February 14, 2013

Backpacking 101: Budget and Itinerary Singapore

Here is my detailed Itinerary and budget in our 5 days and 4 nights stay in Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Some of the items here are split into 4 thus making the budget more cheaper as compared if I will travel alone, so all prices here are on per head. Some meals were paid by our host/friend in Singapore. I deviated this itinerary to include more personalize thought. Hehe... I hope this will help you =) 


Eyes far enough from the home land thinking of the days ahead on the foreign land called Singapore



Day 1  - Manila to Singapore, Orchard, Singapore Flyers, Esplanade, Merlion, Marina Bay Sands
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  • 4:00 - 4:20 Paid Airport Tax. (Php1,620.00)
    • Check In at NAIA
    • Payed Terminal Fee (Php550.00)
    • Pass Immigration
  • 4:20 - 6:00 Boarding Gate, Read, Sleep, Review of Itinerary
  • 6:00 - 9:00 Depart for Singapore, Changi Airport Terminal 2
  • 9:00 - 10:00 Photo Ops at Changi Terminal 2
    • Pass Immigration
  • 10:00 - 12:00 - Meet our host and breakfast at Toast Box in the airport (Treat of our host)
  • 12:00 - 12:40 - Travel to Bugis
    • Reload the MRT ticket that I borrowed ($10.00)
    • Took MRT in Changi (CG2) going to Bugis (EW12)



Note: Everyone coming from Changi will have to transfer train in Tarah Merah (EW4). The MRT can be located in Terminal 1 and 2 of Changi Airport.
  • 12:40 - 1:00 -Check In in our hostel. - Our hosted is Cozy Backpackers located in Bugis. 
    • Lunch in one of the hawkers in Bugis ($5.00)
  • 1:00 - 1:30 - Went to Lucky Plaza in Orchard to buy packaged tickets for the Singapore Flyers, Universal Studios and Duck Tour. Although you can purchase the tickets online or on the park our host suggested to buy it in the agency to have a discount. 
    • Bugis (EW12) to City Hall (EW13/NS25) transfer train
    • City Hall (EW13/NS25) to Orchard (NS22)
Our home for 5 days =)
The Lucky Plaza at Orchard Road

Note: Singapore Flyers and DukW Tour Package $38.00 (Original cost of SG Flyers and Ducktour are $33 and $15 respectively, saved $10). Universal Studios $70 (Original cost is $76, saved $6)

Click here for Universal Studios Discounted Tickets
  • 2:30 - 3:00 - Photo ops in Orchard Road
  • 3:00 - 3:30 - Travel to Promenade for the Singapore Flyers
    • Orchard (NS22) to Douby Ghaut (NS24/CC1/NE6) Transfer Train
    • Douby Ghaut (NS24/CC1/NE6) to Promenade (CC4)
  • 3:30 - 4:00 - Photo ops Suntec Center. We actually planned to see the Fountain of Wealth but it was close.
Tall buildings at Suntec Center
  • 4:00 - 5:00 - Photo ops at the Singapore Flyers
    • Board the Singapore Flyers
  • 5:00 - 5:45 - Travel to Esplanade via Bus
    • Photo ops at Esplanade Mall
  • 5:45 - 6:30 - Dinner at Makansutra Gluttons Bay (Treat by our host)
  • 6:30 -7:30 -Photo Ops Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Skyline
    •  Walked to Merlion
  • 7:30 - 7:40 - Walk back to Esplanade 
  • 7:40 - 8:00 -Taxi to Marina Bay Sands Shoppes to watched the light and sounds. ($11.00 split into four - $3.75)
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 The tallest Ferries Wheel in the World. 165 meters high!!!

