Known as a central hub for modern Asian finance and industry, the island’s unique history makes for a rich and diverse cultural tapestry. Singapore’s exotic mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay ethnicities and British colonial influences make for a fun, fascinating visit.

An island surrounded by the South China Sea, the Straits of Malacca and the Straits of Johore, Singapore covers 697 square kilometres (269 square miles), just 137 kilometres (85 miles) north of the equator. Its nearest neighbour is Malaysia; the Indonesian Islands are to the south, Thailand to the north and the Philippines to the northeast.

Seasonal Highlights

Seasonal Highlights

Whether you need to know local festivals or highlights through the seasons, we hope you will find the facts gathered below useful tools for your travel planning. Please feel free to contact us if we can assist you further.

Quick Reference

  • Time zone

    GMT +8 hours

  • Language(s) spoken

    The official languages are Malay, Chinese, Tamil and English. Malay is the national language, while English is the language for government operations, law and major financial transactions. Most Singaporeans are at least bilingual, with many speaking English, some Malay and one or more dialects of Chinese.

  • Electrical system

    Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC. Adapters available; please request through the Concierge.

  • Shopping hours

    Daily 10:00 am to 9:30 pm

  • Working Hours

    Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

New Year's Day 1 January
Chinese New Year
Good Friday 3 April
Labour Day
1 May
Vesak Day 1 June
Hari Raya Puasa
17 July
National Day 7–10 August
Hari Raya Haji
24 September
Deepavali 10 November
Christmas Day
25 December