Ideal sightseeing seasons
The uniqueness of Singapore is in its weather. It differs from other locations in that due to the steadiness of its climate, it attracts tourists all year long, although there are the holiday and event-filled months that raise hotel prices and bring in more crowds. High humidity and heat are consistent no matter when you decide to visit, but rainfall is more consistent in the winter months.
The weather shouldn’t be a determining factor when planning a visit even though it is a crucial factor to put into consideration. The months advised against for visiting Singapore would have to be May and September with more emphasis on May to June because the heat is at its peak and throat, eye irritation is likely to be had due to the clearing fires that begin during Sumatra.
Locals even wear masks during this time to avoid irritation from the particles. Your trip to Singapore can always be made the most of, no matter the weather, by planning fun and heat friendly activities in the day time (preferably early to beat the crowd) like going to the Jurong Bird Park or the Singapore Zoo and equally fun indoor activities like shopping at the Ngee Ann City or getting a feel for culture through cuisine for when the humidity increases and then spend more time enjoying outdoor activities by 5 or 6 pm, when the weather becomes more tolerable.
Singapore Travel Seasons
- High Season (November through early January, June, and July)
The major issue some might have with Singapore is its crowd control and not the weather since it doesn’t necessarily have high or low seasons. Singapore receives high amounts of people during these months due to the holiday festivals, winter travelers, and usual Singapore business traffic. The winter months bring more rain though since it falls during the Northeast Monsoon season, apart from that there is little to no difference in the weather.
It is advisable to pack for wet but still humid weather and also bring along enough cash as the hotel prices would be hiked and there is little to no room for negotiations. The Great Singapore Sale is one of the factors that contribute to the high hotel prices because travelers come from all over for sale and fill up hotels to the highest capacity. This sale happens in the months of June and July. As mentioned earlier there is the smoke and haze that comes due to the Sumatra clearing fires and can lead to throat and eye irritation.
- Shoulder Season (Mid-January to May)
Is there really a “shoulder” season in Singapore? Not at all but these months aren’t particularly in the high or low seasons but a combination of both. The best month during this period to visit is April because it doesn’t fall in Monsoon season and there are no holidays or events set to hold in this month. One thing that remains steady with Singapore is its weather. Thus heat and humidity should always be expected.
- Low Season (August through October, except mid-September)
In the month of September, Singapore holds its Grand Prix, and this always brings in a crowd. Apart from then, the late summer and early fall months see little to no crowd traffic. The Southwest Monsoon does arrive around this time, and it is not as harsh as its counterpart; the Northeast Monsoon. Temperatures might be slightly higher than during the rest of the year nut if you do plan to visit around this time; there is more of a chance of negotiating hotel prices and getting the best deal for your buck.