En route Singapore has been designed to ensure in-depth discovery of the destination, without compromising on comfort. For a stress-free and relaxed holiday, we have listed below a few useful points to remember before you visit to this sunny island.
Moving Around Singapore
Singapore’s MRT (mass rapid transit) system offers the best and most effective way to zip aross the city. The trains and stations are accessible to wheel chair users, visually impaired, as well as families with strollers. Thanks to this extensive rail network, Singapore’s key attractions are within walking distance from an MRT station. You can purchase tickets for single trips, however if you wish to use the MRT and basic bus services frequently during your visit, you can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass. This special EZ-Link stored-value card allows you unlimited travel for one day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20).
Tip- Though the cabs in Singapore are metered, there may be surcharges depending on where, when and which company’s taxi you board. Make sure to enquire about surcharge rates, and ask your driver for a receipt at the end of the trip.
For places that are not accessible by the MRT or bus, taxis are an easy and comfortable alternative. It’s available by the roadside at most places, or you can find one at taxi stands found outside most hotels, shopping malls, and tourist attractions. If you wish to book a cab, you can call a common taxi booking number, 6-DIAL CAB (6342-5222), and your call will be routed to an available taxi company's call centre.
Singapore's bus system is the most economical way to get around, not to mention the most scenic one too. The extensive network of routes covers most places in Singapore, and most of the buses have air-conditioning - a welcome comfort in a tropical city.
An EZ-Link stored-value card or the Singapore Tourist Pass can be used for the payment of your bus fare. Simply tap on the card reader located next to the driver as you board. You can also pay in cash, but exact change would be required.
Indians travelling to Singapore require a valid visa, which takes a minimum of two to three working days to process. Since flight, hotel and itinerary details are required before applying for the visa, it's essential to ensure early application to avoid last minute hassles.
Best Time to Visit
Singapore roughly has the same tropical, warm temperature throughout the year, so anytime is good.
July-September: The festive season is a great time to explore Singapore, especially around July when the Singapore Food Festival and Great Singapore Sale take place.
February-April: The months between the summers and winters are very pleasant. A number of outdoor activities are available during this period.
November-January: The wettest months of Singapore are between November and January, when showers can last for long periods of time, while the hottest months of the year are May and June.
Books, Movies & Music
Learn more about the culture, people and history of Singapore through these:
King Rat by James Clavell:
Set during World War II this novel portrays the struggle for survival of British, Australian, Dutch, New Zealand and American prisoners of war in a Japanese camp in Singapore. The book is based on Clavell's own experiences as a prisoner in the Changi Prison camp. Peter Marlowe is the main protagonist of the book. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (USA) and Martin Joseph (UK)
MeePok Man (1996): An internationally acclaimed black comedy, this is the story of a Chinese noodle (meepok) seller, and a prostitute called Bunny. The movie is inspired by the story written by Damien Sin, “One Last Cold Kiss”, that appeared in Classic Singapore Horror Stories.
'All Because of You' by Taufik Batisah
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