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Singapore, being one of the most prominent cities in the world, will give you a different kind of experience than what you can expect in other Asian countries.

Lights shone on the Merlion as it overlooks Singapore's iconic Marina Bay Sands. During the Formula 1 Grand Prix night race, lights were projected onto the Merlion and the 'boat' of Marina Bay Sands.
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1 Language

Most of the locals are bilingual - proficient in English and either Mandarin, Malay or Tamil.

2 Currency

Singapore Dollar (SGD) is the currency of choice here. Currently, $ 1 US dollar will get you $ 1.33 in Singapore dollars. When you are budgeting for your trip here, keep in mind that Singapore is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. While you can get some cheap prices in Malaysia and Indonesia, Singapore is expensive, so expect to spend as much as you would in a major US or European city.

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3 Cards + Cash

Credit cards are widely accepted, but you should still carry some cash for food stalls, coffee shops, and other small purchases.

4 Climate

The temperature in Singapore is constant throughout the year. Usually, on any given day, you will see temperatures between 75 ° F (24 ° C) to 89 ° F (32 ° C).

5 How to travel

by train - Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the fastest and best way. The rail network is very wide, so most of the city's main attractions are within walking distance of the MRT station. Most trips will cost around $ 4 SGD ($ 3 USD), but you can purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass that gives you unlimited travel for one day for $ 10 SGD ($ 7 USD), $ 16 SGD ($ 12 USD) for two days, or $ 20 SGD ($ 15 USD) for three days. Note: If you return 5 days after purchasing the card, a $ 10 SGD / $ there USD is deposited.

Bus - Like MRT, Singapore's bus system is very comprehensive and efficient. You can also use your Singapore Tourist Pass in buses. You can also pay with cash, but it must change accurately. A single trip will cost SGD ($ 1-2 USD) between $ 1.40–2.50. Trish-trisks (like rickshaws) are less popular these days in Singapore, but you will find them on most tourist routes. They are now managed by a queue system called Trishva Uncle. For a 30-minute run you will pay $ 40 SGD ($ 30 USD).

Taxis - Taxis are comfortable and convenient, but they are not cheap! All cabs are metered, but may be surcharged depending on the company and where you are going (for example, if you do not have a taxi from midnight to 6 am there is a 50% surcharge on the total metering cost ). Prices start at around $ 3 SGD ($ 2 USD) and then around $ 0.22 SGD ($ 0.15 USD) for every 400 meters.

Marina Bay
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6 When to go to singapore

It is always a good time to visit Singapore! The island has an annual temperature of 80 ° F (high 20s ° C) in a warm, tropical climate throughout the year. November to June is the high season, especially during the Chinese New Year. The northeast monsoon season is from November to January, however, you can face a lot of rain. If you are hoping to avoid all tourist traffic then late summer and early fall (July to October) is a good time to visit. The weather is still pleasant, and the southwest monsoon (June to September) is not as harsh as the northeast monsoon.

Now that you have read about things to be aware of, know a few offkey things you should do in Singapore.