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Singapore is one of the most popular and vibrant destination in Asia with its renowned clean and beautiful garden city and unique cultural diffusion of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European immigrants. Singapore is a very clean, safe and efficient city due to the strictly enforced laws. So make sure you do abide by them so you can make your visit a delightful one . Heres a couple of info to help you do so.Laws to abideDo not chew gums, which are banned in Singapore and may get you arrested. Leave it home before you travel.Do not litter while in Singapore. Laws are strictly enforced relating to littering.Do not smoke in public. Smoking is illegal in enclosed public places (including restaurants). Dropping a cigarette end in the street or smoking illegally can lead to an immediate fine.Do not get involved in any drugs. Singapore carries a mandatory death penalty for drug-trafficking and harsh penalties for possession and use within the country.Laws relating to jaywalking, littering and chewing/selling gum, smoking in public are strictly enforced in urban areas. Never litter, chew gum, sell gum, jaywalk, or smoke in public, which are punishable by jail or even death.Table MannersDon expect a banquet by someone of Chinese descent and reciprocate with an equally nice banquet before leaving Singapore.Don  eat until the host begins when dining with people of Chinese descent.Do not  feel obligated to tip. Its not customary in Singapore and its even frowned down upon by the government. Sometimes a service charge will be included in a bill.Do not eat or offer anything with your left hand when with Muslims and do not use your left hand when shaking hands with a Muslim. Don  let the serving spoon touch your plate and don share leftovers.Don  refuse the first offer of food or beverages. If you want to refuse seconds, put your hand above your plate and tell them, "No, thank you."Gifts Do not open a gift immediately in front of the giver. Do not wrap gifts in white, which is a mourning color.Do not, for a Chinese descent, give clocks, handkerchiefs or flowers to as they are associated with death and funerals. Do not accept a gift immediately; refuse a gift two to three times before accepting to show that you’re not greedy.Do not, for a Malay descent, give alcohol, or anything made of pigskin, as Malays are Muslim. Give the gift upon departing, not arriving, and use your right hand or both hands to give or receive presents. Never use only left hand.Do not, for an Indian descent, give something made of leather. Use your right hand to give or receive presents and not your left. If it’s large, you may use both hands. Don give alcohol unless you
e sure the recipient drinks.GesturesDon touch someones head. The head is considered sacred.Don show the bottoms of your feet or use your feet to point. Feet are considered dirty.Don tap your foot.Don point at someone with your index finger or pound your fist into the palm of your hand. It is considered very rude.Do NOT show affection in public. That could get you into serious trouble.Also ,Do not bring in food into MRT (Mass Rapid Transport). Offenders will be fined up to $200.Do not take cabs which are very expensive in Singapore. The Singapore transportation system is exceptionally well planned.Bearing in mind of the travel infos stated above,you can surely enjoy the diverse and rich culture of Singapore and be a part of its enriching experience.Author: Ishan Hasnat – Bangladesh

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