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Higher, faster, further - the future lives in Singapore, we are certain of that. This is one of the reasons why the city-state is one of the most visited cities in Southeast Asia.

Singapore has so little in common with other large cities like Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur that it is considered "Asia light". There is no trace of Southeast Asian chaos here, even western metropolises are often not as organized and tidy as Singapore.

For travelers, this means above all more security and transparency, but also a significantly higher price level. This is exactly where opinions differ, because while some appreciate the safe feeling of home even when they are far away, others Singapore is simply too clean.

But what defines the city at its core is something completely different from the high-gloss facades and luxury hotels. Curious? Then read on. Many additional tips are linked. Have fun!

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As mentioned at the beginning, what defines Singapore at its core has nothing to do with the futuristic cityscape or the extremely high standard of living.

Above all, Singapore stands for cultural diversity like no other country. And these are not just fine words for the tourist brochure, but lived reality, to be experienced up close in the districts of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.

Here you feel quite far removed from the stylish city center in a positive way and there is a touch of Southeast Asia blowing through the city air. Singapore also has four official languages ​​(see paragraph "What language is spoken?").

The top priority of politics is that all these different ethnic groups live together harmoniously - for example, when allocating housing, care is taken to ensure that no group is preferred or disadvantaged.

Without this enormous diversity, Singapore would still be an interesting city - but also to a certain extent interchangeable. We think cities around the world can take this as an example.

What many do not know is that Singapore is an extremely green metropolis. With the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve you will even find a piece of rainforest in the middle of the city. There is also a lot of green on the offshore islands.

The large wetland Sungei Buloh is also definitely worth a visit for a real jungle feeling.

You see, Singapore is much more than skyscrapers and supertrees.

Worth knowing in advance

“Singapore” - the name alone is music, right? The translation is no less beautiful, because the name comes from Sanskrit and roughly means “lion city” (“Singha” = lion; “Pura” = city).

That alone is strange. Legend has it that the discoverer of Singapore was an Indian prince who claims to have seen a lion in the jungle immediately after his arrival in 1299 - which is where the name Singapore came about.

Wait a minute, think the hobby biologists among us. There aren't any lions in Southeast Asia, do you? That's right. We don't know what he saw there, but once a name (and even more so a beautiful one) is taken, it is not taken back.

Even in the later centuries, the smallest state in Southeast Asia had an eventful history. In 1819 the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, landed with the British East India Company in Singapore and, due to its excellent location, set up a branch directly.

In 1836 Singapore became the capital of the Straits Settlement and grew in importance in the following years. During World War II, the British and their allies were subject to the Japanese, whereupon Singapore fell under Japanese rule for a few years before the British took over the regiment again after Japan's surrender in 1945.

Singapore did not gain independence until 1965 after massive unrest between the various population groups.

Of course, the Lion City also had to struggle with the effects of the newly won freedom. But it was mainly through the tireless struggle of Labor Minister Lee Kuan Yew that Singapore made it from a developing country to an industrialized nation within a generation.

Mass unemployment and poverty were a thing of the past thanks to his very successful work, and how Singapore is doing economically today is well known.

This success is due in large part to the fact that Kuan Yew realized that such a small state must focus on value creation activities other than raw materials and mineral resources.

The age of financial services dawned - and the rest is history. Singapore is now one of the most important locations for banks and other financial service providers and also a tax haven, which makes the location even more attractive for companies.

In addition, the port is of course still one of the largest transshipment points in the world. Tourism is also an important economic factor here, and it is not for nothing that such insane investments have been made in the famous Changi Airport.

Excursus: The “fine” city

Singapore is known as the Switzerland of Asia, and that's not only because Singapore is so clean, but above all so safe. But why does Singapore have one of the lowest crime rates in the world?

The strict laws and the draconian penalties if they are disregarded are considered to be the cause. Crime is practically a foreign word here and is not only ostracized by the state, but also by its residents.

Therefore, compared to other Southeast Asian countries, you can see relatively few police on the streets here. The system controls itself, the penalties for minor offenses are extremely deterrent - after all, the nickname “the fine city” (fine means both fine and punishment) is no coincidence.

Singapore is either extremely consistent or excessively strict - please judge that for yourself. Any kind of vandalism, throwing one's garbage on the street or leaving it lying there, as well as spitting on the street, are also punishable.

