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 August 2019.
Currency exchange rates are based on the rates of 1 July 2019, SGD1 : MYR3.05
#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 😉
EZ Link Card
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- Easily explore the city with Singapore’s MRT trains and you won’t have to worry about spending on cabs or ride-hailing applications during your trip.
- Purchase a 3-day pass from selected MRT stations or grab one from Changi airport (if you’re flying in) and you’re good to go for your entire trip 😉
Price: SGD30 / MYR91.71 for a 3-day pass (requires a deposit of SGD10)
Where to buy: You can purchase it at Changi Airport or at selected MRT stations. It’s also available at the Chinatown MRT station, nearby the suggested accommodation.
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#HHWT Tip: Grab, Uber, and Go-Jek all offer services in Singapore so even if you need to take a car around there’s plenty of options. Just keep the late-night surcharge in mind when balancing your budget and try to combine a cab ride with a bus or train ride if possible!
Klook 4G Data Sim Card
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- 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 100GB of free local data, 20 minutes of international calls, and 500 minutes of local calls!
#HHWT Tip: Get $5 off your very first Klook purchase when you use our code <TRAVELHHWT>!
Price: RM31 on Klook
Pick up locations: There are plenty of pick-up locations around Singapore from Changi Airport, and even at Bugis Junction (near our suggested accommodation). Click here for the full list of pick-up locations!
5footway.Inn Project Chinatown
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- At only RM41 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!).
- 5footway.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 😉
- 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 don’t worry about packing in too much toiletries either, this awesome hostel provides shampoo, shower gel, and hair dryers for your convenience.
Getting there from Changi Airport:
1. Take the East-West line to Expo MRT station
2. Change to Downtown line and stop at Chinatown MRT station.
3. Accommodation is 2 minutes walk from Chinatown MRT station
[P.S. Heading there for an all-girls staycation instead? Here are 10 chic hotels in Singapore for an awesome girls staycation!]
Lunch at Zam-Zam (1 – 2 hours)
- Once you’ve placed your luggage at the accommodation, head oover to Zam-Zam’s for a delicious southern Indian lunch at Northbridge!
- Enjoy a plate of mutton or chicken martabak, tasty mee goreng, or indulge in a fluffy yet crispy prata 😋
Price: starts at SGD 4 / MYR12.22 for a plate meal
Address: 697-699 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198675
Closest MRT station: Bugis MRT station, 6 minutes walk
Opening hours: 7am – 11pm daily
Contact: +65 6298 6320
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[P.S. Want to explore Singapore like a local? Do what the locals do with these 12 amazing things to explore Singapore like a local!]
Sultan Mosque (1 hour)
- Just across Zam Zam, is the historical 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 😍
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- Explore the grounds of the mosque, and maybe do a prayer too if the timing coincides 😊
Explore Kampong Glam (1 – 1.5 hours)
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- Once you’re done exploring the historical mosque, it’s time to venture out into one of Singapore’s hipster and cultural hub – Kampong Glam! Sultan Mosque is located on Arab street so you don’t have to worry about getting there from the mosque.
- Arab Street is the heart of Singapore’s Islamic community is this is where you’ll see plenty of Islamic inspired designs and find halal food. Find yourself window shopping through unique Middle Eastern fabrics and items, something most would have never thought to find in Singapore.
- Or explore Haji Lane, also known as the hipster street of Singapore 😉 The place is filled with hipster-esque murals for you to discover, and for them to be discovered on your Instagram-feed!
Address: Arab Street, Singapore
Closest MRT station: Bugis station, 5 minutes walk
Opening hours: varies depending on shops but most are open from noon till around 8pm
Mustafa Shopping Centre (2 – 2.5 hours)
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- We can’t include a budget itinerary and not include the ultimate shopping centre in Singapore – Mustafa Shopping Centre!
- Shop till you drop at low prices at the complex, and find almost everything you need from sportswear, electronics, textiles, groceries, anything 😉
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704
Opening hours: 24 hours
Contact: +65 6295 5855
[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]
Bugis Street Market (1 – 2 hours)
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- Another hotspot for affordable shopping is Singapore’s largest street market, Bugis Street.
- Take your time and stroll through the massive market labyrinth of over 600 stalls. Find a whole variety of bargain-priced items such as bags, clothes and shoes!
Address: 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Contact: +65 6338 9513
Dinner at Hjh Maimunah Restaurant (1 – 2 hours)
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- Once you’re done exploring Bugis’s labyrinth of shopping stalls, make your way to Hjh Maimunah for a delicious meal of kampung delights 😋
- Savour local delicacies such as siput sedut lemak (needle snails in coconut gravy), beef rendang, and not to forget their lip-smacking kuihs!
Price: Averages around SGD10 / MYR30.55 per person
Halal Status: Muslim-owned
Opening Hours: 7am – 8pm (Mon-Sat), closed on Sundays
Address: 11 & 15 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199078
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[P.S. We’ve compiled over 50 Muslim-friendly eateries in Bugis for you to savour!]
