Singapore Travel Tips: 6 Things to Know Before You Go

Travel basics and tips
for visiting Singapore, I’m Chris, this is Yellow Productions. I do travel guides that are fun, informative and entertaining. I have a series on Singapore
about all of the places you might want to see,
do and things to eat. If you’re interested in those, you can find them in the
links in the description, but in this video, I’ll
just give you some general basics about visiting Singapore, so you understand what
you’re getting into. And I’ve got these basics
divided into six different areas along with tips in each one. And if you’re wondering
what this is, well, they’re some notes that I wrote to make sure I keep myself on track and I tell you all the basics and tips that I want to tell you. So, the things we’re going to talk about. First, we’re going to talk about weather, then we’re going to
talk about the language, money, safety and laws, food
and public transportation. So we’ll begin with the weather. Singapore is hot and humid. It’s actually not just hot and humid, it’s really hot and humid. So dress appropriately. Singapore is one degree off the equator, so it’s hot pretty much all year round. The weather doesn’t change all that much. Your only reprieve from
the heat is going to be on days when it’s partially cloudy. Today’s a good example of that, or days when it’s a little bit rainy. And actually, the rain
will be your friend. One of the things I’ll tell you, and this is kind of a tip related to dressing, is don’t just dress cool, but dress in clothes that dry quickly. I love cotton t-shirts, I always wear a Yellow Productions cotton
t-shirt wherever I go. I do not wear it when I come to Singapore, because it gets wet from
the rain and my sweat, and then it never drys, and
that really stinks, literally. So, I like to wear these
shirts from ExOfficio. There’s a bunch of companies that make these types of shirts;
they dry really quickly. They also have quick drying underwear. That’s probably a little more information than you wanted to know, but there you go. The other things I’ll tell
you to bring with you, make sure you wear sunscreen, because it’s sunny and really hot. And always carry a little umbrella. It’s good to probably get a little travel umbrella like
this, keep it with you, because the downpours
can be pretty sudden. There’s usually some partial
percent chance of rain all of the time in the air,
everyday that you’re here. So don’t get caught without it. And frankly, some people
wear those rain jackets, like those plastic bag things
that you put over yourself. Oh my God, those are
awful here, because it’s so hot and humid; you’ll end up being just as wet inside from your sweat as if you just got in the rain. Okay, number two, let’s talk about the language in Singapore. Singapore has four official languages that include English, Mandarin, Malay and an Indian language, but the official, official
language is English. You’ll find everybody here
pretty well speaks English. The question is, “Is it an
English that you understand?” English in Singapore
is often referred to as Singlish because they add
a lot of Chinese words into their English, and add a lot of extra words at the end for emphasis. Like, “Hey, this line at the “hawker center is really busy lah.” And the lah is an emphasis-type word. So they have a bunch of those words. You can look up Singlish,
learn all about it, but you’ll definitely
hear it when you get here. By the way, something I forgot to mention in the weather section is it’s hot, and I usually carry a towel from the hotel to wipe off my sweat cause
it really is that hot. But instead, we’ll use my sleeve
on this self drying shirt. Okay, next, let’s talk about money. They kind of look like this. The Singapore dollar at the time that I did my video, the exchange rate was about $1.50 U.S. to one Singapore dollar. While Singapore is a really modern city, a lot of it is still cash based. So it’s really important
to have cash in Singapore. Most of the major stores
will take credit cards, but many stalls at hawker centers won’t, and taxis are kind of hit
or miss with credit cards. And if taxis do take credit cards, they will often charge
you a 10 percent surcharge for using your credit card in the taxi. So bring money, and my tip related to bringing money is avoid
all of the exchange counters. Don’t go to that exchange
counter in the airport or the shady exchange
counters on Orchard Road. Get money from an ATM,
bring your ATM card. The ATMs here in Singapore will give you the best exchange rate, much better than the exchange counters will. Might be a good idea to let your bank know that you’re traveling so that they don’t deny your claims when you get here. All right, so, that’s money. Next tip, we’re going to talk about safety and laws, kind of together. One of the things is that Singapore is a country of rules and a country of laws and you should follow them. They have a lot of interesting laws like chewing gum is illegal. Don’t even bring it into
the country with you. Durians, a fruit, is illegal
to take on the subway. It is a really big fine if you
take a Durian on the subway. So make sure you follow the rules. Don’t jaywalk, don’t do a
lot of things like that. You will get a big, hefty
ticket and that’s no good. But because of all those
rules, Singapore is quite safe. So you really don’t have to worry about your personal safety walking around. Actually, you’ll see in hawker centers, people will often put their purse down to save their table, and guess what, their purse stays there
for them to come back. I might not advise you to do that, because actually, their biggest
crimes are petty crimes, which are things like pickpocketing. Still worth while to be aware. Okay, next one, food. Food, Singapore is a foodie destination, and you really don’t have
to worry about getting sick here in Singapore
cause the food here is awesome, clean, and if you eat at the hawker centers
or food courts, cheap. Don’t think you have to
go to high-end restaurants to get the best food,
and actually my tip is to tell you that really the best food is in the hawker centers. And my second tip is, if you don’t like heat, then good to food courts. You’ll pay a little more,
and the food might not be quite as good, but still pretty good, and you’ll be in air conditioned comfort. I got a whole video on
the best hawker centers and the best food courts in Singapore, so you can check those
out in the description for more information on that. And the final section is talk
about public transportation. Public transportation,
also in Singapore, is fast, clean, efficient, relatively cheap. They have an MRT, their
Metro Rapid Transit or Mass Rapid Transit, that’s their equivalent of a subway. And it goes almost anywhere
you would want to go as a tourist, they recently
connected Cheney airport to the city, you do have to transfer once if you’re going to the city center. What I’ll tell you about riding the MRT is make sure you buy an EZLink card. You can buy tickets per ride, but it’s much cheaper,
it’s almost half the price, if you use the EZLink card for tickets. It’s about a 10 to 12
Singaporian dollar deposit. You just load it up and tap it
in when you go on and go off. The rides are so cheap, one ride cost me 82 cents last night; so
that’s too cheap not to use it. I use it even if saves me
five minutes of walking, and they come all the time,
so definitely take the MRT. The hours of the MRT, they open at 6 a.m. and they close at midnight. So now you’re going to say, “Well, what do “I do between the hours
of 6 and midnight?” Welp, then you’re going to take a taxi. Taxis are also relatively easy to come by and relatively inexpensive, unless you’re riding them at night. They have a lot of hidden
surcharges on taxis if you’re riding at peak times
or you’re riding at night. And at night, they charge a 50 cent additional charge to ride the taxi. There’s also buses,
but I think you’ll find that a combination of taxis and MRT will get you almost anywhere you need to go. So I hope you enjoyed this video, and I hope it didn’t get too
fogged up while I was talking. And if you enjoyed this video, and you’d like to see more
videos like it every Sunday, then please consider
subscribing or following me on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, the links in the description below, or you might enjoy watching some of my other Singapore videos. Check out the links in the description. All right, buh-bye!

