DIY Travel Guide to Singapore

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor November 28th, 2015 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Travel Blog 13 Comments

“Singapore is like a big desk, full of drawers and pigeonholes, where everything has its place, and can always be found in it.” Here’s my Travel Guide to Singapore.

I love and live in the central area of this country and that is where I’ll be taking you in this DIY Trip.

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  1. Fragrance Hotel – Ruby (from Php 2200 per night) – 6min walk to Aljuneid MRT
  2. Hotel 81 Orchid (from Php 2300 per night) – 8min walk to Kallang MRT
  3. Superb Hostel (from Php 2700 per night) – near Bugis MRT


  • Sentosa / Universal Studios (The most popular theme park in town. Also it has parks and beaches and amazing establishments)
  • Orchard Road. (Shopping street! Be amazed by the exteriors of fancy shopping malls!)
  • Marina Bay Sands / Gardens by the Bay / Merlion Park (Gardens and Cities. You’ve never been to Singapore if you’ve never seen the Merlion fountain and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
  • Clarke Quay (Eastwood by the river!)
  • Chinatown / Bugis for shopping
  • Changi Airport (Find the Kinetic Rain)


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DIY Travel Guide to Singapore


  • Immigration: Are you a tourist? Prove it. Bring with you your return tickets and a company I.D. Note down the address of your accommodation in Singapore. Some officers have been strict recently.
  • Bring US dollar currency and Buy your SGDs in Changi airport for better rates.
  • Bring a Type G Adapter (UK Plug).
  • Wear comfortable shoes or sandals because you will be doing a lot of walking.
  • Bring summer clothes and 1 hoodie/cardigan/caps/hats because weather here is crazy (hot-cold-hot like your crazy ex-girlfriend!)


DIY Travel Guide to Singapore


  • The MRT makes traveling around Singapore very easy, convenient, cheap and efficient.
  • They are all connected so you can easily transfer from one Line to another.
  • Buy your EZ link cards At Changi Airport MRT station. It costs $12, out of which $7 is stored value for use. It’s a smart card you can use for paying transportation fares (bus, MRT, taxi, Sentosa Express train, river cruise) and buying at retail outlets (7-11, cheers, Cold Storage supermarket)

Directional Signages

  • Signages are your friends. Keep an eye on street names and Train directions.


  • In Singapore, you will learn the “art” of Singlish. They talk fast and with very few words.


English Question: Do you mean chewing gum is prohibited in Singapore?

Singlish version of the above question: Gum cannot, meh?

English: The shopping malls are all closed and the restaurants are all full. What do you propose we do?

So how?

Three years living here and I still don’t understand them. So here are a few phrases for you:

lah = “lah” is their period (.) There is lah at the end of everything. So don’t worry, it’s not a bad word.

Can = YES


Have in here or Takeaway? = Dine in or To go?

Cheap Food

At Hawkers (Singaporean street food / carinderia ) your 2.50 SGD will already get you chicken rice or Noodles!

Righthand Driving

Be safe when crossing the road. Look to your right first.

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 DIY Travel Guide to Singapore Clarke Quay is Singapore’s expensive choice of dining and entertainment destination, but you can stroll around the area for free. In the area, you will find a mall, interesting bars, and restaurants on the riverside.

>>How to get there

– Go to the nearest MRT Station from your hotel (ask your receptionist) and take the train to get to Clarke Quay Station (via Purple Line). Your first destination is just above that MRT station.

At Clarke Quay station, find EXIT C (Boat Quay / Clarke Quay ). Walk up to street level. It will lead you up straight to the mall and you just have to walk in/out/around to find the riverside. Don’t worry you’ll find it in less than 5 minutes.

>>Where to eat

k ribs soup) across Chili’s.

>>How to get to Merlion Park from Clarke Quay

Water Transfer!

Find the Singapore River Cruise at the bottom of G-Max Slingshot Bungee. Using your EZ-link, buy a ticket for a one-way trip to the Merlion Park for a price of around $5.00 each. The River Cruise is open 9 am to 11 pm daily (last boat at 10.30pm), regular departures at approximately 15-min interval.

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>>How to get there

Disembark at Merlion Park jetty. This is a small spot. You can get your photos taken with our beloved Merlion in 5minutes. From the Merlion, walk on the side of the river to get to The Esplanade. The Makansunta should be easy to find from there. Enjoy the food and the MBS Light Show.

>>What to eat

Cereal Prawn, Pineapple Rice, Sugarcane Juice


 DIY Travel Guide to Singapore How to get to Universal Studios Singapore by Train / Sentosa Express:

Take the North-East line or Circle line to HarbourFront station. Take Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.

*Sentosa Express train costs $4sgd but you can alight at any/all three stations in the island anytime and exit is free.

How to get to Universal Studios Singapore by Cable Car:

Take a cab and tell the driver to get you to Mt. Faber Cable Car Station.

$29.00 cable car ride for adults

*You can buy USS tickets online or You can buy your tickets on the spot but be prepared for long queues.

