Singapore is one of the most expensive places in the world, and a few days here can easily bust through a lot of cash if you’re not careful. Attractions such as Sentosa Island, or Universal Studios can cost a lot of money, but for the more frugal traveler are there any other options available? Well it turns out there are many, some free and some carrying just a little cost. Now I’m sure I’ve likely missed many but here are a few that I did during my recent Singapore visit
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Gardens by the bay light show
The domes here require you to buy a ticket to enter, and it well worth doing so, costing 15 USD or so. However the nightly light show is free and runs twice a day at 7.30pm and 8.30pm. You can sit back or in many peoples case lie back and enjoy the show as many people do.
Jewel at Changi
This extension to SG airport is filled with shops, restaurants and things to do. In fact people book extra long layovers just to experience this place. And the star of the show is the jewel, a vertical waterfall that is simply awesome. It’s a one of a kind sight and I’ve never seen anything like it before. Easily reached and located, simply go to the airport and follow the signs.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
Singapore is known for its nature and wildlife, I guess it comes with the territory since its basically a jungle island. The botanical gardens are huge, and are a sprawling swathe of greenery. Perfect for a nice relaxing walk at any time of the day. There is a pond, big areas of grass, lots of trees, and of course many many flowers. There is also an abundance af wildlife here inducing turtles, birds and lizards.
This former Muslim quarter has been transformed into an artistic hip place that is great for photography, and for simply strolling around and soaking in the culture. There are numerous graffiti murals here, as well as a large mosque. Many local and foreign cafe and restaurants are dotted around so you will be spoiled for choice. The Malay heritage sight is available at extra cost should you wish to enter.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Located in the historic district of Chinatown, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum’s richly designed interiors and comprehensive exhibits on Buddhist art and history tell stories of culture over thousands of years old. Built in 2007, the temple gets its name from what the Buddhists regard as the left canine tooth of Buddha, which has been recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar, India and displayed on the temple’s grounds.
Probably the most famous symbol of Singapore, the fabled merlion is a must see both at day and night. Resting nearby the water this presents a great photo opportunity.
While you are nearby you should check out the ‘durian’ building too.