Singapore is considered a contemporary, commercial, cosmopolitan city-state. However, in this former British colony there are a few rules, taboos and quirks you should be aware of, so as not to offend anyone.
Here are 15 things NOT to do in Singapore.
1. Don’t chew gum.
You got you could be fined up to $500 if you chew and drop gum. But the exception is made for the therapeutic purposes with a prescription.
2. Remember to flush.
Anal culture? If you do a doody in a public washroom without flushing the evidence you can be fined $150.
3. No nakedness even in private.
Parading around in your birthday suit even in your own home is akin to pornography. It can result in a fine up to $2000.
4. Don’t litter.
Littering can result in a $1000 fine. You might think that’s rubbish, but if you don’t trash the place then you won’t have to worry.
5. Don’t show feet.
Many Asians think of feet as dirty. It’s considered offensive to point with toes or show the bottoms of your feet.
6. Don’t discuss religion.
Discuss topics like religion and you could be considered offensive. It’s best to avoid the hot button discussions unless you keep your cool.
7. Don’t take taxis.
Why take a taxi when the public transport system in Singapore is one of the best in the world. The MRT – “Mass Rapid Transit” system is fast and comfortable.
8. Don’t snack on the MRT.
Singapore’s MRT has been a NO eating or drinking zone since 1987. Fines can be up to $500 for daring to bite.
9. Unsecured Wi-Fi.
Check the auto-discovery settings is turned off in Singapore Tapping into an unsecured Wi-Fi network is a crime almost akin to hacking.
10. Don’t tip.
In Singapore tipping is not a standard practice so no need to leave some extra coins for your waiter.
11. Don’t give gifts without research.
Don’t wrap a gift in white as that symbolizes mourning, or present a gift with your left hand. Furthermore, it is common to refuse a gift not once, twice, but three times before accepting it.
12. Don’t smoke in public.
Public smoking is prohibited. There are some designated places where you are permitted to puff, but there is a $200 fine if you mess up.
13. No graffiti.
Spray painting on a wall or carving a name in a bench can result in a public caning. This city occasionally sentences offenders to punishment for acts of vandalism.
14. No drugs.
Even before you arrive. You can get into trouble for having drugs in your system when arriving in Singapore even if you ingested them before you stepped foot in the country.
15. Don’t finger point.
In Singapore pointing an index finger at someone is perceived as rude. so keep your digits to yourself and you won’t make waves. Heard of any others?
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