Hi there, I am travelling to Singapore in Jan 2005, staying for 5 days. My partner and I are on quite a tight budget, as we are also travelling to several other countries. I am trying to work out a budget as a guideline and would like any suggestions with regards to the costs of eating out and any good places to eat at (I'm vegetarian, my boyfriends not).
Any other Singpore advice is welcome!
Singapore is a very multicultural place with plenty to do if you bother to explore. Unfortunately, it's not always cheap. However, eating out is pretty cheap by my standard (UK=expensive). You can get a meal at one of the dozens of places in China town or little India for £3-5. Not sure what the NZ$ is at present, but it shouldn't break the bank. Also, there are plenty of simple food sellers who do very cheap fare - but make sure it's cooked in front of you for safety.
Hotels are average prices. Of course there are expensive ones like Raffles, but there is also a good YMCA which has all types of rooms and is situated at the bottom of Orchard Road, the main shopping drag. The hotel Rendezvous is a very nice mid priced alternative (about £40 for a twin) - a touch of luxury for a treat. Has its own shops, hairdressers, restaurants etc.
Shopping of course is very good, but might be restricted to window-shopping if you're on a budget like I was!
One must-see is the night safari at the zoo. Can't recall how much but it can't have been too bad, otherwise we wouldn't have done it!
Welcome to Singapore (an early one! hee hee..)
Well, the most expensive item you will have would be lodging. You can go check out the rates on the net. Use "hotels, Singapore" and a list would pop out... select what your budget would be.
Food - highly affordable, even if you were on a budget... unless you are looking at US$10 to $15 per day inclusive of lodging! But actually the probelm would be for your bf... Vegetarian food could be expensive... but there are many ways to get around it..... How vegetarian is your bf?
Sightseeing - yeah window shopping is great and the Night Safari is a must see.... Others would include the Underwater World... a day at the beach on Sentosa ... 2 days of walking and roaming the streets, both day and night,... and of course chilling out in the drinks and disco zone around Boat Quay and Clarke Quay areas....
Let me know more of your interest and I could recommend several more places..
there was a similar thread earlier which you may find informative.
one would usually be able to find at least one chinese vegetarian food stall at any hawker centre, but less likely at a foodcourt. if you go to a cafe or restuarant, there's likely to be a small selection of vegetarian dishes, such as salads, vegetarian pasta and pizza, tofu, noodle dishes etc. alternatively, there are vegetarian resturants scattered around, just keep an eye out.
but when you say you're on a tight budget, do you mean backpackers-hostel tight (less than S$20 per person per night) or mid-range-hotel (less than S$100 per room per night) tight? i always assume the former when i read "tight budget" but i'm more often than not wrong ...
Thanks so much for all the advice guys. We have now booked our hotel thru Singapore Airlines, thru their stopover package, so thats taken care of. Food all sounds reasonable, and the prices good!
Sentosa sounds good as a way of escaping the city, and any further info re Boat Quay and Clarke Quay would be appreciated.
Any good clothing markets?
Hi.. Boat Quay is a consolidation of pubs and some food joints. Clarke Quay may have more to offer - in terms of food and on weekends, there is a flea market there too. For your clothing selection, I'd say that the area around Bussorah Street and Sultan Mosque would have some ethnic clothes you may be interested in. For street fashion, at a reasonable rate, you can go to Far East Plaza.