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.
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 and Southern Ridges Walk – entry is free of cost
Singapore Flyer – SGD 33 per person.
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 – Basic entry: SGD 35 per person, Rainforest Lumina costs additional SGD 22 per person.
Jurong Bird Park – SGD 30 per person
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.
Skyline Skyride and Luge- SGD 28 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
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: Outdoor gardens are free of cost which include Supertree Grove, Sun Pavillion, Heritage Gardens, World of Plants and Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes.
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.
Check Out :Singapore Travel Guide
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.