However you turn or turn it, Singapore is an expensive destination. Especially if you enter from one of the surrounding countries and change from Thai Baht, Malaysian Ringgit or Indonesian Rupiah to the Singapore Dollar. Follow our practical tips and visit Singapore with a small budget.
Do you want to save on accommodation? Remember that Singapore is a small country with an extensive metro and bus network. So forget the golden rule ‘location, location, location’ and simply choose cheap accommodation that might be less convenient. Departure from the metro to the places you want to visit.
Do not retire for more than 3/4 days for Singapore. It is a great destination, but it is a very small country (half the size of Bangkok!) Where you can tap all the highlights in a long weekend.
A taxi in Bangkok or Hanoi will not cause enormous damage to your wallet, but in Singapore this is different. Dodge the taxis and discover the country on foot or by metro. Singapore has an extensive metro network that operates throughout the country. Choose an EZ-link pass (the Singapore OV chip card) to save on your journeys. Ask for the special EZ-link pass for tourists where you do not buy the card, but only pay a deposit which you will receive back afterwards. A ride costs you less than 2 Singapore Dollars.
From the dizzying skyscrapers of the financial district to the temples and mosques of China Town, Little India and the Arab Quarter. In Singapore you do not always have to pay to be entertained. A walk through the different parts of the city takes you along unique architecture and drags you from culture to culture. It is a country where modern and cultural authenticity are intertwined.
Our favorite free activity is a walk through the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Botanical Gardens of Singapore. Especially in the mornings and evenings when the tropical temperatures drop. Are you there on the weekend? Take a look at the agenda, there is a big chance that you can attend a free concert here.
Would you rather take an adventurous walk? Then visit the MacRitchie Reservoir Park where you walk through the lush green jungle of the country on wooden paths and high rope bridges as you try to avoid the roaming monkeys.
The best view of the city can be found at the summit of Mount Faber. This is also the most ideal place to watch the sun go down behind the skyscrapers while the thousands of lights of the city illuminate the streets and buildings.
Food and drink
Singapore is known for its many restaurants that are acclaimed worldwide and labeled with Michelin stars. But an evening in one of these restaurants can cost you as much as a whole week (or two) in Thailand. You can therefore better choose an alternative that offers good food for little money. Little India and China Town offer delicious street food for less than 5 Dollars per meal. The many food courts also offer a good outcome. Here you can often choose from Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Singaporean food, in other words, the food of the locals. Would you like to eat in one of the famous restaurants? Then choose the midday hours. Then you get 20% discount on the bill.
Although the beers and cocktails are indispensable during backpacking in Asia, we recommend drinking alcohol for a budget trip in Singapore. A beer or cocktail in a bar will easily cost between 12 to 15 Singapore Dollars. Save your thirst for the cheaper countries and both your wallet and your liver will thank you these days. Can not you really do without a drink? Then choose a beer from the 7/11 and join the many young people who spend the evenings in large groups on the bridges and along the rivers at Clarke Quay and Boat Quay with beers and snacks.
Most likely, Singapore is the most expensive stop during your backpacking trip in Asia. Do not be put off because you can also visit Singapore with a small budget. If you follow our tips you will experience a backpacking trip in Singapore with moderate damage to the contents of your wallet.