Singapore is a growing cosmopolitan city with a history that’s deeply rooted in commerce and trade. While it’s a long time favorite destination for affluent travelers, the city has become openly available for the masses.
An abundance of affordable, world-class attractions is starting to spring up on a regular basis, while the majority of nightlife and restaurant options that cater to everyone from backpackers to high rolling millionaires!
The island-state is also culturally diverse. Where else in the world can you can marvel at the history of the historic Chinatown, then eat some delicious curry in Little India, before ending the day on the Marina Bay Sands with a cocktail?
Here are some travel tips to ensure that you have a great time while you’re in the “Lion City”.
Singapore is one of the safest cities to travel to East Asia. This is due to the strict laws that are set in place there. Drug offenses can lead to a life sentence in prison and a shoplifting charge is a few months in prison. This isn’t the best place to be a criminal! For travelers, especially solo women, you can feel comfortable during your visit.
Smaller crimes such as theft are common in Singapore, so make sure to keep an eye out for your personal belongings during your travel. Be careful when you’re out partying and don’t leave your bag unattended on the beach.
Negotiate taxi prices beforehand or use metered taxis to prevent getting overcharged. It’s not uncommon, but taxi drivers tend to overcharge foreigners. Make sure to keep your receipts in case you have to dispute any inaccurate transactions.
You can take a Singapore to Kuala Lumpur bus route to experience Asia. Please remember to bring your passport to when crossing the Singapore – Johor borders. On average, a bus route from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is around 5 hours.
The levels of luxury and prices vary between companies. Tickets can cost around $20 dollars or less. However, these buses don’t take the most efficient route and can add an extra hour to your journey.
The more comfortable buses are around $50 and come with leather seats. Some have LCD systems so you can choose your favorite movies to watch. The higher end bus companies have snacks, drinks, or meals served by attendants nearby.
For most travelers, a visa is not required unless you plan on staying in Singapore for more than 90 days. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months before you go. Residents living in Africa, the Middle East, and other parts of Africa, a visa might be needed. The country specifics and information, as well as a downloaded visa application, are available online.
To conclude, you can have a lot of fun when traveling to Singapore. But you still have to plan your stay to ensure that you get the right housing, food, and travel accommodations. By doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy your stay and experience everything the “Lion City” has to offer.