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How To Survive And Thrive In Singapore

It’s one of the most beautiful places you can visit in Asia, so make sure you get the most out of it with a few of our handy tips.

The Lion City has a lot to celebrate. It’s a picture of prosperity in the region, and people from all walks of life have fallen in love with the rich culture, delicious food, and kind citizens. They’ve had their chance to enjoy what it has to offer, and now it’s your turn.

It’s a trek to arrive there if you’re living in, say, the United States, but it’s an easy trip if you’re in the area, especially if you’re traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (one of the most popular routes). No matter how far you have to come, we assure you it’s more than worth it.

Like any new city, though, there are certain aspects of life there that might be confusing to newcomers. Even if you’ve gained a lot of experience traveling around other parts of the continent, you might still experience some culture shock.

This can happen to the best of us, and that’s why we’re here to help. There are quite a few things to keep in mind when making a visit, and we hope this list covers the essentials you’ll need to survive & thrive in Singapore.

Gettin’ Toasty!

Go ahead and take that parka out of your bag, & leave the long sleeves at home too. Why? Cause it’s gonna be hot, and humidity will very likely join the party too. Temperatures regularly hit over 30ºC or 86ºF, and it’ll almost always stay that way regardless of the season.

Rain makes regular appearances too, and the Singapore Tourism Board suggests people be consistently prepared for “torrential but usually brief” bouts of rain throughout their visit. Once you pack up your short sleeves & umbrella, though, you’ll be ready to live it up!

Sticking to the Budget

That being said, living it up can come with a hefty bill if you’re not careful. Along with being one of the most iconic locations in the region, it’s also one of the most expensive. Wait, don’t sell off that ticket, yet!

The general priciness doesn’t necessarily mean this gem of the world is reserved for the wealthy. However, it does mean that you’ll need to keep an eye out for the options that fit your budget, and you’ll be able to find plenty of those.

You can find shared rooms starting at $13, individual rooms at $40, and street food that shouldn’t cost you more than $8, even coming down to $3 for some things. There are also trolleys that’ll let you travel around the city all day for $8. See? Your wallet will live another day.

Law & Order

Your wallet can survive legal activity, yes, but if you find yourself accidentally (or purposely) violating one of their many strict laws, you could face hefty fines. It could be $1000 for smoking in non-designated areas, $500 for eating or drinking in the wrong place, along with many others.

Don’t even think about shoplifting unless you wouldn’t mind an involuntary extension to your stay, and bringing drugs into the country is considered a capital offense. What we’re trying to say is: leave your overly rebellious side at home.

The special care paid to the law, however, means that it’s one of the safest areas in the world. Solo female travelers and families alike have little to worry about when wandering the streets, even late at night.

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