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 – Unless you Have Prescription
You can be fined $500 if you chew and drop gum, but an exception is made for “therapeutic purposes” with a prescription.
2. Remember to Flush
“Anal” culture? If you do your 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 don’t trash the place and 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 hot button discussions unless you keep your cool.
7. Don’t Take Taxis
Why take a taxi when the public transportation 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 WiFi
Check the “auto-discovery” setting is turned off in Singapore. Tapping into an unsecured WiFi 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’s 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’s a $200 fine if you mess up.
13. No Graffiti
Spray painting on a wall, or carving a name in a bench could 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?