Singapore is a thriving cosmopolitan city with a history deeply rooted in trade and commerce. An abundance of world-class, affordable attractions are springing up on a regular basis, whilst the vast variety of restaurants and nightlife options cater for everybody, from budget backpackers to high rolling billionaires! This tiny island-state is also remarkably culturally diverse. Where else could you marvel at the charms of yesteryear in the historic Chinatown, then tuck into a delicious curry in Little India, before ending the night atop of the iconic Marina Bay Sands sipping a cocktail?
Public transportation in Singapore is efficient and clean, which makes getting around the city-state a breeze. Singapore’s transportation network offers access to every corner of the island, either by bus, MRT underground or taxi. A useful tip for travellers is to avoid rush hour traffic between 8-9am and 5-7pm. Any time outside these hours still remains a pleasure to roam about in Singapore. Transitlink Guides are available at MRT stations, bus interchanges, and major bookstores. These handy guides outline every MRT and bus route in detail, so you won’t get lost with one of these in hand.
Singapore weather is hot and humid year-round, with this tiny city-state situated just 137 km above the Equator. The average temperature is 31°C at daytime and 24°C at night. Walking around at midday can be a real challenge, particularly when the relative humidity is higher than 80%. Like the rest of Southeast Asia, Singapore’s climate is largely influenced by two monsoon winds. The northeast monsoon (Nov-Mar) brings bursts of heavy rain and thunderstorms that sometimes last overnight. May and June are the hottest months, after which the southwest monsoon arrives, bringing with it a relatively dry climate. Despite the hot weather in Singapore, this is a country with air-conditioning pretty much everywhere, from the taxis to the museums and offices – which sometimes can even feel cold as they crank down the temperature on the thermostat!