How to plan a 9D/7N Trip to Singapore & Malaysia under INR 60,000 (USD 930)

How to plan a 9D/7N Trip to Singapore & Malaysia under INR 60,000 (USD 930)

I recently went to Singapore and Malaysia on 9 day-7 night trip. We were 7 friends travelling from India and total cost for the trip was around Rs 60,000 (USD 923) each inclusive of air-fares, accommodation, food and moderate shopping. I am writing this mostly to provide you a detailed breakdown of the cost to help you plan a economic trip without cutting down on cost. I will mostly focus on the cost side of it and briefly share our daily itinerary at the end of the article.

SECTION 1: COST
(i) Air Tickets & Itinerary

Date Trip Operator Cost in INR Cost in USD
31st March-  Fri Bangalore(21:50) to Chennai(22:45) Spicejet

 

Rs 1536-500(ixigo)  =
Rs 1036
15.9
1st April-  Sat Chennai(06:00) to Singapore(13:10) Indigo Rs 6086-600(MMT) =
Rs 5486
84.4
4th April- Tue

 

Singapore (15:55) to Langkawi (17:20) TigerAir Rs 3200-500 (PayTM)   =
Rs 2700
41.5
7th April- Fri Langkawi(11:25) – Kualalumpur(12:35) AirAsia                                           Rs 1061 16.3
9th April-Sun Kualalumpur(21:10)- Bangalore (22:45) Air Asia Rs 6107-600(MMT) =
Rs 5507
84.7
Additional Baggage for 1Apr & 7Apr                                           Rs 2500 38.4
Total   Rs 18,200 280

(ii) Accommodation

Place Dates Cost Cost per Person(INR) Cost in USD
Singapore 1st Apr to 4th Apr Rs 20132- 1172(airbnb referal)=Rs 18960 Rs 2708 41.6
Langkawi 4th Apr to 7th Apr Rs 19648- 1232(airbnb referral)= Rs 18416 Rs 2631 40.5
Kualalumpur 7th Apr to 9th Apr Rs 13809- 1213(airbnb referral) = Rs 12596 Rs 1800 27.6
  Total Rs 7,139 109.8

Links to properties booked
Singapore     (My Rating 3/5)
https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/17139500?guests=7&adults=7&location=Singapore

Review

The only good thing about this place is that it is pocket friendly and is nearby MRT/Public transport. The arrangements otherwise are just good enough to justify the price you pay. You get one big room with two double beds and few mattresses that you can spread on the floor. There is one bathroom. Living room is shared with one more guest. It has a washing machine and an electric kettle. Cooking is not allowed.

 

Langkawi         (My Rating 4/5)

https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/5661576

Review

This was one of the newer properties on Airbnb. This is 20 mins drive from airport. Place is spacious and well kept. This is an independent house which comes with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Owner is really helpful and is just a call away. This property is in walking distance to Pantai Cenang beach and nearby restaurants and duty-free shops.

Kualalumpur       (My Rating 5/5)

https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/16276326

One of the best Airbnb that I have been to. It is well kept and is equipped with fully-furnished kitchen. The 3BHK apartment has been thoughtfully decorated. The view from the balcony is mesmerising. You get to see the KLCC twin tower through the balcony. The rooftop pool on the 37th floor should not be missed while staying here.

 

(iii) VISA Fees

Country Applied On Received On Cost (INR) Cost in USD
Singapore- ThomasCook 10th March 21st March 2440 37.5
Malaysia- Musafir 21st March 29th March 3499 53.8
Total 5,939 91.3

 

(iv) Cost of tickets to amusement parks & tourist places bought online

Place Country Price (INR) Price (USD) Brought from
Night Safari+ Tram Singapore 1274 19.6 Klook
Jurong Bird Park +Tram Singapore 796 12.2 Klook
Universal Studios Singapore 2700 41.5 Klook
Marina Bay Sands Singapore 840 12.9 Klook
Wings of Time Singapore 420 6.5 Klook
Tiger Sky Tower Singapore 373 5.7 Klook
Gardens by the Bay Singapre 746 11.5 Klook
KL Towers Malaysia 604 9.2 Klook
Total 7,753 119.3

(v) This is all the expense that we had incurred even before starting the trip.
Some other overheads were as follows

Head Cost Cost per head(INR) Cost in USD
SIM Singapore- Starhub 699 100 1.5
Malaysia Sim 754 84 1.3
Singapore Ez Link for 3 days 933 933 14.3
Under Water World-Langkawi 694 694 10.7
Rent Scooter in Lagkawi+10RM Petrol 530 265 4
Awana Skyway to Genting(Return) 240 240 3.7
Tempo Traveller for Genting @9 PAX 4500 500 7.7
Langkawi Island Hoping & Mangrove Forest 1150 1150 17.7
Total 3966 61

