I did a quick five-day trip to Singapore two weeks ago. The main purpose was to buy something for my mom–a bag. This may sound frivolous for some but it’s been a five-year promise of mine that I finally fulfilled for my mom. In other words, I’ve had enough time to save for it.
It wasn’t our first time in Singapore but given the length of our stay, we opted to do some touristy stuff after shopping. Turns out, a lot has changed since last we were here–some new skyscrapers here and there and an under construction Olympic stadium.
Getting around cheaply
The beauty of Singapore is its transport system. You can get around cheaply by just using the Singapore unlimited tourist pass. We got the max period of a 3-day pass (you can get a one, two or three-day pass). If you need it for a longer period you just purchase a new 3-day pass.
It cost us about USD 15/PhP 740. Note that there is a 10 Singapore $ deposit so total upfront fee is about USD 22/ PhP 1,110. This pass is unlimited and can be used across all forms of public transport -MRT, LRT, and bus.
Get a centrally-located hotel close to sights
Fortunately, our hotel was in a great location. There was a bus stop right in front of it and it was located within 200 meters of the Lavender train station. A two to three block walk from our hotel was Arab Street.
I’d rather not mention the name of the hotel as they had terrible customer service.
Walking tour of Singapore at night-time
Singapore is pretty easy to navigate due to their efficient transport system. It’s pretty walkable too, with many tourist sites so close to each other.
Start your tour watching the 7pm free light show at Gardens by the Bay. Come early to get choice seats.
From Gardens by the Bay, we just walked the footbridge into Marina Bay Sands (“MBS hotel”). From there you go down an escalator to enter the MBS Shoppes.
On the way, you’ll pass the Olympic stadium and Esplanade Mall. The walking tour ends at the Merlion. To get home you can take to the nearest bus stop (depending on whether your bus stops there).
What’s your favorite thing about Singapore?