A pulsating nation set on the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula, Singapore oozes with passion to be a perfect ‘all in one’ destination that reflects in its ever evolving urban verve and modern sightseeings. A visit to Singapore gives you a chance to admire some of the most astonishing man made and breakthrough architecture as well as places which are entertainment, shopping and fun personified. A Singapore vacation is one of the most desired holidays among the Asian destinations, but planning a trip here can be a bit rough on your wallet. Singapore is an expensive destination to visit and needs some meticulous forethought on which attractions to include so that your trip is cost effective. Singapore is home to an assortment of sightseeing and attractions, plenty of which are free to visit. While preparing for a holiday in Singapore, here are some budget friendly ways to explore Singapore that will give you a worthwhile yet value for money experience.
Get awestruck by the Super trees at Gardens by the Bay
Admire the spectacle of giant man made tree structures that are a part of Gardens by the Bay. The view of super tree groves is something you cannot miss at the Marina bay skyline. A collection of soaring sky high trees covered in a variety of plants, these surreal trees lights up at night illuminating the skyline and giving you a feeling that you have stepped into an another world all together. You can wander through these enchanting giant trees at the Outdoor Gardens and also visit Bay East Garden, Sun Pavillion, Heritage gardens, World of Plants and Dragon & Kingfisher Lake completely free as there are no entrance fees to these sites, however other attractions inside the Gardens by the Bay are chargeable. You can visit the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest at $28 per person and the OCBC Skyway at $8 per person. The scene is so spectacular that it is one of the must see landmark attraction to visit if you are in Singapore on your holiday. The stunning illuminated fusion of sound and light display during the night time is sure to take your breath away.
Watch the spectacular Marina Bay Sands show
The Marina Bay Sands puts together a fabulous water, sound and light show every night for everyone to watch. Stroll around the Marina Bay side promenade and watch the night burst into a colourful spectacle of illuminated melody of dancing fountains. The best part is that you can enjoy this fantastic show without paying anything, as it is an open air show designed to allure people to get a glimpse of the Marina Bay grandiose. The shows start at 8pm and 9.30pm, and on Friday and Saturday nights, there is an additional show at 11pm.
Walk around the overgrown tombs at Bukit Brown Cemetery
The land where some of Singapore’s illustrious citizens and founding fathers lay to rest, this green hill side cemetery is now a famous wildlife and nature spot. Hidden in one of Singapore’s lush tropical green lands, the cemetery is one of Singapore’s oldest cemeteries and a walk through its surroundings gives you some peaceful time with nature.
Marvel at Singapore’s impressive temples
The ethnic arcade in Singapore takes you through the charming world of India and China where Singapore’s multi cultural essence fills in the ambience. Here you can come across many old ornate temples of Indian, Chinese and Buddhist origin with intricate colourful carvings which are worth visiting. Among the numerous temples you can visit here, Sri Mariamman temple is quiet famous – it is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, though peculiarly set in China Town. The Thian Hock Keng is another renowned temple, oldest Chinese temple in Singapore dedicated to Goddess of sea. Its remarkable architecture in the traditional southern Chinese style adorned with detailed carvings and sculptures of dragons lets you get an insight into the intricate and amazing Chinese artistry. Wander around these quarters and get a closer experience of different cultural spirituality and sacred places.
Indulge in some nature therapy at Singapore Botanic Gardens
A national eco landmark – The Singapore Botanic Gardens is decades old patch of tropical rainforest tucked away amid the glitzy Singapore city. A refreshing getaway from the city buzz, this landscape features verdant green forests and gardens. This picturesque nature reserve is a great place to come across exotic plants, trees and flowers, picture perfect ponds dotted with birds enhancing the scenic settings such as black swans, pied hornbills, sunbirds and kingfishers and a range of walking garden trails to explore various gardens like Heritage trail, Ginger garden trail, Rain forest trail. It is home to the National Orchid Garden which has the largest collection of orchid species in the world – a colourful memorable sight not to be missed. The entrance to the botanical garden is free however there is a charge of $ 5 per person for entry into the National Orchid garden.
Climb up the Fort Canning Park for mesmerizing views of nature and the city
An iconic landmark of the city, this small green hilly area is one of Singapore’s well preserved heritage sites. Once a place of royal palaces and important historic sites, it is now converted into a nature zone where visitors can wander around free, explore the heritage and nature landscapes on various walking trails, attend concerts and plays held on expansive green lawns, or simply spend some tranquil time surrounded by nature.
Photo stop at the Merlion
Singapore’s prominent icon- The Merlion represents Singapore’s ancient era as a fishing village. One of the must see attractions in Singapore, the Merlion is by default on every Singapore travellers wish list. A stroll down this famous precinct gives you some great photo opportunities with beautiful panoramas across the bay and also a chance to strike a pose with the Merlion for a memorable photo souvenir absolutely free.
Visit wild dolphins at the Sisters Islands Marine Park
A tiny lush island just 15 minutes away from the city on a speed boat, Sister islands are Singapore’s First Nature Marine Park . Catch up on some tropical sunshine and azure waters which are perfect for snorkelling as it also has Singapore’s lush coral reefs. Stroll around on many of its walking tours or take a boat ride into the waters where you can even spot dolphins.
Stop by and see the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
A museum cum temple set in Singapore’s China town, The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a splendid 4 storey complex dedicated to the culture and teachings of Buddha built in Tang dynasty style architecture and designed with colourful murals and rich decors. The temple preserves the religious relics and reminiscent of Buddha and also houses a remarkably ornate statue of Buddha, all of which makes this sacred place worth visiting.
Explore Singapore’s ethnic enclaves on foot
Singapore is a medley of Asian cultures and there is no better way to experience this ethnic diversity than to stroll through its dedicated quarters set in Singapore. Meander through the streets of Little India to discover vibrant verve of India, brimming with bustling shops, street cafes and divine temples. Take in the Chinese aura at the Chinatown, dotted with spiritual temples, delectable Chinese street food and restaurants and ancient Chinese medicine shops. You can wander around these surrounds without spending any money apart from splurging on activities which you would like to experience. These neighbourhoods double up their vibrancy and come live with activities during festival seasons.
In recent years, Singapore has emerged as one of the most expensive countries for tourism in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of ways to make it into a value for money destination as you can experience loads of cheap things to do in Singapore, loads of activities and places to visit which are free to explore. Singapore is known for famous attractions such as Universal Studios or Resorts World Sentosa which can put pressure on your wallet; there are many hidden little gems and free tours which will take you on a journey unlike the usual holidays. You can also include these unique options along with your desired Singapore famous attractions so that you can experience the best of Singapore and these freebies will ease strain on your travel budget to make your trip a relaxing and fun filled trip to remember.