There are many amazing things to do in Singapore, but they usually come with a huge price tag and it’s possible to spend more money on a single day in Singapore than some people spend during two weeks in its neighbouring country Indonesia. What many people don’t know is that there are actually lot’s of fun activities that will cost you nothing at all. That’s why I compiled this list of 6 amazing things one can do in Singapore for free!
1. Spend a day at Sentosa’s beaches
Sentosa is a small island south of Singapore and is home to the Universal Studios as well as the aquarium and other fun, but expensive places to visit. However, going to Sentosa itself is free and even without paying any entrance fee you can have a great time at the three beaches (Palawan, Tanjong & Siloso). Apart from swimming you can play beach volleyball or visit the southernmost point of mainland Southeast Asia. Getting there is super easy, as the brigde to Sentosa is right next to Harbour Front MRT. Another option is taking the tram to Sentosa from the Vivo city mall.
2. Party next to the MBS Infinitiy Pool (women only)
On Wednesdays the KuDeTa club next to the Marina Bay Sands’ famous infinity pool has a Ladies Night special. Women get in for free and get an additional free dring on top. But most importantly you get to hang out next to the infinity pool and can enjoy the priceless view!
3. Go hiking & try out the canopy walks
Don’t believe anyone telling you that Singapore is only good for shopping. What many people (including Singaporeans) don’t know is that the city state actually has some great places for hiking. The MacRitchie Nature Reserve has a great tree-top walk with awesome views. Apart from this you also get the chance to see some monkeys, turtles, lizards and other animals along the way. The reserve can easily be reached from the Marymount MRT station.In addition, you can find lots of offers for free walking tours on the Singapore National Park’s website.
4. Enjoy Singapore’s free lightshows
Every evening there are several different light and water shows around Marina Bay. The most famous one is at Marina Bay Sands. It starts everyday at 8pm and 9.30pm. On Friday and Saturday nights, there is an additional show at 11pm. At the same time you can see a water show right in front of the Marina Bay Sands (however, you can’t really see the light show from there).
My favourite light show is at Gardens by the Bay, which can be easily reached from Bayfront MRT station. The show starts at 7:45pm and 8:45pm. For a review, check out my previous post about this awesome show, which noone should miss during their Singapore stay!
5. Take a stroll around the Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens in Singapore are among the prettiest I know. They are a great place to hang out with friends, go for a walk or just sit on the grass and read a book. If you’re into music, check out the events schedule and look for performances at the open air theater in the heart of the botanic gardens. They also offer tours and other intersting activities (a friend of mine highly recommend the orchid tour… I haven’t done that myself yet, but it’s high up on my Singapore to-do list).
6. Learn about the local culture
Personally I find museums quite boring, but the Asian Civilisations Museum was one of the very few exceptions. It’s not only free, but it also shows you a lot about the region’s history und culture. And once you’re done with the theory, why not visit some actual historical sights? The National Heritage Board created numerous heritage trails that one can visit. More information and maps can be found on there website. Some places which are great to visit are Kampong Glam (around Arab Street), Chinatown or Little India, though they ca be quite busy.
If you prefer a more relaxed neighbourhood, try out Joo Chiat Road (close to Paya Lebar MRT). There you’ll see buildings which are just as pretty as the ones in Chinatown, without the crowds, tourists and street vendors.