Is traveling to Singapore really expensive? Do you need a lot of money to be able to enjoy the country?
Singapore may seem to be an expensive getaway but mind you that it needs not to be since it offers a lot activities to do and enjoy for free! All you have to do is to learn how to properly run your budget and plan out your itinerary well.
Now, how can Singapore be a wallet friendly getaway? Here’s a guide on how we did it for 3 days for only Php 3,000!
Mode of Transportation
Luckily, Singapore has the most reliable transportation system ever! And for us tourist, they are offering a Singapore Tourist Pass (STP) which is available for 3 options and all are unlimited and affordable. It is the only pass that gives you unlimited rides on public transport like buses, MRT and LRT trains except the Sentosa Express, RWS8, Fast Forward, Night Rider and Nite Owl buses.
During our stay, we choose to purchase a 3-Day STP for only SGD20. And I swear, It was all worth it, cost efficient and less hassle. In fact, I couldn’t count the times we took the MRT and buses just to be able to get to the sites as planned and on time.
STP comes in 3 options of a 1-Day, 2-Day or 3-Day pass, pricing of each is shown below:
* 1-day coverage of the day pass begins from your 1st usage of the pass to the end of public transport service for that day which typically ends at mignight for bus services and 12:30am for MRT services.
* Each pass comes with a rental deposit of $10 which is refundable, so long as the card is returned within 5 days after the day of purchase. Refunds can be done in any TransitLink Ticket Offices at MRT Stations.
For more informations about the Singapore Tourist Pass, click here.
Type of Accommodation
Singapore, being one of the most visited country in Southeast Asia – offers a variety of places to stay. From the grandest hotels to the cheapest hostels available in the city.
As a budget traveler, I always opt to stay in a budget hostels located in the backpackers area or Chinatown’s to save on cost. Also, given the time limitations whenever I travel, I always make sure that every minute will be fully utilize for the tour so hotels are just really for sleeping.
During our tour, we stayed at Royal Hostel located in Chinatown. We booked it thru Agoda.com for only Php 500/head/night and it was a 16-bed mixed gender dormitory. I could say that the location is very strategic, wifi is fast, rooms are clean and the rate already comes with a free breakfast. It’s highly recommended! Note that the rate varies.
In case you want another place to stay, the 3 best area to choose from are Little India, Bugis St. and Chinatown. Click here for Top 10 Best Hostels in Chinatown.
Where to Eat?
They say that the best way to appreciate the history of a place is to act and eat like a local. The best foods are not necessarily found in the fancy restaurants but it’s out on the streets where the local population eats.
In Singapore, food courts are often called as the hawker centers where you can find not only delicious but also the cheapest foods ranging from SGD 3 and up. You may also choose to eat in Chinatown where most of the tourists are, food ranges from SGD 6 and up. Common foods are Nasi Lemak, Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice and more!
What to do?
Not known to everyone, Singapore offers a lot of free activities and eye-opening heritages sites to enjoy and appreciate. And you will be able to see these only if you are up for a walking challenge! And when I say “challenge”, I mean lots of it!
These are the best option for a budget travelers like me. And to help you out decide on which one to go first, here’s a sample 3 days Itinerary:
- Stroll around Chinatown and witness a real culture, taste local foods, buy cheap souvenirs and experience a nightlife with some of the hottest restaurants and bars.
2. Visit some of the oldest religious sites located just few blocks away from Chinatown. These are Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum and Sri Mariamman Temple as shown respectively.
3. Take your best shot of the iconic Merlion and Singapore River while strolling around the area and walk straight to the Helix Bridge to appreciate another view of Marina Bay.
4. Do a Nature Tripping at Gardens by the Bay Outdoor Gardens and enjoy a free entry to one of the award winning living wonder in Singapore. Open from 5:00am to 2:00am daily. Excluding the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest which have Entrance Fees.
5. Lastly, watch a free evening show at Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands.
- Enjoy a free day around Sentosa – sightsee the tallest Merlion, beach hopping, swimming, picnic and more! Sentosa is where everyone goes to have the most fun away from the city.
Just take a 700-meter walk from Vivo City to Resorts World Sentosa by crossing the Sentosa Boardwalk and follow the map to the underground escalator then take a free bus “BUS A” to Imbiah Lookout Station where the Merlion is. From there, take a free train to the beach station and have fun!
- Discover Kampong Glam and have a Graffiti-Spotting at Haji Lane.
2. Spot the smallest to hippest boutiques, cafes and shops in Orchard Road, Little India and Bugis St.
3. Do another Temple and Mosque visit.
Summary of Expenses:
That’s it! A full 3 days guide to enjoy Singapore for only Php 3,000! Isn’t it cheap? But hey, if you are up for more adventures and have enough budget with you, Singapore still has a lot to offer though with entrance fees. Will blog it separately!
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