A true-blue tourist destination, Singapore is a unique amalgamation of Nature’s majestic beauty and the grandeur of man-made structures. Home to a plethora of amusement parks, zoos, nature conservatories and other unique attractions, the island city is never short of things to do or places to explore. Being a melting pot of various cultures, especially Chinese, Malay and Indian, Singapore offers a splendid food culture ranging from Michelin-star restaurants to street hawkers. Marking the onset of Singapore’s tourist season and the southwest monsoon, June is one of the best months to visit the city, before the showers and escalation of tourist influx.
What makes Singapore in June Special?
- Special offerings: Being the holiday season as schools are closed, Singapore and its attractions organise lucrative events, discounts, exhibitions etc, to entice locals and tourists alike. The great Singapore sale, Ultra Singapore and Rainforest Lumina at the Singapore Zoo are perfect examples.
- Start of the peak season: Summer months tend to be more crowded in Singapore, however, June is just the start of the season. So, you will find a decent number of tourists but not too many. This gives you a chance to explore attractions and offerings before hoards of tourists arrive.
- Start of the southwest monsoon season: Quite similar to the peak season phenomenon, Singapore does experience heat, humidity, rain and thunder during June, but the amount is quite average in terms of the rest of the season. This makes June a great time to visit Singapore before the heat or rain becomes a hindrance to your exploratory adventures.
Singapore in June : Weather
While June is the official start of the outwest monsoon season, it observes comparatively lesser rainfall than the rest of the season, around 163 mm spread across 19 days. As for temperature, it ranges between 21°C to 28°C along with humidity. Expect thunderstorms between pre-dawn and midday, typically lasting less than half an hour.
Visiting Singapore in June : Things to do
With seven uniquely designed themed spaces that feature over 24 movie-themed rides, of which 18 are exclusively designed for this particular park, Universal Studios Singapore amalgamates your love for all things Hollywood with the thrill and adventures of a theme park. The longer sunshine hours experienced during June allows you to explore the park better.
- Sun to Thurs: 10 AM – 7 PM
- Fri & Sat: 10 AM to 10 PM
8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
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Gardens by the Bay
A futuristic park that marries the splendidness of nature with the sorcery of technology, Gardens by the Bay is a must-visit. From the temperature-controlled conservatories, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome to the 25-50 meters high vertical gardens at the Supertree Groove to the 128 meters jaw-droppingly high OCBC Skyway, Gardens by the Bay is mesmerizingly colorful and astonishingly beautiful.
- Daily from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
- Outdoor Gardens: 5 AM - 2 AM
18 Marina Gardens Dr, 018953
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Singapore Zoo & Rainforest Lumina
With over 315 species of mammals, reptiles and birds ranging from butterflies to Asian elephants, the Singapore Zoo is sure to enthrall everyone. In addition, the magical multimedia nightly attraction, Rainforest Lumina will reopen in June 2019. The 1 km long, one of its kind trail will take you through 10 different rainforest zones via high-tech interactive audio-visual presentations.
- Singapore Zoo: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (last entry 5:30)
- Rainforest Lumina: Timings may vary. Check official website!
Singapore Cable Car
Zooming 300 ft. above the ground, the Singapore Cable Car connects mainland Singapore with Sentosa island. The 30-minute journey offers unparalleled 360-degree panoramic views, from the lush greens of Mount Faber to the serene blue ocean, from the hustling harbour to the bustling offering of Sentosa. You can also avail dining options to further enhance this unique experience.
- Sun to Thurs: 8:45 AM to 9:30 PM
- Fri & Sat: 8:45 AM to 2 AM
1 Harbourfront Ave, tower 2 Keppel Bay Tower,
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Escape June’s heat by sliding your way into Singapore’s very own arctic zone, Snow City Singapore. Divided into five zones from Arctic Snow Playground to Souvenir Shop, the indoor snow park features various rides and attractions such as snowboarding and skiing among others, making for a great respite from the heat for families, couples or solo thrill-seekers.
