2017 SINGAPORE TRAVEL GUIDE |  ATTRACTIONS, CHEAPHOTELS, BUDGET, ITINERARY

 2017 SINGAPORE TRAVEL GUIDE |  ATTRACTIONS, CHEAP HOTELS, BUDGET, ITINERARY

VISITING THE “LITTLE RED DOT” OF THE SOUTHEAST

Tourism in Singapore is booming than ever before. Last year’s statistics alone even recorded its most historic height of 16.4 million visits, a rise of 7.7 percent from previous record. But what makes the “Garden City” such as tourist-visited place that it garnered such a record?

Let us take a look at this tiny city-state.

More Than Just its Size

The “Lion City,” that is Singapore, may little in comparison to its neighboring countries to stand out in terms of land area. But what it pales in size as a city-state, it easily makes up for with its thriving economy which puts its nearby nations in embarrassment. Being “small,” in this sense, does not connote being “of little means” in supporting its growing economy.

As it appears, a good portion of Singapore’s economy is based on tourism whose number of visitors oftentimes quintuple the country’s overall population.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN SINGAPORE

The small country of Singapore will not call itself a tourism powerhouse without its fair share of beautiful places which magnet human interest across the globe. Be it its historical landmarks or man-made attractions, there is definitely something to behold that awe-inspire other countries.

THE MERLION

You must be from another land if you have not known of this tiny nation’s iconic landmark, the Merlion, a portmanteau between “mermaid” and a “lion.” Fictitious it may be, but this creature symbolizes more than just its looks and matters much more of what the country it is today—re-foundation of Singapore and the establishment of its sovereignty.

 

the author at Universal Studio

UNIVERSAL STUDIO

Bring back the youth in you by visiting the Universal Studios Singapore.  One will surely enjoy the 4D Movies with matching effects like seat-misters when a character sneezes and shaking seat.

There are Seven Zones at Universal Studios which you can enjoy, to wit:

Hollywood – Lake Hollywood Spectacular and Sesame Street Show, ( Open on Selected Saturdays

New York – Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase; Lights, Camera, Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg; Accelerator; TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle; Sci-Fi City – Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON; Treasure Hunters

Ancient Egypt – Revenge of the Mummy

Lost World – Canopy Flyer, Water World, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Dino-Soarin’

Far Far Away – Donkey LIVE, Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, Enchanted Airways, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Magic Potion Spin

Madagascar – Madagascar: A Crate Adventure,King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round

TIME

Open daily from 10am – 8pm (Subject to change without prior notice)

HOW TO GET TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE

Nearest MRT station: Harbourfront MRT Station
Sentosa Express: Waterfront Station

ADMISSION RATES
1-DAY Entry – Universal Studios Singapore :Adult – S$76.00 |Child – S$56.00 |Senior Citizen – S$38.00 ( 60 years and above)

SONGS OF THE SEA 

 

NIGHT SAFARI

You may have already seen exotic animals in their artificial habitat at broad daylight. But the overall experience is a lot different if you do it at night.

When most zoos the world over are only open for visits across the day, the Night Safari in Singapore breaks the norm for being open for service during twilight. The Night Safari are for people who wanted to see the other half of what many zoos from elsewhere fail to show to their eager customers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Night Safari Tickets (Singapore Dollars)
Adult S$45 Child* (3 – 12 years old) S$ 30 Senior Citizen**S$ 18
(Admission Time Slots: 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm and 10:15pm)

HOW TO GET TO THE NIGHT SAFARI

ADDRESS

80 Mandai Lake Road,
Singapore 729826

From Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16), take bus service 138.
From Chua Chu Kang MRT (BP1/NS4), take bus service 927.

From Woodlands station (NS9) or Marsiling station (NS8), take bus service 926 (operates only on Sundays and public holidays).

SINGAPORE FLYER

The Singapore Flyer stands at 165 meters and considered as of the biggest tourist attractions in Asia. It is also one of the largest giant observation wheels in the world.