A nice contrast if you have just come from a country where betel is chewed and every inch of the sidewalk is covered with red spit marks.

You should also always observe the strict ban on smoking. But that's not a problem, because what exactly is forbidden everywhere is made clear with not to be overlooked “Fine” signs on every street corner. So "I didn't know" is an extremely bad excuse.

Where the fun stops in Singapore is with hard drugs. Violations of the narcotics law are taken extremely seriously and punished heavily - regardless of whether the drugs belong to you. Above certain quantities, the (non-negotiable) death penalty is imposed.

orientation

Right at the bottom, in the deep south of the Malay Peninsula, is Singapore - with an area the size of Hamburg, tiny compared to its large neighbors Malaysia and Indonesia.

Singapore is completely surrounded by water. In the north the Strait of Johor separates Singapore and Malaysia, in the south the Strait of Singapore is one of the busiest waters on earth. The port of Singapore is not entirely innocent of this, as it has been one of the most important seaports in the world for many years.

Singapore is not only a city-state, but also an island state: In addition to the main island, the state territory also includes over 60 smaller islands, most of which are uninhabited.

Districts in Singapore

The city-state of Singapore is essentially divided into the following districts:

  • Central Business District (CBD): What is meant is downtown Singapore. This also includes Chinatown, the shopping mile Orchard Road and the entertainment district Riverside - in short, most of the interesting districts for travelers. Marina Bay with the world-famous Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer can also be found here.
  • Bugis and Kampong Glam: These are the predominantly Muslim parts of the city. Here you will find Arab Street and the Sultan Mosque as well as lots of good food.
  • Little India: In the Indian quarter of Singapore you will find cheap (and very good) restaurants, hostels and bars as well as the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
  • Colonial District: In the district you will find old colonial houses, parks, facilities and other testimonies of the former British occupation. The famous Raffles Hotel is also located here.
  • Sentosa: The pleasure island of Singapore can be reached by cable car, among other things. Amusement parks, hotels and some beaches await you.

In addition, there are of course many more parts of the city, but they are of little interest to travelers, as you will mainly find residential areas. But as always, it's worth going on a journey of discovery yourself!

What you can do in Singapore

Singapore offers a wide range of highlights and sights for every taste. The most popular activities among visitors to Singapore include visiting the zoo, night safari and hop on hop off bus.

Sightseeing in Singapore

In the following we present a few highlights in Singapore. If you find it difficult to choose from the huge range of offers, take a look at our tips for three days in Singapore here.

Gardens by the Bay

Even if you're not a fan of man-made gardens, Singapore's most popular attraction is not to be missed. Even if only to be amazed.

We promise you one thing, you've never seen anything like Gardens by the Bay and you won't see it anywhere else. The approximately 100 hectare site is located directly on the sea behind the Marina Bay Sands and is a lot, just not ordinary.

Here you will find attractions such as the brightly lit Super Trees, the huge Flower Dome and the futuristic Cloud Forest. The site can be reached either via the Helix Bridge and the waterfront or via the exit at Marina Bay Sands and the Lions Bridge.

Entry is free.

Tip: The light show "The Garden Rhapsody" takes place every evening - it is wonderful to watch from the Skydeck of Marina Bay Sands (although not for free). You can find more information about the gardens with all their attractions and events on the official website.

Merlion

The Merlion is a statue of the patron saint or symbol of Singapore - in itself not incredibly spectacular. You can find them in Merlion Park, right in front of the Fullerton Hotel.

The place is a popular photo spot, because from the Merlion you have a great view over the bay, the skyline and the Marina Bay Sands. The word "Merlion" is made up of the words "Mermaid" and "Lion" and alludes to the founding history of the city.

Address: 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213

Singapore Flyer

The second tallest Ferris wheel in the world is located directly on Marina Bay and is also a symbol of the city.

Of course, the view cannot keep up with the sky bars in the surrounding hotels, but the view over the Bay and Gardens by the Bay is still beautiful - and a ride on the Ferris wheel is always an experience anyway.

Tickets are available at the ticket counter for 33 Singapore dollars.

Web: singaporeflyer.com

Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803

Districts

The districts of Singapore are, each in itself, a great attraction. This is mainly due to the culture that shapes the respective district.

You shouldn't miss out on a flying visit to Little India, the Arabic-influenced Kampong Glam and of course Chinatown - unless you are staying in one of these parts of the city that are very popular with travelers.

