Singapore is a tropical island city state that is located in the heart of South East Asia. The island city is located at the southern tip of Malaysia and shares the border with Johor Bahru to its North and Indonesia to the South. Singapore is a diverse country in terms of culture, religion, and languages because of its role as a trading hub.
Singapore is a vibrant city that has everything for the family. Singapore has been heralded as one of the expensive cities to visit in Asia especially for dining accommodations. Despite the expensive rates of the city Singapore is surprisingly easy to navigate with its efficient MRT lines and Bus lines.
General Information About Singapore
Timezone: GMT+8. It has the same timezone as the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur.
Currency: The local currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD) which is issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore which the central bank and the financial regulatory authority of the city state. The common denomination of bills or notes is the S$2,5,10,50,100,1,000 and 10,000 Singaporean dollars.
Foreign Currency: Most backs and currency exchanges in Singapore universally accepts the United States Dollar. Other major currencies like the Japanese Yen, Hong Kong Dollar, and Euro can be easily exchanged for local currency.
Unit of Measurement: Singapore has adapted to the metric system and is in use since 1970.
Language: Singapore has four official languages; English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. English is the most spoken language in Singapore.
What to Expect with the Weather
Singapore is an island located near the equator in the tropical zone so expect high humidity all year round. The weather in Singapore feels like summer all year round with an average temperature of 26′ to 27’C all throughout the year.
Visiting in Singapore is great all year round but you should keep in mind that sudden monsoon year is expected.
The Local Singaporean Culture
Transportation in Singapore
The Changi Airport Singapore is one of the best airports in the world and quire frankly it is also a destination to visit in its own right.
Singapore has a highly developed and world class public transportation infrastructure. You can be in the city centre from Changi International Airport within 30 minutes with only one train transfer in between.
Moving around Singapore is easy because of the multilingual signages and helpful help desk that dot their train stations and popular tourist spots.
What to wear in Singapore
Singapore has tropical weather with an average daily temperature of 25’C to 31’C. Singapore enjoys warm and humid climate all throughout the year so wearing light and breathable clothes. Expect sudden heaby downpours in the afternoon and always bring an umbrella, especially during the monsoon season.