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Travelling to Singapore? 3 tips to stretch your dollar

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Where would you guess are Filipinos' top countries to travel to?

Singapore cityscape at dramatic sunset, Asia
Dramatic sunset in Singapore (Photo: Gettyimages)

According to this article, with booking data provided by Agoda from May to August 2022, Singapore is the most popular travel destination for Filipinos. That's followed by Thailand, the United States, Malaysia, and France.

Say, if you're planning a trip to Singapore (and we know how expensive the destination can be), remember to look online to get great deals before you even land on their shores! Here are three simple tips to make your money go further.

1) Skip the restaurants, check out the hawker centres

Singapore - September 07, 2019:  Locals and tourists, customers walking through and eating at the street hawker center in Lau Pa Sat Telok Ayer Market
Locals and tourists, customers walking through and eating at the street hawker centre in Singapore (Photo: Gettyimages)

For a truly local experience, check out the various hawker food available all around the tiny island. That's where most Singaporeans buy their food on a day-to-day basis, and there's usually a good dish or stall in every hawker centre.

Some notable hawker centres are:

1. Lau Pa Sat

2. Amoy Food Centre

3. East Coast Lagoon

4. Old Airport Road Food Centre

5. Maxwell Food Centre

6. Hong Lim Market & Food Centre

7. Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre

8. Chinatown Complex Food Centre

9. Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre

10. Newton Food Centre

The list is not exhaustive, so go ahead and check out the nearest hawker centre to your accommodations!

2) Alternative accommodations can be cheaper

Hmlet Cantonment (Photo: Booking.com)
Serviced apartments like Hmlet Cantonment feature a kitchenette and workspace. (Photo: Booking.com)

Speaking of accommodations, Singapore isn't known for their land mass, so expect hotel rooms to be smaller than usual. One thing that people often overlook when booking stays in Singapore is serviced apartments. For the same price, you can have more space, plus amenities like a kitchenette or even a full-sized fridge that most hotels don't provide. It can also work out to be more affordable for longer stays or bigger groups, depending on the service apartment.

Check out Serviced Apartments on Booking.com

3) Pre-buy tickets to attractions and experiences

August 10, 2018: artscience, a museum within the integrated resort of Marina Bay Sands at Central Area in Singapore, was Opened on 17 February 2011 and is the first ArtScience museum of the world.
Art Science Museum in the foreground (Photo: Gettyimages)

From data plans to transportation, planning your trip in advance can help you save more money than you'd expect. One way to do so is through Klook – even Singaporeans use this to suss out good deals on experiences and attractions!

Klook Pass Singapore for discounted entry into attractions Deals on Klook for Singapore activities

Enjoy your vacation to Singapore!

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