[Updated 22 November 2019]
Singapore, oh Singapore, your wonderful country full of amazing shopping, Insta-friendly spots, awesome local food, and who can forget the exhilarating rides at Universal Studios? Singapore isn't known to be a place that is kind on our wallets, but that simply isn't true. With some research, there are plenty of fun things you can do without breaking the bank. And yes, we have included accommodations, and no, we did not skimp out on Universal Studios ?
We have compiled all you can do under RM700 in 3 days and 2 nights in the beautiful island country. Explore the best photo-worthy spots, eat like a local, and enjoy all the rides at Universal Studios!
Prices are based on the searches for the travelling period of December 2019. Currency exchange rates are based on the rates of 21 November 2019, SGD1 : MYR3.06#HHWT tip:
One easy way to keep your costs low by a few dollars a day is to bring a water tumbler and refill it whenever possible. Tap water in Singapore is potable, and major attractions usually have water coolers on their premises for you to refill and hydrate. ?
TransportationSingapore Tourist Pass
- Easily explore the city with Singapore's extensive MRT train and bus network, and you won’t have to worry about spending on cabs or ride-hailing applications during your trip.
- The Singapore Tourist Pass (STP) is the most value-for-money transport option when you’re in Singapore. All STP passes include unlimited rides* on public transport, and you even get perks and discounts to Singapore’s top attractions such as Gardens By The Bay and the Singapore Cable Car!
- For this itinerary, purchase a 3-day STP from TransitLink ticket offices of selected MRT stations or grab one from Changi Airport TransitLink Ticket Office at Terminal 2 (if you're flying in). Alternatively, you can also purchase it via the 24-hour automated STP Kiosks located right beside the TransitLink Ticket Offices of Terminals 2 and 3. With that, you're good to go for your entire trip! ?
From SGD20 for a 3-day STP (Requires an additional refundable rental deposit of SGD10)
Where to buy:
You can purchase it at Changi Airport or at selected MRT stations
. It's also available for purchase at Chinatown station, which is nearby the suggested accommodation for this itinerary.
Credit: Land Transport Authority
- The most efficient way to travel around Singapore’s attractions is by using the MRT train network. You’re never too far from the nearest MRT station, and there are also buses that help you connect between stations for a more scenic ride.
- STP includes unlimited* rides on all basic train and bus networks, so you won’t have to stop to top-up or reload your transport card during your journey. ? More importantly, you won’t need to worry about paying more even if you miss your stop or alight a stop later, as you can always tap-in again and hop onto the next bus or train for unlimited* times!
- #HHWT Tip: Grab and Go-Jek offer services in Singapore so even if you need to take a car around there’s plenty of options. Just keep the late-night and airport surcharges in mind when balancing your budget and try to combine a cab ride with a bus or train ride if possible as it can get quite pricey!
Staying ConnectedKlook 4G Data Sim Card
Price:From MYR30 on KlookPick up locations:
- We all know staying connected is essential while travelling. Not just for the sake of uploading our social media feed, but also to keep our loved ones updated on our travel status, checking our events, or just to keep updated with current news.
- Stay connected easily with Klook's 4G data sim card. The cheapest package will give you 12 days worth of 100GB free local data, 20 minutes of international calls, and 500 minutes of local calls! You can even pick it up at any of Changi Airport’s 4 terminals for extra convenience. ?
- #HHWT Tip:STP holders who are first-time Klook users can now enjoy an exclusive SGD5 off Singapore activities (min. spend SGD120) including a Universal Studios Singapore 1-Day Pass, Sentosa Skyline Luge admission, and more! ?
There are plenty of pick-up locations around Singapore
including Changi Airport Terminals 4, 3, and 2. You can also pick it up at an M1 outlet across Singapore
Accommodation5footway.Inn Project Chinatown Credit: 5footway Inn
- From just RM63 per night, it's a steal! Since you'll be spending your days exploring the Lion City, save up by staying in a shared dormitory instead (if your travel group is large enough, you may get the entire room to yourself!)
