SINGAPORE 2017: 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS ITINERARY GUIDE
Last updated on 09/29/2018 – We have explored Singapore for 4 days and 3 nights and have discovered so many things. Whether you are a first timer or a frequent traveler to Singapore, this blog will surely help you out. Read more about this blog to know about our Singapore 4 days and 3 nights itinerary guide.
Singapore is one of Asia’s strongest nations in terms of economy. It may be small in land area but in recent decades had transformed as an economic powerhouse. Due to its compact land area, it is very easy to travel and generally safe. With this, Singapore is a top destination for those people who are first-time international travelers.
As a way of helping you guys, here are some of our favorite sights & experiences during our recent trip to Singapore 4D3N. Also, we have curated some tips and even promo code for you – so be sure to check that out!
How to get to Singapore
Flying is the most convenient way to get to Singapore. Major airlines have daily direct flights en route to Changi Airport. It is considered as the number one airport in the world. The estimated travel time from Manila to Singapore is about 3hours, 35minutes.
Journey Freaks’ note: Philippine citizens are allowed to stay in Singapore within 30 days visa-free.
- Cebu Pacific – Several daily flights from Manila.
- Philippine Airlines – Several daily flights from Manila.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Always be on the lookout for promos/seat sale of the airlines.
Where to Stay in Singapore
5footway.inn Project Boat Quay – This boutique hostel is conveniently located between Raffles Place and Clarke Quay MRT station. We personally liked that the property is within walking distance to Asian Civilization Museum, Lau Pa Sat, Merlion Park, and The Esplanade.
How to get Around Singapore
Journey Freaks’ tip: Download a map of their MRT system here.
- MRT – On our personal view, Singapore’s MRT system is the most efficient one we have ever seen. First-time travelers to Singapore will not have any problem roaming around since majority of the stations are somehow interconnected to each other. Also, choosing MRT as your transportation mode will save you up some dollars – yes it is cheap.
- Bus – We haven’t tried riding a bus while we were in Singapore. Their bus system is numbered and it depends on the route you’ll be taking.
- Hopper Bus – A convenient way to explore Singapore if you’re in a hurry! Purchase your tickets here to skip lines and save some dollars!
- Taxi – It may be Grab, Uber or a normal taxi but they can charge you hefty prices. We suggest that taxi would be just your last resort but always go for MRT since it is cheaper, and more cost-effective.
Where to Eat in Singapore
Local street food is a must try when you are in Singapore. Discover the Singaporean cuisine with your palate! Treat your taste buds with Singapore’s world-class dishes like Chili Crab, Oyster Omelette, Hainanese Chicken Rice and so much more. Singapore is pretty diverse when it comes to ethnicity so prepare for some flavor explosions!
Journey Freaks’ note: Eat at Hawker Centers while you’re in Singapore – this tip is all good for experience and budget.
- Maxwell Food Centre – Maxwell is a well-known hawker centre for its affordable, tasty and wide variety of local hawker food. Strategically located across the Buddha Relic Temple, Maxwell Food Centre houses Singaporean-style Chinatown food.
Recommended stalls and food:
(1) Stall#5 – Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake – Oyster Cake, S$2/piece
(2) Stall#7 – Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice – Chicken Rice S$3.50/serving
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184
Nearest MRT station: Chinatown MRT
Operating hours: 8:00AM-10:00PM
- Makanstura Gluttons Bay – One fun fact about Makansutra is its meaning which translates to “eating lessons”. The word Makansutra originated from a discussion of K.F. Seetoh (the founder of Makanstura) with a French friend in 1995. On a personal note, Makansutra is our favorite hawker-style eatery since it is situated at the bayside area.
Recommended stalls and food:
(1) Redhill Rong Guang BBQ Seafood– Chili Crab with mantou (price varies)
(2) Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing
Address: 8 Raffles Ave, #01-15, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
Nearest MRT station: Esplanade MRT/City Hall MRT
Operating hours: 5:00PM to 3:00AM
- Satay by the Bay – Satay by the Bay is located conveniently within Gardens By The Bay. This one has a more modern touch when it comes to the look and feel.
