Singapore is any traveller’s dream destination. It is a city that appeals to a wide variety of travellers–from the backpacker, to the young family, to the affluent first-class flyer. Singapore is a wonderful city-country that exudes old world charm while being one of the most progressive cities in the region, making it a favorite to come back to again and again.
While it can be quite easy to get intimidated by Singapore’s modern facade, it is also a haven for those who want to see a new place on a budget. Contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of things you can do in Singapore that are cheap or practically free. Once you check out cheap hotels in Singapore to stay in, check out these places for some penny-pinching ways to experience the city.
National Museum of Singapore – This place is home to 11 natural treasures, and has a large variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Entrance fee is $10 and has free guided tours in English, Mandarin and Japanese.
Read Bridge Clarke Quay – Clarke Quay can be expensive to hang out at. On a budget? Buy a few beers and people-watch along Read Bridge. You can meet a lot of locals socializing there and it’s a popular place for backpackers. You may even get some tips on where to find cheap hotels in Singapore, or even cheap places to see.
Observation deck at Marina Bay Sands – At the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel the observation deck boasts a 360 degree view of Singapore. On a clear day you can see both Malaysia and part of Indonesia not to mention stunning views of the CBD and Marina Bay.
Sentosa – While Sentosa is home to a ton of attractions, there are many free ones as well. At 9pm each day is the crane dance and at 9.30pm there is the Lake of Dreams show. The walk from the boardwalk to the beach takes you past Imbiah lookout and the Merlion.
East coast park – Built on reclaimed land with a man made beach there are numerous activities for the budget traveller. There are cheap eats at the East Coast Hawker centre, you can watch people wakeboard on the lagoon at Ski 360° or you can just walk along the lengthy beachfront stopping for a picnic at one of the many BBQ pits provided.
Marina Bay – In the day go down and have your picture taken by the famous spouting Merlion and stroll along the Helix bridge. At night enjoy a drink at one of the many bars and restaurants at One Fullerton whilst watching the light show put on by the Marina Bay Sands resort.
La Pau Sat Hawker Center – To truly immerse yourself in the culture of Singapore, you must eat! Situated just 5 minutes walk from Raffles Place MRT it is a vibrant place for a cheap meal. Try the famous Singapore Chilli Crab or grab some tasty chicken satay sticks from the street. Go on a Friday or Saturday night and listen to the live band playing in the centre of the market.