An Insider’s Guide to Singapore on a Budget

An Insider’s Guide to Singapore on a Budget


We’ve all heard how expensive Singapore is. You’re probably thinking that Singapore on a budget just isn’t possible. Luckily for your wallet, you would be wrong. Singapore is actually probably one of the only places on the planet where you can pick up Michelin star grade food, without spending an arm and a leg.
Here are a few more things you can do without spending much money in Singapore.

The Esplanade Roof Terrace

If you’re planning on heading to Singapore, you probably know about the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. What you might not know is that there is an equally as impressive view from the Esplanade Roof Terrace, one which isn’t going to cost you $23 ($16.30 USD). Instead, it’s free.

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle

We said it was possible and here it is. The creatively named ‘Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle’ restaurant / street stall, is both delicious and something you can go home and brag about. A typical dish will set you back a measly 2 Singapore dollars, that’s just $1.40 in the US.

Chinatown

The ‘Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle’ is actually located in Singapore’s Chinatown. After you’ve enjoyed your world-class noodles, check out the rest of the area to see some great stalls and exotic architecture. You can even pick up some extra street food from another stall. Hey, you’re on holiday, you should treat yourself!

Singapore’s Heritage Trails

The heritage trails offer a talk throughout some of the most interesting places in Singapore. Explore the area’s history and submerge yourself in its culture.
You can pick up guidebooks throughout the city, or download one off the internet. Don’t like reading? ‘SingaporeFootprint.com’ keeps you updated with locations of free tours and when they’re going to take place.

Haw Par Villa

Built by the brothers behind the medicinal Tiger Balm, Haw Par Villa is a free theme park which offers you a chance to delve into Chinese history and mythology. Some think that the parks attractions look dated, we think they look unique!
If you’re a bit squeamish, avoid the 10 Courts of Hell from Chinese folklore, it’s a tad bit gruesome. We’ll let you figure out how something can be both gruesome and dated, if you have the guts (no pun intended).

Mount Faber

Mountains are great. They offer brilliant views, exciting hiking trails and an opportunity to connect with an area unlike any other.
Mount Faber offers unparalleled views of the southern coastline and the city to the north. It is, without doubt, one of the best places in the whole of Singapore to check out the sunset.

Singapore Botanic Garden

Sticking with the theme of nature, the Singapore Botanic Garden is 52 hectares of rubber trees (the ones responsible for making rubber, not made out of it), a jungle walk and many other exotic beauties. It’s free, although if you want to head into the Orchid garden it’s going to cost you.

Marina Barrage

Located in the heart of the Marina South neighbourhood, the Marina Barrage is an architectural wonder of immense proportions. Built at the confluence of five rivers, this man made dam offers a unique view of both nature and the city, and it’s free!

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