Singapore is an island city-state and is one of the world’s leading centers for trade, education, finance, manufacturing, tourism, and healthcare. Medical treatments in Singapore can be expensive compared to its neighboring countries, such as Thailand and India. However, medical tourists from all around the globe prefer this country as their destination not for the costs, but for the number of world-class and luxurious medical centers. The country has 21 JCI accredited medical centers and hospitals. Some of the more popular medical centers are Gleneagles Hospital, Ferrer Park Hospital, and The Chiropractic Clinic. Nearly all of the medical centers have English-speaking staff and also experienced medical professionals, cutting-edge technology, and a vast selection of treatments. This country is one of the best places to get treatments for life-threatening and complex conditions. Orthopedics, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, and Cosmetic Procedures are among the most popular procedures in the country.
Singapore might be small in size, but there are countless things to do in this cosmopolitan country. With a population of over 5.5 million people, it is also culturally diverse. Tourists can find scrumptious ethnic cuisine in almost every neighborhood. Tourists who are curious about traditional cuisine should visit Chinatown, where you will find an array of old shop-houses, museums, and Buddhist and Hindu temples. Little India is also a great place to find delightful food and it is the center of the Indian community and is lined with multicolored shop-houses. Shopping is another major attraction and any shopper will find the 2 km Orchard Road as a paradise because it is packed with shopping malls and designer stores. At the corner of this area is Botanical Garden, the country’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists who wish to experience a luxurious glamorous side of Singapore should visit Marina Bay. Singapore also has charming beaches and they can be found in Sentosa, Siloso, Palawan, and Tanjong.
Thanks to its astounding infrastructure, traveling to or around Singapore is fairly easy to navigate. Tourists will arrive at the world’s best airport, Singapore Changi Airport which serves international flights to and from nearly every major city in the world. If you are looking for affordable travel to Singapore, opt for budget airlines such as AirAsia and Jetstar Asia. To move around the country, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), public buses, taxis, and water taxis are available. The most affordable options are MRT and Buses, but taxis are also excellent.
Nationals of the EU, the US, South Korea, and Australia can stay in Singapore without a visa for up to 90 days. Citizens of China, India, and Russia need to obtain a valid visa to enter the country. The visa is valid for 90 days from date of issue.
Singapore has a tropical climate and experiences hot and humid weather. The average temperature is around 31°C during the day and remains constant throughout the year. The northeast monsoon starts from December until March, and the southwest monsoon lasts from May to September. Expect to find many rainy days with thunderstorms during the southwest monsoon.
- Local Currency: The official currency is the Singapore dollar and US$1 is equivalent to S$1.36.
- Money & Payments: ATMs can be found almost everywhere within the country. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Tipping is not customary and prohibited in Changi Airport.
- Local Language: English, Malay, Chines, and Tamil are the official languages.
- Local Culture and Religion: Around 33% of the population practice Buddhism, there are also groups of Christian and Muslims.
- Public holidays: Some of the biggest public holidays are New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Vesak, Deepavali, and Hari Raya Puasa.