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Singapore - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

An efficient public transportation network of taxis, buses and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system ensures that travelling cross this city state is hassle-free and extremely affordable.
Buy an ez-link card. It can be used both for MRT and Buses.
Maps of urban networks: Maporama

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

Most commonly used transportation is The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) it is a modern, air-conditioned passenger train service with stations all over the island. Trains operate from 0530 hrs until 0030 hrs daily. Travelling on the MRT is cheap, with rides ranging from SGD 0.80 to a maximum of SGD 1.70.

MRT has two operators : SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT) and SBS Transit

Taxi's are a little bit expensive and take long duration to reach the destination. For a group of four passengers with luggage Taxi is recommended.

Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights
Singapore Airlines Major No Yes
Silk Air Major No Yes
Tiger Airways Low Cost No Yes

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: Driving in Singapore is considered safe. A right permit is required for driving in Singapore which is issued by Land Transport Authority . Public streets and commuter facilities are well-lit for the safety of all road-users. Traffic signs and directional signs are clear and plentiful. Some sections of highways are restricted during rush hours.
Road maps: Streetdirectory
Find an itinerary: Mapblast

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Historical: World War II Sites, along with various old historical places like Churches, Temples , Mosque, Old Residence, Bridges are worth seeing.

Visit : The official tourism web site

Cultural: Many festivals take place throughout the year (festival of the temple, Mosque, Churches, New year, Country and Culture Celebrations).
Nature: Parks, Gardens and other Panoramic views of the harbors are counted as natural reserves.
Religious: Many temples, Mosque and Church are spread across city of Singapore.
Thermal: Two famous hot water springs, Sembawang Hot Spring and Pulau Tekong.
Beach: Beaches add to the beauty of the nation of Singapore . Clink the link to see details: Focus Singapore.
Winter sports: Snow City introduces the concept of snow and cold climates in a fun, entertaining and educational way.
Outdoor activities: Golf, Water Sports, and adventure sports.
Shopping: Singapore is known as a shopper's paradise in the region because of the competitive prices and easy availability of goods. Electrical equipment of all types can be bought at Sungei Road , but caution is advised as there are many imitation products around. For more information on shopping in Singapore , see the Singapore Shopping brochure published by the Singapore Tourism Board .
Tourism organizations: Singapore Tourism Board

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: Vaccination certificates are required for travelers who, within the preceding six days, have been in or passed through any country in which yellow fever is prevalent.
For further information on sanitary conditions: Ministry of Health , Singapore

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Singapore (GMT+8)
Summer time period: None
Climate: Equatorial: warm and humid climate throughout the year. The temperature varies between 20°C and 35°C. Rainstorms are very common. The wettest period lasts from November to January and the driest from May to July.

Eating

Food specialties: Beef rendang (coconut milk beef curry), Chili crab (fresh crab with a piquant sauce), Gado gado (a fruit and vegetable salad in peanut sauce), Satay (skewers of marinated meat cooked over charcoal), etc. Most of the dishes display photos, and you can watch them being prepared also.
Drinks: Singapore Sling, Teh arak tarik, Soya bean milk, Sugar cane juice, Tiger Beer.
Dietary taboos: You should never pass food to Muslims with your left hand.
Also, it is advisable not to order alcohol when dining with Muslims.
Never leave chopsticks upright in a rice bowl as this resembles a grave marker which is considered a sign of bad omen.

Speaking

Getting some knowledge: For English to Malay Phrases, visit: Linguanaut.

For English to Tamil Phrases, visit: Linguanaut.

For English to Mandarin Chinese, visit: Kwintessential.

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