10 Things to Do for backpackers in Singapore

For backpackers in Singapore looking for a check list of things to do that is unique to the Singapore culture.

  1. Call a local Singaporean “Uncle” or “Auntie”
    As a form of respect, young Singaporeans (below 30 years old) address more senior people (above 50 years old) as “Uncle” and “Auntie”, whether or not they are actually related to each other. Warning: do not try if unsure of the person’s age as some people might get offended at you implying that they are old.
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  2. Ride on the MRT during peak hours
    Crowded MRT station in Singapore

    Crowded MRT station in Singapore

    The local subway is always jam packed with people during the morning and evening peak hours. Squeeze with the Singaporeans for a first hand experience of exactly how small the island is.

  3. Shop at Orchard Road

    Orchard Road - Singapore's most popular shopping street

    Orchard Road – Singapore’s most popular shopping street

  4. Speak Singlish
    Singaporeans speak English as the national lingua franca, but it is so peppered with phrases from Mandarin, Malay and the local dialects that foreigners find it difficult to understand. Try inserting “lah”, “lor” and “leh” at random places in your speech and see if you can pass off as a Singaporean.
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  5. Visit the casino at Marina Bay Sands
    Sands Skypark

    Sands Skypark at Marina Bay Sands, above the casino

    Free entry for non-Singaporeans, $100/head otherwise. At $8 billion, it is the most expensive standalone casino property in the world.
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  6. Mambo at Zouk Singapore
    Mambo night at Zouk Singapore

    Mambo night at Zouk Singapore

    Zouk is one of the most popular and longest standing nightclubs in Singapore. Every Wednesday is Mambo Night, when clubbers mass dance to familiar oldies. Watch and imitate. You will pick up the moves in no time.
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  7. Drink by the Singapore River at Clarke Quay
    Clarke Quay at Night, Singapore

    Clarke Quay at Night, Singapore

    The bars beside the Singapore River at Clarke Quay have alfresco areas for visitors to wine and dine in the cool night breeze.
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  8. Join a queue
    Queueing is one if the favourite hobbies of people in Singapore  Singaporeans love to queue, even if they don’t know what they are queueing for. Find a long queue anywhere and ask a random person in the queue what the queue is for. Don’t be surprised if the answer is “I don’t know”.
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  9. Buy TOTO or 4D at Singapore Pools
    TOTO and 4D are legalized forms of lottery in Singapore, run by the gambling monopoly organization, Singapore Pools. There are 300 Singapore Pools outlets across Singapore, so tourists should be able to find one pretty easily.
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  10. Tailor an ethnic costume at Chinatown, Kampong Glam, or Little India
    Sarong Kebaya of the Singaporean Peranakans

    Sarong Kebaya of the Singaporean Peranakans

    Tailor a traditional costume of one of the cultural races in Singapore to bring home. Your unique outfit will be a favourite topic for small talk at cocktail parties.

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+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

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Great Singapore Sale 2012

Hi Singapore tourists,

The GREAT SINGAPORE SALE is here!

Great Singapore Sale 2012

Great Singapore Sale 2012

The Great Singapore Sale is the largest annual shopping event in Singapore. It starts in late May every year and lasts 2 months till late July. The shopping festival is so popular among tourists that many tourists travel to Singapore specially for the crazy sales.

Shopping hours of shops across Singapore extend their opening hours and offer steep discounts and special deals during the Great Singapore Sale. Be sure not to miss the mega promotions at popular shopping outlets like H&M, Zara and Louis Vuitton at spectacular new shopping malls like ION Orchard and 313 Somerset along the Orchard Road shopping belt.

Great Singapore Sale at ION Orchard

Great Singapore Sale at ION Orchard

The Great Singapore Sale is not limited to the mega shopping chains. Budget friendly places like Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and neighbourhood shopping malls also participate in the nationwide sale. Budget tourists and backpackers can also have a great time at these places!

Special tourist privileges are also made available in many shopping malls to cater to the loyal tourists who make a special annual trip to Singapore just for the Great Singapore Sale.

Great Singapore Sale Tourist Privileges

Great Singapore Sale Tourist Privileges

So, to all our dear tourists in Singapore during the months of May-July, shop to your hearts’ content at Singapore’s most popular shopping mall belts!

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+ Luge & Skyride
+ Songs of the Sea

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5 important tips tourists shoud know before coming to Asia

Dear travellers,

Here are 5 very important tourist tips that you should know before you board your plane to backpack across South East Asia.

  1. The air in Asia is very polluted, especially in the major city areas. The sun getting blocked by clouds of smoke from forest fires or smoke from factories are common occurances.
  2. Asians smoke a lot. Yes, the Asian people contribute to the pollution too. Asia beats other world regions flat, with the highest percentage of smokers (55%). Asian people smoke like the chimneys of Asian factories – that’s hell a lot.
  3. You are going to get stared at, period. Try to feel honoured, rather than annoyed. They’re staring at your because they find you interesting (foreign). You’re classified as interesting as long as your skin is not yellow.
  4. Chopsticks are not meant to be stuck straight up into rice bowls. Asians are easily impressed when they see tourists using chopsticks with ease, but their respect for you will very quickly disappear if you use your rice as a place holder for your chopsticks. It is considered bad luck.
  5. Minimize physical contact, please. The culture in Asia is conservative, so no kissing, hugging or prolonged handshakes, especially between opposite genders.
If you are stopping over at Singapore, here are another 5 important tourist tips about Singapore.
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5 important tourist tips about Singapore

Dear Singapore tourists,

Here are 5 very important tourist tips that you should know before you come to Singapore, to save yourself from a huge culture shock.

