I love Singapore for many reasons: They can speak English well so language was never an issue. Singaporeans are really nice and helpful people. Singapore is a model city that any developing country should emulate. The city is very clean and organized. And lastly, Singapore is just a plane ride away from Iloilo!
I have been to Singapore thrice. The most recent trip I had was last January with my Dad since me and my sister promised him a trip to the lion city. Of course, since I am already familiar with the attractions, it was just a breeze for me to take my dad on a tour around the city.
Traveling to Singapore from Iloilo would normally take you around 3 hours and 30 minutes via Cebu Pacific. CEB has 3x weekly flights from Iloilo and draw a lot of passengers from Negros and Panay especially the local tourists and the OFWs.
We spent 3 full days and Singapore I think for any tourist, is already enough to cover the entire trip. Singapore is a very small city and you can travel from one point to another via the MRT. And just so you know, I think the Singapore MRT is the most convenient train system – very basic and not complicated.
We stayed in Fragrance Hotel Geylang since it was the cheapest option that we found. Singapore is known to be an expensive city but there are always options for budget travelers. Our room per night was charged at P1,500 per night. Not bad, right?
Geylang, Kallang and Lavender are always my top choices whenever check out hotel locations because there are numerous cheap hotels in the area, plus they are more quiet than other locations such as Chinatown, Raffles and Marina.
Since I am with dad, i don’t want to stress him in the tour by doing a lot of walking. Instead, I lined up a list of must-go places for 3 days (which I think is also applicable to any first time tourists in Singapore):
- Day 1
- Little India: Walk around the busy streets of Little India and be immersed by the culture of this little community. It’s just like you are in India!
- Chinatown: A must-visit place for shoppers. There, you will be able to buy some nice souvenirs for friends and family. Dine at their Hawker’s Center and try their Xiao Long Bao.
- Clarke Quay: Night-life capital of Singapore (I think). If you have extra money to spare, you can take a river cruise tour from Clarke Quay to Marina Bay Sands.
- Day 2
- Marina Bay: This is where you can find the iconic Marina Bay Sands.
- Gardens by the Bay: A few minutes walk from Sands, you’ll find the most unique attraction in Singapore. A garden in the middle of a busy metroppolis!
- Raffles City the Merlion: You have never been to Singapore without visiting the Merlion!
- Day 3
- Universal Studios: This is the closest Universal Studios from the Philippines. Ride the Transofrmers 3D, Battlestar Galactica, get soaked at the Jurrasic Park, or simply enjoy the Sesame Street Shows and Waterworld.
- Bugis: Shop for the famous Singapore chocolates and souvenirs at a very low price!
I went to Orchard a couple of years ago for some souvenir shopping but I think Bugis is a better option. Plus it’s just near Geylang.
Basically, the tour around Singapore was purely sight-seeing and never did a lot of shopping. But if you want to shop for designer stuff in low prices, then head out to IMM at Jurong East! Remember, like what I mentioned earlier, all areas in Singapore are connected through the MRT!
I will share with you the budget I spent in Singapore in my next blog entry Lah!