One Day In Singapore:
Singapore is tiny, so very, very tiny but that hasn’t stopped them from building a prosperous economy and a booming city that reflects the many diverse cultures and people that live within it. Singapore is the place to go when you’re desperate to eat great food and get in some quality shopping time. This super-mini travel guide is for solo travelers who don’t have a lot of time in Singapore but won’t let that stop them from enjoying themselves.
For the full Solo Female Travel Southeast Asia Itinerary, read this post!
When to Go
Late Summer/Early Fall: July – October
Daytime Temps: 87F – 88F (31C)
Nighttime Temps: 75F– 76F (24C)
Spring/Summer: February – June (High Season)
Daytime Temps: 88F (31C-32C)
Nighttime Temps: 74F– 76F (23C-24C)
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What to Wear
The weather is pretty much perfect year-round in Singapore. The country enjoys hot, humid, tropical weather and plenty of rain especially during the Northeast Monsoon season (November – January) and the Southwest Monsoon season (June-September). So you should probably pack light, breathable fabrics, dresses and shorts. For the rain, pack a travel umbrella or a packable raincoat so that it doesn’t slow you down when out and about.
For more info on what to wear while in Southeast Asia, read the Southeast Asia Solo Travel Packing List.
Hostels: Prices range from 18 SGD to 49 SGD per night.
**Note: These are the prices for hostels with a rating of 8.0 or higher on Hostelworld.com**
Hotels: Prices for budget hotels run about 37 SGD to 57 SGD per night.
What To Spend
45 USD/ 60 AUD/ 60 CAD/ 40 EUR/ 30 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
An EZ-Link Card will make using public transport easier and cheaper. You just tap your card on the reader when you board the bus or metro station and you will be rewarded with discounted fares. You can purchase an EZ-Link at 7-Elevens or at ticket offices in metro stations and bus interchanges. If you need a top-up then you can do so easily at a ticket machine in the metro stations.
Singapore Tourist Pass
If you’ll be using public transport a lot while you’re in Singapore then you might want to look into a Tourist Pass. The Pass allows for unlimited bus and train travel on the days you select. There is a 1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day pass. The 1-Day pass will set you back 10 SGD.
Traveling by bus is ideal if you want to take in the city sights as you go. The buses run from 5:30 am to midnight every day and they pick up about every 5 to 20 mins. If you pay your fare with cash you will pay more and need to have exact change. If you pay with an EZ-Link card you will receive a discount. Or if you have an unlimited Singapore Tourist Pass you won’t have to worry about bus fare at all.
Singapore’s MRT is fast, efficient, clean and inexpensive. It’s probably the best and easiest way to get around Singapore. You can purchase single tickets, or use your Singapore Tourist Pass which can be bought at select MRT stations. The MRT operates from 5:30 to midnight every day and picks up about every 2-7 mins. If you don’t have a Tourist Pass, you can use your EZ-Link Card to get cheaper fares.
By River Taxi
The river taxi makes five stops: Esplanade, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Clemenceau, Robertson Quay. The river taxi runs Monday – Friday from 8 am to 10 am, and then 5 pm – 7 pm. Tickets cost 5 SGD per person. There are certainly easier ways to get around (see above) but the river taxi is nice for those that want to get some impressive pictures of downtown Singapore as they go.
What To Do In Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Orlando is now one of the best theme parks in the world since they added Diagon Alley. (This is not an exaggeration) So, while you’re in Singapore you’ll probably be interested in seeing how their Universal Studios compares. And while they sadly don’t have any Harry Potter themed attractions I do admit I still had a great time in the Singapore version.
It might seem weird to go to a theme park by yourself but come on if you solo women can travel to an entire country alone then a theme park is no problem.
You have the chance to ride an enchanted roller coaster, rock climb in the prehistoric era, battle Decepticons with Optimus Prime, defeat a mummy’s curse and get soaked on a dinosaur river adventure. The best part is that when you ride as a solo rider your wait time is significantly shorter. As in, most of the time you just go right up to the front. After, or during, your fun you can grab something to eat at one of the many restaurants serving traditional Indian or Southeast Asian cuisine. What better ways to spend your day in Singapore than by riding roller coasters and stuffing yourself with delicious regional treats.
In general, Singapore is a pretty safe place for solo female travelers but you should be on alert for pickpockets when you are on public transit or in crowded, touristy areas. Never leave your things unattended and keep your belongings safe by carrying them in an anti-theft bag like this one. This is the anti-theft bag I use when I travel. Head over to Amazon to buy one for your trip. For more safety tips, read this post on safe solo female travel. And for more safety items for solo travel, check out this post.