The attraction features capsules comparable to the size of one bus and can accommodate 28 people. The flyer can cater to up to 784 passengers. One revolution of the flyer will take at approximately 30 minutes

ENTRANCE FEES

Singapore Flight : Adult S$33.00 | Child S$21.00 | Senior S$24.00

ADDRESS

Singapore Flyer
30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803

HOW TO GET TO SINGAPORE FLYER

By Mass Rapid Transport (MRT)

The Promenade Station (Circle Line, CC4) provides you with a fuss-free, mere five-minute walk to Singapore Flyer! Take Exit A and look out for blue pedestrian signs to Singapore Flyer.

By Bus

You can catch public buses 56, 75, 77, 97, 97e, 171, 195, 960, 961C at Before Temasek Avenue (02191)

JURONG BIRD PARK

S.E.A. AQUARIUM  (undergoing refurbishment and will be unveiled towards the end of 2017)

Forget about Georgia Aquarium or the Dubai Mall Aquarium. These man-made aquatic containers little in comparison when it comes to Singapore’s S.E.A. Aquarium, the largest there is in the world.

But size is not only what it boasts for. Matching its gargantuan capacity are the diverse creatures of the sea it holds, counting as many as 100,000 of them.

 

HAW PAR VILLA

 

GARDENS BY THE BAY

Part of Singapore’s willingness to evolve and innovate is the foundation of the natural and man-made hybrid attraction, the Gardens by the Bay. Situated within Marina Bay itself, this recently-established tourist attraction is true to its moniker.

But while you may marvel at this place’s out-of-this-world infrastructure, the Gardens by the Bay is also a host to many of nature’s amazing flora, all carefully designed for tourists to see. You may or may not be a flower enthusiast yourself, but if you are in this place, there is always something that is worth checking out.

ENTRANCE FEES

 

HOW TO GET TO GARDENS BY THE BAY

VIA THE CIRCLE LINE OR DOWNTOWN LINE

Alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16)
Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway
Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay

VIA THE EAST-WEST LINE

Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15)
Take Exit C and head towards bus stop no. 03223 located at International Plaza, Anson Road
Hop onto bus no. 400 and alight at bus stop no. 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive

WALKING HERE

FROM THE HELIX BRIDGE TOWARDS THE ART SCIENCE MUSEUM
Follow the footpath which leads under the East Coast Parkway (ECP), which will bring you directly into Bay South Garden along the waterfront.

FROM MARINA BAY SANDS

Walk across the overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel (open daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm), or take the underground linkway via Bayfront MRT Station
(Exit B)

the author at the Gardens by the Bay

GETTING TO SINGAPORE

Singapore is served by Changi Airport one of the most modern and beautiful airports in Asia. The airport is equipped with many amenities and attractions. Getting a long layover in this airport is never a problem because one will surely be entertained with so many things to do while in the airport.

at Jurong Bird Sanctuary

GETTING AROUND SINGAPORE

By train

It is very easy to tour Singapore with the use of Singapore’s MRT (mass rapid transit) system. Most key attractions in the city can be reached by train.

The moment you arrive at the airport of Singapore you can buy EZ-Link Card which will be your pass when taking bus and train.For tourists, you can purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass, a special EZ-Link stored-value card which will allow you unlimited travel for one day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20). Apart from the Changi Airport,, you can also buy the cards at the TransitLink Ticket Office at the following MRT stations―City Hall, Orchard, Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar,Bayfront, Harbourfront, Chinatown, Farrer Park,Jurong East, Bugis, Kranji, Lavender, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio―or at the Concession Card Replacement Office at Somerset station.

It is nice to note that Singapore’s trains and stations are accessible to strollers, wheelchair users and the visually impaired.

By taxi

If you want a more comfortable means of transportation, metered taxis are also available, but they cost more of course.

By Bus

Bus System in Singapore is also extensive. Normally, reaching some destinations maybe a combination of a train and a bus ride. You can use your EZ-Link stored-value card or the Singapore Tourist Pass, which you tap on the card reader the moment your board and when you alight.

TRAVELERS ESSENTIALS

Currency
The Singapore Dollar is used in the city. You can change your US Dollar at the Changi Airport. Since Singapore is a modern city most restaurants and almost all hotels are accepting credit and debit cards.
1 Singapore Dollar = .74 US Dollar

Power Plug
It is important to note that the standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles). It would be best to buy some traveler’s adopter for your gadgets because they use power plugs with three square prongs in the city.