The Colonial District is also definitely worth a visit. Here you can marvel at old colonial buildings and take a Singapore Sling at the bar of the Raffles Hotel. The stretch of river that lies between the Colonial District and the Central Business District is called "The Quays" - namely Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay.

The quays are known for upscale and very good restaurants, bars and shopping - all at a high price. But the location on the water and the beautiful house front make this section worth seeing. There is also a lot to discover in other parts of the city not mentioned here, this is just a selection.

The best tours, excursions and activities in Singapore

Offshore islands

Singapore has some offshore islands that promise a lot of peace, nature and relaxation. As travelers are mostly busy exploring the city on their own, you tend to meet locals here. Since the islands are recreational areas for them, it can get a bit crowded here, especially on weekends and public holidays.

The island is very popular Pulau Ubin, which is great to explore by bike and where you can breathe a touch of "old" Singapore with its crab farms and jungle atmosphere.

You can have a relaxing day at the pool Kusu Island, the turtle island - here you will find a great long white sandy beach. Lazarus and Sisters Island also have such beautiful beaches, and there are also popular diving and snorkeling areas.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island has earned its own paragraph, because the entire island is practically Singapore's amusement park. “The state of fun”, as the island advertises itself, actually has a lot of fun on offer.

From water parks to bungee jumping to indoor skydiving and a butterfly house - if you don't just want to go on city tours, you are sure to find a few hours of entertainment here.

If you are traveling with children, Sentosa with all its themed worlds is almost a must. This is also the opinion of the city dwellers, who like to spend the weekend here with the whole family.

The highlights of Sentosa are the Madame Tussauds wax museum and the world-famous Universal Studios, where you can see sets from famous films such as Jurassic Park. Here is an overview of the best attractions on Sentosa Island.

Of course, there are also plenty of hotels on the amusement island so that you don't have to leave immediately - but these are quite expensive.

Haw Par Villa

The Haw Par Villa is a theme park that tells of Chinese fairy tales - similar to German fairy tale parks that exhibit the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Even if we may not really be able to begin with the content of the Chinese version, a visit to the park with children is a nice change. In any case, there is nothing to lose, because entry is free.

Haw Par Villa is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fun fact: the founder of the park and his brother are still the manufacturers of the original Tiger Balm to this day.

Web: hawparvilla.sg

Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628

Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari & Jurong Bird Park

The “Wildlife Reserves Singapore” includes all the zoos mentioned above, and even if you are not a fan of zoos, you have to admit that the zoos in Singapore are among the better ones in Asia (if not the best).

The animals have a comparatively large amount of space here and you get the feeling that, in addition to making money, it's also a bit about animal welfare.

In any case, the Singapore Zoo is an institution in the city, with over 300 species of animals cavorting on around 28 hectares - so you should bring time with you.

More special attractions are the Night Safari and the River Safari. The Night Safari is a night zoo that only houses nocturnal animals. The park opens at 7.30 p.m. at nightfall and offers interesting insights into the animal nightlife.

The River Safari is, as the name suggests, a park that revolves around life in and around the water. Here the focus is on aquariums and life in rivers.

Last but not least, Jurong Bird Park is a nice change from the urban jungle. The largest bird park in Asia extends over around 20 hectares and is home to over 400 species of birds.

Tickets for the zoos can be bought at the ticket counter or online in advance. Of course there are discounts if you visit several parks. The zoo, the river safari and the night safari are in close proximity to each other, which makes visiting several parks easy.

Only Jurong Bird Park is separate from the other parks.

Web: wrs.com.sg

Singapore Botanic Gardens

For nature lovers, we of course recommend a visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens, which, with 74 hectares, is one of the largest and most important botanical gardens in Asia and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Great photo opportunities are guaranteed here, because the Swan Lake and the orchid garden are just too beautiful. Admission is of course free, you will find the Botanical Gardens near Orchard Road - maybe a perfect detour after a long shopping spree?

Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

More trips and tours

Not the right thing yet? Here you will find a detailed overview of the best tours and excursions in Singapore.

Eating & Drinking: Restaurants in Singapore

Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisine are known and loved around the world, but very few people can make a name for themselves with the cuisine of Singapore. Why is that?

Well there isn't the one Kitchen. Singapore is also an absolute melting pot of cultures at the wok, and so Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Koranic influences are combined here.

