What You Need to Know Before Coming to Singapore

Currency

The Singapore dollar is used here and notes come in denominations of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$500 and S$1,000. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and S$1.

Weather

Singapore is hot and humid all year-round, with temperatures usually reaching over 30°C. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief.

Language

You will be able to speak English to Singaporeans, most of whom are fluent in it. Many Singaporeans also speak an additional language, usually Mandarin Chinese, Malay or Tamil.

Power Plug

The standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and you can use power plugs with three square prongs here.

Tipping

Tipping is encouraged when you experience good service, and this would be above the standard 10 percent gratuity to your bill added by some restaurants and hotels.

No Smoking Areas

You are not allowed to smoke in all air-conditioned places, such as malls and eateries. There are designated smoking areas in some entertainment outlets and open-air eateries.

Safe Drinking Water

You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards. You can also buy bottled water easily.

A “Fine” Country

Be sure to observe the rules when you’re in Singapore, otherwise you will receive a hefty fine. In Singapore, you won’t be able to eat or drink on the Trains. Look out for signboards and you’ll be just fine. No pun intended.

Well Connected City

You wouldn’t need to worry about getting lost in Singapore as it is a well connected city. If you are not sure where to find yourself around the area, you can simply look for the nearest train station and travel around easily!