As first seen in Tripzilla PH
I have always loved making itineraries, whether it’s for a day trip or a long trip somewhere. It gives me a sense of excitement and imagination of what would happen. Now making the itinerary for this trip is a very special one for me since it will be the first out of town, out of the country trip with my college besties.
Who would have thought it was possible for me and my friends to gather up and pack our bags? What started out as a plan on paper became a reality last April 2017 when we took on the challenge to visit 3 countries in a 5-day itinerary. Later, you’ll see how we were able to visit Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia and spent only less than ₱10,000, excluding airfare (I didn’t include airfare in this write up since prices tend to vary). Impossible? Nope. Definitely not.
Before you read on, let me get a few things straight:
- We all know that people will always have something to say, whether good or bad. But I hope we’ll all keep a positive atmosphere. Perhaps put on a smiley in your comments? 🙂
- Besh, when this article was first posted in Tripzilla, it had mixed reactions. So I just wanna clarify that there are no hidden expenses here. I mean, who can benefit from lying, right?
- Again, airfare is excluded in this article. This only includes the pocket money.
- This post was originally intended to inspire people like me who have an 8-5 job. This means limited vacation leaves. So as much as we want to extend our time travelling, we just cant easily do so 😦
- Besh, you have the freedom to follow or not follow this itinerary. This may or may not be the best route for you. It really depends on your goal and budget. But what I do want to say is that we all have our own style in travelling. We all know what is best for us and what is not. The ultimate decision is still in your court and no one can judge you for that. 😉
Day 1: Singapore
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Since we were already able to visit Singapore before, we mostly went to places we were not able to visit. If this is your first time in SG, by all means, spend a few days here. There’s just so much to see!
Little India (Breakfast)
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Masjid Abdul Gaffoor Mosque
Arab Street and Haji Lane
Masjid Sultan Mosque and Kampong Glam
National Library of Singapore (Only spent time here since it rained so hard and we don’t have an umbrella with us.)
Singapore National Gallery
Chinatown (Lunch and souvenir shopping)
Anderson Bridge/ Merlion Park
Marina Bay Sands/ Gardens by the Bay
VivoCity Mall (Dinner)
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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This unexpected experience to start off the day. Special Thanks to fellow Filipino and Captain of Jetstar Airlines!
Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Saigon Opera House
Saigon Post Office
Notre Dame Basilica
Park near Notre Dame Basilica
Coffee shop visits (Did you know that Vietnam is the 2nd largest producer of Coffee in the world? Its no wonder that coffee shops are found in almost every corner of the city)
Nguyen Hue Walking Street
District 2/ Saigon River Tunnel
Guys, i’d really recommend doing a FREE TOUR with “Saigon Free Walking Tours” when you’re in Ho Chi Minh City. They are a student run organization from Hao Sen University and tour guides are student volunteers. They offer a range of tours both day and night. I honestly learned a lot from them during the tour. Not just about the places we visited but also the local way of life of Vietnamese people. Just check out their facebook page and reviews at Tripadvisor. It was one of the most worth it thing we did during the trip. 😊
Ben Thanh Market (souvenir shopping)
Accommodation (3-floor Airbnb apartment)
Day 3-5: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Quill City Mall (for some meals and groceries)
Petronas Tower/ KLCC Suria Mall
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
Pasar Seni- Central Market (souvenir shopping)
Accommodation: The Face Suites
You might wonder why we went only to a few places in KL. You see, when we arrived in Kuala Lumpur, it rained really hard again so we weren’t able to follow our itinerary. We also decided to spend time in our AirBnb apartment’s infinity pool to relax and chill. 😊
|Day 0: Cebu Airport||Cebu Airport Terminal Fee||750.00||PHP|
|Philippine Travel Tax||1,620.00||PHP|
|Dinner at the airport||90.00||PHP|
