I admit our budget is nothing close to frugal travelling, but will try to add notes, on how you can possibly save and make the most of your hard earned money.
Prices are in Philippine Pesos (using Php34 per SGD conversion) as of December 2014 and are broken down by day (except for hotel and combo tickets costs) based on our itinerary. Cost is for 2 adults and 2 children, ages 6 and 10.
Since we travelled on a peak season, airfare and hotel prices were obviously higher. You would be able to save a lot if you choose to travel on a non-peak season.
If you have very little options and decided still to travel on a holiday, I suggest you book your airfare and hotel accommodations at least six (6) months in advance. It is very rare that airlines and hotels will even lower their rates during peak seasons (which based on what I have seen starts 16th of December, all the way to the Chinese New Year). Remember: The earlier you book the more you will save.
For 2 adults and 2 children is P 47,000 via Philippine Airlines (Booking PAL later on proves to be a wise decision, since Cebu Pacific had issues on numerous cancelled and delayed flights last December).
Travel by taxi proved to be both efficient and convenient. The attractions are not necessarily right next to the MRT or Bus station and still requires quite a bit of walking, which is strenuous if you are towing children. Travel by taxi is roughly SGD15-20 from Orchard area to most of the tourists' attractions.
Price depends where you eat. Cost is expectedly more expensive inside resorts and parks. I have noticed that most locals bring water container and refills it once empty.
Meals at hawker center is about SGD5-8 per viand, while prices at fast food restaurants cost SGD15-20. Hotel buffets range from expensive at SGD25-30 (for breakfast) to SGD80-100 (for lunch and dinner). Note that prices are higher for holiday lunch and dinner.
|ROYAL PLAZA ON SCOTTS (ORCHARD) - SUPERIOR ROOM - 4 NIGHTS||32,000.00||This hotel is located in Orchard area. It is very accessible to public transport and taxi fare is never more than SGD20 in most of Singapore's tourists' attractions. At P8,000/day, we get free mini-bar (replenished daily) and wifi access for multiple devices. BTW, we have been upgraded to a Royal Premier Suite, which gave us access to the Royal club which included free buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner for two.|
|LEGOLAND MALAYSIA - 1 NIGHT||19,000.00||Rate is for a Standard Room and included buffet breakfast for 4 and two days combo tickets to the Legoland Wetpark and Themepark. We were again upgraded to a Premier Suite. To make the most out of your Legoland visit I strongly suggest you get a two days combo pass (however, this is only available to hotel guests).|
|FESTIVE HOTEL RESORTS WORLD - 2 NIGHTS||29,000.00||Total cost is for a Deluxe Family Room and included tickets for 2 adults to SEA Aquarium, Universal Studio and Adventure Cove. Reservations was done through a Mastercard Promotion.|
DAY 1 - SINGAPORE CITY
|Asia Travel 3 in 1 combo ticket - Adult P2400 / Child P1800||8,400.00||Singapore Flyer, Ducktour and Gardens by the Bay entrance to the twin conservatories|
DAY 2 and 3 - LEGOLAND MALAYSIA
|Singapore - Malaysia - Singapore via SGMYTaxi Private Transfers||7,140.00||There aree cheaper options of travel from Singapore to Malaysia, but we opted for a door to door private transfer. Cost is SGD105 per way.|
|Tickets to Legoland Themepark and Wetpark inclusive in the||n/a||Included in our hotel cost.|
|Cabana Rental||3,220.00||Rental is not necessary, but very nice to have. Cost is MYR280 for a whole day use. Inclusive of Cabana rental, with mini refrigerator, electric fan, safety deposit box, 2 lounge chair, 2 lounge bed, 2 huge Legoland towels, 10 bottled drinks and wifi.|
DAY 4 - JURONG BIRD PARK and SCIENCE CENTRE
|Park Hopper Special 2 in 1||5,800.00||If you intend to do multiple zoo attractions, I suggest bookings online via zoo.com website and avail of their park hopper special. We bought Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Day Zoo combo.|
|Combo Science Center with Transformer Exhibit Tickets||3,672.00||We bought the tickets directly at the Science Center complex. Adult - SGD32 / Child SGD22|
DAY 5 - SINGAPORE ZOO
|Zoo Entrance||n/a||Included in the park hopper ticket.|
|Breakfast with the Orangutans||3,672.00||My boys enjoyed breakfast with Singapore Zoo's resident orangutans. Adult SGD32 / Child SGD22|
DAY 6 - SENTOSA
|Sentosa Day Pass||10,064.00||The Sentosa Day Pass gives you single entry access to more than 20 attractions in Sentosa. Adult - SGD79/Child - SGD69.|
DAY 7 AND 8 - UNIVERSAL STUDIO and SEA AQUARIUM
|Universal Studio Singapore (USS) and SEA Aquarium combo tickets through Asia Travel||4,624.00||Our USS and SEA Aquarium adult ticket came free with our Festive Hotel bookings, so we only bought USS and SEA Tickets for our children. Cost is SGD68 per child.|
Please see also the detailed itinerary of our Singapore-Malaysia travel.
"SINGAPORE - MALAYSIA Itinerary and Tips (8D/7N)".
I hope you find this helpful as you plan your own Singapore-Malaysia adventure. Let me know if you have questions, will try my best to answer them for you.