- Last Updated: 2019-04-27
As the world most mysterious place and the holy land for Buddhist culture, Tibet attracted a great number of tourists at home and abroad including Singaporean. And among the three main transportation, taking a flight to Tibet is also a popular way for Singaporean when planning a trip to Tibet.
What to prepare:
1. Documentary Requirements for Singaporean Citizens
For tourists who plan to travel to Tibet from Singapore, the document they required is a little bit different from others.
Singaporean citizens are allowed to enter China without a visa for a maximum period of 15 days. However, for a long journey to Tibet, A China Visa is also demanded to apply for Tibet Entry Permit without which you are not able to enter Tibet.
2. Tibet Travel Permit
Even if you are Singaporean citizens, a Tibet Entry Permit is always required once you travel to Tibet. It will be checked at the train station/airport, as soon as you enter attractions in Tibet. With the Tibet Entry Permit, you can check in the hotel. As for applying for a Tibet Entry Permit, you'd better choose a local Tibet agency to help you. Because the travel agency will not only help you apply for Tibet Entry Permit but also help you plan your travel itineraries since independent travel to Tibet is prohibited. Therefore choosing a Local Travel Agency like The Great Tibet Tour can take care of the whole application procedures with your travel plan as well as your passport copies.
3.What to pack
Due to the colder climate and a great variation of temperature during daytime and night, warm clothes are essential for your trip. Other things to pack are thick woollen sweaters, thick warm pants, warm boots(Hiking boots are a good choice), thick woollen socks, windproof jackets or windcheaters, Warm, fleece or down jacket, waterproof Jacket, warm hat or hooded jackets, T-shirts, Thermal undergarments, Gloves.
If you think the above lists are complicated, just take T-shirts, down jackets, jacket, hat, sun grasses, lip balms, sun block, and skin creams in Summer.
Take sweaters, warm pants, warm boots, hats, gloves addtionally in winter.
Multiple ways to travel from Singapore to Tibet
Flying to Tibet is a good choice for you because it only takes four to six hours, depending on the connections and destination. It is faster than other transportation. There still are multiple ways to fly from Singapore to Tibet
1.Singapore to Lhasa via Chengdu
Flying from Singapore’s famous Changi Airport to Chengdu, a metropolis in the south-west of is one of the best choices for you. Because the flights to Chengdu runs more than 10 times a day and once you transfer from Chengdu to Tibet，you may have multiple choice of the flights. You can also fly from Chengdu to other major prefectures in Tibet, such as Nyingchi, Shigatse and Qamdo. There are two ways of flying to Chengdu. Taking direct flight from Changi Airport to Shuangliu Airport(Chengdu) costs about US$550 for each person, plus $220 from Chengdu to Lhasa, you will cost $770 in total for one way flight from Changi Airport to Gonggar Airport(Lhasa). You can also choose a connection flight which can be made through Hong Kong and save the cost at least $50.
2.Singapore to Lhasa via Kathmandu
Flying from Singapore to Nepal and then to Lhasa is also available. However, there's no direct flight from Changi to Kathmandu, that means, you can only take the connecting flight to Kathmandu via transit in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok or Delhi. For this flight route, it usually takes about $615, plus the flight fare from Kathmandu to Lhasa $220, it costs $835 for one way flights from Changi to Lhasa via Kathmandu. Obviously it's more expensive than the 1st option. The greatest advantage of this flight tour is that gives you a chance to see the great aerial views of Mt. Everest as you will pass over it and it is advisable to choose your seats on the left side of the plane to enjoy the summit of Mt. Everest.
And one more thing, if you are intending to get to Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal, then China Group Visa is required. Please book your Tibet tours first then get the invitation letter for the document. Your Tibet Travel Agency will handle all the things for you.
3.Singapore to Lhasa via Beijing/Shanghai
As the top 2 metropolis city in China, Beijing and Shanghai definitely are the major cities for tourists to fly to Tibet. It takes around six hours and costs approximately US$253 for you to fly to either Shanghai or Beijing. With the Qinghai-Tibet Railway putting into service, you can also take trains to Lhasa. Taking a train from Beijing to Lhasa takes about 41 hours and cost $113 for hard sleeper berths and $174 for soft sleepers. However, it is much longer for taking a train from Shanghai to Lhasa which is about 48 hours and cost $125 for hard sleeper and $192 for soft sleepers.
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