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Free things to do in Singapore?

We really want to explore the city for all it has to offer, but are on a limited budget. What are the best free or cheap attractions, activities, sights, markets, etc. to see?

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  • Rasto Elgr

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    If you are on a tight budget, I would suggest:

    1. National Orchid Garden (SGD 5) and Singapore Botanic Gardens (free, pretty much park). They are definitely worth visiting, very well maintained and an escape from urban jungle. ***see pictures***
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    2. Consider buying museum pass for SGD 20 which will allow you to visit up to 3 Singapore museums out of 5 on the list. I think it's a good price for what you are getting out of it. You can buy pass in any of those museums (Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum...)
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    3. There is a lot of Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist temples throughout Singapore that you can visit for free and they are certainly amazing expression of art, different cultures and believes in Singapore. They are all free and usually extraordinary piece of architecture and art. Please, be considerate and follow the rules. Some of the temples will not allow you to enter in shoes, short pants or ask you to stay away from certain sections. Occasionally, I saw tourists ignoring it and found it personally very disrespectful.
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    4. Raffles Hotel Singapore- you can enter and stroll different section for free, but what is cool about the place they usually have no admission to visit photo or paintings gallery on a 2nd floor. When I was there in Jan-2015 it was a collection of winning photography from all around the world and it was really amazing.
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    I'm giving you all the prices and info as I saw it in Jan-2015. When it comes to Sentosa Island, I was there, it's cool and fun, but I don't think it's for budget traveller. ***see pictures***

    I hope this helps and I certainly wish you a great trip!



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  • Lindsey Marie Wendler

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    You can check out MacRitchie Reservoir. There are a couple of options for long hikes and you can do the treetop canope bridge, which is beautiful. There are usually monkeys out and about as well (so don't bring food). You can see Tekka Centre and walk around Little India, or stroll through B1-02 China Town. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is beautiful and is definitely worth seeing. You can also go to Sentosa Island to spend a day at the beach. Or take the little boat over to Pulau Ubin (Island) and cycle around the island (not totally free but very cheap and fun).

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  • Jacinda Cat

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    Visit Marina Bay Sands to see its architecture up close or have a picture taken. Eating there is generally more expensive but there's a food court there that will set u back abt $10 a meal with lots of local food choices.

    Visit Merlion (not the one at sentosa) which is a symbol of Singapore. That's free. Then there's Esplanade nearby which is designed to be in a shape of our fave fruit, durian.

    There's a famous Indian and Chinese temple at Chinatown. Check those out too, quite diff from those of Thai temples.

    Take the tree top walk at MacRitchie Reservoir Park, it's a long suspending bridge over the forest, view is quite spectacular. But careful of the monkeys, never eat as u walk or carry plastic bags which they know or commonly mistaken for food.

    The Singapore Botanic Gardens is nice too. There's a big area where people can picnic in front of a stage. Some days there are free musical performances which can be quite nice.

    Visiting Sentosa Island is free by walking into this reclaimed island from Harbourfront MRT on a weekend. Singaporeans are really pampered, there are travellators to help ease the 800 metres walk. But visiting the attractions and eating there are def pricey. The beach is free but not as beautiful (but nice imported sand on the beach ) and its overcrowded.

    Walking around Little India on a Sunday evening is nice. Take in all the sights and smells and sounds as u walk around. Crazy traffic but really interesting and vibrant. Indian food there is authentic and delicious. There's also a 24hr shopping centre/hypermart there, Mustafa shopping centre where u can buy anything and everything(think supermarket, Electronics, gold jewellery, clothes, bookstore, health products, all-in-one) for lower prices than elsewhere in Singapore.

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  • Alejandro Mie

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    Spend some time at the Bay, see the Merlion, eat at Makansutra Gluttons BayCheck out the Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands light shows (every afternoon for free). For an amazing view finish your evening at KU DÉ TA Singapore, the bar/disco can be really expensive. but if you get there before 9:00pm the entrance is free (the sky park with the same view is SGD35 !?!).

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  • Jae Oh

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    If you fly in, Changi Airport Singapore offers a free day tour that you can take from the airport.

    For transport, take the MRT. Each ride costs under $1; day passes are also available.

    For food, visit any of the numerous hawker centers- a meal can be had for just a few dollars. Lau Pa Sat has recently been renovated and has loads of stalls.

    For free attractions, check out the Gardens by the Bay, Mustafa Centre, and perhaps the areas of Little India and Geylang Rd

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  • Duyen Pham

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    For the things to do in Singapore:

    - Make a walk to Mount Faber Nasi Lemak

    Mount Faber is a hill about 105 metres in height in Singapore, located near the Bukit Merah planning area in the Central Region.

    - Stroll around Changi Boardwalk

    The Changi Boardwalk, also known as Changi Point Coastal Walk (樟宜尾沿岸木板路), is a 2.2 km boardwalk at Changi Point, Singapore.


    - Drag around MacRitchie Nature Trail

    The MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a popular spot for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts. With hiking trails, a newly improved pontoon for kayakers and an upgraded canoe shed, it is also a great place for recreational activities, both on land and in water.


    - Explore Singapore with free tour Singapore Footprints

    Singapore Footprints brings you on an exciting journey tracing Singapore’s roots from the humble colonial trading port beginnings along the Singapore River.

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    If you're up to it, you can always check out Henderson Waves...Henderson Waves

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