Singapore's weather is mainly warm and humid throughout the year. Bring an umbrella as you never know when it is going to rain. The average daily temperature is 26-32°C.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear light, comfortable cotton clothing for everyday wear. Casual wear is acceptable anywhere but certain establishments and restaurants may require 'smart casual' (collared shirt, trousers and shoes, not sandals). Ladies are advised to bring a wrap (and gentlemen a jersey) as Singapore is an air-con city, cold on the inside and hot on the outside. Business tends also to be conducted in similar fashion.
It is not usual practice to tip but you can do so when the service is exceptional.
It is against the law to smoke in air-conditioned places such as shopping centres, restaurants and cinemas. Look out for smoking signs before you light up.
Singapore offers an efficient network of buses and Mass Rapid Transport (MRT). Access cards, also known as EZ-link cards, can be purchased and topped up at all MRT stations, bus interchanges and 7-Eleven stores. Taxis are also widely available, however during peak hours, or on rainy days, it is advisable to book in advance. Also note that all taxis are regulated by the government and will have a meter onboard. Surcharges do apply when travelling during morning, evening peak hours and after midnight. Electronic toll-gate charges known as ERP will also be added to the taxi fare.
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Jurong Bird Park
Visit the Jurong Bird Park where 9000 colourful birds of 600 species will amaze you with their variety, shapes and sizes. Watch flamingos, macaws, hornbills, cockatoos and even hawks in action at the interactive bird shows! Do remember to stop by the Waterfall Aviary, the largest walk-in aviary with more than 1500 free-flying African birds from over 60 species. No doubt an enchanting experience in colours, sights and sounds.
The Merlion, a half-fish, half-lion statue, is a fitting symbol of Singapore. The Singa or lion represents the animal that a Sumatran prince saw which resembled a lion, and the fish is a tribute to Singapore's history as Temasek, the ancient sea town.
The world's first wildlife park with a night view. Over 900 nocturnal animals of 132 species inhabit 40 hectares of dense forest.
Visit our island resort getaway, Sentosa, home to Resorts World Sentosa, just a short monorail ride away from Vivo City, Level 3. Begin your tour of the island with a visit to the Sky Tower for panoramic views across Singapore, Sentosa and the Southern Islands. Thrill seekers can take a ride on the Skyline Luge Sentosa or check out the Universal Studios theme park. Make a visit to the world’s largest oceanarium at Marine Life Park and immerse yourself in a magical marine world seen through our planet’s largest window to the ocean.
The country consists of 63 islands. While the main island, known as Singapore Island or Pulau Ujong and Sentosa are the more famous ones, other smaller ones are not to be missed. Pulau Ubin to the north east offers a nice getaway from the urban environment of the main island. Pulau Semakau to the south is a great example of Singapore sustainability, home to mangrove plantation as well as a coral nursery to enhance Singapore's biodiversity.
WHAT TO PACK
Voltage in Singapore is 220-240 volts, 50 Hertz. Remember to check the voltage of the item against the acceptable voltage of your home country.
Pack light, loose clothing: short sleeves and t-shirts. A pair of Bermuda shorts is also ideal as the weather can be humid.
Pack a small foldable umbrella as the weather can change quickly.