From Melacca Central Bus Terminal , we took the 2PM bus to Singapore for 23 Ringgit ( around 300 pesos/ 7 USD). Several buses travel this route all day, with the last trip at around 7 pm . Our ride was a basic aircon bus with No TV. Super VIP buses are also available at 25-27 Ringgit (8 USD ). Travel time from Melacca to SG was around 3-4 hours, depending on traffic. We travelled on a Sunday afternoon, so it was a hassle free crossing. Unlike in other countries, immigration for both Malaysia and SG are under one building in Johor Bahru.
Budget Stay in Little India
The bus’ last drop off point was at their garage near Sim Lim Square; very favourable to us because it was just a short walk to Little India where we opt to stay. Contrary to the prior comments of others, staying in the cheerful and vibrant Little India district made my trip in Singapore more interesting. This area is dominated by Indian foodstrips, shops , incense and Bollywood music which was new to my senses. It was also a good exposure in preparation for my next backpacking trip 😉 We stayed at Inncrowd Backpackers inn at Dunlop St. for 20 SGD/night (dorm type) including light breakfast (Toasts,Jam,Egg) and unlimited coffee/tea the whole day. They have a good lounge for guests to watch TV or DVD. Desktop Computers and reference books and Maps are also available for everybody. ( http://www.the-inncrowd.com )
Cheaper to buy Universal Studios Ticket Online
Singapore First timers would definitely include visiting Universal Studios in their itineraries. Walk in ticket prices are at 74 SGD for a day tour , but we were lucky enough to stumble on a discounted online promo with Asiatravel.com … We got our ticket for only 65 SGD , inclusive of 10 SGD consumable + P 5 SGD discount on shopping. Sweet!
Maximize Tourist Privileges
Train connection to Universal Studios is located at Vevo City Mall ,which also gives out a lot of perks for tourists. I just presented by passport at the information counter and got this privilege card to avail shopping discounts and free snacks. =)
Touring the City on your own
1. Mall Hopping at Orchard Road
2. Bay Area and the Gardens by the Bay in the Afternoon
Dinner at MakanSutra Food Stalls Just outside the Esplanade near the Bay Area
Marina Bay Sands Mall and Hotel
Clark Quay for some Chill and Cold beer.
Dine with the Hawkers
Hawkers are the equivalent of Filipino Karinderias , that offer ready made affordable meals. (around 3-5 SGD for 3 viand meals ) Meals are generally Chinese Style and veryTasty.