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We are going to Singapore this August for 6 days. It is one of the most expensive cities to visit in Asia. Last time, I exceeded my budget (shopping!). You have to be prepared for the cost and get the most value out of it. To save on costs of hotel bookings, sightseeing fees and air tickets, I check on every discount site or travel deals that I can avail of.
Here are some of the sites with great offers and promotions when planning a trip in Asia.
CheapTickets is an online travel services company focusing on the leisure market, offering airline tickets, hotel and Vacation rentals, rental cars, customized vacation packages, and cruises. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (wiki)
Main – http://www.cheaptickets.com/
Thailand – http://www.cheaptickets.co.th/
Singapore – http://www.cheaptickets.sg/
Expedia is an Internet-based travel website (available in India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore). It books airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and various attractions and services via the World Wide Web and telephone travel agents. (wiki)
Main – http://www.expedia.com
Philippines – http://www.expedia.com.ph/
Thailand – http://www.expedia.co.th/
Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies. Groupon was launched in November 2008, and the first market for Groupon was Chicago, followed soon thereafter by Boston, New York City, and Toronto. (wiki)
Main – http://www.groupon.com/
Malaysia – http://www.groupon.my/
Singapore – http://www.groupon.sg/
Philippines – https://www.beeconomic.com.ph/
ENSOGO is derived from the words Entertain, Social, and Go. It is a Social commerce website that offers members discounted daily deals on restaurants, hotel accommodations, spa services, beauty treatments, activities and retail products in Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. (wiki)
Philippines – http://www.ensogo.com.ph/
Thailand – http://www.ensogo.com/
Agoda is an internet company which provides online hotel reservations services for properties focused primarily in the Asia Pacific Region with offices in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, Bali, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Manila. (wiki)
Main – http://www.agoda.com/
Metrodeal for Philippines – http://www.metrodeal.com/
Friends are also good sources of discount passes. I know people in my network working in the hotel industry. I also have a good friend who set up her own travel agency in Asia who can give me big discounts!
Be wise when traveling. Avail of cheaper prices with same value and services. Save when you can to re-allocate your expenses to maybe shopping. Singapore offers great deals for authentic goods.
Don’t forget to check the websites first before booking and finalizing your itinerary. Traveling can be both fun and affordable.
(Images are not mine.)