Budget itinerary: 5 Days in Singapore for P9,500
Singapore isn't only the most expensive city in Southeast Asia – it's the most expensive city in the world, topping the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2016 Worldwide Cost of Living survey for the third year in a row. That said, there are ways to see the wonders of Singapore without necessarily breaking the bank. Here's how to spend 5 days in Singapore for only P9,500 – including airfare and travel tax. (READ: First time in Singapore? 12 places to visit)
- The number of seats on sale tend to be limited and nabbing the lowest fares can require a combination of patience, luck, and speed. Improve your chances by keeping a file on your desktop with all the necessary information ready to copy and paste. This especially applies if you are also booking for your family or friends. You don't want to waste precious time having to call them up – in the middle of the night, no less – to ask for their birthdays or passport numbers.
- Some budget flights tend to arrive at Changi Airport near or after midnight and you may be too late to catch the last train or bus from the airport. To explore your options for getting to the city center, see: Transportation from Changi Airport (Singapore) after midnight.
- If you are traveling with a large family or group of friends, a rental might come out cheaper. Take the time to compare prices.
- For other cheap but well-reviewed accommodations, see: 18 Best Cheap Hostels in Singapore (2016).
- Many hostels offer free breakfast, so that's one less meal to worry about.
- At hawker centers, look for the stalls with the longest lines – chances are, they're the ones with the best food.
- You can get a cultural/religious immersion and a meal at the Singapore Buddhist Lodge. According to its website: "Vegetarian meals are provided every day for the consumption of the public, regardless of race, religion and nationality."
- Wear sensible shoes. Even if you're taking the MRT, you might still have to do a significant amount of walking to get to the right platform, especially in the large interchanges.
- Tip: If you also plan to go to Jurong Bird Park (S$29), the River Safari (S$30), and/or the Night Safari (S$45), you can save on admission fees by buying a Park Hopper ticket instead. For example, a Park Hopper ticket to see both the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park will cost only S$49 (instead of S$62). Moreover, if you buy the tickets online, you can save an additional 10%, bringing it down to only S$44.10. (You can buy Park Hopper or individual park tickets online HERE.)
Not bad for 5 days in the world's most expensive city. – Rappler.com
Gaya is a travel blogger from Cebu whose background in psychology and medicine has taken a backseat to her passion for writing and traveling. Her main occupation is spamming her friends' Facebook feeds with travel articles she's published in her blog Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains, but for bread and butter she takes on writing and healthcare-related projects from home. Her bucket list includes taking her family to Rome, seeing the northern lights from the Scottish highlands, and walking the Camino de Santiago.