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Singapore, a flourishing multinational island city has become one of the most favourite holiday destinations for most travellers all over the world. On your Singapore tour, expect a wealth of flabbergasting man made attractions along with glinting and vivacious nightlife that will compels you to visit it again and again.

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Marine Bay Sands and Merlion in Singapore

This diminutive island-state is also culturally very diverse. Can you ever think of a place where you can actually be in awe of the significant charm of the Chinatown or take a plunge in the delicious chicken curry at Little India or simply admire the beauty of the Marina Bay Sands while sipping a cocktail? Well, no other place is as appealing as Singapore. And if you are keen to know more about this remarkable place, here is everything that you are looking for.

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Best Time To Visit Singapore

Best Time To Visit Singapore

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Witness the splendid waterfalls at Singapore Botanical Garden

Singapore welcomes tourists all the year round. The weather here is fairly consistent with high heat and humidity all through. However, the best time to visit Singapore is from February to April, the time when the weather is very pleasant with a bunch of outdoor activities.

  • Singapore weather: November, December and January are the wettest months and it is advisable to carry umbrellas and jackets as the weather can be quite unpredictable at times. May and June are the hottest months.
    If you are looking to sit back and laze around at the beach with a bit of open-air activities, then June and August are the best months. A visit to Sentosa Island during this time would be ideal.
  • Singapore festivals: If you are eager to witness the flamboyant festivities of the Chinese New Year, then you should visit the country in either January or February. It depends on the first full moon of the year.
  • Singapore shopping: If you are shopping freak and want to visit Singapore only for shopping, then visit the country between June and August. The Great Singapore Sale is organised around this time.

This dynamic city has something for each and every traveller no matter the time of the year. Make sure you take a glance to the yearly happenings and plan your trip consequently.

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Travel Documents For Singapore

Travel Documents For Singapore

Travellers need the following documents for their Singapore tour.

  • Passport– A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure is required.
  • Visa– A tourist visa is required for Indian passport holders that allows a stay for maximum period of 30 days and is valid for 2 years. Visa validity varies by nationality.
  • In case a transit visa is required, it will be issued on arrival and has a validity of 96 hours. This allows travellers to leave the airport.
  • It is desirable to carry a travel insurance for safe and secure travel.
  • Amounts exceeding S$20000 or equivalent should be declared on arrival.

Where To Stay In Singapore

Where To Stay In Singapore

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Srteets of Singapore looks spectacular when lit up

From lavish, extravagant stays and amiable boutique accommodations to low cost budget hotels, there is a bed in the city prepared just for you. The city recognises the need of individuals and offers an exciting and stimulating experience to one and all. If you are looking for a high-end luxurious accommodation you should check out best 5 star properties at Marina Bay, Promenade Orchard Road and Sentosa Island. Hotels in Singapore will pamper and spoil you with their outstanding services. Though Singapore is super expensive as compared to the other Southeast Asian countries, it is possible to get a low-priced accommodation easily. The most accepted and admired places for budget travellers are Little India, Chinatown, Bugis, Lavender Street and Clark Quay. If you book accommodations in advance you are likely to get an early bird’s discount. There are also many guesthouses and hostels offering dorm beds. Pack your bags and get started!

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Travelling Within Singapore

Travelling Within Singapore

Singapore’s exquisitely constructed transport system makes travelling and commuting extremely quick and efficient. Not only it is well organised, but it is also very inexpensive.


Singapore’s MRT(mass rapid transport) system is one of the best ways to move around the city. The far-reaching rail network ensures that the city’s chief tourist attractions are very much at a walk able distance from an MRT station. At peak hours, there are trains running every two to three minutes. The MRT also functions to and fro from Changi Airport for additional expediency. Train fares may vary depending on the time-span of the journey.
Travel tip: Singapore trains and stations are accessible to visually impaired and wheel chair users.


