When to Go to Singapore

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Most destinations claim it, but Singapore really is somewhere you can visit year round. Sitting between the first and second parallels, its location close to the equator means that the Lion City’s hot and humid climate is fairly consistent from month to month. In fact, it only has two seasons: wet and dry. The island city-state is busiest during the local school holidays (Jun-Jul and Nov-Dec), but otherwise, there’s never really a bad time to explore. Here we look at what to do when you visit:

Dry season: March to October

Singapore’s ‘dry’ season would be better described as dryish. Expect rain and arm yourself with a brolly, whatever time of year you visit. In any case, this time of year is perfect for getting outdoors and exploring the city’s many attractions. Families and big kids will love Universal Studios Singapore, avid cyclists can explore the city on two wheels and nature enthusiasts will feel right at home with a stroll through the 250 acres of reclaimed parkland that make up the Gardens by the Bay. 

Best places to visit in the dry season:

  • Orchard Road in May-July for the Great Singapore Sale
  • Chinatown
  • The UNESCO-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Sentosa

Wet season: November to February

Most hear the words ‘monsoon season’ and run for the hills, but in a region that typically has rain and tropical weather daily, a bit of an extra downpour doesn’t make a huge difference. In fact, the deluge is usually a welcome reprieve from the classic Singaporean humidity. It also offers a great opportunity to take advantage of the city’s innumerable indoor attractions: from temples, to covered food markets to shopping.

Best places to visit in the wet season:

  • Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in February for the Hindu Thaipusam Procession
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
  • The National Gallery Singapore