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SINGAPORE TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 with a ₱10,000 DIY Itinerary and Budget + Legoland Malaysia Day Trip

NEW UPDATED SINGAPORE TRAVEL GUIDE BLOGS with DIY sample SINGAPORE ITINERARY, hotels, tour packages, things, to do, and breakdown of expenses to guide in in planning your trip for the first time

Traveling to Singapore for the first time? Let this Singapore Travel Guide Blog 2019 with sample DIY itinerary, things to do, tourist spots, budget and expenses help you in planning an amazing Singapore adventure!


Singapore is one of the most developed countries in Southeast Asia, and a favorite destination among Filipinos. Nestled at the tip of Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia, it has a long history of progress - as an early fishing village, to the age of the Peranakan, up to this time as being one of the "Tiger Economies in Asia." It is a small country is very easy to travel and generally safe even for first-time travelers. The modern city of Singapore is filled with so much to explore! If you're planning a trip to this lovely and vibrant city, this Singapore travel guide 2019 will help you plan your trip by providing useful information on how to get there, things to do, tourist spots and attractions, where to stay, DIY itinerary, budget, and more.

2019 First-Timer's Travel Guide to Singapore with Legoland Malaysia Day Trip


Planning a trip to Singapore? Here's a comprehensive Singapore travel guide blog for first-timers with sample DIY itinerary, budget, tourist spots to visit, things to do, places to stay, tips and reminders, breakdown of expenses, and so much more!


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Now, let's get started...


Singapore Budget Travel Guide

Visa Requirements for Filipinos to Enter Singapore


Visa is not required for Filipinos to enter Singapore. You just need to have a valid passport with 6 months left before expiration. Philippines Passport holders are allowed to stay for up to 30 days Visa-free in Singapore. I highly suggest that you book your return ticket, hotel accommodation and activities and attraction tickets via Klook.com so that if ever the immigration officer asks for it, you'll vouchers to show them.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MARRIED FILIPINAS ENTERING SINGAPORE


If you previously traveled to Singapore using a passport with your maiden name and now you're using a passport with your husband's surname, be sure to tick "YES" in the question "Have you ever used a passport under a different name to enter Singapore?" Be sure to bring a copy of your marriage certificate and write your complete maiden name at the space provided. This is to avoid being charged of misdeclaration in your information in your embarkation/disembarkation card which could result to a fine or imprisonment.

ELECTRONIC ARRIVAL CARD


Starting October 2018, foreigner visiting Singapore shall need to fill up an electronic arrival card in advance via a website or an app, paper-based disembarkation/embarkation cards. This is currently on a 3-month trial period and applies to passenger arriving in Changi Airport, the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints and the four cruise/ferry terminals (the Singapore Cruise Centre, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Changi Point Ferry Terminal and Changi Ferry Terminal).

HOW IT WORKS

  • Before they arrive, foreign travellers to Singapore can fill up their personal particulars and pertinent trip information such as their flight and accommodation details via the ICA website or a mobile app.
  • When they arrive in Singapore, they need to present only their passport for immigration clearance.
  • The electronic arrival card that they filled up in advance will then be called up by ICA's immigration system.

For more information, please visit www.gov.sg.

Singapore on a budget Travel Guide and Itinerary

How to get to Singapore?


FROM THE PHILIPPINES


There are many airlines that offer several daily flights to Singapore coming from the major cities in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. In my previous travels to Singapore, I've tried Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Scoot which we booked via the Traveloka App.

When booking your flights, I highly suggest that you book an early morning flight so you will arrive in Singapore early in the morning and have ample time to explore.

Also, to maximize your time in Singapore, take an evening flight to Manila or book your return flight late at night.

CHECK HERE TO SEARCH FOR CHEAP FLIGHTS TO SINGAPORE


Alternatively....


From Kuala Lumpur, you could take a bus and travel by land to Singapore. You could book your bus ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore via HERE. Travel time is around 5-6 hours, depending on the traffic and the volume of people at the immigration.

From other ASEAN countries, there are also direct flights to Singapore, such as from Jakarta, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, and others.

Singapore Budget Travel Guide

How to Get to Singapore City Center from Changi Airport?


Currently, Changi Airport has 4 terminals interconnected by free sky trains and shuttle buses. To get to the city center from any of the Changi Airport terminals, you could take the train, taxi, or hire a private transfer. For convenience, we opted to hire a private car airport transfer going to our hotel located in Chinatown area.

CHANGI AIRPORT TO CITY BY PRIVATE CAR TRANSFER


Klook Travel offers private airport transfers to and from Changi airport. You can book your arrival and departure airport transfers from this link: Changi Airport Transfers (SIN) for Singapore.

CHANGI AIRPORT TO CITY BY TRAIN


If you want to go to the city center from the airport by train, you just have to find where the train station is. For a super cheap way to get to the city from the airport, the MRT is a great choice! The train station is located at Changi Airport Terminal 2. So, if you're arriving in a different terminal, you just have to take the free sky train to Terminal 2. Just follow the signs "Train to city" and you'll find the MRT train station. Traveling from the airport to the city, takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the location of your hotel. For the fares, it's around 2.50 SGD. You may check this SMRT fare calculator to know the standard train fares. You may also buy an Ez-link card at the customer service counter at the basement of Terminal 2 and use it in riding the trains.

