More and more Pinoys are traveling nowadays, thanks to budget airlines, seat sales, and other value-for-money promos. But even before traveling got “mainstream,” so to speak, Singapore has always been a favorite destination for many in the Philippines.
Now that air travel is more accessible than ever, Singapore continues to be a popular choice for Pinoys for out-of-country trips. Whether it’s a long weekend or an upcoming holiday, there’s always a Filipino booking a Singapore tour package. Why? Here are just a few reasons.
Plenty of Attractions for Everyone
No matter what kind of traveler you are, you’ll find something to love in Singapore. Do you love museums? There’s ArtScience Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, National Gallery Singapore, MINT Toy Museum, and more. Do you love parks and beautiful green spaces? There’s Gardens by the Bay, MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Pasir Ris, Fort Canning Park, and The Chinese and Japanese Gardens. There are also plenty of nature reserves in Singapore like Pulau Ubin, Chek Jawa Wetlands, and Bukit Timah Nature Reserves where you can encounter wildlife and appreciate nature. Of course, animal lovers will appreciate the Singapore Zoo, which is often considered among the best zoos in the world.
For the kids and the kids at heart, there’s always S.E.A Aquarium and Universal Studios in Sentosa Island. You can also take the entire family to the Singapore Discovery Center in Upper Jurong Road. The Singapore Zoo is also a perfect destination for children, while museums can prove to be interesting to older children and teens. You can even cross the border to Johor Bahru and pay a visit to Legoland Malaysia.
Easy to Navigate
Because it’s a small country, Singapore is naturally easy to navigate. Couple that with their world-class public transport system and you’ve got yourself one of the most hassle-free commutes ever. Just get yourself a map of the five MRT lines (Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, and Red) plus an EZ-Link card, and you’re all set. You can also use the EZ-Link card for bus rides. Moreover, there’s also the Singapore Tourist Pass, which gives you unlimited rides on both the MRT and LRT, as well as the city’s buses. You can get it for as low as SGD10 for 1 day, SGD16 for 2 days, and SGD20 for 3 days.
If you’re also hoping to do a food crawl, Singapore will not disappoint. Their Hawker Centers are filled with hundreds of food options that will satisfy any kind of cravings. Must-visit hawker centers in Singapore include Maxwell Hawker Center, Chinatown Complex Food Center, Old Airport Road Food Center, Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, and Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Center. Make sure to try Singaporean dishes and Asian favorites like Hainanese chicken rice, bak kut teh, mud crabs, and laksa. You can also pay a visit to Chinatown, Arab Street, and Little India if you’re hankering for some more specific flavors. What’s good is that you don’t have to spend a fortune for meals in Singapore. A budget of Php250 to Php300 per meal is more than enough.
Singapore is more or less than just 3 hours away from Metro Manila. What’s more, it’s easy to find discounted prices for flight tickets no matter the time of year. More importantly, Filipinos don’t need a visa to travel to Singapore as long as the stay won’t exceed 30 days. This cuts down the number of required documents and fees to pay, which is definitely a plus for budget-conscious travelers. It also doesn’t hurt that Singapore’s Changi Airport is the world’s best and makes traveling a lot less stressful.
Another reason that Pinoys love visiting Singapore? There are plenty of Filipinos who live there! This makes the Lion City feel more like home, which is definitely a plus.
Singapore is small, but there’s certainly a lot to love. Just ask Pinoys who have been there multiple times over the years. If you haven’t visited yet, maybe it’s time to make it your destination for your next trip abroad.