|Day 1: Singapore||MRT Card Reload||10.00||SGD|
|Breakfast at Little India (shared)||3.00||SGD|
|Inncrowd Hostel backpack storage||2.00||SGD|
|Lunch at Chinatown + Watermelon Slush||7.50||SGD|
|Dinner (free c/o our friend)||–|
|Day 2: Vietnam||Sim Card (200,000/4)||50,000.00||VND|
|Uber from Airport to Airbnb Apartment (94,000/4)||23,500.00||VND|
|Lunch at Saigon Pearl||35,000.00||VND|
|Uber from Saigon Pearl to City Hall (48000/4)||12,000.00||VND|
|Uber from Notre Dame Church to Hao Sen University (9,000/4)||2,250.00||VND|
|Light up the Night Tour (Free!)|
|Motorcycle Surcharge + Tip||100,000.00||VND|
|Dinner: Phat Pho||64,000.00||VND|
|Milk Tea (4pax)||40,000.00||VND|
|Coconut Ice cream dessert||40,000.00||VND|
|Uber from Ben Thanh Night Market to Apartment (38,000/4)||9,500.00||VND|
|Midnight Snack and Breakfast Food||22,000.00||VND|
|Day 3: Vietnam/ Malaysia||Uber from Apartment to Airport (115,000/4)||28,750.00||VND|
|Uber from KLIA2 to The Face Suites (80/4)||20.00||MYR|
|Uber from The Face Suites to Quill City Mall (2/4)||0.50||MYR|
|Groceries (snacks and breakfast)||12.00||MYR|
|Day 4: Malaysia||Uber from the Face Suites to Batu Caves (13.41/4)||3.35||MYR|
|Sim Card (30/4)||7.50||MYR|
|Regular taxi – Batu Caves to Merdeka Square (30/4)||7.50||MYR|
|Drinks at 7/11||1.50||MYR|
|Uber from Merdeka Square to Petronas Towers (5.76/4)||1.44||MYR|
|Lunch at KLCC Mall (Chicken Rice + Drinks)||13.00||MYR|
|Uber from KLCC Mall to Lake Gardens (8.81/4)||2.20||MYR|
|Uber from Lake Gardens to Central Market (11.24/4)||2.81||MYR|
|Drinks at Central Market||1.50||MYR|
|Uber from Central Market to The Face Suites (9.61/4)||2.40||MYR|
|GrabCar: The Face Suites to Petronas Towers (7/4)||1.75||MYR|
|Uber: Petronas to Face Suites (6.29/4)||1.57||MYR|
|Day 5: Malaysia||Uber: The Face Suites to KLIA2 (80/4)||20.00||MYR|
|Breakfast @ Mcdo KLIA2||15.00||MYR|
|Uber: Cebu Airport to SM City (120/4)||30.00||PHP|
|Vhire to Home||50.00||PHP|
|Vietnam (via Airbnb)||460.75||PHP|
|Kuala Lumpur (via Airbnb)||1,469.74||PHP|
Currency Exchange Rates:
1 SGD = 36.20 PHP
22680 VND = 1 USD = 51.2PHP or .00226VND = 1PHP
1 MYR = 11.20 PHP
Some tips before the trip:
- If you’re a citizen of any ASEAN nation, then travelling to Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia will not require you any Visa. All you need is your passport, extra valid IDs, pocket money and itineraries.
- Before our trip, we exchanged our money to Singapore Dollar and Malaysian Ringgit. We bought US Dollars to buy Vietnamese Dong since no local foreign exchange offers the money. We exchanged our US dollars to Vietnamese Dong upon arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh.
- Buy a travel adapter. Do some research on the power sockets of the country you’re visiting. To be honest, we forgot about this and we’re just thankful we had our power banks with us and the airports have USB charging stations.
- Make sure to have Uber/Grab apps in your phone. This proved cheaper (since we can divide the fare by 4pax) and faster for us to get to our destination especially in Vietnam and Malaysia.
- Plan your entry and exits points ahead. For us, we flew to Singapore from the Philippines and took a midnight flight that saved us a night in a hotel. Our exit point was our last stop, Malaysia.
- Pack lightly and bring a good backpack. All of us brought only 1 huge backpack plus a small bag to carry with us while going around. We wore mostly dresses during the trip to save on space and baggage weight. We were able to save hundreds from baggage allowance.
- Instead of buying a new Singapore EZ link Card, borrow from your friends/relatives who went to Singapore. The EZ link Card will get you around Singapore through trains, buses and even allows you to use it in some stores like 7/11. Since there’s a non-refundable fee of SGD5 when you’ll buy a new card, borrowing will save you money. The cards have a lifespan of 5 years.
- If you want to save money on accommodation, consider sleeping at the airport. Aside from trying to save money, we did this out of curiosity, experience and practicality (our flight to Vietnam was early morning the next day). We did so at Changi Airport and we didn’t feel ashamed or what since there were lots of travelers doing the same thing. Plus, what better airport to do this than in the world’s best airport, right?
Watch the video of our trip HERE.
Hope you somehow find this article helpful. If you have questions, comment them down below and I’ll to answer them as much as possible. ☺