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Singapore Travel Tips

Updated on March 13, 2013

Tips For Travelers To Singapore

Having played the role of travel guide for friends visiting from overseas, I guess there are a few guidelines and tips for the wandering traveler or the first time businessman flying into Singapore. Though by no means comprehensive, I will offer you bite-sized travel tips in hopes of making your trip to the garden state a much more enjoyable one.

Though Singapore is viewed as modern and developed, against the backdrop of its tall skyscrapers and lush landscape, most of its people were brought up and raised by conservative early generation Asians with their culture deeply rooted within the society and were taught core family values when they were youths. Though this is currently changing amongst the youths of Singapore today, the main bulk of Singapore’s society are generally perceived and stereotyped as distant and unapproachable. If you, who are reading this, are looking to set up a business in Singapore, it is generally favored upon for you to initially be polite and heartwarming. Once the trust has been gained, respect and warmth will follow suit. You will learn that Singaporeans are mostly a likeable lot, polite and friendly.

For the tourists, generally the same rule applies. If you get lost holding a map of the downtown district in the middle of the crowd, chances are, you will less likely be approached and asked if you need assistance. However, if you stop anyone walking along the street for help, they will most definitely take a moment to help you find your desired location. I believe that though Singaporeans may be less reciprocal in their ways but if and when needed, they go out of their way to offer assistance.

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Singapore SkylineThe Durian Building, SingaporeView From Marina, SingaporeBudha Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown, SingaporeAn Expressway, Singapore
Singapore Skyline
Singapore Skyline
The Durian Building, Singapore
The Durian Building, Singapore
View From Marina, Singapore
View From Marina, Singapore
Budha Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown, Singapore
Budha Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown, Singapore
An Expressway, Singapore
An Expressway, Singapore

Singapore Sightseeing by bus

Singapore is well-known for its world class transportation. With a train service that spans out throughout the island and bus services aplenty, you will find that a car is not a necessary mean of travel to get to any destination in the city state. I would ultimately recommend getting from one point to another by means of public transportation, in this case, the train or the buses, to get the unique experience of being in Singapore. With its reasonable fares and immaculate condition, the first time traveler will also get a feel of what it would be like to be the average Singaporean on his or her way to work, school or off to a social event.

If you are a tourist looking for the complete experience, may I suggest the trishaw rides that are readily available for hire along City Hall. There are also tourist packages offered by Hippo Tours and Duck Tours for a ride along Singapore’s bustling city streets atop an open-top double-decked bus or a scenic ride along Singapore River to appreciate the skyline at sunset. The Singapore Tourism Board offers a wide range of activities for those unfamiliar with the island.

A Must Have Book on Singapore for every traveler

Food for the first time traveler will most definitely be an eye-opening extravaganza. Being racially and culturally diverse, you will be spoiled for choice whenever you need to fill an empty stomach. For the ultimate cultural experience, I suggest the hustle and bustle of the hawker centers located all over the tiny island. Rows upon rows of stalls are set up under a sheltered building selling various different types of food, almost certainly to your liking. If you are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with that setting, there are air-conditioned foot courts that offer a similar experience in a more comfortable setting. For the first time business traveler, you can offer your clients wine and fine dining at various top-notch, world class restaurants across Singapore, most conveniently located in the Central Business District.

I think I have offered you a small window of what to expect in Singapore if you are traveling to or is already in Singapore for the very first time. These are only a few things to expect, so, for the complete experience, why not walk up to a local and get him or her to suggest a few places to go, to eat and have fun? I am confident he or she will only recommend you the best places to go, the best things to do. I sincerely hope you will enjoy your first visit to the pearl of South-East Asia, where the weather is warm, the locals are friendly and where surprise awaits you at every corner.


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      sweetguide 6 years ago from River side

      Thank you very very much for sharing such a Great Information

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      Richy.K.John 6 years ago

      Kindly send me the details of the best MBA colleges in Singapore as soon as possible.

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      LeilaExcite 7 years ago

      I think it is a good trait; Singaporeans minding their own business unless you ask for assistance, is better than people crowding you when you want to be left alone.

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      Christine Mulberry 8 years ago

      This is useful information for travellers, well done.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed this well written, informative article. Thank you for introducing Singapore. I have heard nothing but good things about it.

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      hafeezrm 8 years ago from Pakistan

      Very interesting. I saw Singapore as far back as 1974. Even at that time, it was very neat and clean place with sound system of public transport. After reading your hub, I desire to see it again.

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      AriesTrade 8 years ago from Budapest

      It's great job.

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      sminut13 8 years ago from singapore

      wow a really nicely made hub. you've put together everything really well. this is a great guide for travellers.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      good guide of things to do. My friend just told me to look up Jim Rogers and Singapore.

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      Very informative. Thanks.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 8 years ago from Manila

      Thank you very much for this hub about Singapore. I am considering to live in Singapore. My fiancee is from Singapore. Thank you for sharing it.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I just love Singapore!!! Love love love it. From the moment I got on Singapore Airlines, through the airport and all over town - the people, the food, the quality of life, the warm air, the hotel and the people at the hotel, the cab driver from the airport, the sights, the train, the shopping, the ease of getting around, the whole philosophy - every single thing. I can go on and on and on.

      Thanks for this trip down memory lane. I was there 2 years ago and it remains one of my best destinations!

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I like the approach of this hub- its not only a commercial peek into a country, you gave us a glimpse of the personality of Singpore.

      Thmbs up!