singapore

Singapore

Travel guide

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, Singapore’s combination of ethnic groups 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 and attractions.

Singapore fast facts

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Languages spoken

Malay
Mandarin
Tamil
English

costs

Currency

Name: Singapore Dollar
Code: SGD
Symbol: $

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Time zones

Singapore (GMT +8)

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...
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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.

Top tip: Ever wondered what it's like to dine at a Michelin starred restaurant? In Singapore, even some hawker stands have been awarded Michelin stars – Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in Chinatown is one of them.

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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.
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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

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Singapore Heritage Food Tour: Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat and Katong
One of the best things about being in Singapore is undoubtedly the food. It is no secret that Singaporeans eat and drink with a passion. For the newcomer, deciding where and what to eat can be an intimidating, yet at the same time, exciting experience. From Chinese to Malay, Indian to Peranakan, on this tour we will cover all the top foodie's favorite neighborhood including Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat and Katong.
$174pp
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ChinaTown Trishaw Night Tour
Delve into Singapore’s multicultural heritage on a private Half-day tour. Learn about the Chinese, Indian, and Malay communities who settled here during the 1800s, and discover their cultures and history. Visit a temple and explore Chinatown
$86 pp
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Universal Studios Singapore | One-day pass
Visit Universal Studios Singapore™ within Resorts World Sentosa, Asia's #1 Amusement Park! This will include a one-day admission pass into the theme-park where access to all the rides have been included within the ticket admission price
$73 pp
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Singapore Night Safari
You will encounter a myriad of nocturnal animals 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.
$70 pp 
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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.

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Our Singapore Accommodation

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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!
Twin/double fr $45 per person
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Bunc Hostel
This boutique hostel is just a 15 minutes walk from Bugis street, and offers clean dormitory rooms and free Wi-Fi. Coin-operated laundry facilities and and computer corner are available at the lobby. It is located within the culturally rich area of Little India, Singapore. Shared kitchen, a microwave, toaster and drinks vending machine are available for guests' usage. A simple breakfast is provided free of charge every morning at the common area.
Dorms fr $36
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Hangout @ Mt. Emily
This fun-loving, funky hostel is a backpacker’s favourite. Located near Little India, you’ll have seven floors of colourful rooms, veg-out spaces and cyber corners to lounge around in. Oh and of course there’s a rooftop terrace for all your Singapore sunning and star-gazing.
Dorms fr $44
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Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel
Located in Singapore, Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel is in the historical district and close to Nex and Air Force Museum. This hostel is within close proximity of Paya Lebar Square and City Square Mall.
Dorms fr $47
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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.
Twin/double fr $124 per person
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Boss Hotel
Located in Victoris St this hote in is the heart of central Singapore and betweenthe two eclectic cultural areas. It's stylis, contemporary and has the choice of 1500 comfy rooms. All roomshave WiFi access, 40” LED TV, electronic safe, mini fridge and there is a mini mart on site.
Twin/double fr $68 per person
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Singapore Visa

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. You can't get a working holiday visa for Singapore.

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