Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Bus Collective Daycation Review

Happened to see this article a few months ago where they upcycled old decommissioned SBS buses into hotel rooms. I was thinking it was an interesting concept and experience to bring *OEE* for a daycation and visit the far east (Changi Village) at the same time. This was finally put into action yesterday.

The Bus Collective (Newly Opened Dec 2023)
5 Telok Paku Rd, Singapore 508883

Point to note: The CDG Taxi GPS navigation system is wrong. It will point to somewhere inside the Changi Village Hawker Center. If going via CDG taxi, you will need to remind the driver the correct entrance. Google map navigation is correct. 

The staffs are friendly and accommodating. Check-in was fast and soon, we are done to tour the site. While each room is "close to nature", we do expect to see some ants around. However, if you don't bring food into the room, I guess you will do fine. For us, we followed strictly no food policy inside the room and the few ants we came across are just restricted to around the door area. For room service, there is no phone inside each bus. Instead, you will need to scan a QR code and all request will be submitted to the front desk.

Our room - Bus 108 (King George)

Each room come with a patio with a BBQ pit

All drinks in the fridge and bar table are complimentary

The iconic bus driver seat, where *OEE* likes to play

Once you are done with photos taking, you can explore the surrounding area. Right outside one of the side gate that provide you access to the Changi Village Hawker Centre, there is a playground for kids 5 - 12 years old. If you feel like taking a short walk, you can cut across the blue bridge next to the Changi Ferry Terminal to get to the Changi Beach for some sea breeze.

Food is even less of a concern. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, the variety of stalls at the Changi Village Hawker Centre is there for you to choose from. If you are not so keen to explore, there is a Thai theme eatery onsite - BUSKing by 555 Villa Thai (Pic below).

Changi Beach

BUSKing by 555 Villa Thai

Menu on offer

Prices by BUSKings is just slightly more expensive if you compare with the Changi Village Hawker Centre. For example: Basil Chicken Rice with cold drink. Changi Village Hawker price is about $7.30, while BUSKing is $8.80. For breakfast, we chose the Rise and Dine option when we book the room, so we get a breakfast set for 2 adults @ $10.00++ per pax. If you order onsite, it will be $13.80++.

Ah Ma fried Bee Hoon (Taste not bad!)

Ah Bang Nasi Lemak (Chicken is a bit blend)

Enjoy a view of airplanes taking off while you enjoy the breakfast

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