3 Free things to do in Singapore
3 Free things to do in Singapore,
Passing through Singapore on tight budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out, here are three free things to do in Singapore that would fill one full day in the city.
Alternatively, if you are staying a bit longer, these sights can be interspersed between the non-free sights and they are all well worth visiting.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens are free and spectacular, and easily accessible by bus or MRT (Circle line to Botanic Gardens).
I would recommend visiting in the morning, when it is a little cooler; revelling in the lush greenery, the magnificent plants.
There are many themed areas within the park including a Ginger Garden, a Healing Garden, an Evolution Garden and an authentic piece of original Singaporean primary rainforest: many paths link up each of the areas.
The gardens are set over a large area, and may need a couple of visits to fully explore unless you are feeling super energetic.
Although the Gardens are free there is a S$5 (US$3.90) charge to see the Orchid Garden, which, I have to say, is absolutely beautiful: a remarkable collection and display of these delicate flowers.
You could definitely spend a good few hours wandering around the Botanic Gardens, there are cafes and restaurants dotted around the gardens or you could take a picnic and find a nice spot for lunch as we did.
Hop on the MRT and alight at Bugis for Kampung Glam: an attractive heritage corner of Singapore. It has been a Malay Muslim quarter since the early 1800s and the area was given heritage status in the 1980s to preserve and restore the original architecture.
The quarter is now a vibrant blend of Islamic culture, eclectic shops, cafes and restaurants which at the heart stands the Sultan Mosque.
Pedestrianized Bussorah Street is fringed with palm trees and lined with restaurants, the Sultan Mosque standing proudly at the end.
The narrow Haji Lane is a riot of colour: a hipster walk of indie boutiques and cool cafes whilst Arab Street is packed with fabric and textile stores.
This quirky quarter makes a fun destination, there are plenty of shopping and eating opportunities or you can simply wander around enjoying the atmosphere.
The Lights of Singapore
Be sure to head to Marina Bay in the evening for the lights. As the sun goes down, the Marina Bay begins to sparkle: the Marina Bay Sands standing magnificent, its unique three tower structure begging to be photographed.
Head over there and enter the mall (The Shoppes) and ride the escalators to the very top where you can find a walkway out towards the Gardens In The Bay and the extraordinary ‘SuperTrees’. There is a view-point where you can watch the Gardens In The Bay Sound and Light Show at 7.45pm (it repeats at 8.45pm).
The show is rather surreal, the SuperTrees change colour to music. The walkway links to another than continues on into the Gardens In The Bay, which is also free to walk around and enjoy although it does cost to enter the Bio Domes.
We stayed and watched the light show for a short while then headed back to Marina Bay, again via the mall. Bayfront MRT is the nearest MRT station to the Gardens In The Bay.
Back around at Marina Bay the crowds gather to watch ‘Wonder Full': a sound, water and light show with a dazzling city backdrop.
The show starts at 8pm and again at 9.30pm and lasts around 15 minutes.
I have never seen anything like it, images and colour appear to be projected onto fountains, dancing to music: it is completely mesmerizing to watch.
This is something not to be missed, and it’s completely free, join the spectators and enjoy the spectacle.
I’ve been to Singapore a few times now, my other favourite free thing is soaking up the sights and smells of Little India (and feasting on cheap, wonderful veggie food (Masala Dosa anyone?). I go for the food but I also love slowing meandering up Serangoon road through the tightly packed clothes shops, the air heady with spices.
Singapore is an incredible destination, there is so much to see, do and experience. These three things prove that it doesn’t have to be budget-busting, there are spectacles to be discovered that will cost no more than the bus or MRT journey to reach them.
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Have you been to Singapore? What are your favourite free things to do?
By Rachel A Davis