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Traveling To Singapore? The Do’s and Don’ts

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Singapore is an extremely popular travel destination in Asia. Its beautiful, clean regions and diverse cultural diffusion of European, Chinese, Indian and Malay immigrants makes it an incredibly interesting and enriching holiday choice. Singapore’s population is made up of Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Tao and Muslim believers.

This mix of moral codes, plus the strictly enforced laws relating to public behaviour, means that there are a number of behavioural rules to follow if you wish not to cause offence to locals and remain on the right side of the law. To help you enjoy a hassle free holiday, here are 6 dos and don’ts to follow while vacationing in Singapore.

6 Singapore Travel Dos

1. Remember to remove your shoes prior to entering into a private home, Please remove your shoesmosque or temple in compliance with Muslim ritual cleanliness.

2. It is fine to offer your hand to shake in greeting. However, Muslims will not shake hands with members of the opposite sex and Malays will sometimes not shake hands. It is common courtesy to bow slightly to elderly Chinese people.

3. To avoid any possibility of causing offence it is advised that you remain conservative in your behaviour.

4. It is courteous to leave a little food on your plate when you have finished Leave some food on your plateeating your meal in Singapore.

5. Make sure you carry some change with you while on your travels in case you need to use a public lavatory.

6. Take the time to get a bus and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network map and learn the routes. Taxis are expensive and the Singapore public transport system is very efficient.

6 Singapore Travel Don’ts

1. Don’t under any circumstances chew gum while on holiday in Singapore. No Dubble Bubble for youThe government and police take public cleanliness very serious and gum chewing is prohibited throughout the country.

2. Don’t throw litter on the street in Singapore. This is common courtesy anyway, but the Singapore police enforce strict littering laws and will hand out fines to anybody not complying with them. Put all waste in the litter bins provided in public spaces.

3. Hopefully you will want to stay away from drugs while on holiday anyway, but you should be aware that drug trafficking carries a mandatory death Excuse me sir, could you please extinguish your stogie? penalty and drug possession carries extremely harsh penalties across the country. Stay clean in Singapore.

4. Don’t smoke in public. The government spent a fortune on anti-smoking campaigns and smoking in public places has been made illegal. The police enforce this law strictly and hand out immediate fines to people found smoking or dropping a cigarette in a public place.

5. Don’t touch somebody on the head as it is considered a sacred part of the body in Singapore.

6. Don’t eat or offer anything (including a handshake) to a person of Indian or Malay descent with your left hand as they will most likely be Muslim and this is forbidden by their hygienical jurisprudence.

If you hire a car while in Singapore, we recommend you visit – they provide car insurance as well as travel insurance to Singapore.

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4 comments on “Traveling To Singapore? The Do’s and Don’ts

  1. singapore change
    December 15, 2015

    Really good summary of do’s and don’ts. I have to say i red a lot of blogs about Singapore, but this information helped me a lot more.

  2. Noah Peter Jackson
    June 22, 2016

    What I love most about Singapore are the sharp and constant contrasts: smoky temples in the shadow of skyscrapers, luxe condos backing onto jungle, old-school shophouses housing secret cocktail dens. I can travel the world without ever leaving the island. One minute I’m in the ‘Hong Kong’ wet markets and malls of Chinatown, the next the ‘Mumbai’ street scenes of Little India, the next the red-light ‘Patpong, Bangkok’.

  3. MisterPratama
    November 3, 2016

    Very nice thread. You may read my article at my travel blog for additional reference before visit Singapore :

  4. Regency Tours
    April 25, 2017

    Thanks for your valuable suggestion.Really didn’t know that shaking hand is not always a right gesture for everyone.
    such a value driven article and full of information for first time visitors in Singapore

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