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Singapore Travel Guide

Discover the cultural melting pot of Singapore

Situated on the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is a fascinating island nation with a unique cultural cocktail. Originally discovered by the Chinese but used by the British Empire as a strategic 'halfway house' in the region, the diversity of Singapore is reflected in the different languages, architecture and food. Singapore is constantly reinventing itself and evolving thanks to the residents who are passionate about exploring new possibilities through food, culture, technology and attractions.

Singapore highlights

Shopping 'til you drop along Orchard Road and sipping on Singapore Slings in the famous Raffles Hotel may be two of Singapore's most popular passtimes but there's so much more food, culture and life to soak up around the city. Here's our top four Singapore picks...
night view of Marina City Park in Singapore

Marina Bay

If you only have 24 hours in Singapore, be sure to beeline for the bay. This downtown spot is home to an awe-inspiring skyline, heaps of bars, the futuristic Gardens by the Bay and Cloud Forest, the ArtScience Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel (ahem, that's the one that looks like a cruise ship on stilts). When you've taken it all in, pull up a stool, grab a Singapore Sling and watch the nightly light show.
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The food

Singapore is slap-bang in the middle of Asia, making it a melting pot of cultures, best tasted in its food scene. The city's ample hawker markets offer up an incredible array of delicious local Chinese, Indian, Malay and Peranakan fare, including Malaysian and Thai fare, plus Singaporean specialities such as Hokkien Mee, Laksa and Hainanese chicken rice.
night view of the 'Gardens by the Bay' illuminated by colorful lights

Gardens by the Bay

Adjacent to Singapore's futuristic marina, is an even more futuristic nature park, home to Cloud Forest, the world's largest manmade waterfall, and a grove of 'Supertrees'. These 50-metre high 'vertical gardens' are covered in ferns and crawlers, deisgned to mimic the function of real trees. Living, breathing and powered by solar energy to make them glow purple all night long, they've bagged our award for the most psychadelic (and nature-nurturing) attraction Asia has to offer.
 people walking through the colorful marketplace in Little India, Singapore

Little India

Little India is located east of the Singapore River and is as colourful as it is tasty. You'll want to dedicate a full afternoon to following your nose through the shopping arcades, fabric markets, temples and foodie enclaves here.

Singapore tours, packages and day trips

shops selling colorful lanterns, kites and others things in a market in Singapore

With Locals: Singapore Food Tour

Wander areas that have influenced the city’s food scene and dig in to ten tastings showcasing the flavours of Singapore! Indulge in a mix of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian cooking that make Singapore a key player in foodie tourism.
night view of Marina City Park in Singapore

With Locals: Magical Singapore by Night

After the sun sets, head out to discover Singapore’s glittering nightlife. Eat hawker-style in Chinatown, walk through local alleys full of street art, see the Marina Bay water and light show, and then finish up with some satay and cold beers.
colorful architecture of buildings in Little India, Singapore

With Locals: Famous Sights & Secret Tour

Stroll through Singapore’s must see sights and discover the hidden gems of the city like a local. Walk the Colonial District, eat a Chinese snack at Tiong Bahru Market, find the secret rooftop orchard garden, and finish at the Gardens by the Bay.
group of people in a night safari riding an open vehicle and meeting animals in Singapore

Singapore Night Safari

You will encounter a myriad of over 900 nocturnal animals from 135 species in their natural habitat amidst the subtle moon glow. Since its inauguration in 1994, the Night Safari has been a winner of the Singapore Tourism Awards’ Leisure Attraction of the year for six times. Roam the jungle on one of the walking trails or ride the tram across the Himalayan foothills and equatorial Africa.
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cityscape of the Marina Bay skyline in Singapore during night

Singapore City Experience

Ease your way into the Lion City with this all-inclusive city experience package! Departing daily, this independent tour includes two nights accommodation with breakfast, pick-up and drop-off airport transfers and a half-day city tour with an EZ Link Card included so you can get out and explore all the major highlights.
Red square with Christ Church and bell tower in the city of Melaka

Flavours of Singapore & Malaysia | Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

Dine with a local family in Singapore, discover the UNESCO World Heritage old town of Melaka, and discover Kuala Lumpur street food on this magical southeast Asian adventure.
5 days
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Singapore travel costs

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Beers

Drinks in Singapore are more expensive than the rest of South East Asia, with domestic beers costing anything between $5-$15 and cocktails costing around $13-$25. Drinks in bars and meals in restaurants will be considerably more.

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Meals

Meals at hawker stalls are the best way to eat on a budget, with meals costing between $4-8. Expect to pay a lot more in restaurants.

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Taxi Ride

Taxis are metered with fares based on a flag down rate and by distance travelled. Surcharges are common from the airport and inner city areas.

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Transport

Get your EZ-link card and top up when you need, for the most convenient and cheapest way of traveling around on the subway and local buses.

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Hostels

Dorm beds in Singapore can cost between $18 and $35.

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Hotels

A double room in a mid-range hotel costs between $120 and $170 per night.

Singapore accommodation deals

a suite of Hotel 81 Dickson in Little India, Singapore

Hotel 81 Dickson

Surrounded by the charming shops of Little India, the modern Hotel 81 Dickson offers affordable accommodation in one of the most popular districts of town. Get out and about and sample some tasty Indian food, shop ‘til you drop in the Bugis shopping district and wander past Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches on Serangoon Road. After all that exertion, head back to your comfy abode at Hotel 81 for some much needed rest!
a hostel room with buncbeds in Rucksack Inn Lavendar, Little India in Singapore

Rucksack Inn Lavendar, Little India

Rucksack Inn @ Lavender has 150 beds, the biggest backpackers hostel in Singapore! Cozy and clean and comfortable hostel at wallet-friendly prices. Take your pick from bunk beds, pods and private rooms. Psst… We have a rooftop terrace too! Price includes free Wi-Fi and breakfast too! They also provide great security and good company around the clock.
night view of the architecture of Furama Riverfront Hotel in Singapore

Furama Riverfront Singapore

A first class hotel with facilities and services to match situated on the Singapore River. The hotel is easily accessible by guests to and from all parts of Singapore, including the Orchard Road shopping district and most of Singapore`s tourist attractions.

FAQ - Travel in Singapore

When is the best time to travel to Singapore?

Singapore is hot and humid throughout the year, and rain can be a daily occurrence. The country does have monsoon seasons - May to September and November to March - but you can still visit during this time and get pleasant weather. December and January tend to be the rainiest months, and the school holidays are between June and July, when the weather is hottest. 

Do I need a visa to visit Singapore?

Aussies can stay up to 90 days in Singapore without requiring a visa to enter, but you will need six months validity on your passport.  A social visit pass will be issued on arrival provided you hold a valid passport, sufficient funds to cover your stay in Singapore, confirmed onward tickets and entry documents for further destinations. 

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