Welcome to Singapore
Nothing is better than experiencing Singapore’s shiny life filled with a handful of vibrant colours and an antique charisma. Have some of the breathtaking views from this dreamland through a walk along the Marina Bay Sands while having a sigh of relief from the daily noises of the overcrowded cities.
Country Quick Facts
Singapore is situated in the South eastern part of Asia carrying some of the major characteristics of being a small but a highly urbanised city. The city is clipped to the conclusion point of Malayan Peninsula lying in the middle of Indonesia and Malaysia. It is a blend of the mainland as well as other varied groups of islands and is separated from Indonesia with the help of the Singapore Strait. Also, it is segregated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor.
Area: 721.5 sq. km
‘Malay’ is considered to be the national language of Singapore, however there are four other official languages which are widely in use here. These four official languages include English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Considered as the de facto language here, English carries the major relevance and thus, is used in schools, offices, shops, homes and every other place, that too very commonly. The people of Singapore are acknowledged as the ‘Singaporeans’ and apart from them, the other part of the city’s population is taken over by Chinese, Malays and the Indians.
The officially accepted currency in Singapore is the “Singapore Dollar’’ that is symbolised as ‘S$’. A single Singapore Dollar is equivalent to 100 cents. The currency is present in the form of coins and banknotes. The coins are available in the denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 Dollar, whereas the banknotes are available in the denominations of $2, $5, $10, $20, $25, $50, $100, $1,000, $10,000. The facilities for ATMs are easily available in varied regions of Singapore and that too are growing rapidly now. For the purposes of cash withdrawal in the multiple denominations, the ATMs can be used. Apart from this, foreign checks and other bank related transactions can be facilitated in the available banks of Singapore.
Singapore experiences the maritime exposure and thus, witnesses a constant pressure and also the temperature. There is high humidity and also an abundant amount of rainfall here and thus, the thunderstorms are frequent here on a daily basis. Approximately 40% of each day comes across the thunderstorms activity in Singapore. Talking about the average temperature in this city, it lies somewhere between 25 degrees Celsius and 31 degrees Celsius. January is considered as the coldest month, November is the wettest and April is the warmest month of each year here.
Time: The Singapore Time Zone (SGT) is followed by Singapore that is 15 hours ahead of the Pacific Standard Time.
Electricity: The Standard Voltage in Singapore is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Plug Types C, G and M are used in Singapore. In case you are a resident of USA and present here for any purpose, then you need to carry your own power plug with you.
Weight & Measurement: The Metric System is used in Singapore for the purpose of Weight and Measurement.
Telecommunications: The varied telecommunication service providers in Singapore include iCell, M1, Singtel and the StarHub. Being referred as an international telecommunications hub, it is experiencing high quality developments in the same. Internet, radio, mobile phones and televisions are commonly used in Singapore.
Top Cities of Singapore
Have some of the glimpses of the best cities in Singapore that are surely not to be missed. They are listed below :
Food & Drink
It is really noteworthy that despite of being such a tiny island nation, Singapore still manages to serve some of the best mind-boggling culinary experiences and different modern mashups. The city is packed with an array of themed restaurants offering you a plenty of food alternatives to choose from. Consisting of the legendary cheap food and the royal kitchen, the place is unequivocally going to be called as a ‘dream come true’ for each and every foodie person visiting this island nation.
Hainanese chicken rice
It is considered to be the national dish of Singapore and is also one of its comfort food. The dish consists of chicken and rice prepared in a broth.
It is a crab prepared in the tomato based gravy and beaten egg. Having a chilly sensation, as the name suggests it gives you a slow building burn.
Kaya toast set
Present in many variations, this dish consists of boiled eggs, white pepper, soy sauce (acting as a season), butter and kaya.
Prata and murtabak
These are the flatbreads (similar to the Indian roti) which are consumed by dipping them into a finely made curry sauce.
It is one of the most common drinks in Singapore prepared with a blend of pineapple juice, gin, grenadine, lime juice, bitters and cherry liqueur.
Singapore has the best bars in the whole of Asia, thus, you can consume a wide variety of cocktails in this place at its majorly known bars.
The dish carries its influence from the Hong Kong cuisine, but the version of this country is consumed dry along with sweet sauce, pork and soup.
Fried carrot cake
It is not a dessert but is a perfect blend of preserved radish, eggs and also the flour cake of white radish.
Not a single dish, but an incorporation of a variety of small dishes served in a whole group together. It follows the Chinese dining sharing custom.
