Things to know before Planning a Perfect Weekend Getaway to Singapore in 2024

There are a multiple reasons on why to choose Singapore to visit. From its sky touching buildings to beautiful landmarks, one of the cleanest and safest country. It is one of the most walkable countries of the world. We took metro rides for most of the places during our trip. It has one of the best public transport network. Locals are warm and friendly. These were a few to list out, but trust us you would definitely enjoy your time here.

We were excited like any other fellow travellers from across the globe. We clubbed it with our Vietnam, Cambodia trip. Nevertheless, you can plan on any weekend if you have time constraints. It was a great time to visit this incredible island country.

Meanwhile, let’s take you all on this exhilarating trip of Singapore, where we will share some essential tips to explore this marvellous jewel of South East Asia. Also, this will help you plan your itinerary. In case you need any help, we are just a click away!

Let’s begin…

Best Time to visit Singapore

Singapore is a year-round destination. Also, it hosts many events and festivals. One could choose depending on the interest.

The best time to visit Singapore is the cold season.

1. Northeast Monsoon: December to March. This is usually considered the best time to visit Singapore.

2. Southwest Monsoon: June to August. One of the popular festivals: Singapore Food Festival is held during this time.

3. Transitional season: April to May and September to November.

Things to carry in your backpack

  1. Lightweight clothing that is light and breathable.
  2. Walking/hiking shoes.
  3. Sunscreen lotion with high SPF.
  4. Sunglasses.
  5. First aid kit with essential medicines.
  6. Reusable water bottle.
  7. Light snacks.
  8. Travel adapter (Type G plugs for Singapore power outlets).
  9. Power bank.
  10. Travel maps.

Visa for Foreigners

We would recommend the readers check the visa requirements here for your country. We booked through agents as eVisa services can be availed only through authorized agents. The eVisa fee was around 3200 INR per person approx that includes to and fro postal charges. Processing time is about 3-4 working days. The visa can be applied only when the date of travel is within 30 days.

Travel Insurance

Though travel insurance is not mandatory to enter Singapore, we strongly recommend getting one as it provides coverage in case of unforeseen circumstances such as medical emergencies, baggage loss, trip cancellation, etc.

There are many online options available to choose from. Most of them are pretty affordable. You can check out various options at Policy Bazaar. We have taken Care Health Insurance, which was sufficient per our requirement.

Things to keep in mind before you book your Stay

We have chosen our stay considering the below points. Also, for budget travellers, these will be helpful.

  1. Check out the stay options, which provide complimentary breakfast, as it saves you a lot.
  2. Do not forget to check out the distance of your hotel from the main tourist attractions and the city centre, of course.
  3. Staying in hostels can save you a penny if you travel solo.
  4. Opt for the tourist card which will be a big savings.
  5. Look out for the food options nearby. Also, you can explore various street food options.
  6. Plan for the travel attractions in advance and book the tickets online. It will save your time waiting in the queues.

Food Options

You have multiple options to try out while being in Singapore. A few popular ones are:

1. Laksa: Rice noodles in spicy coconut curry soup with chicken, shrimps, egg.

2. Nasi Lemak

3. Char kuay teow: Broad white noodles with black soya sauce, veggies, chicken.

4. Kaya toast: Kaya is a sweet coconut egg jam spread over toasted bread.

Local Transport

Singapore has several local transport options, such as MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), LRT (Light Rail Transit), Monorail, KTM Komuter, buses, and taxis/cabs. You can quickly grab the MRT, LRT or Monorail tickets from the nearest stations and reach your destination conveniently while enjoying these rides. It’s easily accessible and affordable too. The most popular cab option is Grab.

Tip: Opt for tourist card to explore the city as most of the conveyance options is inclusive in this & it will be economical for budget travellers.

Currency and SIM Card

The official currency of Singapore is Singaporian Dollar. You can exchange your foreign currencies, such as US Dollars, Euros, Pounds, etc., at any money exchanger.

Avoid currency conversion at the airport as they do not provide reasonable rates. If required, convert a small amount to fulfil your immediate needs.

There are various Network service providers from where you can buy a sim. A few of them are: Singtel, StarHub, M1 and SIMBA, etc.

Budget breakup for the Trip

Stay options: We chose Lavendar area for our stay as it was close to Little India. Hostel would cost around 1500 – 2000 INR per person/night.

Food: Average meal cost for local delicacies can cost around 1200 – 2000 INR per person. For more details on must have in local delicacies , refer to Food Options section above.

To & Fro Flight from Mumbai India to Changi Singapore: 15000 – 20000 INR per person.

This trip cost us around 45000/- INR per person for 3 days 2 nights.

Now, coming to the most essential part of the blog.

Places we visited during our Trip

1. Local Attractions (Merlions Park, Gardens By the Bay, Marina Bay Sands and Night Safari)

Plan a Perfect Day Trip to Some of the Famous Tourist Attractions of Singapore in 2024 With These Insider Facts

2. Sentosa Island with Madame Tussauds Museum

Plan a Perfect Trip to Sentosa Island in 2024 With These Fascinating Facts

3. What kind of help are we going to provide?

Let us inform you that we prepare itineraries not only for anywhere in India but also for Asia. We have been travelling since we were toddlers. So here in our blogs and stories, we will give you a glimpse of our journey and help you plan your trip.

Read about our Uzbekistan blogs.

Read about our Kazakhstan blogs.

Read about our Singapore blogs.

Read about our Vietnam blogs.

Read about our Cambodia blogs.

Read about our Bali blogs.

Read about our Kuala Lumpur blog series.

Read about our Sri Lanka blogs.

Read about our Nepal blogs.

Read about our Char Dham blogs.

Read about our Ladakh blogs.

Read about our day trip to Hyderabad.

Read about our Madhya Pradesh blogs.

Read about our Andaman and Nicobar blogs.

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