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Discover Singapore

A holidays in Singapore will be an exceptional experience in every sense with its eclectic brew of influences from China, India and Malaysia. In addition, your holiday will take you to one of the most prosperous countries in the world.

In Singapore you can sample delectable foods, lively nightspots, unrivalled shopping… all in a tropical climate!

Let Singapore take you to the most enjoyable destination of Southeast Asia. Located in the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is made up of 63 unique islands. As soon as you touch down at one of the world’s finest airports, you’ll know the standard has been raised and you’re in for something special.

Beyond the history, culture, people, shopping and food, there are many more facets to Singapore’s thriving cityscape for you to discover. And these can only be experienced as you immerse yourself in the exploration of this once fishing village turned cosmopolitan city.

 

Facts | Important to know

VISA  Australian passport holders will be stamped with a 30-day tourist visa on entry if arriving by air, or a 14-day visa if arriving by land or sea.

LANGUAGE  Malay and Mandarin, but English is almost universally used.

CURRENCY  Singapore Dollar (SGD), AUD 1.00 = SGD 1.13

ELECTRICITY   220V/240V, 50Hz

TIME DIFFERENCE UTC/GMT +8 hours

Facts | Helpful Information

WEATHER  With its tropical rainforest climate, there are no distinct seasons with temperatures remaining hot throughout the year ranging between 23-32 °C. Rainfall and humidity are steady year round. Rain arrives in torrential downpours, but is soon replaced by sunshine. It may rain every day during the wet season, but it rarely rains all day. The wettest months are November to January and the driest are May to July.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2014
1 January, New Year’s Day
31 January, Chinese New Year
18 April, Good Friday
1 May, Labour Day
13 May, Vesak Day
28 July, Hari Raya Puasa
9 August, National Day
5 October, Hari Raya Haji
23 October, Diwali
25 December, Christmas Day

COST Cup of Coffee is approx. 5.95 SGD = AUD 5.08

PAYMENT OPTIONS Major credit cards are widely accepted.

RELIGION Buddhism is mostly followed.

 

Highlights

THINGS TO DO Singapore has a plethora of experiences on offer. From a humble fishing village to a cosmopolitan city, Singapore is rich in contrast and colour. It is now a bustling city of skyscrapers, landscaped gardens and heritage-rich precincts.

Don’t shy away from exploring every aspect of Singapore. It is home to a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture that it embodies aspects of both the East and West in many interesting ways.

MacRitchie Nature Trail

THINGS TO SEE For a taste of Singapore, sign up for a cultural cooking class at the Food Playground. Make sure you visit the National Orchid Garden for full splendour. If you’re up for adventure, go on the MacRitchie Nature Trail or escape at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark.

 

Discover Malaysia

From a small mining town to a thriving modern metropolis, Kuala Lumpur will literally take you on a journey of a lifetime.

Kuala Lumpur holidays allow you to experience an array of fine cuisines, superb shopping, electric nightlife and discovery of some of the world’s most stunning architecture, all in the hub of South East Asia. KL is also home to the world’s tallest twin towers, the imperious must see Petronis Towers.

 

Facts | Important to know

VISA  Australian passport holders do not need a visa for a visit shorter than 3 months.

LANGUAGE Malay, but English is almost universally used.

CURRENCY Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), AUD 1.00 = MYR 3.00

ELECTRICITY  220V/240V, 50Hz

TIME DIFFERENCE  UTC/GMT +8 hours

Facts | Helpful Information

WEATHER  The average daytime temperature is 35°C with an average humidity exceeding 82%. At night it cools down averaging 19°C. Rainfall is usually at its peak in February to May and September to November.

COST Cup of Coffee is approx. 9.00 MYR -17MYR = AUD 3.00 – AUD 5.68

PAYMENT OPTIONS Major credit cards are widely accepted.

RELIGION Islam is the main religion practiced.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2014
1 January, New Year’s Day
14 January, Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (PBUH)
31 January, Chinese New Year
1 May, Labour Day
13 May, Vesak Day
7 June, King’s Birthday
28-29 July, Hari Raya Puasa
31 August 31, National Independence Day
19 September, Malaysia Day
5 October, Hari Raya Haji
23 October, Diwali
25 October, Awal Muharram
25 December, Christmas

 

Highlights

THINGS TO DO  Take a trip to the Batu caves just on the outskirts of the city to find a labyrinth of limestone caves and historical Hindu temples. These awe-inspiring caves are well worth seeing and definitely worth breaking a sweat up the 272 steps to reach the top temple.

For a wildlife fix in the big city, take a trip to the KL Bird Park. Its claim to fame? The KL Bird Park has been dubbed as the “world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary,” which basically means you can experience a whole host of rare and native birds in a cage free environment. You can have parrots on your shoulder, see ostriches laying their eggs, take a picture with an owl and observe peacocks royally strolling around the grounds. It all adds up to a really great day out that the whole family can enjoy.

For shopping, Kuala Lumpur offers a great blend of modern shops and designer stores with traditional shopping enclaves and bustling markets. The Central Market near China Town has a real buzz and is the place to go for local handicraft.

THINGS TO SEE Discover the brilliant Batu Caves and the fantastic Islamic art museums. Ascend 421 metres above ground and experience the Petronis Towers observation deck.


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