Singapore Travel Guide

Clean, organized, futuristic. The prosperous city-state of Singapore truly feels like another world compared to other Southeast Asian countries. It is a fascinating and easy destination to explore, perfect for anyone who does not want to deal with the chaos that often characterizes other countries in the region, at the expense, however, of a fairly high cost of living. In fact, Singapore is by no means a cheap destination, especially compared to the countries that surround it.    

This guide offers valuable tips and information to help you plan your trip to Singapore effectively.

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Marina Bay Sands.

When to visit Singapore

Singapore can be visited year-round, and its climate can be summed up in two words: hot and humid. However, some months are preferable over others. February to April is the driest and generally considered the best, while December and January are the rainiest.

Kampong Glam.

Documents and vaccinations to enter Singapore

Most passport holders (with an expiration date of less than 6 months) receive a free 90-day tourist visa from the moment they enter the country. Basically there is nothing to do, just present your passport upon arrival.

Singapore does not require any mandatory vaccinations but Hepatitis A and B are recommended, especially if you plan to explore other Southeast Asian countries. If you are coming from a yellow fever risk country, or have otherwise been in one of these countries in the six days prior to your arrival in Singapore, proof of vaccination is required. Official list of countries and related information on this page

Singapore CBD.

What to do and see in Singapore

In this guide, prices are often expressed in the local currency. The official currency of Singapore is called the “Singapore dollar,” abbreviated as “SGD.”

The exchange rate, at the time of publishing this article, is 1€ = 1.42 SGD. For the current exchange rate, I suggest you look at this page. To do a rough conversion with this kind of exchange rate, you can think of the euro equivalent as two-thirds of any SGD figure. 

N.b. Throughout the guide you will find links to If you want to use offline navigation directly from the Alltrails app you need to upgrade to the pro version. However, you can get around this by downloading the coordinates from the desktop version of the site in “Google Earth KML” format and then uploading them to organic maps, which is by far one of my favorite travel apps.

Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay

The Gardens by the Bay (Google Maps) opened in 2012 and has quickly become one of Singapore’s most iconic places. Admission is completely free as is the “Garden Rhapsody” music and light show, lasting about fifteen minutes, which I strongly recommend seeing and which takes place daily at 7:45 and 8:45 pm. Again, absolutely not to be missed. What’s more, the show changes frequently so if you have already been there I still recommend checking it out.

On the other hand, to enter the Cloud Forest Dome (Google Maps) and the Flower Dome (Google Maps) you have to pay, these are two giant greenhouses that collect flowers and plants from all over the world, it all looks very cool but $53 for the combo ticket seemed a bit much so I didn’t go in. Finally, you can go up to the top of the observatory, which is on top of the largest of the artificial trees for $14 and walk along the walkway (OCBC Skyway) that connects some of the artificial trees for $10.

For all relevant information and possible activities within the gardens including special events or purchasing tickets online, check the official website.

Cloud Forest Dome and Flower Dome.

Marina Bay

The Marina Bay area is another must-see place during one’s visit to Singapore. Around the bay there are many interesting things to see starting with the iconic Marina Bay Sands (Google maps), a building consisting of three skyscrapers connected on the top by a ship-shaped structure where the famous infinity pool is located. Inside there is really everything: casino, hotel, shopping mall, conference center, etc. etc. I would recommend taking a walk inside the Marina Bay Mall, it is a very extravagant place, there is even a canal where you can take a boat ride, and some brands such as Louis Vuitton and Apple have set up rather unique stores. If interested, you can go up on the observation deck by paying $25. For more information regarding the Marina Bay Sands you can check out the official website.

Marina Bay Sands, Helix Bridge and Museum of Science and Art.

Other places of interest around Marina Bay are the Museum of Science and Art (Google Maps), with its unmistakable lotus-shaped figure; the Helix Bridge (Google Maps), which resembles the structure of DNA; the Merlion statue (Google Maps), also known as Singapore’s mascot; and the Jubilee Bridge (Google Maps), from where you have some of the best views of the Marina Bay Sands. Here, or somewhere nearby, is where I recommend seeing the “Spectra” light, laser and fountain show that starts daily at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays there is an extra show at 10 pm. It lasts about 15 minutes.

