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Guide to visit Singapore and not to break the bank while doing it

Singapore, or that place that fascinates me, is undoubtedly one of the cities that you have to see if you are in Southeast Asia. I like it so much that, although 2 of the 3 times I’ve been in Singapore has been under compulsion (visa problems with Malaysia), I never get tired of going and never regret it. Okay, okay, I admit, it is an expensive, very expensive place compared to the rest of the cities in that area. However, the feeling of security, cleanliness, order and modernity that transmits worthwhile. It’s like being in London or New York but in Asia. If you get a chance, do not forget to visit Singapore 😉

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Despite its short history as an independent country, just about 50 years, and its small size, less than 700 km square, in Singapore you can perform many activities like a day at the Universal theme park, stick a dip in the island Sentosa, go shopping on Orchard Road or enjoy a show like no other in the Gardens (Gardens by the Bay). Singapore offers all this and more.

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Undoubtedly, to visit Singapore can be a big financial outlay. However, by following some tips that I leave you below you need not be worried. Do not waste time and check out the “Guide to visit Singapore and not break the bank while doing it.”

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ACCOMMODATION

If you plan to spend a few days in Singapore sure that you’re imagining yourself sleeping in the Marina Bay Sands and delight in the rooftop pool. With luck you might even bump into a celebrity like David Beckham around the halls of this great hotel. But let’s face it, do you really plan to spend your whole budget on accommodation? Are you going to miss the opportunity to visit Singapore for a couple of nights sleeping in a luxury hotel? My response to all this is clear, “NO”. In Singapore you have plenty of hostels at a great price; but what I really recommend is to use Airbnb. With this platform you can stay in the ordinary people homes prepared for travelers. You will find quality and value. Here I also leave the link to sign up with which you can get 18€ discount for your first booking  😉 18€ Airbnb Discount

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If you visit Singapore I recommend you to book a couple of nights in the “New Cozy Studio Apt @ Orchard Area”. It is a large apartment for up to 5 people, with TV, wifi, kitchen and everything you need. In addition, the owner Darrick will help you with any of your demands.

TRANSPORT

To visit Singapore and getting around the city is very easy because of its small size and the large number of possibilities you have to choose. Bus, subway, bicycle or taxi are some of the means transport available. But for me, the best is Uber. Just download the app, type where you want to go and voila! The driver arrives and then the money is charged to your card. That saves you having to go on paying in cash and the need to exchange more money later. With my code “ubergom14” you can enjoy a free ride using Uber: UBER free ride

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Attractions in Singapore

Singapore offers plenty of activities to do. However, if you want to save money and see many things I recommend you visit:

Gardens by the Bay

Undoubtedly the Gardens by the Bay is a must stop if you visit Singapore. With its three areas (South Bay Garden, Bay East and Bay Central Garden Garden) and more than 100 hectares you will find hundreds of passages where get lost and enjoy nature.

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But what will leave you speechless is the sound and light show called “Garden Rhapsody”. It takes place every day at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm. Do not miss it! You will enjoy a unique experience.

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Special thanks to the Gardens by the Bay for giving us with 4 Media passes to enjoy the Gardens. Appreciate it! If you want to know more about the Gardens, click here: Gardens by the Bay

Sentosa Island

As the name suggests (Sentosa is translated as “peace and tranquility” in Malay) this small island of less than 5km square is a paradise just minutes from the bustle of the city. However, you can not just relax and rest their 2km beach but you can also visit Fort Siloso, two golf courses, two five-star hotels and the leisure center World Sentosa, which includes the Universal Studios theme park Singapore.

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The best way to reach this area is taking the cable car from HarbourFront station. Paying  29 Singaporean dollars (19 €) you will have access to all the cable car route and being able to visit all the stops.

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Marina Bay Sands and Merlion Park

To spend a night in one of the best, most famous and luxurious hotels in the world has a price, a quite expensive price. But wander inside and pretend to be rich is free. The Marina Bay will surprise you with its architecture and bold design. Paying zero euros is worth it, isn’t it? But if you are from the privileged who can afford it, here is the link to your website: Marina Bay Sands

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In the same area is located the Merlion Park, which owes its name to one of the main symbols of Singapore, the Merlion. A figure half fish, half-lion.

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The fish tail represents the humble origins of the city as a fishing village when it was called “sea town” (“Temasek”). While his head embodies the real name of the city, “Singapura” or “Lion City” in Malay.

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Orchard Road and Chinatown

Poles apart. Pure luxury and excesses on the one hand and tradition and history on the other. But as many say, to know the “yin” you have to know the “yan”.

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Unequivocally I can say that Orchard Road is the street with the highest number of luxury shops in the world. Any brand you can imagine is there. If your wallet allows it, you’ll be in heaven. If you belong to the rest of us (like me), then you would simply take many pictures and be amazed by the prices.

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On the other side, Chinatown offers great culinary variety and numerous roadside stalls where you can buy souvenirs for the whole family and friends. Once there you can find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple where hundreds of Buddhist monks gather daily to perform their prayers.

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Clarke Quay

If you have not had enough fun and you want to end the day partying, Clarke Quay is the place.

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This area is located along the river and is full of bars and restaurants where spend an entertaining evening. Undoubtedly, the best way to end the day.

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I hope you like the “Guide to visit Singapore”!

If you’ve visited Singapore or have any questions do not hesitate to comment on the video or in any of the social networks 🙂

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About Germán Olivares Merlos

My name is German and I am 23 years old. I am a Spanish boy born in a village in Andalucia, Velez Rubio. Currently residing in Malaysia where I finished my studies in Economics. Years ago I have been living in Granada (Spain) and Nottingham (UK).