Singapore

    

SINGAPORE

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.

GENERAL INFO

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

INSIDER'S TIPS

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