Marina Bay Mall.

In conclusion, if you want to get great views of Marina Bay but also the Gardens by the Bay, you can consider the “Singapore Flyer” Ferris wheel (Google Maps) whose official website is on this page.

Singapore Flyer.


Chinatown is one of Singapore’s historic neighborhoods and certainly one of the most interesting the city has to offer. The area between Pagoda Street (Google Maps) and Smith Street (Google Maps) is the prettiest and most touristy but there are plenty of other sites worth visiting. 

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Google Maps) is impressive both inside and out, and admission is completely free. On the second floor is a hall surrounded by thousands of statues of the Buddha and dedicated to prayer, the second floor was closed to the public during my visit but from what I understand houses a library and a small gallery; on the third floor is a small museum, on the fourth floor is the prized piece that many come to see namely the Buddha’s tooth relic, and finally on the rooftop is a beautiful garden with a giant prayer wheel in the middle. Open daily 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

The Chinatown Heritage Center (Google Maps) is a museum that tells the city’s history with a focus on the Chinese community. During my visit it was closed for renovations so I don’t know if it is worth paying the admission price, which should be $15.

The Sri Mariamman Temple (Google Maps) is the city’s oldest Hindu shrine. Admission is free but again, although it was still accessible there was restoration work going on so let’s just say it was not exactly a memorable visit. Open daily from 6 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Jamae Mosque (Google Maps) a stone’s throw from the Sri Mariamman Temple, founded in 1826 is one of the oldest in the city. Honestly I don’t think it is particularly impressive but again admission is free.

Thian Hock Keng Temple (Google maps) is the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore whose name literally means “Palace of Heavenly Happiness” and was built with material entirely imported from China and without the use of nails. Between 2011 and 2012 it was extensively renovated but remains an impressive example of Asian architecture. Open daily 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If interested, a free tour lasting about 45 minutes is offered every hour 8:00 – 9:00 – 10:00 etc.

Thian Hock Keng Temple.

The Fuk Tak Chi Museum (Google maps) built in 1824 is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore. Renovated and converted into a museum in 1998, it tells the story of the lives of the first Chinese migrants who arrived in Singapore. Admission is free. Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, closed on Sunday.

Finally, if you’re looking for some nightlife, there are several rooftop bars along Club Street with views of the city’s skyscrapers and lower prices than downtown.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

Little India

Another really interesting historic district is undoubtedly Little India where it really feels like being transported to the Indian subcontinent. Walking through its streets is a compelling experience in itself, but there are some noteworthy sites that I recommend visiting. 

Little India.

The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple (Google Maps) has a giant statue of the Buddha about 15 m tall inside. There is not much else to see but admission is free so why not take a look! Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Google Maps) is a Hindu temple founded in 1855, one of Singapore’s oldest. It is really beautiful to photograph and admission is free. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (Google Maps) is another Hindu temple among the city’s oldest. It is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. so adjust accordingly. Tan Teng Niah’s house (Google Maps) is probably the most iconic in the whole neighborhood, built in 1900 by a local entrepreneur, and deserves a few shots.

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple.

Finally, if you want to learn more about the history of Little India, and more generally about the role Indian immigration has played in the country, I recommend visiting the Indian Heritage Centre (Google Maps). Admission costs $8 and overall I found it interesting. If interested, free guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.

Kampong Glam

Just a short distance from Little India is the vibrant Muslim neighborhood of Kampong Glam with the iconic Haji Lane (Google Maps) and Arab Street (Google Maps) two of the most “alternative” and Instagrammable streets in all of Singapore with plenty of street art. Completed in 1846, the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque (Google Maps) is a mixture of European and Islamic architecture. It is named after a Malaysian aristocratic woman who commissioned its construction. Admission is free.

Haji Lane.

The Malay Heritage Centre (Google Maps) is the equivalent of the Indian Heritage Centre in terms of Malaysian immigration, which accounts for a large portion of Singapore’s population. It was closed for renovation during my visit so I don’t know if it deserves a visit or not; before the renovations, admission was free so you have nothing to lose. The Masjid Sultan Mosque (Google Maps) with its golden domes and giant prayer hall is undoubtedly the most fascinating mosque in the city-state. It is open to the non-Muslim public every day except Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

Masjid Sultan Mosque.

