Advance Planning

Two months before Book big-ticket events such as the Formula One race. Reserve a table at a hot top-end restaurant.

One month before Book a bed if you're planning to stay in a dorm over the weekend.

One week before Look for last-minute deals on Singapore accommodation and check for any events or festivals. Book a posh hotel brunch or high tea.

Resources

  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/singapore) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
  • Your Singapore (www.visitsingapore.com) Official tourism board website.
  • Honeycombers (www.thehoneycombers.com) A good online guide to Singapore, covering events, eating, drinking and shopping.
  • City Nomads (www.citynomads.com) A handy website with reviews and event listings.
  • Sistic (www.sistic.com.sg) One-stop shop for tickets to concerts and shows in Singapore; useful events calendar, too.

Top Tips

  • Buy an EZ-Link card, an electronic travel card accepted on MRT trains, local buses and the Sentosa Express monorail, and by most taxis. Options include one-, two- or three-day 'Singapore Tourist Pass' cards, which offer unlimited travel on buses and trains.
  • Combination tickets for some sights (eg Singapore Zoo and Night Safari) can save you money.
  • Leave rigorous outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the sweltering midday heat.
  • Party early: there's no shortage of bars offering good-value happy-hour deals, mostly between 5pm and 8pm or 9pm.
  • Carry a packet of tissues: you won't find serviettes (napkins) at hawker centres, so you'll need these to 'chope' (save) your seat before lining up for food.
  • MRT stations have many exits, look for signs which let you know which letter exit to head to for your specific destination.

What to Take

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen – and an umbrella
  • Mosquito repellent, especially if planning to explore nature reserves
  • Electrical adaptor
  • A smart outfit and a decent pair of shoes for higher-end restaurants and bars
  • Swimwear
  • A photocopy of your passport photo page, stored separately from your passport

What to Wear

Singapore is hot and humid so pack clothes that are light and comfortable. Shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops are acceptable almost everywhere, though higher-end restaurants and bars call for more stylish attire; consider bringing at least one evening dress or long-sleeved shirt and trousers, and dress shoes. You'll need a pair of trainers or hiking boots if tackling the nature reserves, and it's always a good idea to carry a small, portable umbrella for those sudden tropical downpours, especially during the monsoon season (November to January).

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Check airline baggage restrictions
  • Organise travel insurance
  • Inform your credit-/debit-card company of your travels
  • Book your accommodation and any big-ticket events or restaurants
  • Check that you'll be able to use your mobile (cell) phone