Many of us are afraid to travel outside the country coz we think that it will cost us an arm and a leg. But would you believe me if I tell you that I only spent less than 15,000 pesos (less than $300 USD) for 3 countries (Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia) ? Yes, that’s possible!
Here are some tips from a budget traveler:
You just have to keep an eye out for special deals. May it be a promo plane ticket, theme park ticket or hotel for your accommodation.
You don’t need a luxurious hotel when travelling because most of your time will be spent outside.
In my case, I booked my plane tickets 7 months before my travel date. I booked round trip plane tickets on February 2016, traveled to Singapore on September 14, 2016. Thanks to CebPac’s piso fare promo. I got mine for only 4,753 pesos ($95 USD) with prepaid baggage.
I chose Clifden hostel for my accommodation. For 4 nights, I only paid 2,750 pesos ($55 USD) inclusive of breakfast.
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The location is in the heart of Little India and less than a 10-minute walk from Little India MRT station. It has clean air-conditioned rooms, beds and bathroom. Front desk staff are awesome: friendly, flexible, helpful and quick to address any issue. Breakfast is very basic, just bread with spread (strawberry jam, butter and peanut butter) plus a choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. I prefer rice for breakfast. So, for rice eaters like me, don’t worry, there are plenty of cheap eats just a block away.
So let me share with you my itinerary and expenses for my 5 days 4 nights trip to SG-IND-MY.
Day 1 – September 14
1:40 PM – Departure Manila- SG
5:10 PM – Arrival Changi Airport
The airport has a very nice soothing ambiance with well-placed signs. It’s a very clean, green and efficient airport.
6:00 PM – Drop things off the hostel at Little India
7:00 PM – Had dinner. I couldn’t find the fast food restaurants on my first day so I opted to have dinner at an Indian restaurant.
I honestly didn’t like the smell of it.
9:00 PM Visited a temple in Little India.
Day 2 – September 15
8:30 AM Departure SG- Batam Indonesia
Note: Arrive 1 1/2 before your departure time for visa stamp.
FYI Singapore is 1 hour ahead of Batam Indonesia.
I only paid 2,388 pesos ($48 USD) for a round trip ferry ticket. I booked ferry tickets 2 days before my trip. You may check Batam Ferry’s website for the ticket price.
9:30 AM Rented a taxi for 1,117 pesos ( 300,000 rupiah/ $22 USD)
Here are the places I visited in Batam, Indonesia:
Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Monastery. The biggest Buddhist temple in Indonesia.
Nagoya Hill is a shopping center. But I did not go inside coz I arrived here at 9 AM. The mall opens at 10 AM
I also visited the chocolate factory and had a very relaxing massage in a spa centre near Nagoya Hill for only 600 pesos (160,000 rupiah / $12 USD)
12:50 PM Went back to Batam port. Departure Batam – SG
2:30 PM I decided to go to Sentosa Island.
4:00 PM Took photos of the famous Merlion, Marina bay sands and Helix bridge.
The Merlion. Coz bottled water is a bit pricey here.
Marina Bay Sands
Day 3 – September 16
8:30 AM Off to Johor, Malaysia. Took the train to Woodlands station and rode on the bus going to Malaysia.
12:00 AM Arrived at Legoland
4:00 PM Took a bus going back to Singapore. I only paid 168 pesos ( 15 ringgit / $3 USD )
8:00 PM Met my friend Yin at Gardens by the Bay.
9:00 PM Had dinner at Satay by the Bay
Spent only $10 for these foods.
Day 4 – September 17
9:00 AM Went to China town and took photos
Look who I saw at China town station!
Song Jong Ki Oppa!
Outside China town station
Look! They also have Durian!
Gong xi fa cai!
12:00 NN Had lunch at a restaurant nearby.
Satay again… lol
Disclaimer: Not my favorite!
2:00 PM Met my friend Felix at Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road
3:00 PM We rode on the cable car to Sentosa Island.
Hi friend! Nice view, eh?
Tried this freshly squeezed orange juice worth $5
Check my video on Facebook:
6:00 PM We went prawn fishing at Boon Lay. It costs $40 for 2 hours. (Paid by my friend Felix, lol )
Took me an hour to catch my first prawn.
I caught some lobsters, too!
Ooops sorry, I am a newbie.
Tried SG’s Jasmine Green Tea at 7 11 that costs $4.
8:00 PM Had dinner at Geylang
Day 5- September 18
9:00 AM Went to Bugis Street to buy pasalubong.
11:30 AM Checked out and had lunch at Bugis Junction.
Spicy noodles for lunch
Tomato in vinegar
2:30 PM Arrived at Changi Airport.
I arrived 4 hours before my flight so I stayed here and watched the fish swim.
Had fun doing this while waiting for my boarding time.
Hey buddies! Did you see Nemo?
6:40 PM Departure SG-Manila
10:20 PM Arrival in Manila