Hello All, I am writing this post for all my friends and relatives who want to or plan to come to Singapore for vacation
Main reason for writing this is that most of the things I tell them are same and I felt it will be a good idea to compile it all here. I will keep updating the post from time to time . So this post would be kind of FAQ
Q1. What there for shopping ?
A1. Electronics, clothes, chocolates, perfumes, jewelery ….thats it . Rest everything is cheaper in India
Also do remember to get the 7% GST refund on any of the above items you buy here. You can get it on airport. Just take care of all the receipts and rest of the process is very easy.
Q2. How many days are enough for Singapore ?
A2. This one is little tricky. It depends on your interests and budget. Usually 4 days is the descent time period for SG.
Q3. How is the climate here ?
A3. Hot and Humid. Do not carry any full sleeves. Carry lot of Sunscreen . Do carry 1 jacket as sometime AC in public buses and halls can be really nasty. Umbrella , you can buy here or get if u want. A couple of small polythene bags in case it starts raining to store your phone and passport in it. It can rain almost anytime, so be prepared for it.
Q4. How do we travel in SG ?
Public transport system is quite nice and easy to comprehend. You can also take up taxis, which are costlier than in India , but still manageable.
Q5. What places should we should go to ?
Family Visit –> Marina Bay Sands , Sentosa , Juorong Bird Park, Night Safari, Orchard Street, Vivo City, Singapore Flyer, Universal Studio ( list not in order of recommendation)
Bachelor Visit –> All above + Casino ( Resort World Sentosa + Marina Bay Sands ) , Clarke Quay , Orchard Tower
I am not including Mustafa Centre because it is one excruciatingly overpriced and cramped place. Unless you want to buy spices and amul milk imported there from India , no need to go there. It is a highly hyped place among Indian visitors but trust me there are much much much better places than it to go.
Shopping Haunts –> Bedok night market ( Singaporean version of janpath market) , Funan IT Mall ( for all those IT geeks drooling over DSLR, LED TV and Hard disks) , Niranjan ( for those wishing to buy Phones) , Street Shopping in Little India ( for clothes, soviniour, I love Singapore key-rings, T shirts , chocolates) , Candy Empire ( best chocolate shop in SG)
Q6. Can I find vegetarian food there ?
Yes a lot. Apart from Indian cuisine you can also try Chinese vegetarian dishes. There are really good. Btw Singapore is no alien land and we got your Dominoes, Pizza Hut, Sagar Ratna, Subway …Plenty of choices
Q7. We got small kids / senior citizens with us. Any special advises ?
Just carry basic medicines, some dry food items . Prefer to take a taxi for travelling since MRT and bus can get crowded in morning and evening times. Otherwise , there should be no problem.
Q8. Are we allowed to carry our own medicines. Can we buy directly from chemist as we do in India and other countries ?
In the luggage anything less than 1 Liter and in any handbag anything less than 100ml will not be a problem. I will recommend you to carry all the tablets and pills you might need with you. In Singapore only very basic medicines like Paracetamol are available over the counter, without prescription.
For any health issue, you need to visit doctor, they will give you medicines or prescriptions. Prescription from India will not be recognized to buy medicines at shops here.
Q9 . How much money are we allowed to bring in and how much shopping goods can we take back ?
Bringing anything less than 30000 USD is not a problem, above it needs to be declared at the airport. As for taking stuff back while shopping, remember to collect 7% GST refund at airport. Singapore government doesn’t care how much stuff you take out. For India, the limit is 25000 INR per person stuff is allowed to brought inside India at the airports.
Q10. What flight, hotel to take and how much money is good to go ….
Direct + Cheapest -> Indigo ( from Delhi)
Direct + Costly —> Jet Airways , Indian Airlines, Singapore Airlines [ Delhi], You can find more options from Mumbai, Banglore
Cheap but hopping –> Airasia ( stopover at Kuala Lumpur)
Depends on budget but you can find descent ones from 80-110$ SGD per day. Rest talk to your travel agent for updated data.
Food = 15-20 $ per day, Travel 10-20 $ per day
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Still to continue …will keep updating …Let me know in case you want some more ques added
Any specific advises …..
Not too many … ;)
1) Don’t use any racial words for people here, you know what I am pointing to. People generally are helpful. Some might not be so friendly but that is very small minority.
2) Don’t worry about language. English is good enough …Don’t start wondering if people attach a suffix LAH after various words. Thats Singlish. Don’t think too much into it
3) In case you really want to buy some Apple product which are cheaper here then it is better to pre-order it from Apple Store. If you buy it with immediate delivery from a reseller it would cost you at least 5-10% costly. Let me know before you are coming and I can help you order it before coming.