How to plan a 5 days trip to Singapore from India

Singapore is renowned as an expensive country to visit. In a way, you would have to shell out a bit more funds to visit Singapore than its neighbouring countries, but that doesn’t mean that you miss on the experience wholly. Singapore is a popular stopover destination and many travellers simply spend a day or two here which is just not sufficient to get the whole Singapore experience. A 5-day trip is ideally the best way to explore Singapore, but then there is this dilemma that spending so many days in Singapore means spending a lot of money. You can enjoy 5 days in Singapore on a budget if you stick to basic sightseeings and let go of its luxury element.  If you are planning a trip to Singapore from India, you will have to keep an eye on flight ticket prices to get a good deal on costs. The best travel plans for Singapore may offer a combination of attractions, however, if you are on budget travel, but there are certain sights in Singapore that are absolutely not worth missing.  So it is better to pick and choose a selection of attractions in Singapore which are ‘must-see’ attractions of Singapore. Here’s a sample itinerary of what you can include on your 5 day trip to Singapore on a budget.

Day 1

Take things slowly on the day of arrival in Singapore and simply marvel at the country’s alluring landscapes.  The airport itself is an ideal place to start your Singapore tour as it has an amazing collection of entertaining attractions to enthrall you. Once you get refreshed after your transit to the hotel, step out and enjoy the beautiful day at Singapore Botanical Garden and the Southern Ridges Walk. Singapore Botanic Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest botanical gardens in Singapore. The garden is home to a spectacular collection of more than 10000 species of lush foliage. Later, head to the Southern Ridge Walk where you can stroll on walking trails and marvel at Singapore’s unique architectural taste at Henderson Waves. Enjoy picturesque nature foliage and exotic birds at Labrador Nature Reserve and Telok Blangah Hill Park. Complete your day with a stunning panoramic vista of Singapore skyline on the Singapore Flyer.

Singapore Botanic Gardens in the Singapore
Singapore Botanic Gardens in the Singapore

Admission prices:

Singapore Botanic Gardens and  Southern Ridges Walk – entry is free of cost

Singapore Flyer –  SGD 33 per person.

southern ridges walk in singapore
Southern Ridges Walk in Singapore

Day 2

It’s adventure day with nature today! Start your day with a trip to the Jurong Bird Park where a colossal open-air aviary lets you mingle with feathery friends of different species and vibrant colours. Your rendezvous with nature continues with a visit to Singapore Zoo and Rainforest Lumina to watch an amazing array of wildlife in their natural habitats of lush rainforests. The forests illuminates for its guests during the Rainforest Lumina which is a spectacle worth experiencing. Rest of the day, get ready for an exhilarating evening filled with fun at Night Safari Singapore where you get onboard a wild safari tram tour to watch exotic and endangered nocturnal animals in natural settings. You can even spend an overnight camping at the safari if you want at an extra cost.

Singapore Zoo and Rainforest Lumina
Singapore Zoo and Rainforest Lumina

Admission Prices:

Singapore Zoo and Rainforest Lumina – Basic entry: SGD 35 per person, Rainforest Lumina costs additional SGD 22 per person.

Jurong Bird Park – SGD 30 per person

Night Safari Singapore – Basic tour: SGD 47 per person

Night Safari in Singapore photos
Night Safari in Singapore

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Day 3

Today, you visit the most happening spot on Singapore – Sentosa Island. It is rightly nicknamed as ‘State of Fun’ as it is an island bursting with incredible theme parks and recreational areas. Even spending a whole day would not be enough as there is so much to see and do here. Start by taking a Skyride to get a magnificent aerial view of the island and its surroundings. Then,  zoom downhill on a thrilling ride on a Luge. Universal Studios Singapore is a must visit attraction on the island and you definitely should have a picture taken with the iconic Merlion statue on the island. Other highlights of Sentosa Island are the SEA Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Sentosa 4D Adventure land, and KidZania Singapore. Adventure seekers may gear up for bungy jumping experiences at AJ Hackett Sentosa, surf some waves at Wave House Sentosa and enjoy a simulated skydiving experience at IFly Singapore.   You can make use of the Sentosa Fun Pass which can let you enjoy thrills and attractions without having to purchase a ticket for every ride. Wind up your day tour with a beautiful sunset at Sentosa beaches.  You can plan to stay overnight and head to the mainland next morning so that you can experience the lively nightlife of the island and dazzling light and sound show s like Crane Dance, Lake of Dreams and Wings of Time at night.

Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore

Admission Prices:

Skyline Skyride and Luge- SGD 28 per person

Universal Studios Singapore: SGD 38 per person

SEA Aquarium: SGD 29 per person

Adventure Cove Waterpark: SGD 25 per person

KidZania Singapore: SGD 25 per person

 Wings of Time: SGD 15 per person

Skyline Skyride and Luge images
Skyline Skyride and Luge

Day 4

Today, step into a different realm which showcases Singapore’s cultural fusion. Take a tour of charming neighbourhoods of  Little India and China Town and witness a potpourri of bustling streets, colourful houses and a riot of flavours and aromas of Indian and Chinese cuisine. Later, pull yourself back into the futuristic city with a walk at Marina Bay area which makes you wonder how beautifully Singapore has managed to balance nature, modernism and cultural immersion. Visit the Gardens by the Bay in the evening and witness the spectacle of nature and technology fusing together to create a magnificent oasis filled with verdant foliage and exotic blossoms. Wind up your day with beautiful twilight views of Singapore at Marina Bay waterfront.

Gardens By The Bay Image
Gardens By The Bay

Admission Prices:

Gardens by the Bay: Outdoor gardens are free of cost which include Supertree Grove, Sun Pavillion, Heritage Gardens, World of Plants and Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes.

Day 5

Wind up your last day in Singapore spending leisure time and shopping at Orchard Road. Orchard Road is one of the most famous spots in Singapore renowned for many historic sites and parks apart from shopping arcades. If you aren’t willing to shop, you can visit attractions such as Fort Canning Park, National Museum of Singapore, Emerald Hill Road to name a few. Orchard Road is a shopaholic’s paradise where you can get anything under the sun. If you want to indulge in some retail therapy, this is the place to be as Orchard Road has a vast assortment of merchandising shops including prominent shopping outlets of Singapore such as TANGS, ION Orchard, Plaza Singapura along with an extensive range of flagship retail outlets. If you are budget conscious, check out Bugis Street and Haji lane to shop at cheaper prices. This 2.2 km long stretch is the perfect way to complete your Singapore trip – amid good vibes, good people and good food.

Tips to keep in mind while visiting Singapore

Singapore trip plan:

Singapore has garnered the reputation of being an expensive destination to visit, but with a little tweak in your Singapore travel itinerary about how to get around, where to stay and where to eat, you can lift a lot of stress off your wallet.  Firstly get travel cards such as a Singapore Pass or EZ-link Card. EZ-link Card helps you in travelling around Singapore’s MTRs and buses at a nominal value of SGD 17. With a Singapore Pass, you can travel all day around Singapore’s MTRs, LTRs and buses as well as get discounts on selected Singapore attractions and restaurants. 1-day Singapore Pass cost is SGD 20 which includes a refundable rental deposit of SGD 10 which you receive back when you return the card within 5 days after purchase. Stay in hostels and budget hotels which provide warm comfortable services and modern amenities with gracious hospitality. Check out the food scene of Singapore at food courts, Kopitiam and street food stalls which offer you a variety of delectable cuisines at really cheap rates.

Essential things to carry while travelling to Singapore from India

The most important thing you should be aware of is whether you have applied for the right Singapore visa from India. There are various types of visa available and it is important to choose a Singapore visa type that suits your purpose and duration of the journey.  Likewise, always keep your travel documents safe and handy. Singapore is tropical and very humid. For Indian travellers, this might not be a big change but the country has high humidity as it often rains. Hence, carry clothing that are light and airy. Always carry an umbrella as you can find bouts of rain any time of the year.

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Adhere to Singapore Laws:

Singapore is perhaps the cleanest city in the world. The prime reason behind this achievement is that Singapore has very strict laws when it comes to hygiene, social conduct, and cleanliness. If this is your first time travelling to Singapore from India, then it is essential to note these laws as not abiding by them can land you in a serious legal trouble. Singapore has imposed strict regulations regarding alcohol purchase and its consumption in public after 10.30 pm is not allowed. Also, cigarettes and alcohol are pretty expensive here. There are plenty of laws that you may find as petty reasons to be fined in Singapore, but that is what makes Singapore a hygienic, clean city.  Chewing gum is banned in Singapore and the country discourages jaywalking, feeding pigeons, stealing a Wi-Fi signal, not flushing a public toilet, littering, spitting and smoking in public places. Breaking these laws can attract punishment as well as a hefty fine.

 

Places to Visit in Singapore for Free

A great family holiday destination, Singapore is popular for its splendid skyline, marvellous buildings, fabulous nature parks, amazing entertainment zones, etc. Moreover, the city is absolutely clean and has almost zero crime rate. Apart from all this, the city-state has a cosmopolitan culture. As Singapore has so much on offer, people from all over the world, visit Singapore every year. However, visiting Singapore may seem impossible if you are on a budget. It is quite commonly known that Singapore is one of the expensive cities in the world. In short, a vacation in Singapore could cost you a lot. While this is partially true, it is still possible to enjoy a holiday in Singapore while on a budget.