- 10 AM- 6 PM (Last entry at 5 PM)
21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore
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Singapore River Safari
A river-themed zoo and aquarium, the River Safari boasts over 6000 animals across 200 species including 40 endangered species. One of its main attractions, the river zones showcase an ecosystem of rivers such as Amazon, Nile, Yangtze, and Mississippi. Other attractions include Giant Panda Forest, River Safari Cruise, Amazon River Quest, Squirrel Monkey Forest and world’s largest freshwater gallery, Amazon Flooded Forest.
- Daily from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, last entry at 6:30 PM
Jurong Bird Park
Situated on Jurong Hill, Jurong Bird Park is the largest bird park in the world with more that 8,000 birds of over 600 species, 20% of which are in the endangered category. This one-of-a-kind aviary receives over 900,000 visitors per year and hosts different species of penguins, underwater pelicans, hawks, hornbill and toucan and flocks of flamingos among others.
- Daily, 8:30 AM – 7 PM
2 Jurong Hill, Singapore
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Adventure Cove Waterpark
It won’t be exaggerating to say that the Adventure Cove Waterpark has it all - from thrilling adrenaline pumping slides to lazy pools, from delectable dining to magnificent shopping spots, from rainbow reef with over 20,000 fishes to snorkelling opportunities. Perfect way to beat the heat this June, Adventure Cove offers an enthralling experience for families and large groups.
- Daily - 10:00 AM - 6:00 AM
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269
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You’ll surely be sweating, but not due to June’s heat! A heaven for thrill-seekers, AJ Hackett boasts adrenaline-thumping activities, including bungee-jumping from a height of 47 metres, a giant swing swooping towards the sea from a height of 40 metres at an enthralling speed of 120km/h and the skybridge, a 47 meter high glass-floored air bridge.
- Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Friday, Saturday & Public Holidays: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
30 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, 099011
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A Walking Tour
Dotted with treasures waiting to be explored, Singapore offers great walking tours in and around the city from areas such as Chinatown to Little India to Tiong Bahru. June being June, gives you a great opportunity both weatherwise and in terms of daylight hours to allow you to scout Singapore at leisure.
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Singapore in June : Events to Look Out For
Hari Raya Puasa
4 - 5 June, 2019
Celebrated at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Eid is known as Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore. Visitors and locals during the period could experience the religious acts and the festivities surrounding Ramadan and Eid. Lavishly adorned with lights, Geylang Serai hosts regular nightly bazaars and food stalls serving delectable treats.
8 - 9 June, 2019
A high-on-energy EDM festival, the Ultra Music Festival is an absolute haven for dance music lovers. Known for its state-of-the-art festival design and stage production, the festival features some of the world’s most renowned DJs and electronic music artists, including the likes of David Guetta and Tiesto.
The Great Singapore Sale
21 June - 28 August, 2019
Running for almost two months, the Great Singapore Sale offers huge discounts up to 70% on almost everything in the city, ranging from hotel stays to restaurant reservations, from fashion to lifestyle goods. Moreover, to enhance your shopping experience, outlets across the island observe extended shopping hours. Visit during June for the newest collections.
Dragon Boat Festival
7 June, 2019
Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional dragon-shaped boat racing competition, annually organised at Bedok Reservoir, the Kallang River and Gardens by the Bay Marina Channel. Locals and tourists alike gather to cheer the racers and to relish traditional rice dumplings wrapped in banana leaves.
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Singapore in June : Essentials
Singapore Weather in June
The temperature ranges between 28°C to 21°C and the humidity steadily picks up during the season. You can expect an average 8 hours of sunshine daily, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, especially between pre-dawn and mid-day. Singapore is expected to receive around 163 mm of rain, spread across 19 days in the month.
Where to Stay While Visiting Singapore in June
While Singapore is counted amongst the most expensive tourist places in the world, the island city offers plenty of options that will suit your budget. Whether its an uber-luxurious suite or a hostel, Singapore offers a multitude of options in every category. Here are a few options:
- Luxury hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, Resorts World Sentosa-Crockfords Tower, Marina Bay Sands, Mandardin Oriental Singapore
- Mid-range hotels: Lloyd’s Inn Singapore, Arianna Hotel, Wink Capsule Hotel, Pan Pacific Singapore.