From traditional Peking duck and curries to masala dasa and thalis to hip fusion food and completely new creations, there is everything here - especially in the famous hawker centers it is very worthwhile to try new dishes.

The hawkers are an institution in Singapore. They are what the cookshops are in Thailand: a connecting element for all strata of the population and an indispensable part of the local food culture. Check out our guide to Singapore's hawker centers for the best places for street food in town.

Extremely popular dishes in Singapore are, for example, laksa (coconut soup with shrimp), chili crabs (crayfish in a chili tomato sauce) and char kway teow (fried noodles in a sweet sauce with chicken or shrimp or Chinese sausages) - and many more .

New creations are created every day in Singapore's hawker centers. No wonder that the Michelin Guide has now also become aware of the chefs at their small food stalls and that some of them have already been awarded their first star. We say: deserve it!

We Southeast Asia fans in particular know that the best food is usually served in modest surroundings and that the best cooks are often at the wok under the open sky (or a tin roof).

Of course, hawker centers aren't the only place to eat amazing. As in many Southeast Asian countries, the food courts in shopping centers are also popular. Here you get an air-conditioned environment for eating, not so long queues and plenty of choice.

And we don't even want to start in detail with the endless abundance of excellent restaurants (including world-class restaurants). Nobody stays hungry in Singapore.

By the way: In Singapore you can drink the tap water and use it to brush your teeth. The drinking water standards are in no way inferior to ours.

Nightlife and sky bars in Singapore

The nightlife in Singapore is diverse, dazzling and, above all, expensive. This is due to the often salted admission prices and the alcohol, which is highly taxed and therefore sold at a high price.

But if you think that going out in this regulation-obsessed city is no fun, you're wrong. When it comes to nightlife, the government is very lenient, and so there are not only chic cocktail bars here, but also seaman's pubs, red light district and beer bars with greasy tables - some clubs are even open 24 hours, there is no curfew here.

Of course, a well-tended cocktail in the lofty heights of one of the many sky bars is a real experience (you will find a detailed overview of the best sky bars in Singapore in our guide), just like a Singapore Sling at the famous Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.

Otherwise, the nightlife is centered on Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay, where the hippest, but also the most expensive clubs can be found. If you like something more diverse and cheaper, look around after closing time on Orchard Road, which turns into a club mile in the evening.

The backpacker bars in Little India and Bugis are more down-to-earth. The younger locals go out on Wednesdays, as many bars here have offers such as “All you can drink” or “Ladies Night”.

During your nighttime escapades, please note that smoking (even on the street!) Is only allowed in designated areas - if you don't do so, the Fine City Singapore will strike you with a fine.

Shopping: Shopping tips for Singapore

Shop till you drop, that doesn't only apply to tourists, but also to locals. Shopping is one of the favorite hobbies of the on average relatively wealthy Singaporeans, which is why the offer in the malls, on the streets and in the markets is simply unlimited.

The first address for all shopaholics is Orchard Road, the city's largest shopping street. Here alone there is shopping center after shopping center and shop after shop, there is nothing here that does not exist.

In the malls you will find not only the obligatory designer stores but also international chains such as H&M, Zara and Esprit, as well as luxury brands from all over the world. It's cheaper in the malls and shops in Chinatown, Little India and Bugis.

For souvenir shopping and just to have a look, we definitely recommend a visit to Chinatown Street Market and Bugis Street Market.

There you can find kitsch, clothes and curiosities at reasonable prices, and this is where the market feeling of Southeast Asia comes up, which you sometimes miss in Singapore. Both markets are open from morning until late in the evening.

Singapore with child

Singapore is extremely safe and you are well looked after both medically and in terms of infrastructure (sometimes better than at home). So there is no reason to wonder if Singapore is a good family destination.

The urban jungle in particular offers a lot of great activities for parents with not so young children who would eventually get bored on the beach.

Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer and the Art Science Museum are just a few of the myriad options the city-state has to offer.

Here you can find a detailed guide to Singapore with children.

Tips for your stay in Singapore

Overnight in Singapore

Well, we don't want to gloss it over: Hotel costs in Singapore will probably be the biggest item in your travel budget.

The government is increasingly committed to cheap accommodation, and there are also (e.g. hostels and capsule hotels in Little India and Bugis), but still: Singapore is Asia's capital for luxury hotels.

The best hotel chains in the world are numerous and represented in the best locations, the price limits are open.

