Explore Singapore over three days with these wallet-friendly options.
Take in the country’s most enjoyable experiences on a budget in just three days.
The first thing you might want to do is to find a place to stay (this list should help). Getting around the island is also a breeze, thanks to the public transport. Here’s a tip: Buy a three day Singapore Tourist Pass for SGD 20 which gives you unlimited travel on all public buses, MRT and LRT.
The first stop is Little India, one of Singapore’s well-known ethnic enclave. Kick off the morning scrumptious meal of chapati (Indian flatbread eaten with curry). At the Azmi Restaurant (located at the junction of Norris Road in Little India), feast on this unleavened flatbread (going for SGD 0.80 each) and a selection of chicken, mutton and lamb curries, each costing less than SGD 5.
Walk off that meal and view one of the oldest churches in Singapore at nearby Bras Basah. Built in 1835, the Armenian Church on Hill Street was gazetted as a national monument in 1973 and restored in 1994. While you are in the area, get to know Singapore’s vibrant Peranakan (Straits-born Chinese) community and history at the Peranakan Museum, filled with fine artefacts and fun exhibits. Various aspects of this hybrid Southeast Asian culture – made up of Chinese, Malay and Indian elements – are brought to life here. Highlights include stories of prominent Peranakans in Singapore's history and how today’s Peranakans have evolved with their culture. The museum offers Friday night discounts at SGD 5 for adults and SGD 3 for students. Alternatively, buy a joint ticket to the Asian Civilizations Museum and the Peranakan Museum for SGD 10 any day of the week (they cost SGD 14 separately).
Also nearby is Fort Canning Park, a small hill in the city that is steeped in history and lush with glorious flora and fauna. The park was originally known as Bukit Larangan, or 'Forbidden Hill' in Malay. Today, the 18-hectare space is full of attractions – from ancient artefacts for history buffs to outdoor lawns for concerts, and of course, greenery for nature lovers.
In the evening, head to Kampong Glam to check out the sights at one of the oldest yet trendiest areas. Start at Sultan Mosque with its massive golden domes and huge prayer hall. It is a must-see if you’re in the historic Kampong Glam district. While you’re there, look closer at the onion domes. The base of each dome is decorated with glass bottle ends, donated by less fortunate Muslims during its construction so that all Muslims, not just the rich, could contribute. Architecture lovers can rejoice – free guided tours are available. Hungry? You’ll love the culinary delights available in the area, from local delicacies such as nasi padang (steamed rice served with various dishes) and Malay kueh (cakes) to Middle Eastern cuisine, many decently priced.