Explore Singapore on a Budget – Travel like a local
Famously recognized for being one of the world’s most expensive city to live in and as a travel destination, Singapore definitely isn’t the easiest on the pockets. Regardless of the price tag, Singapore is definitely still travel-worthy due to it’s rich diversity in culture and history with her fair share of reasonably priced activities.
1.BOUNCE Singapore: Cheap Urban Playground for grown ups
The scorching weather in Singapore has prompted you to cross out outdoor activities? Why not explore some indoor playground at really cheap prices? Head over to BOUNCE Singapore, the ultimate urban playground for kids, youths and adults! Release your inner child as you dunk, dodge and jump around the incredible obstacles. Boasting as one of the world’s best indoor adventure parks, BOUNCE Singapore features a different variety of trampolines zones, Asia’s first Ninja-Warrior-like adventure course: X-Park and Singapore’s first “Leap of Faith”. After sweating it out, head over to their in-house cafe and try out their Australian style dishes.
Price: $23, book through LocoMole for best price guarantee
Address: 8 Grange Road, #09-01, Cineleisure, Singapore 239695
Operating hours: 10am – 10pm (weekdays), 9am – 10pm (weekends)
2.Taste and appreciate soy sauce at Nanyang Sauce workshop
More than just shopping, Singapore is also a haven for its rich culture and diversity. Visitors have the opportunity to appreciate and experience Singapore’s rich history at budgeted prices, through the Nanyang Sauce Workshop. At Nanyang Sauce workshop, you’ll get to learn the history of Nanyang Sauce and the progress of making sauce traditionally – natural brewing in clay vats under the sun for 9 months using 100% organic soya beans. Compare the difference between naturally fermented sauce and sauce that is produced in 1 or 2 days and experience the various powerful combinations when the sauces get paired with food.
Price: $18, book through LocoMole for best price guarantee
Address: 288 East Coast Road, Singapore 428949
Operating hours: 9am – 12pm & 3pm – 5pm (Mondays – Fridays), 9am – 5pm (Saturdays)
3. Find cheap buys in Mustafa Centre
Although Singapore is known to be expensive city, there are many cheap buys in Singapore only if you are able to find the right places. At Mustafa Center, you can have access to a wide array of goodies. Spread over 6 levels with over 300,000 items displayed, Mustafa Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! You can find all sorts of things here, money exchange services, gold and jewellery, electronics, hardware, clothes, cosmetics, foods, medicine. I think you got the idea, whatever you need, they got it. It is the perfect shopping experience that you absolutely cannot miss in Singapore!
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Price: Get a bargain on just about everything
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704
Operating hours: Daily, 24 hours
4. Free Entrance into the last village of Singapore, Lorong Buangkok
1954 is the postal code for the residents of Lorong Buangkok back in the 90s when Singapore used a four-digit system
Have a free entrance into Singapore’s last kampong (village). Kampong Lorong Buangkok is the only village that escaped the rapid urbanisation of Singapore and frozen in time. Established in 1956, is currently inhabiting only less than 30 families. Appreciate the change of pace from this cosmopolitan city and wander around the village where animals co-exist with one another. While visitors may walk into the Kampong freely, please be mindful of the privacy as residents are still living the Kampong.
Price: Free entrance
Address: Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Singapore
5. Feast at Hawker Centres
Experience Singapore’s rich food culture with our cheap and good eats by visiting our iconic hawker centers! In case you don’t already know, hawker centre is a market where there are a variety of food stalls selling cheap and good local favourites such as Laksa, Satay, Prawn mee, Chilli Crab and the list goes on. It is such an icon for Singapore that we inscribed Hawker Culture in Singapore as the nation’s Intangible Cultural Heritage element on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity in 2020.
We recommend Chinatown Complex Food Centres, the largest hawker centre in Singapore where there are over 260 food stalls for you to choose from!
Price: $2.50 – $5
Address: 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335
Operating hours: 7am – 10pm
6. Cheap Prawning at D’Lifestyle Corner
While there is few nature places to go to in Singapore, visitors can still get close to nature through prawning, which is a cheap and fun activity for all to explore. Visit D’Lifestyle Corner a popular pawning facilities located in a park. Other than prawning, they offer other activities like kid’s fishing, crabbing, sure catch and skill fishing. With just a small fee, fish cleaning and paid freezer are available. Afterwards, you can enjoy a pretty decent meal and drinks at their seafood restaurant and sports bar.
The park gets prettier as the sun sets, be sure to stay and enjoy the peace and tranquillity the venue offers.
Price: $13.50/ hr
Address: 96 Pasir Ris central, Singapore 519638
Operating hours: Daily, 24 hours
7. Cheap shopping at Bugis Street
This is for you bargain-hunters and shoppers! Bugis Street is three storeys high with over 800 stalls. It is primarily a market of small covered lanes full of small shops selling inexpensive goods such as trendy clothes, beauty products, accessories, souvenirs, food and odds and ends. You will see people walking around in their shopping bags with a smile on their face knowing that they got a good deal. Be prepared for the crowd and bantering of prices!
Along with the street shopping stalls, the place now also has two urban malls, Bugis Junction and Bugis +.
Price: Practice your bargaining skills here
Address: 4 New Bugis St, Singapore 188868, Singapore
Operating hours: 11am – 10pm
8. Experience Free Walks at East Coast Beach
Get a quick escape from the city center and take free walks in Singapore’s beaches. Explore East Coast Park, one of the favourite beaches in the east. Unlikes Sentosa, you won’t spot many tourists here. East Coast Park is mostly visited by locals with the theme of “Recreation for All” which is really what it is. This 15km stretch of beach is a perfect place for folks who just want to relax and enjoy the sounds of waves while adventure junkies can fulfil their needs by choosing from a myriad of sporting activities such as beach volleyball, cycling, cable skiing and various water sports as well as an Xtreme SkatePark. Additionally, there is a hawker center, a pub and stand alone seafood restaurants scattered in various parts.
Address: E Coast Park Service Rd
Operating hours: Daily, 24 hours
9. Feel the adrenaline rush of dragon boating
Try out a cheap team spot if you are travelling in groups! Get your hands on dragon boating, a thousand-year-old sport, that focuses on coordination and group harmony. It is a team of rowers paddling in sync and racing to the finish line. Why dragon you ask? It symbolises power and prosperity in Chinese culture. Learn basic paddling skills, work on and carry out similar commands used by competitive teams worldwide. Feel the adrenaline rush as you paddle in a boat and at the same time enjoy the skyline of Singapore.
End the day with and lasting memories and a stronger bond with your friends or family.
Price: $12 (Children, Students & Senior Citizens), $15 (Adults)
Address:Water Sports Centre, 8 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397699
Operating hours: 9am – 8pm
10. Lastly, get around Singapore using our efficient public transport
Travel around cheaply with Singapore’s public transport. Known as one of the best-in-class public transport system, visitors can basically travel anywhere using public transport. Simply navigate public transportation to places like a pro by getting the Singapore Tourist Pass (STP), a special EZ-Link stored-value card which will allow you unlimited travel for one day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20).
Aside from the activities listed above, Singapore is dotted with several free-entry nature reserves, parks and gardens with an honorable mention being the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first UNESCO world heritage site! While there is no denying that Singapore is truly an expensive city to live in, the enriching history and heritage of the bustling metropolitan city and it’s multi-racial locals more than make up for it. With prudence in mind and lots of research on hand, one can still enjoy the cheap thrillings of what Singapore offers and still leave Singapore with a smile on their faces.