The most famous luxury hotels are of course the famous Marina Bay Sands (by the way, hotel guests can enjoy the famous infinity pool on the roof exclusively) and the venerable Raffles Hotel, probably one of the most expensive hotels in the city, which has even been declared a national monument.

Even if it is not supposed to be five stars - you can also get rid of a lot of money for mid-range accommodation in Singapore if you want to live halfway centrally.

Don't even start thinking about the value for money in contrast to Thailand or anywhere else. The hotel rooms in Singapore (even in high-priced hotels) are often extremely small and without any special features. It is like it is. It will still be very worthwhile!

Hotels & Accommodation:

  • Inexpensive but good: The Beary Best! is a nice hostel with a popular roof terrace in the Kampong Glam district (Booking.com / Agoda). You can stay overnight in futuristic capsules in the CapsulePod @ Aljunied (Booking.com / Agoda), which has repeatedly received excellent reviews.
  • More comfort: The Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong (Booking.com / Agoda) convinces with stylish rooms and a great pool on the roof. The Jen Orchard Gateway (Booking.com / Agoda) has a great location and a pool with the best view.
  • Pretty chic: State guests also stay overnight in the traditional Shangri-La with a huge pool and great buffets (Booking.com / Agoda). At the Fullerton Hotel you live in the best location and in a royal atmosphere (Booking.com / Agoda).

Here you can find more tips on hotels and accommodations in Singapore.

Public Transportation: Getting Around & Transportation in Singapore

The local transport system in Singapore is one of the most modern and efficient in the world and as such works a lot better than our domestic trains and buses. The most popular and cheapest means of transport is the MRT (subway), which connects large parts of the city with one another.

The buses that run every 10 or 15 minutes are also very useful. To use public transport, you can get a so-called EZ-Link-Card, with which you have a price advantage of 30% compared to single tickets.

Tickets are sold in the Ticket Offices and other locations on site, and the initial purchase price is 12 Singapore dollars. Of this, $ 5 is a card fee and $ 7 is credit for purchasing tickets.

Taxis are also an option. These are pretty cheap for Singaporean standards and of course there is no taxi mafia here. A trip within the tourist center usually costs only 8 to 10 Singapore dollars.

If you plan to take a taxi a few times, a taxi app like Grab is definitely worth it for your trip to Singapore.

Furthermore, in the area around the Singapore River and Chinatown you will find so-called "Trishaws", bicycle rickshaws that are clearly intended to appeal to tourists. Singapore's Law and Order do not apply here, so be sure to negotiate the price before setting off!

The city can be easily explored on water with a bumboat. These operate on the Singapore River and were originally there to transport goods and goods within the city.

The route of the bumboats is always the same and takes you along the Esplanade, via Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Clemenceau to Robertson Quay - so to speak, through downtown along many famous sights such as the Marina Bay Sands, the Merlion and the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles.

Tickets for a 40-minute cruise cost 5 Singapore dollars.

Budget: How expensive is Singapore?

How expensive or cheap something is always depends a bit on where you are from. In the case of Singapore, this means that if you are just arriving from a neighboring Asian country, you could experience a small price shock - because suddenly the price level is back to the same level as at home.

Conversely, this means that if you have just come from home, this shock will probably be moderate. Singapore is a significantly more expensive travel destination than other Southeast Asian countries, especially when it comes to accommodation, entrance fees, transportation costs and shopping - all of which is pretty much on par with industrialized nations.

A meal in the restaurant or a few cocktails can also quickly tear a hole in the holiday budget.

Nevertheless, you can enjoy Singapore on a rather tight budget! Stick to small hotels and hostels that may not be in the city center, the metro, and the many free attractions - and you've saved a lot of money.

Another small savings tip: Alcohol is very expensive in Singapore - so if you are thinking about a little abstinence, now is the time.

We recommend eating most of your meals at the Hawker Center, regardless of your vacation budget, because it's just great. After all, even with the locals, for once, it doesn't matter how much someone earns when it comes to the hawker culture.

Here the boiler suit takes a lunch break next to the designer suit, and here it comes back immediately, the typical street food feeling of Southeast Asia.

ATM / Withdraw money in Singapore

Of course you can expect a comprehensive network of ATMs in Singapore, no question about it. Withdrawing with a foreign EC or credit card usually costs a fee of € 3-6.

You can save money if you have a credit card that allows you to withdraw money abroad free of charge. Paying by credit card is very common in Singapore, even in supermarkets and small shops.

