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10 Free Things To Do In Singapore

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The Esplanade Singapore
The Esplanade Singapore

Travel Guide: Ten Free Things To Do In Singapore

Singapore, in spite of its reputation of being an extremely expensive city, can be a budget-friendly destination oozing with wonderful experiences and sights that won’t cost a buck.  In fact, you can even enjoy a hearty, healthy and tasty vegetarian meal in the Lion City for free. Just recently, I went to Singapore for a business trip, and I did discover a plethora of fabulous freebies that would surely delight any kind of traveler.

Souvenirs Shops at Singapore Chinatown
Souvenirs Shops at Singapore Chinatown

Headed to Singapore? Here are some of the cost-less yet fascinating diversions and attractions that I discovered during my travel to Singapore.


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Spend a lazy afternoon at the Marina Barrage

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands

An innovative facility, the Marina Barrage not only supplies water to Singaporeans, but it’s also a picturesque and breezy place for some family fun and recreation. From kite-flying to jogging and hoverboarding, the Marina Barrage offers an array of awesome and relaxing family-friendly diversions to locals and travelers alike. And as far as I’m concerned, it is one of the best places watch the sun set in Singapore. With its great panoramas, majestic sunset views and extraordinary scenery, it is also a perfect place for time-lapse photography.

Be wowed by the Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay

The Gardens by the Bay, one of the newest mega-projects in Singapore, is an elephantine slice of greenery that will put you into a state of euphoria for everybody’s favorite price of zero dollars. Located across the towering Marina Bay Sands, Gardens By the Bay will treat your eyes to magnificent waterfront views as well as to an impressive collection of rare plants from around the world. My personal favorites in this part of Singapore are the lofty and shimmering Supertree Groves – the striking constructs that would remind you of scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster Avatar. Towering skyward, these surreal figures are truly a sight to behold, especially at night.

Watch a spectacular night show at the Marina Bay Sands

Night at Marina Bay Sands
Night at Marina Bay Sands

When nighttime sets in, the Marina Bay Sands erupts into a vivid and colorful light and water display known as “Wonder Full”. At the Event Plaza along the scenic Promenade, you can watch the water wonderfully transform into scenes of dancing fountains, blazing lights and ethereal images, accompanied by lovely musical pieces. And the best part of this show is that it won’t cost you a dime.

This magical show is available 8 pm and 9:30 pm every night. There is, however, an additional show at 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Although the Light Show can be enjoyed all the way across the bay, the water show is, for me, best seen on the Marina Bay Sans side.

Explore Chinatown

Singapore Chinatown
Singapore Chinatown

Singapore Chinatown – the ethnic neighborhood of the early Chinese settlers in Singapore – is a favorite destination for cheap finds and eats among tourist and locals. While it’s a little touristy, Chinatown still retains a strong sense of history and vitality, making it an ideal place for sightseeing in Singapore. Plus, it has a couple of elaborate and eye-catching temples – the Buddha Relic Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple.

Snap a few selfies and photos of the Merlion

Singapore Merlion
Singapore Merlion

No trip to the city of Singapore is complete without a selfie or a picture of the city’s icon – the Merlion.  Half-lion and half-fish, the moderately steep and iconic Merlion in the waterfront Merlion Park is by far one the most photographed landmarks in this city-state in Southeast Asia.

Admire the beautiful street art and intriguing architecture of Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam
Kampong Glam

You don’t have to spend a fortune to catch sight of innovative masterpieces and creative works of art in Singapore. Just take a leisurely stroll around Kampong Glam – or also known as Arab Quarters – and you’ll surely find a slew of prismatic graffiti walls and murals.  A colorful hodgepodge of Arab and Malay culture, this heritage-rich neighborhood also has a handful of interesting buildings as well as elaborate figures, such as the Sultan Mosque’s shiny golden dome.

Enjoy the cluster of freebies in Changi Airport

inside changi airport
inside changi airport

Travel experts don’t call Changi Airport as one of the best in the world for nothing. And if there’s one airport in Asia that I won’t mind getting stranded at for a day or two, it has got to be Singapore’s well-known international airport.  Not only is the airport supremely clean and cozy, but it also has loads of freebies in store for its travelers, such as foot massages, high-speed Wi-Fi access and an interactive art center. What’s more it has a steep indoor slide, a science museum as well as a few ponds and gardens covered beautifully with ferns, cacti, sunflowers and orchids.

Take in the views at Marina Bay Boardwalk

Marina Bay Boardwalk
Marina Bay Boardwalk

Traveling with your loved one? An excellent way to spend a romantic in this Southeast Asian hub is to walk along the atmospheric Marina Bay Boardwalk at night, and admire views of its remarkable landmarks, such as the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands.

Free vegetarian food

marina barrage
marina barrage

Want to save some money on food? Then, ditch Singapore’s fancy restaurants, and fill your grumbling stomach (without spending anything), with the gratis, healthy and hearty vegetarian meals offered at Singapore Buddhist Lodge and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple.

Enjoy a stunning panoramic view of SG at the Esplanade

The Esplanade Singapore
The Esplanade Singapore By William Cho – originally posted to Flickr as The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, CC BY-SA 2.0

Make your way to the Roof top Garden of the Esplanade, and get a delightful panoramic view of Singapore’s skyline.

Traveling solo? Don’t worry, as Singapore is one of the safest places to travel alone on the face of the earth. Not to mention, the locals there are pretty friendly and helpful. As a matter of fact, I discovered and explored all these things on my own and without a tour guide, relying only on the kindness and helpfulness of the locals.

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