  1. Singapore’s weatheris hot (sunny) and wet (rainy), and you will be (feeling) hot and wet (sweaty) too.Prepare for the scorching heat by packing sunblock, sunglasses and cotton clothes. Prepare for the rain by packing flip flops and a small, fold-able umbrella. Remember to bring your umbrella along when you go out, because Singapore’s rain comes without warning, and it comes very frequently!
  2. Singapore is one of the most densely populatedcities in the entire world, so be prepared to get squeezed. Forget personal space.On board public transport, especially during the morning and evening peak hours, do not be surprised to find yourself squashed so close to the people surrounding you that you can barely move.

    At popular streets like Orchard Road, Clarke Quay and Chinatown, you will also get shoved and jabbed as you walk.

  3. Singaporeans walk really fast. If you’re used to strolling along at a leisurely pace, you’re in for a surprise. Many tourists have remarked that Singaporeans always seem to be in a rush because they don’t walk – they brisk walk. All the time.If you really must take the time to enjoy your stroll, then be sure to stay at the side and not block other people’s paths. Otherwise, you might find yourself at the receiving end of a dirty look, shove or scolding.
  4. Accommodation is very expensive. Hotel rates average around a few hundred Singapore dollars per night’s stay – not easy to justify, given that tourists typically spend only a few hours per day sleeping (Singapore’s night lifeis not to be missed!) in their hotels.To save money for more exciting stuff like Singapore attraction tickets and Singapore food, many tourists in Singapore have opted to spend their nights in backpacker hostels. With rates averaging between 20-30 Singapore dollars, the cost savings are really huge. Many of these hostels offer special deals to Singapore attractions too.
  5. Food in Singapore is greasy (and really yummy). Most of the local food is made of carbohydrates and fats. If your stomach is not accustomed to oily food, or if you are on a diet, then it would be good to pack your own meals.Tourists should plans their meals such that they get to taste the best local food from each of the major Singaporean ethnic groups. For recommendations, see my list of Top 10 Singapore Food Dishes.
If you are going to continue travelling to other countries in Asia after your stopover in Singapore, here are another 5 important tourist tips about Asia (South East Asia, in particular).
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5 Trademarks of a True Backpacker in Asia

To all backpackers in Asia,

Do you really truly fit the category of a serious budget traveller / backpacker in Asia? Here’s a checklist.

  1. You have eaten the strangest things in the world.Embryos, Insects, intestines – fear factor or fun factor?

    Backpackers in Asia must eat fried insects

    Backpackers in Asia must eat fried insects

  2. The soles of your shoes are worn so thin you can feel the ground when you walk. A real backpacker walks miles.Luxury tour bus? Thanks, but no thanks. Most of the coolest tourist destination are only accessible by foot, anyway.

    Backpackers in Asia walk miles

    Backpackers in Asia walk miles

  3. You have not bought a single tour packagesince the beginning of your travel journey. Where’s the adventure if everything is packaged and planned for you? No need for arranged transport, hotel room or tour guide. Public transport, hostel bed and attraction tickets will do, thank you very much.

    Backpacker in Asia - Explorer, Adventurer

    Backpacker in Asia – Explorer, Adventurer

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Useful information for tourists in Singapore

Dear tourists in Singapore,

Here are important links and information for you.

Apply for visit pass extension
www.ica.gov.sg
Apply For Visit Pass Extension

Budget flight booking
Cebu Pacific Air
Tiger Airways
Philippine Air Lines

Traveling around Singapore – Public transport
Singapore’s local subway/metro: SMRT Map
Public bus: SMRT Bus Transportation
Cabs: Taxi Singapore
EZ-link cards (to pay for public transport): EZ-Link

Grocery stores
Fair Price
Shop & Save

Telecommunications and mobile gadgets
Singtel
Starhub
M1

Shopping in Singapore
mallsg.com

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Top 5 Most Important Local Customs and Traditions of Singaporeans

Hi tourists,

When travelling around Singapore, it is helpful to be aware of the local customs and practices unique to Singaporeans. Behave like a Singaporean and mingle around with the locals, and you will soon find yourself seeing many interesting things revealed to you that are not commonly seen by normal tourists.

Here are the Top 5 Most Important Local Customs and Traditions of Singaporeans that all tourists in Singapore should take special note of in order to have the best holiday possible in Singapore.

1. When Singaporeans greet each other, they ask “Have you eaten yet?”, instead of “How are you?”. Singaporeans really love their food, so talk to them about it and ask them for recommendations!

Singapore local food

2. Singaporeans place packets of tissue paper on tables and seats of food courts to indicate that the places are reserved for them.

Singapore food court tissue packet reservation

3. T-shirts, bermudas and flip flops form the most common outfit that Singaporeans wear every day. Dress like a Singaporean to fit in, especially when you expect to be walking under the merciless sun for hours – when you visit Universal Studios Singapore, the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park.

Singapore outfit

4. Singaporeans love food and therefore do not mind queuing for hours to buy delicious food. The stalls serving the best food always have the longest queue. if you are touring Singapore on a food trail, joining the longest queue in any food court or hawker centre will increase your probabilities of chancing upon good local food.

Long queue in Singapore food court

5. Although Singaporeans love durians, for the sake of tourists and the other non-locals who cannot stand the strong smell, durians are banned on public transport vehicles.

Singapore no durians sign

To order discounted tickets:
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312 

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

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