Singapore Hostel One66

Home Contact Us Guest Book SiteMap
Quick Facts about Singapore

A small island, a city and also a country. Just a little dot on the world map (42km in length 23 km in breadth). No natural resources except its people.

When to go

Anytime. You might want to time your visit to coincide with a particular event/festival. Check this website for events/festival in Singapore: www.visitsingapore.com/vt_cal.html

Weather/Dress Code

Hot and humid all year round, average temperature is 28 - 32 degrees Celsius during the day and 23 - 27 degrees Celsius in the evening. So cotton T-shirt, Bermudas/shorts and sandals are commonly worn. A collared shirt and pants will do for usual formal occasions unless stated otherwise.


Most foreigners do not require visa. Upon arrival by air, 30 days tourist visa is given and 14 days visa by land/sea from Malaysia/Indonesia.

For more information on visa requirements, please check here.
For more information on Foreign Missions and Singapore Embassies/consulates, please check here.


Most of us speak English and Singlish(Singapore English). Malay, Mandarin, Tamil are also spoken. For more information on Singlish check out The Coxford Singlish Dictionary

Money matters

Singapore notes come in denominations of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$20, S$50, S$100, S$500, S$1,000, and S$10,000 and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and S$1.


There are many licensed moneychangers around Singapore offering better exchange rate than most banks. Travellers’ cheques are accepted but proof of identity (passport) is required.

Credit cards

Credit cards are widely accepted in most restaurants and major departmental stores. However, not all places accept them. So you will need to carry some cash with you.

Automated Teller Machines(ATM) and Cash Machines

Most ATMs in Singapore accept credit cards and most are on the Plus, Cirrus, and Maestro international networks. You should not have any problem looking for one either as they can be found all over Singapore.


Tipping is not practiced in Singapore as a 10% service charge is already included in the bill.

Goods and Service Tax - GST

GST has increased to 5% from 2004. Minimum sum requirement for tax refund is S$100. Receipts of less than S$100 from different shops participating in the tax refund scheme can be pooled to meet the minimum sum requirement. Tax refund is only applicable to tourists leaving Singapore by air via Changi Airport.


Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world with very low crime rate. You could walk around in the middle of the night in the city. However, do take note that low crime does not mean no crime.


Voltage is 220-240 volts AC, 50Hz. We use the three-pin, square-shaped type power plugs


Smoking is prohibited in public service vehicles, museums, libraries, lifts, theatres, cinemas, air-conditioned restaurants, hair salons, supermarkets, department stores and government offices. Offenders can be fined up to SGD 1,000. While it is an offence to smoke in air-conditioned eating places, smoking is permitted in air-conditioned pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots.


Spitting/littering/failure to flush the toilet in public places/public toilet is an offence.

Drinking Water

Water is safe to be drank straight from the tap.


Bar top dancing is legal now!Cultural, musical, concert and theatre information can be found at www.sistic.com.sg

Drug Abuse

Illicit traffic in narcotic drugs is punishable by death and psychotropic substances is strictly prohibited.


Goods are competitively price and the range is impressive. Bargain unless it is stated as fixed price.


International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.

City Maps

Get a free Singapore city map on arrival at the Changi Airport.

Public Telephones

Telephones accept mostly a phone card of the telephone company owning the phone. Coin phones are less prevalent these days. Buy a SingTel telephone card as SingTel public telephones are most prevalent. Domestic public telephone calls to fixed line or mobile phone numbers is a standard S$0.10 for the first 3 minutes. Domestic public telephone calls from pay phones within Changi Airport (between Immigration and the boarding gates) are free.

Home Contact Us Guest Book SiteMap
Copyright © 2005 Hostel One66. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without the written permission of Hostel One66 is prohibited. We can be contacted at hostelone66@yahoo.com