The denomination used in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (SGD/ S$). Money changing services can be found at major shopping centres, hotels, at the airport & banks, arranged in the increasing order of the exchange rates. ATMs, which can be found in most shopping centres & MRT stations, accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard & cards with Plus or Cirrus.
Electricity and Voltage
Get an Electric Plug adaptor for British-style plug holes (with two flat blades & one flat grounding blade) in your country to recharge your mobile phone & laptop. The electricity voltage is 230V 50Hz.
You can access to free wireless internet at the convention venue & public hotspots across Singapore via Wireless@SG by registering your mobile number. Click here for the methods of registration.
Preferably, you may also purchase a Starhub’s Travel SIM Card upon arrival at Singapore Changi Airport and choose from a 7-Day or 12-Day SIM or a $50 SIM for a longer validity. Visit here for more information
Maps, Apps & City Guides
Have accessible information on everything about Singapore in the palm of your hands! From places of interests, upcoming events, food guides to booking of transportation services, these mobile apps will ensure that you will not miss any highlights and happenings during your stay in Singapore.
Singapore has one of the most extensive & efficient public transportation systems in the world. With the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains, buses & taxis, travelling in the city and suburbs can be a quick and affordable affair. For a comprehensive guide that includes offline maps, estimated prices & time, download free smart phone app Singapore Map by Street Directory Pte Ltd from Google Play or Apple App Store.
The MRT is a fast and cost-effective way of getting around Singapore. You can take the MRT from Changi Airport Terminal 3 to the city for a just couple of dollars. (If you are arriving at Terminal 1 or 2, you can take the Skytrain to Terminal 3.) If your hotel is not walking distance from any MRT station & you wish to save some dollars from transport, you can consider taking the MRT to the nearest MRT station before taking a taxi. Services operate from about 5:30am and usually end before 1 a.m. daily. For the MRT Network Map, click here
There are currently more than 300 bus services which run daily from 5.30am to midnight. The Singapore Map App will direct you to the exact bus-stop and the number to take.
Taxis ply the island round the clock, bringing you wherever you want, anytime you want. However, do note that airport, peak-hour, city area & Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry surcharges apply.
To the specific, the airport surcharge for average taxis is as follows:
S$5 airport surcharge - 5.00pm to 12.00am (Fridays to Sundays)
S$3 airport surcharge - all other times
Midnight surcharge of 50% of final metered fare - 12.00am to 6.00am (daily)
More information can be found here
You can download a handy taxi app called Grab from Google Play & Apple App Store to call for cabs when you need it. The hotlines for various taxi services in Singapore, are also listed below.
Dial-A-Cab: +65 6342 5222
Comfort Taxi: +65 6552 1111
Comfort Premier Cabs: +65 6552 2828
SMRT Cab: +65 6555 8888
TransCab: +65 6555 3333
Premier Taxis Pte Ltd: +65 6363 6888
Prime Taxi: +65 6778 0808
Yellow-Top Taxi: +65 6293 5545
- All rates & charges information are correct at the time of publishing -July 2019-
IAEG-ARC13 Secretariat at Meeting Matters International
Tel: (65) 6472 3108 | Fax: (65) 6472 3208
Address: 1 Commonwealth Lane, #06-23 ONE COMMONWEALTH, Singapore 149544
Sentosa is Asia’s leading leisure destination and Singapore’s premier island resort getaway, located within minutes from the central business and shopping districts. The 500-hectare island resort brings you an exciting array of themed attractions, resort accommodations, award-winning spa retreats, world-renowned golf courses, golden sandy beaches, a deep-water yachting marina and luxurious residences – making Sentosa a vibrant island resort for relaxation and leisure.
Find out more: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/
Ways to get to Sentosa: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/Plan-Your-Visit/getting-around
A story of Chinese heritage
Following Singapore's founding, migrants looking to make their fortune in Singapore began arriving in droves. Life was not easy back then for anyone on the street and home often meant nothing more than a wooden board as a bed. Fresh water had to be carted in by bullock-drawn carts, the practice of which contributed to Chinatown's other name - Niu Che Shui, known as Bullock-Cart-Water.
Over the years, Chinatown has changed and evolved, but it is filled with traces of our beloved enclave of culture and tradition, defined by the very people who live, work and play on the streets of Chinatown.
Find out more: http://www.chinatown.sg/index.php
At a height of 165m, Singapore Flyer is one of the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel and also one of Asia’s biggest tourist attractions.
Singapore Flyer was designed by Dr. Kisho Kurokawa and DP Architects, Singapore. It held its ground-breaking ceremony in September 2005 and was launched in 2008. It promises more than just a view, but a panorama that captures Marina Bay’s skyline with a glimpse of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia.
30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
Daily: 8:30am - 10:30pm
Find out more: http://www.singaporeflyer.com
Catch a glimpse of Singapore’s most majestic icon, the Merlion, a mythical creature that’s half-fish and half-lion. The Merlion combines two elements of Singapore’s identity—its body symbolises the fishing villages of Singapore’s past, while its lion head is a symbol of Singapura (“lion city” in Sanskrit). Today, you can glimpse this legend at Merlion Park. Spouting water from its mouth, the Merlion statue stands tall at 8.6 metres and weighs 70 tonnes.
This icon is a ‘must-see’ for tourists visiting Singapore, similar to other significant landmarks around the world.