CHANGI AIRPORT TO CITY BY BUS


The Changi Airport Shuttle offers a convenient yet inexpensive way of traveling from and to Changi Airport. These are shared buses that you can find at the arrival hall of the airport terminals. It is convenient because it drops off passenger to most hotels in Singapore city center. But if you're in a group and have several luggage with you, I don't recommend it. This is only ideal for solo traveler and if you don't have huge luggage with you. Because of limited space, only 1 carry-on bag and 1 small luggage per person is allowed when taking the bus. Travel time from the airport to the city center is around 25-30 minutes, and it costs around SGD 9.00 or US$ 6.65 per person. Children below 12 years old's fare is SGD 6.00 or US$ 4.43.

When is the Best Time to Visit Singapore?


Singapore is an all-year round destination with hot and humid weather all throughout. There are also days that there would be rain-showers and thunderstorms which doesn't last long. Weather-wise, just remember that the months of November to January are the monsoon season. Summer is during the months of June, July, and August and also Singapore's peak season.

How many days to stay in Singapore?


It depends on the things you want to do, attractions you want to visit, and of course, your budget. If you're on a limited time and budget, I recommend 3 days and 2 nights stay in Singapore. But if it's you're first time in Singapore, 5 days and 4 nights would be the most ideal, for you to visit most of the top tourist attractions in Singapore. You may refer to the Sample 5 days DIY Itinerary I included below.

Singapore DIY Travel Guide Itinerary Budget

Hotels in Singapore


When we were planning this 5 days Singapore trip, we chose a hotel near an MRT Station. For this trip, we stayed for 5 days and 4 nights at Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill. It is a boutique hotel with a modern retro theme located in Chinatown, Singapore. It is near MRT stations and bus stop, shops, as well as to restaurants and food plaza in Chinatown.

More photos of the hotel and my full review here.

Hotels in Singapore

Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill

Address: 175A Chin Swee Road, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 169879
Room Rates: for as low as 4,500.00 pesos per night

CHECK RATES AND AVAILABILITY


TRAVEL TIP: If you're not familiar with Singapore, I suggest that you choose a hotel or hostel that are located in Chinatown, Lavender, Little India, Clark Quay, Bugis, and Geylang areas.

Top-rated Hotels in Singapore


Here are the top-rated and popular hotels in Singapore with Excellent rating from guest reviews. Get as much as 50% discount on published room rates when you book in advance.

Marina Bay Sands

Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay, Singapore, Singapore, 018956
Book Here: See room rates and availability

YOTEL Singapore Orchard Road

Location: 366 Orchard Road, Orchard, Singapore, Singapore, 238904
Book Here: See room rates and availability

Sofitel Singapore City Center

Location: 9 Wallich Street, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 078885
Book Here: See room rates and availability

Marina Mandarin SIngapore Hotel

Location: 6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Marina Bay, Singapore, Singapore, 39594
Book Here: See room rates and availability

Hotel G Singapore

Location: 200 Middle Road, Bugis, Singapore, Singapore, 188980
Book Here: See room rates and availability

Carlton Hotel Singapore

Location: 76 Bras Basah Road, Marina Bay, Singapore, Singapore, 189558
Book Here: See room rates and availability

Hostels in Singapore


Hostels are ideal for backpackers, solo, and budget travelers.

Urban Hostel

Address: 67A Geylang Lorong 27, Geylang, Singapore, Singapore, 388189
Room Rates: for as low as 402.00 pesos per night

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Nano Hostel

Address: 67B/69B Lorong 27, Geylang, Geylang, Singapore, Singapore, 388199
Room Rates: for as low as 438.00 pesos per night

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Footprints Hostel

Address: 25A Perak Road, Little India, Singapore, Singapore, 208136
Room Rates: for as low as 472.00 pesos per night

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Mori Hostel

Address: 429 Race Course Rd, Little India, Singapore, Singapore, 218675
Room Rates: for as low as 540.00 pesos per night

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Meadows Hostel

Address: 7A Hamilton Road, Lavender, Singapore, Singapore, 209178
Room Rates: for as low as 843.00 pesos per night

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Budget Hotels in Singapore


Ideal for couples, small family, or group of friends traveling on budget.

Chang Ziang Hotel

Address: No 15, Lorong 15 Geylang Road, Geylang, Singapore, Singapore, 388607
Room Rates: for as low as 1,624.78 pesos per night

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Oxley Hotel 88

Address: 12 Lorong 10 Geylang, Geylang, Singapore, Singapore, 399045
Room Rates: for as low as 1,895.65 pesos per night

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Hotel Snow Lavender

Address: 26 Cavan Road, Lavender, Singapore, Singapore, 209854
Room Rates: for as low as 2,909 pesos per night

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Can't find the hotel that suits your budget and needs?


