Singapore hints & tips

Have a fantastic vacation in Singapore but don’t forget to respect the local culture.  Here are a few tips to help you:

Keeping Singapore Clean
Singapore is a fine city!! To help Singapore stay clean there are laws relating to jaywalking, littering, chewing gum, smoking in illegal areas or dropping cigarette butts that are strictly enforced.  You will be fined if caught.

Importance of the family and elders
The family is at the center of the social structure and elders are greatly respected – Elders are introduced first, are given preferential seating and are given the choicest food.  When in Singapore make sure you follow suit and respect the older generation.

Meeting and greeting
Because of the diversity of cultures represented in Singapore there are a number of different ways to meet and greet.  While younger generations have adopted the western handshake, the older generations are stick to the traditional greetings.  The ethnic Chinese will shake hands, ethnic Indians shake hands with members of the same sex (members of the opposite should bow the head and smile).  Ethnic Malays shake hands between men, but otherwise bowing the head is a safe bet.  If in doubt wait for the local to make the first move.

Temple etiquette
When invited to a private home or entering a temple or mosque, remove your shoes.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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