Explore the free areas of Gardens By The Bay (2 – 3 hours)
- Start your evening with an easy walk through lush greens 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.
The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay
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- 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 at night as the 22 metre giant trees light up and illuminate the sky!
- Note: The OCBC Skyway links 2 of the Supertrees in the Supertree Grove. The linkway is not free of charge and there is an entry fee of SGD8 for adults and SGD5 for children.
- #HHWT Tip: The Gardens by The Bay is also home to many art sculptures. Most of which can be found in an area which has no entry fee. Do keep a lookout for them and see how many you can spot scattered all around the vicinity of the Gardens.
The Serene Garden at Gardens by the Bay
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- One of the most serene places to be on the husting and bustling island, as its name indicates. The Serene Garden is a fantastic place to leisurely explore with its Japanese-inspired zen gardens, fountains, ponds, and tranquil greens 😊
Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lake at Gardens by the Bay
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- 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.
- #HHTW 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 the Gardens 😍
[P.S. You don’t have to worry about finding Halal food when exploring Marina Bay Sands area. Here are 16 Halal restaurants around MBS with prayer spaces nearby]
Marina Bay Sands (1 – 2 hours)
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- End your day with a beautiful walk at the Marina Bay Sands area, where you’ll find yourself window shopping at luxury boutiques from Givenchy to Chanel 😊
Universal Studios Singapore (5 – 6 hours)
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- 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 😍
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- 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!
Lunch at Hot Dogs & Drinks Snacks Cart (while touring USS)
- Screaming your lungs out on rollercoasters and laughing away on Jurassic Park water rides can be energy-draining.
- Fuel up with some tasty hot dogs from the hot dog cart!
Price: starts at SGD 6 / MYR18.33 for a hot dog
Halal status: Halal certified
Little India (1 – 2 hours)
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- Although Singapore is a tiny country, diversity in culture can be seen just by walking across to a different street!
- Little India in Singapore highlights the best of Indian Culture in Singapore. Explore Hindu temples with intricate designs, or find yourself exploring fabric stores with beautiful saree materials, perfect to use for your next raya outfit 😉
Address: Little India, Singapore
Opening hours: varies depending on shops. Most operate around 10am – 9pm
Former House of Tan Teng Niah at Little India
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- 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 ix 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 – definitely a sight to marvel, especially for all #cultureshapers.
- 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!
Address: 37, Kerbau Rd, Singapore 219168
Directions: The House of Tan Teng Niah is just a short walk away from the mural at 67 Kerbau Rd.
[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)]
Dinner at Puncak Best Noodles (1 hour)
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- Make your way towards Orchard Road – a definite MUST for every traveller visiting Singapore. Although Orchard area is known for its sky-high prices, that may not necessarily be true with a little research 😉
- Head over to Far East Plaza along Orchard Road for a scrumptious meal of local Singaporean delights and Puncak Best Noodles!
- Sink your teeth into simple, homely fare, such as tze char and claypot rice, that’s comforting to your belly and wallet.
- Slurp up some Honey Dew Chicken Noodles (SGD 4.50), a 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!
Average price: SGD 10
Halal status: Halal-certified
Address: 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #05-93/94, Singapore 228213
Operating hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-9.30PM
Orchard Road (2 – 3 hours)
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- Singapore is known for being one of the most modern countries in the world, and Orchard Road with many, many malls neatly in a row all along Orchard Road is the epitome of Singapore Modernity.
- Explore many different malls from Far East Plaza, ION, Paragon, Takashimaya, 313@Somerset, Wisma Atria – the list is endless! Find everything from luxury goods, mid-range items, to bargain products. You’ll be amazed by all the things you can see as each mall offers a variety of different things!
Address: Orchard Road Singapore
Opening hours: Varies depending on the mall but most operate around 10am – 10pm
Fort Canning Park (2 hours)
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- This up and coming location is known for its super insta-friendly aesthetics, as well as being free to enter 😉
- Fort Canning Park is a historical landmark in Singapore’s city centre. This hilly park, located in the vicinity of Dhoby Ghaut, is where you will find the Underground Far East Command Centre (or Battle Box). It is here where the British decided to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.
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- Don’t be surprised to see many wedding photoshoots in the area too. Besides being a perfect place for photos, the Registry of Marriages and Registry of Muslim Marriages is located just a few steps away!
[P.S. Looking for more Instagrammable spots in Singapore? Here are 10 picture-perfect spots in Singapore you can visit for free!]
Lunch at Segar Restaurant (1 – 2 hours)
- Since your accommodation is in Chinatown, it will be a waste to not explore this area full of culture and history!
- Before you start our Chinatown adventures, drop by Segar Restaurant for a scrumptious refuel 😋
- 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.