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF OTHER HOTELS IN SINGAPORE


Note: Room rates are subject to change and depends on the booking dates.

Singapore Travel Guide with DIY Itinerary and Budget

How to get around the city?


If you wish to see Singapore's top tourist attractions you can avail of the Singapore City Sightseeing Tour which is a "hop on hop off" bus tour. With this, you can see and enjoy 33 tourist attractions and the best of Singapore on an open top double decker bus.

The Singapore Sightseeing Bus Tour is available for 1 day (Php 1,245) or 2 day pass (PHP 1,564). You can buy discounted tickets online via Klook.com. This is also ideal if you wish to explore Singapore's top tourist attractions at your own time and convenience.

Singapore's public transportation system is so efficient and convenient. You can easily get around by train or bus and there are so many interesting attractions you can visit near the MRT and Bus Stations.

Alternatively, if you only have limited time or just want to visit specific attractions, you can also purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass which is a special type of EZ link card for tourists visiting Singapore. With the tourist pass you can enjoy unlimited MRT, LRT and Bus rides in Singapore. Please note that the pass does not includes rides in premium services such as Sentosa Express, RWS8, Fast Forward, Night Rider, and Night Owl buses. You can purchase it at selected TransitLink ticket offices at the airport or at MRT Stations.

The Singapore Tourist Pass comes in 3 options of a 1-Day, 2-Day or 3-Day pass. The refundable deposit of $10 SGD shall be given to you upon returning the card.

TYPE DAY PASS REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT TOTAL
1 DAY $10 SGD $10 SGD $20 SGD
2 DAYS $16 SGD $10 SGD $26 SGD
3 DAYS $20 SGD $10 SGD $30 SGD

Singapore Pocket Wifi Rental

How to stay connected in Singapore?


Before leaving the Philippines, be sure to activate your mobile carrier's roaming service, so you could still make/take calls and send/receive text messages, and use mobile data.

For internet connection, I highly suggest that you avail a portable travel WiFi which is more affordable than subscribing to mobile roaming service to use your mobile data. By having a portable travel WiFi, you don't need to change your mobile phone's sim card. You can still use your phone in receiving calls and text messages from the Philippines. With a portable travel WiFi, you can enjoy unlimited 4G internet service anywhere in Singapore, and you can share the internet connection up to 8 devices with your travel buddies. This is ideal if you're traveling with a group because you could also split the cost.

These pocket WiFi are very in-demand, so make sure that you reserve one before your flight to Singapore. You can reserve your handy and portable travel WiFi via Klook.com and just pick it up upon arrival in Singapore.

BOOK AND RESERVE WIFI DEVICE HERE


NOTE: Ready your credit for the device deposit of $200 USD upon claiming the pocket WIFi at the airport. Or you may also pay the deposit in cash.

TRAVEL TIP: If you want to buy a Tourist SIM Card, you can also purchase in advance via Klook and just pick it up upon arrival at Changi Airport. For as low as 424 Pesos, you can enjoy free local data of 100 GB, 500 mins of local calls, 100 local SMS, and 20 mins of international calls. Card is valid for 7 days.

BUY A TOURIST SIM CARD HERE


Where to Exchange Currency in Singapore?


Singapore's currency is called Singapore Dollar (SGD) which is about 1 SGD = 38.70 PHP or 0.73 USD. You can exchange money at the airport or at the money changers in the city. You can bring in USD, Euros, or Philippine Peso in Singapore. Exchange rate at the airport is low, so I suggest that you change a small amount upon arrival at the airport and change most of your money at the city center for better exchange rate.

You can also withdraw Singapore Dollars from ATMs in Singapore. Just make sure that you call your bank before leaving the country and advise them that you will be withdrawing money from ATMs abroad. This is not to be missed to avoid your card being blocked. Banks usually blocks ATM card if they suspect an unusual activity in your account such as withdrawals from abroad. Be sure to call them beforehand to avoid any inconvenience. Based on experience, the best thing to do is just withdraw money from ATMs. With withdrawing money from the ATMs, you won't lose much of your money's worth in the conversion.


Singapore Travel Guide Blog 2018

Things to Do in Singapore + Tourist Spots and Attractions


I've been to Singapore four times already, every visit gives me the chance to explore the best of Singapore's tourist spots and attractions. For convenience, we made sure to purchase our attraction tickets online via Klook.com. Booking in advance assures you of convenient transfers, and skipping the lines at the ticket booths.

Here are the top best tourist spots and attractions you should not miss when visiting Singapore. I will also share to you our DIY Itinerary after.



Singapore Botanic Garden


Singapore's first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Garden is definitely a must-visit when traveling to Singapore. It's quite amusing to know that there's a huge garden such as this in the middle of a highly-developed city such as Singapore. As mentioned at the UNESCO'S Website: “Situated at the heart of the city of Singapore, the site demonstrates the evolution of a British tropical colonial botanic garden that has become a modern world-class scientific institution used for both conservation and education. The cultural landscape includes a rich variety of historic features, plantings and buildings that demonstrate the development of the garden since its creation in 1859. It has been an important centre for science, research and plant conservation, notably in connection with the cultivation of rubber plantations, in Southeast Asia since 1875.”

