Considering a trip to Singapore? Whether you’re planning to visit during a short stopover or are looking to discover more of what makes the city-state so special, be sure to check out our travel guide, including the best time to visit, before you book your next international break!
Where is Singapore?
Comprised of one main island off the southern coast of Malaysia and 62 islets scattered throughout the Singapore Strait, Singapore is a Southeast Asian city-state that is steadily increasing in popularity with travellers from across the globe. Situated close to the islands of Indonesia, and in the vicinity of other popular holiday spots such as Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, it’s a destination that is quickly becoming one of the region’s leading economic centres, as well as a hub of great food and shopping. Blending world-leading modernity with a touch of old-world Singaporean charm, the city-state is captivating and full of character.
At just over 5 hours from Perth and around 8 hours from Sydney and Melbourne, Singapore is a destination that is quite accessible to Australian travellers. Offering a holiday experience to rival the biggest cities in the region and quite consistent temperatures throughout the year, the Lion City is a destination well worth adding to your next holiday itinerary.
When is the best time to visit Singapore?
Temperatures in Singapore are quite consistent throughout the year, ranging, on average, from a low of 23℃ to a high of 31℃. There are no distinct seasons, making it easy to visit at any time, but there are portions of the year that are wetter or drier than others.
While temperatures are quite favourable all year round, the period from June to August is generally considered to be the best time to visit Singapore. At this time, the city-state sees some of its lowest monthly rainfall, reducing the overall humidity, and fewer locals are on holidays, meaning there are smaller crowds to contend with as you tour the city. Although crowds are generally reduced, there are still plenty of great events taking place at this time, including the Singapore Arts Festival and the Singapore Food Festival.
When is the best time to book flights to Singapore?
As a general rule of thumb, the best time to book international flights is around 3 months prior to your intended departure date. If you’re planning to make the most of the best time to visit Singapore, you should considering securing your flights from March to May.
When is the most expensive time to visit Singapore?
Unsurprisingly, the most expensive time to visit Singapore, from November to January, coincides with the city-state’s high season, its most popular events and the Northern Hemisphere winter. It is at this time of year that visitors flock from abroad to enjoy celebrations such as Chinese (Lunar) New Year, and both flights and hotels are at their most expensive.
What is there to do in Singapore?
It’s no secret that Singaporeans love to shop, and its even more evident with a visit to one of the city-state’s popular shopping hubs. One of the most famous, Orchard Road, stretches along a 2.2 km boulevard in the city’s south and is lined with shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues and more. Gaining popularity from the 1970s onwards, Orchard Road now boasts big-name retailers from across the globe, including Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Givenchy and Gucci. Perfect for a spot of retail therapy, you’re sure to find so much to see and do throughout the city’s shopping districts, regardless of your budget.
Gardens by the Bay
Combining natural beauty with cutting-edge modernity, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay sit amongst the city-state’s must-see attractions. Bordering Marina Bay, the gardens cover an expansive 101 hectares, which is divided into three separate waterfront gardens known as Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The largest of the gardens, Bay South is home to the iconic Supertree Grove. Comprised of tree-like vertical gardens that stand between 25 and 50 metres above ground, the grove is a fascinating feat of engineering that helps to allow the collection of solar energy and the growth of more than 200 plant species, including ferns, orchids and tropical flowering climbers. Providing shade within the gardens, the grove comes alive at night, showcasing a captivating light and sound display after dark. Other attractions scattered throughout the gardens, such as the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Sun Pavillion, are also well worth checking out.
History and culture
Possessing a long and fascinating history, no visit to Singapore would be complete without taking the time to get to know about the people and events that have helped to shape the city-state. The National Museum of Singapore is a great place to visit to gain an understanding of Singapore’s transformation over time, documenting significant moments such as the fall of Singapore in 1942, its time as a British colony and the incredible growth that has taken place following World War II. The Asian Civilisations Museum, home to region’s most comprehensive collection of artefacts from across Asia, is also well worth a visit. If you have time, be sure to take a few hours to admire the beauty of Singaporean art during a visit to the National Gallery Singapore, where you’ll find the largest collection of modern art in Southeast Asia, as well as a strong contingency of locally produced works showcased in permanent and special exhibitions.
There are so many ways to experience the beauty of Singapore, but perhaps one of the best can be found with a visit to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. Perched atop one of the city-state’s most recognisable buildings, the observation deck not only offers stunning 360-degree views, but is also one of the largest of its kind in the world. Along with an observation deck, the complex also features an infinity pool with unforgettable views (for use of the hotel’s guests) and restaurants.
What should you know before you travel?
Said to be one of the safest cities in the world, it’s rare that you’ll face any problems as you wander through the city, day or night. However, as with any other part of the world, it’s best to remain aware of your surroundings and belongings as you see the city’s sights.
Strict rules are enforced across the city to ensure that Singapore remains clean and tidy. Behaviours that are considered to be quite minor in other countries, such as littering, jaywalking, spitting, and eating on public transport, are frowned upon and may attract a fine if you are caught in the act. Be sure to check for sign boards detailing the infractions to help avoid any unwanted fines. The country also holds a hard-line stance on illicit drugs, with the possession of just a small quantity enough to warrant a conviction or, in the worst case, even the death penalty.
The conviction of some crimes, including illegal entry, overstaying your visa, vandalism and robbery, sees perpetrators face the punishment of caning. Although the punishment may seem to be on the lighter side, strokes from the cane are painful, take a long time to heal and can leave scarring. Along with the threat of the death penalty, the city state’s severe punishments have helped to leave Singapore with the one of the world’s lowest crime rates.
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