With three times off from get the job done, I eventually have the chance to vacation to neighboring international locations. Nonetheless, given that I have minimal methods, I have selected the two nations obtainable by bus transport from Malaysia – Thailand and Singapore.
With time consideration, I listened to from a community colleague that a bus journey to Thailand will acquire me 8 hours to Hatyai (but not nonetheless Bangkok – only on the border of Malaysia-Thailand) and only 4-5 several hours to Singapore.
While Thailand has a substantially lessen price tag of living than Singapore, I did some research and identified out that there are unlimited strategies to journey lavish cities like Singapore in spending budget. Given that it has excellent transportation routes and a good deal of interesting tourist places, I selected to go Singapore, even if I have to consume Chicken Rice for a person whole week.
Departure: Kuala Lumpur, TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) -> Singapore, Small India (Fare: RM45 = P517.50)
Arrival: Singapore, Katong V Mall -> Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown KL 5 Factors Resort (Fare: RM72 = P828)
Total Transportation Fare: RM 117 (P1345.50)
From all the 3 out there transportation to Singapore – plane, bus and educate – bus is the most low-priced and economical to select given that you can acquire the midnight tickets and slumber during the travel.
The bus excursion is around 5.5 hrs from Malaysia to Singapore. Observe that you may have to be awake throughout the previous hour because intercity travels will demand you to cross two immigration properties – one exiting Malaysia and a further just one moving into Singapore.
- If you can book on-line, do it so you can be reserved on the shuttle coach forward of time. I booked mine at easybook.com. They also have loads of promotions including discounts and vacation vouchers just about every month.
- As suggested, select the midnight program (12 AM) so you can arrive early in Singapore and employ the saved time in roaming close by tourist places before examining in to your hostel.
- Guarantee that you have genuine visa and passport details as there is a possibility that immigration officers in Woodlands Singapore could halt and provide you into demanding interrogation if you have the erroneous files.
On the internet Reserving Price: RM 205 (P2357.50)
Period of Keep: 5 Times – 4 Evenings
On line Merchant: Agoda
I largely selected Prince of Wales due to the fact this is 1 of the lowest priced hostels with no bedbugs from the Agoda evaluations which was a favourable indicator that it is really perfectly maintained. Correct more than enough, I was given a bedsheet, pillow and blanket after verify-in. There were being also five discounted coupon codes with 1 cost-free complementary Heineken/Jam Jar from the hostel. The administration stated they will discontinue the cost-free Heineken/Jam Jar moving ahead and that I was the final a single who bought the pink coupon. Lucky me!
The combined dormitory I stayed has 4 bunk beds, where most of the time occupants have been Western foreigners. Aircon runs 9 PM – 9 AM only. Showers on the floor ground has heater and wi-fi pace is outstanding. On one particular Saturday evening, I came dwelling to check out new music bands doing laid back music.
All round, this is a advised hostel if you want a low-cost backpacker lodging with great quality company and good servicing.
Day 1: Small INDIA + BUGIS: RM 102 / SGD 34 / PHP 1173
Thinking about the significant transportation charge for 5 days in Singapore, I planned to avail the Singapore Tourist Go (STP) for SGD 20 (3-working day Pass) which permits me to have limitless vacation on MRTs, LRTs and community buses. Then I am going to use the STP for Day 2-4 so for Day 1, I only visited the tourist spots near my hostel – Prince of Wales.
Consequently, it is important to pick a strategic position where you will e book your hostel. For me, I advocate Tiny India since:
- Its MRT is an interchange involving North East Line (coach heading to Sentosa, Clarke Quay or Chinatown) and Downtown Line (prepare going to Botanic Gardens or Bugis)
- It has loads of nearby temples and mosques (see under) with the cultural ‘feel’ that immerses your inner Indian.
- It has accessibility to affordable hawker stalls for as lower as SGD 5 for every food – like Tekka Centre – which is dwelling to an exquisite selection of Singapore cuisine.
- You can also store for souvenirs on Mustafa Browsing Centre for affordable perfumes or jewelries.
Bugis is also walking distance from Minor India so you can invest in your STP there, investigate the stores on Bugis Street and pray on the close by temple for blessings.
- Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
- Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
- Mustafa Procuring Centre
- Indian Heritage Centre (SGD 4 for Entrance, Free English Tour)
- Masjid Abdul Gafoor Mosque
- Haji Lane
- Bugis Road
- Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple
Day 2: SENTOSA + MERLION + GARDENS BY THE BAY: RM 126 / SGD 42 / PHP 1449
By Working day 2, I had unrestricted transportation thanks to the STP card so I can roam everywhere you go in Singapore. Regretably, it does not cover the price for Sentosa Express which I compensated for SGD 4 (P140). I did not go anymore to the Universal Studios Singapore considering the fact that I’ve absent there previously but for these who are wanting to know, the entrance charge is SGD 74 (P2590).
