DIY Travel Guide to Singapore [With Suggested Tours]

By Lyza Paloma January 28th, 2020 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, DIY Travel, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 13 Comments

Do you want to travel to Singapore? Here’s our DIY Travel Guide to Singapore, with suggested tours.

DIY Travel Guide to Singapore
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The Lion City, Singapore, may be small, but I bet everyone would love to see their extraordinary airport. This powerful country is one of the best places to travel, albeit a bit expensive. You won’t get bored in this amazing place, so here’s our travel guide if you want to explore Singapore.

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Things to do in Singapore

1. Enjoy the Activities in Sentosa Island

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Nearest Station: HarbourFront station / Sentosa Station

Claiming the first spot on our travel guide to Singapore is Sentosa Island. It’s the center of tourist activities and entertainment in the country. It has the famous Universal Studios, SEA Aquarium, a branch of Madame Tussauds, Royal Albatross, Wave House, and many more. There are also Resort Hotels and Gorgeous Beaches. One day is not enough here.

Suggested Tour: iVenture Singapore Unlimited Attractions Pass (iPass) 

2. Visit the attractions along the Marina Bay

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Nearest Station: Bayfront Station

Just like Sentosa, Marina Bay has lots of attractions. These include the gorgeous Gardens By The Bay, Supertree Grove, and the ArtScience Museum. Not to mention the famous Marina Bay Sands, a hotel that overlooks the bay itself with a boat-shaped Sky Park. It’s something you should not miss when coming to SG!

Suggested Tour: Marina Bay Skypark Observation Deck Ticket

3. Shop at Bugis Street Market

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Nearest Station: Bugis MRT Station

Singapore is expensive, and so are the shops but if you want affordable ones, shop at Bugis Street Market! From ref magnets to clothes, to fashion goodies to street food, you can absolutely find it here but at a cheap price (but not that high quality). I actually shopped here for our souvenirs, and we got to haggle with the sellers.

Suggested Tour: The Original Singapore Walks Half Day Tour

4. Find the Merlions!

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Our travel guide to Singapore wouldn’t look good if we forgot the symbol of the country, the Merlion. The Merlion in the Park is not alone; it has many duplicates all over SG. Try finding all the other 6 Merlions; one is at one of the places mentioned in this list.

Suggested Tour: Singapore Half-Day City Tour with Gardens by the Bay Admission

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5. Be amazed by Changi Airport

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Nearest Station: Changi Airport MRT Station

If you are going to Singapore, try to fly to or from here to experience the world’s best airport, Changi Airport. There’s no other airport on earth that has an indoor waterfall; it’s only in Changi. With superb art installations, slides, pools, entertainment spots like TVs and arcades, you don’t want to get out. It’s truly a fantastic spot to visit.

Suggested Tour: Best of Jewel Changi Airport Tour

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Where to stay in Singapore

Budget Hotel

Hotel Classic by Venue (SG Clean)

DIY Travel Guide to Singapore

Located within the culturally-rich Geylang district, Hotel Classic by Venue offers accommodations in Singapore. Guest rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Guests can explore the surrounding area for a variety of shopping and dining options.

Price: Starts at USD 63 for a Standard Double Room

Mid-Range Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road (SG Clean)

DIY Travel Guide to Singapore

Located in the heart of the shopping district, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road features modern, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Each room is equipped with a 42-inch flat-screen cable TV, iPod dock, ergonomic work station, and tea/coffee maker. The private bathroom includes a shower and hairdryer. Guests enjoy a complimentary daily express breakfast.

Price: Starts at USD 120 for a Standard Queen Room

Luxury Hotel

Marina Bay Sands (SG Clean)

DIY Travel Guide to Singapore

Towering over the bay, this iconic hotel offers the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, 20 dining options, and a world-class casino. It has direct access to Singapore’s premier shopping mall and the ArtScience Museum, which features the permanent exhibition, Future World. Rooms at Marina Bay Sands are fitted with a flat-screen cable TV with channels including CCTV4.

Price: Starts at USD 312 for a Deluxe Twin Room.

Where to Eat in Singapore

Maxwell Food Center

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Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, 069184

When going to Singapore, I highly recommend eating at a Hawker Center. One of the best ones is the Maxwell Food Center. Check out TianTianHainanese Chicken Rice, which is famed in all of the countries. Don’t worry about your expenses as it’s pretty cheap here.

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Address: 22 Orange Grove Road Shangri-La Hotel Tower Wing, Lower Lobby, 258350

If you want to eat Asian Cuisine and lots of Sea Food, you can go to the line. It’s a buffet-style restaurant with many food choices, including Vegan and Gluten-Free options. You will surely make your stomach happy with this restaurant.

Lau Pa Sat

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Address: 18 Raffles Quay Telok Ayer Festival Market #01-94 Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, 048582

Another Hawker Center on our travel guide to Singapore is Lau Pa Sat or Ayer Festival Market. Their specialty is the Satay, it’s like Barbecue but has a Singaporean twist with peanut butter as the sauce. It’s very delicious and affordable and one of my favorite dishes in the country.

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I aim to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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13 thoughts on “DIY Travel Guide to Singapore [With Suggested Tours]

  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!

    Cheers!

    Cameron

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends.

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