- Inn Project in Chinatown is perfect for comfortable and cosy nights to re-energize yourself. The modern and contemporary hostel is clean, comfortable, and has all the modern amenities you need for an awesome stay. ? And don't worry about packing in too much toiletries either, this awesome hostel provides shampoo, shower gel, and hair dryers for your convenience.
- You'll also save plenty of time by bunking here since it's nearby plenty of attractions such as Chinatown, Little India, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and a few museums. And when you’re on a budget-friendly trip, more time saved = more money saved! ?
Starts from RM63 on Agoda
(Shared dormitory of 6, 1 traveller)
63 Pagoda St, Singapore 059222
+65 6221 5832
From Changi Airport, take the East-West line to Expo Station. Change to the Downtown line, and travel to Chinatown Station. The hostel is a 5-minute walk away from Chinatown Station.
| Instagram[P.S. Heading to Singapore for an all-girls staycation instead? Here are 10 chic hotels in Singapore for an awesome girls’ trip!]
Day 1Lunch at Segar Restaurant (1 - 2 hours)
- Check into your accommodation then head to this famous halal ‘zichar’ (Chinese homecooked-style food) eatery in Chinatown!
- Focusing on local Chinese and Thai-infused cuisine, Segar serves up spicy dishes such as fish head curry, sambal kangkong, hotplate chicken/beef, salted egg prawn, various seafood and so much more. ?
- It’s the perfect place to fuel up for a day of exploring ahead.
SGD8 (Starts at SGD5 for a plate of noodles)
Open daily; 11.30AM – 9.30PM
133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point, #B2-39/40/41, Singapore 059413
+65 6444 1778
| InstagramLearn about the multi-cultural heritage of Chinatown (1 - 2 hours)Credit: Marco Verch on Flickr
Explore Little India for bargains and hidden gems (1 - 2 hours)
- There are plenty of Chinatowns all over the world, but it remains as popular as ever to all visitors because each and every Chinatown all around the world has their unique little culture which shows the integration of Chinese culture into the local area ?
- Singapore’s Chinatown is also unique as it reflects the country’s multi-racial and multi-religious history! If you have the time, make sure to check out the Sri Mariamman Temple, Masjid Jamae Chulia and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple which are all along the same road just a short walk from each other.
- Explore the stalls and shops to see what Chinese decorations and Chinese goods are on sale.
- #HHWT Tip: Want to explore more of Chinatown? Here is a guide to Singapore's Chinatown through a Malay-Muslimah's lens.
Getting there: Using your STP
- Although Singapore is a tiny country, its diverse culture can be seen in the different historic ethnic areas that have been preserved!
- Little India was the historic quarter for Indian migrants to Singapore, and is now one of the centres of art and culture in the country. Explore Hindu temples with intricate designs, visit the Abdul Gafoor Mosque which has one of the most unique (and traditional) designs in the country, or explore fabric and textile stores to find what you need for your next Raya outfit ?
, hop onto the train from Chinatown Station to Little India Station via the North-East MRT line.
Visit the Former House of Tan Teng Niah for an IG-worthy shot (15 – 30 minutes)
- One location you must drop by in Little India is the Former House of Tan Teng Niah which was built in the 1900s for his wife.
- The architecture of the building has a mix of Southeast Asian, Chinese and European influences. The roof fixtures resemble that of Malay kampung houses while the long shutter-like windows were quintessential of Western homes.
- And the best part? The entire building is as colourful as a rainbow, making it a one-of-a-kind photo spot for every Instagrammer on the go!
Accessible 24/7 but do note that visitors are not allowed to enter the building itself.
37, Kerbau Rd, Singapore 219168
5-minute walk from Little India Station Exit D.
