OUR thoughts on SINGAPORE

Arriving at the immaculate and modern Singapore Changi airport, heading down the tree lined expressway toward the ultra-modern skyline of Singapore city, you get a feeling of things to come. Modern, safe, clean, cultural, and green makes for one of the most enjoyable cities in South East Asia. Singapore City has something to keep everyone busy with a huge range of accommodation and activities. Laze by the pool after a busy day of shopping along Orchard road or in the markets of China Town. Singapore has exquisite dining options from modern, chic restaurants to street food markets under the stars where you can sample local delicacies like Sambal Stingray, Char Kway Teow, Chicken Rice or Beef Rendang and of course Tiger beer. Singapore's nightlife won't dissapoint serving up a modern scene to enjoy cocktails and dancing to the wee small hours.

Singapore is more than just shopping, eating and nightlife although these are some of the essentials for the perfect holiday location. Singapore also has plenty of history and an interesting mix of cultures, Malay, Chinese and Indian with foreign expats thrown in the mix, always makes walking down the ever changing streets interesting. It also offers activities like the world famous Singapore Zoo, walking through the beautiful city gardens or inland rainforests to the sound of monkeys playing, venturing to Sentosa for some theme park action or Bintan island off the coast for a more relaxing island retreat.

Singapore being only 1.5 degrees north of the equator means weather is usually sunny and hot, it rains almost daily throughout the year however it will happen in a sudden heavy shower, but shouldn’t last any more than an hour. Temperatures range from 24° to 32° all year round, but it’s easy to escape any rain or heat in the air-conditioned transport, hotel rooms, and malls.

Getting around Singapore could not be easier the MRT or Mass Rapid Transit gets you to almost everywhere, anywhere out of the way can be reached by reasonably priced taxis or buses and a lot of the hotel’s we offer, also have a shuttle service to popular areas like Marina Bay and Orchard road. Getting across to Sentosa Island means taking the MRT and then a leisurely stroll across the boardwalk or taking the Sentosa express, making your way to Bintan Island is easily done by ferry from the easily accessible Tanah Merah ferry terminal.

You really are spoilt for choice in Singapore and we have plenty of accommodation options and ideas for your trip to Singapore whether it is as a stopover or final destination, we have been there and sampled all its delights and would be delighted to share this knowledge with you. Give Our Singapore Specialists a call.

Singapore has more than just the city life, you have Sentosa Island that offers plenty of fun with theme parks, beaches and other attractions or just a 50-55 minute ferry ride to the Indonesian Island of Bintan you’ll find beautiful resorts, 4 championship golf courses, all types of water sports and white sandy beaches. Not to forget Malaysia to the north with all its islands and wilderness. So a visit to Singapore can be so much more, there is just so much else on offer for an extended stay.

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Singapore Dollar (SGD) 
Most Major Credit Cards are accepted. 
Cash advances can also be made through many ATMs which display the relevant symbols. 
Banking hours are from 9.30am to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday. Some banks open on Saturday from 09:30am to 12:00pm.
Banks in hotels usually stay open longer hours while Money Changers are generally open every day until late evening. 
Tips: for using money changers - Bring your own calculator - Account your money before presenting to them - Calculate the rate in your own calculator to compare - Count the money (Thai Bhatt) once received prior to leaving - If the money is not correct, ask them for the rest or call the nearest security or police

Electricity: 230V / 50Hz

Flying Time: Approx. 11 hours from Auckland to Bangkok direct

Local Time: 8 Hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Most of the country can be tropical and humid year-round. From June to July the weather can get particularly hot.

Entry requirements for New Zealand passport holders:
Valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay, and valid return or onward ticket.

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