When I found out The Uncharted Co was looking to sponsor travel bloggers’ hotel stays in Singapore, I jumped at the opportunity to apply because YOLO! Then when they notified me that they accepted my application, I couldn’t believe it my dream would soon be a reality because I had never traveled to Asia but have always wanted to. Singapore is both a city and a country that has much to offer. This island was formerly under China’s rule but is now recognized as its own autonomous city-state.
The official language of Singapore is English so there’s hardly a language barrier when communicating with people in the country. Another advantage about Singapore is its safety. As a solo female traveler, safety is extremely important to me. When I was talking to locals, they said Singapore rarely has any crime which can partly be attributed to its strictly enforced laws. Can you believe in Singapore the penalty for smuggling illegal cigarettes into the country is death? The only time I really saw police was at the airport which emphasizes the fact that there is hardly any crime on the island.
Taxis are definitely the way to get around Singapore because they are cheap and will allow you to quickly get from one side of the island to another. For example, 10-15 mins of taxi service costs about $15 Singapore dollars. Singapore also has a highly-rated public transportation system which is cheaper than taxis.
Hotels & Hostels
Some of the most popular luxury hotels in Singapore are Marina Bay Sands, Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton. The advantages of staying in one of these places are easy access to rooftop views, 5-star restaurants, and other high-class amenities.
However, if you don’t want to spend $300+ dollars per night for a room, I would highly recommend Singapore hostels such as 5 Foot Way Inn, Bunc and Hive. These accommodations are affordable, offer private rooms or dorm style rooms and most provide free breakfast. Some hostels even include unique amenities such as bikes for rent or “capsule beds” which are small pods that enclose around you making for a memorable sleep experience. Since all of the hostels are located in cultural districts of Singapore such as Little India or Chinatown, you will be able to explore authentic music, food and art while interacting with locals and other travelers.
I stayed at Bunc and it was my first time staying at any hostel. It was a unique experience where I got to hang out with other young ladies from China, Austria and UK. I also liked that Bunc was in the middle of the Little India neighborhood so I got the chance to explore that side of Singapore that most tourists do not get to see.
Things to Do
I'm glad I applied for the travel blogger sponsorship because otherwise I would not have ventured to explore a wonderful country. Thank you Uncharted Co!
Check out more pics from my Singapore trip below (click on the photos to view in full size):
Lola is a multimedia journalist. This blog is a space for her to share budget travel tips and her travel experiences.