 Singapore Sky Line

The mandatory shot at the Merlion
The
Note: You cannot actually split the payment on the spot because you will have to use your MRT card in paying the taxi. Now yeah, your MRT Card is a multipurpose card because not only in MRT and Taxis, you will also use that card in city buses. Isn't cool? Although you can pay cold cash in Taxis and buses, most people are using this card. 
  • 8:00 - 8:20 - Watch the free Light and Sound show at the Marina Bay Sands.
  • 8:20 - 8:30 - Photo ops at Marina Bay Sands Shops
  • 8:30 - 9:00 - We had to get back to the hotel because we were really tired plus our host for the day had to catch the last train going to Changi. 
    • Bayfront (CC1) to Nicoll Highway (CC5) - we had to transfer train because the train that we boarded terminates at Nicoll Highway (CC5)
    • Nicol Highway (CC5) to Paya Lebar (EW8/CC9) - transfer 
    • Paya Lebar (EW8/CC9) to Bugis (EW12) 
Note: Later on I realized that Marina Bay and Bugis are near to each other and taking a bus would definitely save time and money. So better study the map and the route of every bus located near your area of stays. I didn't have the chance to explore this of our first day because we had a host or guide. 
  • 9:00 - 10:00 - Bought an adaptor, bread water at 7-11 in Bugis ($3.00)
    • Singapore is using the UK style of electrical plug - the one with three socket - So you better bring your own or buy for $8.00
  • 10:00 Onwards - Lights Off 



Total Expenses Day 1: $128.50
Breakdown:
Food : $5.00
Transportation : $10.00
Amusement Parks : $108.00 (Universal Studios, SG Flyers and Ducktours)
Groceries : $3.00
Shopping (Chocolates) : $2.50
  • 8:00 - 8:45 - Preparation
  • 8:45 - 9:00 - Free Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 9:30 - Travel to Sentosa for Universal Studios       
    • Bugis (EW12) - Outram Park (NE31/EW19)
    • Outram Park (NE31/EW19) - Harbour Front (NE1/CC29)
  • 9:30 - 10:00 - Walk in Sentosa Boardwalk
    • Photo ops. Although the boardwalk is 500m long, you won't get tired because I am sure that you will enjoy the scenery. Plus there are walkalators available. You will save a $3.00 by just walking plus some photo ops =)
  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Rest and Photo ops in Sentosa
    • Sentosa Entrance $1.00. Used my multipurpose MRT card.
  • 11:00 - 5:00 - UniversalStudios
    • Lunch inside Universal Studios $19.00

  • 5:00 - 5:05 - Travel Back to Vivo City Mall 
    • Free Tram back to Vivo City. Once you are in Sentosa, the tram is free!
  • 5:05 - 6:00 - Dinner in Food Republic, Vivo City treat of the father of my girlfriend Phobe hehe...
  • 6:00 - 7:30 - Walk around Vivo City Mall
    • Watch free acrobatic show in Vivo City 
  • 7:30 - 8:00 - Bought some grocery items in Guardian $3.00
  • 8:00 - 9:00 - Travel Back to our Hostel in Bugis               
    • Harbour Front (NE1/CC29) - Outram Park (NE31/EW19)
    • Outram Park (NE31/EW19) - Bugis (EW12)
    • Reload my MRT Card $10.00
  • 9:00 - 9:30 - Chill in Bugis Junction 
    • Milk Tea Break =) $3.00
  • 9:30 - Onwards - Wash up, Lights Off
Total Expenses Day 2: $35.00
Breakdown:
Food : $22.00
Transportation : $10.00
Groceries : $3.00

