Traveling enthusiasts to Singapore are faced with one major issue – the cost of living there. Budget backpackers have to plan well while touring this island-state to have fun and enjoy their stay in Singapore on a tight budget. It is important for all visitors to have the correct travel documents to avoid trouble and difficulties with entry into the country.
Also, consider obtaining your Singapore online visa. You will find it is easy to apply by submitting your visa application documents to one of the authorized visa agents of the overseas missions, Singapore’s strategic partners, or your Singaporean contact located in Singapore.
Below are some fun activities that the budget backpacker can enjoy while in Singapore.
1.Cheap food at hawker centers
The hawker centers make it possible to get some good food at very affordable prices. They are a must-try for backpackers. Among some well-known hawker centers, where travelers can enjoy a meal and feel like it was almost for free, are the Michelin-award hawker stalls, such as the Wej and May May. You could also make good use of food review websites to assist you with planning on how to sample great Singaporean meals.
2.Take walks using locals as the guide for free
Take a free city walk to get a good understanding of the city. Ask locals to guide you around walking tours. Travelers on transit via Singapore can consider taking up the Changi Airport’s city tour that is absolutely free of charge and lasts about 2.5 hours.
3. Explore on your own, using free mobile applications
Channel your independence by exploring on your own with the help of mobile apps. You can find several mobile apps that are free to download which will help you navigate the city confidently. Such apps include Crowd trails and Voicemap.
4.Sample Singapore’s multicultural heritage
Do not miss out on touring the ethnic districts that have many heritage houses, portraying the diverse cultural backgrounds in the country. Some of those districts include Chinatown and Joo Chiat. Some very popular religious centers like Sri Mariamman Temple and Sultan Mosque have breathtaking architectural structures that are free of entry, but make sure you dress in their accepted way.
5.Enjoy Singapore’s night lights
For a beautiful, and free, walk in Singapore’s downtown district, consider touring Marina Bay, especially after the dusk. Some great and treasured landmarks are beautifully lit at this time. They include the Merlion, the durian-shaped Esplanade, and the Marina Bay Sands that is shaped like a big ship.
6. Indulge in some liquor at very affordable prices
Cheap alcoholic drinks are quite hard to get by in Singapore. However, travelers on a budget still can get some affordable booze at the neighborhood coffee shops, popularly called kopitiams. Take advantage of the happy hours when alcohol prices are low. For women, ladies’ night promotions on Wednesdays are an opportunity they must exploit. Sale and consumption of alcohol from stores are illegal between 10.30 pm and 7.00 am, unless you are in a bar or a restaurant.
7.Go to night-long parties
Along the Singapore River, you will find some tourist-friendly places such as Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, where the nightlife is at the peak. On weekend nights, look in at Emerald Hill and Ann Siang Hill to party the night away.
8.Enjoy the view of the town from high points
There are several high viewpoints from which you can look down on Singapore. One of the best points is the Southern Ridges. Access is free. It has the breathtaking Henderson Waves bridge structure. From here you can have a view of the greener side of the city, and the busy port, all at the same time.
9. Relax in the gardens
For lovers of wildlife, there are plenty of places you can visit without parting with a penny. There are many gardens and parks you can visit. Such places include the Botanic Gardens, the historical Fort Canning Park, and the East Coast Park which you can access by bike.
10.Visit the islands
If you love exploring, you can go beyond the shores of the city to the nearby islands by getting into a ferry. Pulau Ubin takes visitors back in time with its rich historical set-up and the experience of the mangroves wetlands. To relax at the beach, visit the Lazarus Island or Kuku Island, and do not forget to have a feel of the awesome St. John’s Island.
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