I’ve tried to cover all the practical things you might need to know when planning a trip to Singapore in this blog, for things to do, click HERE.
Money and Costs:
Singapore is notoriously one of the most expensive countries in Asia, we spoke to a few other backpackers who were shocked we were staying there for a full week. But we actually spend less on Singapore than we did in Malaysia.
Eating at hawker centres and making the cost of the “free things to do” in Singapore really helped the budget. We only spent £56 per day as a couple, including accommodation, food and everything else.
Currently the exchange rates are:
GBP £1 = $1.79
EUR €1 = $1.60
USD $1 = $1.37
Where To Eat:
There are so many options in Singapore, we like to stick to local hawker centres for a more authentic flavour (also because they are really cheap). You’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice, I read somewhere that Singapore has over 6,000 individual food stalls, our favourites were:
Telok Ayer Market – Close to the marina and housed inside an old Victorian building. It has food from all over the world, we ate delicious Costa Rican chicken and rice.
Smith Street – China towns main food street, its under a glass cover to keep the rain away. It’s quite touristy but still serves great Chinese food.
Tekka Centre – In the heart of little India, really cheap and amazing
By land – if your coming from Malaysia then the best way to get to Singapore is by bus. Tickets are very cheap and can be booked online at onlinebustickets.com. The buses are regular and there are a range of drop off locations so you don’t need to travel too far get find your hotel once you get to Singapore.
By air – Singapore is one of the central hubs for most airlines in Asia. Check skyscanner.net for the latest schedule and best prices. The subway runs directly into the airport.
The subway is fast, regular and most importantly its got air conditioning! Ticket machines are easy to use and will cost around $1 to $3 depending on how far your going.
Where To Stay:
Hotels in the marina area can be really expensive, even the hostels are expensive, but public transport in Singapore is good and it’s cheap, so there’s no need to stay right in the centre. We stayed in a gorgeous Airbnb for just £35/night on Guillemard Road. If you shop around you can still find plenty of affordable options in Singapore.
Visas and Vaccinations:
UK passport holders don’t need a visa for visits less than 90 days.
No vaccinations are required and the mosquitoes here don’t have malaria. (But they still bite!)