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Bukit Timah

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Bukit Timah, Singapore. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Bukit Timah?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bukit Timah, they said:

"Bukit Timah is a residential area known for its high-end housing and elite schools. It is one of the most expensive districts in Singapore, so expats should be prepared for a high cost of living. The area is home to many international schools, making it a popular choice for expat families with children. Bukit Timah is also known for its green spaces, including the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which offers hiking and nature trails. The area is well-connected to the rest of Singapore by public transportation, but traffic can be heavy during peak hours. English is widely spoken in Singapore, but learning some basic phrases in Mandarin or Malay could be beneficial. The food in Bukit Timah is diverse, with a wide range of cuisines available, from local hawker fare to high-end restaurants. Healthcare in Singapore is of a high standard, but it can be expensive, so expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance. The climate in Singapore is tropical, with high humidity and temperatures throughout the year. Singapore has strict laws and penalties, including for littering and chewing gum, so expats should familiarize themselves with local laws. Finally, while Singapore is generally safe, it's still important to take standard precautions to protect personal safety and belongings," commented one expat who made the move to Bukit Timah.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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