Frequently asked questions :

Which is a good location to stay?  Many of the 4-5 star hotels are located along Orchard Road and in the Marina Bay areas.  City Hall is central and very popular.  Clarke Quay gives easy access to the Riverside and Chinatown.  Dhoby Ghaut and Bugis have many mid-range hotels. Chinatown and Little India have a wide variety of budget options and hostels.  Lavender and Jalan Besar are full of small budget hotels and hostels for bargain travellers.


What to bring ? 

SIN is one degree off the equator so anything to keep cool; cotton and quick drying fabrics are best. Bring a hat and sunscreen. It does rain a lot so bring along shoes that are comfortable and you don't mind getting them wet, and a small fold-up umbrella.


What is the weather like? 

Hot and humid, average temp. is 27 degree Celsius throughout the year with one degree cooler or warmer towards or away from the monsoon season (northeast season begins Dec to Mar, southwest from Jun to Sep, Apr and May being dry and the hottest month in SIN).


Attractions -

Tripadvisor listings of Attractions in Singapore and Sentosa -

The Tourism Board Website - 


What is the best souvenir to buy and where ? 

  • Chinatown has a mixture of touristy souvenirs of keychains, mugs, T-shirts as well as nice Chinese handicrafts like beaded evening bags and shoes, fans, antique Chinese home decorative items, silk scarves, etc 
  • Little India for authentic Indian spices, jewelry and fabric
  • Singapore museum shop has quite a few unique gifts and souvenirs 
  • RISIS Orchid & Peranakan Collections are available at Suntec Mall 
  • Singapore Sling and unique items at Raffles Hotel
  • Local snacks that make great gifts for food lovers are available at the airport
  • Singapore brand names at Malls

How is the MRT ?

Good and efficient, clean and safe. Definitely a great way to explore SIN. Consider the use of an EZ-link card when using public transport to get around. Easy and very handy to use. No need to fumble for exact change to buy a ticket. A card costs an initial S$12 ($5 for the cost of the card and $7 as stored value). These can be replenished/topped up as necessary at the MRT station.


What about the hop on/off bus services

an easy way to get to know SIN if you don't have the leisure of time to explore the city. A good way to see the major sights.


Is the food safe at Hawker centres or food courts ?

SIN has a high standard of hygiene, all food establishments are required to display their health certificate issued by the health authority, grading from A (being the best) to D.


What's the best choice for mobile communications?

The 3 major providers are Singtel, M1 and Starhub each have various prepaid SIM cards. You will need your passport to purchase a SIM.