It really is possible to tick off the best things to do in Singapore on a budget. We spent six days in the capital to get a real feel for the country. The culture, cuisine and the city by day and night exceeded all expectations. It’s possible to get the majority of the best things done in a weekend in Singapore.
Best Things To Do In Singapore
Explore Marina Bay
The most important part for tourists when coming to Singapore is to visit the Marina bay and rightly so. Most of the best things to do in Singapore lay in and around the Bay Area, from the Merlion to riding the Singapore flyer.
You can check out our 12 Best Things To Do In Marina Bay Singapore for everything the bay has to offer.
Gardens By The Bay
The home of the incredible Supertrees and one of the most famous gardens in the world. Gardens By The Bay is definitely hight on most people’s tick lists when visiting Singapore. If you’re looking at things to do in Singapore on a budget, the majority of Gardens By The Bay is free. You only have to pay entrance to the Cloud Forest Dome, Flower Dome and the Skywalk.
Walk The Helix Bridge
A modern bridge linking two parts of the Bay. Built in the shape of a curved DNA structure this work of art not only makes for a great city viewing point but comes alive at night time.
For cuisine, culture and chopsticks, Chinatown Singapore is a bustling place that’s full of energy. You can buy pretty much anything you need in Chinatown, from camera accessories to steamed dumplings.
You can read our full breakdown of Things To Do In Chinatown Singapore here.
Haji Lane Singapore
One of the most vibrant streets in Singapore. A hub for all things quirky. From cafes in Haji Lane to impressive street art, this single street is the most happening place amongst the concrete jungle.
You can read our full breakdown of Haji Lane Singapore here.
Clarke Quay is always recommended as one of things to do in Singapore at night. It’s also very beautiful during the day, being a historical riverside quay. There are many colourful buildings scattered around and boat trips going up and down the Singapore river. There are many eateries you can stop by and it’s just a walk away from The Old Hill Police Station, the stunning building with rainbow windows.
Visit Universal Studios Singapore
This doesn’t fall into the things to do in Singapore on a budget category but it’s definitely worth the spend. For a unforgettable day, Universal Studios will have you smiling from ear to ear with it’s truly magical atmosphere. From meeting your favourite movie characters to snacking on burgers in the land of far far away.
For all of our Universal Studios Singapore tips and a full Universal Studios Singapore review, click here.
Visit The Art Science Museum
The Art Science Museum has become one of the top tourist things to do in Marina Bay. You can’t help but notice the huge lotus shaped building and it’s very own lotus garden located at the foot of the Museum. It features different styles of art each season and this is where you can walk through the famous dangling lights.
The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands
For a fancy spot of shopping at all the high end shops, The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands is your place. From Gucci to Chanel, you’ll be guaranteed to find any designer brand you’re hunting for.
Explore Little India
For spicy foods and hearty curries, Little India will definitely tickle your senses. Add a splash of colour in to your day by visiting one of the most culturally influenced areas of Singapore.
It also makes for an awesome Singapore Instagram photo spot check out our blog here.
Situated over the eastern side, you take a minute from the city bustle and stroll through the tranquil, natural grounds in both Singapore Chinese Gardens and Japanese Gardens.
Eat At The Best Hawker Centre Singapore
Lau Pa Sat was one of our favourite places to eat, selling every cuisine you can think of. From Costa Rican to delicious Thai and Vietnamese. Pick and choose your cuisine and sit in the canteen style seating area and grab any drink from the seperate beverage section. It turned out to be one our cheapest/yummiest places to eat in Singapore (along with Maxwell Hawker Centre).
Check out Best Hawker Centres In Singapore for other options.
Henderson Wave Bridge
You can visit the Henderson Wave Bridge, the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It’s stands 36 metres above the ground and you can perch yourself in it’s secret sheltered seating area to rest after hiking the trail.
Things To Do In Singapore At Night
Catch A Singapore Sunset
After cruising around the beautiful bay and ticking off all the top spots, you can watch the sun go down behind the cityscape. So if you’re finding things to do in Singapore on a budget, then catching a Singapore sunset is absolutely free!
Stroll The City At Night
After seeing the Singapore sunset, the city by night has a completely different feel to it. When we first saw the skyline lit up at dark we stood completely in awe. From travelling the local side of Asia with tuk tuks and housed on stilts, this really was an eye opener for us. It’s completely stunning.
Don’t Forget The Famous Singapore Light Shows
If you’re around the bay area the to light shows to catch are the Marina Bay Light Show and the Garden Rhapsody at Gardens By The Bay. The light shows were up there at the top our list for the best things to do in Singapore at night.
Read our The Incredible Singapore Light Shows blog to find out more. You can definitely tick off seeing all of the lights shows in just a weekend in Singapore.
Luxury – Marina Bay Sands – One of the most famous hotels in the world and the only place to stay if you’re looking to sleep in style when arriving in Singapore.
Mid-Budget – Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay – Perfectly located in one of centrals coolest spots. Clarke Quay’s Holiday Inn offers an amazing night’s stay at a fair price. You can read our review here.
Backpacker – Blue Jazz Hostel – A cheap and cheerful stay in an ideal location for exploring Singapore.
You can also check out the prices of other places to stay in Singapore here.
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