Most-Googled questions: Singapore

Before you plan your adventure, we’ve bundled together some all-important details that should ease any last-minute jitters.

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Singapore is home to beautiful art galleries, historical museums and cultural adventures galore. It offers Aussies the opportunity to experience the unusual night safari, bask in the sunshine at the Gardens by the Bay or indulge in some city sightseeing on a hop-on hop-off open-roof bus tour.

All that said, it’s easy to understand why many Aussies are flocking to this iconic destination.

What to know before you go

Where is Singapore?

Singapore is located in southeast Asia. It is located 137 km north of the equator at the southernmost tip of Malaysia.

Is Singapore a country?

Yes, Singapore is an independent country that became a member of the United Nations in 1965.

Is Singapore an island?

Singapore is compiled of the island of Singapore and is in the region of 54 smaller islands. The main island is linked by a causeway to the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.

Is Singapore expensive?

If you compare the prices in Australia with those in Singapore, the overall costs in Singapore can be both substantially higher or considerably lower depending on the item. Here are some examples of pricing difference for a better perspective:

In Australia we’d usually pay about $80 for a three-course meal for 2 people whereas in Singapore you’d be looking at approximately $60 for similar. However, meals in hawker centres (Singapore’s open air food courts) are much cheaper.

Draught beer is higher in price. It would usually be in the region of $7 in Australia, whereas Singapore prices are closer to $10.

For coffee we’d expect to pay in the region of $4 and in Singapore you’d be more likely to pay around $5, so that’s more expensive too.

Generally, public transportation and taxi services are cheaper than back home but fuel costs are significantly higher.

General groceries like beef, milk and cheese in Singapore will seem incredibly overpriced compared to Australia.

What’s the currency in Singapore?

The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD).

The current conversion rate (variable daily) is:

$1 AUD = $1.07 SGD

Health and Safety

Is Singapore safe?

Singapore is considered to be an extremely safe city for both travellers and residents. However, you should still be wary of a number of issues.

  • Taxis. Before boarding a taxi, verify the company and ensure each taxi you take has cab numbers that can be tracked and properly reported if needed. Some taxi drivers will take advantage of tourists and try to charge a higher fare. Agree on the fee beforehand.
  • Pickpockets. Keep all valuables concealed, even when visiting bustling markets during the daytime. Store your wallet, purse or money in a location that is not easy to extract from your person.
  • Prostitution. Sex shops and massage parlors are in abundance in Singapore and pose the threat of scams and illegal work.

Culture, customs and lifestyle

What language do they speak in Singapore?

There are four languages that are widely spoken in Singapore. The Singapore Government recognise these as: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. The national language is considered to be Malay.

Getting around the things to do

What is Singapore famous for?

Singapore has a host of world-class attractions, with notable sites including the Marina Bay Sands complex, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island (home to resorts and amusement parks) and the Singapore Zoo.

It's also famous for its attitude towards cleanliness, which resulted in a chewing gum ban, along with its shopping, activities, dining and entertainment.

Does Singapore Zoo have pandas?

It does indeed. Kai Kai and Jia Jia are Singapore’s very own giant pandas. They are located at the Yangtze River zone at River Safari. They are housed in a state-of-the-art biodome designed and landscaped to simulate their natural habitat.

Does Singapore have beaches?

Singapore is home to some utterly stunning, and completely man-made beaches. There are some authentic natural beaches for those craving the sea breeze, however, the most picturesque on offer are definitely the manufactured ones. Sentosa is an island composed of man-made activities designed for tourists and Singaporeans looking for a weekend mini-escape from the big city. The island is home to three of the best beaches on offer in Singapore.

Does Singapore have Uber?

Yes. There are a multitude of Uber options on offer in Singapore, including LiveUp VIP, uberXL, ExecLarge, uberPOOL, CAR SEAT, uberX, UberExec, and uberELECTRIC.

Prices start with the minimum fare from S$3 ($2.80) for uberX and cost per km S$0.45 ($0.42) which makes Uber one of the cheapest ways to travel in Singapore.

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