December 21st, 2019
Be responsible for converting the currency.
I used Philippine Peso for PHP
Singaporian Dollar for SGD
Malaysian Ringgit for MYR
So before anything else I did a lot of research for this trip because it's my first ever out of the country solo trip and it's not just one country but three. 🙈
To start with you already know that I always book my flight ahead of time so I didn't include in the 30k budget the airfare. I don't know why I always get lucky with the seat sales. I got my Manila - Singapore Ticket for only 899 php and Kuala Lumpur - Manila 1500 php via Cebu Pacific. FYI I booked a lot of Dipolog - Manila Round trip when Cebu Pac had a huge seat sale ( 999 php round trip ) so I used one round trip in this venture.
What I love about NAIA is no terminal fee!!! You only need to pay for the travel tax which is 1620 php unlike in Mactan Cebu International Airport there's an additional terminal fee of 850 php so yes when I saw Cebu Pac's round trip seat sale from Dipolog - Manila for just 999 php I booked 4 trips with no plans where to go or what to do I just booked it because hello?!!! It's so cheap! Haha!
So as stated on my previous blogs, I already traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hongkong & Macau so there's no way immigration will stop me from boarding. So no more chika2 got the stamp and I proceeded to my boarding gate. Also my flight was so early it was 12 am as I remember 😴
and so, Hello Changi International Airport, Hola Singapore 🇸🇬 first country ✔️ 2 stamps ( Ph exit stamp, SG arrival stamp )
First things first! When I arrived in Changi I bought a tourist sim card, I purchased it in advance from Klook & got it for 348 php good for 1 week with unlimited data! Then I went to Jewel 💎 to see this amazing view ( photo above ) I landed in terminal 4 so I took the airport bus connecting to T3, T2 T1 & Jewel.
Then, inside the airport there's a train 🚆 conmected to the different areas of Singapore so the hostel that I booked from Agoda is in Little India so I just followed the directions and got out in Rochor Station ( it's walking distance from Rochor and far from Little India Station )
Tips: I don't change my Philippine Money to any currency before I travel. What I always do is inform my bank that I will be in these countries for these specific days & they activate my debit card. PS I don't have a credit card. So when I arrived to any destination I withdraw all the money that I needed for that specific country since I already did my research and more or less budgeted everything. 😉 I'm good at sticking into my budget.
also take a picture of the railway ( the map of the different train stops ) it will help you a lot to navigate.
Purchase the 3 day unlimited pass for the train 30 SGD with 10SGD deposit. you'll get the deposit when you return the card to any kiosk. You'll save a lot and less hassle.
Food: I budgeted 300-500 php per meal that's for lunch and dinner since I booked hostels with free breakfast. Especially in Singapore meals are expensive. You can save when you arrive in Malaysia.
🚆 From Changi - EW12 ( green ) interchange to blue ) DT14 Bugis - DT13 Rochor exit on the elavator then the hostel is just 10 mins walk
Check in: Footprints Hostel
5D4N via Agoda 2500 php ( Mixed Dormitory 10 beds )
Gardens by the Bay
🚆 From Rochor Station DT13 - DT15 Promenade ( interchange to orange rail ) CC4 - CE2 Marina Bay ( follow the signs going to Gardens by the Bay exit )
Entrance Fee: 872 php via Klook
( included only the 2 Domes )
I brought my go pro and tripod so yes picture perfect. I didn't ask anybody to take my pictures for this travel. 😅
You can go to the top and pay to see the view of Singapore but I didn't do it because it's expensive. Prices varies refer to Klook for promos.
View of Marina Bay is already picture perfect 😍
From Gardens by the Bay if you're really saving up you can walk going to Merlion Park again, use Google Maps for directions. I was a Solo Traveler so yes I walked a lot to save!
Free Entrance. Took me 15 mins to walk from flower dome to Merlion via Helix Bridge.
Art Science Museum
Going back to Gardens by the Bay I stopped by in this museum it's right after Helix Bridge.
Entrance Fee: 527 php via Klook
Before heading back to my hostel, I waited a little bit at Gardens by the Bay until the lights are on to witness the 👇🏼
Supertree Grove at Night
Free if you don't wanna climb above.
12 SGD entrance if you climb to the trees.
Going home same route.
🚆 CE2 - CC4 interchange to blue rail DT14 - DT13
Day 2: Wear comfortable shoes because a lot of walking and adventure
You need one day for Universal Studios alone to enjoy it!
🚆 From DT13 - DT19 interchange to Purple Rail NE4 - NE1 Harbour Front ( follow the direction for the exit on the free shuttle bus included on your Universal ticket if you purchase from Klook )
The picturesque globe is located in Sentosa Island, no entrance fee.
entrance fee: 1 day pass 2658 php via Klook
Tip: Get the schedule for the shows and Character Displays so you won't miss it! Every character has a different schedules for photo op and trust me the lines are looonggg!!!
