Five Points to Note before Traveling to Singapore

Posted on 29 October 2018 (0)

When President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart finally agreed to meet and make peace following months of threats and counter-threats, the venue they mutually selected was Singapore. For those who don’t know, Donald Trump has only a taste for the finest things the world has to offer.
According to a friend of mine who is travel lover and visited a lot of places in the world. I met him during my visit Manhattan Vein Doctor . I asked him about Singapore and he said that Singapore is a modern, vibrant city in Southern Asia. Apart from the most luxurious skyscrapers and grand buildings on the planet, it also has room for beautiful parks, zoos, and gardens. So you can enjoy its modern city and also celebrate nature. The combination has worked to make Singapore one of the loved holiday destinations in the world. This can only improve following the handshake between Trump and the North Korean leader. Families will continue to troop to Singapore to visit the bird parks and take the night safaris.
If you plan to join the bandwagon, it behooves you to learn these facts about Singapore:

Singapore Is Expensive

No paradise is cheap. Ask anyone. Almost everything in Singapore costs money. Singapore is home to many millionaires and is thus full of luxuries and comforts that do not come cheaply. Don’t even imagine traveling there on a budget if it is too tight. The hotels, tourist sites, malls, transport and everything else is expensive.

The taxies are required by law to charge you by the meter. In short, if a taxi driver agrees to drive you cheaply, he is breaking the law and can be arrested. There is no special price for anyone; the meter determines what you pay. The cars for hire like Uber charge even higher. If you are tight on budget and you insist you must visit Singapore, be prepared to use the subway or the buses. The night buses charge a flat fair and are quite affordable.

Singapore Is Very Safe

In almost every travel article you read about many countries, there is safety caution. You have probably assumed that every nation is unsafe and so “standard safety measures” are necessary. However, there is no such caution when it comes to Singapore. You can comfortably walk in the dark corridors and alleys at night.  It is one of the few safest countries on Earth. There are strict rules and regulations against criminal activities, and this has helped to make it almost 100% safe. However (and please listen to this), “almost 100%” means it is not entirely safe.

If you give caution to the wind, you can be scammed. A brawl between drunkards in a bar can result in a beer bottle crushing your head, in a case of a missed target. Such incidents are hard to completely prevent even with the strictest laws.

Singapore Has Gone Cashless

Singapore has come up with several ways to transact without using cash. Significant businesses only accept cashless payments. So you should not carry much money there because to your surprise, they will tell you they don’t need money. But there are places you will require cash. For instance, downtown hawkers and residential shops can accept payment. About $100 is enough to carry.

Sinners Are Overtaxed In Singapore

It is costly to smoke or drink (that is, alcohol) in Singapore. The taxes on these “sinful” habits keep jumping up time and again, and may have jumped twice from the moment you began reading this. Beer is taxed $60 per liter. If you feel it is too much, there is one thing you are expected to do: quit drinking. That is, drinking alcohol.

Singapore Is a Fine City

Well, Singapore is a fine country, as in, you pay fine for almost every minor offense you commit. These fines are meant to discourage unruly public behavior so that the country can continue to be safe. For instance, if you dash across a busy downtown road, you are fined on the spot even if you inconvenienced nobody.

Chewing gum is banned, and if caught with one, you pay a hefty fine. Anyone caught importing, manufacturing or hawking it will be fined heavily or imprisoned or both. The chewing gum, when disposed of carelessly, interferes with sensors on train doors, leading to their malfunction. They also litter the streets, causing the government to spend heavily to clean the streets.
If you arrive in Singapore with chewing gum, quickly swallow it to avoid a hefty fine.

Conclusion

Now you know. If you are up to it, go ahead with the trip. Also, remember that Singapore is both a city and a country. That is, it is an island without no mainland or hinterland. All Singaporeans are city-dwellers.