Clarke Quay and Fort Canning Park

Clarke Quay (Google Maps) is another historic district of the city where ships docked in the days of British colonialism. To this day it is a pleasant place to stroll along the banks of the Singapore River. I also recommend visiting the adjacent Fort Canning Park (Google Maps). The park, built on a hill, served as both the seat of local government and later a military command center for the British. It houses the bunker where the decision to surrender to the Japanese was made, which they subsequently used as their command center during Singapore’s occupation. I recommend visiting the Fort Canning Centre (Google Maps) where there is an interesting exhibit that tells the story of what was the city’s most important hill for years. Admission to the park and visitor center is free but if you want to enter the “Battlebox” bunker you have to join a 30-minute tour costing about $20, you can find all the relevant information on the official website

Clarke Quay.

Eating in a Hawker Center

Eating in a Hawker Center is not only an experience that anyone visiting Singapore should try but also a great way to keep your budget in check. These facilities, introduced in the 1970s, are nothing more than Singapore’s answer to the street food chaos that characterizes Southeast Asia. Basically, regulated spaces were created for all the various stalls with common areas for people to consume their food. A meal typically costs between $3-6.

They are scattered somewhat throughout the city but let’s say the average traveler will likely visit only those closest to the center where the main tourist attractions are located. Keep in mind that many of these centers close early in the evening around 7 pm. Some even earlier. These definitely include the Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre (Google Maps) which as the name suggests is located in Chinatown across from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Not far away we find the Maxwell Food Centre (Google Maps), Amoy Street Food Centre (Google Maps) is instead located in the CBD, Golden Mile Food Centre (Google Maps) not far from Arab Street and finally Hong Lim Market & Food Centre (Google Maps) near Clarke Quay.

I am not a foodie at all and I have always just gone with my gut when it came to choosing one restaurant over another but if you are looking for the best, I strongly recommend checking out the SETHLUI blog and especially their guides which I think cover all the hawker centers in Singapore and you can find at the following links: part I, part II and the ranking of the best 300.

Porridge at Chinatown Complex.

Orchard Road

Orchard Road (Google Maps) commonly called just “Orchard” is a famous shopping street. There are malls on literally every corner along the street. The most iconic, given the particular structure, is probably ION Orchard (Google Maps). I don’t think it is anything unmissable but for some it seems to be a highlight of one’s visit to Singapore.

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens (Google Maps) in Singapore became a UNESCO site in 2015 and are undoubtedly some of the best maintained I have ever seen. Admission is completely free and you could easily spend hours strolling around but if you want to structure your visit I think it is definitely worth visiting the Rain Forest (Google Maps), one of the few remaining patches of primary rainforest in Singapore since it was almost burned to the ground during the Japanese occupation.

If you are in Singapore on a Saturday, I recommend attending one of the free tours that are offered by volunteers. I participated in the “Rain Forest” lasting about an hour and found it very educational. At the “Nassim Entrance” Visitor Center (Google Maps) there is a QR code to use to register. There was no Wi-Fi, and I didn’t have a local SIM card, but the staff was very kind and shared their mobile hotspot with me. I would like to point out that not all tours start from here as specified at the link mentioned above.

Rain Forest Trail.

The National Orchid Garden (Google Maps) is a garden within the Botanical Gardens, admission costs $15 but I think it’s worth it. There are over 1000 species of orchids and a greenhouse designed to simulate the conditions of a mountain forest between 1000m and 2000m. All very nice and well-kept.

Finally, don’t miss what is perhaps the most famous tree of all the gardens, which is the old Tembusu Tree that is over 200 years old and you can find drawn on the back of the $5 bill. If interested, a short distance away is the Heritage Museum (Google Maps) which tells the story of the botanical gardens. Admission is free.

National Orchid Garden.

Southern Ridges

The Southern Ridges group together multiple parks, to be exact: Mount Faber Park (Google Maps), Telok Blangah Hill Park (Google Maps), Hort Park (Google Maps), Kent Ridge Park (Google Maps) and Labrador Nature Reserve (Google Maps).