Day 3: Walkathon
if you claim to be a traveler walking is not an issue. 😉 Unless you can afford Grab why not. if you go by train you will still walk going to the destinations because it's a little bit far from the exits so why not just walk alone!
from my hostel to the picturesque area of Little India is just 15 mins walk. Just follow directions on google map.
Walk 20 mins from Little India
Old Hill Sreeet Police Station
Walk 18 mins from Kampong Glam
Walk 3 mins from Old Hill Police Station
I went back to Gardens by the Bay to visit their newest attraction since it was closed for maintenance when I first visited.
Floral Fantasy at Gardens by the Bay
entrance fee: 20 SGD
I went inside Marina Bay omw home and found a spot where I can have my photo op for free.
I went back to the hostel to rest. I was planning to go to Joo Chiat but it's kinda far and it was raining that time.
Chinatown at Night
🚆 DT13 - DT19
You can buy your pasalubong in ChiTown it's cheaper compared to other places also a lot of affordable food kiosks!
Had dinner with my newfound friends from India 🇮🇳 and Germany 🇩🇪 & catched up with my RK colleague, Zaldy thank you for the dinner treat!!!
also I went to IonSky but I forgot how to get there since I had Zaldy as my tour guide FYI it's in Orchard 😅
Day 4: Day Trip to Bintan
Be sure to be early if you purchase in advance your boat ticket because there's only one trip and no refunds. I almost missed my boat 😅
🚆 DT13 - DT14 interchange to green line EW12 - EW4 Tanah Merah exit to B then find your bus 🚌 going to the ferry terminal.
Tanah Merah, SG - Bintan, Indonesia 🇮🇩 Ferry ⛴ Fare: 2200 php Book your tickets here 👇🏼 https://www.brf.com.sg/
2 Stamps ( Exit SG, Arrival Bintan, Indo )
Walk 10 mins from Bintan Ferry Terminal to Trasure Bay
Treasure Bay Entrance Fee: 215 php
each activities have different prices refer to https://www.treasurebaybintan.com/?#/
There's no atm at the resort. So better withdraw from the terminal or change your SGD to Indonesian Rupiah. Last time I went they only accept cash for the activities.
you can swipe your card at the restaurants
Going back same route
Walk 10 mins back to the terminal
⛴ 1 hour ride from Bintan - Tenah Marah
🚌 from Tenah Marah Ferry terminal - train station
🚆 EW4 - EW12 interchange to blue line DT14 - DT13
So I got another 2 passport stamps ( Bintan exit, SG Arrival )
Day 5 Off to Malaysia 🇲🇾
Check out ( Claim your Deposit ) Since I have baggage with me I booked Grab 🚘 from Footprints Hostel to Golden Mile Complex, fare 10-12 SGD
The cheapest bus I can find from Singapore to Malaysia is SriMaju 30 SGD one way fare book here 👇🏼 http://www.srimaju.com/
Travel time approximately 6-8 hours
Boarder: 2 passport stamps ( SG exit, Malaysia Arrival )
I selected the Petronas Petrol Station Drop off because it's the closest to my hostel. Then again since I got my baggage, I booked Grab 🚘 from Petronas Petrol Station going to The Bed KLCC. Fare: 10-15 MYR
I've been staying in hostels for my travels and so far the hostel where I stayed in KL is the best!!! Super clean, spacious and relaxing with super affordable price!!!
Check In: I paid 127 MYR for 2 nights with free breakfast for a Mixed Dormitory via Agoda or you can book directly from their website 👇🏼
What's more there's a rooftop pool you can use for just 10 MYR!!! That's 130 php
And Petronas Twin Towers is just 11 mins walk from the Hostel and it's close to bars & clubs as well as the train station.
Petronas Twin Towers
Walk 11 mins from the hostel
Day 6 Batu Caves & City Tour
Go to Batu Caves Early!
Walk 5 mins to Bukit Nanas Station from the hostel.
🚆 Ride from Bukit Nanas to KL Sentral fare: 3.10 MYR
From KL Sentral find your way to the train going to Batu Caves fare 2.6 MYR
Free Entrance, Some has 10 MYR entrance fee.
Going back to the City same route
🚆 Batu Cave - KL Sentral
From KL Sentral you can start googling the places you wanna visit. You can walk or Book Grab 🚘 taxi is cheap in KL so no worries.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
KL City Gallery
You can buy souvenirs here. This is the cheapest market place in KL.
Day 7: Going back to 🇵🇭
Check Out ( claim your deposit )
walk 5 mins to Bukit Nanas
🚆 Bukit Nanas - KL Sentral
🚌 KL Sentral - KLIA2
Bus is cheaper than the KLIAExpres going to the airport. Bus one way fare 11 MYR only.
1 passport exit stamp from KL
then 1 stamp arrival Ph
And that's it!!! If you stick with my itinerary and budget you will never go beyond 30 000 php / 600 USD that's for 7 days / 3 Countries 🇸🇬 🇮🇩 🇲🇾 / 8 passport stamps 😉
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