When you enter Singapore you might think you left South East Asia. Singapore is hip, modern, funky, clean, rich, welcoming and clean -did I say that already? There is a huge contrast between this tiny city state and its neighbouring countries Malaysia and Indonesia. Eventhough Singapore is not big, you’ll find plenty to do here. The country is a hotpot of mixed cultures and religions which reflects in the variety of food found in all the stalls and restaurants in this vibrant architectural pearl that is Singapore.
Singapore is small, home to only 5.7 million people as of February 2017, with an average age of 40 years.
Malaysia is the only bordering country. Indonesia is real close but seperated by sea.
English is one of the official languages of Singapore, together with Malay, Mandarin & Tamil. Most people dpeak a lical dislect called Singlish, which is a mix of English, Chinese, Malay & Indian.
Singapore became an independent country on August 9th, 1965.
The Singapore Dollar is used here.
€ 0.67 | US$ 0.70 | AU$ 0.92 = 1 S$
€ 1 = 1.50 S$ | US$ 1 = 1.42 S$ | AU$1 = 1.09 S$
Singapore Standard Time UTC +8
If you love to eat, it would be (almost) impossible not to love Singapore. There is food to be found everywhere you go. One of the most typical Singapore eats, is Chili Crab, a dish that’s around since 1956! Other must-try’s involve Laksa, Chicken Rice, Rojak and Fried Carrot Cake. Make sure to visit Chinatown & Little India for some great budget meals!
Yes! There are many vegetarian restaurants and dishes to be found! Definitely go to Little India, as Indian food has lots of vegetarian dishes in their traditional kitchen. But it shouldn’t be too hard to find a great vegetarian place. If you need a hearty salad for lunch, we really loved The Salad Shop!
Always make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include polio, chickenpox and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine. Other than these, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended.
Malaria is not a problem in Singapore, but as in many urban areas of South East Asia, Dengue Fever can be a concern. This disease is spread by mosquitos so take good care of protecting yourself from mosquito bites. Most local brands use citronella, so bring a strong DEET-based repellent.
There is no yellow fever in Singapore, but the government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. Be aware that the ZIKA virus is also present in Singapore.