Singapore

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.

Singapore Tours & Travel

All our Singapore trips

Gold buddha face, Thailand

Singapore to Bangkok Adventure

13 days from
USD $1,080.00
CAD $1,095.00
AUD $1,135.00
EUR €795.00
GBP £680.00
NZD $1,345.00
ZAR R10,330.00
CHF FR975.00

From Singapore to Malaysia and Thailand, this tour of South-East Asia captures some of the region's best places;...

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Green tuk tuks in Bangkok

Bangkok to Singapore

15 days from
USD $1,513.00
CAD $1,483.25
AUD $1,542.75
EUR €1,062.50
GBP £926.50
NZD $1,823.25
ZAR R14,033.50
CHF FR1,304.75

Take an adventure from Thailand to Singapore, via Malaysia. This tour of South East Asia captures some of the region's...

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Fishing at sunrise, Bali

Bangkok to Bali

28 days from
USD $3,565.00
CAD $3,390.00
AUD $3,275.00
EUR €2,595.00
GBP £2,080.00
NZD $4,195.00
ZAR R27,160.00
CHF FR3,195.00

Take an adventure from Thailand to Bali, via Malaysia. This tour of South-East Asia captures some of the region's best...

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Thaipusam festival

Classic Malaysia

10 days from
USD $1,763.75
CAD $1,780.75
AUD $1,857.25
EUR €1,292.00
GBP £1,100.75
NZD $2,201.50
ZAR R16,906.50
CHF FR1,593.75

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Children, Borneo

Classic Malaysia & Borneo

19 days from
USD $4,055.00
CAD $4,110.00
AUD $4,270.00
EUR €2,970.00
GBP £2,555.00
NZD $5,060.00
ZAR R38,865.00
CHF FR3,660.00

Discover a new corner of South-East Asia. From scenic Sabah and Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi and Melaka, Malaysia and...

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malaysia baby orangutan jungle safari wildlife forest thailand

Best of Thailand & Malaysia

22 days from
USD $2,480.00
CAD $2,495.00
AUD $2,470.00
EUR €1,795.00
GBP £1,560.00
NZD $3,095.00
ZAR R20,445.00
CHF FR2,240.00

Travel from Bangkok to Sukhothai and Chiang Mai before visiting Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Discover Thai beaches and...

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Buddhas, Thailand

Classic Malaysia & Thailand

19 days from
USD $3,355.00
CAD $3,395.00
AUD $3,530.00
EUR €2,455.00
GBP £2,110.00
NZD $4,185.00
ZAR R32,130.00
CHF FR3,025.00

Travel to South-East Asia and visit Malaysia and Thailand on an Intrepid Comfort trip. Tour from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka...

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Articles on Singapore

It’s Singapore to a tea

It’s Singapore to a tea

Posted on Thu, 15 May 2014 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.."

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Serious eating in Singapore

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...

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superman in singapore

superman in singapore

Posted on Tue, 3 Aug 2010 by Sue Elliot

After an exhausting flight and the excitement of exploring your new surrounds, every traveller could do with a little pick-me-up. Intrepid Express reader Mike Uyyek went in search of a [...]

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singapore key to my heart

singapore key to my heart

Posted on Tue, 10 Feb 2009 by Sue Elliot

Intrepid makes no promises that you’ll fall in love on the Malay Peninsula, but somewhere between Singapore and Thailand Christopher Colvill discovered that anything was possible on this trip… “I [...]

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About Singapore

At a glance

Trips Available: 7
Capital city: Singapore (population 3 million)
Population: 4.7 million
Language: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, English
Currency: SGD
Time zone: (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
Electricity: Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)
Dialing code: +65

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.

Singapore weather chart

Geography and environment

Singapore skyline at dusk
Tiny Singapore occupies little more than a dot on the world map, although it's still not small enough to rate as one of the world's smallest. Located in South-East Asia on the southern end of the Malaysian Peninsula, most of Singapore is highly urbanised, with most residents living in flats and skyscrapers in built up areas. A small proportion (about 10%) of Singapore's land is dedicated to forests and agriculture, with the rest being considered developed, urban environments.

Top Picks

Traditional Singaporian Chicken and rice dish Chilli crab dish in Singapore

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

Tipping isn't expected in Singapore, so is left up to the discretion of the consumer. Some hotels and restaurants may include a 10% surcharge within bills.
Internet access is widespread in Singapore, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots commonly found in airports, hotels, cafes and malls.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Singapore. Ensure global roaming is activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile.
Most toilets in Singapore are modern, flushable toilets, although squat toilets can also be encountered at times.
Short trip on the MRT = 1.50 SGD
Can of soft drink = 1.50-2 SGD
Hawker-style food plate = 5-6 SGD
Dinner at a restaurant = 20-30 SGD
Tap water is considered safe to drink unless marked otherwise.
Major credit cards are accepted widely by shops, restaurants and hotels in Singapore. Smaller vendors like street food stalls may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs that accept foreign cards are common in Singapore and easily found in the airport, malls and city streets.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
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
SINGAPORE:
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 Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Singapore BurningColin Smith
Battle for SingaporePeter Thompson
The Rose of SingaporePeter Neville
Diary of a Girl in ChangiSheila Allan
The Singapore GripJ.G. Farrell