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Underrated Escapes: Singapore

Singapore, a city-state in Southeast Asia is a mix of old and new.  Modern skyscrapers, a sophisticated travel system, mouth-watering food, world class shopping, a diverse and colorful blend of Chinese, Malay, and Indian culture, a tropical climate, safe, clean streets, low crime, and a happening nightlife scene makes Singapore a place to add to your bucket list.  Often overlooked on a traveler’s trip to Asia thanks to its squeaky clean reputation, Singapore, although on the rise had been highly underrated as a top travel destination, and here is why:

City Overview

A small island country with a sizeable population of almost 6 million, Singapore is very densely populated.  Although crowded on paper, Singapore boasts lots of green space – more than 50% of the country is greenery – giving it the nickname the Garden City.  The island nation is warm year-round so tourism is pretty steady.  To avoid paying through the roof, skip Singapore during national holidays and big events like the Singapore Grand Prix in September (unless that’s your jam), and avoid the rainy season from November to January.  July through October offers the lowest tourist traffic but also comes with hazy weather and low air quality.  The city has very strict drug laws, so make sure you bring prescriptions for any medicine you have with you.

Singapore city

Getting Around

Getting around Singapore is easy.  The extensive public transit system and cheap taxis mean that you can easily get to and from wherever you need to go.  Use online tools to help you figure out your route or estimate your taxi fare.  If you’re planning to be in Singapore for an extended period of time, check out the EZ-link or Nets Flash Pay card to get yourself discounted fare.  If you plan on checking out the main tourist attractions of Singapore, consider getting the Singapore Tourist Pass to get some discounts!  The MRT and LRT are the main components of the public transit system – the buses are slower and harder to use.  Singapore is pretty pedestrian friendly, but avoid jaywalking since it’s illegal!

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