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SINGAPORE

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Singapore is an amazing city with British background that is now a fascinating mix of cultures, including Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Arab, European and Malay. It is divided into areas by different cultures such as Chinatown, Arab Street and Serangood Road (Indian).

Airport Information

Name of airport: Changi
Distance to town: 20 km
Airport tax: Included in the plane ticket price.
Transportation between airport and city:
  • Bus
    • fare: ~SGD 5.00
  • Taxi
    • fare: ~SGD 20.00

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

3 1/2 hours

Visa

Not required for HK Passport holders and HKCI holders for a stay less than 1 month.
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Customs allowance

Tobacco: NO cigarettes, cigars and tobacco are allowed unless for personal consumption.
Liquor: 1 litre liquor and wine
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Currency

Singapore dollar
Approximately S$1 = HKD5.573 = USD0.7108
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Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0

Accommodation

Please click here

Getting Around

       Ferry to Bintan Island, Indonesia
      Ferry to Tioman Island, Malaysia

Transportation

Bus
Car-rental service
Cruise ships
Ferries
Taxi
Train
Trishaws
Subway
Cable car

Tourist Attraction

Jurong Bird Park - the world's largest aviary, which houses over 7,000 exotic birds of more than 600 species. Mostly Asia and African birds are flying freely around you in a tropical rainforest environment.
Botanic Gardens - the rare beauty of the national flower can be found in the orchid enclosure
Japanese & Chinese (Yu Hwa Yuan) Gardens
Zoological Gardens - 28-hectare nature park
Mount Faber
Wartime Changi Chambers
SRI Marimman - Oldest Hindu
Asia's Largest Oceanarium Temp
Fort Canning Aquarium - This central aquarium, formerly the Van Kleef aquarium, shows 500 marine species.... from pelagic fish to corals.
Haw Par Villa
Empress Place Museum
National Museum
Thiam Hock Keng - one of 's oldest temple
Chinatown - See strange merchandise, herb shops, temples, colourful processions, unusual handicrafts.
Little India
Muslim Quarter
Night Safari
Tang Dynasty City - Walk through streets where traders and entertainers help bring alive the atmosphere of Chang'An, the Chinese capital during the Tang Dynasty (AD618 - 907)
Sentosa
- Prioneers of Singapore & Surrender Chambers (wax museum)
- Butterfly Park
- Insect Kingdom Museum
- Asian Village - offers six contrasting cultural villages
- Rare Stone Museum
- Underwater World Singapore
- Fort Siloso

Shopping Guide

Bras Basah Road
- Little India
- Marina Square
- China Town
- Holland Village
Orchard Road
- Delfi Orchard
- Far East Plaza
- Liat Towers
- Lucky Plaza
Riverside
- Liang Court
Shenton Way
- Clifford Centre and the Arcade
- OUB Shopping Centre

Travel Tips

Buy the Singapore Trolley
The Singapore Trolley is Singapore's newest link between the central tourist attractions, with 22 stops from the Botanic Gardens, down Orchard Road, to Chinatown. Buy the all-day unlimited-journeys ticket at S$9 from tour desk counters at major hotels, or on the trolley itself, where point-to-point fare of S$3 is also available.

Electricity

220/240 volts, 50 cycles AC

Emergency and Useful Tel. No.

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Emergency calls for Police: dial 999

Language

Official Languages: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, English
Language of Business and Administration: English

Public Holidays

1999
Jan 1,19; Feb 16,17; Mar 28; Apr 2; May 1,29; Aug 9; Nov 7; Dec 25

1999 Public Holiday

Date Day Name
Jan 01 Fri New Year's Day
Jan 19 Tue Hari Raya Puasa
Feb 16 Tue Chinese New Year
Feb 17 Wed Chinese New Year
Mar 29 Mon The first weekday after Hari Raya Haji
Apr 02 Fri Good Friday
May 01 Sat Labour Day
May 29 Sat Vesak Day
Aug 09 Mon Singapore National Day
Nov 08 Mon The first weekday after Deepavali
Dec 25 Sat Christmas Day

Tax

Government tax
- 3%
Goods and Services tax
- 3%

Weather

Jan - Mar: average temp. 27 C, average rainfall 206mm
Apr - Jun: average temp. 24 C, average rainfall 178mm
Jul - Sep: average temp. 28 C, average rainfall 173mm
Oct - Dec: average temp 26 C, average rainfall 240mm
Temperature - Five Day City Forecast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forecast

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