Travelling by bus in your Singapore tour is not only economical but also gives you a chance to appreciate the scenic beauty of the city. The bus system in Singapore has a widespread network of routes covering almost the entire city. Buses are mostly air- conditioned so that the passengers can enjoy their ride in the otherwise hot tropical city. The two main operators are SBS Transit and SMRT.
Travel tip: You can also buy Singapore Tourist Pass, which is a special EZ-link stored value card that allows unlimited travel by MRT and public buses.


Taxis are extremely helpful if you want to go to places where bus and MRT do not cater. There are metered taxis in the city but most of them might charge a little extra depending on time, place and the company’s taxi you choose to board. You can hail a taxi by queuing outside shopping malls and hotels or anywhere in the streets just by giving a hand signal. If you want to book a cab over your phone, you can do it through SMRT Taxis, Premier Taxi or City Cab. Peak hours can come with surcharges.


Driving and exploring a place is always fun and especially in Singapore where the roads are flawless and well framed. Almost all major car rental companies such as Hawk, Avis and Hertz have their booths at the Changi Airport as well as in the city. You will need an international driving licence.
No matter what your mode of transport is, one thing is for sure, the city is going to surprise you thoroughly.

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Things To Do In Singapore

Things To Do In Singapore

Selecting the best things to do in Singapore is really difficult as the city is always raging with incredible attractions, thrilling activities and loads of day trips and outings with family. The city’s splendour and architecture has made it a hub for holiday-makers to enjoy and have the best time of their lives. Here are the top three things you can indulge in your Singapore tour.

Go On A Singapore Night Safari

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A rendezvous with animals at the Night Safari

Singapore’s Night Safari is truly a world class attraction. It is a leading conservation and research centre offering a bizarre glimpse into the nocturnal animal kingdom with more than 1000 animals to be seen from all the corners of the world. Instead of going to a nightclub when the sun goes down, you can actually go and check out the world of nocturnal creatures and their faintly lit homes. You can see animals such as one-horned rhinoceroses, gazelles, Himalayan griffon vultures and gaur (wild cattle) of Burma. Take a trip via walking tracks and trams that connect 8 geographical regions. You can start with the Creatures of the Night Show for a good 20-minute summary of the animals to be seen here. The best part is that you welcomed by fireworks by tribal people, leopard trail, Wallaby trail and wildcat trail. Now it’s your time to get wild!
Travel tip: Do not forget to carry your camera and an insect repellent. No flash photography is allowed in the park.

Explore The Universal Studios

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Meet with your crazy self at the Universal Studios.

Universal Studios is an amusement park in Singapore with more than 20 attractions in themed zones which are all related to blockbuster movies such as Hollywood Madagascar, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, New York, Sci-Fi City and Far Far Away. There are water themed and thrilling roller coaster rides for all age groups. The park also hosts shows featuring personalities from different parts of Hollywood such as Donkey live, Shrek 4D Adventure and the Lake Hollywood Spectacular. You can also click pictures with a horde of your favourite characters. The park is not only about amusement you can also get into the most amazing experiences of dining and shopping here. You can binge into local and international cuisines and collect souvenirs at good prices. Gear up to be absolutely amused!
Travel tip: It is advisable to carry an extra set of clothes as certain attractions may get you wet. Storage lockers are available for a fee.

Enjoy The Enchanting Beauty Of Botanic Gardens

Singapore tours - Botanic Gardens, an UNESCO World Heritage Site of Singapore. It has more than 10K species of flora, spreads over its 74ha area, and receives 4.5M visitors annually,singapore,asia

The captivating beauty of the Botanic Gardens.

