Tips for finding and choosing cheap hotels in Singapore

When on vacation, I was typical who was not too concerned with having to sleep in a luxury hotel or a budget hotel. But actually I prefer to sleep in a budget hotel because usually all day I will be very busy exploring here and there from morning to night.

After all, the hotel room was only put to sleep for a few hours, so why should I choose the expensive one? Especially if traveling solo, do not have a trailer or family, it seems more economical to choose a cheap hotel right? Yes the name is backpacker too, the budget is limited.

Btw don’t forget to also read tips for passing immigration in Singapore, so that your trip is calm and comfortable

Well, in the near future I want to plan a trip to Singapore again with my friends. If you travel in a foreign country, surely you must be smart to manage your budget, especially in Singapore, the exchange rate is expensive for Indonesians. We also don’t want to go home traveling from abroad and continue to go bankrupt right away?

Therefore, I and my friends prefer to sleep in hostels because it is much more efficient than sleeping in a hotel and also only boarded briefly to sleep. But if you are looking for a hostel in Singapore, the search engine will provide a lot of hostel choices and will make you confused yourself.

Some of the hostels that I recommend in Singapore are Footprints Backpacker Hostel in Little India, Travelers Loft in Lavender, Pine Hostel in Lavender, ABC Premium Hostel in Little India, G4 Station Backpackers Hostel in Rochor, Beds and Dreams Inn in Chinatown, Meadows Hostel in Lavender , Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel in Chinatown, 5footway Inn Project Bugis in Kampong Glam. All the hostels that I mentioned above have ratings above 8/10 from Trip Advisor. That means many backpackers are satisfied staying there and the service is good.

Well, I have tips for friends who want to choose hostels in Singapore. This is it :

  • Choose a strategic location. Because choosing that location is also very influential. For example, choose a shopping center or near a culinary center so you can walk to the inn. Can also look for lodging close to the MRT (Mass Rapid Transportation) Station. My advice is that it’s delicious to look for lodging around China Town, Kampong Glam, Geylang Little India. Around here it is also easy to find halal food for 1 SGD.
  • Pay attention to hotel reviews and ratings. This is also important because sometimes the room photos are good but the service is less comfortable. But actually in Singapore, almost all hostels are nice and comfortable because they really pay attention to service standards and also cleanliness.
  • Order from far away to be more efficient. What is clear, if you already have a plan to travel, order a hotel from far-away days. Thankfully there is now Traveloka so we can see a variety of hotel choices in the category you can choose, “Luxury”, “Budget” or “Promo”. Even now there is a new category of “Pay at Hotels” and also “Near MRT Stations” to search for hotels in Singapore. Ideally 1 month before departure, you should book to get a cheap price. It could also be goshow but it’s a bit risky to run out of rooms and the price will be a bit more expensive.
  • Use Traveloka’s “Best Price Watch” feature to help us find budget hotels and find out room price increases. It really helped me to compare prices from one hostel to another. Suppose there is an increase, we can immediately be notified of the price of Traveloka. Well, if for example we order from afar, this feature is very useful to see whether the price of the room we want to go down in price or even go up.

Kinds of tips for passing immigration in Singapore

Not a few origin travelers who are excited when going through Immigration in Singapore. Some are even not ready when exposed to random checking. Whereas if faced with calm, not a few also can easily waltz into Singapore even though it must be bombarded with a few questions first.

But generally these worries can disappear if you can prepare everything well. If you really have to be taken or herded into a special room, calm down and answer the questions of the officer with no apparent hesitation.

1. Show Flight Tickets

One of the easiest ways is to show a plane ticket home. It is important to print flight tickets in advance in hardcopy so that it will be easier to show when passing Immigration in Singapore.

Random checks are common when passing Immigration in Singapore. So, deal calmly while you already have proof of booking airplane tickets to get out of Singapore. The official usually only ensures that the tourists who come really have a clear destination when coming to Singapore.

2. Show Proof of a Hotel Booking

Another proof of strength that can be used as one reason for officers to release you easily when passing Immigration in Singapore is to show proof of hotel bookings.

When completing the Immigration form sheet, write down the hotel to be filled in with the address. If you come because you are invited by friends and relatives, you should also write down the full address of the house or apartment so that the officer believes that you do have a close relative in Singapore as a stopover.

Officers again usually just need proof and convince yourself that you really will not vagrancy while in Singapore.

3. Record the Address Obviously When Staying at a Home of Relatives

Never lie when dealing with immigration officers in Singapore. Better to say honestly your destination to Singapore just for a vacation.

If you are transiting in Singapore for more than six hours and want to try to leave the airport, you should fill in the Immigration form with the transit information accompanied by the next ticket.

4. Be calm and polite

Some travelers said that immigration officers in Singapore seemed unfriendly. So, don’t be too friendly and too close.

Be natural and calm through Immigration in Singapore. Walk slowly and carry things calmly.

Don’t forget to show the cash money that you brought from Indonesia. Some travelers even brought only $ 50 SGD and passed the examination even though they had to be shaken beforehand to be interviewed by officers.

What is clear, use good diplomacy when in the examination room and behave properly in front of the officer.