ASIA : SINGAPORE

The world truly is an amazing place. Experience the natural and the man-made beauty and marvel at our wonderful planet. Beautiful destinations are everywhere. Take your pick and allow us to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you.

SINGAPORE

This tiny city-state will blow your mind with its metropolis and its melting pot of cultures. Singapore has a magnificent skyline and lush greenery many don’t expect to see. It is steeped in Peranakan culture and has something to offer every traveller, from the solo traveller to couples, to families.

Experience Asia in Singapore with a visit to:
· The Asian Civilisations Museum, hosting the most comprehensive collection of pan-Asian treasures
· The National Gallery Singapore in the Colonial District
· The Quays and the Marina
· The Gardens by the Bay, or
· The Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO Heritage Site set on 74 hectares of land.

From Singapore, Malaysia is just a hop, step and jump away. You can drive across or take a very short plane ride of less than an hour into Kuala Lumpur where you can experience a different taste of Asia. See the famous Petronas Towers featured in many films, visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park or the KLCC Urban Oasis. If you desire you could also visit the Batu Caves and Hindu Temple set in limestone.

The world truly is an amazing place. Experience the natural and the man-made beauty and marvel at our wonderful planet. Beautiful destinations are everywhere. Take your pick and allow us to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you.

SINGAPORE

This tiny city-state will blow your mind with its metropolis and its melting pot of cultures. Singapore has a magnificent skyline and lush greenery many don’t expect to see. It is steeped in Peranakan culture and has something to offer every traveller, from the solo traveller to couples, to families.

Experience Asia in Singapore with a visit to:
· The Asian Civilisations Museum, hosting the most comprehensive collection of pan-Asian treasures
· The National Gallery Singapore in the Colonial District
· The Quays and the Marina
· The Gardens by the Bay, or
· The Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO Heritage Site set on 74 hectares of land.

From Singapore, Malaysia is just a hop, step and jump away. You can drive across or take a very short plane ride of less than an hour into Kuala Lumpur where you can experience a different taste of Asia. See the famous Petronas Towers featured in many films, visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park or the KLCC Urban Oasis. If you desire you could also visit the Batu Caves and Hindu Temple set in limestone.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS ASIA REALLY CROWDED?

For the most part, yes. Asia is the most populous continent on earth. Most Asian residents live in urban areas.
Don’t be surprised if people stand too closely while speaking to you or waiting in lines. Personal space is different in more crowded areas. Trains and buses are often oversold beyond capacity. 

WHAT ABOUT THE TOILETS?

Squat toilets are more prevalent across Asia, especially in public places. In hotels, you will mostly find sit-down toilets.

IS ASIA SAFE FOR CHILDREN?

Absolutely, yes. In fact, families with children will often be given extra attention and sometimes rushed through lines.
However, please be aware that due to overcrowding, it is imperative that you keep your children very close as they could easily wander away.

DO I NEED TO BOOK A TOUR TO ENJOY ASIA?

No. For first time visitors, however, it may alleviate any concerns, but Asia can easily be travelled independently.

HOW DO I AVOID OFFENDING SOMEONE?

Of course every culture is experienced differently and when you travel you will learn new and wonderful things. Asians are generally forgiving and understand that foreigners might not know certain things.
Most rules that apply in the West also apply in Asia such as being polite, not yelling, having patience, using please and thank you, etc.
What to avoid to not cause offence:
· Avoid public shows of affection throughout Asia
· Avoid being loud and confrontational
· Dress appropriately. In tourist areas you will have more freedom but when leaving these areas, please be respectful of the local population.
· Visiting temples and other holy places will mean you dress appropriately with long pants and sleeves, and women must avoid touching monks at all times.
· Do not touch any sacred items in temples or holy places.
· Do not touch anyone’s head – even small children’s. This is considered very rude throughout most of Asia.
· General respect for the law.

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Many people often ask “Do I really need travel insurance?” It’s something travel agents hear a lot. This specific type of insurance is not something to skimp out on, especially when you are paying large amounts for your travel. The few extra dollars could be not only money-saving but also life-saving.

There are many benefits to travel insurance. It will offer you:
· Coverage in cases of unforeseen events when travelling
· It can not only save you tens of thousands for medical emergencies but help with emergency accommodation and vehicle accidents
· Dental insurance
· Assistance with lost or stolen luggage, handbags, backpacks and other items
· Assistance when your flight has been cancelled or rescheduled – this can wreak havoc on your travel plans.

Many Aussies mistakenly believe that their Australian health insurance will cover them in other countries. This is not the case, and any trip to a doctor’s clinic or a hospital, especially the latter, can end up costing thousands, even tens of thousands.

Even within Australia, if you happen to be travelling in an area that is more remote and there is a sudden medical emergency, you may have to be airlifted out to a bigger city.

Things such as weather, strikes, or technical issues can result in people missing a connecting flight or even leaving on the one they are scheduled to be on. In such cases, the last thing people want is to be left out of pocket for something that was unavoidable and not their fault.

It is also important to mention that banks and credit card companies are now offering insurance for travel, however, this insurance is often not comprehensive travel insurance and many people find out too late, that it was not worth what they paid for it. Travel insurance companies are experts in travel and therefore have the expertise and the coverage that is necessary for people travelling overseas or domestically.

So, when travelling, whether it be domestic or overseas, travel insurance is a must and should never be overlooked. Always check the terms and conditions. Touchdown Tours only works with reputable travel insurance companies that can have you covered for every unforeseen event.

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