Making a stopover in Singapore and looking for affordable and accessible hostels in Singapore to stay? Students and backpackers, I feel you! I always get comments about how expensive living in Singapore can be. You can stay for 5 nights in Thailand for the price of a luxury hotel stay in Singapore.I'm extremely thankful for some hostels in Singapore that provide a way out for those on a budget, without having to sacrifice accessibility, comfort and cleanliness. I've put together some of the most unique hostels in Singapore, from feeling like you're living in a sci-fi movie, to living in the 60s.I've also worked together with a couple of hostels to offer you an even cheaper rate for your stay in Singapore. If you do book through my discount codes, don't forget to say hi to the friendly people behind these hostels! ????
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Singapore is from December to February
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Universal Studios Singapore
From meeting Marilyn Monroe, well almost, to going for a Madagascar safari; from fighting a transformers battle in their jet, to the dragon ride, every experience was a new and rejuvenating one. Clearly The Universal Studio was the best and most adventurous part of Singapore.
Gardens By The Bay
Laneway Music Festival, baby! Although I didn’t know any of the songs played, I enjoyed the experience. There was a point when I almost wanted to pass out because of being squeezed in a crowd of hippies, but I just opted to close my eyes, listen to the lyrics, feel the beat, and let myself be swallowed by the music. This is ultimate art immersion.
Jurong Bird Park
If you are a animal lover or a nature lover you would love this place. I really liked spending time here. Do stay and participate in atleast one of the many shows that they host. Its heartening to the feed the penguins or the storks. The tiny tots just loves the activities. My personal favourite is the Bird Show.
The Singapore Flyer is as majestic as the London Eye. This giant Ferris wheel is actually an observation wheel that is about 42 storeys high, making it the world's tallest. The ride takes around 30 minutes and is an exhilarating experience. The entire city is visible and the view remains magnificent at each turn. This huge observation wheel boasts of unparalleled views of Singapore and even offers cocktails and some of the Singapore’s famed, exotic cuisine.
Changi Airport Singapore
Checked in at the World's Best Airport as with every single trip of mine. The flight was FD2940 from Singapore to Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand. Thai AirAsia is pretty decent and cheap for flights to Thailand from Singapore. *TRAVEL TIP: Right now, Scoot's a much better way to fly, it goes to BKK and there are weekly sales that make travelling to Bangkok much cheaper!*
The Merlion: The crown of the country, Merlion is the national symbol of Singapore. The Merlion statue has the head of a lion and the tail of fish resting on the crest of waves. The name Singapore has been derived from the name ‘Singapura’ (Singa-Lion, Pura- City) and hence the symbol of lion.
Everything about Marina Bay screams opulence. The kind that courts the senses even if only for a short while. The 3.5 km Waterfront Promenade offers breathtaking views of the Marina reservoir and the skyline, especially at dusk. Whether you spend the evening taking a romantic stroll along the boardwalk or treating yourselves at one of the open cafes, you’ll be surprised at how much time you can while away here. For an unmatched view of the city, head to the Sand SkyPark Observation Deck high up above the 57 storeys of Marina Bay Sands. It looks out over the reservoir and the financial district on one side and Gardens by the Bay and Singapore’s harbor on the other. Go there after 5pm, when it’s a little cooler. When you have finally had your fill of wandering about hand in hand, enjoy the setting sun at the famous Ku De Ta, a stunning rooftop bar right, while downing its signature cocktail.
Merlion Park Singapore
Take a ferry ride from the Flyer wharf and proceed to the Merlion park. You can see the city of lion, with all the colours of the CBD towers which give you a fantastic memory! You can stroll about the pier clicking some memories. You can also enjoy the laser show from the Marina Bay Sands.
Singapore Zoo Singapore
Instead you can schedule a quick freshen up at the hotel, and head out to Clarke Quay. This is the night-life spot (we adults also need our share of fun right! ;) ) with plenty of fine dining restaurants. Indulge in some wine and dine experience by the river while your little one can much on some fries and sip on coke. It doesn't hurt for them to take a quick nap after a long day, while you adults enjoy your evening.
Art Science Museum Singapore
What can a humble brick do? Well, from the looks of what was displayed at the "The Art of the Brick" Exhibition at Singapore ArtScience Museum, a humble brick can certainly do wonders. I went there frankly because my son is crazy about Lego bricks and he basically pestered non-stop the minute he knew about the exhibition coming to Singapore. So armed with my trusty Nikon P7000, the entire family set off to see the exhibition on its 1st day of opening on 17 November 2012. 'Marvelous' is certainly a word that comes to mind when viewing the exhibition of sculptures made from the humble brick. Another word will be "WTW?" (aka "What in the World?" more a phase I know but with abbreviations, I can cheat ;)) - human torsos, gigantic skulls etc all conjured out with thought provoking ideas of what we are, who we are and what do we want to become. Finish off the exhibition with a ginormous 6m long Dinosaur (T Rex no less) and you know you have entered a world that you can only exclaim "Wow!" at the end. My best take-away was from my son, who basically summed in all by saying "I want to be able to do this with my Lego bricks!"
