Singapore is definitely one of Asia’s jewels, and those who are expecting a police state are always surprised when they actually arrive and find it all to seem very normal. In recent years, Singapore has gone from one of Asia’s most expensive cities to one of the world’s most expensive cities, although it’s still possible to visit on a backpacker budget if you know what you are doing.
Hotels and even hostels in Singapore are now even more expensive than those in Tokyo, so this will be your biggest expense. You’ll find some cheaper places mixed in the listings, but they will all be in inconvenient neighborhoods and often there will be no window in the room. For a proper 3-star hotel (with a window), you’ll spend a small fortune.
Food in Singapore is one of the main highlights, with its famous hawker stalls all over the city preparing excellent and generous meals for a very low cost, in very sanitary conditions. Drinks can be a bit expensive by Asian standards, but happy hour bargains can be found. Restaurants meant for tourists can be expensive, especially in the main hotel districts.
Transportation is cheap and most of the attractions are cheap or free, so really once you arrive and find a hotel you can afford then it’s possible to have a great time without spending much more, unless, of course, you’ve come mainly to shop.