Forest Walk, Telok Blangah Hill Park.

There are various trails through the parks and if you want you can visit them all at once. I opted for the route described in detail on this page which basically excludes Hort Park and Kent Ridge Park from the loop. Doing so covers about 9km, offering enjoyable views of the city and the opportunity to walk through the rainforest. Highlights of this route include Henderson Waves Bridge (Google Maps), Singapore’s tallest pedestrian bridge, and the “Forest Walk,” a network of footbridges through Telok Blangah Hill Park’s forest. In Labrador Nature Reserve, informative boards detail the British coastal fortifications, which proved futile against the Japanese overland attack. You can also observe remnants of this fortification system.

Henderson Waves Bridge.

I recommend starting the hike by reaching the Harbour Front metro stop (Google Maps) and going up following the Marang Trail. If you want to cut it short, you can skip Labrador Nature Reserve and walk to Labrador Park subway (Google Maps).

Changi Airport

Singapore Airport is considered one of the best in the world and one of the busiest. It may seem absurd to you that it appears on the list of things to see and do in Singapore, but I assure you that it was designed with the idea of making it a real tourist attraction. There is a free cinema, a butterfly house and more. You can find the full list of the various attractions on the official website and a map of the airport on this page. Among the free attractions, what I think is really a must-see is the world’s largest indoor waterfall, at a whopping 40 meters high, “HSBC Rain Vortex.” It can be accessed from terminal 2 by following the signs to the “JEWEL.” Unfortunately, it only operates from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, if your time at the airport falls outside these hours, the experience won’t be as nice, but I’d still recommend checking it out if your schedule allows. The Shiseido Forest Valley (there are over 3,000 trees and 60,000 shrubs!) surrounding the waterfall is really impressive, it really feels like being in another world. There are also light shows in the evening but at the time of writing this guide they are temporarily suspended, find updated information on this page.

HSBC Rain Vortex.

N.b. This concludes what has been my direct experience with Singapore’s attractions, the following is solely research for the purpose of making the guide as complete as possible and giving you additional insights in case you have a lot of time on your hands or are simply looking for some alternative destinations.

Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

The Singapore Zoo (Google Maps) is considered one of the best in the world, home to more than 2,800 animals belonging to more than 300 different species. Admission costs $48. 

The Night Safari (Google Maps) is a different experience than the classic zoo. As the name suggests, it is a night zoo where you can clearly see nocturnal animals, the first of its kind. Admission costs $55. 

If you intend to visit multiple parks, you can save some money with combo tickets

National Orchid Garden.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (Google Maps) is considered one of the wildest parks in Singapore and home to the most substantial portion of primary rainforest remaining in Singapore, all just 12 km from downtown and easily accessible by subway. If you decide to visit it, a popular route is the one you find described on this page.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island (Google Maps) is often described as something not to be missed but according to my research that does not seem to be exactly the case. It is an island full of attractions that are often expensive and not particularly interesting in my opinion. There is literally everything including the first and only Universal Studio theme park in Southeast Asia. Anyway, you can find all the possible activities on this page. The best way to get to the island is by the Sentosa Express. Once you reach your destination, shuttles to move around the island are free.

Mount Faber Park.

East Coast Park

East Coast Park (Google Maps) is Singapore’s largest park and is home to what are considered the best beaches in the city. Don’t expect too much, as these beaches overlook one of the world’s busiest straits for cargo ships.

Pulau Ubin

The island of Pulau Ubin (Google Maps) is considered the last place where it is still possible to observe what life was like in Singapore before development. Generators are used here for electricity since the grid still does not reach the island. If you are looking for a destination off the beaten path, Pulau Ubin might be for you. I recommend checking out this article.

Mount Faber Park.

MacRitchie Reservoir

MacRitchie Reservoir Park (Google Maps) is Singapore’s oldest reservoir and much of the remaining primary rainforest on the island. If you decide to visit the park, I recommend following the circuit described on this page, perhaps taking a detour to the famous “Treetop Walk” suspension bridge. If you simply want to get to the bridge, the nearest subway stop is Bright Hill (Google Maps) while to complete the circuit I recommend Caldecott (Google Maps). 