Recommended stalls and food:
(1) City Satay Stall – Chicken Satay S$0.70/piece
(2) Fried Carrot Cake Stall – Fried Oyster (omellete) S$8.00/serving
(3) Prata Stal – Roti Prata with cheese and egg S$2.50/serving
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Nearest MRT station: Bayfront MRT
Operating hours: 11:00AM to 10:00PM
- Selfie Coffee – Although Selfie Coffee is not a hawker center. But to be honest, this one is worth checking out for experience. Head down to Haji Lane to sip up some cold frappe with your selfie printed on it – yes completely edible!
Address: 11 Haji Ln, Singapore 189204
Nearest MRT station: Bugis MRT
Operating hours: 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Places to visit in Singapore
- Religious temples – Since Singapore has a diverse ethnicity, you won’t be surprised seeing few different religious temples around town. Check out these temples Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Be sure to wear appropriate clothes and follow their rules when visiting religious temples.
- Universal Studios Singapore – Tagged as one of the world’s top amusement parks. Buy your tickets directly here to save you time and some dollars.
We have published a full blog about Universal Studios Singapore and even included some tips and recommendations. Read it here.
- Gardens by the Bay –This a nature park is built to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. This also aims to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. Get your discounted bundled tickets (OCBC Skyway + Two Conservatories – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest) to save you time and dollars!
Supertree Grove – Don’t miss the Garden Rhapsody show daily around 7:45PM, and 8:45PM.
NOTE: You can enjoy the view by getting up close to the supertrees via OCBC Skyway, a 128 metre long aerial walkway that offers unique experience and not to be missed that presents glorious photo-taking opportunities to capture the scenic beauty of the surrounding flora.
Sun Pavillion – Check out this free outdoor garden that houses over 1,000 desert plants. Opens around 9:00AM to 9:00PM daily.
Heritage Gardens – Through this garden, you can learn and have a piece of Singapore’s diverse history and culture, told through the fascinating story of plants. Opens around 5:00AM to 2:00AM daily.
World of Plants – Learn all about the spectacular myriad of tropical plants and the systems these plants support. Opens around 5:00AM to 2:00AM daily.
Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes – This garden is all about having a visual treat rich with aquatic life. Opens around 5:00AM to 2:00AM daily.
Getting to Gardens By The Bay:
By Foot: Cross the Lions Bridge from Marina Bay Sands or follow the footpath under the East Coast Parkway.
By Bus: Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station. Head towards the bus stop at the International Plaza from Exit C (Bus Stop No: 03223). Get on Bus 400 and get down at Bus Stop No. 03371.
By Train: Alight at Bayfront MRT Station. Follow the underground linkway at Exit B. Cross Meadow Bridge/ Dragonfly Bridge to reach the Gardens.
Flower Dome (WITH NOMINAL FEE) – This one is our favorite conservatory! Flower dome houses a wide variety of flowers and plants. We could say that this one’s worth checking out!
Cloud Forest (WITH NOMINAL FEE) – On a personal note, Cloud Forest is just a so-so conservatory. The only thing that captivated us while were in the Cloud Forest was The Falls.
Standard rate for double conservatories: (Flower Dome + Cloud Forest)
Adult: $28 Child (3-12 years old): $15
- Merlion Park – Head down to Merlion Park and take a very touristy selfie with Singapore’s symbol!
- Helix Bridge – Helix Bridge is one of the most unique pedestrian bridges ever built! It is truly Instagram-worthy may it be during day or night.
- Mustafa Centre – Check out Mustafa Centre if you’re looking for a cheap finds of perfumes,chocolates and other food supplies.
- Little India – Little India is a unique neighborhood around Singapore. Really worth checking out!
- Haji Lane – Haji Lane has a more hippy, chill vibe compared to other neighborhoods in Singapore. The street is filled with artsy cafes, restaurants and even thrift stores!
- Bugis Street – This is one e of the best shopping places in Singapore attracting shopping lovers by offering latest and trendiest fashions (even the cheapest!)
- ArtScience Museum – Discover your creativity at its best through art, science, design, media, architecture and technology. You can buy your tickets here (Single exhibition – Future World) to get up to 25% OFF!
- Chinatown – This is a subzone and ethnic enclave located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore. Also is a sharp contrast to the rest of the city, with low rise buildings and culture bursting out onto the streets.
Bonus guide: Where to change your Philippine Peso in Singapore?
If you’re looking for a place that offers high exchange rate, head down to Lucky Plaza near Orchard Road. Since there are a few money changers at Lucky Plaza, we suggest that ask each stall first how much is their rate and go for the one that offers the highest. You will thanks us later!
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