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Some of its famous attractions include: National Orchid Garden, Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Healing Garden, Bonsai Garden, SBG Heritage Museum, CDL Green Gallery, Library of Botany and Horticulture, the Centre for Ethnobotany, Swan Lake, Bandstand, Sun Garden, Palm Valley, Symphony Lake, among many other gardens and attractions. For more information, visit their website at www.nparks.gov.sg/SBG.

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Singapore Botanic Garden

  • Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
  • Opening Hours: 5:00 am – 12 mn, daily
  • Entrance Fee: Admission to the complex is FREE, but some of the gardens and attractions requires an entrance fee.
  • How to get there: Take the MRT to Botanic Gardens Station

Free Things To Do in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay Singapore


One of the most iconic and popular tourist destinations in Singapore. The Gardens by the Bay is a must-experience urban park in Singapore. Located on the edge of downtown Singapore near the Marina, it is a huge park spanning about 100 hectares of reclaimed land and is composed of several gardens showcasing a variety of plant species and flowers. Don't miss to see and marvel on the amazing Supertrees (entrance is free!), and to visit to the amazing Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.

BUY DISCOUNTED GARDENS BY THE BAY TICKETS HERE


Gardens by the Bay Singapore

  • Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
  • Opening Hours:
    • Cooled Observatories - 09:00 am - 9:00 pm daily
    • Outdoor Gardens - 05:00 am - 02:00 am daily
    • OCBC Skyway - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm daily

How to get to Gardens by the Bay?

  • From Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16), take Exit B and follow the underground linkway, exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay
  • From Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15), take Exit C and head to International Plaza, Anson Road to bus stop 03223, take bus 400 and alight at bus stop 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive
  • From Marina Bay Sands Hotel, cross the overhead bridge (Lions Bridge), open daily from 8:00am-11:00pm or walk through underground linkway via Bayfront MRT

MUST-READ: Gardens by the Bay, “A Must-Experience Urban Park in Singapore”

Singapore Tourist Spots and Attractions

Singapore Flyer


This is one of the most distinguishable landmarks in Singapore and an integral part of the city's skyline. Take a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city with a ride at Singapore Flyer. See some of Singapore's landmarks such as the Marina Bay Sands, the Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore's Skyline, the F1 Singapore Grand Prix track, the Merlion Park, Clark Quay, the Marina Barrage, Sentosa Island, and many more. And they say that on a clear day, you can also see some islands of Malaysia and Indonesia. Don't miss riding the Singapore Flyer when visiting Singapore.

BUY DISCOUNTED SINGAPORE FLYER TICKETS HERE


Singapore Flyer

  • Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
  • Opening Hours: 08:30 am – 10:30 pm, daily
  • How to get there: Ride the MRT to The Promenade Station (Downtown Line DT15 / Circle Line, CC4). Take Exit A and look out for blue pedestrian signs to Singapore Flyer.

MUST-READ: Enjoy 360 Degrees View of Singapore from Singapore Flyer

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore


Located within Resorts World Sentosa, it features several attractions from various Universal and other studio companies' properties, including Jurassic Park, Madagascar, Shrek, The Mummy, Waterworld, Transformers, and more. It's a great place to have fun in Singapore, for adults, for kids, and for the whole family!

BUY DISCOUNTED UNIVERSAL STUDIOS TICKETS HERE


TRAVEL TIP: You can skip the lines on your favorite USS rides by booking a Universal Studios Singapore™ Express Pass!

Universal Studios Singapore (USS)

  • Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
  • Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, daily or until 10:00 pm if there are scheduled events
  • How to get there: From the city, take the train to Harbourfront Station. Enter Vivo City Mall, go to the 4th floor, buy a Sentosa Fun ticket for $4 SGD and take the Sentosa Monorail. Alight at the first stop which is the Waterfront Station. From here, you just need to walk for about 150 meters (2 mins) to Universal Studios Singapore.

MUST-READ: Universal Studios Singapore Tips, Reminders, Ticket Prices and More!

Travel Guide 2019 Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

Singapore Zoo and Night Safari


Dubbed as "the world's best rainforest zoo," Singapore Zoo is a great place to explore for wildlife adventurers. Known to have animals in naturalistic, 'open' exhibits with hidden barriers, or glass enclosures, families will surely love spending a day at Singapore Zoo. This 26-hectare wildlife park is nestled within the lush Mandai rainforest, which gives visitors an awesome and unique wildlife experience.

After exploring Singapore Zoo during the day, you can visit the Night Safari when the night comes in. Night Safari is a unique wildlife experience where we rode a tram and toured around the Night Safari Zoo. This tour brought us to 6 of the world’s geographical regions - from the Indian Continent to the Asian Riverine Forests, and more.


Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

  • Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
  • Operating Hours:
    • Singapore Zoo - 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
    • Night Safari - 7:15 PM - 12:00 MN

For hassle-free and convenient Singapore Zoo and Night Safari visit, park tickets and bus transfers can be bought online via Klook. Below are the prices and the links on where to buy your tickets.

MUST-READ: Singapore Zoo and Night Safari Adventure (with Tips and Reminders, Ticket Prices, Photos, and More!)

2019 Singapore Things to Do and Itinerary

Arab Street or Kampong Glam


This is heritage-rich area where you could find the best places to eat, drink, and shop in Singapore. From the many vendors, cafes and shops selling to the aroma of food all over, to historic shops selling textiles, perfumes along with traditional Muslim food offerings, Arab Street or Kampong Glam is definitely a must-visit when in Singapore.

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Aside from the shops and restaurants here, not to missed is the Masjid Sultan with an amazing golden dome. For the Muslim community and is considered the national mosque of Singapore.

How to Get to Arab Street Singapore?


Take the MRT. The nearest MRT station is Bugis (EW12, East West Line), which is 5 minutes walk to Arab Street.

Little India Singapore

Little India Singapore


Another must-visit when in Singapore is the Little India. This lively ethnic district of Singapore's showcases the colorful Indian Community thriving in the city. A visit to this buzzing neighborhood will surely awaken all your senses. From colorful shops, to cafes, temples, markets, and street arts, it's an amazing journey through its streets that will surely be an enjoyable one.

Little India Singapore

Must-visit in Little India Singapore are: Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, House of Tan Teng Niah Building, Mustafa Centre Shopping Mall. Tekka Centre Market, Indian Heritage Centre, and many more!

JOIN LITTLE INDIA WALKING TOUR HERE!


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How to Get to Little India Singapore?


You may take the MRT and alight at Little India Station, Farrer Park Station or Rochor Station. If you're taking the bus, you can get to Little India by taking Bus Services: 23, 48, 56, 57, 64, 65, 66, 131, 139, 147, 166, 170, 1N+, 3N+, 5N+, 6N+.

Chinatown Singapore Things to do 2019

Chinatown Singapore


Definitely one of my favorites, Singapore's Chinatown is definitely the best place to go on a food trip when in Singapore. Here, you'll find Chinatown Food Street, hawker stores, and restaurants, that will surely satisfy your cravings. Souvenir shops, shopping malls, and budget hotels and hostels can also be found here, making it a good place to stay when visiting Singapore.

Chinatown Singapore Things to do 2019

Chinatown Singapore Things to do 2019

Chinatown Singapore Things to do 2019

Must-visit when in Chinatown Singapore are: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Maxwell Food Center, Chinatown Complex, Nus Baba House, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Keong Saik Road, Ann Siang Hill, Everton Aprk, and many more!

JOIN CHINATOWN WALKING TOUR HERE!


Chinatown Singapore Things to do 2019

Chinatown Singapore Things to do 2019

How to Get to Chinatown Singapore?


The easiest way to get to Chinatown is to take the MRT subway train to Chinatown station on the North East Line (purple line). Upon arrival at Chinatown station, take Exit A. If you want to take the bus, take:
  • Bus stop at South Bridge Road: C2, 166, 197, NR5
  • Bus stop at Maxwell Road: 80, 145
  • Bus stop at Eu Tong Sen Street (People's Park Centre): 2, 12, 33, 54, 143, 147, 190, 520
  • Bus stop at New Bridge Road (Chinatown Complex): 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 520, 851, 961, 961C
  • Bus stop at Eu Tong Sen Street (People's Park Complex): 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 80, 143, 197, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28


Other must-see attractions in Singapore


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Marina Bay


Located in the Central Area of Singapore, the Marina Bay is home to many from artistic sculptures, awesome dining destinations, best leisure spots, a place to see one of the best views in the world. Not to missed when visiting Marina Bay is of course, the Marina Bay Sands which is one of Singapore's iconic buildings that dominates the city's skyline. When visiting MArina Bay, you should also visit the Helix Bridge, the Merlion Park, and the nearby Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Flyer.

Singapore Travel Guide 2019 for first-timers

Merlion Park


Located at the mouth of the Singapore River, Merlion Park is a must-visit in Singapore. It is Singapore's most iconic monument, a half-fish and half-lion mythical creature is believed to guard Singapore's prosperity.

Singapore Travel Guide 2019 for first-timers

Singapore River and Colonial District


Singapore's Colonial District forms the very heart of this nation, with its old colonial buildings, museums, parks full of greenery, and many more!

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Singapore River Cruise


See all the must-see highlights of Singapore on a single 40 minute boat cruise. View the modern skyscrapers of the Central Business District and Marina Bay and the colorful traditional shophouses of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. Discover the rich history behind the sites along the river including Raffles Landing Site, The Merlion, The Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands and more!

BOOK A SINGAPORE RIVER CRUISE HERE


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Sentosa Island


Singapore's famous island resort with an abundance of activities that the whole family will surely enjoy. Not ot be missed are: S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Wing of Time, Palawan Beach, Tanjong Beach, Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, and many more.

