Singapore maybe known as one of the most expensive countries in Southeast Asia but there are so many things you can do here which can surprise your heart and not your pockets. This beautiful lion city offers a great deal of events, shows and insta-worthy places you can check out on your own without getting into any touristic trap. Find below 10 free things to do in Singapore and make your trip a budget friendly escape.
1. Explore the streets of Chinatown
For a fascinating peek into the Chinese culture in Singapore, Chinatown district is a great place to start. Explore the ethnic enclave with historical attractions, walk through the colourful shophouses, visit the very famous Tin Tin Shop, embrace the Chinese tea culture or dig in and enjoy a couple of dim-sums with a friend. The vibe of this place won’t disappoint you at all.
Nearest MRT – Chinatown (Exit via Gate A and walk through the Pagoda Street)
2. Visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
When you visit chinatown, definitely stop by the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple which projects sheer majestic elegance.
3. Chill out at Kampong Glam
Kampong Glam is the Muslim center of Singapore. With gorgeous boutiques, coffee shops and middle eastern restaurants, this place is a cool visit for instagram shots in front of the Sultan Mosque or to capture the picturesque streets with beautiful architecture. There is also the famous Bugis Street just 5 minute walk away if you are in the mood for some budget shopping.
Nearest MRT – Bugis
4. Cycle through East Coast Park
East Coast Park is a breathtaking beach with a coastline that stretches over 15 Kms and the best way to explore this massive beauty is to simply hop on a bike and wander around. You will find many spots to eat, take pictures or sit and relax for a bit in between. ECP can be one of the best enthralling experience for a family outing or a romantic getaway.
5. Enjoy a beach picnic
Singapore is not just about skyscrapers and modern technology, it has a variety of beaches scattered all over for you to relish the natural beauty with amazing sunsets and peaceful greenery. Oh and did I ever tell you – they have the best fruits here. Do stuff your face with some mangoes, oranges, cherries and strawberries and soak in the juices. You can check out Changi Boardwalk, Pasir Ris Beach, Palawan Beach, Tanjong Beach or Silioso Beach.
6. Catch the Light Show under the Supertrees
If you want to experience a dream under the stars, do not miss the Garden Rhapsody at the Supertree Grove which happens every evening. It’s a light and music show like no other. Grab a picnic mat, something to munch on and get dazzled as the trees come alive.
Nearest MRT – Bayfront. Show Timings – 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm
7. Pose with the Merlion
Now, Merlion is the official mascot of Singapore. With a head of a lion and body of a fish, it is quite a unique statue you wouldn’t want to miss. You can find Merlion at Sentosa or Bayfront but wherever you go, just know it’s usually very crowded often, so make sure you visit the place early in the morning.
8. Visit the Pernaken Houses at Joo Chiat & Katong
If you google about Instagram spots in Singapore, you will definitely find the Peranakan Shophouses at Joo Chiat Road to top the list. This beautiful neighbourhood is quite popular among bloggers and photographers. So, take out your camera and stroll through the vintage neighbourhood with a big smile.
Nearest MRT – Eunos
9. Window Shop Along Orchard Road
Orchard road is a place for retail therapy. From high end brands to budget friendly shops, this place has everything to offer to you and if you are on a budget then enjoy the vibe of the place because its not your usual shopping destination. There is something always going on, you can attend free events, or exhibitions and experience the hustle bustle.
Nearest MRT – Orchard or Somerset.
10. Enjoy the Spectra
Another free show you can watch in Singapore is the Spectra – Light and Water Show at the Promenade. This 15 minute symphony of music, water, and light is fantastic and totally worth the experience.
Hope you find this post helpful, do comment your favourite thing to do in Singapore below 🙂