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You might think Singapore seems unattainable to budget travellers since it is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Interestingly, the country has many free and cheap things to do. Here, we have rounded up five things to see and do in Singapore on a budget so you’d still enjoy without breaking your bank. 

1. Light And Water Show At Marina Bay Sands 

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Do not miss this spectacular four parts 15-minute symphony of light, music and sound of Light And Water Show at Marina Bay Sands. The spectacular show utilizes the use of advanced lasers, fountain jets and visual projectors is on every night, lighting up Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum. Mixed of various emotive orchestral soundtracks follow the show that tells the story of Singapore’s complex historical and cultural background, and its journey is going forward. 

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956 Singapore.

2. Singapore Botanic Gardens

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The 60-acre land is home to 10,000 different species of plants inside its gardens, making it a paradise for nature lovers. The venue is a centre for botanical and horticultural research in Singapore, and it is also suitable for recreational activities and is family-friendly. Your journey to the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List begins at the Tanglin Gate before you see National Orchid Garden, SBG Heritage Museum, and Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, among others. 

Address: 1 Cluny Rd, 259569 Singapore.

3. Bugis Street Market 

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Bugis Street Market is the Mecca for shoppers and bargain hunters as it is one of the biggest markets in Singapore. Find over 800 budget shops selling clothes, sunglasses, hats, and watches from only S$5. You can also find cheap souvenirs here from as little as S$1. Other services such as nails, hair and beauty shops are also available here at a competitive price. If you are not into shopping, you may soak in sight and sound of this eclectic and fun shopping hub!

Address: 3 New Bugis Street, 188867 Singapore. 

4. Heritage Murals In Chinatown

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View these charming heritage murals situated amidst the quaint shophouses of Chinatown where you could learn about Singapore’s past and present. Some of it could even come alive and let you step into the picture via your camera. Notable pieces include Lantern Festival, Old Trades, and Mid-Autumn Festival among other elaborate street arts. Start your tour from Exit A of Chinatown MRT and head to the small lane near the Temple Street taxi stand. 

Address: Chinatown, 059443 Singapore. 

5. Little India Traditional Indian Eateries

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When I asked my Singaporean friend what people can do in Little India, she said that people usually go there to buy saree, shop at the 24-hour Mustafa Centre, and, my favourite of all eat Indian food. Start with naan and chapati with butter or tandoori chicken and end it with traditional Indian sweets such as gulab jamun, laddoo, jalebi. Noteworthy finds here include the local favourite’s fish head curry to unexpected discoveries like seafood naan.

Address: Serangoon Road, 218202 Singapore.


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