How To Take A Trip To Singapore

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NOTE: We know traveling isn’t possible right now – but that shouldn’t stop you from planning future trips! Here are some amazing insights about Singapore.

Singapore is often referred to as the gateway to Malaysia. It is located at the southern tip of the Singapore Strait and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. A trip to Singapore allows you to learn more about the history of this ex-British and French colonial outpost. You can explore both the modern and old worlds of the country. And, immerse yourself in the strong traditions and culture of the Singapore people.

Planning the trip…

Firstly, to plan a trip to Singapore, you must understand the wet and dry seasons. The dry season (February to September) is the only time to visit. Secondly, research the amazing sites and attractions this vibrant city holds. You can visit the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel for epic views of the skyline, or head into Chinatown and sample authentic Singapore/Chinese cuisine. 

Once you have settled on what you want to do and see, find a suitable hotel and plan flights into Singapore Airport. There are a plethora of quality hotels, and the airport facilitates hundreds of international flights. A trip to Singapore offers adventure and provides the opportunity to explore one of the most diverse and popular locations in Asia.

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Planning your visit to Singapore

The Island of Singapore is a fascinating location with a diverse mixture of Colonial European and Asian cultures. This exciting mix provides travelers with excellent opportunities for fun, learning, and excitement.

For example, you can admire the immense construct of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and walk through the beautiful arrangements of the Gardens by the Bay. Alternatively, you can explore Chinatown and see some of the gorgeous Chinese buildings, or sample some authentic street food. In addition to this, Singapore has a host of superb shopping locations, bars, and restaurants. It is a vibrant melting pot of cultures. A trip to Singapore will provide fantastic memories and give you a taste of Asia!

Consider the best time to visit Singapore

There are two main seasons in Singapore – wet and dry. Other than this, the weather remains relatively even – it is always hot and humid. If you don’t want to be stuck inside, do not visit Singapore during the wet season! You can experience monsoons which make for an uncomfortable experience. The following is a breakdown of the two seasons:

  • Wet Season: September to February
  • Dry Season: February to September

September is a great month to visit as it is relatively dry and temperatures are slightly lower. Throughout the dry season, the weather remains consistent.

Look at top sites in Singapore that you don’t want to miss out on

Taking a trip to Singapore is generally not a relaxing holiday – you can relax in the 5-star hotels, but there is so much to see! With so much to do, look at the different attractions and decide what sounds fun. The following are some of the top sites in Singapore:

  • Sentosa Island
  • Marina Bay Sands Hotel
  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Singapore Zoo
  • Clark Quay
  • Fort Canning Park
  • The Singapore Merlion

Any one of the above attractions could take up one or two days! For example, Sentosa Island is essentially a playground. This island is packed full of theme parks, water parks, and even a Madame Tussauds waxworks! You could quite easily spend a week exploring this magical place.

Choose a suitable hotel in a convenient location

Singapore is a wealthy country that has a superb infrastructure for tourism. To that end, you can find a myriad of high-quality hotels to make your stay comfortable. Remember that the air and climate in Singapore are often oppressive – you, therefore, need a hotel with fantastic air-conditioning. Areas in Singapore with superb hotels include:

  • Chinatown
  • Sentosa Island
  • The Quays
  • Marina Bay
  • Colonial District

Any of these areas has a myriad of brilliant hotels suitable for all budgets.

Research public transport options for traveling in Singapore

Despite the relatively large size and population of Singapore, traveling within this city is quite easy. If you do not want to use public transport, you can easily obtain a taxi. The rates are favorable, and this method of transport is quite effective. Bear in mind that road traffic in Singapore can be chaotic!

Alternatively, Singapore has an extensive MRT system that has stations at most of the main sights. This metro system is fully automated and is a modern feat of technical and mechanical engineering. You can quickly travel between different stations and stop at places like Chinatown, Clark Quay, Marine Sands, and the Harbor Front.

Consider other Asian destinations to explore

Singapore is ideally located in close proximity to a host of other amazing locations. You could easily spend a week or more in Singapore. But why not look at a two-week trip where you explore more of Asia? Other potential destinations in Asia include:

  • Malaysia (Johor and Kuala Lumpur)
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam

Malaysia is a particularly interesting destination and is only a stone’s throw from Singapore. Furthermore, Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia have booming tourism industries.  

Create a rough plan for each day in Singapore

To make effective use of your time, consider creating a rough plan. You don’t have to plan every detail but it is beneficial to know what you want to do and see each day. We have listed an example plan below:

  • Day 1: Marina Bay Sands & Gardens by the Bay
  • Day 2: Explore Sentosa Island
  • Day 3: Visit Singapore Zoo
  • Day 4: Shopping in Clarke Quay and visit Fort Canning Park

A basic plan such as this gives you focus and ensures you maximize your time in this amazing city.

Book flights and transport from the Singapore airport

Singapore airport is a vast transport hub that accommodates 68 million passengers per year. You can easily find a range of different international flights from airlines like Air Asia, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways. You can find direct flights to and from most European destinations. Typically, flight times range from 8-10 hours. Further afield and you may need a transfer.

Traveling to and from the airport is relatively simple – the best way to do this is via taxi service. Outside the arrivals area you can find official taxis that work on set rates into the city-center. A taxi journey should cost between $20-30 Singapore Dollars.

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Book a suitable hotel

Singapore is bursting with fantastic high-quality hotels. There are hotels to suit any type of budget – from cheap and cheerful hostels, to 5-star luxurious hotels in prime locations. We advise looking at what you want to see and do in Singapore, and choosing a hotel that is within distance of these attractions. Popular hotel locations include Clarke Quay, and the areas surrounding Fort Canning.

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Create a list of must-see attractions in Singapore

There is so much to do in Singapore that you must plan your days carefully. It is advisable to create a list of must-see attractions so that you don’t miss out on anything. You don’t have to plan each day to minute detail but it is preferable to have a basic plan of attack.

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Research the best places to dine and party

Aside from a wealth of attractions and sites, Singapore also offers some amazing dining experiences and nightlife. If you enjoy trying different cuisine and partying the night away, we suggest researching different locations in Singapore. Examples of popular places incudes Clark Quay, and Chinatown – both of these areas have a plethora of amazing restaurants and allow you to sample both Singapore and Malaysian cuisine.  

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Paul Skidmore

Paul Skidmore

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Paul specializes in travel and photography. His passion for travel spans back to his childhood and has been a life-long obsession. He has seen much of the world including cold climate destinations like Antarctica, Greenland, Svalbard, and Iceland. This combined with a thirst for knowledge, and a love of literature, has allowed him to craft a successful career as a writer. Through his writing, he loves to empower readers to see the world just as he has.
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