With Laneway Festival Singapore 2015 just around the corner, the Poskod team brings you the essential guide to cheap things to do in Singapore. How far can we stretch our ringgit? Find out in our list, where nothing costs more than 10 Singapore dollars.
Get lost in a garden
Minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, find tranquility at the 74-hectare Botanic Gardens with over 150 years of history and 3,000 species of tropical plants. If supertrees are more your thing, take a stroll around the futuristic outdoor park at Gardens by the Bay. Botanic Gardens: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569 (5am-12 midnight daily). Gardens by the Bay: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953 (5-2am daily). Free admission.
See the light show at Marina Bay
Watch Singapore’s skyline light up in a spectacular show of light, music and sound that claims to be Southeast Asia’s largest. Lasers, video projectors and giant streaming water screens create a free show at Marina Bay Sands for 15 minutes every night.
Event Plaza at the Promenade. On Sun-Thurs (8pm and 9.30pm) and on Fri & Sat (8pm, 9.30pm, 11pm). Free viewings.
Spend a night (or day) at the museum
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Singapore at its oldest museum. Look out for festivals and events held at the National Museum of Singapore throughout the year, and chances are you’d be able to catch the Night Festival, art installations, film screenings, performances and exhibitions.
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897. Open 10am-6pm daily. Free admissions to Museum building but charges are applicable to selected exhibitions.
Go on a journey to hell and back
Haw Par Villa (previously known as Tiger Balm Gardens), built in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw, has unusual attractions that include the Ten Courts of Hell. Discover more than 1,000 vivid statures and 150 giant dioramas based on Chinese legends, history and Confucian ideology for a surreal theme park experience.
262 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118628. Open 9am-7pm daily. Free admission.
Join a heritage walk
Join historical enthusiasts from a local university on a walking route that covers Singapore, tracing its journey to modern day city from humble beginnings in the Bras Basah and Bugis precinct. In this 2 hour 30 minutes tour, you will be thoroughly entertained with historical stories.
Meeting point is at Raffles Place MRT Exit B, street level. Every Sat and Sun, depart at 4.30pm. For more info, check out Singapore Footprints.
Listen to a free concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall
Every month on a Sunday, catch a series of free concerts performed by local music groups at the Esplanade. The series is known as “Beautiful Sunday” and the next show will be on 8 February 2015. Afterwards, head up the roof terrace to enjoy the picturesque view of the Marina Bay and city skyline, just in time for the sun to set.
The Esplanade Co Ltd, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981. Open for 24 hours daily. Free admission.
5 DOLLARS OR LESS
Eat hawker food at the People’s Park Centre
One of the most economical and varied food courts in Singapore, People’s Park Centre is located in Chinatown and serves up all your favourite hawker food. Sure, it may not be as good as KL hawker food, but let’s not nit-pick. 32 New Market St (Eu Tong Sen St), Singapore 050032. Opening hours of stalls vary.
Take a ferry to Pulau Ubin
Step back into the 1960’s with a visit to Singapore’s Pulau Ubin (Malay for ‘Granite Island’). Located off the northeast coast of the mainland, it is home to Singapore’s last remaining kampung, historical mining quarries, and the rare ecosystems of the Chek Jawa wetlands. The island is open 8.30am-6pm daily, and is a SGD2.50 boat ride away from the Changi Ferry Terminal.
Have a splash at the pool
With water slides, multiple pools and a jacuzzi, there really is something for every member of the family at the Pasir Ris Swimming Complex and Sengkang Swimming Complex. Located along the north coast and just 30 minutes away from the CBD, it’s a great way to cool off without a club membership. Sengkang Swimming complex, 57 Anchorvale Rd, Singapore 544964. Open Tuesdays- Sundays, 8am-9pm. Adult entry fees are SGD1.50 during weekdays, SGD2 on weekends.
Grab breakfast in Tiong Bahru
Fresh produce, flowers, and of course, seriously authentic hawker cuisine awaits at Tiong Bahru Market. With the average meal costing less than SGD5, the market is open daily from early morning till 1pm and is conveniently located on Seng Poh Road in the trendy Tiong Bahru district. Tiong Bahru market, 83 Seng Poh Rd, Singapore 168898. Opening hours of stalls vary.
10 DOLLARS OR LESS
Laugh at Comedy Masala
Catch the best stand-up comedians from Singapore and special guests at Comedy Masala, the place to be on Tuesday nights if you’re up for laughing out loud. 23 Circular Road, Singapore 049379, Boat Quay. Open Tuesdays 9pm. Tickets start at SGD10 (inclusive of one free drink).
Go for a skate at Marina Bay Sands
Can’t afford to actually shop in Marina Bay Sands? Never mind, head to their 600 square foot skating rink. It’s the closest you’ll feel to winter in Singapore. Perfect for a group activity or a fun date. 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay, South S01895. Open daily from 11.30am-5pm, 6-8.30pm. Prices start at SGD7 for adults and SGD6 for children (additional SGD3 for skates).
Practise your paintballing
At Red Dynasty Paintball Park, you have the opportunity to learn about the basics and test your aim. SGD10 will get you an hour at their “shooting gallery”, with 30 paintballs to aim and shoot at a target. 11 Japanese Garden Road, Singapore 619229. Open Monday-Friday 9am-6.30pm, Saturday/Sunday/Public holiday 9am-6.30pm. Prices start at SGD10.
Shop at Pasarbella
Combining both the term pasar and bella, which is Italian for beautiful, Pasarbella is a farmer’s market which houses 30 stalls selling a variety of food from seafood and fresh produce.
200 Turf Club Road, Bukit Timah, Singapore 287994. Open daily from 9.30am-7pm.
Admire artwork at the Singapore Art Museum
The Singapore Art Museum is home to contemporary art pieces from all across Southeast Asia. The best time to pay the museum a visit is Friday evenings from 6-9pm, where visitors are granted free entry. But otherwise, tickets for entry are SGD 10 for adults. 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555. Open Monday-Sunday, 10am-7pm (Last admission 6.15pm), Friday 10am-9pm. Priced at SGD10 for adults and SGD5 for students and senior citizens.
Text by Sian Marie Low, Anna Lee, Gabriel Chua and Kathryn Rao.
Photo credits: Pasarbella; Marina Bay Sands; Tiong Bahru Market, Walter Lim (Creative Commons); Singaporeswimming.com; An Evening View from Esplanade Roof Terrace, Kenneth Tan (Creative Commons); Architravel.com; Haw Par Villa, globetrotter girls (Creative Commons); National Museum of Singapore, Boon Song Lim (Creative Commons); Marina Bay Sands Singapore light show, Iooya (Creative Commons); Singapore Art Museum, jnzl (Creative Commons).
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