Established in 1859 and jacketing 60 acres of land, Botanic Gardens is Singapore’s first UNESCO Heritage site. The glinting malls to the west of Orchard Road give way to the lush blossoming vegetation, green flourishing lawns, serene lakes and themed gardens that formulates the huge Botanic Gardens. This place has more than 314 species of different rare plants. One of the major highlights of the garden is the National Orchid Garden which is a gorgeous spectacle with countless floral varieties and breathtaking colours. Also worth seeing is the Ginger Garden with approximately 250 members of the ginger family and 2 exotic restaurants.
Travel tip: Carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

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Places To Visit In Singapore

Places To Visit In Singapore

Already a fan of Singapore? Wait, there is much more, check out these must visit places in the city.

Sentosa Island

Singapore tours - Sentosa Island as seen from Harbour front

Sentosa Island as seen from Harbour front

An extremely fun island resort and one of the most popular attractions, Sentosa Island is exclusively built to offer entertainment and unique exciting adventures to all its visitors. The island is an experience in itself and is filled with distinguished thrilling activities for all ages. Few of the most impressive attractions include Tiger Sky Tower, Images of Singapore Live, S.E.A. Aquarium, Luge and Skyride and Adventure Cove Waterpark. A visit to Sentosa Island will keep you asking for more.
Travel tip: Do not forget to carry your sunglasses and sunscreen.

Marina Bay

Singapore tours - Marina Bay as seen from the downtown core

Marina Bay as seen from the downtown core

Marina Bay is one of the most stunning places to visit in Singapore. It is the central focal point for business, finance and community services. It is a great combination of architectural work of arts, fine dines, comfortable luxurious stays, seasonal fiestas and carnivals and an array of shopping sprees. Two of the most preferred places are the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands complex. Esplanade is a definitive stop for cinema halls, theatres, concerts and live shows from all over the world. This is one of the best Singapore tourist places to experience the city in its full glory.

Also Read – Top Places In Singapore To Eat, Shop And Explore

Mini India

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A tiny Little India away from India.

Mini India is a lively pulsating district exhibiting glorious Indian ethnicity. This cultural commune is located in the northwest of Marina Bay and features an intense set-up of shops selling flower garlands, aromatic Indian spices, colourful fabrics and much more. There is also a 24 hour Mustafa Centre, a place where you will get everything from Indian saris to goldsmith retailers. This place has Chinese and Hindu temples, the most famous being Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. Apart from some great temples and lots of shopping, this place is highly recommended for delicious mouth watering Indian cuisine. Singapore’s Little India is too good to be true!

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Places To Eat In Singapore

Places To Eat In Singapore

Paella. Spanish food indulgence in Singapore tour

Paella, Spanish food indulgence in Singapore

Known to be a food lover’s heaven, Singapore has always spoilt travellers from across the world with its infinite choices of cuisines. The city is a melting pot of cuisines, amalgamating a rich heritage of culinary dishes from China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia. The city’s food scene offers plenty of options to gratify your hunger cravings. From the long-established hawker centres to more fashionable up-to-date elite restaurants you can have a gastronomic experience unequalled while in Singapore.

  • If you want to indulge in local Singaporean flavours, check out places such as The Peranakan, Creatures , Labyrinth and Candlenut.
  • If you are craving for Indian food, Shahi Maharani, The Songs of India, Tandoor and Rang Mahal are the best places.
  • Italian food is best served at places like Ristorante Amarone, Basilico Italian Restaurant and Pasta Brava Italian Restaurant.
  • If you want to binge in Chinese food, go to Wan Hao Chinese Resturant, Mitzo, Din Tai Fung, Cherry Garden and Spice World Hot Pot for best Chinese fare.
  • For Malay and Indonesian delicacies, Hajah Maimunah, Rumah Makan Mikang are superb.
  • Japanese food is best at Aoki and Senmi Sushi.
  • If Thai food is your choice, go straight to Tamarind Hill or Jai Thai.

With so many options, the best thing to do is just indulge!

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Nightlife In Singapore

Nightlife In Singapore

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A dazzling night at Singapore.

