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This guide tells you exactly when is the best time to visit Singapore & the best things to do in every season

Living in a tropical country like Singapore is both a blessing and a curse. I enjoy the beautiful beaches, sunny weather, and abundance of unique flora and fauna, but I also endure extreme heat, humidity, heavy rainfall and storms. Despite that, the pros of living in Singapore definitely outweigh the cons. 

But when it comes to visitors, I tell them that the best time to visit Singapore is between April and July, when humidity levels are low and rain showers are unlikely. 

At the end of the day, you can visit Singapore any time of the year, but it all depends on what kind of activities you want to do, what sites to see, and what can fit within your budget! If you want to be extra sure, here’s more info about Singapore’s seasons and the best season for different traveller types.

What are the seasons in Singapore?


There are two main seasons in Singapore: the dry season and the wet season. Much like other tropical countries sitting close to the equator, Singapore experiences hot and humid weather all year, with months of rainfall and drought. 

The dry season typically runs from March to August, but Singapore experiences the lowest humidity usually between February to April. These drier months also consist of the hottest months before the monsoons come in during the wet season. 

The wet season typically runs from September to February, with the wettest months being November to December. Singapore experiences sporadic rain showers and thunderstorms from June to September. 

What is the average temperature in Singapore?


The average temperature in Singapore is between 31 to 33 degrees Celsius during the day and 22 to 25 degrees Celsius at night. 

Singapore experiences a daily mean of 28 degrees Celsius during the hottest months and 26 degrees Celsius during the cooler months. 

The Best Time to Visit for Honeymooners


The best time to visit Singapore for honeymooners is from February to April when the weather is less humid and the island experiences the least amount of rain. The lower humidity makes the air more bearable for outdoor escapades with your spouse. 

Moreover, February is the love month and many attractions and retail establishments in Singapore offer discounts and promotions for Valentine’s Day or decorate the exteriors and interiors with love-themed decor. 

The months of February to April are also considered to be the “springtime” of Singapore. This is when garden blooms are at their peak, making romantic strolls around the island’s best garden attractions a must-do for newlyweds! 

The Best Time to Visit for Hikers


The best time to visit Singapore for hikers is from September to October. This is when Singapore experiences slightly cooler temperatures with very minimal rainfall, making outdoor excursions a very popular activity for locals and tourists. 

October is also a time when rain showers are expected, but they usually last a short while. Hiking around the lush forests and green spaces of Singapore is more bearable during this month compared to the more humid weather of September. 

The Best Time to Visit for Anglers/Fishermen


Anglers can best visit Singapore in March. Although fishing in Singapore is a year-round activity thanks to the tropical weather, fish such as groupers and snappers often crowd the banks of coastal districts on the island during this time. 

Saltwater fish like parrotfish and barramundi are common in April, and their numbers start to wane by October. If you come back to fish in November, you’ll still get chances to catch groupers in Singapore waters. 

The Best Time to Visit for Budget Travellers


The best time to visit Singapore for travellers on a budget is from July to August and December to January. July is beneficial for budget travellers because this is when the nationwide Great Singapore Sale happens. 

For the whole month, retail stores offer a myriad of discounts and promos on their goods and services. It’s a highly anticipated event in Singapore and is considered the best time to go shopping on the island. 

Moreover, the months of December and January are the rainiest months of the year in Singapore. This leads to fewer crowds and often cheaper flights due to the inclement and unpredictable weather this time of the year. 

The Best Time to Visit for Foodies


The best time to visit Singapore for foodies is in July. Aside from the Great Singapore Sale, July is also when the Singapore Food Festival is celebrated. 

During this time of the year, famous hawker centres, food stalls, and restaurants showcase their bestselling dishes in expos, fairs, and night markets, allowing visitors to indulge in the best of Singapore’s local fare. 

What are the best places to visit in Singapore during the hottest months?


The best places to visit in Singapore during the hottest months, which run from May to June, are the Singapore Zoo, Universal Studios Singapore, Snow City, and Gardens by the Bay, to name a few. 

All these attractions offer a blend of both indoor and outdoor activities that can keep tourists comfortable without spending all day out in the sun. May and June are humid months with little rainfall, so it won’t hurt to enjoy the outdoors while the sun’s out! 

What are the best places to visit in Singapore during the coldest months?


The best places to visit in Singapore during the coldest months, which run from December to January, are indoor spots like the National Museum of Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, and shopping malls, to name a few. 

The coldest months are also the wettest months, so expect a lot of rainfall and sporadic thunderstorms during this time. It’s best to always bring an umbrella with you just in case you want to hop inside any of these mostly indoor attractions. 

What are the best places to visit in Singapore during the driest months?


The best places to visit in Singapore during the driest months, which run from July to August, are the beaches in Sentosa Island, and water attractions like Wild Wild Wet, HydroDash, and Adventure Cove Waterpark, to name a few. 

These dry months are also hot, so taking a dip in the waters of coastal Singapore or in the pools of water theme parks can keep you cool throughout the day. 

Tips for Visiting Singapore

  • Always wear sunscreen. It’s always best to keep a small tub of sunscreen with at least 50 SPF with you at all times. Reapply when necessary because you can never be too sure about how long you’ll spend outdoors under the sun! 
  • Wear light and airy clothing. It’s best to pack clothes with breathable materials like linen and dry-fit fabric. This is to avoid feeling sticky at the end of the day (because no one wants that!). 
  • Stay on the lookout for hotel deals. Aside from booking flights during the low season (July to August and December to January), keep watch of hotel deals just before the season comes around. 

According to TripAdvisor, hotels reduce their rates by over 20% when travellers book at least 3 months ahead of the low season. Rates will likely rise within one month of your planned travel date, then sink again during the final two weeks. 

  • Read up on Singaporean laws and customs. Singapore is strict when it comes to cleanliness and order, so avoid making the rookie mistake of unknowingly breaking some unique rules. 

For example, you’re not allowed to import or sell chewing gum. Don’t try chewing gum while on the island either, or else you could be fined up to $1,000 (you can only chew medical-grade gum prescribed by your dentist). 

Other laws are common sense such as no littering, no roughhousing in public spaces, or eating and drinking in public transit.

  • List down all the emergency hotlines. Make sure to include national hotlines of hospitals, police stations, and fire departments. In Singapore, the police hotline is 999, while for hospitals and fire departments, it’s 995. 
  • Drink water from the tap. The tap water in Singapore is potable and clean, making it safe to drink even for children. 

Consider bringing a small refillable water jug or bottle with you wherever you go in the city and fill it up with clean water from nearby drinking fountains. You’ll often find them in MRT stations or inside shopping malls! 

  • Keep an umbrella with you at all times. It especially comes in handy during the rainy and humid months of the year because of sporadic rain showers. 
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