Singapore Country Guide




Singapore is expensive by Asian standards but affordable compared with some industrialised countries. Budget travellers should note that Singapore is much more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia and should budget accordingly if planning to spend time in Singapore. In general, prices in Singapore are about twice as high as in Malaysia and Thailand and 3-5 times as high as in Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Shopping in Bugis, Singapore

Shopping in Bugis

SGD50 is a perfectly serviceable daily backpacker budget if you are willing to cut some corners, though you would probably wish to double that for comfort. Food in particular is a steal, with excellent hawker food available for under SGD5 for a generous serving. Accommodation is a little pricier but a bed in a hostel can cost less than SGD20, an average 3-4 star hotel in the city centre would typically cost you SGD100-300 per night and the most luxurious hotels on the island (except maybe the Raffles) can be yours for SGD300 with the right discounts during the off-peak season.

Cheap eats, Singapore

Cheap eats in Singapore

Restaurants often display prices like SGD19.99++, which means that service charge (10%) and sales tax (7%) are not included and will be added to your bill. When you see NETT, it means it includes all taxes and service charges. Tipping is generally not practised in Singapore and officially frowned upon by the government, although bellhops still expect SGD2 or so per bag. Taxis will usually return your change to the last cent or round in your favor if they can't be bothered to dig for change. 

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