100 Replies to “Singapore Travel Tips: 6 Things to Know Before You Go

  1. Heading to Singapore in December for 4 days
    Can I take without problems and declaring
    3 cans of smokeless tobacco
    Seeing all kinds of mixer reviews on this

  2. The indians have certainly ruined hong kong, especially kowloon trying to sell stuff I presume it's not like that in singapore

  3. I found the Bus and MRT/Train convenient and really cheap. The taxis are expensive and as far as I'm concerned kind risky as it is only you and the driver, while on a bus or train you find more people. People does crazy things.

  4. The heat and humidity definitely is bummer for me. Everything else about Singapore, the people, the food, the education and the tourist attractions are phenomenal though.

  5. There are lots of good money changers which won't charge you ridiculous bank/atm fees. You're better off exchanging at the airport if you're just gonna be using your atm instead which usually has a percentage based charge for wdrawals abroad plus the visa/mastercard conversion charge (another 1-2%). Unless you have a great bank/atm that won't overcharge you, looking for legit moneychangers should be easy peasy, just do a google search. The money changers in Lucky Plaza are fine, don't be scared off by this guy. You can compare around there, and they will usually give you the market price (aka google price) or a bit higher if the denomination is in 100's.

  6. I’m from the USA, what kind of power adapter do I need to charge my electronics? Also do I need a power converter? Thank You

  7. Hi Chris…. The real official language of Singapore is Malay…Our national language is Malay, as evidenced by the language of our national anthem, the language on our coat of arms and the language of our military commands.

  8. You might enjoy watching more videos from my Singapore series in this playlist:

  9. Can you find out if the courts have court stenographers? Are the courts in English? Is the WiFi superior? Does the electricity go on and off? Does everyone have access to air conditioning?

  10. Visited more than 10 times to singapore. I love this country cos very safe,easy transportation and beautiful places to vst and their culture. Vstg again nx wk

  11. Very good food in. Singapore love it there I,m glad you enjoy your holiday there thank you for sharing your beautiful video love your video thanks

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  13. Singapore is but a speck!….enjoy it!…..wish the Sun punished us less!…thanks!…..😷😘😛😍😊😃☺😳

  14. This guy is good he from Australia he love the foods in. Singapore he don,t get this kind of foods back home thank you for sharing your sweet healthy foods thank you for sharing Bless you.

  15. You can have gum and chew gum in public but don't leave it in every where you feel like doing inside your own house after finished chewing.

  16. @Yellowproduction There is no language called "Indian". I think you meant to say Tamil, its one of the oldest language still spoken in the world.

  17. Great content…enjoyed the video..subscribed your channel… Welcome to my channel too 🤗

  18. I agree with you. Chris. I love hawker.s food they cook in front of you I love the hawkers is the best thank you for sharing your beautiful video

  19. Very nice videos, we like food channels and perhaps more time on that or a separate video for food only
    5-8 minutes.

  20. Hmm why should i go singapore nah im not going cause i live in singapore bich (wrist)


  21. I stayed in Singapore for 3 weeks and got pretty much familiar with the mode of transportation quickly for a person who was travelled for the first time alone. I love Singapore. I can't wait to go back. 🙂

  22. I just booked a cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong 14 nights is there a SIM card that you know of that will cover all of Singapore Vietnam ,Thailand,?

  23. I'm Indonesian, so Singapore's weather wouldn't really bother me lmao.. I have a plan to visit Singapore, thanks for the tips btw

  24. This video is nice good one bro …check this out my video too more Singapore Chinese new year Celebration. you want to see more subscribe my channel like and share ….this video has Singapore traditional dance also

  25. Hello. I do agree with you regarding not exchanging money at the airport. Often airport anywhere in the world give about five cents off the value. Orchard road also gives a slightly lower rate than other exchange shops in sg. However, most exchange money shops in sg give a high rate compared to any bank in the world. Often the rate is higher than western union or the same. I mention western union as western union does give at least 2-3 cents higher than any western bank. Plus when using a bank atm, you are charged fees. Normally there are two fees, 1. the international bank fee and 2. A fee by your bank. Normally is about 20 dollars and low rate. I am aware there are ways around this but for the majority people simply use their atm card. My strong advice to anyone traveling is to simply exchange at a money changer. The exchange rate is clearly visible for you. If u have no cash for whatever mishap, can simply western union yourself. There is a fee but that fee is lower than any bank and exchange much higher than any bank.

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