What you should know while planning a short Singapore trip
A small but a booming city state, Singapore is listed as the odd one out in the Southeast Asia. It won’t take you much time to experience the beauty of this country which is just spotlessly clean, immensely developed and surprisingly very calm. Singapore is a great tourist spot with a lot of international flight connections. In case you have a 24 hour break between flight and you don’t want to spend the day chilling and eating gin at the airport; it is most welcome to visit the place without any hassle and even come back in time to the airport for a quick shower before the flight. Read the rest for a more detailed guide.
Travel & Taxi
It is always advisable to book a taxi to make it quicker, and plan the trip beforehand to avoid any last minute hassle. You could also take the MRT metro there and travel the tourist spots on foot.
Singapore is really hot and humid so it is better to take care of that before you start touring. It is always helpful to have some sunscreens, hats or shades in your kit.
Places to see : It is recommended that you consider taking your taxi to visit the orchid gardens first. It is located on the highest hill in the singapore botanic gardens and provides a setting for over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids on display. The timings are from 8.30 am to 7 pm daily.
Then you should head out towards the famous Sentosa Island which has attractions for the whole family – from cable car, underwater world,dolphin lagoon, butterfly park, they have it all. You could know more about this interesting tourist place here – http://www.sentosa.com.sg/explore/attractions. However, if you still have a few more hours left and you need more options to decide from, here is a list of some of the famous attractions in the city.
Explore Chinatown and Little India
Stepping into the streets of little India, there would the most familiar sense of the local indian community with the most traditional character. You could wander through the barbershops, hop on to every street with colorful shops while the aroma of pakoras (fried dumplings stuffed with vegetable ) may tempt you to itself. You would find the locals clad in bright colorful sarees while the bollywood music echo from every storefront selling bright flowers, indian spices, fabrics or grocery. Singapore’s Little India offers a colourful, lively taste of the subcontinent and is well worth the visit for your shopping and reminiscing about the country.
Munch on those delicious food at the hawker centers
Now that you have landed on this city, it would be a regret for life not walking down to a singapore hawker center. You could find a variety of dishes with authentic flavours at very reasonable prices. There are even indian dishes here both vegetarian and non vegetarian. Hygiene standards are high, so if street food elsewhere makes you too afraid of tummy issues, here’s your chance to dig in without any worries.
if you are one of those who enjoy singing or even listening to music, this is your place. It is really interesting to note that Singaporeans love Karaoke. If you have time for a night out before your flight, rent a karaoke box and sing your hearts out with your friends in any language. KTV places are the perfect spots for friends and family who want to have fun while channeling their inner diva. Here are 4 of the best KTV places that offer cheap rates in Singapore.
- Ten Dollar Club KTV – here, a group of 4-5 people can sing for more than 5 hours by paying just $10 each. This price also includes your drinks and you can even bring your own food to the karaoke room, thus saving a few more bucks.
- Tang Music Box- their prices are as low as $10 each person and the rooms are suited with materials like exotic tiles and untreated woods.
- Party world KTV – this place consists of spacious and beautifully decorated rooms installed with quality audio equipments, speakers, and large LED screens. They offer wide array of songs enabling everyone to sing their hearts out.
Singapore zoo and night safari
Take note that this trip should be planned only if your flight is not due till the next afternoon else you might end up tired and get things messed up. As you know, the singapore zoo is one of the best in Asia, it is worth visiting once. The animals of the Night Safari, from Indian rhinoceros to tarsiers, are made visible by lighting that resembles moonlight which is really unique. You would even get to see the cultural performances there which includes tribal dances, blowpipe demonstrations and fire eating displays. “Creatures of the Night Show” is a performance presented by the animals in the Night Safari. You can buy a combination ticket that lets you visit both the places.
The Singapore cloud forest
it is a giant greenhouse with waterfront parks that makes it worth a visit. The cloud forest is basically an indoor mountain with plants, flowers and trees that is very surreal and interesting. Even more remarkable is the fact that there is a huge waterfall pouring down from the mountain and it’s all man made. Even the temperature is cool here because the climate is reproduced to match the temperature, moisture and humidity at that height. Words are less to describe that serene place, so it’s worth a watch.
Cost of travel in Singapore
Well, we can’t deny the fact that Singapore tends to be one of the most expensive place in the region and that proves to be a downside to many travellers. But that does not mean you cannot plan your trip on a budget. It just requires a proper guide and plan beforehand about the accommodation and food. If you eat at the hawker centres mentioned above, you might cut on the the expense of your lunch and dinner. The food they serve is really cheap (as little as USD $2 or $3 for a very solid meal) and that too very delicious and filling. You could also manage your transportation costs by travelling in the MRT metro which connects all the important places, including the airport.
Apart from this, accommodation proves to be a big expense but there are a few guides given below for that too. Then the entertainment fees can be a bit expensive too as alcohol is heavily taxed and entry tickets are relatively pricey. It is advised that if you are on a tight budget, you should skip the places like nightlife and the zoo and focus on any free activities or those that are relatively cheap for example the national museum of Singapore or go for a walk around Marina Bay.
Budget accomodation in Singapore
Singapore is quite costly when it comes to booking a room on rent because the hotels are very costly for each night for as much as $40 – $60. But like any other city, singapore has its own lodging options on offer. So if you are on a tight budget, hostel dorms can be your best bet. It might go around for just $15 and you can share room with your friends or other 16-18 people for just a night. Prices vary depending on the number of beds and whether they are mixed with both guys and girls or exclusively female rooms. The all-girl rooms cost more. You could also book some 2 – 3 star hotel rooms too if you aren’t comfortable sharing with other people. There are many options again in this which are near to the airport for example –
- The Crowne plaza Changi Airport hotel which is just 0.2 km from the hotel.
- Le Peranakan Hotel (10.2 km from the changi airport)
- Just Inn Singapore Hostel
Hotels with Airport Shuttle Services
Capri by Fraser Changi City, Singapore 1.9 miles
Village Hotel Changi by Far East Hospitality 2.7 miles
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy 6.4 miles
Village Hotel Katong by Far East Hospitality 6.5 miles
ZEN Rooms Geylang 6.9 miles
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