[P.S. Want to know more about Little India? Here's what you can do in a day in Singapore's Little India: What to see, eat, and so (under SGD20)!]Eat dinner at the famous Hjh Maimunah Restaurant (1 - 2 hours)
- Once you're done exploring the various sights and sounds of the streets of Little India, head over to City Square Mall located in the neighbourhood for dinner. Here’s where you’ll find the latest outlet of the popular Hjh Maimunah restaurant, Hjh Maimunah Mini! ?
- Savour local kampong-style delicacies such as siput sedut lemak (needle snails in coconut gravy), beef rendang, and not to forget their lip-smacking kuihs! Hjh Maimunah was even awarded a place in the Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019 rating so you know you’re only getting the best here.
Open daily; 10AM – 10PM
Food Republic, #04-31/32, City Square Mall, Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
+65 6291 3132
| InstagramDo some budget-friendly retail therapy at Mustafa Shopping Centre (2 - 2.5 hours)
- We can't include a budget itinerary and not include the ultimate shopping centre in Singapore - Mustafa Shopping Centre!
- Mustafa is just a 5-minute walk from City Square Mall – so if you’re planning a shopping spree, you can feel relieved that you won’t have to carry them so far.
- Shop till you drop at this multi-storey shopping complex, which has low prices on just about anything you may need or want. From sportswear to travel essentials to electronics – and even groceries and textiles, we’re talking anything! ?
- It’s also open 24-7 so if you need something in a pinch this is your one-stop-shop for any emergencies!
- After you’ve exhausted your retail therapy for the day, head back to your accommodation for a good night’s rest. With your STP, take a direct MRT train from Farrer Park Station to Chinatown Station via the North-East line. Don’t head back too late – the last train from Farrer Park Station towards Chinatown departs at 11.49PM!
- P.S. Not sure what to do or buy at Mustafa Shopping Centre? Here is your one-stop guide to Singapore's iconic Mustafa Centre!
145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704
+65 6295 5855
Day 2Have an exciting day out at Universal Studios Singapore (5 - 6 hours)
- No visit to Singapore is complete without visiting Universal Studios Singapore! Thrill yourself on exhilarating rides such as the outdoor rollercoaster ride, Battlestar Galactica, and the indoor rollercoaster, The Revenge of the Mummy! ?
- Remember to get there early to avoid long crowds, and pack light because you might have to spend more time than expected queing up. ? For a great day out at USS, check out these 12 insider tips!
- #HHWT Tip: Did you know that you can get SGD5.50 (MYR16.80) off the ticket price when you book on the Native app, thanks to STP? ? What a bargain!
- Don't dismiss 'kid' rides either. Be prepared to be amazed by the Shrek 4D Adventure Ride as Shrek and his pals come to life with your 3D glasses!
- #HHWT Tip: Take a break from the rides to complete your prayers at the prayer room located next to the Battlestar Galactica rollercoaster. It’s even separated into different rooms for men and women, and there are prayer mats and prayer garments provided too.
SGD73.50 (MYR224.57, 1-day adult admission) on the Native app using STP
Open daily; 10AM – 6PM (Extended hours may apply during peak periods – do check their calendar
on the day of your visit.)
8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
| InstagramGrab lunch at halal-certified Mel’s Drive-In in USS
- Eating in a theme park is always a bit pricey, but it’s worth it for the convenience. ? Thankfully, USS has several halal-certified eateries you can choose from, serving a variety of cuisines!
- Eat at Mel’s Drive In if you’re a fan of classic Western diner fare – hot dogs, cheeseburgers, milkshakes and more. ?
- Other halal-certified eateries in USS include Friar’s, Goldilocks, Oasis Spice Café, and Marty’s Casa Del Wild Food Court.
Hollywood area, near to the main entrance of USS
Spend the evening enjoying the atmosphere of Orchard Road (1 – 2 hours)
Credit: Erwin Soo on Flickr
- After a day out at USS, you’ll definitely want to enjoy some air-conditioning to cool yourself down, and maybe some relaxing window shopping too. ?
- From USS, walk to Harbourfront Station and take the North-East line to Dhoby Ghaut Station using your STP. Do note that the STP does not cover the Sentosa Express monorail which is a premium service – however we recommend walking to Vivocity anyway as it’s currently free of charge until 31 Dec 2019. ?
