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Exploring Singapore on a budget

Singapore offers a variety of free attractions and activities for visitors and residents to enjoy. Here are some things you can do for free in Singapore:

Visit Gardens by the Bay:

  • While there is an entrance fee to access the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, you can explore the outdoor areas of Gardens by the Bay for free. Don't miss the iconic Supert ree Grove and its nightly light show.

Explore Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam:

  • Wander through Singapore's vibrant ethnic neighbourhoods. Enjoy the architecture, street art, and cultural experiences without spending a dime.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens:

  • The Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers free admission to its stunning greenery and the National Orchid Garden (admission fee applies only to the Orchid Garden).

Hike at MacRitchie Reservoir:

  • Explore the lush rainforest and treetop walkways at MacRitchie Reservoir. There are several hiking trails and a boardwalk to enjoy the natural beauty.

Visit Sentosa's Free Attractions:

  • Sentosa Island offers free attractions like the Sentosa Boardwalk, Siloso Beach, and Fort Siloso. Access to the island is free, and you can take the Sentosa Express monorail for free if you walk in.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay:

  • The Esplanade is an architectural marvel, and you can explore its outdoor areas, take in the stunning waterfront views, and enjoy free concerts and performances at times.

Merlion Park:

  • Take a photo with the iconic Merlion statue at Merlion Park and enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline and Marina Bay Sands.

Singapore's Street Art:

  • Discover street art and murals in various neighbourhoods, such as Tiong Bahru, Joo Chiat and Haji Lane.

Free Museums:

  • Some museums in Singapore offer free admission on certain days or times. For example, the National Museum of Singapore offers free entry to its permanent galleries.

Haw Par Villa:

  • Explore the quirky and slightly eerie Haw Par Villa, a park filled with colorful statues depicting Chinese mythology.

East Coast Park:

  • Enjoy the beach, go for a bike ride, have a picnic, or simply relax at East Coast Park.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple:

  • While you can visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple for free, consider making a donation to support its upkeep.

Haji Lane and Arab Street:

  • Stroll through Haji Lane's vibrant street art and boutique shops, and explore Arab Street with its textiles, carpets, and historic mosques.

Nature Reserves and Parks:

  • Explore Singapore's various nature reserves and parks, such as Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, and Labrador Nature Reserve.

Watch the Light and Water Shows:

  • Enjoy free light and water shows at various locations, such as the Spectra light show at Marina Bay Sands and the Wonder Full light and water show at Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza.

Remember that Singapore's public transportation system is efficient and affordable, making it easy to access these free attractions and explore the city.

Additionally, many cultural events and festivals offer free or low-cost activities, so check the local event listings during your visit for more opportunities to enjoy Singapore without breaking the bank.

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