To save on travel expenses, you may avail of a Sentosa Fun Pass which will give you tickets to unlimited fun in Sentosa at a bargain!

BUY A SENTOSA FUN PASS HERE


TRAVEL TIP: Get a Sentosa 3-in-1 Special Package from Klook and get admission tickets to Wings of Time show and Sentosa Merlion Tower where you could see the largest and tallest Merlion statue in Singapore. Plus, you also get to enjoy lunch set at Arbora (Faber Peak) or dinner buffet at Good Old Days (Sentosa). BOOK IT HERE!

OTHER SINGAPORE ATTRACTIONS, TOURIST SPOTS AND THINGS TO DO INCLUDE: Singapore Cable Car, S.E.A Aquarium Sentosa, Skyline Luge, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Jurong Bird Park, KidZania Singapore.


The modern city of Singapore is filled with so much to explore! For more amazing guided tours and exciting tour in Singapore, PLEASE SEE HERE.



Recommended Day Tours from Singapore:


You can travel by land to Johor Bahru in Malaysia which is located near the Singapore-Malaysia border. Here are some of the most popular day tour destinations from Singapore.


LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort


An ideal day tour from Singapore is a visit to LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. It is a Theme Park, Hotel, and a Water Park rolled into one. It is Malaysia's 1st international theme park located in Johor Bahru, just across the causeway from Singapore. LEGOLAND Malaysia is the first of its kind in Asia and the largest in the world. It is an ideal family holiday destination offering more than 40 hands-on rides, shows, rides, and attractions specifically designed for families with children 2-12 years old. Visiting LEGOLAND Malaysia ensures a full day of interactive family experience that will surely be a memorable holiday for the whole family.

MUST-READ: LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, "An Ideal Family Destination in Malaysia"

Book your LEGOLAND Malaysia tickets via Klook.com! You can choose from the following packages!


  • Day Theme Park - PHP 1,822
  • 1 Day Water Park - PHP 1,214
  • 1 Day Combo (Theme Park + Water Park) - PHP 2,380
  • 2 Day Combo (Theme Park + Water Park) - PHP 3,522

BOOK HERE: Buy Discounted Tickets Here

For the ultimate ease and comfort, you can buy your ticket with return transfers, either by bus or by private transfer, the easiest way to get from Singapore to Legoland Malaysia via Klook.com.

DAY TOURS FROM SINGAPORE TO JOHOR BAHRU MALAYSIA
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Singapore to Johor Bahru - DIY Itinerary + Private Driver


  • Enjoy a fun-filled day just across the causeway in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Sit in comfort in your vehicle while passing through the immigration
  • Go shopping, get a massage, cafe hop or eat your way through the city
  • Have your local professional Malaysian driver bring you where you want to go
  • With your own vehicle and driver, you are free to plan how you want your day to go

BOOK A DAY TRIP TO JOHOR BAHRU HERE!


DAY TOURS FROM SINGAPORE TO JOHOR BAHRU MALAYSIA
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Sanrio Hello Kitty Town & Thomas Town in Johor Bahru

  • Create and bring home your own Hello Kitty themed souvenir at Wishful Studio!
  • For a fairytale adventure, explore Hello Kitty in Oz and experience a story of bravery and friendship
  • Hop aboard Bertie the Bus, Harold’s Helitours, and even Colin Crane Drop at Thomas Town
  • Be a part of Bob’s Can-Do-Crew or even learn a few ballet moves at Angelina Ballerina’s Dance Studio
  • Chill out with Pingu and Barney at the fun play areas

BUY DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE!


TRAVEL TIP: Cross the border without hassle by booking the convenient transfer service from Singapore to Hello Kitty Town or if you prefer to have your vehicle all to yourself, you can book a private transfer as well.


5D4N: Sample DIY Singapore Itinerary (5 Days and 4 Nights)


Here is my suggested 5 days and 4 nights DIY Singapore Itinerary. I hope this could serve as your guide in creating your own itinerary. You can adjust it depending on the number of days of your trip and the destinations and attractions that interests you.

DAY 1: Arrival + Check-in at the hotel, Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay

08:00 AM - ETA in Singapore
09:00 AM - Travel from Airport to the City (Book Airport Transfer Here)
10:00 AM - Arrival at the Hotel; Check-in (Some hotels allow early check-in for free. In case you're not allowed to check-in early, you may start your Day 1 tour)
10:30 AM - Rest
12:00 NN - Lunch
02:00 PM - Singapore Flyer (Buy Discounted Tickets Here)
04:00 PM - Gardens by the Bay. Cloud Forest, and Flower Dome (Buy Discounted Tickets Here)
The best time to visit the domes is during day time and the Supertrees during sunset and at night.
08:00 PM - Dinner
09:00 PM - Go back to the hotel

DAY 2: LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort Day Tour + Melion Park + Marina Bay