The best travel credit card for Singapore

You can save a lot of money on your travels with the right credit card. Here you can find out which cards you can use to withdraw cash free of charge worldwide and pay in local currency at no additional cost. And who is currently the only provider who reimburses you for third-party fees at the machine, for example in Thailand or Vietnam.

Here is the credit card comparison

Medical care in Singapore

Medical care in Singapore is really the smallest problem, because it is at the top international level and is better than in many European countries.

If you do get sick, consider yourself lucky to be in Singapore. As expected, the list of potential health risks is also short.

Of course there are mosquitoes in Singapore too, and theoretically everything that they transmit to humans. Dengue fever in particular is a problem in all Asian countries, and the progressive city-state is no exception.

The good news is that Singapore is extremely good at identifying and containing such risks - for example, it is a criminal offense not to clear puddles as the mosquitoes could breed in them.

In the city center you do not need to overdo it with exposure prophylaxis, as the mosquitoes tend to find poor living conditions here anyway. But if you leave the city for nature or islands, you should use your DEET-containing mosquito spray just as conscientiously as if you were in the jungle of Borneo.

After all, malaria is not an issue in Singapore. Like anywhere else in the world, it can of course also happen in Singapore that you are afflicted with traveler's diarrhea. This is normal and not cause for concern, as long as it gets better after three days and there are no other symptoms such as fever or pain.

Before every trip, get advice from a trained tropical doctor about risks and vaccinations.

We cannot and do not want to recommend a particular clinic at this point, because Singapore's hospitals are all more or less international, there is nowhere a problem with communication and the level of care is high everywhere.

One of the largest and most renowned clinics is the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). Simple illnesses and injuries can be taken care of in the emergency room for a fixed price.

Singapore General Hospital
Website: sgh.com.sg
Address: Outram Road, Singapore 169608
Phone: General Inquiries +65 6222 3322 / Emergencies 995 (Emergency calls throughout Singapore)

Either way, treatment abroad must always be paid for immediately. If you have international health insurance, you can have the costs reimbursed later. For this it is essential to keep all treatment records and all receipts carefully!

Needless to say, there are well-stocked pharmacies on every street corner in Singapore.

What we would like to point out, however, is the subject of the first-aid kit, i.e. the introduction of medication to Singapore - because there are a few things that you need to know in advance.

Most of you will have your own little first-aid kit with you, the contents of which are usually not particularly exciting. If you are dependent on other types of (prescription) medication, such as antidepressants or benzodiazepines, strong sleeping pills or pain relievers, or medication containing codeine, things get a little more complicated in Singapore.

Some of these drugs require a doctor's prescription in English and an import permit from the Singaporean authorities, some active ingredients are limited in their import quantity, and a few are not allowed to be imported at all.

The latter are generally more substances that come under the “drugs” label, such as medical cannabis, but curiously also nicotine and dental care chewing gum. You can easily check your prescribed medication on the Health Sciences Authority website to see if and how you can import them.

If you are unsure, it is best to write an email in advance to [email protected] We point this out so clearly because violations of these restrictions in the fine city of Singapore can be severely punished.

Still, don't worry too much. Nobody will bother you about ibuprofen and Iberogast, and with "heavier" medication just follow the rules of the game.

Important: The import restrictions do not apply to transit passengers, but to those entering the country.

Packing list for Singapore

Just don't worry too much about the packing list, in Singapore you can buy everything there is in the world.

As long as you have your passport, credit card and possibly important medication with you, you can relax. If you still want to pack fairly systematically and travel to other countries in Southeast Asia, you will find a packing list here that has really thought of everything.

Climate, weather, best travel time

It's not far from Singapore to the equator, which ensures a constant tropical climate with temperatures between 28 and 32 degrees. There are no seasons, also no real "rainy season" like in other countries in Southeast Asia.

Most of the precipitation falls in the months of November to January, but then mostly at night or early in the morning, so travelers will hardly notice the difference. In addition, the humidity in Singapore is always very high, which Europeans often find uncomfortable.

Singapore: Events, Festivals and Holidays

Listing Singapore holidays here would take too long. Why? Because in the multiethnic state there are not only some secular holidays but also Christian, Chinese, Buddhist and Muslim holidays - in other words, almost all holidays of all cultures living there.

