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Top 10 budget-friendly things to do in Singapore

The Republic of Singapore is an island country in the south-eastern part of Asia. With a colonial past, multifarious culinary delights and tropical rainforest climate, Singapore offers an interesting melange of experiences to visitors. The best time to visit Singapore is from July to September.

Being a financial hub and boasting an amalgamation of cultures, Singapore can be an expensive place to visit. But, fret not, we bring you top places you can visit without burning a hole in your pocket. Here is a list of a few things you can enjoy at a low budget in Singapore:

1. Click a selfie with The Merlion

An iconic statue that has become synonymous with the country is the Merlion, a half-mermaid and half-lion. Head to 1, Fullerton Road, pose and start clicking. Though locals call it gimmicky, you need to show off with the pictorial proof of your visit there. Isn’t it?

2. Gardens by the Bay

This park is open on all the days of the year and there is no entry fee. You could just walk around and gape at the gigantic SuperTree Grove which is illuminated at night. However, the other attractions in the park are not free.

3. Esplanade Roof Terrace

The view from the Esplanade Roof Terrace is spectacular as it includes the Marina Bay Sands. Apart from the view it offers, Esplanade Roof Terrace also conducts various activities from time to time. The entry to the Esplanade Roof Terrace is free. Check out their website for free activities.

4. Sentosa Island

No trip to Singapore can be complete without visiting the Sentosa Island. Though you might have to stretch your budget for this one, it is totally worth it. With its parks, beaches and activities, it will keep you entertained for long. If you take a cable car to Sentosa Island, it will cost you S$13, but if you take the Sentosa Boardwalk, the entrance fee is much lower.

5. MacRitchie Reservoir

Enjoy the natural view and breathe in the fresh air at the Treetop walk, MacRitchie Reservoir. Take a long romantic walk along the one-way suspension bridge. The entire stretch of 250 metres of the bridge is above a dense forest, and the feeling can be breathtaking!

6. Get festive

Join in the fun at the various festivals held all round the year in Singapore. Apart from the Chinese New Year celebrations, there are several festivities around the year, such as the Lantern Festival, the Chingay Parade, and various food and music fests.

7. Visit a museum

Relish the past and wonder at the evolution of life at the oldest museum of Singapore. The entry is free to the National Museum on all days. You will have to buy a ticket only if you want to visit the main gallery.

8. Visit the temples

There are temples around Chinatown of the Buddhists, the Chinese and the Hindus. The architecture is sure to catch your eye. Visit Chinatown to buy some quirky stuff for your folks back home. Soak in the colours, sounds and scent of the area and you will remember it for a long time.

9. Picnic on a rooftop

Yes, that’s right. You could head to the Marina Barrage for a picnic on a rooftop. The amazing view will blow you away. This rooftop is the ideal place to fly kites. So take a whacky kite and let it fly high here.

10. Make way for art

Head to the Singapore Art Museum for a fix of art from around the world. Entry is free on Fridays between 6pm and 9pm. Look and enjoy the sight of Southeast Asian Art.
Bonus tip! Hike your way around
Take a walk around the Forest Walk, Mt.Faber Park and Henderson Waves for a lovely view of nature. Feel the breeze and take in the sight of beautiful flowers and trees around you.

Apart from these, you could skip the expensive taxis and opt for EZ-link card which can be used to travel by public transport. This may sometimes be better than cash payment. Choose to eat from the local hawkers/vendors rather than gourmet or fine dining to enjoy the local flavours and save a few bucks. Also, try visiting on a holiday to enjoy extra benefits or discounts.
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