How I Had a 5D4N Budget Vacation in Singapore for P7200 (RM 620)

With three days off from work, I finally have the chance to travel to neighboring countries. However, since I have limited resources, I’ve selected the two countries accessible by bus transport from Malaysia – Thailand and Singapore.

With time consideration, I heard from a local colleague that a bus ride to Thailand will take me 8 hours to Hatyai (but not yet Bangkok – only on the border of Malaysia-Thailand) and only 4-5 hours to Singapore.

While Thailand has a considerably lower cost of living than Singapore, I did some research and found out that there are endless ways to travel luxurious cities like Singapore within budget. Since it has excellent transportation routes and plenty of fascinating tourist spots, I chose to go Singapore, even if I have to eat Chicken Rice for one whole week.


Departure: Kuala Lumpur, TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) -> Singapore, Little India (Fare: RM45 = P517.50)

Arrival: Singapore, Katong V Mall -> Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown KL 5 Elements Hotel (Fare: RM72 = P828)

Total Transportation Fare: RM 117 (P1345.50)

From all the three available transportation to Singapore – airplane, bus and train – bus is the most cheap and economical to choose since you can take the midnight tickets and sleep during the travel.

The bus trip is approximately 5.5 hrs from Malaysia to Singapore. Note that you may have to be awake during the last hour because intercity travels will require you to cross two immigration buildings – one exiting Malaysia and another one entering Singapore.


If you can book online, do it so you can be reserved on the shuttle coach ahead of time. I booked mine at They also have lots of promotions including discounts and travel vouchers every month.
As advised, choose the midnight schedule (12 AM) so you can arrive early in Singapore and utilize the saved time in roaming nearby tourist spots before checking in to your hostel.
Ensure that you have legitimate visa and passport details as there’s a chance that immigration officials in Woodlands Singapore may halt and bring you into rigorous interrogation if you have the wrong documents.

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