- From Dhoby Ghaut Station, you can walk or use your STP to take the North-South line toward Orchard Station.
Grab dinner at Far East Plaza (1 – 2 hours)
- The Orchard Road shopping stretch covers several MRT stations including Dhoby Ghaut Station, Somerset Station, and Orchard Station and since the STP includes unlimited rides, you can save on time by taking the train!
- Explore many different malls across many price points – from budget-friendly options such as Far East Plaza and Lucky Plaza, to luxury brands at ION Orchard and Paragon. Mid-range brands are present in every mall, but you can also visit [email protected], Centrepoint, Takashimaya, and Orchard Central for popular brands such as Tokyu Hands, Uniqlo, and Don Quijote (Don Don Donki).
- #HHWT Tip: If you’re planning to do some serious shopping, look out for tourist privileges to help you save money! Privileges can include free gifts or even 10-15% discounts on selected brands!
- Grab dinner at Puncak Best Noodles, which sells local fare such as noodles, claypot rice, and more. They even have fried Wontons, and drinks such as Teh to really complete your meal. ?
- Their Honeydew Chicken Noodles are a delicious marriage of sweet and savoury flavours! Contrary to the name, no fruits were harmed in the making of these noodles. It refers to the dish’s addictively syrupy gravy and dewy appearance. Just look at that sheen!
- For more halal options in Orchard Road, check out this list of 16 eateries to refuel at during your shopping journey!
Open daily; 11.30AM – 9.30PM
14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #05-93/94, Singapore 228213
Marvel at the stunning beauty of Gardens By The Bay (2 – 3 hours)
The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the BayCredit: xiquinhosilva on Flickr
- After a delicious dinner and some shopping, end your evening with an easy walk through lush and colourful gardens at the internationally famous Gardens by the Bay. ? Gardens by the Bay has multiple sections that you can enter without an entrance fee and still enjoy the beautiful landscapes and greens.
- Using your STP, travel to Dhoby Ghaut Station via the North-South line and transfer to the Circle line. Travel to Promenade Station, and then change to the Circle line train going towards Bayfront Station. From Bayfront Station, take Exit B and follow the underground linkway.
Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lake at Gardens by the Bay
- Visit the jaw-dropping Supertree Grove and be amazed by the 12 gargantuan 'trees' that have made headlines all around the world just by for their sheer size and design ?
- The best time to visit is actually at night as the 22 metre giant trees light up and illuminate the sky in a stunning audio-visual light show!
- Note: While you can enjoy the beauty of the Supertrees from the ground for free, the OCBC Skyway linking 2 of the Supertrees has an entry charge of SGD8 for adults and SGD5 for children.
- #HHWT Tip: If you’ve decided to visit the 2 Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories, remember to show your STP to receive a complimentary Gardens By The Bay eco-bag! The perfect souvenir to remind you of this stunning place. ?
- Gardens by The Bay is also home to many art sculptures across its grounds, most of which can be found in an area which has no entry fee. The sculptures are visible at night too, but we recommend visiting in the day if you really want a good look at them! You can look out for some of them on this map of the Gardens.
- Enjoy a scenic walk on a wooden pathway along the Dragonfly and Kingfisher lakes. Come evening, the walkways are illuminated and give every visitor a surreal yet tranquil atmosphere.
- There are QR codes located on information boards all over this section of the Gardens. Scan them to learn more about the lakes’ eco-system.
- #HHWT Tip: It is along this wooden pathway where you will find the perfect angles (for photos) of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore Flyer and the Supertrees of course! ?
Outdoor gardens are free of charge. Extra charges may apply to additional exhibitions within Gardens By The Bay.
