3 Things Tourists Should Know About Visiting Singapore

Straight from a tourist, for tourists

Christian Andrei Laplap (Contributor) | Nov. 10, 2021 | 465 reads
3 Things Tourists Should Know About Visiting Singapore
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Don’t buy chewing gum

This might come off as a joke but it is not. One of the funniest laws in Singapore is about chewing gum. Chewing gum except for dental and nicotine gums is forbidden in Singapore unless you want a fine. There will be no gums in stores and only a doctor can prescribe it to you. It is done for cleanliness since gum can easily be thrown or stuck anywhere.

Not so fun fact: It’s also not allowed to eat and drink on public transportation (buses and MRT)

The Fastest Walkers are Singaporeans

The Fastest Walkers are Singaporeans
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With a walking speed of 6.15 kilometer per hour, Singaporeans are known as the fastest walkers. It might be due to their hectic and efficient lifestyle. So when you get there, expect swift moving people and do try to catch up especially since the bus and train don’t wait for anyone.

Not so fun fact: Singlish is the language spoken by Singaporeans wherein it is a base of English but is blended in with words from many different languages, including Tamil, Malay, and Mandarin. What makes this somewhat a fun Singapore fact is that even though the government discourages speaking Singlish, some Singlish words such as “sinseh” and “lah” have been added to the online Oxford English Dictionary.

The Most Famous Hotel in Southeast Asia is in Singapore

The Most Famous Hotel in Southeast Asia is in Singapore
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The infamous Marina Bay Sands is the most famous hotel in the whole ASEAN. No wonder, I mean just look at the architecture consisting of three buildings with a ship-shaped roof on top of them. I mean there’s even an infinity pool at the top considered to be one of the best in the world.

Not so fun fact: Although there are 64 skyscrapers right now in Singapore, it is forbidden to build buildings higher than 280 meters (919 ft). Since the military base called Paya Lebar Air Base is situated close to the central business district, high buildings could be big trouble for the planes, and that’s why the law regulates their height.

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