Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore’s tropical climate welcomes both leisure and business travelers year round. The island republic’s excellent infrastructure enables visitors to enjoy its many sites and attractions in a safe, clean and green environment. A leader in environmental sustainability, with initiatives to conserve water, reduce waste, and promote green energy.
Award winning Changi Airport provides airlinks to major cities around the world. The train and subway systems are clean, fast and efficient. In addition, its state-of-the-art cruise terminal has established Singapore as one of the premier cruising centers of South East Asia and an exciting port of call on any Asian cruise itinerary.
Like most of Southeast Asia, Singapore is generally hot and humid
The Local Scene
Singapore is known as a City in a Garden and nearly 50 percent of the island is green space. It is a thriving metropolis offering a world-class infrastructure, a fully integrated island-wide transport network, dynamic business environment, vibrant living spaces and a rich culture largely influenced by the four major communities in Singapore with each offering different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, food, language and history.
The currency used in Singapore is Singapore Dollar ($). Notes come in $2, $5, $10, $50, $100, $1,000 and $10,000. Coins come in 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents and $1.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm. To exchange money, it is better to do it at a designated money exchanger as banks sometimes charge high fees.
Singapore has a well-developed public transportation option. There are different ticket types so that you can get to where you want to go in Singapore easily and conveniently.
By Train (Mass Rapid Transit – MRT)
There are 6 lines – North South Line (Red Line), East West Line (Green Line), North East Line (Purple Line), Circle Line (Orange Line), Downton Line (Blue Line) and Thomson-East Coast Line (Brown Line) for the MRT system. It runs from 5.30am to midnight every day, except services from Woodlands North to Woodlands South on the Thomson-East Coast Line which close at 9pm, and services start at 6.30am on weekends). This is the quickest, simplest and most convenient way of getting around Singapore. You can choose from the different ticket types or tourist travel pass.
Bus system will provide you an extensive network to the whole city in Singapore. There are various types of ticket or pass you can choose.
Getting a taxi in Singapore is easy. You can hail a taxi at most places, or you can find them queuing at most hotels, shopping malls and attractions.
There are 4 official language – English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. Among these, English is the main language used for all the regions in Singapore.
Tipping is encouraged at hotels, restaurants and taxis. However, some restaurants often include 10% service charge in the bill already. If this is the case, there is no need to add the extra. Also no tip is needed for food stalls, cafes or bars.
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, often known simply as Suntec, is a convention centre located in the Central Area of Singapore, a convenient 20-minute ride from Changi International Airport. Suntec Singapore has acquired a strong reputation as Asia’s preferred and most awarded international venue as well as global recognition as the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre by World Travel Awards.