Serangoon Island

The island also known as Pulau Serangoon and Coney Island (Google Maps) is an uninhabited island northeast of Singapore open to the public every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To get there you can use public transportation to Punggol Point Park (Google Maps) where if you wish you can rent a bike with GoCycling or continue to the island on foot doing perhaps the circuit described on this page. Being completely uninhabited, this is a wild island where you can immerse yourself in nature. To get an idea of what to expect I recommend taking a look at this article.

Cloud Forest Dome and Flower Dome.

Where to sleep in Singapore?

Most hostels are located between Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam i.e. around Arab Street. Personally I slept at Century Service World, I paid very little and all in all it is not that bad but I think you can find better. If I were to return I would probably consider one of Spacepod@SG, The Bohemian and Wink Capsule Hostel in Chinatown. For those who want to splurge and flex their stay in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands is the iconic hotel that gives access to the infinity pool overlooking Marina Bay.

Clarke Quay.

How to reach Singapore?

For those arriving in Singapore by plane, getting to the center by subway is really easy, quick and cheap. You can find all the relevant information on the airport’s official website, including possible alternatives to the subway. If you are arriving by land from Malaysia, there are numerous companies that offer direct buses from both Kuala Lumpur and Melaka. The length of the trip depends a lot on how much time you lose at the border, it took me about 6 1/2 hours to do Singapore – Melaka. If you want to book your bus online, you can use sites like 12Go. You can also do the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore route and vice versa by train, but you have to change trains at the border as explained in detail on this page. Finally, you can get to Singapore by ferry from the Riau Islands archipelago in Indonesia, specifically the islands of Batam and Bintan.


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Suggested itineraries in Singapore

In general, I think a couple days is more than enough time to see the highlights of the city. That said, even after five days I left with more than a few places I failed to visit and I plan to return to Singapore in the future.

Two-day itinerary in Singapore

Assuming you have two full days available here’s what I would do.

Day 1:

Start the day by exploring Little India and Kampong Glam. Spend the afternoon in Chinatown and the evening at Gardens by the Bay.

Day 2:

Visit the botanical gardens in the morning. Spend the afternoon/evening in and around Marina Bay.

Gardens by the Bay.

Three-day itinerary in Singapore

With three days to spare, I recommend following the two-day itinerary just described in a more relaxed manner.

Day 1:

Morning at Little India and Kampong Glam. Spend the afternoon/evening at Gardens by the Bay.

Day 2:

Visit Chinatown in the morning. Spend the afternoon/evening in and around Marina Bay.

Day 3:

Visit the botanical gardens in the morning. Clarke Quay and Fort Canning Park in the afternoon. Orchard Road in the evening.

Marina Bay Sands.

Five-day itinerary in Singapore

I recommend following the three-day itinerary just described. On the fourth day you could do the Southern Ridges excursion while on the fifth day you could opt for something like the Singapore Zoo.

One-week itinerary in Singapore

With a week to spare, you can follow the five-day itinerary just described and then devote a couple of days to destinations off the beaten path such as Serangoon Island, Pulau Ubin and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Tan Teng Niah, Little India.

How to get around Singapore

Using public transportation to get to any point of interest is really easy, convenient and cheap. You may have read that Singapore provides a tourist pass of which you can find all the relevant information on this page. Long story short, you can choose from the 1-day one for $10, 2-day one for $16 and 3-day one for $20. Buying it gives you unlimited rides on all public transportation except for some “special” forms of transportation, such as the Sentosa Express. 

I am probably going against what many people recommend, but I think most travelers would be better off paying for individual rides and avoiding the tourist pass. Even buying the 3-day one which is the cheapest, you would be paying $6.66 per day while paying for individual rides, over 5 days I ended up paying an average of $4.64 per day. Additionally, the card requires a $10 deposit, refundable at designated offices upon pass expiry. These offices aren’t open 24/7 and are only available at certain stations, adding inconvenience. Furthermore, with the three-day pass, if you arrive at the airport in the evening and use it to reach the city, you’ll have already used your first day by midnight. Basically, I recommend using a contactless card to pay for individual rides; individual tickets have not been sold for a few years now. Make sure you use a card without currency exchange fees.

Metro in Singapore.