09:00 AM - Depart for LEGOLAND Malaysia (You can get there by bus or by private transfer)
10:30 AM - ETA at LEGOLAND Malaysia (Buy Discounted LEGOLAND Tickets Here)
11:00 AM - Lunch
12:00 NN - Explore LEGOLAND Malaysia
05:00 PM - Depart LEGOLAND Malaysia
06:30 PM - ETA in Singapore
07:00 PM - Dinner
08:00 PM - Explore Merlion Park and Marina Bay
10:00 PM - Go back to the hotel

DAY 3: Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, and Walking Tour

07:00 AM - DIY Walking tour in Chinatown, Singapore River and Colonial District
11:00 AM - Depart for Singapore Zoo (Book a Bus Transfer Here)
12:00 NN - Arrival at Singapore Zoo, Lunch (Buy Discounted Singapore Zoo Tickets Here)
01:00 PM - Explore Singapore Zoo
06:00 PM - Night Safari (Buy Discounted Night Safari Tickets Here)
10:00 PM - Depart for Singapore City Center (Book a Bus Transfer Here)
11:00 PM - Arrival at the Hotel

DAY 4: Universal Studios Singapore

10:00 AM - Depart for Universal Studios Singapore (Buy Discounted USS Tickets Here)
11:30 AM - Arrival at Universal Studios Singapore, Lunch
12:30 PM - Enjoy Universal Studios Singapore
09:00 PM - Depart for Singapore City Center
10:30 PM - Arrival at the hotel

DAY 5: Singapore Botanic Gardens and Departure

08:00 AM - Singapore Botanic Gardens
12:00 NN - Back at the hotel and check-out
01:00 PM - Depart for the airport (Book Airport Transfer Here)
02:00 PM - Arrival at the aiport, lunch
03:00 PM - Explore the airport, shop
07:00 PM - Depart for Manila

Singapore Budget Trip and Expenses: List of Travel Expenses in Singapore


  • Round trip Airport Transfers for 2 pax - 3,040.00
  • 5 Days Pocket WiFi Rental for 2 pax - 1,710.00
  • Food Expenses for 5 days per person - 3,000.00
  • 4 Nights Hotel Accommodation per person - 9,000.00
  • 4-days Singapore Tourist Pass per person - 1,520.00
  • Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay Tickets per person - 1,976.00
  • Universal Studios Singapore Ticket per person - 2,520.00
  • Halloween Horror Nights per person - 2,318.00
  • Round trip City Transfers to Wildlife Reserves Singapore per person - 532.00
  • Singapore Zoo Ticket per person - 1,276.00
  • Singapore Night Safari Ticket per person - 1,163.00
  • Legoland Malaysia roundtrip transfers per person - 976.00
  • Legoland Malaysia (1 day theme park) per person - 1,840.00

All these expenses are in Philippine Pesos. This is just to give you an overview of the expenses we had during our 5-days Singapore trip. This can be adjusted depending on the activities you want to try, and on your spending habits. To lessen your expenses, read the tips and reminders below.


Sample DIY Singapore Itinerary (3 Days and 2 Nights)


If you don't have much time, you can also do a 3 days and 2 nights Singapore trip. Here's a sample 3D2N DIY Singapore Itinerary that you can easily follow.

Again, please adjust it depending on the time of your flights, the tourist spots you want to visit, and the things you want to do.

DAY 1: Arrival + Check-in at the hotel, Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay
  • 08:00 AM - ETA in Singapore
  • 09:00 AM - Taavel from Changi Airport to the City (Book Airport Transfer Here or you could take the train to save on travel expenses)
  • 10:00 AM - Arrival at the Hotel; Check-in (Some hotels allow early check-in for free. In case you're not allowed to check-in early, you may just leave your bags and start exploring)
  • 10:30 AM - Go to Marina Bay, Helix Bridge, Merlion Park
  • 12:00 NN - Lunch
  • 02:00 PM - Singapore Flyer (Buy Discounted Tickets Here)
  • 04:00 PM - Gardens by the Bay. Cloud Forest, and Flower Dome (Buy Discounted Tickets Here)
  • 08:00 PM - Dinner
  • 09:00 PM - Go back to the hotel

DAY 2: Universal Studios Singapore
  • 10:00 AM - Depart for Universal Studios Singapore (Buy Discounted USS Tickets Here)
  • 11:30 AM - Arrival at Universal Studios Singapore, Lunch
  • 12:30 PM - Enjoy Universal Studios Singapore
  • 09:00 PM - Depart for Singapore City Center
  • 10:30 PM - Arrival at the hotel

DAY 3: Singapore River, Colonial Distirct, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Departure
  • 07:00 AM - Check-ou of the hotel, leave bags at the reception
  • 08:00 AM - Go to Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • 11:00 AM - Go to Singapore River and Colonial District
  • 01:00 PM - Back at the hotel and pick-up bags
  • 02:00 PM - Depart for the airport (Book Airport Transfer Here or you could take the train to save on travel expenses)
  • 03:00 PM - Arrival at the aiport, check-in, late lunch
  • 04:00 PM - Explore the airport, shopping
  • 07:00 PM - Depart for Manila

