6 Things You Need to Know About Visiting and Living in Singapore

Singapore skyline panorama with Marina Bay at sunset

Although Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world, it is one of the most exciting places to visit and live. There is a lot to see and experience if you are passing through, and you will likely love the country so much that you want to move there. This article will cover both aspects so you can decide whether you can turn your short vacation into residency.

Singapore is Incredibly Safe

Singapore is very safe, even for tourists, which you could not say for many other countries. The country has a very robust nightlife, and you should not feel any fear walking home at 4 AM after a long night, whether you are alone or in a group.

The Food is Amazing

Singaporeans love their food culture, and it shows. You can enjoy unique Indian, Malay, and Chinese delicacies in the cities while indulging in the cultural nuances each of these communities brings with it. You can always eat at the hawker centers if you want to enjoy bargain prices. Even though the food is cheaper there, it is still exquisite. On the other end of the spectrum, we have high-end restaurants and shops which can be quite expensive.

The hawker centers would be our recommendation because they give you an opportunity to meet and interact with Singaporeans, which is a great way to get ingrained into their culture some more. If you want even more recommendations, ask a taxi driver. They often know the best places to stay, the best times to go and what to order.

Singapore Is Very Livable

Singapore is a very livable country because you get to experience so much. The country brings you a mix of Tamil Indian, British and Chinese cultures. Almost all the people in Singapore can speak multiple languages, usually a mix of Tamil, Mandarin and Malay, the main language is English. If you only speak English, you will find it easy to make friends and to get around.

The other reason why Singapore is so livable and inviting is that participating in local Singaporean culture is not frowned upon. However, if you want people to feel like you are making an effort, you will need to learn the English dialect spoken there, unofficially known as Singlish.

Marina Bay, Singapore – 23rd June 2015: Early evening view of the Supertrees Grove, and Cloud Forest Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay

The streets of Singapore are very clean and never feel threatening or sterile. Walls of plants line many of the buildings, with many of the streets and highways covered in rain trees, colorful bougainvillea and tembusu trees.

If you are just passing through, there are lots of attractive and hospitable hotels you can stay in, but if you want to stay to make Singapore your home, you can consider leasing or purchasing a house. Companies like PropertyGuru make it very easy to find the right house in Singapore, whether you’re looking to rent or buy. They also have agents standing by to help you find the right property or answer any questions you may have. To make things even easier, PropertyGuru provides in-depth guides in buying and renting houses and homes in Singapore so you can jump right in.

Singapore Can Be Quite Expensive

Apart from the restaurants and hawker centers which offer cheap food, you will quickly discover that other aspects of Singapore are costly. In fact, Singapore is more expensive than almost all other Asian countries. The country has the most millionaires globally, so we can speculate that this is expected. With so many millionaires, you should not be surprised that Singapore is more expensive than cities like New York and London.

Singapore Has a Great Tech Scene

If you are in Singapore for long enough, you should experience their tech scene. Many tech companies here focus on Southeast Asia, a market of about half a billion people. Singapore is home to at least three unicorns: Lazada, a massive e-commerce platform, Grab, a company that started as a taxi-hailing service and quickly grew to offer other services and Sea, a gigantic digital entertainment company.

Singapore skyline

Lots of Places to See

Singapore has some fantastic beaches, but they are less glamorous than those found in countries like Thailand. Singaporeans generally do not like beaches, but they have invested in some gorgeous swimming pools to enjoy while there. That said, their beaches are still great for a walk on the weekends.

Marina Bay Sands is the one hotel you should stay at in Singapore. The hotel has a stunning infinity pool with amazing views of the skyline. If you don’t like the pool, you can always sit at the bar and catch the sunset.

Singapore is a fascinating country. It has managed to blend almost everything that people love with Asia. The only downside is that living in the country can be slightly expensive, but that is more than made up for by the quality of living you get.

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