Singapore Basic Information

Singapore is clean, so clean you could almost eat of the pavement, so clean you best not litter or you could cop a S$1,000 fine. Although it may seem ludicrous, there are also some pretty gnarly infringements for passing wind in an elevator, not flushing a toilet or carrying a durian on public transport. You can’t buy gum, but if you do manage to get your hands on the contraband item, be sure to dispose of it very carefully.

Visa Requirements

Australian passport holders are welcome to stay up to 90 days in Singapore without requiring a visa to enter, but make sure you have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport.Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Singapore.

Currency

The Singapore Dollar is the official currency of Singapore. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Singapore Dollar changes constantly, so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase currency when the rate is at its best. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a travel money card, credit or debit card.

Food

A foodie’s paradise, it seems just about everyone the world over agrees that Singapore is the food capital of the world. Big call. Representing just about every cuisine worldwide from Middle Eastern to Sri Lankan, Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, and, of course, Singaporean, the dining scene is taken very seriously. You can spend big dollars in fancy hotel restaurants, take high tea at a upmarket hotel or you can get a dose of truly authentic local flavour at a humble hawker centre, which houses rows upon rows of small food stalls with meals prepared fresh to order. One local must-try item is the famous Singaporean chilli crab served with crusty bread, steamed buns or fragrant rice. Every place boasts their chilli crab is the best, so dig in and find your fave!

Nightlife

Sure liquor in Singapore isn’t as cheap as it is in its neighbouring countries, but they do know how to put on the ambience with stunning rooftop views that make that S$16 beer worth it. With New York-style cocktail lounges and rooftop bars popping up all over town, you can sample the latest in mixology - expect to hear bottles of Dom Perignon being popped and quince, juniper, cassis and elderflower being touted on cocktail menus. Clubbing-wise, Fridays and Saturdays are the big nights in Singapore, and Sunday is big with the LGBT crowd. Superclub Zouk is worth a look, considered one of the world’s top clubs, or head to Chinatown, the Quays and Sentosa. For a night out, Singapore-style, grab your mates and head to a karaoke box to rent a room and serenade each other.