Independent travel is more likely to be cheaper than tours, and you can make your own plans.
Moreover, Singapore is a safe country with no hygiene problems, and I found it an easy country for independent travel.
In this article, I, who have always traveled abroad on my own, will explain how to book a independent trip to Singapore.
Tips for traveling as cheaply as possible is also included, so please refer to it.
Tours VS Individual Arrangements. Independent travel is most likely to be cheaper
A trip to Singapore is likely to be cheaper if you travel independently.
The cheapest LCC air tickets start at 20,000 yen, and hotels can be booked for 5,000 yen to 10,000 yen per night.
For a trip of 4 days and 3 nights, you can travel for about 60,000 yen to 70,000 yen in total.
Singapore is a safe place for independent travel
Singapore is also a great country for first-time independent travelers.
It is the most developed country in Southeast Asia, and it is also the least trouble-prone.
Having actually stayed there, I found it to be a very easy country to travel in!
- Safety is good
- There are few rip-offs
- English is understood
- You can drink tap water and there are no sanitary problems
- Google Map is very accurate and traffic is easy to understand
Tours may be cheaper on weekdays during the off-season
For weekday departures during the off-season, tours may be cheaper.
Many of the cheap tours from HIS depart on Wednesdays during the off-season.
Some of the tours are quite reasonable, so I try to check HIS tours once before making arrangements.
If you can only find a subtle tour, make your own arrangements and book it.
How to book and all the steps to arrange your Singapore trip personally
From here, I will explain how to make arrangements for your trip to Singapore.
There’s nothing difficult to do, as long as you can book your flight ticket and hotel first.
If you follow the steps, anyone can prepare for an independent trip.
Step 1: First, find a good deal on airline tickets
There are so many different sites where you can book airline tickets, but not many of them are safe to use.
Here are some sites that have Japanese customer support and can be used by individuals with peace of mind.
Expedia (Expedia) allows you to book airline tickets and hotels around the world.
It’s like the overseas version of Rakuten Travel and is said to be the world’s largest comprehensive online travel company.
It has a Japanese website and Japanese customer support. .
I’ve used it many times and have never had any trouble with it.
They also have a campaign where you can get up to 0 yen off your hotel bill if you book a hotel and air ticket together.
Another one that I often use to book airline tickets is Surprise. It is a subsidiary of HIS and is operated by a Japanese company, so you can use it with confidence.
Customer support is also available in Japanese.
They often offer cheap airline tickets, and I often book tickets for Asia and Europe.
Be careful when booking an LCC
AirAsia and other LCCs charge for most of their services.
The following items will also be charged.
- Checked baggage
- Cancellation or change of booked tickets
- In-flight food and beverage
Checked baggage in particular is often charged for, so please check carefully before booking your ticket.
Step 2: Book a hotel
Once you have booked your flight tickets, you can proceed to book your hotel.
Hotel prices in Singapore are expensive, but hotels near “Little India” and “Arab Street” are often inexpensive.
The entertainment district “Geylang” is like Shin-Okubo in Japan. The area is not extremely unsafe, and there are cheap hotels.
Expedia, which allows you to book airline tickets, also allows you to book hotels.
Expedia has exclusive sales every day, and you can often book a hotel at a very reasonable price.
I also booked my hotel in Singapore through Expedia!
I often use “Booking.com” to book hotels.
It is the world’s largest hotel booking site, so there are quite a few hotels you can book.
Booking.com also has daily sales, so it’s easy to find good deals on hotels.
agoda is a booking site that specializes in hotels in Asia.
This site also has daily sales and has hotels that can be booked at a discount.
If you want to book the Marina Bay Sands, you can do so at a discount on Booking.com or agoda.
I also booked the Marina Bay Sands through agoda.
Click here for a review of our stay at Marina Bay Sands.
Step 3: Pick a place you want to go.
Once you have made your airline and hotel reservations, make a plan of what to do in the area.
Once I’ve picked out the places I want to go, I use the My Places feature of Google Maps to create my own map.
Below is the map I made for my actual trip to Singapore.
Putting it all together on a map like this will give you a general idea of where you are and make it easier to plan your schedule.
Step 4: Find out how to get there
Once you have decided where to go sightseeing, make sure you know how to get there.
From the airport to the city
From the airport to the city, there are trains and buses, or I could take a cab for about 2000 yen.
If you have a lot of luggage or more than one person, a cab is a great way to get around quickly.
There is also a service where you can book a pickup in advance. (Reference: [Airport Transfer] Singapore Changi International Airport – City Transfer Service from 3216 yen)
If you’re worried about asking for a cab on the day, it’s a good idea to book in advance.
Transportation in the city
Singapore also has trains, but the buses are much more convenient than I imagined, and I found myself riding them all the time.
GoogleMap and bus timetables are linked, so if you enter your current location and destination in GoogleMap, the route and time will come up immediately.
There is something called an “Ez-Link card” like Japan’s suica, so buy this at the subway station! You can use this card to pay for your travel.
If you recharge the card, you can take the bus with it.
The cab dispatch app “Grab” is also useful
The cab dispatch app “Grab” is also quite convenient and I used it many times.
When I went to the Singapore Zoo, for example, I was able to get there a little cheaper than with a regular cab.
If you want to use it, it’s a good idea to download and register it in Japan.
Step 5: Sign up for a local tour if you need to
If you are researching places to visit and feel that it would be difficult to go there on your own… then take a local tour.
Also, although the cost of sightseeing in Singapore is high, you can save a lot of money by booking through KKday, a website that handles tickets all over the world.
Examples of tickets that can be booked at KKday for a reasonable price
Once you’ve done all this, all you have to do is wait for the day of your trip to Singapore!
Singapore Independent Travel Tips to Save Money
Book at least 3 months before departure
Reservations should be made at least three months prior to departure.
The recommended time to book is six months to three months before departure.
Airline ticket prices tend to be higher three months in advance.
Schedule and make your reservations as early as possible.
Make sure your trip does not fall on a major holiday
Singapore is a compact country, so it can be visited in 4 days and 3 nights.
This is a great way to get a feel for the city.
It is recommended to go on normal weekends as much as possible.
Let’s try to eat at hawkers and cafeterias
Singapore is sometimes said to be expensive, but the local eateries are quite cheap.
This is a great way to get a feel for the city.
Is it safe from a hygiene standpoint? Some people may wonder if it is hygienic, but Singapore is approved by the WHO to drink tap water.
You can also use the local cafeterias without any worries.
Singapore is a safe place for independent travelers
Singapore is a safe and hygiene-free country that can be enjoyed by independent travelers.
Have a nice trip!