Esplanade: Esplanade is the arts and cultural entertainment of the city. From far off, the roof of the structure appears to be akin to a golf ball dipped half into the waters, but essentially, is a wire frame structure. What gives the structure its appeal is the spiked honeycomb design. This complex has been designed to meet the needs of a full scale musical and entertainment event.
Jalan Pekan Ubin
After a short ride, you'll arrive at Pulau Ubin Jetty. After the entrance, you'll see the Visitor Centre which is a good place for a loo break and if you want,  to post some letters in the furthest mailbox from mainland. Head to the town to stock up your water supplies, rent a bicycle ($8 per day) or charter a taxi ($20+++) for a more comfortable and faster ride to Chek Jawa Wetlands.
Mustafa Centre Singapore
This is a shopping day. If you spend your day (pun intended) on shopping at the Orchard street, you should definitely end the day shopping at the Mustafa Centre. From safety pins to Largest TV sets you get everything here. Just that it is a bit noisy and over crowdy!! And if you are at Little India, don't miss the authentic south Indian cuisine at the Murugan idli shop or the classic north Indian cuisine at the Copper Chimney.
There are some really picturesque nature trails from MacRitchie Reservoir Park to the HSBC TreeTop Walk suspension bridge that connects Bukit Pierce and Bukit Kalang (the two highest points at Mac Ritcheie), which are definitely worth your while (when the weather’s right). The trails meander through black forests and past unusual wildlife-we caught a glimpse of the bright blue baby snake-ending at the 25m-high suspension bridge. There are maps and directions posted everywhere, so whichever trail you choose, you won’t get lost. If you need a breather, stop at the Visitor Centre about 3km shy of the suspension bridge. We recommend Route 3, a 10 km walk starting from the park, and Route 6, a 7 km trek that starts from Venus Drive car park.
At Chek Jawa Wetlands entrance, pose for a photo with the wild boars (kidding...)! Go past the gate and follow the path. You could head for the Jelawi Tower for a panoramic view of the lush green canopy below. Keep a lookout for monitor lizards prowling in the undergrowth near the tower.
Sentosa Island Singapore
DAY 2-SENTOSA ISLAND: - On the second day we visited the Sentosa Island. It is a popular island resort. We reached the island by a rope way. This island gives a serene and tranquil aura to its visitors. The island offered some excellent landscapes. I enjoyed various activities with my brother. One of my favorite was the luge ride which is like go- karting downhill. We also watched a 5D movie, dolphin show, visited the underworld (which is a huge aquarium built under the ocean) and lastly saw the water light show called the Wings of Time. After a long and action-packed day we headed back to our hotel for the night. The Sentosa island is a must on one's to do list in Singapore.
Raffles Place Singapore
Who would have thought that a walk around Raffles Place is actually a walk down Singapore’s history? Raffles Place was formerly called Commercial Square and was designated for commercial activities by Sir Stamford Raffles himself back in 1822 as part of his Raffles Town Plan. The rectangular centre of Raffles Place was often referred to as Raffles Square. It was the first reclamation project in Singapore as it was swampy land next to the Singapore River. Part of the history of this place resulted in the naming of the streets such as Market Street and Chulia Street (know earlier as Kling Street) were named after Dr Jose D'Almeida, the surgeon, who had his dispensary and his business firm of Jose D'Ameida and Sons in Commercial Square.” Singapore’s very own (and oldest department store) John Little started their operations here in Commercial Square back in 1845. During World War II, and on 8 December 1941, Japanese planes made Raffles Place one of their targets of destruction. On 12 December 1987, Raffles Place Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station was opened with accesses from each end of Raffles Square. The station's entrance has detailing reminiscent of the John Little Building's facade dated 1911 which was fashioned in a Spanish style.
Underwater World Singapore
The Underwater world singapore and the Dolphin Lagoon provides a chance to dive with the sharks, swim with the dolphins and discover the marine life. You also get a chance to kiss the cute pink dolphins. It's really fascinating to be surrounded by water glass at your left, right and top and enjoy the sight of the small multicolored fishes.
Labrador Park Singapore
This park has a long board walk which is surrounded by natural beauty of flaura and fauna, this boardwalk finally leads to a natural reservoir. I went to this place as i just wanted to be in the lap of nature for sometime. After walking for around 1 km i was really tired but on going ahead the scene which i witnessed of the mesmeric sea shore and two beautiful islands was a reward in itself. Going a bit ahead one can also see the creek. This place offers its visitors a peaceful retreat away from the city. My tips: 1. Wear some comfortable footwear as you will have to walk a lot. 2. Go on a day when the weather is nice. 3. Carry your own water bottle.
Hotel ibis Novena Singapore
It took 40 min from airport to hotel . We had stayed at ibis novena. Breakfast is free at this hotel. Lunch and dinner options are also there . Pizza and pasta are quiet good.As soon as we reached hotel, we were allowed to check in early around 8 , Normal checkin time is 2pm .Hotel rooms were quiet clean and neat. Space inside the room is bit less but it was ok for 2 persons .We took rest for sometime and had to search for a breakfast restaurant around since first day the breakfast is not included.
