Greater Than a Tourist- Singapore Singapore
50 Travel Tips from a Local
By Ahilya Kulkarni
Are you excited about planning your next trip?
Do you want to try something new?
Would you like some guidance from a local?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater
Than a Tourist book is for you.
Greater Than a Tourist - Singapore by Ahilya Kulkarni offers
the inside scoop on Singapore. Most travel books tell you how to
travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as
part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you
travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel
In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you
throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses
or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge
from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel
Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to
know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book,
you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.
Inside this travel guide book you will find:
- Insider tips from a local.
- A bonus book 50 Things to Know About
Packing Light for Travel by bestselling author
- Packing and planning list.
- List of travel questions to ask yourself or others
- A place to write your travel bucket list.
“Wherever you go becomes a part
of you somehow.” - Anita Desai
Singapore, lovingly known as the Little Red Dot, is a
small island country in Southeast Asia and one of the
most popular travel destinations in the world. With a
vibrant mix of different cultures, glittering skyscrapers,
beautiful gardens, shopping avenues and tons of
delicious food, this country will leave you wanting for
Here is a compiled list of tips from an insider point of
view to help plan your trip efficiently. The main
attractions located in the central Marina Bay area are
listed in the start after which we move on to the top
recommendations and some less explored gems. A
general tip is to dress according to humid weather, carry
water while travelling and always be prepared for rain.
Have a great time!
1. GETTING AROUND
Singapore boasts of a stellar public transportation
system and you will experience the same immediately
after landing in the country. Changi airport is connected
to the rest of the city via one of the Singapore Mass
Rapid Transit (SMRT) lines called the East-West Line
or Green Line. There are five train lines in operation
and an extremely well-connected bus transport system.
A transport card known as the EZ-Link card can be
bought and topped up at General Ticketing Machines
(GTMs) or Passenger Service Centres at the airport or
any train station throughout the island. They are also
available at any of the 7-Eleven stores. A single card
costs S$12 which includes S$5 as the cost of the card
and S$7 for use. Maximum fare from point-to-point is
close to S$2 so you will essentially spend lesser than
that for each journey. Alternatively, you can also buy a
single-journey ticket by entering the source and
destination stations at these ticketing machines. The
machines accept both cash and cards for payment.
Buying an EZ-Link card turns out to be cheaper if you
are planning to get around by buses or trains for the
most part. MRTs typically run from 6 a.m.to 1 a.m.
unless there are any scheduled maintenances. Selected
trains and buses run for extended hours during certain
public holidays and special occasions.
If public transport is not your thing, the easiest way
to get around is a taxi. Several cab companies operate
in the city with regulated fares. There is absolutely no
chance of getting scammed anywhere and it is
extremely safe even at odd hours. There are standard
taxis such as Comfort Taxi, CityCab, TransCab which
are cheaper than premier ones like SilverCab. The fare
is charged according to the flag down rate (which is
about S$3 to S$5 depending on the type of the taxi)
plus the distance travelled. There is a 50% surcharge at
midnight and during peak hours. Look out for a notice
saying “Cash Only” on some cabs before getting in or
ask the driver, as not all accept cards yet. Also, some of
them may not have a working GPS so ask about it
beforehand or have directions on your phones. It is not
recommended to hail a taxi in the middle of the road so
try to find a taxi-stand which is generally located at
mall exits or next to train stations. You could also call
up and book the cab to pick you up at your location but
that costs around S$3 to S$4 as booking fee.
Read all 50 Tips in the book
Greater Than a Tourist- Singapore Singapore
available at Amazon.
TOP REASONS TO BOOK THIS TRIP
1. Sun and the Sea: Singapore is an island country
adorned by the most beautiful sun-kissed beaches.
2. Food: A large melting pot of all Southeast Asian
cuisines and flavours.
3. Gardens: Although the city is dotted with
skyscrapers all over, there is abundant greenery
everywhere and is extremely clean.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ahilya is a Software Developer currently based in
Sweden. She came to Singapore in the year 2013 as a
master’s student at Nanyang Technological University
and fell in love with the place. She stayed in Singapore
for five years before moving on to Stockholm for work.
Given that Singapore is geographically tiny, she was
amazed at the myriad of things to do, places to visit,
amazing food culture and tons of experiences it had, to
offer. This book contains all such recommendations and
insights gathered along the way to help future travellers
make their trip memorable. The country plays a major
part in shaping who she is today, and the sweet
memories made along the way will last forever with
her. She loves travelling, writing, reading and music
and hopes to explore the whole of Europe next.