Singapore Travel Guide
In depth guides on destinations in Singapore
plus honest reviews of attractions, accommodation, and restaurants.
Singapore was the first Asian country we took our girls to when they were nearly 3. It is a great introduction to Asia as it’s very clean, family-friendly, and safe. Their public transport system is easy to navigate and runs on time which makes it easy to get around. English is widely spoken and there’s a variety of food options.
All this makes it the ideal place to visit with children.
Weather and Best Time to Visit Singapore
Lion City, as Singapore is affectionately known, is classed as a year-round destination with daytime averages around 33°C and 26°C at night. It rains every month, mostly in the late afternoon and evenings, and has a high level of humidity. It can range from 60% right up to 100%.
There are two monsoon seasons; Northeast Monsoon Season (Dec-Mar) and Southwest Monsoon Season (Jun-Sep).
Despite the Northeast Monsoon Season being from December to March, November to January is generally very wet with heavy rainfall in the afternoons and evenings. February and March are generally drier with February being the driest month of the year.
The Southwest Monsoon Season has thunderstorms that normally occur in the mornings. Heavy rain accompanies them which lasts for around 1-2 hours.
If you suffer from asthma or breathing difficulties, avoid May to October when Sumatran forest fires can cause a lot of smoke haze.
We’ve been in January, February, and October and the weather was pretty much the same. It did rain but mainly in the late afternoon and didn’t stop us from doing everything we wanted. Just bring an umbrella and/or rain jacket.
The currency of Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD).
Credit cards are widely accepted but you should bring some cash for markets and small stores.
Singapore is expensive for Asia. Prices are comparable to Europe, America and Australia.
Speak to your health professional before traveling to Singapore and any travel advice from your country.
Some of the risks include:
It’s a good idea to get vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis, use insect repellent and wear long, loose, light coloured clothing.
If you plan to take medication with you, check with the Singapore Health Sciences Authority to see if it is legal there. You may need to apply for approval so allow at least 10 working days.
Events in Singapore
Chinese New Year
Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Great Singapore Sale
Singapore Food Festival
Grand Prix Season
New Year’s Eve
Laws & Customs
As well as a serious crime, Singapore takes drug offenses very seriously and can result in the death penalty. This also includes having drug traces in your system (even if you took them outside of the country).
Here’s a list of some of the laws to be aware of when travelling to Singapore:
Drugs of any type
Rape or being inappropriate towards women
Offenses as a result of being drunk
Smoking in public
Importing or chewing gum
Importation and use of vaporisers
Drinking of alcohol in a Liquor Control Zone and in public places between 10.30 pm and 7 am
Copyrighted and Prohibited material of any kind
Same-sex sexual acts between men
Any type of weapons including replica
Taking photos of buildings where signs say not allowed
Taking Durian on public transport
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Why Visit Singapore
These are my top reasons for visiting Singapore:
Cheap hawker food
Very clean & safe
Easy to navigate the city
Different types of architecture
Something for everyone
Nature in a city
One of the best zoos in the world
Changi Airport is one of the best airports in the world. There is so much to do there that it makes a travel destination in its own right.
Each time you arrive and depart from Changi Airport, you will need to scan your thumbprints. This doesn’t apply to children younger than 6 years old though.
A tip is to register your thumbprints on BioScreen at the Immigration Counter upon arrival and then you can use the self-clearance system when departing.
Things to do in Singapore
There are so many things to do in Singapore and an outstanding amount of attractions and places to see.
Make sure to read our travel guide on the best things to do in Singapore.
How To Get Around Singapore
Getting around Singapore is easy with public transport. The MRT is quick as most attractions are close to an MRT station and they come along frequently.
You have the choice of buying a Singapore Tourist Pass which gives you unlimited rides or a stored value card. It will depend on how many times you will be suing the MRT and how long you are there for.
You can also use taxis or the ride sharing app Grab.
Where To Stay in Singapore
There’s plenty of hotels to choose from in Singapore with lots of different budget options. We usually stay in a mid-range hotel like Holiday Inn Orchard Road.
For those that would like a bit of luxury and can afford the high-end hotels, I’d recommend The Fullerton Hotel, The Fullerton Bay, and Marina Bay Sands.
If apartments are more your style (great for cooking your own foods and a bit more space), then The Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore is a great choice.
We use a combination of Booking.Com, Klook and Agoda to compare prices, reviews and get the cheapest prices. The earlier you book, the better deals you can get.
We use a mixture of Klook, Viator and Get Your Guide to book our tours. They all offer fantastic cancellation terms, are easy to book, instant confirmation, and competitively priced. I see which one is offering the best deal (those will be the ones I recommend).
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