For many Filipinos, Singapore is one of the top choices when planning an international trip. It is easy to go and it’s convenient to travel to. There are no travel restrictions for fully-vaccinated travelers and there are multiple daily flights from Manila, Cebu, and Davao.
Cebu Pacific currently has 3x daily flights from Manila, 5x weekly flights from Cebu, and 3x weekly flights from Davao so it is really easy to visit Singapore even on a short weekend trip.
If you are flying late in the afternoon or in the evening, this sample itinerary is perfect for you. Cebu Pacific’s direct flight from Davao to Singapore is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 5:15 PM and is scheduled to arrive in Singapore at around 9:10 PM. The flight back to Davao is at 9:55 PM so you will have a full day to spend on your last day in Singapore.
Travel Requirements to Singapore
Traveling to Singapore is straightforward. As long as you are fully vaccinated, then you are good to go. You will only need to fill out a Singapore Arrival Card three days before your departure. Upon check-in at the airport, you will be asked to present your vaccination card or vaxcert, return ticket, and Singapore Arrival Card. That’s pretty much what you need to travel to Singapore.
Day 0 – Davao to Singapore
As mentioned above, Cebu Pacific’s direct flight from Davao to Singapore is scheduled to arrive at around 9:00 PM. Based on my recent experience, you can get out of the airport past 10:00 PM, take a train to the city, and should be able to check-in to your hotel before 11:00 PM.
Please take note that you will arrive at Terminal 4 so you will need to take a FREE bus transfer to Terminal 3 where you can take the train to the city. Take the Changi Airport Train to Tanah Merah then transfer to the city train using the Green (East-West) Line.
Day 1 – Explore Sentosa Island
A visit to Singapore is not complete without going to Sentosa Island. They have an ongoing promo where you can access the island for free via the Sentosa Express Monorail until 31 December 2022.
There are three stations on the Sentosa Express Monorail: RW Sentosa, Imbiah Station, and Beach Station.
RW Sentosa Station is probably the most popular for tourists. It’s where you can experience Universal Studios Singapore, Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park featuring thrilling rides.
Here are the 5 Awesome Things To Do At Resorts World Sentosa to make your visit more memorable. You need a full day here if you want to enjoy the attractions. In fact, you need a couple of days to enjoy all the attractions. But, given the time constraints, what I highly suggest is to go to Universal Studios. If you don’t fancy the rides, you can go to SEA Aquarium instead.
You can also opt to go to Imbiah Station where you can find Madame Tussauds Singapore, Sentosa 4D AdventureLand, and Sentosa Nature Discovery.
If you love the beach, you can go to the Beach Station and explore Palawan Beach and Siloso Beach. The sunset at Siloso Beach is phenomenal so it’s another option to do if you have more time to spend.
Day 2: Visit Chinatown, Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay
Chinatown, Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, and Gardens by the Bay are must-sees. It’s free to visit these attractions and you’ll only have to pay in case you dine, or access paid areas like the Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck or the Gardens by the Bay Tower or Skybridge.
- Start your day with a power breakfast at Maxwell Food Center or at Michelin Star Hawker Chan
- Explore Chinatown, buy pasalubong, visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the Sri Mariamman Temple. These are just walking distance from Maxwell so it’s very accessible.
- Visit and experience the ArtScience Museum located at Marina Bay Sands.
- Take your lunch and do more shopping at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. You can also take photos at the indoor canal or take the sampan boat for a more memorable experience.
- Walk your way to the Merlion Park and take that selfie of the Merlion with the MBS background.
- Go back to The Shoppes to have coffee near the indoor canal and jus chill for a while.
- Proceed to Gardens by the Bay for the light show at 7:00 PM.
- Go back to MBS to witness The Spectra, A Light & Water Show that runs every evening and is free of charge. The showtimes are as follows:
- Sunday to Thursday: 8pm & 9.30pm
- Friday & Saturday: 8pm, 9.30pm & 11pm.
Day 3 – More Shopping at ION Orchard, Lucky Plaza / Visit Jewel Changi
Spend your last day in Singapore shopping or just window shopping, whatever floats your boat! ION Orchard is a popular mall in Singapore where you can find luxury brands. Just across ION Orchard is Lucky Plaza where you can meet a lot of Filipinos on Sundays. There’s a Filipino restaurant inside the mall if you miss eating Pinoy dishes.
The ION Orchard Food court is also worth a visit. There are a lot of stalls where you can sample both Asian and Western cuisines.
If you are done shopping, you can visit the Botanic Gardens instead. If you’re a foodie, you can visit more hawker centers like Newtown Food Center or Tiong Bahru Market. There are a lot of interesting food finds there that you will surely enjoy.
Since the flight going back to Davao leaves at past at almost 10 pm, you can leave your hotel or hostel at around 5 pm. Take the train to the airport and go to Terminal 3 exit and you can just walk to Jewel Changi. You should include it in your itinerary. The Jewel Changi waterfall is one of the must-see attractions in Singapore. You shouldn’t miss it, especially of it’s your first time in the Lion City.
After exploring Jewel Changi, you can go back to Terminal 3 and take the bus to Terminal 4 to get on your flight to Davao. Have a safe journey!
Recommended Tours, Passes, and Activities in Singapore
- Klook Pass Singapore
- Universal Studios Singapore Ticket
- Gardens by the Bay Ticket Singapore
- Singapore Cable Car Sky Pass
- Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck or Sampan Ride
- ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands Ticket
Where to Stay in Singapore
V Hotel Lavender is a popular choice for Filipino travelers because of its convenient location and accessibility. It is located at the Lavender Station on the green EW line. It’s less than 30 minutes away from the airport and it’s situated in the city center so it’s really a perfect place to stay.
- Free breakfast
- Just one quick train transfer from the airport – Changi Airport >> Tanah Merah >> Lavender Station
- Walking distance to Mustafa Centre to buy pasalubong
- Lots of food options nearby – Old Changkee, Mc Donalds, Kopitiam, Kebab, Chef Ibu, and many more!
- Book this hotel – book in advance to get a good rate.