Welcome to Singapore!
With flourishing retail hot spots, a booming, cross-cultural culinary scene and one of the world's best airports, it's not hard to see why Singapore acts as a launching (and finishing) point for many of our Asian odysseys. From the traditions and heritage of Chinatown to the aromatic delights of Little India and the modernity of glitzy hotels, a few days in sizzling Singapore is the perfect bookend to any Intrepid adventure.
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Serious eating in Singapore
Posted on Thu, 16 Jun 2011 by Sue Elliot
The local passion for culture and cuisine make Singapore a food-lover's paradise...Read more
It’s Singapore to a tea
Posted on Wed, 02 Mar 2011 by Sue Elliot
"The Tiffin Room manager greeted me warmly and showed me to a table; beautifully adorned with crisp white linen, full silver tea service and a waiter ready to pull out my chair.."Read more
At a glance
- Trips Available:
- Capital city:
- Singapore (population 3 million)
- 4.7 million
- Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, English
- Time zone:
- (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
- Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)
- Dialing code:
Best time to visit Singapore
Singapore has a typical tropical climate year round - hot and humid with equal amounts of sunshine and rain. The temperature range stays mostly in the 30s (Celsius) and rarely drops below 20 degrees at night. Although there are two monsoon seasons, rain is present year round, usually in the form of thunderstorms and short bursts of torrential rain. Thankfully the sun also shines year round - so although the weather can be unpredictable, the sun will usually prevail.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Food Finds of Singapore
1. Chilli Crab
Singaporean Chilli Crab could be considered one of the world's favourite dishes from this region. Invented back in 1950, chilli crab can now be found everywhere in Singapore - from high-end restaurants to simple hawker stalls.
2. Fish Head Curry
This aromatic, spicy dish with a South Indian and Chinese heritage features a whole red snapper stewed in coconut milk, tamarind juice, spices and chilli. The strong flavour and presence of a whole fish head may turn some people off, but for those with a strong stomach and desire for heat in their food, you can't go past this curry.
3. Chicken Rice
This Hainanese-style Singaporean stalwart is unofficially considered Singapore's national dish. Featuring poached or fried chicken and steamed rice with sides of chicken stock, soy, and chilli, this is the ideal dish for those wanting simple flavours and ingredients done well.
4. Ice Cream Sandwich
Head to the mobile ice cream carts located along Orchard Road to find this indulgent sweet treat. Traditional flavours (like chocolate and strawberry) get a run alongside more exotic flavours (durian or sweet corn ice cream anyone?). This slice of creamy sugar wrapped in sweet bread is the perfect antidote to the steamy Singaporean climate.
5. Fried Carrot Cake
No, this dish isn't made by putting a sweet carrot cake in a deep fryer. Rather, it's a popular savoury meal in Singapore also known as Chai Tow Kuay. And it just gets stranger when you consider that there are no carrots in this dish, but rather white radish, garlic, chilli and coriander. Oddities aside, this street-food fave is a cheap and easy meat-free meal, a top choice for vegetarian travellers.
FAQs on Singapore
Can of soft drink = 1.50-2 SGD
Hawker-style food plate = 5-6 SGD
Dinner at a restaurant = 20-30 SGD
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Feb 12 Chinese New Year
Mar 29 Good Friday
May 1 Labour Day
May 24 Vesak Day (Birth of the Buddha)
Aug 8 Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan)
Aug 9 National Day
Oct 15 Hari Raya Haji (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Nov 4 Deepavali
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/singapore/public-holidays
Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required
Tourists not requiring a visa will be granted a 30 day stay on arrival. Other nationalities should check with their Singapore embassy or consulate.
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Singapore Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Singapore
1. Be considerate of Singapore’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts. Littering is taken very seriously in Singapore.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
|Singapore Burning||Colin Smith|
|Battle for Singapore||Peter Thompson|
|The Rose of Singapore||Peter Neville|
|Diary of a Girl in Changi||Sheila Allan|
|The Singapore Grip||J.G. Farrell|