Culture of Singapore
The name of this country has been taken over from the Singa-pura that carries the meaning "City of the Lion". The culture of this small island nation is really the most diverse one and a true as well as pure blend of varied ethics. Once you enter this place, you just have to keep in mind that spitting and also chewing gums is not at all allowed here. The issue of discrimination is still prevalent here in some of the low lying societies, however one might also witness that there are more than 10 religions existing here which are practiced on a large scale.
Singapore defines its culture by relating it with peace, social, justice and also the religious harmony. Being considered as one of the ‘finest’ cities in Asia, the major focus is given to the cleanliness and the standard of living in Singapore.
It is not at all mandatory for every person to follow only one religion, however there is a probability that one might witness many people here following more than one religion. Some of the most prominent public holidays and the religions prevalent here are Hindu, Christianity, Islam and also the Buddhism.
Majority of the establishments in Singapore are witnessed as being a religious one.
However, in case you want to visit these there are certain rules and regulations that he/ she needs to follow. You have to take off your shoes before entering a temple or any similar religious hub. The women are recommended to dress appropriately in these places. Don’t go by this nation’s small size as it has a bundle of things to offer for its residents and also the visitors.
Top Activities in Singapore
Self Drive Travel in Singapore
Striving for the better formation of a relaxed journey? If yes, then this is a perfect time for you to experience a super-amazing road trip. Follow your self- planned itineraries without and kind of hassle and restrictions or halts in between your journey.
Nothing’s better than self-satisfaction and a proper fly-drive experience is quite enough to let you feel the same. Facilitating you with unlimited opportunities for an extensive exploration and that too without even compromising on your comfort and flexibility, an overlanding trip in Singapore can serve you with better experiences rather than your common ways of travelling from one place to another. Experience the wide open spaces of Singapore along with the scenic views of its magnificent scenery and that too with your own sense and vision for this beauteous place waiting for your exploration. Talking about the conditions of Singapore’s roads one might witness that they are really clear with the showcasing of understandable traffic laws and signs.
Urban Adventures in Singapore
Indoor Skydiving performed in the iFly Singapore that is located in the Sentosa Island is a one stop solution for all those people who are seeking for some adventurous activities but are also afraid of heights. Here you can engross yourself in the Indoor Sky Diving filled with thrill, fun and adventure along with your friends or family. It is a 10,000 ft. freefall activity in an indoor wind tunnel considered as the world’s largest wind tunnel that is consisting of five floors. This activity is undoubtedly witnessed as one of the most adventurous and the frolic-filled activities presently practised in Singapore. Grab your guts and try this one! This is really worthy of being tried at least once in your life.
Are you a water sports lover? Well, if for sure you are seeking for some of the water related adventures, then it’s a time for you to head towards the Adventure Cover Waterpark. Here, you shall undoubtedly get an experience of getting close with the marine life through your journey down the Adventure River. Come across a good number of themed zones comprising of the most important tropical jungle garden. The activities are not only limited to underwater but also, you can try out the hydro-magnetic coaster in this region filling your day with a lot more thrill and fun. The spot is opened daily for all starting from 10 am till the 6 pm.
Being a race lover or we can say, a car- lover it has always been a dream for each and every driver to race in Lamborghini or Ferrari and that too not on the common roads but on the racing track of the Formula 1. Go past the hair-raising laps, cross them and feel a satisfaction like never before. Being considered as one of the most fun-filled activities in Singapore, racing in the F1 is surely proving to be a ‘dream come true’ for millions of visitors coming here every year. This is a really unique outdoor activity and most probably is one of the rarest ones all across the globe. Indulge yourself in this perfect thrill activity and feel more active and brand new.
The Reverse Bungy practised in the Clarke Quay is Singapore’s one of the most adventurous activities. Grab a chance to have a try of the most antique way of experiencing the gravitational force that gives you a feel no less than that of a rocket. This activity is somewhat fast and thus, not at all recommended for the people having a weak heart. Here, you will go high at a height of 60 metres and that too with a speed of 200 km/hr. This place is opened daily and you can have try out all these adventures at around 2 pm costing you at around $45 per participant. Singapore is a home to some of the best and really unique adventure activities, and the Reverse Bungy is truly one of these.
You might have got bored from the common zoos in your country or any other place where you have recently visited. Giving it a change, how about a ‘Night Safari’? Yes, you read it right. Singapore is a home to one of the most amazing Night Safari experiences in the whole world provided to you by none other than the Mandai Lake Road. Starting right from the rugged Himalayan Foothills and concluding to the Asian Riverine Forest, this place has a promising trip for you with a view of approximately 2500 nocturnal animals.