Price: starts at SGD5 / MYR15.27 for a plate of noodles
Halal status: Halal-certified
Address: 133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point, #B2-39/40/41, Singapore 059413
Opening hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm daily
Reservations: +65 6444 1778
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Chinatown (1 – 2 hours)
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- 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 😊
- Explore man attractions from stalls and shops selling Chinese decorations and Chinese goods.
- And if you have the time, check out the Sri Mariamman Temple, Masjid Jamae Chulia ad Buddha Tooth Relic Temple too – an epitome of Singapore’s diversity in one area!
[P.S. Want to explore more of Chinatown? Here is a guide to Singapore’s Chinatown through a Malay-Muslimah’s lens]
ArtScience Museum (2 – 3 hours)
- Museums never really had a reputation of being modern or interactive, after all, many of them highlight stationary art and things of the past. Singapore’s ArtScience museum, however, will change your perspective on museums 😉
- The museum combines technology and art to give you the most interactive experience by featuring interactive art.
- Each exhibit will take you to different worlds, with Transcending Boundaries immersing you in a garden with waterfalls, butterflies and flowers. It’s even complete with sounds of nature. In a time span of an hour, you’ll experience a change of seasons throughout the year – watch as seasonal flowers like sunflowers and cherry blossoms grow, bloom, scatter and wither. Not only will you be able to interact with the ever-changing artwork, but you’ll also be able to blend in and be part of the installation.
- Another interesting installation is Sketch Town – it’s an imaginary town which is based on Singapore with iconic landmarks like ArtScience Museum, Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay Sands. What’s interesting about this is that you can add your own touch to the installation. Simply draw a building, car or anything you’d like on paper using the crayons provided, place it in a digital scanner and the object you draw will automatically turn into a 3D animated object. And you can even touch it and see it move in the installation!
Price: starts at SGD19 / MYR58 (adults)
Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Admission times: 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm (last entry).
Jewel Changi (2 – 3 hours)
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- 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 make your way there too 😉
- Singapore’s new attraction, Jewel Changi, 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 40m-high waterfall is the highlight of the world’s best airport with its colorful lighting projected at night, making awesome photo opportunities!
[P.S. Changi has plenty to offer for travellers and locals alike, check out our guide to Jewel Changi Airport for Muslim travellers]
Visit the Pokemon shop at Jewel Changi Airport
- Plus, don’t forget to check out other flagship stores in Jewel Changi too! Check out cute pokemon plushies and gadgets at the Pokemon Centre and the largest Nike store in Southeast Asia 😉
Address: #04-201/202 Jewel Changi, Singapore
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Dine at A&W at Jewel Changi Airport
- Jewel Changi’s A&W is it’s first in Singapore in 10 years!
- Feast on classic American favourites, with everything from burgers and hot dogs, to fried chicken and waffles. And of course, who can forget about their iconic draft root beer floats? 😍
- A perfect relaxing end for a chill and easy day before you jet home, or off to your next destination! 😉
Price: starts at SGD3.60 / MYR11.00 for an ala carte meal
Halal status: in the process of applying for Halal certification
(HHWT’s stance – We‘re honoured to be invited for the launch to cover the establishments at Jewel Changi Airport. We prepared the article in accordance with the information we received on-ground. After some feedback from our readers, we’ve done further clarifications. According to the A&W PR team, they have gone through the necessary consultations to ensure their team understands what is required to qualify for halal application. They’ve mentioned to our team, that all ingredients are halal-compliant and there is currently no pork, no lard served in the eatery. They are in the midst of applying for halal-certification, but according to MUIS they have not officially received the application. HHWT is excited about the re-launch of A&W in Singapore but we advise caution for readers who may not be comfortable dining there at this moment of time.)
Address: 78 Airport Blvd, #B2-209 Jewel Changi, Singapore
Opening hours: 7am – 3am daily
TOTAL COST: RM596.63
- EZ Link Card – RM91.71
- 4g Data Sim Card – RM31
- Accommodation – RM82 (for 2 nights)
- Lunch at Zam Zam – RM12.22 (for 1 plated meal)
- Sultan Mosque – Free
- Explore Kampong Glam – Free
- Mustafa Shopping Centre – Free (or entirely up to you 😉)
- Bugis Street Market – Free (or entirely up to you)
- Dinner at Hjh Maimunah Restaurant – RM30.55 (average per person)
- Gardens by the Bay – Free
- Marina Bay Sands – Free
- Universal Studios Singapore (USS) – RM216
- Hot Dog Lunch at USS – RM18.33
- Little India – Free
- Dinner at Puncak Best Noodles – RM30.55
- Orchard Road – Free
- Fort Canning Park – Free
- Lunch at Segar Restaurant – RM15.27
- Chinatown – Free
- ArtScience Museum – RM58
- Jewel Changi Aiport – Free
- Lunch at A&W at Jewel Changi Airport – RM11 (for an ala carte meal)
Hey, that leaves you with an extra over RM100 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!