You may need to save some hard-earned dollars to get your hands on the fashionable looks spotted in Crazy Rich Asians.
However, if you’re considering a trip to Singapore (where the movie was set) you don’t need a billionaire’s budget to re-create some of the country’s iconic experiences.
Safe and clean, with amazing infrastructure, Singapore is actually an amazing location for a holiday, or honeymoon if you’re planning one.
Here are our top 4 tips on doing this Crazy Rich Asian country on the crazy cheap.
To get you started, consider using one of the budget airlines that service Singapore. They’re not free, but they’re so affordable they come pretty close.
Scoot Airlines may be no frills, but it offers good value, regular, non-stop flights. And they’re even cheaper when they’re on sale.
2. Check out (prices) before you check in
Hotels in Singapore are among the priciest in South-East Asia so it pays to do your research. Use a price comparison app to monitor price changes and snap up a deal as soon as you find one.
3. Budget bites
Singapore is an ethnically rich country with many traditional dishes featuring Indonesian, Malay, Chinese and Thai influences.
Fortunately, with street food being one of the most popular dining styles, it’s relatively easy to eat on the cheap.
Check out: Little India (home to a strong Indian community. And its restaurants); Satay by The Bay Hawker Food Markets and Haji Lane, which is full of affordable Middle Eastern Cafes.
4. Sightseeing (without spending)
If you’re on the lookout for free or cheap things to do, you might be tempted to never leave Changi Airport, which was voted the World’s Best for the sixth consecutive time this year!
Some of the perks include a free movie theatre and games arcade.
Away from the airport check out Gardens By The Bay – a nature park in the middle of the city that’s home to 16-storey high trees and one of the world’s largest indoor waterfalls. As night falls, the trees come alive in a free light and sound show.
You may not be able to afford to stay there, but some of Singapore’s best hotels are also just as sensational to visit. Marina Bay Sands is considered the world’s most expensive standalone casino property, while Raffles is famous for the Singapore Sling – the first cocktail created by a man to look like fruit juice so he could secretly serve women alcohol.
If your budget allows for some retail therapy (or even a little window shopping) take a stroll down Orchard Road and check out its 47 shopping malls. You’ll find local and international designer labels ranging from chain store to designer.
Oh and if you’re after an affordable way to travel, get on the SMRT. The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit is one of the world’s best and will get you there quickly. And cheaply!
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