(All photos in this post were taken with my iPhone.)
What do you do to celebrate a birthday in Southeast Asia? How about spend four days in Singapore! It’s not first on the list for people who travel in this part of the world because of the sticker price. However, we managed to not break the budget. In fact, we came in under.
A lot of the way we travel made our four days in Singapore easy on the wallet. Don’t pack in sights and set up a rigid itinerary. Instead, pick one or two things you just can’t miss, and spend the rest of the time exploring.
Take the metro to a random stop and check out the area. Eat the street food. Skip the souvenirs. I love getting lost with nowhere to go. It gives you a better feel for where you’re staying and the culture than strictly following TimeOut’s best ice cream shops list.
That being said…
We did follow TimeOut’s best ice cream shops list. That was my ‘one thing’ that I wanted to do. So we’d go to maybe two a day in the midst of exploring. Get hot? See if there’s a spot you hearted in your Google Maps nearby. There usually is!
In the morning, you can’t miss the bagels. If you’ve been in Southeast Asia for a while, and you’re from New York like I am, you might be craving a bagel. Head to Two Men Bagel House.
These were so good we took a dozen back on the flight with us. Yes, they’re gone now. The service is quick, the staff is super friendly and remembered us when we went back the next day.
Of course we hit up the Hawker Centres and had chicken rice and all the other cheap goodies, but these were my highlights.
Our four days in Singapore were originally inspired by the Universal Studios location. We both love theme parks, and it’d been a while. It didn’t let us down. Nowhere as big as the one in Orlando, but will satisfy your appetite if it’s been a while since you’ve had some thrills.
Hot tip: go later in the evening, the park clears out since so many tourists dislike the sun.
Where to Stay
There are so many options on where to stay, but we like to veery away from hostels. We usually carry important things with us and like to spread out so it’s best to avoid the headache.
The Hotel 81 Premier Star had a comfy bed, was in the red light district and was SGD$320 for four nights in Singapore. Which is around USD$235. Not bad at all, in my opinion. It was really clean and serviced daily. We heard some people really exaggeratedly getting in on some nights, but that’s for the memories.
We explored quite a few nature parks, walked down one or two seedy alleys (in this overall extremely safe country), had laughs and took home some spices. The most tourist-y thing we did was the treetop walk at The Gardens by the Bay. You could skip that. Spend your time getting to know this truly unique country that’s the same size as Rhode Island. Let the stickers shock you into spending way less than you realize. And have a great time in Singapore.