Free Things to do in Singapore

Almost all major theme parks, national parks, museums, etc. charge an entry fee to visitors. One way of saving money on these tickets would be to book online or through a travel agent who offers several money-saving packages. Moreover, there are several things to do and places to see in Singapore without paying less or nothing. In other words, you can do a lot of things in Singapore for free. Let us take a look at few of them.

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View the Super trees Gardens by the Bay

View the Super trees Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is an oasis amidst the concrete jungle of Singapore city. Spread out around 101 hectares of reclaimed land, this park is home to two state-of-the-art greenhouses, multi-themed gardens, a Supertree grove colossal, etc. The best part is that entry to this park is free although you have to pay to see some of the gardens and other attractions of the park. On the other hand, there are a few areas that you can visit without paying anything and the Supertree Grove is one of them. Visit the park after sunset when you would be able to see these manmade trees (25-50 meters tall) aglow with beautiful lights during the Garden Rhapsody light show. If you want to enjoy some other attractions of the park like Cloud Forest, Flower Done, SkyWalk, etc. you would have to pay entry fee for each of them.

Also Read: Guide on Garden by the Bay 

Merlion Park in Singapore
Merlion Park in Singapore

Take a Picture Merlion Park

Your holiday would not be complete unless you take a picture with the Merlion Statue in the background. The Merlion statue is the national icon of Singapore and is placed at the mouth of the Singapore River, in the Central Business District. You can visit Merlion Park Singapore for free, anytime during the day or night. The Merlion has the head of a lion, representing the original name of the Singapura or lion city and the body of a fish, representing the city’s age-old occupation of fishing. The statue of this mythical creature at this park is 9 meters tall and weighs 70 tons. A picture or selfie with the Merlion in the background would cost nothing but would definitely give you tonnes of likes on Instagram and Facebook.

Botanical Garden Singapore Image
Botanical Garden in Singapore

Stroll Around the Singapore Botanic Gardens

At the end of the Orchard Road is the green haven, the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Known to be the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Singapore, the Botanic Gardens is free for everyone. It is a great way to escape from the crowd of the city and enjoy some greenery and fresh air. The place has several unique gardens like ginger garden, healing garden, fragrant garden, orchid garden, etc. However, the orchid garden, which is home to more than 1000 species of orchids and 2000 hybrids, costs S$8 for entry. Apart from the plants, you would also be able to spot some insects and birds here. Do not forget to check out spotted wood owls, pied hornbills, stork billed kingfishers, black swans, ducks, geese, crimson sunbirds, etc. at this park. The Botanical Gardens opens at five in the morning and closes at midnight.

Relax at the Beach

Tanjong Beach Club in Singapore
Tanjong Beach Club in Singapore

Singapore’s Sentosa Island has three beaches, namely Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong. While almost all attractions on the island require entry tickets, the beaches are free of cost. Of course, you have to pay if you want to have lunch or enjoy a drink at one of the restaurants or bars. Moreover, there is also charge for the water sports. However, if you just want to spend a lazy day, lounging on the beach, staring at the beautiful water or perhaps read a book or have a picnic with your family on any of the beaches, you do not have to pay anything. If you have kids, it would be best to head to Palawan Beach as it is a family-friendly beach, while couples and those looking for some peace and quiet time should hot Tanjong Beach. However, if you want to enjoy the liveliness of the beach, Siloso is the perfect one for you as it has the maximum restaurants, abs and other attractions.

Light Show at Marina Bay
Light Show at Marina Bay

Enjoy the Light Show at Marina Bay

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is one of the most expensive hotels in the world. Be it booking a room in the hotel, enjoying a drink at one of the restaurants or perhaps visiting the SkyPark would cost you money. However, Marina Bay is known for the best light ad water show not only in Singapore but in Asia, and you can watch it for free. This water and light show with beautiful multicolour lasers, affecting music, projected images of Singaporean children, etc. is surely impressive. The show happens at 8 and 9 PM everyday, while there is an extra show at 11 PM on Friday and Saturday.

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Apart from the above-mentioned ones, here are some more things that you can do for free in the city-state of Singapore.

  • Watch a free cultural show or performance at Esplanade
  • Enjoy walking amidst nature at MacRitchie Natural Trail and Reservoir
  • Go on a hiking or trekking in Mount Faber
  • Fly a kite at Marina Barrage
  • Explore China Town and Little India for the cultural experience

Going on a holiday in Singapore need not burn a hole in your pocket. With so many free things to do and places to go in Singapore without spending money, you would be able have an amazing time in this Southeast Asian city.

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