SINGAPORE is one of the recommended travel routes for first time international travelers.
Not just because its visa free specially for Philippine passport holders. Singapore is one of the fast growing country in Asia. From their modes of transportation, it was really easy to travel and to see the beauty of this country.
Visa-free for Philippine Passport Holders – Singapore is a ASEAN-member State including the Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. You can stay for up to 30 days provided that you have onward or return flight ticket.
Duration of Tour – Singapore is a small Country based on its Land size. 3 to 4 days is enough to get around and to see its beauty and attractions.
Best date to visit Singapore – You can visit anytime, just check the weather forecast for you to enjoy the attractions. But, if you want shopping, best time to visit is around June to August because they are having their annual “The Great Singapore Sale”
Currency – Singapore Dollar (SGD)
Transportation – There are a lot of ways to get around Singapore, They have Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Bus and Taxis.
For us, it is very convenient to travel by MRT. MRT lines are interconnected to each other. You do not need to exit the train station if you need to transfer to another line. Singapore MRTs has common stations which you can interchange without paying for another fare.
Getting around – There is a little chance or no chance to get lost in Singapore, there are a lot of friendly signages which will lead you to the attractions that you intended to visit. Almost all the attractions are accessible by MRT.
Recommended Hotels/Accommodation – We suggest that you look for accommodation that is near or walking distance to a MRT station. It will be convenient for you to get around the city and in worst case scenario, if you get lost, don’t worry and don’t panic, just look for the nearest MRT and you can go back to your hotel easily.
Ports of Entry in Singapore – if you are arriving by Air, Changi International Airport will serve you. Just a little information about Changi Airport, it is the top 1 Best Airport in the World according to Skytrax. So, expect whatever you want to expect 😀
From the Airport, you can ride by bus or by MRT going to your hotel.
If you are arriving by Bus or Train from Malaysia, Woodlands Checkpoint is the boarder crossing from Malaysia to Singapore
If you are arriving from Indonesia by Ferry, Tuas Checkpoint is the port of entry to Singapore.
Must visit place/attractions:
1. Singapore Merlion Park
Selfie with gf at Merlion Park
Your Singapore tour is not complete without visiting and taking a selfie infront of the iconic Merlion Statue. Merlion is a half Mermaid and half Lion situated at One Fullerton. It is one of the major attraction and icon symbolizes Singapore.
How to get there: By Train, just alight at RAFFLES PLACE station EW14/NS26, walk and follow the signs going to the Merlion Park
2. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens Bukit Timah Gate
The Botanic Gardens is ranked as the Top Park Attraction in Asia according to TripAdvisor. If you want to relax and to have some peace of mind , this is a MUST visit place during your stay in Singapore.
How to get there: By train, just alight at Botanic Gardens Station CC19/DT9, walk for few meters to reach the Botanic Gardens Gate.
Sentosa Express SkyTrain
Sentosa is a resort island in Singapore, it is the Asia’s leading leisure destination and themed park.
How to get there: By Train, alight at Harbour Front Station NE6/CC29, proceed and go up to Vivo City (Don’t get confused. Vivo City is a Shopping Mall haha), purchase Sentosa Express ticket (cost: SGD$4.00 good for the whole day train ride) and ride the Sentosa Express SkyTrain inside Vivo City. It will go to Waterfront Station, Imbiah Station and Beach Station.
– Universal Studio Singapore
Universal Studio’s Globe
Don’t miss the opportunity to take a selfie infront of the Globe. Universal Studios is a themed park located inside the Sentosa Island. It showcases 24 rides, shows and attractions in 7 themed zones.
How to get there: Alight at Waterfront Station S2
– Sentosa Merlion
Merlion Statue at Sentosa
This is the biggest among the 5 official Merlion Statues in Singapore.
How to get there: Alight at Imbiah Station S3
– iFly indoor Sky Diving
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iFly Singapore is the world’s first largest themed wind tunnel for indoor sky diving. It is 16.5 feet wide and 56.5 feet tall. Visit their website for more information. Click Here.
How to get there: It is near the beach so you have to alight at beach station S4
– Siloso and Palawan Beach
Siloso beach Seaside
No, it’s not the Palawan Province in the Philippines hahaha. Palawan beach is known for its Pirates of the Carribean style suspension bridge linking to a small island. Siloso beach is just few meters away from Palawan beach.
How to get there: Alight at Beach Station S4
4 Singapore Sports Hub
The Singapore Sports Hub is a state-of-the-art, fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub that welcomes everyone in Singapore to watch, play and support sports and entertainment. Source: sportshub.com.sg
How to get there: By train, alight at Stadium Station CC6
5. Gardens by the Bay
Supertree grove at Night
Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove measures from 25 to 50 meters tall. Full of beautiful plants and lights. Best viewed at night and you must watch the color light show called as Garden Rhapsody Show. The first show starts at 7:45PM.
How to get there: Alight at Bayfront MRT Station CE1/DT16.Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway. Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.
6. Bugis Street
Bugis Street is a Market with lots of very cheap souveneirs, foods, clothes, shoes, gadgets and many more. It has more than 600 shops, so if you want a budget friendly shopping, take time to come and visit during your stay in Singapore.
How to get there: By train: alight at Bugis Station EW12/DT14 and cross the road. Always use the pedestrian when crossing the road. Singapore is known as a well-disciplined country and you might not want to end your tour at the police station because of Jaywalking.
If you have some questions, feel free to comment below.