IF YOU PLAN to explore Southeast Asia, be sure to stop by Singapore, one of the region’s most dynamic city.
But be warned for Singapore is that one country you won’t wanna leave the moment you set foot at the airport. More so when you experience roaming around the city, comfortably and perfectly safe.
Singapore’s Changi International Airport is one of the best airports in the world. Not only it is beautiful and does cater to every traveler’s need, it is accessible from any point in the country by various means of transportation: train, bus, taxi, and private vehicles.
But what to do in a country as beautiful as Singapore when budget is to be considered? We just visited the country, and here are a few things that you can do while in here without breaking the bank.
1. Stroll along Orchard Road
Orchard Road is Singapore’s most posh thoroughfare. It is home to high-end shops and big shopping malls but should you come to Singapore during Christmas season, expect Orchard to be as beautiful as it can be. Dressed in Christmas decors, beautiful lanterns, Christmas trees, and awesome lights, Orchard Road is the best road to stroll at while in Singapore. You won’t be bothered by anyone as you take photos, and enjoy the vibrant vibe of this busy city. Unless you shop, you won’t spend a dime.
Tip: Be sure to buy a 1-dollar ice cream from a Kiosk along the road. It’s yummy!
2. Feast on Chinese foods at Chinatown
Singapore experience is never complete without a visit to Chinatown. Singapore is home to Chinese people, just in case you’ve forgotten. Though Malaysians, Indians, and Filipinos are now part of the diversed Singapore populace, Chinese culture is still dominant in the country. And Chinese culture is best experienced at Chinatown.
Best-tasting local foods are served in restaurants in this part of the city, while there are food stalls in the middle of the area where foods are served at very low costs (around $3-10). Make sure to try Hainanese Chicken and their seafoods.
Moreover, shops at Chinatown offer tourists and travelers cheap souvenir items best to bring for your friends at your home country.
3. Experience Little India
While Chinatown lets you experience Chinese culture, Little India gives you a glimpse of India’s. Indians compose big part of Singapore’s work force, and form part of its diversed culture. In this part of the country, you can experience how things are done by the Indians. For those who are looking for great finds, sometimes souvenir items are cheaper here as well.
Though festivities are celebrated here year-round, best to come from September to December to catch most of their grandest fests, including Theemithi or fire walking festival scheduled either October or November.
4. Visit Bugis and Kampong Glam
A Singapore visit is not complete without a stroll at these two vibrant and ethnically diverse neighborhoods where those who love a unique cultural experience will surely enjoy. The areas boost religious sites, great architectural scenes, shopping experience and awesome cuisines.
Be sure to visit top attractions here which include but not limited to Haji Lane, Sultan Mosque, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Arab Street, and Malay Heritage Centre.
5. Gardens by the Bay
Things may be different for everyone but Gardens by the Bay, a 101 hectare nature park is my favorite place in Singapore. Touted as the ‘not-to-be-missed’ part of Singapore, prepare yourself for a long, nice walk that’s definitely worth it.
The giant artificial trees. The view of Marina Bay. The nature. This is definitely the best part of Singapore, especially if you don’t plan of spending money. Perfect for photo ops as well. Top tourist spots (with entrance fees), the Flower Dome & Cloud Forest are just nearby so you might wanna experience them as well. I have to admit, I fell in love with Cloud Forest.
6. Ride the Singapore Flyer
Though it costs a few dollars (S$33 for adults (13 and above); S$21 for kids 6-12 years old; and S24 for senior citizens), Sigapore Flyer ride offers a panoramic view of Singapore — the city skyline, the neigboring Malaysia and Indonesia, and the Marina Bay area from atop.
While it is good to see the beauty of Singapore with your friends and family members, Singapore Flyer also offers ‘romantic rides’ if in case you wanna offer your partner a notch higher (literally as well) dating experience.
7. Be a kid again at Universal Studios
Let the Universal Studios Singapore satisfy the kids, and the kid in you. It offers rides of various kinds for the young hearts, and for anyone who dares to experience how it feels to be young again. Make sure to ride the Transformers.
8. Bar hopping at Clarke Quay
For the professional adult in you, Clarke Quay is the place to be. As per Singapore Tourism Board, this part of the busy city offers quite an experience to the businessmen, and the adults. High-end bars are here for the fun-loving travelers as well.
Tip: Ladies night is every Wednesday so guys, bring the ladies with you, and let them chip in for your entrance fee. *Grin*
9. Stroll around Marina Bay
Marina Bay area offers a different vibe, as it is the heart of the city, by the bay. In most occassions, this is the busiest area in Singapore. New Year countdown happens here, and a lot of big events such as the recent commemoration of Singapore’s 50th anniversary. This is also home to a lot of tourist attractions such as the famous Merlion at the Merlion Park, the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Flower Garden, Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay, and a lot more. Air is the freshest in this side of the city plus a view of the sea, and that of Marina Bay Financial Center offer tourists & travelers a vibe unique to Singapore.
10. Enjoy luxurious life at a 5-Star Hotel
Some would prefer cheaper hotels when traveling outside their home countries while others would love to travel in luxury. Singapore’s five-star hotels offer quite an experience. For those who would prefer budget travel, staying a day at a top hotel out of your 5 days in a city would provide additional value to your travel experience.
If you think you are tired due to your walking and strolling adventures, and all you need is some pampering, good meals, and the comfort you’ve been wanting while away, stay at a high-end hotel, and enjoy their foods, and amenities for a day or two.
Pan Pacific Singapore, located along Raffles Road in Marina Bay offers great deals for your pampering needs. Their rooms are huge, classy, and cozy, and offers great views of either the city skyline or Marina Bay, or the Pacific Ocean. Equipped with amenities like gym, swimming pool, and spa, the hotel provides caliber service that satisfy the tired soul in you. Our recent stay in Pan Pacific is a moment to remember. Ask for the room that gives you access to their Pacific Club Lounge located at the 38th floor for it provides a panoramic view of the city. You can actually ditch the Sky Flyer ride and spend your budget here instead. The food, the luxe, the service. Worth your every penny.
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