Discover Singapore travel guide 

Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial centre with a tropical climate and multicultural population.

From street markets to high technology shopping, it offers a range of amazing experiences for travellers.

Singapore is an island nation. It is separated from Malaysia to the north by the Strait of Johore, and Indonesian islands to the south by the Singapore and Main Straits. Singapore is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+8), which is actually the 'wrong' time zone. In 1981, Malaysia standardized time across all its zones and Singapore elected to follow suit for business and travel reasons.

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Emergency Numbers

Police dial 999
Fire or Ambulance dial 995

 
Main
Ethnic
Groups

74 % Chinese
13% Malay
9% Indians

 
Main Religion

33% Buddhism
19% Christianity
14% Islam
10% Taoism
6% Hinduism

 
Geographic Facts With nearly 6 million people, the entire country is one metropolitan city-state.  

Singapore is a cosmopolitan society where people of different races live harmoniously. However, Singapore does have some strict laws which assist in this harmony that you may not be used to. Another cultural aspect that flows across everyone in Singapore is the great respect for family.

  • Elders are deeply respected, even if you don’t personally know them — they have earned the right to be treated as you would treat your own grandparents.
  • Singapore is derived from Singa Pura, or Lion City, named for the animal an arriving prince saw when he first settled the island.
  • Singapore is a highly governed society with some very interesting and unusual laws:
    » Kissing and overt public affection is not  illegal. However, as a conservative country, there are conditions to the degree public display of affection one can exhibit to avoid offending others.
    » You can be charged for littering, smoking in public, and not flushing the toilet.
    » Chewing gum is fine, but selling or importing it is illegal.
  • Whatever Lor = Singlish version of 'whatever'
                                   Q: What do you want to eat?
                                   A: Ahhh, whatever lor!
  • Angmoh = White, Caucasian, Westerner
  • Lah = Added to the end of sentences to change tone and add extra meaning across a wide variety of contexts. Listen and learn before using!
  • Chop Chop = Hurry up
  • Kaki = Friend or buddy
Due to its relatively constant equatorial climate, Singapore can be enjoyed at any time of year.
Singaporean weather is defined by two monsoon seasons running December to March, and June to September. They are characterized by storms and hot, rainy winds. The inter-monsoon seasons are also hot and wet, although storms are typically restricted to later afternoon and winds are lighter and more varied.
Northeast
Monsoon
Dec to Mar
23° / 32°
Inter 
Monsoon
Mar to May
24° / 33°
Southwest
Monsoon
Jun to Sep
24° / 33°
Inter
Monsoon
Oct to Nov
22° / 32°
Well-developed infrastructure and high-density population make public transport cheap, fast and efficient in Singapore. Changi Airport is one of the world’s largest, and there are convenient rail lines north to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and beyond.
Dialing code +65


 
Visas - Canadian citizens don’t need a visa for tourism or business trips for up to 30 days, provided other requirements like proof of onward travel and passport validity are met.
Electrical / device: 230/240 volts - Three pin ‘type G’ plug. 
Tipping is not customary and discouraged. Most restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill, so tipping is not required. Tipping bellhops at hotels is not compulsory but acceptable. SGD1-2 per bag is reasonable.
Language -Mandarin and English.
 
Currency 
Singapore Dollar
(CAD$1 = SGD$1.04)
*average rate, 2017-2021.

 

Drive on the left side of the road.

 
The drinking age in Singapore is 18 or over. Alcohol is expensive, and public drinking and inebriation is frowned upon and sometimes an offence.
  • Singaporeans love quirky records and have a long list including the world’s:

  • Largest cupcake mosaic
  • Largest 3D balloon sculpture
  • Largest lantern parade
  • Lhe most number of people showering together.
  • National icons are Lion and Merlion statues (a lion’s head with a fish body).
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