Metro in Singapore

The Singapore subway is the best I have ever used. The rides are so frequent that even in rush hour it never felt busy. The stations, and the carriages, are clean and air-conditioned. Overall, the system is so efficient that it is a pleasure to use.

Buses in Singapore

In general, buses go where the subway does not, but I personally have never needed them. If you limit yourself to the main attractions discussed in this guide, the subway is all you need. In any case, all the lines are seamlessly integrated into google maps search.

Taxis in Singapore

I didn’t take any taxi during my stay but according to my research, not surprisingly, taxi drivers are honest so I wouldn’t worry too much about scams that might happen elsewhere. Grab is by far the most popular car sharing app but Uber also works perfectly well.

Arab Street.

Backpacking Singapore: costs

How much does a trip to Singapore cost? During my 5-night stay I spent exactly $295.13, at the exchange rate of the publication of this article, €206.95 or €41.39 per day. It must be said, however, that I paid very little ($172 total) for my certainly not exceptional hostel booked well in advance – since Singapore was the first leg of the trip and therefore I knew precisely when I would arrive. Also, I basically don’t consume alcohol and ate almost exclusively in hawker centers. By the time you start adding a few drinks and eating in nicer restaurants, even a low-cost traveler can easily get to spend over €50 a day. If you want a private room, go out in the city’s sky bars, get in and out of taxis, you can easily spend even more than 200€ a day.

Cost of transportation in Singapore

If you travel by subway or bus, transportation costs will be a minor part of your budget. My total subway spending was $23.18, or just over 3€ per day. While I may walk more than most travelers, it’s unlikely you’ll spend over 5€ daily on transportation unless you’re taking taxis.

Singapore Flyer.

Cost of food in Singapore

Food can also be relatively cheap in Singapore. Inside a Hawker center you can easily eat a great meal for $3-$6. In some nicer restaurants expect to pay $15-20 and up. 

Cost of accommodation in Singapore

Accommodation will likely be your biggest expense. If your plans allow, book as far in advance as possible. Even the cheapest hostels can exceed $50 per night if booked last minute. Expect to pay at least $100-150 per night for a private room.

Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple.

Other costs (withdrawals and sim cards)

Let’s start with withdrawal fees, which by using the best cards for travel can be reduced to zero. I withdrew at the airport from a HSBC ATM which does not charge fees, but from what I have read no local bank charges fees so one is as good as the other.

As for sim cards, there are four companies operating in Singapore: Singtel, StarHub, M1 Singapore and SIMBA. There are also numerous virtual operators. Prepaid SIM cards in Singapore range from SGD 8 to SGD 50, but even around SGD 10 can get you 100 GB of data, likely sufficient for normal use, especially considering Singapore’s excellent free Wi-Fi coverage. I didn’t even buy a SIM card for my short stay. Organic Maps with offline maps is enough for navigating the city unless you have a specific need for constant connectivity. If you still want a SIM card, purchase one at the airport or any of the many outlets around town, including 7-Eleven stores.

If your phone supports eSIMs and you prefer immediate internet access without buying a local SIM, consider services like Airalo or Ubigi. However, note that eSIMs typically cost more per gigabyte than local SIMs, and their local partner may not always offer the best coverage. Most travelers would likely benefit from a local SIM (or even a local eSIM), but consider your specific needs, as exceptions exist. For instance, during my Japan trip, Ubigi’s plan was cheaper than any local SIM available to non-residents.

Forest Walk, Telok Blangah Hill Park.

Backpacking Singapore: safety

Singapore is literally one of the world’s safest countries. Clearly, common sense must be used as it is anywhere else in the world, but I assure you that you can feel safe at any time of the day or night. I don’t think I have ever visited a city where I felt safer. I highly doubt you will have any kind of problem. 

That said, part of Singapore’s success in creating a safe and clean city also lies in the fact that there are strict laws and punishments even for innocent actions such as feeding pigeons, using chewing gum (it was literally banned in 1992!), jaywalking, smoking outside designated areas, spitting on the ground, and many other small “offenses” are punished with large fines. Drug use and possession can get you into serious trouble; drug trafficking is punishable by the death penalty! Basically, obey the law everywhere but especially in Singapore.

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