For long Singapore has been one of the most sought after destinations for most Indians, in fact for most people, Singapore was the first foreign country they ever visited. Singapore is basically a mix of 3 cultures viz. Malaysian, Indian (Tamil) and Chinese. This culture is seen widely all over Singapore, be it in their food or way of life.
With flourishing retail hot spots, a booming, cross-cultural culinary scene and one of the world’s best airports, it’s not hard to see why Singapore acts as a launching (and finishing) point for many Asian odysseys. From the traditions and heritage of Chinatown to the aromatic delights of Little India and the modernity of glitzy hotels, a few days in sizzling Singapore is the perfect bookend to any Intrepid adventure.
We spent about 5 days in Singapore which is more than enough as Singapore is a relatively small country. So here is a day by day account of what we did:
We arrived at Changi Airport via Kuala Lumpur from Kochi and yes again we scored amazingly cheap flights, our return ticket cost us only 8000 INR on AirAsia. The first thing we did was pick up a Sim card, any operator is good as range is pretty much excellent everywhere. There was a special offer with 100GB internet at 5 S$ talk time only for 15 S$ and this was more than enough for our entire trip.
The next thing you do as you exit the airport is ask for the MRT train station as taxi costs a bomb in SG. You need to purchase an EZlink SMRT card which connects you all through Singapore and can be used for a bus as well as train. The minimum card is 12 S$ which comes with 7 S$ credit. You can top up as required. Local are very friendly and will help you wherever you need to go, some may even come with you and drop you.
We were staying in D&E Inn which is about 1km from Little India as we had a friend with us who is a pure vegetarian so we didn’t want to risk keeping him hungry. The accommodation cost us 20 S$ per person per day. There were 4 of us so 2 bunk beds in one room, air conditioned. The place was very clean and more importantly close by to the SMRT and bus station.
We took the day at ease and went to pick up our attraction tickets which we booked on www.viator.com which gives it out for really cheap. We visited Bugis street and Orchard road that night. Wonderful places bustling with crowd and energy. Not to mention that all the top brands in the world have an outlet here.
Dinner at day 1 was at a local Pakistani place, which cost us about 10 S$ per head for a tummy full.
After a late start, we set out to visit the Singapore Flyer, this took us on a huge circle with mind blowing panoramic views of the city for 45 minutes. Then we went for the DUKW tours in an amphibious vehicle which took us around city and into the water with the same vehicle, we saw the Marina bay close up and the Merlion which is amazing.
Later on at night we visited the Casino at the Marina Bay which is extremely huge and allows free entry for Indians (not kidding!) with free drinks too!
We headed back to little India later to sample some food and walk around the place. Major brands like Anjappar, Komala’s etc are here so Indians need not fret. There is also the huge Mustafa centre which is a 24 hour mall with all your requirements and souvenirs for really cheap.
We tried a local specialty item for dinner called Chicken Rice, which is chicken strips on top rice cooked in chicken stock. It tasted extraordinarily good.
We set out around 9 AM, had our breakfast at Komala’s which is a typical Tamilian Veg restaurant. An average breakfast cost you 3-5 S$
Then we headed to Sentosa Island to check out perhaps the best attraction of Singapore, Universal Studios. This one is charm right from the start and we suggest you to come here at 10 AM sharp and pay 30 S$ extra (apart from the entry fee about 80 S$) this priority pass will get you ahead of the line everywhere and make sure you see the entire Universal Studios before it shuts at 5 PM.
There are also many restaurants and refreshment spots along the way and mind you everything is priced high here, so if you want to save, load up on your own refreshments and water.
We decided to take the return Cable Car ticket which costs us 28 S$ and also gave us excellent panoramic views of the skyline.
Sentosa has lots of things to do, like Luge, Siloso beach, Casinos, Clubs etc. Basically there is lots to see in Sentosa and there are people who come and just spend their days here. But this would be more recommended if you go for a second trip to Singapore.
This time around for breakfast, we decided to do some junk, so we hogged at the local McDonalds and KFC. Let’s just say, India tastes much better and there is absolutely no home for vegetarians, except at Subway.
Post breakfast we decided to take the city tour via the open top bus. We went around and saw the lovely sights of Singapore and also saw the Museum which gave us a lot of insights about Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore. Then we headed to the little India area where we shopped for souvenirs to take back home for family and friends.
In the evening we headed to the Jurong area for the Night Safari, which is located just next to the River Safari. Most people prefer to do both but we decided to opt for the former. As usual we saw a monstrous line. The entry fee was 30 S$ but we decided to pay 10 S$ extra and go for an express pass. Which got us ahead of the line everywhere. First we saw the animals show which showcased various nocturnal animals and their skills. Next we went for the safari in a golf cart which lasted 45 minutes and to our luck we saw so many various types of animals contrary to what others said that they hardly saw any.
When you head back we suggest you to take the open top bus back to city which costs only 3 S$ but takes you to all the major areas and trust me, Singapore looks amazingly beautiful at night. We then headed to Arab Street to check out the area.
This was our last day and we were pretty tired so we took the day at ease and individually explored what we wanted to. We also headed to Mustafa Centre for any last minute shopping.
In the night we headed to Clarke Quay and we must say it’s mind blowing. So many clubs in one area and so much energy. You can literally party here all night long. Keep pub hopping till you drop. We suggest you to devote one entire night here. You won’t regret.
Out flight was a 11 AM so we took a taxi to the airport and mind you taxi is a very expensive affair. But worth a one time tide. It was good to see the lovely Changi Airport one last time and we bid adieu to Singapore.
On the whole Singapore was a really refreshing experience. Everything is in place, everyone is friendly, no one to cheat you, everyone wants to help. For those of you who have an OCD for cleanliness and order, this is your heaven. We recommend everyone to visit Singapore at least once in their life time to experience what it feels like.
We are sure this part would interest you that we never take packaged trips which helps us customize our trips and customization means MORE PLACES in your BUDGET!
For Fun filled 5 Days in Singapore we spent just INR 35,000/- that included the return flight charges.
COST BREAKUP PER HEAD :
Air Tickets : INR 8000/- ( Best Airline is AirAsia for best deals )
Visa : INR 2500/- ( we got 1 month visa, but there are chances you get 1 year as well )
Accommodation : INR 4000/- ( per head for all 5 nights )
Food : INR 7500/-
Local Transport ( Bus / MRT ) : INR 1500/-
Attraction : INR 8000/- ( Viator Package including Night Safari / Universal Studio / City Tour )
Misc.: INR 4000/- ( includes Mangalore – Kochin A/c train return tickets + airport taxi to and fro )
P.S: Singapore has heavy fines for nonsense like Spitting in public, smoking in public, eating in trains etc. an offence would set you back by 500 S$ so we recommend you to read the rules before you go. Happy traveling.
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