Archive for the 'Money & costs' Category

Aug 06 2012

Are you supposed to tip in Singapore?

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A 10% service charge is added to restaurant bills in Singapore.

To tip or not to tip? When dining in a foreign country, that is often the question. In Singapore, the short answer is no – the country does not have a tipping culture. For the long answer, keep reading. Restaurants & bars: If you’re eating or drinking at the kind of place where a server … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

Favourite Singapore freebies

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It’s no secret that it can be expensive to be a tourist in Singapore.  I recently did a run-down of the city’s cheapest accommodation, but even if you’re on a shoestring budget there’s no need to stay in your hostel killing time on the guest computers and sipping the complimentary coffee. Beyond the price of … read the full post

May 20 2011

Is Singapore expensive?

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Is Singapore expensive? I’m just back from a short “hang out with the grandparents” three-day trip to Singapore with my daughter and would answer with a firm “yes”. I can’t remember ever burning though so much cash (well plastic) in such a short time. That said, while Singapore can be expensive, it need not be. … read the full post

Apr 27 2011

How tourists can get a sales tax refund in Singapore

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If your Singapore itinerary includes a shopping spree on Orchard Road you’ll be happy to learn that the 7% GST included in prices can be refunded when you leave the country. To be eligible for the GST (goods and services tax) refund you must meet several conditions. You must be 16 or older; you must … read the full post