This year I had the chance to visit Singapore (SG) again. After saving money for some years, my sister and I finally can afford to pay for our family trip. It was our first family trip abroad. Thanks to God which made this possible (with low budget airlines, free time, and everything).
Actually, this is my second visit after my visit in 2004, which was paid by my previous office work. I was only able to visit SG for 2 days that year. There were rapid changes after almost 10 years. The new things to see now include: Marina Bay, SG Flyer, Garden by the Bay, and Universal Studio in Sentosa Island.
For those who want to visit Singapore with limited budget, I have some advices:
1. Search for low budget airlines.
2. Search for cheapest hotel.
3. Find cheap place to eat, usually in Little India, canteen for workers at mall, or hawkers (street food).
4. Buy souvenirs in cheap place: China Town or Serangoon Road. We have compared with Bugis Street, China Town was still cheaper.
5. Visit free entrance places like: Garden by the Bay (GBTB)-unless you want to visit the conservatory area, Sentosa (only pay entrance fee max. 4SGD with monorail), Chinese Garden, Botanical Garden, Merlion Park, Esplanade Park, Marina Bay, and of course Orchard Road.
6. Bring empty bottled water, so that you can refill your empty bottle wherever there is a drinking fountain, because water is very expensive in SG. The cheapest one I found was 1SGD per 1,5l water.
Our 7 days trip itinerary was so busy. We did not expect that, since most people who went to SG only spend around 3-4 days. Seven days was too much according to some of my friends. Yet, till now, we still feel that those 7 days seemed too short, flew away without notice. Our itinerary for Singapore trip in 7 days:
Day 01- Merlion Park and Esplanade, Day 02-Sentosa Island: Merlion Walk, Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach, Tanjung Beach, Day 03-Garden by the Bay, Marina Bay, Marina Square, Helix Bridge, Day 04-Supposed to be Botanical Garden and Orchard Road, but due to unexpected rain, we canceled the Botanical Garden plan, Day 05-Chinese Garden, Haw Par Villa, IKEA, Day 06-Universal Studios SG, Day 07-Bugis, China Town, Mustafa, Day 08-Back to home.
We stayed in Little India area, which I found to be cheapest area in Singapore from the hotels and food. It was interesting to see different part of SG, because India people still maintained their culture, from the food, music, and also their religious place.
Our first itinerary was Merlion Park. Of course this is a must when you visit Singapore. What else would you expect from this Lion Country? From Raffles Place MRT station to Merlion Park, here is the list of what you will see:
1. Fullerton Hotel
3. Esplanade Park with Esplanade from distance
4. Esplanade up close
5. Merlion Park
6. Crowds sitting around the Merlion.