Author – Navankur Chaudhary
I recently travelled to Singapore and Malaysia in just Rupees 15,000 for eight days! This includes travelling expenses in both the countries. The return Air ticket from Delhi cost Rs. 12,000 and visa fee was 1,854 INR for Singapore and 1,400 INR for Malaysia. Read my travelogue : “My budget trip to Singapore” for details.
My travel plan – Delhi – Singapore – Malaysia – Delhi
My travel plan was – from Delhi to Singapore Air Asia Flight (6000 INR) and return from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi (6000 INR), and I travelled from Singapore to Malaysia in a Luxury bus for just 1000 INR.
How did I travel in Singapore
During the whole trip, I never took a taxi. Taxies are just a rip off in Singapore. I never asked the price as I knew it would be hell expensive. I travelled all the places by Metro and Bus. They both were also very expensive but much cheaper than a taxi. I travelled for two days on Metro. In total 12 metro tickets and 2 bus tickets cost me around 22 Singapore Dollar (1100 INR). It is slightly tricky to understand Singapore metro map. Just ask anyone present there or the officials. They are helpful. I would recommend you tourist card for 20 SGD (1000 INR) which is valid on both bus and train, but you have to give a security deposit of 10 SGD (Singapore Dollar) (500 INR), and that is only refundable at few stations.
Sentosa Express ticket is for SGD 4 (200 INR) which is for both ways. TIP – It’s free to come back to the mainland by express. You can walk to go to the Sentosa Island from Mainland.
How to reach Singapore City from Singapore Airport?
Air Asia operates from Terminal 1. If you land on Terminal 1, then you will have to take Skytrain which is free of cost to the Terminal 2 or Terminal 3. From there you can catch the Singapore Metro. By Metro, you can reach just anywhere in Singapore.
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Where did I stay in Singapore and Malaysia?
Whenever I do budget travelling, I prefer to stay in hostels. They are cheaper than hotels and also offer an opportunity to meet other backpackers from around the world. My first destination was Singapore where I stayed in ‘RuckSack INN Hostel’ for 2400 INR for three nights. I booked this hostel before leaving India from Goibibo site combined with flight, so I got some extra discount. I slept for 8hrs at Kuala Lumpur Airport as my layover was 13 hours. In Kuala Lumpur, I stayed at ‘Explorers Guesthouse’ which cost me 1480 INR for 3 Nights.
Hotels/Hostels in Singapore
What did I eat in Singapore and Malaysia?
Being a Non-Vegetarian I had so many choices, but in a foreign country, it is difficult to understand what to eat. My favorite food in Singapore was chicken roll which I bought for 7 SGD (350INR) near the Merlion Statue Bridge. I like it so much that I came back in the night again and tried a different flavor. On the day-2, I visited an Indian restaurant in Little India which just ripped me off with a bill of 14.20 SGD (700 INR) for rice, chicken and Lassi.
Water is costlier than anything!
I bought water bottles 4-5 times in Singapore, which was a huge mistake. A 1.5-liter bottle of water costs 3.30 SGD (175 INR) in Sentosa Island. I always forgot to refill my water bottle.
Major tourist attractions in Singapore
- Universal Studio – 76 SGD (3800 INR)
- Marina Bay Sands – 23 SGD (1150 INR)
- Singapore Flyer – 33 SGD (1650 INR) (I would recommend you to go to Marina Bay Sands it offers a better view than from the Singapore Flyer)
- China Town & Little India – Nearest Metro stations are China Town and Little India respectively
- Chinese & Japanese garden – Free to visit
- Madam Tussauds museum – 23 SGD (1150 INR)
- Merlion Statue – Free to Visit
Singapore currency exchange
I got Singapore dollars before going to Singapore. I used Bookmyforex. com and I got a rate of 48.7 INR for 1 SGD.
In this trip, I met two wonderful people whom I would like to mention about surely. In Singapore, I met Peter De Keyser who was from Belgium. He also sent me a postcard from Singapore as I forgot to post it to myself. In Malaysia, I met a Swedish train driver. I forgot to ask his name if you’re reading this article I am the Indian guy who met you in ‘Explorers Guesthouse,’ and we talked about geography a lot. If you are reading this then please leave your email address below.
I hope my travelogue helps those planning to do a budget trip to Singapore. Please comment below if you have some queries. Or you can also use Touristhelpline’s facebook group where thousands of travellers help each other