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11 important tips to visit Singapore There are a few things to tell you before traveling to Singapore:

Marina Bay
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1. The local currency is Singapore Dollar (SG $) and no other currency is accepted (ie US Dollars). Downloading a free currency conversion app that works offline like an XE currency would be very useful!

2. Singapore has four official languages; English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil but is the fifth informal language; Solo! This unique hybrid of English and local dialect influences is a beloved part of Singapore. The speed with which they talk while talking to locals may sound like they are not speaking English, but listen closely and your ears will adapt. Before you know it, you'll add 'Lah' and 'Ah / Uh' to your sentences, call people Auntie and Uncle and clip your sentences

3. While Singapore laws are very strict, I often hear people expressing concern that they have been arrested for things like accidentally dropping food wrappers. Don't worry, it's not like that! If you litter, pick it up and put it in the dustbin.

4.The heat and humidity in Singapore can be very intense, especially if you do not use it or are coming from a cold climate. Trust me, you wouldn't want to underestimate it. You can plan your walks in the morning and afternoon / evening outside the hottest parts of the day to avoid heatstroke and exhaustion.

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum only lights up a few times in a year during special occasions. I was lucky to capture this that night.
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5. Use sun protective gear (I always carry an umbrella to shade me), relax often, and drink lots of water.

7.If the cards are widely accepted, you want to make sure that if you are going to hawker centers you have cash on you because they will not take your card for payment.

8. Playing uncle games together in chinatown Singapore has a large expatriate community, which makes it far more multicultural than it already started! As a result, you can find a wide range of catering and restaurants about all the nationalities you can think of. It also means that it is a great place to meet people from all over the world and make new friends.

9. With the end of many commercial deals with many expats and drinks living in Singapore, Singapore's nightlife scene is one of a kind epic! So, if you like to party, then you are in for a real treat. While Singapore is famous for its super safe, squeaky-clean image, there is a renowned red-light district in Gyang. Honestly, there are some very good restaurants out there and I never had a problem when I visited! But, if you want to see the head of Singapore, on the other hand, after dark.

10. You can easily go to Malaysia by catching a bus, walking or driving a car across the border. We used to do this while I was staying there, heading to Johor Bahru for a day of shopping and great Malaysian food. Just be careful, while the border control staff in Singapore is above all the board, we have situations where the staff on the Malay side of the border asked for a bribe to allow us to enter or leave.

Chinatown street market
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11.Tipping is not required in Singapore, however you are welcome if you wish