In March 2014, arriving to Malaysia, we were thinking to stay here for about three months. Plans were like this: to travel with bicycles, do a volunteering for few weeks, travel through Malaysia a little bit after that and then, if we still will want to travel more, to go to work for some time, most probably to Europe, where we don’t need VISA, and to save more money.
Everything changed, because our Workaway.info volunteering experience turned out to be better than expected. So two or three weeks grow into two months, during which we lived on Langkawi island, worked and enjoyed our time on this tropical island spending almost no money.
Until at one moment we two with Una decided to move ahead and do some at least small, because we had no too much money, circle through neighboring Asian countries. We were thinking about leaving our bicycles in Malaysia and going only with backpacks. Two weeks after that decision we were in Singapore.
When we were first time in Singapore we spent less than 24 hours in this country. That was in March, and then we did it by hitchhiking. We hitchhiked from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Singapore. And we reached Singapore late in the evening. We walked till it was very late and stayed for the night in a park.
We did so just because we didn’t want to pay for accommodation in this expensive country. In the morning we walked around for few hours and then we went back to Malaysia.
This time in Singapore we spend here two full days, walking round and round through central parts of the city for more than 30 kilometers. And here we see concrete jungles as well as real jungles and parks. Although even parks and jungle in Singapore look perfect, I would say too perfect, here they fit very well. Because it’s Singapore.
Accommodation for this time we find at Little India, which reminds us so much of real India, but only difference is that this one looks too sterile. We do walk through China town and Arab street as well.
Check out this video from our time in Singapore!
How expensive Singapore is?
Dorm bed costs about 15 euro, private room – starting from 40 euro. Food at China Town Food Street (we highly recommend it) and similar cheaper places on the streets costs about 3 – 4 euro without drink, at other places – 6 – 10 euro and up. 1 liter of drinking water – 0,6 euro, soft drinks – about 1 – 1,5 euro for can or small bottle. Cheapest meal at McDonalds, KFC, Burger Kings – about 3 euro.
So If 200 euros for us is really enough for 1 month in India (for 1 person), in Singapore it would last for about 1 week. And that’s not counting in tourist attractions and entrance fees, which may cost some 10 – 40 euros each.
Author: Kaspars Misins
Kaspars is a long term traveler and travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they are traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On WeAreFromLatvia.com they share their experience and things learned along the way.