- Budget hotels: Wangz Hotel, River City Inn, Footprints Hostel, The Bohemian
What to Pack for Visiting Singapore in June
To start off, pack lightweight cotton-based clothing, shorts, shirts, pants, sundresses, tops etc. to beat the heat. Do bring along heavy sun-block, sunglasses, cap or scarf to avoid sunburn. If you get cold easily, carry a lightweight jacket for your visits to attractions/malls with air-conditioning. Carry comfortable shoes as you will have to walk a lot to cover the expanse of Singapore’s attractions. Add in a handy water-bottle to keep yourself hydrated during June’s heat, an umbrella for the surprise showers, and a mosquito repellent as well.
Getting Around Singapore in June
Public transport in Singapore is quite extensively planned and makes for a cost-efficient way of getting around the island city. Top of the list is the Bus service in Singapore, with four official bus service providers namely Tower Transit Singapore, SMRT Buses, Go-Ahead Singapore and SBS Transit, comfortably covering nearly 400 routes.
Next is MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) which covers five lines with over 119 stations. A reliant way to travel in and the city. Then there’s the cable car, a scenic way to travel from the mainland to Sentosa island and back. Other than that, ferries, taxis or ride sharing services like Grab are also quite common modes of transport in the island city.
Must-Try Dishes While Visiting Singapore in June
Curry Laksa is a scrumptious and extremely famous Peranakan dish that amalgamates Chinese and Malay cuisine. Being an absolute favorite of locals and visitors, you’ll find several Laksa stalls across the island. A traditional Singaporean Curry Laksa is made using vermicelli, coconut milk, fish slices, tau pok (beancurd puffs), shrimp, and hum (cockles).
Where to order: 328 Katong Laksa
Though the literal translation is meat/pork bone tea, there is no tea in this broth. Chinese in its origin, Bak Kut Teh is a pork rib soup prepared in herbal broth and resembles the colour of tea. Basically, Pork ribs are boiled until tender along with spices such as star anise and pepper.
Where to order: Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
A Singaporean invention that elevated the humble and overlooked stingray from a cheap, poor tasting fish to a must-have item. Marinated in sambal sauce, made from belachan (dried shrimp paste), shallots, chili, cane sugar, tamarind, and calamansi juice, the stingray is wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled to perfection.
Where to order: Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Often referred to as one of the national dishes of Singapore, both variants are extremely popular amongst tourists and locals. Mud crabs are cooked in a sweet, spicy and sour tasting goopy sauce for the chili version. As for pepper version, they are coated in fine black pepper and cooked with butter.
Where to order: Red House Seafood
Initially concocted by Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915, the Singapore sling has since been a signature Singaporean cocktail. The gin-based drink combines cherry-flavored brandy, triple sec, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine, making for a very interesting way to keep yourself hydrated during the June heat.
Where to order: Orgo
Tips for Visiting Singapore in June
- Singapore could experience a fair-share of Sumatras - squall lines that cause lightning and thunderstorms in June. So keep yourself updated on the weather to avoid any travel-related hassles.
- During the month of June, Singapore and the surrounding islands are engulfed in smoke haze due to large-scale burning in many parts of Sumatra and Borneo. It is advisable to carry protective face masks and take other necessary precautions.
- First and foremost, to circumvent the heat effects, start your day early, so by the time scorching sun comes over your head, you’d have already had a few adventures under your belt. Additionally, the key to survive the heat wave of southwest Asia and to make the most of your time there is to stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle and swig as often as possible.
- June marks the onset of tourist season in Singapore - festivals, shopping sales, and holidays invite a flock of tourists to the Island. Pre-book hotels, flights, attractions you want to visit; this not just saves your valuable time, but discounts offered online could help you save more than just a few Singapore dollars.
- Singapore is a melting pot of various cultures and their respective cuisines. The hawker-stall culture is quite prevalent in the city, so don’t forget to try some lip-smacking dishes at places such as Tiong Bahru Market, Bedok Marketplace, Lau Pa Sat, Maxwell Food Centre, and Tekka Centre among others.
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