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How to Travel in Singapore on a Budget

by Peaushan Devanarayana 10 months ago in asia

Get the best bang for your buck!

How to Travel in Singapore on a Budget
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Singapore has always been at the epicentre of development and innovations for decades. It has made this nation one where people flock to be a part of the economy or the social structures. Naturally, this will drive up the costs and living expenses, making this city quite pricey compared to some of its regional counterparts. However, this does not mean it is impossible to explore and enjoy on a budget, keep reading to find out exactly how!

Let’s start with the transport

Putting aside the costs that typically come from flying into the country from across the globe, which too can be optimized with a little know-how, there are some huge benefits to choosing Singapore when on a budget. The main reason for this is the excellent state of its infrastructure and transport systems.

The public transport system which is also referred to as the Mass Rapid Transit is one of the most efficient and impressive transport infrastructures in the world. Coming in at an average cost of $3USD per trip, this system will take you essentially anywhere in Singapore.

As multiple trips during a single day can eventually catch up to you, it is recommended to pay for a day pass that will allow you unlimited trips for 24 hours, which is extremely ideal for a visitor, especially if you are there for a short stay.

Do things for free

While it is recommended that most travellers budget for roughly $60 per day for food, accommodation as well as travel, Singapore in all its splendours offers a plethora of free sites and activities that people can enjoy. If you were to make it a point, then you could spend at least a few days solely enjoying the free things to do in Singapore. If you are staying at any of the hotels near Bugis Junction such as the Somerset Bencoolen Singapore then you will still be in the vicinity of several things you could do for free.

However, some of the most well-known, visited and free attractions are the Gardens by the Bay, which is a highlight for many people. If you simply want to stay in the free areas, then you need to take some time to enjoy the Gardens and the Supertree Grove. These areas open around 5 am and are completely free all day long.

There is also an array of neighbourhoods to explore if you want to explore the multiculturism that is inherent in Singapore. Locations such as Arab Street and Joo Chiat as popular locations that many tourists opt to explore.

Don’t forget the food!

While many of Singapore’s fancier restaurants offer amazing food and drink, it does come with quite a high price. Luckily for both residents as well as travellers, Singapore is the home of all thing’s hawker.

These hawker stalls were initially formalised to ensure that the roads of Singapore were no longer crowded. However, today they are beloved sites. Buzzing with activity and delicious dishes, hawker centres are diverse and affordable. Many hawker stalls offer cuisines ranging from Malaysian, Chinese as well as local dishes.

For example, The Chinatown Food Centre is considered to be a hotspot among both locals and visitors where you can sit down and enjoy a thoroughly satisfying dish for a low price of only $5 SGD. If you are looking to explore, try out dishes such as the Laksa, Nasi Goreng as well as the famous chicken rice.

You simply cannot go wrong with a hawker stall in Singapore and you will certainly never find a cheaper meal anywhere else in the country!


Peaushan Devanarayana

Im a Sri Lankan travel enthusiast !!!

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