Open daily; 5AM – 2AM
18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
| Instagram[P.S. If you plan to skip a visit to Orchard Road and grab your dinner at the nearby Marina Bay area before visiting Gardens By The Bay you won’t have to worry. Here are 15 halal restaurants in Marina Bay – with prayer spaces nearby!]Marina Bay Sands (30 minutes – 1 hour)Credit: Joan Campederros-i-Canas on Flickr
- End your night with a beautiful walk along the Marina Bay area, where you can enjoy the cool night-time air, and see the stunning Singapore skyline with buildings such as Marina Bay Sands, the ArtScience Museum, and the Esplanade.
- From Gardens By The Bay, you can walk back to Bayfront Station to arrive at Marina Bay Sands, and cross the Helix Bridge to reach the Marina Bay area.
- To return to your accommodation, use your STP to travel from Bayfront Station to Chinatown Station via the Downtown line.
Day 3Start your day with breakfast at Zam Zam (1 – 2 hours)
- Use your STP to travel from Chinatown Station to Bugis Station via the Downtown line, which is a short walk away from the famous Zam Zam! It’s time for a delicious South Indian breakfast to give you an amazing start to the day.
- Enjoy a plate of mutton or chicken murtabak, tasty mee goreng, or indulge in a fluffy yet crispy roti prata at this famous eatery. ?
- #HHWT Tip: Want to explore Singapore like a local? Do what the locals do with these 12 amazing ways to explore Singapore!
SGD6 (Small murtabak)
Open daily; 7AM – 11PM
697-699 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198675
+65 6298 6320
From Chinatown Station, take the Downtown line to Bugis Station. Walk 6 minutes towards North Bridge Road.
| FacebookVisit the historic Sultan Mosque (1 hour)
- Just across the road from Zam Zam is the historic Sultan Mosque. The mosque was built in 1824 and was one of the first mosques built in the country. Its unique architecture originates from a mix of Persian, Moorish and Turkish designs. ?
- During prayer times, the sound of the azan ringing out from the mosque is truly a heart-warming moment. If you’re visiting on a Friday you can also join in the congregational prayer – but get there early because the seats can fill up quickly!
- Visit the grounds of the mosque, and maybe do a prayer too if the timing coincides. ?
- The area directly in front of the mosque is also lined with many shops selling all types of trinkets and knickknacks, so you can sightsee and check out what souvenirs you want to bring home.
3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
+65 6293 4405
| InstagramExplore Kampong Glam (1 - 1.5 hours)
- Once you're done visiting the historic mosque, it's time to venture out into one of Singapore's hipster and cultural hubs - Kampong Glam, which includes Bussorah Street, Haji Lane, and Arab Street! Sultan Mosque is located at the end of Bussorah Street so you don't have to worry about getting there from the mosque.
- Arab Street is the heart of Singapore's Arab and Muslim community so this is where you'll see plenty of Islamic inspired designs, Muslim-owned businesses, and (of course) lots of halal food.
Varies depending on shops but most are open from noon till around 8pm
Credit: Dion Hinchcliffe on Flickr
- Another hotspot for affordable shopping is Singapore's largest street market, Bugis Street, which is located opposite Bugis Station.
- Take your time and stroll through the massive market labyrinth of over 600 stalls spread out over 3 storeys. Find a whole variety of bargain-priced items such as bags, clothes and shoes!
- P.S. You can try haggling at some stores which sell electronics or souvenirs, but as haggling is not very common in Singapore don’t be surprised if sellers refuse to lower the price!
: Varies across individual shops but they generally open from 11AM – 10PM daily.
3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867
If you’re flying back, make a stop at Jewel Changi Airport (1.5 – 2 hours)
- After exploring Bugis, it’s time to head back to your accommodations to check out and head home! Using your STP, travel from Bugis Station to Chinatown Station via the Downtown line.
- If you’re taking a bus into Malaysia via Johor Bahru, you can use your STP to travel from Chinatown Station to a station nearer the Causeway such as Woodlands Station or Khatib Station. Do note that the STP does not cover entry into Malaysia.
- For those who are flying off, it's time to make your way to Changi Airport, and for those of you who aren't you should try to find some time to make your way there too. ?
