Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore is the most developed and advanced country in Asia. It is also one of the most powerful country in the world. Singapore at first glance may describe as a luxury place to live! It has so much to offer in terms of attractions. It’s incessantly progressing and growing with people who are passionate and dedicated in creating new possibilities. As you may know, it is the world’s most expensive cities to live in, it’s the MOST expensive, topping the Economist Intelligence Unit’s report for the fifth year in a row.

I might say that accommodations, transportation and foods are indeed pricier than other Southeast Asian destinations. Their public transportation is so efficient that you can easily get around by train or bus. No doubt, if you try their train, it’s remarkably awesome, it’s right under the ground and if you’ll use escalator it’s more like 3 – 4 times deeper. Public bus? Ah! It’s really different in the bus of my country! How I wish it’s the same in SG. There’s specific pick up and drop off point and specific time as well! How nice, right? It is not like you’ll get along with so many other passengers inside the bus. NO! There’s also a stop button wherein driver will know if there’s passenger who would like to drop off. Cool! Also, you can enjoy a delicious meal for as little as SGD3-5 from one of many hawker centers throughout the city. You must try it!

In other words, don’t let its high standard of living keep you from going here because mind you, Singapore has so much to offer with its various cuisine, world-class and unique attractions, numerous shopping, and lively nightlife. No matter how big or small your budget is, visit Singapore and you’ll soon see and know why it is one of the top tourist destinations in Asia.


HOW TO GO TO SINGAPORE

Singapore is one of Asia’s largest airports, Changi Airport. Also one of the best airport in the world! Always on the top, got 3 times straight to be ranked as number 1 in all airports around the globe. Therefore, Singapore is well connected to the international flight network.

You may book your tickets directly to airline website or find your travel agency to find and make a booking for you.

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BY PLANE

There are several airlines that has direct flights and fly to SINGAPORE daily.

Cebu Pacific Air – is one of the low-cost airlines of the Philippines. It is an airline that offers cheapest and affordable fare for those who are in budget travelers. Their standard fare includes carry on baggage of 1 piece maximum of 7kg. Check in baggage and in-flight-meals are optional and subject to additional fees. Please click this link to book your seat and for more details.

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Air Asia – one of the low cost airline as well comes with daily flight going to Hong Kong but not as Cebu Pacific which has more flight times to choose. Same as well, fare display includes carry on baggage only, check in baggage and in flight-meals are optional and subject to fees. Please visit to purchase your ticket/s and seat sale updates.

Philippines Airlines – is a great choice since the airfare comes with in-flight-meal and a 30 kg baggage allowance, unlike in low cost airlines. You can book your flight thru PAL and follow them on their social media channels to get seat sale alerts.

Singapore Airlines, Jet Star Airline and Scoot – These airlines has a direct flight from Manila to Singapore v.v. Catch their promos and be one of their passengers.

WHERE TO FIND MONEY CHANGER

You can exchange your currency for HKD at any authorized money exchange. For extra peace of mind, look for accredited money exchange like Czarina and Sanry’s Money Changer. Currency exchange counters at Hong Kong Int’l Airport are open from early morning until late at night and many located within the city stay open up until late night. ATMs are anywhere and mostly operate 24 hours. Exchange rates fluctuate daily depending on currency markets. I highly advice that you do NOT exchange your money at the airport since the rates there are totally not competitive.

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VISA AND CUSTOMS

Singapore Tourist Visa — Almost 80% tourist of all nationalities do not need to apply for a visa or permit to enter in Singapore. If you are a citizen of one of these countries,you may be able to have a visa-free for a maximum stay of 30 days, to up to 90 days depending on the passport provided.

VISA FREE for Philippine citizens — Filipinos may enjoy the privilege of visiting Singapore without Visa and it’s for a maximum of 30 days!

For more information about visa, kindly click Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, or you can check with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or the Singapore Overseas Mission closest to you. The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement in your passport.

If you are from a country that is NOT LISTED under the visa exception scheme, see if you are eligible to apply for a Visa on Arrival (VoA). Even if you are on the list that do not require visa, always remember that each country has the right to refuse entry to any person. Even if you are eligible for the free tourist visa or have final visa on your final destination.

Make sure that you are able to provide the following:

  • Passport not expiring within 6 months.
  • Proof that the purpose of your travel is purely TOURISM (hotel and tour confirmations).
  • Proof that you are able to fund your stay for the entire duration of your visit.
  • Have a confirmed round trip plane tickets or flight tickets back to your home country or an onward destination that you are allowed to enter.

GETTING AROUND SINGAPORE

Singapore has a great infrastructures which are highly developed. Getting between different areas of the city is very convenient. Even if for a time tourist may do a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tour here. Helpful signage in English are available in all ares and Singaporeans can speak/understand English. Oops, don’t forget to purchase your tickets! Click below
Singapore 3G/4G internet data sim card & pocket WiFi rental

BEST TIME TO VISIT SINGAPORE

Singapore gets little weather disparity the whole year round. I may say, any month is good time to visit. If you just want to go sightseeing, however, you will need to consider as well their holidays and special events, which usually falls from January-February, June-July, September-October. Those months are surely peak season for hotels. So, plan and book your accommodations in advance. Sharing with you to get your discounts/much affordable accommodation below.

WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE

Based on our experiences, best to book your accommodations near to the MRT stations, why? of course, for your convenience. Clark Quay (Riverside), Chinatown, Little India & Bugis are the most popular places to stay for backpackers and budget travelers. If you would like to stay in more like 4-5 star hotel then you can find most of the mid-range and high end hotels in Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Promenade/City Hall area & Sentosa Island.

WHERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION

Note: Book only your room through the trusted booking sites like BOOKING.COM, AGODA, TRAVELBOOK and AIRBNB. You may also find an online travel agencies for your bookings. Don’t entertain and accept any reservations thru unknown people or messenger. Planning is the key. Reserve your rooms as early as possible. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during peak seasons and also during like weekends.

WHERE TO BOOK TOURS AND ATTRACTION TICKETS?

As mentioned above, booking online and in advance can save you more money, time and it is 100% hassle free.

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MONEY SAVING TIPS

  • Eat at hawker centers & taste Singapore’s signature — Meals are cheap and the food is prepared in relatively high quality and clean.
  • McDonald – of course, all of us knows who MCDO is! Mcdonalds in Singapore is not like that Rice meal is in the menu. Unfortunately, for rice lovers, eat burgers and french fries for the meantime! Lol! XD
  • Ride buses — This is the cheapest way to get around in the city. Some tourist attractions are near from each other so sometimes you will just walk instead of MRT and buses.
  • Stay at hostels — There are a lot of trusted hostels here for those budget-travelers. It’s cheap, but a good thing you will be able to socialize with other travelers and meet new friends.
  • Get a good map that’s easily to understand – it will be your best friend!
  • Go on a do-it-yourself (DIY) around Singapore if you want to save yourself from costly admission fees. There are a lot of awesome
  • things to do in Singapore that doesn’t cost a dime.

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TOP Tourist Spots in Singapore

1.Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands at night!

Hands down to the Architects and Engineers of this building. It was truly amazing and I was still in awe when I saw it, from day up to the evening, the architectural design, its truly incredibly perfect! The Marina Bay Sands was built last 2010. Nevertheless, in short period of time, it’s now one the famous tourist attraction, landmark and top luxury hotel in Singapore! The Marina Bay Sands isn’t just a hotel but also it has a casino, shopping centers, conference center and of course their famous infinity pool , offers a magnificent view at the skyline of Singapore. If you’re looking for a luxury hotel, the this should be on your list! This is costly but still I would recommend it. The architecture is truly fascinating and will attract your attention whenever you are nearby.

You can still view Singapore on top by accessing their skypark! You can either buy a ticket for only SGD20.00/PHP777.00 instead of SGD23.00/PHP894.00. Get this discounted price down below!

HOW TO TO MARINA BAY SANDS
By MRT 10 minute walk from Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16)
15 minute walk from Promenade Station (CC4/DT15)
By Public Bus
Get off at the bus stop: “Marina Bay Sands Hotel” along Bayfront Ave
Buses: 97, 97E, 133, 133M, 502, 518, 106


OPENING HOURS
Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-10:00pm (last admission at 9:00pm)
Friday-Sunday: 9:30am-11:00pm (last admission at 10:00pm)
ADDRESS
Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 3 Level 57
10 Bayfront Ave Singapore 018956
Please proceed to the entrance at Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 3 Exterior
Official site: http://www.marinabaysands.com/

Inside Marina Bay Sands!

2. GARDENS BY THE BAY

The Gardens by the Bay are the second top reason to visit Singapore. These are man-made and massive park just right behind the Marina Bay Sands. This was built to expand the quality of life of the inhabitants of Singapore. There are three main attractions, and these are the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and of course the Super-trees. The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest are two big greenhouses where different climates have been designed. You’ll be able to see different kinds of plants and flowers around the world! The Super-trees are artificially laid trees but it still looks so natural! These super-trees have solar collectors to acquire energy from the sunlight. Isn’t it awesome?

TIPS! TIPS TIPS!
Don’t miss Garden Rhapsody, a thoroughly entertaining light and sound show at the Super-tree Grove, show takes place twice every night at 7:45pm and 8:45pm.

HOW TO GO TO GARDENS BY THE BAY

From Bayfront MRT Station on the Circle Line (CE1/CC34) & Downtown (DT16), follow the signs and exit at the Gardens by the Bay.

Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee is free if you just want to walk around the outdoor gardens.
The conservatories & OCBC Skyway charge varying rates on admission.
Entrance fees — Two Conservatories (Cloud Forest Dome & Flower Dome) — SGD28 per adult; OCBC Skyway — SGD8 per adult (ORIGINAL PRICES)


Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore.
Official site: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en.html

3. SINGAPORE FLYER

All of us know about the London eye, but nowadays, Singapore flyer is also known worldwide. It is the iconic eye of Singapore and It is now the second largest Ferris wheel in the world with a total height of 165 meters. Waaahhhhh! If you want to experience the ride, you have options for the packages.
– Singapore Flyer Sky Dining – Dine on-board the iconic wheel! Perfect for couple!
Singapore Flyer Premium Beverage Flight – have a glass Champagne or a Singapore Sling on the iconic wheel
– Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay Package – 2 in 1 package!

Flights last 30 minutes each or more depends on the package you’ve purchased. It runs from early morning until late at night, so you may enjoy which view: the beginning of another day or city lights at night.


Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore
Official site: http://www.singaporeflyer.com

4. THE MERLION IN SINGAPORE

The Merlion, Singapore’s most iconic monument, it is a mix of fish and a lion. It is along with the Marina Bay Sands, no entrance fee needed, you’re just going to find a best for your photo! The statue portrays the patron saint of Singapore and was established last 1964. It manifest strength and the relationship to the sea since Singapore has one of the largest ports of the world. The Merlion captivates hundreds to thousands of tourists every day. It surrounds the great view of the Marina Bay Sands.

HOW TO GO TO MERLION IN SINGAPORE

From Raffles Place MRT Station on the East West Line (EW14) & North South Line (NS26), walk towards the United Overseas Bank (UOB) Tower.
Once you reach the Singapore River, turn right and follow the riverside footpath to Merlion Park. The walk is around 500 meters. If you want to take a shortcut, go inside Fullerton Hotel and follow the underground link to One Fullerton. You should see the Merlion Park on your left after you exit at the Marina Bay side.


Address: One Fullerton, Singapore
Admission fee — It’s a public park! No admission/entrance fee.

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5. THE HELIX BRIDGE

This pedestrian bridge connects the Marina Bay Sands. Corresponding the structure of a DNA molecule, this distinctive designed bridge is superb! You should buy a postcard and see the great view of Singapore Skyline and Marina bay from the bridge’s podium especially during its night view.

HOW TO GET TO HELIX BRIDGE

From Bayfront MRT Station on the Circle Line (CE1/CC34), walk to The Shoppes (mall) exit. You should see the Helix Bridge as you head towards the Ar tScience Museum. It is also an easy walk from the Esplanade building & Singapore Flyer.

Admission fee — No admission / entrance fees.

6. BUGIS STREET / BUGIS JUNCTION

Bugis is one the place in Singapore wherein you can enjoy a whole day of shopping! If you are already in Haji Lane or Arab Street, you’ll just need to have a short walk to reach Bugis street. Know that Singapore is a paradise for shopping addicts! If you’re looking for pasalubong, then head to Bugis Street, here you will find some real bargains! In terms of foods, there are plenty of street food stalls wherein you can SG best foods! You must try the lion mane mushroom curry, it tastes like chicken!

HOW TO GO TO BUGIS

The easier way is to take MRT to Bugis. Take the East West Line of Singapore MRT line and alight at Bugis MRT Station (EW12/DT14)

7. LITTLE INDIA

Can’t go to India? Then this is one for you. After you explore Bugis street, walk over to Little India (or take the train from Bugis to Little India, it’s only 2 stops). This vigorous and lively street offers you a touch of India, with spice shops, saree boutiques, jewelry stores and plenty of authentic Indian restaurants. I recommend to try Little India foods and spices! Vegetarians will love this place as well! You should visit Green leaf Cafe, located on 43 Cuff Road, it offers amazing vegetarian Indian food.

HOW TO GO TO LITTLE INDIA

You can take the train to Farrer Park and Little India MRT stations on the North East Line (NE8 & NE7), which are located in the neighborhood of Little India. Take off at Farrer Park if you are going to Mustafa Centre.

Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee is FREE.

8. CHINATOWN

This place is worth walking. If you are looking for souvenirs, then head to this place specifically in Smith Street, I love Chinatown Food Street, a covered area with wide selection of hawker stalls. Just a short walk to Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Go on a food adventure and try dishes from Singapore’s different cultural influences at affordable hawker centers of Chinatown.

HOW TO GO TO CHINATOWN

Take the train to Chinatown MRT Station on the North East Line (NE4) and Downtown Line (DT19). Exit to Pagoda Street and start your walking tour of Chinatown.


Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee is free if you are just walking around the area. Museums and galleries may have admission fees if you want to get inside.



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12 thoughts on “Singapore Travel Guide

  1. I visited Singapore twice already. Some may think that it’s expensive but if you know the smart ways around, it can be pretty cheap as most of its attractions are free of charge – well, except for Sentosa and the Universal Studios. What I like about your guide are the money saving tips. This is one of the most-detailed Singapore travel guide that I have read. Nice work!

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