Singapore is often considered the “Gateway to Asia”. If you are thinking of solo travel in Singapore, you can’t pick a safer country to travel to. As one of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating destinations, Singapore is a diverse island country that has something of interest for every traveler. Laws are very strict and you can get fined for just throwing chewing gum on the floor. People are friendly so you’ll have no problems if you get lost and need to ask for directions. While you can choose the places you want to visit and the things you want to do as per your wishes, there are some things that you would want to know before you travel to Singapore. This would help make your holiday in the city-state without any incidents. Ready to fall in love with this one-of-a-kind destination?
Here are 12 tips essential for your solo Vacation to Singapore!
1. Use Public Transportation and download the Grab App
Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a traveler’s dream! The country has an impressive public transportation network that will take you anywhere you wish to go. whether underground or bus, both accessible with a tourist pass and perfectly safe if you’re traveling to Singapore alone. The underground stations are well lit, clean, and have plenty of security attached. Bus stops are well maintained and heavily used by the local population. Figure out the underground with the Singapore MRT LRT Offline Free app and the bus system with SG Buses – Singapore Public. While the MRT is great, sometimes it can also be more convenient to just hop in a car. However, taxis are pricey in Singapore, and Uber is no longer a thing.
So, download the app, Grab, before you go. It works just like Uber, and it’s a local must-have app.
2. Cash and the Likes
While it isn’t necessary that you carry cash everywhere, it’s better to have some on you. Cards are accepted everywhere, and ATMs are also available all over. Tipping isn’t actually a part of Singapore’s culture. The staff doesn’t expect tips, so don’t feel obligated. Though, if you are really happy with the service, tips are most certainly appreciated.
3. Get Travel Insurance
Always get travel insurance from a reliable insurance company. Things can go wrong during a holiday. As you are traveling on your own and need to take care of yourself, it would be best to get yourself insured.
4. Pack Accordingly
Even in the midst of winter, you will rarely see nighttime lows dip below 75 degrees (F). Singapore is hot and humid all-year-round, with temperatures often reaching over 90 degrees (F) hence, it would be best to pack light and loose, cotton clothes for your holiday. And be sure to pack a rain jacket. The rain can come down heavily and without warning. While it can actually be refreshing on a hot day, you’ll want to come prepared for the unexpected showers.
Singapore is expensive when it comes to accommodation and shopping. Plan smart and book in advance to get the best deals. While you are free to stay wherever you want to, the best place for solo travelers (especially those on a budget) would be hostels. Not only is the rent cheap but you would also be able to meet and interact with fellow travelers from all around the world.
6. Enjoy Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is literally everywhere. Parks, museums, and all other public places have Wi-Fi. it’s best to make use of this luxury, rather than buying any kind of internet for your phone
7. Stay connected
While you will find many restaurants and cafés in Singapore with Wi-Fi, the cost (in both time and money) of buying a coffee every time you want to connect adds up quickly. To circumvent this inconvenience, use the Skyroam Solis when abroad. It lets you connect your phone and laptop (up to five devices) to WiFi all day long with unlimited usage. It can be tricky to get a SIM card in some countries and roaming charges are crazy high. That is where Skyroam comes in. It is such an easy and affordable solution.
8. Rules and Regulations
Singapore has strict rules and regulations regarding cleanliness and violence. It is best to read about them in detail as you want to avoid offending anyone by mistake. Also, since you are traveling alone, it’s better you are aware of all that you could go wrong!
9. Eat like the Locals
You don’t have to go to a Michelin star restaurant here to get a scrumptious meal (although Singapore is home to the cheapest Michelin-starred meal). But you can eat good and delicious, authentic Asian food at food centers and hawker centers at 1/4th the price. These places sell mouth-watering food at really cheap prices. Top spots are the food centers and hawker stalls around Chinatown and Marina Bay. Be sure to try Singaporean specialties like Chicken Rice, Chili Crab, and Laksa (a spicy noodle soup).
10. Drink the Tap Water
Drinking water directly from the tap is considered safe in Singapore. So, instead of buying water every time, carry a sturdy water bottle, which you can fill from wherever you can. With this, you can reduce the amount of plastic you use.
Friendly people all over this country, from locals to tourists, this land will bring out the best in you! Opt for hostels as it is a great place to meet new people! However, don’t confine yourself to hostels, experience solitude in your hotel room, set out to different places to meet new people and don’t fear new experiences, embrace them and all their mystique.
Whether it’s food, shopping, or sites, Singapore has endless possibilities for you to explore. Set out to Sentosa, spend a day at Jurong Bird Park, go for a small cruise, shop at Orchard road, take a walk in the Gardens by the bay, visit the Skypark, stroll through Chinatown and eat in Little India! With myriad cuisines, this country accommodates all, from meat lovers to vegans and everyone in between!
Traveling to Singapore on your own is an enriching experience and would be a good break from your routine. So, keep these tips in mind to have a terrific solo holiday in the marvelous city of Singapore.
Have you been to Singapore before? what are some tips you will love to share to make this article even better? We will be happy to hear from you.