What To Wear
Singapore is generally humid all year round so it would be best to wear light and comfortable clothing during your visit. If you intend to explore the city, It would be best to wear a comfortable footwear as you will surely walk a lot to see and explore most of its attractions.

Travel Map
It would be best to get a map at the airport of the many places when getting around Singapore.

LIST OF BUDGET HOTELS IN SINGAPORE

Travel could be one of the biggest chunks of anyone’s budget when visiting other places. Hence, I listed below some of the budget hotels in Singapore. Just click the link and it will bring you to the booking site.

Aerotel Transit Hotel, Terminal 1
Level 3, Departure Transit Lounge, Terminal 1 (near Gate D41), Singapore Changi Airport, Changi, Singapore, Singapore, 819642
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Eighteen By Three Cabins (Recently Renovated)
3, Stanley Street #02-00, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 068722
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Adler Singapore – Premium Co-Living & Co-Working
259 South Bridge Road, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 058808
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

ZEN Rooms Arab Street
Located in Hotel Nuve, 9 – 11A Jalan Pinang, Bugis, Singapore, Singapore, 199141
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

ZEN Rooms Jalan Besar
Located in Arton Boutique Hotel (Tyrwhitt Hospitality PTE LTD), 176 Tyrwhitt Road, Kallang, Singapore, Singapore, 207576
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

ZEN Premium Kallang
Located in five/6 Hotel Splendour, Geylang, Singapore, Singapore, 399167
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

ZEN Rooms Chinatown
Located in Bliss Hotel, 62 Upper Cross St, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 058353
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Lodge 41
41 Lorong 16 Geylang, Geylang, Singapore, Singapore, 398877
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Coziee Lodge
No.77A & No.79A Geylang Road, Kallang, Singapore, Singapore, 389197
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

The Bohemian Chic Hostel
40 Mosque Street, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 059518
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Victoria Hotel (Recently Renovated)
87 Victoria Street, Bugis, Singapore, Singapore, 188016
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Park 22 Hotel Little India (Recently Renovated)
60 Kerbau Road, Little India, Singapore, Singapore, 219184
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Royal Lodge @ Pagoda Street (Recently Renovated)
66A & 66B Pagoda Street, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 059225
DEALBOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

The Bohemian Chic Hostel
40 Mosque Street, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 059518
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

COO Boutique Hostel (Recently Renovated)
259 Outram Road, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 169056
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Fisher BnB
127 Tyrwhitt Road, Kallang, Singapore, Singapore, 207551
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The Bohemian Chic Hostel
40 Mosque Street, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 059518
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Adler Singapore – Premium Co-Living & Co-Working
259 South Bridge Road, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 058808
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

Champion Hotel City Recently Renovated
37 North Canal Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore, Singapore, 059293
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

The Keong Saik Hotel
69 Keong Saik Road, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 089165
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Ark Hostel (Recently Renovated)
89, Geylang Road, Kallang, Singapore, Singapore, 389203
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Strand Hotel
25 Bencoolen Street, Bugis, Singapore, Singapore, 189619
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The Pod @ Beach Road Boutique Capsule Hotel (Recently Renovated)
289 Beach Road, Bugis, Singapore, Singapore, 199552
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

The Port by Quarters Hostel (Recently Renovated)
50A Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Singapore, Singapore, 049839
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

5footway.Inn Project Boat Quay
76 Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Singapore, Singapore, 049864
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Cube – Boutique Capsule Hotel (Recently Renovated)
76, 78 Smith Street (2nd & 3rd Level), Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore, 058972
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE TO GET THE BEST DEAL

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4 Comments:

  1. Singapore managed to become the best for 50years because of the willingness of the people to change and improve their lives. Patience and persiverance.
    Btw, the Changi is already a destination!

  2. Beautiful post once again. I am really in awe of your photographs. I guess I need to invest in a good camera for my next travel.

  3. Singapore will be the first country I will be visiting next year. I have bookmarked all of your Singapore posts. Thank you.

  4. I am always amazed by how you gathered your materials to make each post of your very comprehensive. Last month, I use your travel guide in Samal Island in Davao and our family had a great. Now I will be using this Singapore Guide as we have already pruchased our tickets for the holidays. Kudos and may you continue to help every travel like me with much and meaningful information.

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