Merchant Lane How I Had a 5D4N Budget Vacation in Singapore for P7200 (RM 620)

With three canicule off from work, I assuredly accept the adventitious to biking to adjoining countries. However, aback I accept bound resources, I’ve alleged the two countries attainable by bus carriage from Malaysia – Thailand and Singapore.With time consideration, I heard from a bounded aide that a bus ride to Thailand will yield me 8 hours to Hatyai (but not yet Bangkok – alone on the bound of Malaysia-Thailand) and alone 4-5 hours to Singapore.While Thailand has a appreciably lower amount of active than Singapore, I did some analysis and begin out that there are amaranthine means to biking comfortable cities like Singapore aural budget. Aback it has accomplished busline routes and affluence of alluring day-tripper spots, I chose to go Singapore, even if I accept to eat Chicken Rice for one accomplished week.TRANSPORTATION:Departure: Kuala Lumpur, TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) -> Singapore, Little India (Fare: RM45 = P517.50)Arrival: Singapore, Katong V Mall -> Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown KL 5 Elements Hotel (Fare: RM72 = P828)Total Busline Fare: RM 117 (P1345.50)From all the three accessible busline to Singapore – airplane, bus and alternation – bus is the a lot of bargain and economical to accept aback you can yield the midnight tickets and beddy-bye during the travel.The bus cruise is about 5.5 hrs from Malaysia to Singapore. Note that you may accept to be alive during the endure hour because intercity campaign will crave you to cantankerous two clearing barrio – one abandonment Malaysia and addition one entering Singapore.QUICK TIPS:

If you can book online, do it so you can be aloof on the shuttle drillmaster advanced of time. I appointed abundance at They aswell accept lots of promotions including discounts and biking vouchers every month.

As advised, accept the midnight agenda (12 AM) so you can acceptance aboriginal in Singapore and advance the adored time in adrift adjacent day-tripper spots afore blockage in to your hostel.

Ensure that you accept accepted acceptance and authorization data as there’s a adventitious that clearing admiral in Woodlands Singapore may arrest and accompany you into authentic claiming if you accept the amiss documents.ACCOMMODATION:Online Booking Fee: RM 205 (P2357.50)Duration of Stay: 5 Canicule – 4 NightsOnline Merchant: AgodaI primarily chose Prince of Wales because this is one of the cheapest hostels with no bedbugs from the Agoda reviews which was a absolute assurance that it’s able-bodied maintained. True enough, I was accustomed a bedsheet, pillow and absolute afterwards check-in. There were aswell 5 abatement coupons with one chargeless commutual Heineken/Jam Jar from the hostel. The administration said they will abandon the chargeless Heineken/Jam Jar affective advanced and that I was the endure one who got the red coupon. Advantageous me!

The alloyed billet I backward has four applesauce beds, breadth a lot of of the time occupants were Western foreigners. Aircon runs 9 PM – 9 AM only. Showers on the arena attic has boiler and wi-fi acceleration is excellent. On one Saturday night, I came home to watch music bands assuming laid aback music.Overall, this is a recommended auberge if you wish a bargain backpacker adaptation with acceptable superior account and able maintenance.DAY 1: LITTLE INDIA + BUGIS: RM 102 / SGD 34 / PHP 1173Considering the ample busline amount for 5 canicule in Singapore, I planned to account the Singapore Day-tripper Pass (STP) for SGD 20 (3-day Pass) which enables me to accept absolute biking on MRTs, LRTs and accessible buses. Then I’ll use the STP for Day 2-4 so for Day 1, I alone visited the day-tripper spots abreast my auberge – Prince of Wales.Therefore, it is important to aces a cardinal abode breadth you will book your hostel. For me, I acclaim Little India because:

Its MRT is an altering amid North East Line (train traveling to Sentosa, Clarke Anchorage or Chinatown) and Downtown Line (train traveling to Botanic Gardens or Bugis)

It has affluence of adjacent temples and mosques (see below) with the cultural ‘feel’ that immerses your close Indian.

It has acceptance to bargain bell-ringer stalls for as low as SGD 5 per meal – like Tekka Centre – which is home to an admirable array of Singapore cuisine.

You can aswell boutique for souvenirs on Mustafa Arcade Centre for bargain perfumes or jewelries.Bugis is aswell walking ambit from Little India so you can buy your STP there, analyze the shops on Bugis Artery and adjure on the adjacent temple for blessings.Itineraries:

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

Mustafa Arcade Centre

Indian Heritage Centre (SGD 4 for Entrance, Chargeless English Tour)

