With its graffiti-free trains and clean-cut, sober inhabitants, it’s easy to dismiss Singapore as the unadventurous Asia. However, if you scratch a little deeper, you’ll find a city that’s just as exciting and interesting as it is organised and sophisticated. With South East Asia’s best shopping, top-notch hotels and a thriving contemporary arts scene, it’s the perfect place to splurge. The numberone draw card though, has to be the food. One trip to the Hawker Centre will have you convinced you have never eaten before.
Language: The official languages are Malay, Mandarin, English and Tamil. Malay is most common and many people also speak English.
Currency: The local currency is Singapore Dollar.
Visa: Not required for South African passport holders.
Time: GMT +8.
Singapore experiences a tropical climate with hot, humid weather all year round. Temperatures remain high with daytime averages of 30°C. Singapore has two distinct monsoon seasons, the North Eastern season being from December to March and the South Western season from June to September. November to December is the rainy season. June to August is the best time to travel to Singapore, although rain can be experienced.