On behalf of everyone at the InterContinental Singapore, I would like to welcome you to Singapore - a destination for both business and pleasure with fascinating cultural contrasts.
InterContinental Singapore, the only world class hotel in Singapore to preserve Peranakan artistry in a shophouse-style setting, is located next to Bugis Junction shopping complex. The Peranakans blend Chinese art and Malay style harmoniously to create a unique architectural look. The hotel is located close to the Central Business District, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Marina Bay, Orchard Road shopping and entertainment districts.
Start the morning with a local breakfast of kaya toast with eggs and coffee. Ya Kun is a must try - its toast is wafer thin, topped with butter and a generous serving of homemade kaya (a jam made with coconut, eggs, sugar and vanilla). Take a morning stroll to the Sultan Mosque, which is one of Singapore's oldest monuments dating back to 1928. Along the way, you will see small streets and alleyways packed with shops selling colourful textiles and fabrics. A block away from the Mosque, on Kandahar street, you will find the Malay Heritage Centre, housed in the former Palace of the Sultan of Johor. Make a stop at Rumah Makan Minang for some halal food and refreshments, or a few steps away at Maison Ikkoku, combining a boutique, bar and cafe.
The Chinatown Heritage Centre will transport you back to a time of samsui women (early immigrants from China who performed menial jobs in the early construction industry) and rickshaw pullers. Housed in three beautifully restored shophouses, it is unlike any museum in Singapore. Explore the culture and transitions of these early Chinese settlers through interactive exhibits and interviews with former Chinatown residents.
To end the day, enjoy a concert, play or musical at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore's most exciting performing arts centre. Stroll over to the Marina Bay Sands via the Helix Bridge, an architecturally unique bridge said to bring wealth, happiness and prosperity to Marina Bay. Catch a panoramic view of Singapapore's skyline at the Sands SkyPark or try your hand at the gaming tables at the casino. After which, head over to Lau Pa Sat, a Victorian market that has been restored to one of Singapore's favourite hawker centre. For a night of partying, Clarke Quay offers a range of clubs and bars.
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.
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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.
The airport taxi service operates 24 hours a day and costs between SGD$15 - $45 (depending of the time of the day). Hotel limousines are also available with prior reservation - prices ranges from S$95 to S$180.