Singapore 101: Facts Every Visitor Should Know

Singapore 101: Facts Every Visitor Should Know

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Singapore is a very modern city with many luxurious buildings and breathtaking skyscrapers. It also has a lot of parks that you can explore, malls you can shop in, and theme parks that are great for families. For these reasons, and many more, it’s a very popular holiday destination for all types of travellers. So, if you’ve been thinking about travelling to this destination, here are a few things you should know about Singapore. 

It’s not always cheap
The city-state of Singapore is not exactly a cheap place. It is home to many millionaires, so it’s not a surprise that luxury and comfort come at a price. From the restaurants to the hotels, if you want to spend your vacation in style, be ready to pay for it. This also means that if you’re travelling on a budget, you need to do some planning in advance if you want to save money. Fortunately, you can find restaurants and accommodation to suit any budget – if you know where to look. 

The locals know English
Most people who’ve never been to Singapore don’t expect the locals to know English. However, English has been taught in schools, and most Singaporeans will understand you. That being said, they mostly speak what is known as Singlish – a combination of colloquial catchphrases and English words. So, they might add “lah” and “leh” at the end of the sentence, or they might refer to elderly strangers as “aunties” and “uncles” – just pay attention to how you use those terms, as you don’t want to offend somebody by accident.

The public transport is great
Public transport in Singapore is very well-developed, which means that you can easily get from one point to another without wasting too much time. Many popular touristic sites are well-connected as well, and navigating the public transport is not that difficult either. Also, if you prefer to take the taxi, you should know that taxi meters are strictly regulated, so there’s no chance for your fare to be inflated. All in all, getting around should not be too complicated for you.

There are many cultural events
In Singapore, there is always some event to celebrate. There are many cultural festivals, shopping sprees, lifestyle events, and art exhibitions. So, for instance, if you’re looking for Islamic events, you should have no trouble finding them if you ask around or do some research online first. All in all, there is always something going on in the city, so you can rest assured that you would not be bored. 

You’d be safe
When it comes to crimes, the rules and regulations are very strict, which makes Singapore one of the safest cities in the world. Whether you’re travelling alone or in a group, there would be nothing for you to worry about even if you’re out at 3 a.m. The city is almost entirely crime-free, which is probably one of the many reasons why it’s so popular with tourists in the first place. 

Wi-Fi hotspots are everywhere
If you feel more comfortable having the Internet wherever you go, you should know that Singapore has Wi-Fi hotspots almost everywhere. Most of the public cafés and restaurants have it, and malls and libraries are covered by “Wireless@SG” – a free connection that you can also use. All you need to do is sign up for a one-time password with your phone number, and you’d be connected. 

The above-listed facts are good to know before travelling to Singapore, but they are also a good reason to visit it in the first place. Whether you prefer travelling alone and want to go to a destination that you know is safe, or you want to see some cultural events and festivals, your trip to Singapore would definitely be memorable.

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