Singapore Budget Trip and Expenses: Sample Expenses for 10,000 Pesos Budget


If you follow the above 3 days 2 nights itinerary, here is the breakdown of expenses. This assumes the following:
  • You will be staying in a budget hotel worth 3,000 pesos per night and sharing the room with one companion.
  • You will be using a 3-day Singapore Tourist Pass worth 20 SGD or 774 PHP

3 Days 2 Nights Breakdown of Expenses

  • Hotel (2 nights) - PHP 3,000.00 per person
  • Food Expenses for 3 days - PHP 2,000.00 per person
  • 3-days Singapore Tourist Pass - PHP 774.00 per person
  • Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay Tickets - PHP 1,976.00 per person
  • Universal Studios Singapore Ticket - PHP 2,520.00 per person

TOTAL - PHP 10,270.000 per person


Exclusions:
  • Round trip airfare Manila-Singapore-Manila
  • NAIA terminal fee and travel tax
  • Budget for pasalubong and tips
  • Food expense for snacks

Please note that ticket prices, airfare, hotel rates, and other expenses are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking.

Singapore Travel Guide Blog Itinerary Budget Expenses

Singapore Travel Tips and Reminders


  • Travel time from Changi Airport to Singapore City Center by private car is around 30 minutes and around 45 minutes by train. Plan your trip accordingly.
  • You can exchange your Philippine Peso or US Dollars in the money changers at the airport or at the city center. Exchange rate at the airport is low, it's better to change your money at the city center. Alternatively, you can also withdarw money from the ATMs.
  • For electricity, most establishments and hotels use 3-pin square plugs and sockets at 220–240 V. Don't forget to bring a universal adapter.
  • If you're on a budget, avoid eating in restaurants. It's best to look for hawker stalls (like a food court) where you could eat a decent meal for around $3-5 SGD. The best hawkers that I could suggest are the ones around Chinatown area for its wide selection of tasty and affordable meals.
  • Weather in Singapore is most of the time hot and humid. It is suggested that you wear light and breathable clothes. Also, don't forget to bring an umbrella or raincoat for occasional rains and thunderstorms.
  • Singapore is a very walk-able city. When exploring the city, you will certainly walk a lot. It is best to wear comfortable footwear.
  • Taxis / Grab car/taxi are expensive. Choose a hotel that is near an MRT Station, so it will be easier for you to move around. With an MRT station near your hotel, it's cheaper to get to one destination to another, not to mention it's also faster.
  • Eating and drinking inside the bus and MRT is prohibited.
  • Chewing gum is not allowed in Singapore. Make sure you're not bringing-in any chewing gum when entering Singapore.
  • Cigarettes are too expensive in Singapore (around 400 pesos). You can bring cigarettes from the Philippines to Singapore, but don't bring too much. One opened pack and one sealed pack "may be" allowed.
  • GST refund can be availed by tourists on goods and services purchased in Singapore. Keep your receipts and refund it at the airport before your flight. This will save you more on travel expenses.
  • To save on travel expenses, book discounted tickets at Klook.com, join group tours, take the bus or the MRT, walk if you can, stay in hostels or budget hotels in Singapore, and take advantage of flight seat sales and promos.

Singapore Travel Blogs


To guide you more in planning your trip to Singapore, please check out some of the Singapore Travel Blogs that I have previously written.


I hope this Singapore Travel Guide Blog 2019 for first-timers in Singapore helped you in planning a memorable and budget-friendly Singapore adventure. Please don't forget to SHARE this to your friends. Enjoy your trip to Singapore!


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9 comments :

  1. Mervs nabasa ko yung SG post mo. Ano mas maganda Legoland o Universal Studios?

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  2. @KIKAYSIKAT TV - mas na enjoy ko ang Universal Studios. Pero for kids, okay din ang Legoland. Mas maraming attractions for kids and Legoland, plus yung resort nila.

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  3. Singapore Travel GuideJanuary 24, 2019 at 4:36 AM

    In case you want to travel to Singapore, continue reading in order to find. Singapore travel guide blog with budget, itinerary, top attractions and budget hostel and hotels, cheap Singapore tour packages. SINGAPORE TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG with sample ITINERARY, trip budget, tourist spots, recommended hotels, 3 days tour & more. Singapore boasts a blend of Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, Arab and English cultures. Here's my ultimate Singapore travel guide!

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  4. Pinoy Adventurista, may asthma ako at may dalang diskus (asthma inhaler) wherever i go. kailangan ko po bang ideclare yun sa sinasabing electronic arrival card? thanks

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  5. Hi Sir,

    Did the Philippine Immigration ask for financial capacity to travel for the first timer?

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  6. hi, planning DIY tri city this june 2019... do have same itinerary on tri city ( Singapore-malaysia-indonesia)

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  7. Hi po? I am booked to singapore this November 2019. Is there a 4D and 3 nights po iterinary?

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  8. Hi. Where can you advise us to stay? Burgis, little india or china town in order to be in the middle of everything on your 5D4N itenirary sample?

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