Masjid Abdul Gafoor Mosque

Haji Lane

Bugis Street

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho TempleDAY 2: SENTOSA + MERLION + GARDENS BY THE BAY: RM 126 / SGD 42 / PHP 1449By Day 2, I had absolute busline acknowledgment to the STP agenda so I can roam everywhere in Singapore. Unfortunately, it does not awning the amount for Sentosa Express which I paid for SGD 4 (P140). I did not go anymore to the Universal Studios Singapore aback I’ve gone there already but for those who are wondering, the access fee is SGD 74 (P2590).In the afternoon, I went to Gardens by the Bay by aimless on the Raffles Abode area, assimilate the Helix Bridge, and through the aisle on Marina Bay Sands. It was one of the a lot of admirable day-tripper atom I accept anytime apparent in Singapore and the one I’ll acclaim abnormally if you account the access fee to the Cooled Conservatories – Cloud Forest and Flower Dome – for SGD 28 (P966). I aswell got advantageous because there was an accident alleged Garden Rhapsody – Retro Fever on the Supertree Grove breadth there were ablaze lights dancing to the 80′s tune and it was absolutely magnificent.Marina Bay abreast the Merlion bronze was actual admirable during the night. As I was walking on the Jubilee Airing Trail, I can see the baroque Marina Bay Sands animated through the calm waters. With the breadth still abounding of tourists, I al of a sudden remembered the song “The Night is Still Young.”Itineraries:

Vivo City, HarbourFront

Sentosa – Waterfront, Imbiah and Bank Stations

Marina Bay at Raffles Place

Esplanade Theatres and Marina Bay Sands

Helix Bridge and Jubilee Airing Trail

Gardens by the Bay – Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Supertree Grove


Singapore FlyerDAY 3-4: BOTANIC GARDENS + ORCHARD + CLARKE QUAY + CHINATOWN: RM 60 / SGD 20 / PHP 690From Little India, I went to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for my morning jogging. The abode was actual huge with lots of alternate trails such as Healing and Evolution Gardens. Aback it belonged to one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the abode was aswell appropriately maintained with some breadth (near the Ginger Garden) still renovated. It was aswell abreast to some of the barrio of the National University of Singapore (NUS).When I took the Orchard avenue from the Botanic Gardens, I rode the bus application my STP to the admirable Orchard Road. Foreigners were alive with branded cardboard accoutrements from arcade malls such as Ion, Wisma Atria, Tangs, Takashimaya and Advantageous Plaza. As a above day-tripper allure abounding of retail and ball hubs, it was one of those places the millennial will usually bread as ‘Instagrammable.’To atone from the backbreaking airing escapades, I absitively to relax abreast the actual bank they alarm as Clarke Quay. With assorted restaurants and nightclubs such as Hooters and Zouk (still bankrupt for renovation), it may able-bodied be advised the affair basic of Singapore.Tourists can added adore their break in the admirable anchorage with G-Max Reverse Bungee (SGD 45 = P1575), Singapore River Cruise (SGD 22 = P770) or apparently just arctic on the Read Bridge with an ice algid beer while alert to some artery performers.The next day, I went to the bright Chinese ascendancy in Singapore, the indigenous Chinatown. Starting from Pagoda street, I saw altered affectionate of shops alignment from hot tiger balms to big bittersweet dragon statues. There were aswell Chinese and Indian temples abreast the breadth forth with the Chinese Heritage Centre (with an acceptance fee of SGD 15 = P525).

I aswell went to two acclaimed bell-ringer centres forth the vicinity, the Chinatown Aliment Artery and the Maxwell Aliment Centre, abnormally the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice which acquired acceptance from featuring of Anthony Bourdain on one of his No Reservations program.Across the Maxwell Aliment Centre, there were museums such as ‘Red Dot Design Museum and the Singapore City-limits Arcade (formerly URA Gallery). Access is chargeless of allegation and the accomplished arcade aims to appearance the concrete transformation in the endure 40 years which are both educational and interesting. It aswell apparent the city-limits diorama of Singapore with authentic representations from barrio all over the country.At night of Day 4, I met some of my accompany in Singapore to accept banquet on one of the restaurants anchored forth Robertson’s Quay. We absolved from Clarke Anchorage and assimilate the banal aisle amid abreast the curve of the riverside. Suffice to say, the aliment was acutely delicious.Itineraries:

Singapore Botanic Gardens – Foliage, Healing, Evolution, National Orchid

Orchard Road Arcade Malls

Clarke Anchorage – Singapore River Cruise and G-Max Reverse Bungee

Chinatown – People’s Park Complex and Centre

Masjid Jamae (Chulia)

Sri Mariamman Temple

Chinatown Aliment Artery and Maxwell Aliment Centre

Singapore City-limits Gallery

Robertson’s QuayDAY 5: KATONG + EAST COAST: RM 63 / SGD 21 / PHP 724.50Early morning, I arrested out from my hostel, ate cafeteria at Geylang Road and surrendered my STP to get the SGD 10 deposit. Then I went to Katong V Mall which is bus auto point traveling aback to Malaysia. The beeline avenue was through Paya Lebar base and to the chargeless shuttle auto from Paya Lebar Square to Katong V.Since I still accept 2 hours to departure, I absolved forth the streets until I hit the serene amnion of Singapore, the bank ancillary of East Coast Park. It was styled as an burghal break breadth families and accompany can play volleyball, ride bicycles, bless fun events, fry barbeques and rock in the waters. Overall, it’s a absolute abode to relax and abate stress.Itineraries:

Geylang Road

Paya Lebar Square

Katong V Mall and adjacent Arcade Malls

East Coast Park