21 Oct 3 Simple Tips To Ensure A Safe & Enjoyable Trip To Singapore
Every year, more than 18.5 million visitors flock to what can only be described as one of Asia’s foremost holiday destinations. Singapore may only be the size of your typical American city, but it is filled with countless gems just waiting to be discovered by visitors from all across the globe. While it’s impossible not to look forward to the thriving arts scene, plentiful shopping opportunities and spectacular natural beauty of Singapore, it’s also important not to forget about your safety while travelling. Although generally known to be a safe city, there are a few things to take note of when journeying to the Lion City.
Prepare for extreme weather conditions
Although Singapore is not a natural disaster hot spot, thanks to it being encased by Malaysia on one side and Borneo on the other, flash floods and heatwaves are not unheard of. When travelling to Singapore, it is essential to be prepared for torrential downpours and excessive heat at any point. Apart from packing a few weather-proof items of clothing, it is also important to take out comprehensive travel insurance that will protect you and provide invaluable services, such as medical evacuation and treatment during a natural disaster. Even if you have not experienced any notable injuries or losses during a disaster, the peace of mind that travel insurance can provide cannot be dismissed.
Take heed of alcohol regulations and steep prices
Although alcohol consumption is not prohibited in the country, it’s important to note that you cannot buy alcohol from a liquor outlet after 10:30 pm or drink in public. You can, however, enjoy a few drinks at one of the almost-countless pubs and restaurants – if you are willing to pay the exorbitant prices. A cocktail at a trendy eatery or nightclub will set you back approximately $16.50, while a beer at the local bar costs in the region of $7.50. The best way to save money on alcohol is to either become a teetotaller, or to make the most of the city’s happy hour, which generally takes place between 5 pm and 9 pm daily, and features superb specials on a large variety of drinks.
Remember that chewing gum and smoking in public is banned
If you have a habit of chewing gum or smoking, it’s best you kick them to the curb before travelling to Singapore. Buying, selling and disposing of chewing gum is banned in the country, and although you probably won’t be locked up if you have a few pieces in your bag, it is best not to take any chances. If you’re a smoker, it’s important to only smoke in the designated smoking areas and zones across the city. Public areas such as restaurants, malls and parks are out of bounds, and you can be expected to pay a heavy fine – of up to $1,000 – if you are caught smoking outside of the designated area.
Travelling to Singapore will, without any doubt, be one of the most memorable trips you ever make. As long as you make the effort to stay safe and not break any laws, you are bound to return home with enough fond memories to last you a lifetime.