Singapore is a city state on a small island, with well developed public transportation network, walking trails and taxi options. Everything is at the fingertips, even wild animals such as pythons and salt-lake crocodiles. Masks are required only in the public transport.
Please check the traveller requirements entry into Singapore (e.g. negative covid test), but Singapore is commited to remain open and we do not expect many impediments.
List of accepted vaccination certificates by country is available here.
Within Singapore, masks are not required, except in the public transport. Local populations has a high level of vaccination, with 3-4 doses of a vaccine.
The easiest way to reach the airport is by taxi. It will take around 30 minutes and cost around 30 SGD to reach the hotel from the airport. There are public transportation options as well, but they take much longer
Shuttle service will be provided from the hotel to the Symposium venue every morning at 8:15 am. No transportation is provided from the venue to the hotel in the afternoon, but they are close to each other.
Transportation will be provided to the dinner venue on Thursday.
The symposium is taking place with NUS campus, and there are different university shuttle busses that could take you around the campus. Please check the shuttle service map and information.
Singapore has a well developed network of metro train and buse lines (SMRT). Google maps would provide you with the optimal route, and help you track the vehicles int the real time.
To pay for the ride, you could either buy a dedicated, refillable SMRT cash card, or just use your Apple Wallet on your mobile phone. You need to tap the card (or phone) at the entrance and tap it again at the exit -- the fare is automatically calculated.
Weather and Climate
Singapore is placed at 1 degree north of equator, the climate is tropical, warm and humid. Weather does not change much during the year.
Every day of the year, temperature is between 31C - 33C, with varying degree of humidity, but mostly very humid. During the night, the temperature does not drop much, and it remains hot.
The hotel has an outdoor swimming pools on the roof - we suggest you to bring the swimming suit. Try a refreshing swim before sunrise, or in the evening.
Sunrise / sunset
The sun rises at 7am and sets at 7pm, with 15 minutes variation throughout the year.
Indoor spaces are heavily air-conditioned, to the point where it might be too cold. This is specially the case for the official buildings, including our conference venue. We suggest you bring a jacket or pullover.
It rains every day, but usually it pours down and out within 15 minutes. Often, it is not noticed. No one carries around umbrella, and you will not need it neither.
Things to see
Singapore offers a rich tapestry of cultures, that reflects in arhcitecture, food, and customs.
The best way is to think about Singapore as a tropical rainforest, with transient dash of a high-rising city. The vegetation and animal life is abundant. It is a bird-watcher's paradise.
There are nice jungle-hiking opportunities, where you could ecounter varity of wildlife (monkeys everywhere, birds, calugo, mousedeer, salt-water crocodile… ). If interested, bring trainers / walking shoes.
Pubs, Skypubs, cocktail bars
As a international hub, Singapore has a thriving pub/clubbing scene, with many places trying to outdo the others. Check out one of the roof-top bars at the top of the skyscrapers, or find obnoxiously hidden cocktail bars. Areas: Chinatown, Arab Street, Holland Village, Financial Centre -- they all offer a different vibe, and different type of pubs.
Food is everywhere, it is a national pastime. It is very varied and very tasty. Try some local dishes, or any other cuisine from the world ( →google maps, →tripadvisor). Check out traditional Hokka centres, where good, cheap outdoor dining brings people together - think about it as the street food on the next level.
Are you brave enough to try Durian, the king of fruit? If so, talk to the organisers.
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is a must see place in Singapore, with amazing views and restaurants, and abhorring shopping opportunities. Skip the observation deck at the MarinaBS hotel, and head directly to Ce La Vie roof-toop bar - the view is better, and the price of a drink is cheaper that the observation deck ticket.