- Use your STP to travel to Changi Airport! Take the Downtown line from Chinatown Station to Expo Station. From there, change to the East-West line to travel to Changi Airport Station. The Station connects directly to Terminals 1, 2, and 3. To get to Terminal 4, you’ll have to take a shuttle bus from Terminal 2.
[P.S. Changi has plenty to offer for travellers and locals alike, check out our guide to Jewel Changi Airport for Muslim travellers]Opening Hours
- Singapore's latest attraction, Jewel Changi Airport, is truly a 'jewel' with its grand contemporary design, equipped with a stunning rain vortex and rainforest in between 3 terminals!
- The rain vortex has been dubbed the tallest indoor waterfall in the world, the 40 metre high waterfall is the highlight of the world’s best airport with its colourful light projection show at night, making awesome photo opportunities! Best of all, it’s free so you can enjoy the sleek architecture and modern atmosphere before your flight. ?
: Accessible 24/7. Do note that the light show only takes place in the evening.
78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666
| InstagramVisit the Pokémon shop and other flagship outlets
Dine at one of Changi Airport’s numerous halal eateries
- Jewel Changi Airport is truly a shopping and dining destination on its own. Don’t forget to check out some of the flagship stores located inside such as the Pokémon Centre (#04-201/202, open daily 10AM – 10PM) where you can buy some adorable plushies and gadgets! It’s the first permanent Pokémon store outside of Japan. ?
- The complex also houses the largest Nike store in Southeast Asia (#02-232/233), and plenty of shops selling locally-made handicrafts and souvenirs for a last-minute souvenir shopping spree. ?
- If you want to grab a bite before your flight, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are so many halal-certified eateries in Jewel Changi Airport itself including Indonesian food at Sama Sama by Tok Tok, and Korean food at Jinjja Chicken! ? There’s also a wide selection of halal eateries at Changi Airport’s 4 terminals – in both the public and transit areas!
- Try out Saap Saap Thai’s take on Thai favourites such as Beef Boat Noodles, Grilled Chicken Noodles, and of course Thai Iced Milk Tea. ? Their meat is chewy and tender, and if you’re a spice-lover you definitely have to add in some extra chilli flakes for that kick!
Opening Hours: Open daily; 10AM – 9.30PM
#B1-299, Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666
| InstagramTOTAL COST:
Essentials (Sub-total: MYR217.29, not including refundable STP deposit)
- 3-Day STP – SGD20 (MYR61.29) + refundable SGD10 (MYR30.64) deposit
- 4G Data SIM Card – MYR30
- Accommodation (2 nights) – MYR126
Day 1 (Sub-total: MYR49.03)
- Lunch at Segar Restaurant – SGD8 (MYR24.52)
- Chinatown – Free access
- Little India – Free access
- Dinner at Hjh Maimunah Mini – SGD8 (MYR24.52)
- Mustafa Shopping Centre – Free access
Day 2 (Sub-total: MYR289.58)
- USS – SGD73.50 (MYR225.23) on the Native app using STP
- Lunch at Mel’s Drive In – SGD12 (MYR36.77)
- Orchard Road – Free access
- Dinner at Puncak Best Noodles – SGD9 (MYR27.58)
- Gardens By The Bay – Free access
- Marina Bay – Free access
Day 3 (Sub-total: MYR42.91)
- Breakfast at Zam Zam – SGD6 (MYR18.39)
- Masjid Sultan – Free access
- Haji Lane/Arab St – Free access
- Bugis Street – Free access
- Jewel Changi Airport – Free access
- Lunch at Saap Saap Thai – SGD8 (MYR24.52)
Hey, that leaves you with an extra MYR100 or SGD32! Since the itinerary has been crafted to show the bare minimum you need to spend for your awesome Singapore trip, why not use this extra for an extra meal or two, or better yet, some shopping at one of the bargain malls! ? It's time to call up your travel for an epic weekend conquering the amazing Lion City that is Singapore!
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