The most important secular holiday is Independence Day on August 9th.

facts and figures

How is the time change? Singapore (GMT / UTC +8) is six hours ahead of Germany, Austria and Switzerland during summer time and seven hours in winter time.

What is the currency like?

The currency in the city-state of Singapore is called Singapore Dollar, or “SGD” or “S $” for short. One Singapore dollar equals 100 cents. Banknotes exist in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 1,000 and 10,000 Singapore dollars.

Don't be surprised if you get a Brunei dollar as change - no one tries to cheat you, the Brunei dollar just has the same face value as the Singapore dollar, which is why both currencies are valid in both countries.

Here you can find the current Euro / Singapore dollar exchange rate.

What language is spoken?

The international melting pot Singapore has several official languages, which you will notice at the latest when you look at place and information signs on site.

These are often labeled in English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil - that is, in all four of Singapore's official languages. Communication is the smallest problem here if you can speak English yourself.

Perhaps it should also be mentioned that older Singaporeans in particular often have a strong dialect, which is referred to as "Singlish" and which is reminiscent of a Chinese dialect.

So you may have to listen a little more carefully at one point or another. In all hotels, shops, restaurants and means of transport, however, they speak perfect, fluent English.

How many people live in Singapore?

Singapore has a population of around 5.7 million.

post

There are small and large post offices everywhere in Singapore, and of course the Singapore post is also very reliable. On the Post website you can see delivery times (e.g. to Germany) and calculate shipping costs.

WLAN / SIM card

Network coverage and mobile internet in Singapore are just as good as Germany - probably even better, if we're being completely honest.

Free WiFi is now a standard feature in hotels and hostels. If you would like to purchase a SIM card with data volume for your stay, you can do so without any problems - there are special offers for tourists, such as from Singtel.

Singapore travel guide

The Lonely Planet Singapore travel guide is of course well known and always tried and tested, In addition, the book "111 Reasons to Love Singapore" is worthwhile as an introduction.

Arrival and onward travel

Singapore is not only well connected to the rest of the world, it is also one of the most important and largest flight hubs in Asia. You can also travel overland via Malaysia.

By plane

The most common and easiest way to get to Singapore is still by plane - no matter where in the world. Both direct flights and flights with a stopover are offered from Germany.

You can book direct flights e.g. from Frankfurt, Düsseldorf or Munich with Singapore Airlines or Lufthansa. There is also the option of flying directly to Singapore from Berlin-Tegel with the low-cost airline Scoot.

There are sometimes extremely cheap offers here (where you have to book and pay for every little extra service, of course). The route is currently suspended until (at least) March 2021 due to the corona pandemic.

It will be even easier and cheaper within Asia, as Changi Airport is not only served by the major international airlines, but also by numerous regional low-cost airlines such as JetStar, Air Asia and many more. Tickets are available from Bangkok, for example, from € 60.

For the flight search we recommend Skyscanner or Momondo.

Here you can find more information about traveling to Singapore by plane.

Changi Airport: Information and transfer

Singapore's international airport Changi is the best airport in the world. We don't just claim that, it's the result of every ranking that you can find on the Internet for airports.

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of getting off or changing in Singapore will confirm this immediately. When passing through, you are not sure whether it is an airport or a local recreation area, and the handling is incredibly customer-friendly and efficient - despite the approximately 68 million passengers per year.

With amenities such as a tropical garden, cinemas, massage tables and an unbelievable range of restaurants, even waiting here is fun - although there are hardly any longer waiting times, so that one would almost like to recommend that you plan this yourself.

Here you will find all the most important information about Changi Airport.

To get to the city, you can take the metro or a taxi. There is also a shuttle bus.

By train

Singapore does not have its own railway. Operations at Tanjong Pagar Station, where trains from Malaysia once arrived, ceased in 2011. Now the journey from Malaysia ends at the Woodlands border station.

The Malaysian Railway runs people and goods back and forth between the two countries several times a day. Unless you are a real train fanatic, traveling by train has no advantages over traveling by bus. The journey takes longer, the trains are not nearly as comfortable as the buses, and the savings are very small. Information about tickets is available here at 12go.asia, among others.

We would like to mention one of the most beautiful (and most expensive) train journeys in the world: a trip on the Eastern Oriental Express. Okay, admittedly, for most of us a ride on the luxury train will remain a crazy fantasy, because even if you can spare it, at the end of the day it will still be a train journey.