Singapore is a city full of strangely unique and wonderfully diverse experiences around every corner, where shophouses exist alongside skyscrapers, hawker food gets cooked up streets away from restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs, and nearly every month features
a massive event .
You may think you know the ‘Lion City’, but scratch beneath the surface, and you’ll discover a wealth of experiences that you never realised this small island could hold.
Time Zone - 2 hours behind AEST. Do not observe daylight saving time
Weather Seasons - Monsoon season November through to mid March
Currency - Singapore Dollars (SGD) Approx 1AUD = 0.95 SGD
Peak Travel Season - November to early January, June to August
Key Booking Period - January, February & October
Avg Length of Stay - 4 nights
Visa Requirements - A visa is not required for Austrlian citizens for a stay of up to 90 days. Must have 6 months validity on passport
Events /Public Holidays to note - Thaipusam 24 & 25 jan. Chinese NY 15-day festival end JAN early FEB. Singapore World International Film Festival April 8 and 9. Singapore Grand Prix mid - late September
Key Airlines - Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates
Product Contract Validity
- 1 April till 31 March on static contract (there are a few exceptions)
- Contracted rates start to be released in July and they will be progressively released as the contract comes in and are loaded
Top Selling Hotels -
Village Hotel Bugis (V) - Within walking distance of the markets, boutiques and shopping cetnres of the historic Kampong Glam precinct
Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay (P) - Nestled on the banks of the historical Singapore River with all rooms boasting an unblocked view of the river, Marina Bay or Fort Canning Park
Marina Mandarin (I) - Total luxury in the heart of the city with every room offering a private balcony with superb views
Visiting Singapore on the weekend and looking for a place for dinner, head to the intersection of Club Street and Ann Siang Road where the road is blocked from cars and restaurants set up tables right on the street - a hip alternative to Boat and Clarke Quays
If shopping is your main goal hold on to your receipts! A 7% GST is charged on most items and you can claim this back (minus an admin fee) when leaving Singapore at Changi Airport - note a minimum spend applies. The refund does NOT apply to those departing by land or sea.
You can hail a taxi along most roads but note that vehicles are not allowed to stop on roads with double yellow jagged lines so best to flag one down from a taxi stand