center or to Hong Lim Food Center for these tasty treats.

Once the sun goes down, Singapore welcomes partiers into the streets. Places to grab a quick drink or dance the night away are plentiful. Traveler favorites include Crazy Elephant and Zouk.

Experience Other Cultures with a Singapore Twist

Sure, you’re in Singapore, but you don’t want to miss experiencing these pockets of foreign culture.

Participate in festivals, food, and shopping in Chinatown. In these narrow streets, you’ll find bits of history intermingled with modern sites.

Excite your senses in Little India as you shop and eat among colorful stalls. In this enclave, explore Indian traditions, like henna tattooing and bartering over goods.

Spend a day shopping for eye-catching garb or smoke some shisha on Arab Street. Look closely among the various wares to find a worthy trinket to take home.

Get Your Dose of Nature

Hike along a nature trail at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to see the beautiful, tropical foliage of Singapore. Don’t forget to stop by the visitor’s center to hear about conservation efforts and how you can help keep the Reserve beautiful.

If you love animals, you’ll go crazy over the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. During the day, get your fill of animals from across the world. When it gets dark, embark on an adventure to see nocturnal animals in their natural spaces.

You could spend days viewing everything the Singapore Botanic Gardens has to offer. Visit the Healing Garden to learn which plants help with certain ailments or stroll through the Orchid Garden to marvel over the varieties of this beautiful plant.

Have you booked your flight to Singapore? Go ahead. You won’t regret it!

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