Value Hotel Thomson, 592 Balestier Road, Singapore - 329901 (12km/25mins from Dover):
Double or twin Superior room only at S$70++ per room per night (approx. US$50++ per room per night)
Rooms include complimentary internet access
Buffet breakfast at S$10++ per person per day (approx. US$7++ per person per day)
Above rates are subject to 10% service charge and 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST). For your convenience, the calculation on the total cost should be multiplied by 1.177 to obtain the all-inclusive rates.
2 way transfer (hotel/ Conference Venue) will be provided for all ELLSA 2018 Conference participants free of charge.
If you are looking for cheaper accommodation options, you can check out Zen Rooms here: www.zenrooms.com and various hostel options here: www.hostels.com/singapore/singapore. Please note that the two way transfer to the conference venue will not be offered from accommodation other than the conference hotel.
Singapore is a small island country in South East Asia, situated only one degree north from the equator. Singapore is only fifty kilometers long from east to west, and twenty six kilometers wide from north to south; the whole city fills up the entire country. It is highly urbanized and very densely populated (5 million people), so it has been said that that if the whole world was to live the same high density as Singapore, we could all fit into South Africa. Despite all this, it is still very green and tropical, which is why locals call it 'a garden in a city'.
Singapore is made up of sixty three islands. It is very multicultural and diverse and has four main languages - Tamil, Malay, Mandarin and English, though many more languages are spoken by locals and ex-patriates. Singapore is extremely well located and is therefore in the top five busiest ports in the world. It is a fascinating island and we strongly recommend you plan to spend a few days here either before or after the conference.
Check out these videos by Sir David Attenborough about Singapore.
Weather Singapore’s climate is extremely unique due to being so close to the equator. It is tropical and therefore has no distinct seasons, but some people view it as a whole year's worth of summer weather due to the high humidity and heat. The average daytime temperature is 31oC (88oF), dropping to around 24oC (75oF) at night, with an average humidity of 95 to 100%. Languages Singapore has four official languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay and Tamil, with English being the common language. Singaporeans also speak “Singlish” which is a collection of colloquial catch phrases made of a mishmash of Malay, various Chinese dialects, Mandarin and English.
Well Being Singapore has low crime levels, absence of political violence and there is confidence in the law enforcement authorities. Singapore's hospitals are of high quality and standards. You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organisation standards. You can also buy bottled water easily.
Currency The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (S$). Singapore has many licensed Money Changers which offer good rates for most currencies. These are located throughout Changi airport and any shopping mall, all over the island. You can also access the automated teller machines (ATMs) located everywhere in Singapore, but be aware you will be withdrawing money at bank exchange rates. For convenience we recommend you change money at the airport when you arrive.
Mobile Phone Usage Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65). While in Singapore, if you have international roaming service on your cell phone, you don’t have to press +(65) as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers here. It is also very easy to obtain a local pre-paid sim card if your phone runs on GSM 900 and 1800 frequency bands (most countries except USA & Canada). These can be bought at most supermarkets, 7/11 and petrol stations. If your phone is locked or runs on a different GSM frequency, you have the option of buying a cheap local GSM phone for $30 + (2G voice + text).
WiFi Singapore is one of the most tech-savvy countries in Southeast Asia. The government rolled out Wireless@SG, a free public WiFi service in 2006, which allows users to access bandwidth-intensive applications on the go. All residents and visitors to Singapore can register for a free account. UWCSEA has excellent, Campus-wide wifi available to all participants.
Getting Around Singapore Singapore has a fast, efficient and cheap public transport system, with a tangled web of bus and train routes taking you anyway you may wish to go. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is probably the fastest way to get around Singapore. Being one of the cleanest transport systems in the world, the MRT provides scenic views of our heartland and city areas, with great access to almost every part of Singapore. Singapore's bus system also has an extensive network of routes covering most places in Singapore. All you need for both MRT and buses is an EZ-LINK card which you can purchase at any MRT station. Taxis in Singapore are all licensed and metered. You can hail a taxi by the roadside or by queuing at a taxi stand, which you can find at shopping malls and hotels. There are also very good Apps available for booking taxis. If you book a taxi, there is a small added cost. Taxi drivers are the source of all knowledge so don’t miss the opportunity to have a conversation.
Visa and Travel Information The list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Singapore may be found on the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority's website. Should you require a visa, please refer to ICA’s website for application procedures. Visitors must also meet entry requirements such as holding a passport with at least six months validity, having sufficient funds for the intended period of stay in Singapore and confirmed onward or return air tickets. For more information on entering and exiting Singapore, check out ICA’s Travellers’ Info Guide.
Power Plug The standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and you can use power plugs with three square prongs here.
VisitSingapore The VisitSingapore website provides all the information you require to plan what to do with your time outside the conference during your stay in Singapore.