 

Only expenses remaining were

  1. Food Expense
  2. Uber/Grab rides once in a while
  3. Shopping

(vi) Food Expense
Average expense on Food in Singapore- Rs 1500/day/person = USD 23

Effective number of days-03

Total Expense= 4500 = USD 69

 

Avaerage expense on Food in Malaysia= Rs 1200/day/person= USD 18.5

Effective number of days- 06

Total Expense= Rs 7200 = USD 111

Place Expenditure(INR) Cost in USD
Singapore (03 days) 4500 69
Malaysia (06 days) 7200 111
Total 11700 180

 

Total Expense

Head Cost (INR) Cost (USD)
Air Tickets 18200 280
Accommodation 7139 109.8
VISA Fees 5939 91.3
Entry Tickets 7753 119.3
Other Overheads 3966 61
Food 11700 180
Total 54697 841.4

So, INR 54697 (USD 841.4) was our total expense on accommodation, air fare, tickets to all the major attraction. It also included the cost that we incurred in Public Transport in Singapore, the to and fro trip to Genting from Kuala Lumpur and an entire day of Island hoping and Mangrove Forest trip in Langkawi. We could have spent another Rs 1000 (USD 15.4) each on Uber/Grab or other contingencies and still had around Rs 5000(USD 77) left for Shopping.

The Trip

Day 01

  • Reached Singapore at 13:10
  • Bought SIM, had lunch, took MRT to Airbnb
  • Left Airbnb and reached “Gardens by the Bay” at 15:30. We had bought the tickets for Gardens by the bay beforehand. It allows entry to Cloud Forest and Forest Dome. Cloud Walk is the best attraction here.
  • Some Musical Show that happens around Gardens by the Bay was canceled for the day due to some concert.
  • 20:45 OCBC skyway light & music show
  • 21:30 Marina Bay Sand Observation deck
  • 22:30 Dinner and metro back to Airbnb

Day 02

  • 11:00 – Reached Chinese Garden. Roamed around and clicked pictures.
  • 12:30 – Reached Jurong Bird Park. Enjoyed bird shows and tram ride.
  • 03:30 – Went to NTU Campus. Explored the campus and had Indian meal in their cafeteria.
  • 20:15 – Entered Night Safari. Enjoyed the Tram ride and headed back to our home post dinner around 22:00

 Day 03

  • 11:30 – Reached Universal Studios.Transformers, Jurassic Park, Revenge of the Mummy, Human and Cyclone were the major attractions and in the increasing order of difficulty.
  • 19:40 – Wings of Time Show. Beautiful light, laser and water show
  • 20:20 – Tiger Sky Tower
  • 21:30 – Merlion Park & Clarke Quay

Day 04

  • 11:00 – Bugis Street Market. Garment Shopping
  • 12:30 – China Town. Artifacts and Souvenir Shopping
  • 15:55 – Flight to Langkawi
  • 18:30 – Airbnb owner picked us up from airport and dropped us at the airport
  • 20:00 – Explored nearby market & Cenang beach

Day 05

  • 09:00 – Mangrove Forest Tour
  • 13:00 – Island Hopping
  • 21:00 – Cenang Beach & nearby market

Day 06

  • 11:00 – Rented a bike for the day
  • 11:30 – Post breakfast, reached Underwater World
  • 14:00 – Eagle Square
  • 16:30 – Langkawi Sky Bridge
  • 18:00 – Seven Beach Waterfall
  • 19:20 – Pebble Beach
  • 21:00 – Shopping from Duty free shops

Day 07

  • 11:25 – Flight from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur
  • 15:00 – Reached our Airbnb property after a long Uber ride
  • 16:00 – KL towers
  • 18:00 – Petronas Twin Towers

Day 08

  • 11:00 – Booked a tempo traveller to take us to Genting Skycable via Batu Caves
  • 11:30 – Batu Caves
  • 13:00 – Awana Skyway to Genting. Skyway is surreal. At its highest point, you can see clouds around you. Must visit.
  • 13:00 – Explored the casino, eateries and scenic beauty around. It also has an amusement park & Ripley’s believe or not
  • 20:00 – Back to Airbnb Apartment. Relaxed at the rooftop pool.

Day 09

  • 12:00 – China Town for Shopping
  • 15:00 – Back to Airport

 

How much money to carry for daily expenses?

If you have made all the arrangements for stay and air fares before the trip and have purchased most of the entry tickets to various tourist spot, following is the amount of money you should carry to cover for your food and other contingencies.

Singapore – USD 35/ INR 2260/ SGD 48.4

Malaysia – USD 28/ INR 1807/ SGD 38.7

 

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