Singapore, a city-state in Southeast Asia, is one of the emerging economies of the world. Home to a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian population, this country has been developing since 1965, the year it achieved Independence.
Its tropical climate, scrumptious food, great shopping malls and vibrant night life, make Singapore an incredibly popular holiday destination. Singapore also has a number of behavioral rules that you need to follow while travelling to the country, if you wish not to make an offence to the locals and want to abide by the law of the land.
Thus, to make your holiday a life-time experience, do follow these 5 Dos and Don’ts while vacationing in Singapore.
Remember to remove shoes before entering any private home or any mosque or temple in compliance with the Muslim ritual cleanliness rules.
It is fine to offer your hand to shake in greeting but Muslims in the country do not shake hands with the opposite sex.
To avoid any possibility of causing offences, it’s wise to remain conservative in your behavior.
It is courteous to leave a little food on your plate when you have finished the meal in Singapore.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is probably the fastest way to zip around the country. Taxi services are expensive in Singapore while public transport in the country is well-organized and resourceful and comparatively cheaper.
Chewing gum in Singapore is strictly prohibited owing to the fact that government and police take public cleanliness very seriously.
Don’t throw litter on the streets in Singapore. Instead; drop in all waste in the litter bins provided in public spaces. Littering in Singapore is a punishable offence. Also, don’t smoke in public as you might end up paying hefty fines to the police under this act.
Drug trafficking in Singapore carries a mandatory death penalty and drug possession also awards extremely harsh consequences across the country.
Don’t touch somebody on the head as it is considered a sacred part of the body in Singapore.
Don’t eat or offer anything (including a handshake) to a person of Indian or Malay origin with your left hand as this is considered immoral from hygiene point of view.