Singapore is an island nation in Southeast Asia. It’s a global business, financial and transportation hub. It is located north of the equator and consists of the main island and 62 small islands. Every year, many Singaporeans choose to travel in Tibet and experience unique Tibetan Buddhism culture and the natural scenery of the plateau. For Singaporeans, traveling to Tibet from Singapore is very easy.
First, unlike other foreign travelers, Singaporeans can stay in China for 15 days without a Chinese visa. Due to Tibet’s unique background, all foreign tourists need to use their passport and Chinese visa copies to apply for Tibet Permits from Tibet Tourism Bureau 30 days in advance and get it within 12 working days. But Singaporeans can only use your passport copy to apply for Tibet Permits. What’s more, foreign travelers are not allowed to have individual Tibet travel, which means that you should book Tibet tour with a local travel agency who will get your Tibet Permits and arrange a wonderful Tibet tour for you.
Second, it’s very convenient for Singaporeans to Lhasa from Singapore by flight or train. As the most convenient way to enter Tibet from Singapore, flight travel is suitable for those travelers with short vacation times or tight schedules. If you don’t have enough time, flying will be a good choice. Compared with the train, you can save at least one day by plane.
How to fly from Singapore to Tibet?
As there are no direct international flights from Singapore to Lhasa, you need to fly to a China city from Singapore first, then transfer to Lhasa. It’s highly recommended that you fly to Chengdu from Singapore first, then fly to Lhasa. Because the transportation network is well developed as a southwestern city close to Tibet, you can save a lot of time in Chengdu. The flight from Singapore to Chengdu runs 3-4 times a day, and the flight time is about 4-5 hours. After you reach Chengdu, you can have a good rest in Chengdu and fly to Lhasa from Chengdu the next day. If you prefer, you can wander around Chengdu city to experience leisure time in Chengdu or go to Chengdu Panda Base to visit lovely pandas. There are 14 direct flights from Chengdu to Lhasa, and it takes about 2 hours to Lhasa. So you also have a lot of choices. Flying to Chengdu from Singapore and fly to Lhasa, you can save a lot of flight time and money.
Besides, if you will travel in Nyingchi, Tibet, you can also fly to Chengdu from Singapore first, then fly to Nyingchi from Chengdu on the second day. There is two direct flight from Chengdu to Nyingchi every day.
Chongqing is also a large city in southwestern China, adjacent to Chengdu. There are two flights a day from Singapore to Chongqing Jiangbei Airport, which takes about 4-5 hours. When you arrive in Chongqing, there are 9 direct flights to Lhasa from Chongqing every day for your reference.
What’s more, the Qinghai-Tibet train from Xining to Lhasa is also very popular with travelers because the scenery along the way is very well such as the snow-capped Tanggula Mountains, the vast Qinghai Lake, and the lovely wildlife. From Xining, you need to spend about 21 hours on the train. Trains from Xining to Tibet are also good choices for travelers to better adapt to high altitudes.