Visitors can eat like kings (or queens!) with very minimal outlay in Singapore.
Visitors can eat like kings (or queens!) with very minimal outlay in Singapore. Singapore Tourism Board

Budget or boutique travel: Singapore

Where: Singapore

What: Cosmopolitan, world city in a tropical setting

Why: Singapore assaults the senses with its sights, sounds and smells. An ethnic and cultural melting pot, the city state boasts a fabulous variety of food, shopping and sightseeing within a dynamic, thriving urban landscape.

Budget

EAT

Visitors can eat like kings (or queens!) with very minimal outlay in Singapore thanks to the island-wide network of Hawker centres and food courts. For as little as $S4, a hearty serving of favourites such as Laksa, Satay, Mee Goreng, Roti Prata, Chicken Rice and Kway teow awaits. Centrally located Lau Pa Sat is a good starting point, with Satay by the Bay and the shopping-centre based, Food Republic chain, also worth a look

SLEEP

Ibis Singapore Bencoolen - three-star hotel, with good access to the MRT (island-wide train network), Orchard Road (shopping) and food courts. From $A107 per night.

DO

Despite its highly urbanised nature, Singapore is a surprisingly "green" country with many natural environments to be explored - often for free! The beautiful Botanical Gardens in Cluny Rd, offers 74 hectares of tropical luxuriance. For a look back into Singapore's past, take a bumboat to Pulau Ubin, a small relatively undeveloped island off the coast of Singapore. Leaving from Changi Point, the journey costs a mere $3 and is a bit of an adventure in itself. If all this is too much and you are craving some air-conditioning, head to Mustafa's department store in Little India where anything and everything can be purchased at relatively little cost.

Boutique

EAT

English High Tea at the Goodwood Park Hotel - fabulous buffet afternoon tea within the old world charm of the Goodwood, $42 per adult; Sunday Champagne Brunch Mezza9, Grand Hyatt Hotel - featuring an international buffet, with a mightily impressive desert bar and free-flow champagne. Bookings essential, prices starting from S$148++.

SLEEP

Singapore has a wealth of luxury hotels - check out The Fullerton, Marina Bay Sands and the ultimate, Raffles Hotel. Prices can start from around $600 per night.

DO

Indulge in a spa treatment at one of the many luxury establishments on Sentosa Island. Whether it is a massage, a facial, full body scrub or detox session, an array of luxury providers are all-too-ready to assist. Look for Accor's Singapore Resort & Spa, Amara Sanctuary Resort, ESPA.


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