In the afternoon, I went to Gardens by the Bay by strolling on the Raffles Spot space, on to the Helix Bridge, and by way of the walkway on Marina Bay Sands. It was 1 of the most beautiful vacationer location I have ever witnessed in Singapore and the just one I am going to advocate particularly when you avail the entrance charge to the Cooled Conservatories – Cloud Forest and Flower Dome – for SGD 28 (P966). I also got lucky for the reason that there was an function identified as Backyard garden Rhapsody – Retro Fever on the Supertree Grove where by there had been bright lights dancing to the 80’s tune and it was actually magnificent.
Marina Bay near the Merlion statue was pretty beautiful all through the night. As I was going for walks on the Jubilee Stroll Path, I can see the splendid Marina Bay Sands shining by means of the serene waters. With the place however comprehensive of vacationers, I all of a sudden remembered the tune “The Night is Continue to Young.”
- Vivo City, HarbourFront
- Sentosa – Waterfront, Imbiah and Beach Stations
- Marina Bay at Raffles Position
- Esplanade Theatres and Marina Bay Sands
- Helix Bridge and Jubilee Walk Path
- Gardens by the Bay – Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Supertree Grove
- Singapore Flyer
Working day 3-4: BOTANIC GARDENS + ORCHARD + CLARKE QUAY + CHINATOWN: RM 60 / SGD 20 / PHP 690
From Small India, I went to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for my early morning jogging. The habitat was quite huge with lots of interactive trails these as Healing and Evolution Gardens. Since it belonged to one of the UNESCO Environment Heritage Site, the spot was also properly managed with some location (close to the Ginger Backyard) even now renovated. It was also in close proximity to to some of the properties of the Countrywide College of Singapore (NUS).
When I took the Orchard exit from the Botanic Gardens, I rode the bus using my STP to the sightly Orchard Road. Foreigners ended up bustling with branded paper baggage from buying malls these kinds of as Ion, Wisma Atria, Tangs, Takashimaya and Lucky Plaza. As a big tourist attraction complete of retail and amusement hubs, it was one particular of those destinations the millennial will usually coin as ‘Instagrammable.’
To compensate from the tiring wander escapades, I made the decision to chill out near the historical riverside they connect with as Clarke Quay. With a variety of places to eat and nightclubs these types of as Hooters and Zouk (nonetheless closed for renovation), it may effectively be viewed as the social gathering capital of Singapore.
Tourists can further more appreciate their keep in the stunning quay with G-Max Reverse Bungee (SGD 45 = P1575), Singapore River Cruise (SGD 22 = P770) or probably just chill on the Study Bridge with an ice cold beer whilst listening to some road performers.
The future working day, I went to the colourful Chinese enclave in Singapore, the ethnic Chinatown. Starting off from Pagoda avenue, I noticed various kind of stores ranging from incredibly hot tiger balms to huge ruby dragon statues. There had been also Chinese and Indian temples around the space together with the Chinese Heritage Centre (with an admission payment of SGD 15 = P525).
I also went to two well-known hawker centres along the vicinity, the Chinatown Food Road and the Maxwell Food Centre, especially the Tian Tian Hainanese Hen Rice which attained popularity from that includes of Anthony Bourdain on a single of his No Reservations plan.
Throughout the Maxwell Foods Centre, there have been museums these as ‘Red Dot Design and style Museum and the Singapore City Gallery (formerly URA Gallery). Entrance is cost-free of demand and the total gallery aims to demonstrate the bodily transformation in the previous 40 yrs which are both of those educational and exciting. It also exhibited the city diorama of Singapore with precise representations from properties all in excess of the place.
At night time of Day 4, I achieved some of my buddies in Singapore to have supper on just one of the places to eat positioned along Robertson’s Quay. We walked from Clarke Quay and onto the pedestrian footpath located in the vicinity of the contour of the riverside. Suffice to say, the foods was very mouth watering.
- Singapore Botanic Gardens – Foliage, Healing, Evolution, Nationwide Orchid
- Orchard Highway Searching Malls
- Clarke Quay – Singapore River Cruise and G-Max Reverse Bungee
- Chinatown – People’s Park Intricate and Centre
- Masjid Jamae (Chulia)
- Sri Mariamman Temple
- Chinatown Food items Street and Maxwell Meals Centre
- Singapore City Gallery
- Robertson’s Quay
Working day 5: KATONG + EAST Coastline: RM 63 / SGD 21 / PHP 724.50
Early early morning, I checked out from my hostel, ate lunch at Geylang Highway and surrendered my STP to get the SGD 10 deposit. Then I went to Katong V Mall which is bus pickup position going back again to Malaysia. The shortest route was via Paya Lebar station and to the free shuttle pickup from Paya Lebar Sq. to Katong V.
Because I still have 2 several hours to departure, I walked along the streets right up until I hit the serene waters of Singapore, the beach front facet of East Coastline Park. It was styled as an city getaway exactly where family members and close friends can perform volleyball, trip bicycles, rejoice entertaining situations, fry barbeques and waddle in the waters. Overall, it’s a excellent position to loosen up and decrease stress.
- Geylang Street
- Paya Lebar Square
- Katong V Shopping mall and close by Purchasing Malls
- East Coastline Park