* USS is open from 10 am to 7 pm. After USS, enjoy the rest of the island by walking around or hopping on express trains. The largest Merlion statue is at Imbiah station and the beaches and other activities are in Beach Station.


DIY Travel Guide to Singapore

Places to go to today:

Marina Bay Sands Mall for lunch

Gardens by the bay

Marina Barrage area for dinner

CÉ LA VI Singapore (former KUDETA) on top of Marina Bay Sands to see the famous infinity pool and to grab a few drinks.

How to get to Marina Bay Sands:

Take Circle Line to Bayfront MRT Station (Exit B, C, D, E). Go to Rasapura Masters (Foodcourt) for lunch at Basement 2 beside the skating rink. Mall exits will lead you to the waterfront of the Marina Bay promenade (Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton Island Maison, Helix Bridge, and the ArtScience Museum)

From the MBS Mall, you can go to the Gardens by the Bay via Lions bridge which connects MBS to the Gardens. 5min walk with no picture taking- You’re there!

 DIY Travel Guide to Singapore Tip: Climb up the Super Trees for $5sgd each. You can find the ticket booths near the Super Trees.

Two more places to see in this area: Standard  Flower Dome + Cloud Forest (Adult/Senior Citizen) = $28.00

Walk past these domes to get to Satay by the Bay (dinner) and Marina Barrage for sightseeing.

If you still have energy and enough money, Go back to MBS and grab a drink or two at CÉ LA VI Singapore. Located at 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands, no cover charge on weekdays but you have to buy drinks.


 DIY Travel Guide to Singapore Food and Shopping Day! Chinatown and Bugis

How to get to Chinatown:

“Exit A (Pagoda Street) of North-East MRT line’s Chinatown station will deposit you right in the heart of the action. Outram Park, Tanjong Pagar, and Raffles Place are also all within walking distance, as is Clarke Quay and the Singapore River to the north.”

A lively district, you can find all kinds of things, including great food (Smith Street), The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (4-storey temple open to the public), and the best Souvenirs. Do your street photography here and don’t miss the Hindu and other Chinese temples!

For more souvenirs, go to Bugis Street Market directly from Chinatown MRT Station via Downtown line to Bugis MRT station (Exit C). Bugis Street Market is across Victoria Street.


DIY Travel Guide to Singapore If you still have time, explore the parks and hawker centers near your hotel.

About the Author:

Christina Magtoto | I’m an architect. I am a lover of buildings since man learned to draw using graphite in caves. Love the art and science of creating with me.

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13 thoughts on “DIY Travel Guide to Singapore

  1. Wow excellent blog article, very helpful for us to take a 3 day vacation trip in Singapore. A beautiful place to visit as you post ..

    thank you

  2. Hai
    ….u r descriptions r excellent… Felt like we travelled with u…need a help 2adults and 2 kids planning to travel on October 5-9,2019 to Singapore.. We wish to visit universal studio, kidszania, orchard town, china town,gardens by the bay,merlion park,flyer,sentosa island,merlion tower and wings of time…plz suggest a hotel which is centre to these places and near to mrt or bus/taxi. Thanking u yours faithfully (leppy

  3. I never thought ultimate travel hacking will be this beautiful. Your post definitely convinced me to visit this wonderful place. Thanks for sharing

  4. Which do you think is more expensive in terms of foods/ things to buy, Sg or Japan? I’ve been to Tokyo, and planning to visit Sg this year. I can’t compare who is more expensive among the two. Thank you for the reply!

  5. Hi there!
    We really love your blog post! Please let us know when you’re visiting Singapore again. We would love to invite you to stay with Hotel NuVe

  6. hello there… me and my bestfriend are planning to visit Singapore soon on December 26-30,2017… Can you recommend cheaper accomodation for 2 and suggest itinerary travel wen we get there… thanks!

  7. hi. my family and i are planning to go to singapore maybe june 2017. can you please recommend a place to stay for a family of 6? thank you.

  8. Hi. I am a law student from Manila. I went to Singapore last June 29-July 11, 2016, I was granted 30-day pass for socials, as tourist of course. I visited my boyfriend, but my brother also worked there. I’m planning to go back for a 4-day visit from August 6-9 for the national day. Do you think I’d be allowed entry? Hoping for a reply from you. Thank you.

    I’ve been travelling to Singapore since 2010,first travel was only for five days for a conference. Then 2012, 2014, 2015 for vacation only. Some lasts for 7 days, others for 15 days maximum. I’ve been also to HK and Malaysia.

  9. Great writing! I miss Singapore, I spent 3 days there and my favorite places were Bugis and Chinatown 🙂

    Also walking around Marina Bay at night too! Which one your favorite place in Singapore?

  10. Hi there.. Wonderful writeup. I will be traveling in Singapore this July, can you recommend a budget place accommodation for a family of 5? Thanks

  11. Great recommendations! I can’t wait to try Hawkers and some street food when I’m there in a few weeks! I will also be using some of the itinerary suggestions you listed. Thank you!



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