Day 3 - Crossing Border (Johor Baruh), China Town, Buano Vista, Mustafa
  • 8:00 - 8:45 - Free Breakfast
  • 8:45 - 10:05 - Travel to Kranji to board Bus 170 going to Johor Baruh               
    • Bugis (EW12) - City Hall (EW13)
    • City Hall (EW13/NS25) - Kranji (NS9)
  • 10:05 - 10:15 - Travel to Checkpoint for Crossing Border
    • Took bus 170 parked outside the station.
 Tip: if you are in a hurry you can cross to the other side of the street via the overpass and wait for the bus there. Bus 170 parked just outside the station will still wait for other passenger and will make a U turn to get to the other side. Keep in mind that you might not get a seat when you took the bus at the other side. 
  • 10:15 - 10:30 - Pass the immigration/Exit Singapore. It will not take you a minute to do this. So don't worry =)
  • 10:30 - 10:50 - Travel to Johor Baruh 
    • Took Bus 170 same bus you hop in Kranji (NS9)
    • Cross Causeway/ Woodlands Checkpoint
  • 10:50 - 11:00 - Pass immigration/ Enter Malaysia
  • 11:00 - 11:40 - Travel to Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque 
    • Taxi RM11.00 (RM2.75)
    • Stroll/Photo ops 
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
  • 11:40 - 11:55 -Travel back to Johor Bahru City Square 
    • Taxi RM6.00 (RM1.5)
  • 11:55 - 1:00 - Stroll around the malls in Johor
    • Bought some spicy snack RM25 (RM12.5)
  • 1:00 - 1:30 - Lunch RM10.00
  • 1:30 – 2:00 - Cross Border/Pass Immigration
    •  Took Bus 170 located at the ground floor
  • 2:00 – 2:30 - Cross Causeway (Re-Entry Singapore)
  • 2:30 – 2:40 - Fill up immigration Card
    • Queue at the immigration officer desk
  • 2:40 – 2:50 - Travel back to Kranji 
    • Took bus 170 going back to Kanji (NS9)
    • Cross Causeway/ Woodlands Checkpoint
  • 2:50 – 3:00 - Bought some refreshment, lotus fruit drink ($1.00)
    • Made a call to the duck tour company to re schedule our designated date. ($0.10)
  • 3:00 – 3:30 - Travel to Chinatown    
    •  Kranji (NS9) to Douby Ghaut (NS24/CC1/NE6) Transfer Train
    • Douby Ghaut (NS24/CC1/NE6) to Chinatown (NE4) 
The vivid colors of Chinatown 



  • 3:30 – 6:00 - Stroll around Chinatown/window shopping (hehe)
    • Bought a battery for my camera ($5.00)
    • Meet tito Gel and ate Vicky, our host for the night =)
Looks like a Dragon styled Lanterns
  • 6:00 – 6:30 - Travel to Buano Vista     
    • Chinatown (NE4) to Outram Park (NE31/EW19) Transfer Train
    • Outram Park (NE31/EW19) to Buano Vista (EW21/CC22)
  • 6:30 – 7:00 - Stroll around Star Vista/Photo Ops
  • 7:00 – 8:00 - Free Dinner courtesy of our host =)
A facility partly owned by a church.
  • 8:00 – 8:45 - Travel to Mustafa Mall in Little India
    • Buano Vista (EW21/CC22) to Outram Park (NE31/EW19) Transfer Train
    • Outram Park (NE31/EW19) to Ferrer Park (NE8) ($1.46)
  • 8:45 – 10:00 - Chocolate shopping at Mustafa Mall ($30.00)
  • 10:00 – 10:30 - Travel back to Bugis
    • Ferrer Park (NE8) to Outram Park (NE31/EW19) Transfer Train
    • Outram Park (NE31/EW19) to Bugis (EW12)
  • 10:30 – 11:00 - Coffee at Bugis Junction ($3.00)
  • 11:00 - Onward - Wash up/ Lights off

Total Expenses Day 3: RM26.75 and $39.10
Breakdown:
Food : RM22.5 and $4.00
Transportation : RM4.25 (In Johor)
Groceries : $35.00
Pay Phone : $0.10

For the purposes of computation let us convert the RM to SGD. 1 SGD = 2.49RM
26.75RM = 10.74SGD. 

Total Expenses on Day 3 was $49.84  

Day 4 - St. Andrew's Cathedral, Asian Civilization Museum, City Hall, Little India, Helix Bridge

  • 8:00 - 8:30 - Breakfast at the Hotel
  • 8:30 - 9:00 - Travel to City Hall
    • Bugis (EW12) - City Hall (EW13)
  • 9:00 - 10:00 -  Walk Around the Vicinity
    • St. Andrew's Cathedral
    • City Hall
    • SG Supreme Court
St. Patrick's Cathedral at the heart of Singapore
  • 10:00 - 11:30 - Asian Civilization Museum ($8.00)
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Travel back to Bugis
    • City Hall (EW13) - Bugis (EW12)
  • 12:00 - 12:00 - Travel to Promenade for our DukW Tour
    • Bugis (EW12) - Paya Lebar (EW8/CC9) - Transfer
    • Paya Lebar (EW8/CC9) - Promenade (CC4)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch ($3.00)
    • Wait for boarding
  • 2:00 - 3:00 - Ducktour =)

