Singapore Country Guide

Getting Around

 
 

On Foot

Singapore is generally fairly "pedestrian-friendly". In the main business district and on the main roadways, pavements and pedestrian crossings are in good shape and plentiful. Drivers in Singapore are mindful of marked crossing zones at busy streets. However, they are less likely to be respectful of pedestrians crossing at street corners where crosswalks are not marked, even though by Singaporean law any accident between a pedestrian and a vehicle is presumed to be the driver's fault.
 
 
 
 
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Singapore River

Walking along the Singapore River

In the residential areas of Singapore, pedestrians can be frustrated by narrow and poorly-maintained pavements that often jump from one side of the street to the other or just disappear. Furthermore, there are the obstructions caused by trash cans and plantings. Jaywalking on the island is illegal and punished with fines of SGD25 and up to three months in jail.

Classic walks in Singapore include walking down the Singapore River from the Merlion through the Quays and trekking along the Southern Ridges Walk. A recommended walk is the premier shopping district of Orchard Road and the adjacent streets. Other popular walks in Singapore include strolling around Chinatown, Little India and Bugis.

Little India, Singapore

Passing through Little India

An unavoidable downside, though, is Singapore's tropical heat and humidity, which leaves many visitors from the colder climates sweaty and exhausted. So bring along a handkerchief or small towel and a bottle of water. It's best to get an early start, pop into air-conditioned shops, cafes, museums to cool off, and plan on heading back to the shopping mall or hotel pool before noon. Alternatively, after sundown, evenings are cooler for walking.

 
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