For obvious reasons being one of Asia’s top destinations to visit, it is also one of the most expensive cities in the world and is often left out of the list by budget travelers. But being a vibrant island city, modern infrastructure, oozing of culture, and most of all friendly locals, Singapore gives you all the reasons to not skip it because of its experience as there is a long list of inexpensive things to do here in Singapore. While you are confused on how to find these things, we have a list of things to do for free so that you don’t have to worry about going over budget.
- Brave the MacRitchie Treetop Walk- for all the adrenaline junkies, a free suspended bridge spanning over 250 meters from Bukit Peirce to Bukit Kalan, is where you can walk among the wildlife and thick forests. Make sure to visit this bridge tower which is 25 meters above the forest floor during mornings or evenings as afternoons can be immensely hot.
- Learn about Chinese mythology at Haw Par Villa- set up during the 1930s to enhance the moral values of Chinese mythology for all, brought into existence by the Haw Par brothers of Tiger Balm. with various statuses and dioramas representing the Chinese lore, this park’s depiction of the “Ten Courts of Hell” is worthy of a visit. And since it’s free, you can walk in anytime into the Pasir Panjang road to walk here in this park.
- Relax at one of Sentosa’s beaches- Bring a beach mat and a picnic and relax on one of Sentosa’s three beaches, as you skip the long queues at VivoCity for Sentosa Express tram and save some money by walking across the Sentosa Boardwalk which was recently renovated. For a very scenic spot and to witness the “Southernmost Point of Continental Asia”, head to Palawan Beach. This is where a rope bridge connects to another small island which would be the spot you’re looking for.
- Stroll around Singapore Botanic Gardens- founded over 150 years ago, this 82-hectare-UNESCO World Heritage garden is home to over 10,000 species of flora. One of its gates is conveniently located near the Orchard Road shopping belt, and served by the Circle, Downtown MRT lines – Tanglin Gate can be accessed for a quick stroll for free. While you take the walk keep an eye out for the three-foot monitor lizards that bolt across the way.
- Watch the sunset at Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk- known for its stunning skyline, even though you’re on a budget the Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk gives you an unimpeded view of the skyline and the perfect time to catch this is around 6 in the evening. If you’re there around 8 pm or even 9:30 pm, they also happen to host an impressive storytelling water and light show through images that are projected on a screen made of water. These views come absolutely free of cost!
- Trek the entire Changi Point Coastal Walk- even though it’s a bit of stretch to get here, this quaint and quiet place will be worth it once you get there. the Changi Point Coastal, is actually a long stretch along the water. The westernmost portion of the boardwalk is the most photogenic and will leave you speechless especially at dusk. You can also catch flights flying very low overhead once you cross the small footbridge over to the park as they land at Changi Airport.
- Get sporty at East Coast Park- stretching 2 square kilometers of reclaimed waterfront land this is one of Singapore’s largest parks, and the best way to explore this beauty is through the dedicated cycle and skating lane. You can take a bicycle and go around at peace while you take in the fresh air and enjoy the coastline as slow as you can.
- Open Air Cinema- get out there and watch cinema in the unconventional with a classic giant outdoor screen with a lot of strangers instead of theaters. You could pick the flick too these days, taking the concept of drive-in movies to a whole new level. This should be something you would wanna try while you’re away from home.
- Live Music At Esplanade- for all the musical souls out there, Catch live concerts at the Esplanade for free and meet new people every minute of it. The never-ending performances and dancing and Full of vocals this place will bring you alive. And while you’re there if you want to relax for a bit you could explore the Esplanade Roof Garden and Music Library which is free as well.
- See the city from The Southern Ridges- accessed by just a few minutes from the Harbourfront MRT station, this easy hike takes you on a 10-kilometer trail from Mount Faber beyond Henderson Waves and ends at Kent Ridge Park. while this is a great way to see the city on foot from above, be sure to carry plenty of water as you will not be able to make any pit stops here.
So this is the list of things that you could do for free on your vacation to Singapore, go on and break the taboo that says Singapore cannot be traveled to by a budget traveler. While this is just some of the free things to do here, you will have much more to do here apart from these. Go on and make your very own customized Singapore packages, even if you are on a budget nothing can stop you from having a good time.