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Seven Tips for Your First Trip to Singapore

As a famous tourism hub in Southeast Asia, Singapore offers its visitors a diverse array of attractions. It has one of the strongest economies in the world as well, making it ideal for investments. Here are few tips for surviving your first trip to this tiny but mighty island nation!


English is everywhere

A somewhat awkward faux pas of the tourists who visit Singapore is assuming the locals cannot speak English. Some can be seen making exaggerating movements with their hands and enunciating each word to make the natives understand something, only to realise they understand English after all. Unlike other Asian nations, where only a small percentage of the community speaks English, in Singapore, you won't find it challenging to communicate with locals. English is taught on a first-language basis in almost all the schools, so people here are quite fluent in the language.


Impressive public transportation

The metro system of Singapore has spread its roots around to most of the city-state. You probably wouldn't need any other transportation method to navigate the streets of Singapore. The MRT, or rather, the Mass Rapid Transit can take you anywhere, even from the airport to your hotel. Purchasing a Singapore Tourist Pass can save you cash and time, which gives out unlimited travel for as many times as you'd like, depending on which type you purchase. From one day passes available at 10 SGD, you can purchase passes that are valid up to three days, which would cost around 20 SGD.


Laws and etiquettes

Singapore is a country with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. What with the security cameras all over the place and the strictest possible rules and regulations, people of the country just don't feel that the trouble is worth the risk. From having designated smoking areas to standing to the left on an escalator, the government has created rules and unspoken etiquettes to create perfect living standards for its people and the visitors. Feeding birds can be misinterpreted as an innocent act, but it is considered an offense, which can get you fined. However, these types of strange rules do contribute to the cleanliness of the country.


An early visit to the Gardens by the Bay.

Being one of the most popular places in the country, this iconic landmark in Singapore can get bustling during the day. It is better to find out the exact opening times of each section of these gardens to have a few minutes of unobstructed views for yourself. For example, the Flower Dome opens up at 9 in the morning; thus, being there 15 minutes earlier can make you one of the first lucky few to enter the premises.


Make use of the happy hour

It is no secret that your wallets feel lighter with each time you purchase liquor in Singapore. Therefore, happy hour is a time that you must look forward to when you want to party during your stay in the country. Lasting for almost 4 hours from 5 to 9 pm, you can expect amazing deals on cocktails and other favourite drinks. Moreover, you must be on board with the Liquor Act in Singapore, which prohibits anyone from consuming alcohol in public from 10:30 at night until seven the next morning. Failing to abide by these rules can have severe repercussions such as jail time or fines up to $1000. However, you can enjoy liquor during these hours at the comforts of your Clarke Quay hotels in Singapore. One such property in this city with impressive lake views is Park Hotel Clarke Quay.

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