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For some lucky reason, I have been sent to Singapore three times in the last three months. In case you’re just tuning in, I’m a flight attendant. I have been a sucker for Asia since I transferred to long haul flights. Singapore has never really been on my bucket list to visit. Mainly because I always thought that Singapore is an expensive country to visit. There is a reason why Singapore has been named in the top 3 of the most expensive cities in the world. But if you know where to go, Singapore can be a great destination on a lower budget too. For all the budget travellers who are visiting Singapore, there are different things to do that are totally free. Here are the top 9 of the best free things to do in Singapore.
1. Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is the major attraction in Singapore. And it’s almost hard to believe. But it’s completely free. Gardens by the Bay is great to visit during the day. But the best thing is in the evening when the supertrees will light up with neon lights. Walking around made me feel like I was an extra in Avatar. During the evening there is a free ‘sound and light show’ called Garden Rhapsody in the park. The last time I visited it was a Disney theme and it was mind-blowing cool.
2. Marina Bay
Another major tourist spot in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands in the beautiful harbour area in Singapore. There is a giant mall with all my friends like Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The Marina area is nice for a walk and the view is amazing. There is a great skyline view of the city and of Marina Bay Sands. The famous luxurious hotel with the iconic 3 towers. There is also a free ‘sound and light show’ in the evening held here on the water. Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay are the top free major attractions and a must on this list of the best 9 free things to do in Singapore.
3. Orchard Street
Orchard street is a long famous shopping street in Singapore. All my expensive friends like Chanel and Louis Vuitton are there but you also have brands for people like me, like H&M or Zara. You don’t have to shop since that means spending money. But having a stroll on Orchard street, drink a bubble tea to cool down and watch people passing by is absolutely free.
4. Singapore Botanic Garden
If you want to escape the city and surround yourself with lots of trees and green, you can visit the Botanic Garden. The entrance is free. In the Botanic Garden, you can find an orchid garden (my mom would be so happy here) with over a thousand different species of orchids.
5. Free festivals
Sometimes there are free ‘festivals’ in the city on the weekends. Last October there was a neon night market held at Garden By The Bay. There were food stalls, entertainment and people relaxing and drinking. Any free events or festivals can be checked through this website. Hopefully, there is one on when you’re visiting!
6. Singapore Symphony Orchestra
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra holds free concerts every couple of months in different locations in the city. Every now and then, one is even held in the Singapore Botanic Garden or in Gardens by the Bay. These concerts are completely free and you can check their website if one is held when you’re in the area.
7. Take a stroll through Haji Lane
Haji Lane is a buzzing and cool street in the Arabic area in Singapore. Here you’ll also find the Sultan Mosque which makes a great view when entering Haji Lane. The mosque is free to visit outside praying hours. But the area itself is great for drinks, food and taking photos. In the evening and especially on weekends, the area turns into a great spot for drinks.
8. Wednesday Ladies Night
Every Wednesday it’s Ladies Night in Singapore which has amazing deals but also free drinks for women. And when I say free, I really mean free. I was quite surprised to see that ladies get absolutely free drinks at many bars and restaurants. Even the high-end ones. Places I can recommend are Cé La Vie which has free entrance and a free drink after 22.00 and Cuba Libre offers free drinks from 21.00 until 24.00.
9. Take a stroll in Chinatown
Chinatown is probably my favourite area in Singapore. The area has everything from small Chinese shops and restaurants to modern Chinese stores and bars. The real Chinatown hawker centre is just a block away, where you can have some cheap eats. The streets in Chinatown are so beautifully coloured, it’s a great area to walk around.
Exploring cool neighbourhoods are obviously always free, but I really wanted to give them a spot in this top 9 best free things to do in Singapore. They are definitely a must-see when visiting Singapore, even when you are on a budget. I hope you’ll enjoy Singapore as much as I do every time I’m there.