Singapore is a fantastic place to visit! As long as you follow the rules, you can see beautiful sights – from their UNESCO Gardens to Marina Bay Sands, Singapore has preserved what makes their country special. Check out this tag to find more about Singapore! Go to this tag to find more “Everything You Need to Know” posts!
Each metric is given an overall score between 1 and 10, and the ratings are briefly explained.
Go here if you are looking for: A very clean trip with awesome views!
This explains the prevailing sort of experience you might have in this country.
Overall experience in Singapore: 7/10
What your travel experience might revolve around.
Natural and landscape views: 7
- How beautiful and unique are the landscape and nature views?
- Go to Marina Bay, the Botanical Gardens, or some of the small islands of Singapore and you’ll see really beautiful sights! One of the great things about Singapore is that they keep their environment extremely clean, so all the natural assets they have are all well-preserved.
Historical attractions: 6
- To what extent can you see physical evidence of the country’s culture?
- Between all the museums (especially the Changi Museum, which talks about the time of Japanese internment) in town, you’ll be able to get a good glimpse of historical Singapore. However, outside of religious structures, there’s not too much physical evidence of the past. Everything has been replaced with ultramodern buildings.
City culture: 7
- How should you expect locals to react to you? How does it feel to be in the city?
- Walking around the city and using public transportation in Singapore feels no different from life in a big city in the US or Europe (except much cleaner). For the most part, locals will leave you alone as they worry about their own lives.
- How unique is the local food and how available is food from home?
- Aside from the usual restaurant selection, Singapore offers a really unique food option: Hawker centers. They are basically large food courts like you would find at a mall, but located out in the open. They are typically lower priced and include a whole host of options, from Thai food to Italian to ice cream to barbeque. I would highly recommend them!
- How much do souvenirs cost relative to everyday items and how representative are they of the local culture?
- Overall, Singapore is not a cheap country. If you try to get souvenirs at the Botanical Gardens, you might pay $15 for a jar of orchid tea leaves (I might have done this as a gift). Honestly, though, the quality of the things you buy is more reliable than in other countries in Southeast Asia.
- How clean is everything, including trash along the streets, water, and food?
- Everything is clean, clean, clean. You can drink from the faucet, eat street food and from Hawker centers, and not worry about a thing. The streets are exquisite. The public transportation is almost shiny. Because they have strict laws about behaviors like chewing gum and littering, you should pay more attention to your own behaviors than to how clean the environment is.
Tourism services: 6
- Are there people who specifically serve tourists outside private hotels and accommodation?
- You’ll find designated information desks in the airport, and you can always go to the staff inside the Botanical Gardens, Marina Bay Sands, or other attraction to help you. Basically everyone speaks English, so that makes communication a lot easier for everyone.
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- Are you going to freeze or sweat to death?
- You might melt, but thankfully, some restaurants have mist sprayers that can keep you cool if you sit outside, and all buildings have air conditioning inside.
Currency: Singaporean dollar
- What currency is used? (Not a rated category)
Cost: 5 (higher rating means lower cost)
- Overall, is this country expensive or not?
- Much more expensive than all other countries in the region, and some of the prices are comparable to what you would see in the US or Europe. For the most part, prices are slightly cheaper than US/Europe, but about twice as expensive as what you can expect in other Southeast Asian countries.
Approximate time needed to visit the whole country: 4 days
- How much time do you need to devote here? (Not a rated category)
- I only spend 3 days in Singapore and saw most of what I wanted to see, but I could have spent a couple more days to hit the beaches or spend more time in Marina Bay.
Speed of Wi-Fi: 8
- How fast is the Wi-Fi?
- You can definitely see higher quality connections than other countries in the region.
Accessibility of Wi-Fi: 6
- Can you connect to Wi-Fi when you need it?
- You can sometimes find Wi-Fi in some museums or at the malls, and typically at restaurants.
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Culture and Immersion: 10/10
Language: English, Chinese, “Singlish”
- What language do locals speak? (Not a rated category)
English level of the typical local: 10
- If you really needed help, how much could a typical local help?
- Everyone speaks English. If you find someone that doesn’t, just turn to the next person.
Approachability of locals if you can’t speak the language: —
- If you can’t speak the local language, how willing are locals to patiently help you?
- Locals speak English. In some situations, I was approached because I probably looked like a really confused tourist.
Signage for an English speaker: 10
- If you can’t read the local language, can you read the signs?
- Signs are in English.
- If you buy something (especially at street markets), how much do you need to haggle?
- No need to haggle! Prices are set.
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Intercity buses, trains, and planes: N/A
- How easy is it to get from one city to another? How understandable is the system?
- Singapore is a single-city country. It is served by many different airlines, including several budget companies (Air Asia, TigerAir, etc.), that make getting to and from Singapore easy.
Taxi reliability: 8
- How many taxis are there? Are they to cheat you? How friendly are the drivers to foreigners, especially if you don’t speak the local language?
- Taxis aren’t always readily available, but you can use Uber. They aren’t super cheap, but are a good choice if you’re splitting the fare between several people.
Intra-city transportation: 9
- How easy is it to get where you want to go within the city?
- For the most part, buses and the subway can get you anywhere. Buses don’t always have their route clearly posted, but you can ask the driver to tell you when you’ve arrived. The subway goes to and from the airport, which is a giant plus.
- If you want to get some exercise, how easy it is to walk from place to place?
- Combining walking with the public transportation system is highly recommended. For some of the attractions in the heart of town, walking can easily get you from place to place.
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