How To Get The Most Out Of Your Trip To Singapore

Everything you need to know before you go.

There’s many reasons that Singapore continues to be one of the world’s favourite travel destinations. It offers an exciting blend of East and West with everything from bustling hawker’s markets to rooftop cocktail bars and dreamy beaches. The fact that it also happens to be one of the world’s main stopover destinations with hundreds of flight connections simply an added bonus.

If you’re one of the many people planning on visiting Singapore this year then we’ve compiled all of our best tips for getting the most out of your trip.

Try The Street Food

Singapore’s street food is so good that you could just about spend your whole trip inside the hawker’s market. In fact, Singapore’s hawkers culture was even added to the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2020.

For this reason, we recommend having as many Singapore Slings on the fancy rooftop bars as you like but opting for the street stalls for breakfast, lunch dinner. Hit up Lau Pa Sat in the CBD for 19th Century colonial architecture and an exciting atmosphere, Chinatown Complex for Liao Fan Hawker Chan (the very first hawker stall to achieve a 1 Michelin-star) and Amoy Street Food Centre for the lunchtime rush.

Use The Public Transport System

Singapore has a fantastic public transport system and getting around couldn’t be easier. Trains and buses are all clean, fast and regular, giving you access to almost every corner of the country.

There’s a few ways to use public transport in Singapore. As a tourist, you can purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass (STP), which which will allow you unlimited travel for one, two or three days. You also have the option of simply using your Mastercard® for contactless payment on transport.

Pack For A Humid Climate

Like other humid countries, Singapore is best explored in light, airy clothing with some covering. Think maxi skirts and long-sleeved shirts in light fabrics—you don’t want to be walking around the city sweating or getting sunburned.

It’s also a good idea to bring a rain jacket or umbrella for those tropical showers, as well as some insect repellent.

Bring The Right Bank Card

Bringing the right bank card is key to a successful trip. Our pick is the Mastercard World & World Elite credit card, which unlocks unique travel experiences and access to exclusive offers, including VIP events, insider opportunities, special promotions.

This includes the One Dines Free promotion, which gives you a complimentary main course at partner restaurants across Asia Pacific, 10% off Klook passes and attractions, which include themes parks and transport. The GHA discovery membership also allows World Mastercard holders discounts on hotels and accomodation.

Prebook Your Attractions

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Singapore is one of the world’s most popular places to visit, and for this reason, it can also get busy. A good tip is to prebook all of your attractions so that you don’t have to waste more time lining up for tickets with everyone else.

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