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How to plan a budget trip to Singapore?
Singapore, the Garden City, is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for a lot of reasons. Singapore, an island city-state is a global financial center and one of the world's most prosperous countries with a tropical climate and multicultural population.

The normal perception is that Singapore is a costly tourist destination. But it can be made budget destination if one plans all the things in advance. We tried and were successful. The visit should not include the weekend as hotel tariffs are higher on those days. Moreover, one can also avoid the weekend rush. Perhaps, it is the safest city in the world.

Our budget trip started with from New Delhi by flying with Air Asia carrying only hand bags and no baggage. After a stopover at Kuala Lumpur we reached Singapore’s Chang Airport. From the airport we went to our hotel near Little India. The hotel was selected in an area where Indian food is easily available at reasonable rates particularly south Indian dishes.

From the nearby mass rapid transportation station one can reach all the places in Singapore. For travelling within the city, the best and cheapest mode of transportation are the trains that leave stations every two minutes. Most of the railway system is underground except in the adjoining airport areas. The single ticket price from one station to another varies between 1.5 to 2.5 dollars.

The major tourist attractions are Gardens by the Bay, Universal Studios, Sentosa Island Resorts, and boat tour of city. Online tickets for all including children’s tourist resorts are available at cheaper rates and can be booked well in advance. The senior citizens discount tickets are only available at ticket counters.

Gardens by the Bay is amongst the ten best indoor gardens in the world. The entry to it is through Marina Mall. Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, the indoor gardens showcase countless flowers brought from across different continents. World’s tallest indoor waterfall and a skywalk inside Cloud Forest make it a memorable visit. During evening hours after sunset two light and audio programmes of half an hour each are worth watching while sitting on the lush green lawn. The 22-meters tall super trees look beautiful.

Sentosa and Universal Studios should be visited with a day in between otherwise the tour becomes very hectic. While visiting take your packed food and water bottles with you as these are very expensive inside the venues.

Universal studios is located in Sentosa Island and can be reached by taxi or train. Here, brave-hearts can enjoy cutting edge rides including world’s tallest duelling coasters. Other attractions include Transformers: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Revenge of the Mummy, 4D movies, Madagascar ride, and more than 20 entertainment schedules. The half-an-hour light and fire live show is held thrice a day at the water front.

After a one-day break, we undertook a full-day visit to Sentosa with around 30 attractions and finally caught the late evening laser show “Wings of Time” which is held twice at an interval of one hour. The visit to Sentosa should be planned so that one visits maximum attractions. With a full-day pass start with Sea Aquarium. It has about one lakh varieties of fish from across the world, a cable sky car, Skyline Luge, Trick eye museum for photography, sky tower etc. The 20-minutes laser show is executed beautifully depicting a complete story.

The morning time should be utilised by visiting China Town. It is a great place for cheap shopping and one also gets to see the authentic Chinese culture. Singapore by night can be watched on a boat ride at Clarke Quay. The cruise takes you to Merlion, Marina Bay Sands along sky scrapers housing various offices and tells the history of these places.

In Little India, on one side of the road are jewellry shops and on the other are souvenir shops. A number of restaurants serving Indian food are also located in the market. Mustafa, a 24-hour shopping mall is at the other end of Little India where people purchase chocolates, souvenirs and all verities of watches, baggage and other items. The currency exchange here is completely hassle free.

From Little India we went to the Airport on train and reached within 20 minutes for our return journey via Air Asia. One must order food online for both ways journey.

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