FOOD & TRAVEL

Things to know before travelling to Singapore

 

Singapore is one of the more popular destinations for Indians. While some prefer this place for a small break, others prefer this place for their honeymoon destination. No matter for what reasons you visit Singapore, it is a destination that does not fail to impress any type of traveller. There are enough reasons why travellers find themselves perpetually smitten with this famed destination.

Clean streets, beautiful gardens and diverse culture of this place have been pulling crowds for so many years that just one visit will not satiate your hunger for wanderlust. And above all, the strict laws in Singapore make it a safe place to travel.

Every country, however, has rules and regulations that one needs to bear in mind while visiting a place. So, Singapore is no exception. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts that you need to check out before planning your trip to this place.

Chewing gum

When it comes to cleanliness, Singaporeans are on top of their game. In fact, urban cleanliness will amaze you one you reach Singapore. And for the records, chewing gum is actually illegal in Singapore. There is ban against buying or importing any gum into the country. So the rule is simple—if you can’t have it, you can’t chew it. As per the Singaporean authorities, one should not spit it out in the streets.

If you accidentally happen to get and start chewing gum, and dare to spit it even, you will be fined $500.

Carry cash

You must be thinking why one should carry cash when travelling to a developed country. Kind of true! This tip is to facilitate your travel and enjoy it to the fullest. The destination is dotted with vending machines that remain filled with beverages, snacks, food, tickets and laundry. In such situations, coins and cash can come handy and you won’t have to rely solely on ATMs.

Don’t litter

Well, you should not litter anywhere, no matter in which country you live. However, in Singapore, this action will be considered an offence, which will attract a fine of $1000. If you are seen littering, you might also be sentenced to community service, very likely involving some kind of work related to garbage cleaning.

Don’t forget to flush

This point is part of Singapore’s ‘anal’ culture. If you happen to use public washroom, you are expected to flush your evidence. That is, anyway, the least you can do and should of course do. This is also part of courtesy that everyone would appreciate, but while in Singapore, be ready to pay a fine of $150 in case you forget to flush.

Don’t show your feet

This will not land you in a legal soup, but it is more related to etiquette. Most Asian people consider offensive to point toes or show bottoms of their feet. You will not be appreciated if your feet pop out while sitting in a couch or a coffee table. Also, patting someone’s head is not appreciated in Singapore.

Beware of smoking in public

This kind of makes sense, as Singapore is that country that prohibits its citizens are tourist to chew gum, litter and also transit snacking. Most countries are now trying to enact strict anti-smoking laws to help people give up this habit. While in Singapore, you will find there are some designated places to puff a cigarette, just make sure you don’t light up anywhere. In case you mess up with this, keep $200 ready to pay as fine.

Forget taxis

This tip is to help you save those extra bucks. It would be wise of you if you ditch that pricey taxi and take advantage of the public transportation system while in Singapore, which boasts of having one of the best in the world. Further, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is comfortable and fast, which you let you zip around the cities without any hassle. Most of the prime attractions are also within the walking distance from these stations.

These are some basic tips that you need to keep in mind while you are there, rest always be ready for some impromptu actions.

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