Serangoon Avenue 3 Singapore
I Stayed at my cousin's place in Singapore at Lorong Chuan, thus reducing my travel expense. However, there are a of of budget and lavish hotels in Singapore which you can opt for. But as I suggest, avoid spending much on stay, instead, prefer a cozy comfortable hotel room, because the city outside is much much more beautiful and receptive than the hotel room. You can check out at the below link. http://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsList-Singapore-Cheap-Hotels-zfp10541.html
Eating Singapore's street food is one of the best ways to experience the delicious Asian cuisine, and keep your belly and wallet happy. The Singapore's street food is one of the safest and tastiest in the entire Southeast Asia. It is so good that even popular chefs around the world, like Gordon Ramsay, go crazy about it. Popular places to try it among others, is the China Town Food Court and the Arab Street. Oh! And the tap water is drinkable. 3. NightlifeEvery afternoon, the gorgeous bars around the streets, get full of well dressed people who have just finish their work at the office. The quality of the guests at the local bars, and the services provided make the night out a bit expensive for an average budget traveller. Just a glass of beer may cost as high as 10 dollars, and other alcoholic drinks, like wine and cocktails cost at least 12 to 25 dollars. So, it might be a bit expensive, but still the hope is not lost. Search around for bars with special offers. Happy hours may drop the price down to a half. 4. TransportationIf you are staying for a day or two, then probably is not worth it, but if you are planning to stay for longer, then definitely go for an EZ- link Card. Exploring Singapore just by walking around is not the best option, and renting a car or a scooter will not come cheap. The Singapore's public transit system is one of the best I have ever seen, and the best way to get around the city. The EZ-link Card, you can get it from any MRT Station or 7-Eleven. It will cost about 12 SGD (5 SGD the card and about 7 SGD for the top up) and allows you to use the all the public buses and trains. If you do not manage spent the entire top up credits, you can return the card back at the end of your visit and get a refund. 5. Shopping
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Singapore
The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research is housed in the National Museum. Firstly, it’s not easy getting there (even though I am a Singaporean and supposed to know the way around my little island). Secondly, the display is a bit morbid (preserved animal specimens no less). Thirdly, it’s one of a kind in Singapore Pity that it is not really that accessible to the general public as it’s only open from Mondays to Fridays working hours and closed for Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays. Thankfully, it is reported that the Museum will be moving to another new building in 2014 – hopefully, it will be more accessible at the new location.
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Outram Road Singapore
A very good stay at an economical price, equivalent to a 7 star stay. Great ambience (Yusuf I cant forget you my friend)
Little India Singapore
The new friends I made dropped me back home after a great dinner at Newton's food court/area. Tried Hookien mee (Singaporean noodles), sting ray fry, buttered prawns, chilli beef, seafood fried rice. We went to the Gardens by the bay- flower dome and forest dome. Loved the forest some view totally! Very well simulated' the rhapsody of the super trees made me feel like a character inside the Disney movie. Hahaha! The walk back to MRT from the gardens is priceless. 360 degree view of the skyline with the night lights!! It's called the dragon fly bridge! Before that I visited the Little India and Farer Park and shopped around a bit. Started off the day by visiting the Singapore Art Museum. I should say, God, thank You for your mercies that endure forever. First time felt the outright indifferent behaviour at the city tour pass counter. No worries. I shall appreciate all the nice people even more.
Chek Jawa Wetlands Singapore
Moving on, we went ahead to the Chek Jawa wetlands. It’s said to be a coral reef about 5000 years ago and even today it remains largely unscathed, with a variety of marine wildlife like the Seahorse, Sea hares, Sea squirts, octopuses, Starfishes, Sand dollars, various fish and sea weed. We rested on a jetty near the wetlands and watched the shores of the busy mainland of Singapore.As the evening slowly set in, the last of the bum-boats blew its horn a little too loudly. We hurried back to avoid being stuck in the jungle overnight. As the boat set off, the rain, that had eluded us over the evening came lashing down. Another moment to add to the epic day- we climbed on top of the boat, feeling the rain pound on the face as the boat sped towards the shores of the mainland.This trip was originally published on Inception.
Pulau Ubin Singapore
Pulau Ubin was quite a memory. Mostly because riding a bicycle didn’t quite come to me, after having learnt cycling exactly a decade back with many falls to testify to it. I just couldn’t pick it up after all those years. But then again, memory of that day brings back laughter and I would do it all over again, if only we could.
Rhubarb Le Restaurant - 1 Michelin Star Singapore
Rhubarb is one classy restaurant that serves perfectly balanced French cuisine and has equally excellent wine pairings. With the most immaculate presentation ever, the chefs make food look like art and the taste transports you to the streets of Paris. The prices are a little on the higher side but totally justified.
Marang Trail of NParks Singapore
The starting point or the Marang trail is the most difficult part of the trail with 100+ steps. Other portions are easy but make sure you are well hydrated especially on a sunny day. Overall, the walk is easy to moderate (might be difficult for some in Singapore's hot and humid weather!!). Here are some pictures I took during the walk.