When it comes to nightlife in Singapore, the otherwise competent business hub converts into a bustling network of bars and nightclubs. Pubbing and clubbing are a must here to get the real feel of the city. Start your nightlife journey at Clarke Quay, a sparkling place near the Singapore river with quite a few bars, clubs and pubs. The most exciting places here are Wings Bar, The Arena and Cuba Libre. Zouk Club, behind the Grand Cropthrone Waterfront Hotel is one of the best places to party with amazing loud music and great atmosphere. If you want a terrific view along with your drinks, New Asia Bar is the perfect place. Situated on the 70th floor of the Swissotel Stamford, the view of this place is to die for. If you want to party till dawn, Club Kyo and Bang Bang are the places to be. Other fantastic places include Kilo Lounge, Altimate, Canvas Nightclub, Attitude Bar and Level 33. When in Singapore, it’s always time to party!

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Communication And Connectivity In Singapore

Communication And Connectivity In Singapore

There are several ways in which you can stay connected with your friends and family while you are in Singapore. The best and the most convenient way is to buy a Singapore prepaid SIM card. You may check brands such as Singtel, Starhub and M1 for a wide variety of packages and decide according to your usage. You can purchase local SIM cards at the company’s retail counters or at convenience stores. You have to show your passport for registration to purchase the SIM card. Please note that on Singapore networks, incoming calls and texts incur a charge.
If you are planning to use your own mobile phone, make sure you use a tri-band or quad-band phone that is facilitated for international calls.
Wireless@SG is a free public Wi-Fi service across Singapore with hotspots available at almost all tourist places- shopping malls, museums, MTR stations, community centres, Changi airport and Sentosa Island. To get connected, register for an account with your foreign mobile number at any Wireless@SG hotspot and you will receive your login details via SMS. Overseas charges may apply though.

Money In Singapore

Money In Singapore

The national currency of Singapore is Singapore Dollar(SGD; symbol S$). Notes come in the denominations of S$10000, S$1000, S$500, S$100, S$50, S$10, S$5 and S$2. US Dollar, Australian dollars, Yen and Pounds are accepted at major shopping malls in Singapore. All major credit and debit cards such as American Express, Visa, Diners Club and MasterCard are far and wide accepted. ATMs are widespread and many may accept cards from overseas banks too. Foreign currencies and traveller’s cheques can be changed in almost all banks and licensed money changers.

Tips For Your Singapore Tour

Tips For Your Singapore Tour

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Stroll in the beautiful orchid garden at the Singapore Botanical garden

  • The standard electrical current in Singapore 220-240 volts AC and you can use power plugs with 3 square prongs here.
  • Smoking is not allowed in all air-conditioned places like shopping malls and restaurants. There are selected smoking areas where you can smoke.
  • Chewing gums are not allowed in the country, so please make sure you don’t get it with you.
  • Eating and drinking inside public transportation is forbidden and carries a serious fine.
  • You have the option to drink water straight from the tap as the water here passes the World Health Organisation standards.
  • Vehicles in Singapore have a left hand drive and seat belts are compulsory in the front and back of the car.
  • In case you are carrying medicines, make sure you carry prescriptions too.
  • In case of any emergency, dial 999 (Police) and 995 (Ambulance and Fire Brigade).

So, when are you planning your trip to the magical city of Singapore? Well, if yes, then keep this Singapore tour guide handy.

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  1. Ajay kumar
    July 03, 09:34 Ajay kumar

    Really thanks for sharing this useful post !! Singapore is a nice place to visit for holidays and i will definitely visit these places with my friends.

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    • Kanu Kedia
      July 04, 07:26 Kanu Kedia

      Hi Ajay! Glad you enjoyed reading the post. Singapore is definitely a must-visit place with loved ones. Are you planning to visit anytime soon? Do let us know. We will be more than happy to help you with your travel plans.

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  2. Tania
    December 14, 08:45 Tania

    i love the night life here in singapore, there are so many places to visit! Also, really looking forward to visit the Universal Studios.

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