  • 3:00 - 3:30 - Travel Back to Bugis via bus
  • 3:30 - 3:50 - Walk around Bugis/Window Shopping
    • Meryenda ($5.00)
    • When I realized that souvenir items in Chinatown are more cheaper, I decided to go back. hehe...
  • 3:50 - 4:10 - Travel to Chinatown via bus
  • 4:10 - 5:00 - Walk around and bought some souvenirs in Chinatown ($20.00)
  • 5:00 - 5:10 - Travel to Little India
    • Chinatown (NE4) to Little India (NE7)
  • 5:10 - 6:30 - Walk around Little india. Pho ops.

  • 6:30 - 7:00 - Travel Back to Bugis
    • My girl friends parent flight back to Manila was scheduled earlier ahead of us. So we send them fist to the airport. 
  • 7:00 - 7:30 - Arranged something in the hostel.
  • 7:30 - 8:10 - Travel to Changi Airport
    • Bugis (EW12) to Tenah Merah (EW4) - Transfer
    • Tenah Merah (EW4) to Changi Airport (CG2) 
  • 8:10 - 8:30 - Stay at the Airport
  • 8:30 - 9:10 - Travel back to Bugis
    • Changi Airport (CG2) to Tenah Merah (EW4) -Transfer
    • Tenah Merah (EW4) - Bugis (EW12)
  • 9:10 - 9:30 - Add extra baggage online
    • I had to buy a check in luggage because I was sure that we will excede the 7 kilos hand carry baggage. Plus Phoebe's parent's exceeded their 15 kilos check in baggage. 
  • 9:30 - 9:40 - Travel to Promenade for Helix Bridge via bus 

  • 9:40 - 9:50 - Walk towards helix Bridge
  • 9:50 - 10:00 - Walked in Helix Bridge
    • Bought Durian Ice Cream in wafer and Soft Drinks . ($1.50+$2.00)
  • 10:00 - 10:30 - Walk towards Fullerton 
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Wait for a bus going to Bugis
  • 11:00 - 11:10 - Travel back to Bugis 
Total Expenses Day 4: $39.50
Breakdown:
Food: $11.50
Shopping: $20.00
Museum: $8.00

Day 5 - Singapore to Manila


  • 6:00 - 6:30 - Breakfast
  • 6:30 - 7:30 - Travel to Changi Airport ($2.00 +++)
    • Bugis (EW12) to Tenah Merah (EW4) - Transfer
    • Tenah Merah (EW4) to Changi Airport (CG2) 
    • We bought a Single Journey Ticket going to the airport because our MRT card was already drained. It will expensive to reload the MRT card. It will cost us $10.00 each, considering we wont gonna use it.
  • 7:30 - 7:40 - Check-In 
  • 7:40 - 8:30 - Breakfast again hehe... in McDonalds' ($3.00)
  • 8:30 - 10:00 - Immigration
    • Play at the Airport (Yes we played there... hihihi)
  • 10:00 - 10:30 - Gate Boarding
  • 10:30 - 2:00 - SG to Manila =(  
Total Expenses Day 5: $5.00
Breakdown:
Food: $3.00
Transportation: $2.00
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(For the purposes of computation I used the convertion rate when I bought the SGD here in the Philippines. Conversion was 1SDG = Php33.44)

PRE-DEPARTURE EXPENSES
Airfare - Php3,860.77
Hostel - Php2,808.96 ($84.00)
Airport Tax - Php1,620.00
Terminal Fee: Php500.00
PRE-DEPARTURE EXPENSES = Php8,789.73
Expenses in Singapore = Php8,622.17 ($257.84)
Additional Baggage = Php350.00

TOTAL EXPENSES = Php17,762.00


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