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  • How to Spend Less Than PHP20,000 Per Person for a 4-Day, Kid-Friendly Getaway to Singapore

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How to Spend Less Than PHP20,000 Per Person for a 4-Day, Kid-Friendly Getaway to Singapore
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  • Singapore is one country that ticks all the boxes in most Filipino families’ travel musts: It’s a short three-hour, 40-minute flight away, there are lots of different cuisines to enjoy, and it offers tons of family-friendly things to do.

    Visiting Singapore can be a little expensive if you’re not that familiar with the city. For a budget-friendly yet still memorable trip for the whole family, check out this sample itinerary. It’s filled with pocket-friendly activities you can book with the help travel-booking app Klook.

    Day 1: Get to know Singapore, the Lion City.

    2:00 PM - ETA at Singapore Changi Airport

    After clearing immigration and grabbing your bags, head to the Arrival Halls to pick up your 4G Wi-Fi router (discounted price PHP341 on Klook) so the entire family can enjoy high-speed internet anywhere in the city. Get 4G SIM cards (discounted price PHP379 on Klook) that provide 100GB data, 500-minute calls/100 texts, and 20-minute international calls, too, to avoid incurring huge charges on your phone bill.

    3:00 PM - Check in at the hotel

    One of the best things about Singapore is its public transportation system. It's clean and convenient. Secure each family member’s preloaded Singapore Travel Card (PHP 455 via Klook) before you fly out so everyone is ready to hop in and out of Singapore’s many public transportation options.

    You can also use the same card for cashless payments in food courts, convenience stores, and selected hawker centers. Just top up at the designated locations.

    5:00 PM - See the iconic Merlion statue and Singapore skyline

    After getting yourselves settled and freshened up, head to Merlion Park for those obligatory family photos with Singapore’s icon. Chances are, there will be fewer people at this time, and it won’t be too hot. Admission is free, and you can even marvel at the Singapore skyline, which includes the majestic Marina Bay Sands.

    6:00 PM - Feast on hawker fare

    Continue your walk around the bay and sample local fare at hawker centers. There are tons of outdoor food and drink stalls available as you make your way towards Marina Bay Sands. Try kaya toast and kopi, or an ice cream sandwich. You can also sit down at Makansutra Gluttons Bay and sample a sumptuous street-food meal of chicken rice, chili crab, and char kway teow (a savory stir-fried noodle dish).

    There’s also the historic Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre at the nearby Singapore central business district if you want to try satay, oatmeal prawns, or sambal stingray.

    8:00 PM - Enjoy a light-and-water show by the bay for free

    Before wrapping up the day, head to the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza for a 15-minute outdoor show called “Spectra.” It tells the history and development of Singapore through dancing fountain jets, lights, lasers, orchestral music, and other special effects.

    Day 2: Devote an entire day to play and education.

    10:00 AM - Arrival at the Science Centre Singapore

    Photo by Science Centre Singapore.

    Make this day a fun yet educational one for the kids! Let them geek out at the Science Centre Singapore, an interactive family-friendly attraction where there are a ton of things to do.

    Kids and kids at heart can enjoy live demos of high-voltage electricity, as well as various exhibits to learn about light, illusions and human perception, the science of fear, virtual reality, and water.

    Photo by Klook.

    Once you’ve ticked these must-dos, go right ahead and experience immersive movies about nature as well as live planetarium shows in the Omni-Theatre, Southeast Asia’s first 8K 3D digital dome theater. Then, get up close with butterflies in a huge indoor butterfly enclosure.

    Photo by Klook.

    Next, travel back in time and go on a dinosaur expedition with the center’s special exhibit, DinoQuest. Here, your children not only can marvel at dinosaur renderings through an animatronic infinity screen and 3D holographic mapping; they can also take part in solving a dinosaur mystery, see and touch a real-life fossil, and even discover and name their very own dinosaur!

    Photo by Science Center Singapore.

    Lastly, let your kids learn through hands-on activities and themed zones in KidsSTOP, a science center catering to children 8 years old and below. Its galleries will allow them to learn firsthand about topics like flight and space, nature, marine conservation, the performing arts, music, and many more.

    Get discounted bundles when you book with Klook (starting at PHP478) so your whole family can experience everything the Science Centre Singapore has to offer.

    Day 3: Explore other must-visit tourist spots.

    Singapore may be a small country, but it’s home to a lot of tourist spots you simply cannot miss. Dedicate the last full day of your trip to touring them!

    Kickstart your day bright and early with a hearty Singaporean breakfast of kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs at a nearby hawker. Once you’ve had your fill, you can either take a walk at one of the city’s many patches of green (you can enter many of them for free!) or drop by a zoo if you’re up for a nature trip.

    You could also let your kids learn a thing or two about art, culture, and history by visiting a few of the many museums that dot the city. If your family is game for an adventure, you can opt to spend the day at an amusement park. Don’t forget to have lunch and a quick snack in between stops!

    To cap off the day, head to Westgate Outlet located in Jurong Gateway for dinner and to do a bit of shopping for souvenirs and pasalubong. We suggest you do this a day before your flight so you’re sure to pack everything properly.

    Day 4: Bye, Singapore!

    Time to head over to the airport! Do some pre-flight snacking or sightseeing (if you arrive with enough hours to spare).

    It may have just been a quick few days, but you’ll cherish forever the happy memories your family created together in Singapore.

    Here’s the estimated cost breakdown for your Singapore family adventure:

    Airfare: Approximately PHP6,500 per person

    Tipid tip: Two-way flights to Singapore usually cost no less than PHP10,000, so it's best to wait for seat sales and opt for trusted budget airlines.

    Accommodations: Approximately PHP12,000 for a three-night stay in one room for two adults and two kids under 12 years old

    Tipid tip: Check out hotel aggregators that let you compare prices, amenities, and even reviews from actual guests of different accommodations, may it be a guesthouse, boutique hotel, or a high-end hotel. Some even offer discounts and deals when you book through them, too.

    Food: Approximately PHP2,500 per person for 10 meals (PHP250 per meal)

    4G Wi-Fi router: PHP1,360 for 4 days

    Singapore Travel Card: PHP454 per person (Top-up beyond preloaded SGD7, or around PHP266, not included)

    Science Centre Singapore ticket bundle: PHP590 per adult, PHP499 per child ages 3 to 12

    Total (per adult): PHP13,384*

    With Klook, you can conveniently buy tickets to activities and book travel necessities from legitimate sellers at the best prices, wherever you travel, using your smartphone. Plan everything before your trip, on the go, in-destination, and at the last minute!

    Booking with Klook also allows you to skip ticketing lines for some offerings. Just scan the barcode on your smartphone and go right in. Some offerings are open-dated, too, so you can enjoy them at your convenience.

    Best of all, doing so gives you peace of mind as you can check out first the reviews of other travelers who have bought and tried the activity or travel necessity you’re eyeing before purchasing it yourself.

    Visit www.klook.com or download the app on Google Play or the App Store to start booking!

    *Amount calculated in the headline is per person traveling in a party of four. The estimated total amount does not include costs for shopping and museum and/or zoo entrance fees, and may vary depending on your child’s age. We strongly recommend bringing extra cash to cover you and your family in case of an emergency.

This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Klook.