Singapore may be an expensive city to visit, but at least it’s easy to get a cheap flight out of here. Changi Airport is well served by budget airlines and a one-way flight to another Southeast Asian country can cost less than S$100. Here’s a quick guide to where you can go.
Burma: Burma is turning out to be one of the year’s hottest travel destinations, and Jetstar will get you to Rangoon for as little as S$130 one-way. At the time of writing it was still necessary to obtain a visa in advance, and you can try at the Burmese Embassy in Singapore.
Cambodia: Jetstar offers direct flights from Singapore to both of Cambodia’s international airports – Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. A one-way fare usually costs around S$100, but during sales prices drop as low as $$60.
Indonesia: Since travelling by boat from Singapore to Indonesia is not very practical, take advantage of one of the many cheap flights connecting these two island nations. The popular Singapore-Bali route is flown by Jetstar and AirAsia, though the sale fares with KLM Airways are almost as cheap and include checked luggage and on-board refreshments. All three of the big budget airlines (AirAsia, Jetstar, Tiger) fly to Jakarta, but only AirAsia flies to the cultural capital of Yogyakarta. AirAsia also flies to Bandung and Jetstar to Medan and Surabaya. As long as you’re flexible with your travel dates, it’s easy to find a one-way fare for S$60-100.
Laos: Sorry – there are no direct flights from Singapore to Laos. The quickest way to get there would be to book two flights with AirAsia: Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, and then Kuala Lumpur to Vientiane.
Malaysia: If you don’t have the time for a leisurely bus or train trip, you’ll be happy to hear Singapore and Malaysia are well connected by budget airlines. Between AirAsia, Jetstar, and Tiger Airways, there are more than 20 budget flights every day from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and fares can be as low as S$30 – as cheap as taking the bus. For around S$60 you can fly to Penang (AirAsia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways) or to lovely Langkawi Island (Jetstar). The regional airline Firefly flies from Singapore to the smaller airports at Ipoh, Kuantan, and Subang (Kuala Lumpur). If you’re travelling to eastern Malaysia to explore the jungles of Borneo, AirAsia flies to Kota Kinabalu while both AirAsia and Tiger fly to Kuching.
Philippines: Both Jetstar and Cebu Pacific fly Singapore–Manila for around S$100. For a slightly cheaper fare, you can fly with Tiger Airways or Cebu Pacific to Clark Airport outside of Manila. Cebu Pacific also offers cheap flights to Cebu, which is a great starting point to explore the Philippines’ amazing islands and beaches.
Thailand: If you’re heading to the capital city or to the beach, Tiger Airways, Air Asia, and Jetstar all fly the Singapore–Bangkok and Singapore-Phuket routes. Air Asia offers direct flights from Singapore all the way north to Chiang Mai, and Tiger Airways flies to Krabi and Hat Yai in the south. On weekdays a one-way flight costs S$50-100 including tax, but prices to these popular holiday destinations skyrocket on weekends.
Vietnam: Tiger Airways and Jetstar offer direct flights from Singapore to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Jetstar will also sell you a ticket to Da Nang via Ho Chi Minh City. Considering it would take more than three days of non-stop driving to get to Vietnam, S$80-100 for a one-way flight is a bargain.
By Tanya Procyshyn
Last updated on 13th November, 2014.