1 Fullerton Road
Click here for the map
A highlight of this 101-ha horticultural park is their two conservatories, the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. The Cloud Forest, a cool-moist conservatory that features a 35m-tall mountain covered in plants such as orchids and also sports the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Meanwhile, the Flower Dome replicates a cool-dry climate and houses plants from the Mediterranean region.
Find out more: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en.html
For something a little more traditional, Singapore Botanic Gardens would be the place for you.
The over 150-year-old green space is Singapore's first UNESCO Heritage Site where it gets busy on weekends with joggers, picnicking families and nature lovers.
Occasional free outdoor concerts are held over the weekends for all to enjoy. Spend a day discovering the garden’s range of more than 10,000 types of plants, including those within the National Orchid Garden—the most comprehensive collection of tropical orchids in the world.
Find out more: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg
Esplanade is Singapore’s national performing arts centre and one of the busiest arts centres in the world. It is made up of two rounded glass domes fitted with over 7,000 triangular aluminium sunshades. Locals have dubbed them "the Durian", as the twin structures resemble the spiky tropical fruit unique to this part of the world.
It is designed by leading local firm DP Architects where the space features a 1,600-seat Concert Hall. Local, regional and international music acts regularly perform in ‘the Durian’.
Find out more: https://www.esplanade.com/
Discover Singapore through this video!
A South-Indian flat bread made by frying stretched dough flavoured with ghee
(Indian clarified butter). Roti Prata brings you a balance of soft yet crisp
texture. Served with Fish or Mutton curry which makes them a great combination.
Roti refers to 'bread', and prata or paratha refers to 'flat' in Hindi language. Some presumed that the dish evolved from original pancake recipes from Punjab in India, but across the causeway in Malaysia, the flat bread is known as 'roti canai', which some say is an indication to its origins from Chennai.
Roti Prata can be a satisfying meal anytime where local menus feature a variety of extraordinary variations like Roti Prata with Cheese, Chocolate & Ice Creams aside from the classic plain or egg prata. A recommended way on how to enjoy would be to dig in with your fingers!
Singapore Zam Zam
697-699 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198675
Mon - Sun : 7:00am - 11:00pm
Katong Laksa was inspired by the Peranakans (Straits Chinese) who live in the Katong area.
It comes with a spicy soup gravy, flavoured with coconut milk and dried shrimp,
and topped with ingredients like prawns, Tau pok (Fried Beancurd) and cockles.
It is usually served with thick vermicelli cut into shorter pieces that can be easily slurped up with a spoon. At some stalls, you only get a spoon to eat the laksa – no chopsticks needed.
328 Katong Laksa
53 East Coast Road, Singapore 428771
Daily: 10:00am - 10:00pm
The perfect snack that goes extremely well with a cup of local 'kopi' (coffee) or
'teh' (tea); slices of toasted bread with a generous spread of cold butter and kaya,
a traditional jam made from eggs and coconut. It is accompanied by two soft-boiled
eggs with runny yolks and translucent whites where a dash of dark soya and white
pepper brings the flavour out. The savoury eggs are a great complement to the sweet
kaya toast which has a crispy crunch.
This simple dish is loved by Singaporeans and tourists and it is the ultimate food for those who are craving for a sweet tooth. They are available in chain cafes namely Ya Kun, Toast Box, Heavenly Wang & Killiney.
3 Temasek Boulevard Suntec City Mall #B1-167/168 S(038986)
Mon - Thurs: 7:30am - 9:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 9:30pm
Sat: 8:30am - 9:30pm
Sun & PH: 8:30am - 9:00pm
One of Singapore’s most well-known dish where the chicken is first steeped in
chicken stock with garlic, ginger & occasionally pandan leaves, followed by
dipping it in ice water after cooking to create a jelly-like finish on the
chicken’s skin. Concurrently, the remaining broth is used to cook the rice
with pandan leaves & garlic, resulting in a glossy flavourful oily rice, to
be served all together with garlic chilli sauce & dark sweet soy sauce and
The most famous stall will have to be Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice who was praised by Anthony Bourdain & won the match Hawker Heroes VS Gordon Ramsey in July 2013. After visiting Jamae Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple & the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple along South Bridge Road, you can end your Chinatown trail with a queue for the famous chicken rice.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Stall 10, Maxwell Food Centre
1 Kadayanallur Street 069184
Tue - Sun: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Chilli crab is one of Singapore’s greatest culinary inventions, the king of
all crab dishes. It is available in most seafood restaurants, typically served
with mud crabs that have deliciously sweet and juicy flesh.
Order a basket of mantou(Fried Buns) to dip and soak into the chilli crab sauce – a perfect blend of beaten eggs, tomatoes and chilli paste. As you savour the dish with your hands, it is simply impossible for you to not appreciate this dish.
Jumbo Seafood Restaurant (Riverside Point)
30 Merchant Road # 01-01/02 Riverside Point, Singapore 058282
Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm (last order at 2:15pm), 6:00pm - 12:00am (last order at 11:15pm)
Nasi Lemak in English would be ‘rich rice’ with ‘rich’ referring to the coconut cream
that makes it so delicious. The fragrant rice infused with pandan leaves and coconut
milk is to be eaten with otah (grilled fish paste), chicken wings or deep fried fish,
alongside with eggs, cucumber slices, sambal chilli, peanuts and ikan bilis(Fried
Anchovies). It is a heartfelt dish well loved by the Malays and non-Malays, a dish
you do not want to miss!
Changi Village Market and Food Centre #01-26
2 Changi Village Road, Singapore 500002
Mon - Thu: 7:00am - 11:00pm
Fri, Sat & Sun 24 hours