In one of Asia’s most expensive countries, here are 5 of my favourite free things to do:
1. Gardens by the bay – only the main area is free for visitors but the giant flowers are what most people come to see anyway. There is a free light and music show every night at 19:45 and 20:45. It gets busy so be there early to get a good spot.
2. Exploring China town – one of Singapore’s oldest districts, it’s managed to avoid the glittering sky scrapers and still has a local feel to it. The streets are colourful and decorated with hanging lanterns. The Buddha tooth relic temple is free to enter and sarongs are given to visitors at the entrance. Just outside is the visitor information centre, there was a free show each night but I’m not sure if this was all all year round thing.
China town is also the best place to buy souvenirs and there are cheap food stalls on Smith Street.
3. The east coast park – the park stretches for miles and is one of the few places in Singapore that you can paddle in the sea. The park is busy with joggers and cyclists as well as families on a Saturday morning. It’s the perfect place to relax and have a picnic.
4. The sights and smells of little India – this was one of my favourite places in Singapore, the food at the Tekka centre (although not free but cheap enough to sneak into this post) was out of this world. After lunch we explored the streets and markets of little India. There were bright colours and lots of loud noises, it was really busy and felt like you could actually be in India. Knees and shoulders need to be covered if you plan on visiting the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. We didn’t plan that far ahead and ended up just admiring it from the outside.
5. Mount Faber Park – feel like you’re alone in the jungle walking through sections of the park, you can either pay for a cable car ride to the top or walk it for free. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a view over Sentisa island. (Mostly hidden by thunder clouds during our visit.)
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