While bustling Singapore is the world’s fourth-largest financial centre and high in the international rankings for standard of living, education and healthcare, it also offers the visitor a thriving cosmopolitan experience brimming with diversity, and we recommend that you take your time and explore the fascinating mix of culture & cuisine, arts & architecture that awaits.
A visit to some of Singapore’s various ethnic quarters will immerse all your senses in the extraordinary diversity of cultures residing in the small island city-state. You can start with Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India, Joo Chiat and Katong. For a taste of the arts, museums, galleries and exhibition spaces abound, and you don’t want to miss the art installations along Orchard Road and in the Marina Bay areas. Shopaholics will also find a wide range of unique clothing and other items in the ethnic neighbourhoods, and all the designer brands they could desire around Marina Bay.
For foodies, Singapore is a street food paradise. While in Chinatown, venture over to Maxwell Food Centre and try the Hainanese chicken rice. Throughout your stroll through the various ethnic neighbourhoods, you’ll discover halal Malay food, South Indian vegetarian thali, North Indian naans and briyani, Cantonese dim sum, Peking duck, fried noodles from Chinas Fujian Province, and spring rolls. Just be sure not to leave without trying some of Singapore’s signature dishes like chilli crab and fish head curry and of course a Singapore Sling.
The latest jewel in Singapore’s art crown, the National Gallery Singapore is a visual arts institution housing an unparalleled collection of modern Singapore and Southeast Asian art. Dedicated to curating a collection that will provide insights into the unique art, heritage and history of the region, this is a must-visit destination in Singapore. The Gallery showcases more than 8,000 pieces, making it one of the world’s largest and most invaluable public collections.
Afterwards, take an evening stroll through any of the numerous landscaped gardens and parks on the island. Marvel at the illuminated sights at Gardens By the Bay, Singapore’s impressive latest attraction of greenery spread over 101 hectares right in the heart of the City. Next, visit Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, an iconic platform built 200m in the air, seemingly defying gravity.
Your visit to Singapore will never be dull because there is so much to see and to do. Make the most of your trip to the bustling city by exploring the fascinating mix of culture & cuisine and arts & architectures. Use the links below as a visitor’s guide. Enjoy!
Visit Singapore – http://www.visitsingapore.com/en.html
Gardens By the Bay – http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en.html
Museum of Singapore – http://nationalmuseum.sg/
National Gallery – https://www.nationalgallery.sg/
Singapore’s Zoo – http://www.zoo.com.sg/
Singapore Botanic Gardens – https://www.sbg.org.sg/
Universal Studios Singapore – https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/universal-studios-singapore/explore
Local Dishes – http://www.yoursingapore.com/dining-drinks-singapore.html
Most visitors coming into Singapore do not require a visa for entry and may be given social visit passes. If you are unsure if a visa is required, you can check with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or with your local consular office.
The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement in your passport.
For more information please visit:http://www.yoursingapore.com/about-singapore/traveller-information.html.
English is the official language of the conference.
The weather in Singapore in April is quite warm. The average daytime temperature is approximately 30 Celcius. Rainfall and humidity are steady year-round. November is one of the wettest months. Rain arrives in torrential downpours, but is soon replaced by sunshine. Please be sure to bring an umbrella and appropriate shoes.
AIRPORT AND TRANSPORTATION
Singapore is one the major aviation hubs in Asia and Changi Airport is the main airport in Singapore. It has over 96 airlines that fly to 200 cities around the world. The airport is located 20 kilometres from Singapore City Centre. From the airport, you can reach the Singapore city center by car, bus, trains, shuttles, and taxis. For further information, please visit www.changiairport.com
The Singapore dollars is the currency of Singapore. It is abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or S$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies.
VOLTAGE & ELECTRONIC
Singapore uses 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. Power plugs – Singapore uses the British BS1363 three-pronged square pin type socket. Plugs from the US, Western and Eastern Europe, and Asia will not fit into a Singapore power plug. Most hotels provide adapters for electrical appliances of a different voltage on request.
Tap water in Singapore is safe to drink as it passes World Health Organization standards. Bottled water can easily be found in convenience stores.
Singapore views drug abuse very seriously. The trafficking of drugs carries the death penalty. Misuse of drugs in Singapore is a criminal offence.
MOBILE PHONES / CELL PHONES
Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65). While in Singapore and if you have international roaming service on your mobile / cell phone, you don’t have to press +(65) as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers here.
Singapore is a very safe country with low crime rates. “Low Crime” however, does not mean “No Crime”, so be smart and take normal precautions with your belongings.
Smoking is not allowed in all air-conditioned places, such as malls and eateries. There are designated smoking areas in some entertainment outlets and open-air eateries.
Tipping is not mandatory but it is encouraged when you experience good service, and this would be above the standard 10 percent gratuity to your bill added by some restaurants and hotels.
LIABILITY AND INSURANCE
The Conference Secretariat and Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.