Singapore: an introduction
Singapore is the world’s only sovereign city-state that is also an island county. And even though it’s a small place, there’s plenty to do in this high-rise metropolis.
The most famous attraction is the Merlion, a huge waterside statue of the country’s mascot: a half-lion, half-fish creature. Then there’s the long sandy beach on Sentosa Island and the vast rainforest housed in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. New luxury shopping malls have also sprouted around the city with the biggest designer names all here.
Dorm rooms are the cheapest type of accommodation. When it comes to eating, you’re best off going to big food halls around the city – this kind of all-you-can-eat street food is a cheap and tasty choice.
Daily spend: £20-30
There are plenty of good, inexpensive hotels. And food halls mean you can eat well and not spend too much. A medium-sized budget also allows for daytrips and a bit of souvenir shopping.
Daily spend: £40-60
All the big hotel names are here, as well as lots of high-end restaurants. Getting around by taxi costs quite a bit here. And a bigger budget means you can go on tours and do some luxury shopping.
Daily spend: £100-200
Prices are approximate and subject to change
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Money saving tips for Singapore
- Don’t get fined for jaywalking. Many people get penalised for this, and you’ll see fine-payment kiosks around the city.
- Get a travel card. It means you get discount fares and avoid the ticket machine queues.
- Drink the tap water. It’s safe to drink here and bottled water can be expensive.
- Check out free museum days. Museums can be expensive here, but a few days a month there’s free entry.
- Save money, don’t tip. It’s not expected in most places, and expensive hotels and restaurants already include a service charge
Singapore’s currency – the basics
- The currency of Singapore is the Singaporean Dollar.
- The nickname for the Singaporean dollar is Sing
- 1 dollar is subdivided into 100 cents
- The most frequently used banknotes are 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 dollars
- You’ll find all the lyrics to the national anthem on the back of the 1,000 dollar bill
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