A Guide to Singapore On a Budget

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Singapore is a spectacular city which is arguably even more spectacular if you have a spectacularly sized bank account to go with it. Your average will beer will set you back $8-9 and most activities have high entry fees.

Fortunately, there are some activities you can do which require little or no money at all. Here’s our guide to Singapore on the cheap.

Stay at Breeze Hostel (or Happy Snail)

Breeze and Happy Snail are two highly affordably hostels in a great location. They are walking distance from China Town and Little India and will set you back far less per night than if you stay in a hotel.

Eat at Food Stalls or In Little India

While restaurants may appear expensive, it is actually possible to get cheap and delicious food in Singapore. Some of the restaurants in Little India are fantastic and there’s plenty of food stalls about offering cheap dumplings and fast Asian dishes.

Visit Gardens by the Bay at Night

Instead of paying $20+ to visit the botanical gardens, head to Gardens by the Bay at night for a spectacular free light show. It’s one of the most unique activities you can do in the city and it won’t cost you a dime.

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Take a Walk at MacRitchie Resevoir

Nature doesn’t cost a thing and believe it or not, the buzzing city of Singapore actually has some wonderful hiking trails. The MacRitchie trail is one of them and includes a beautiful treetop walk where you may spy monkeys and tree snakes if you are lucky.

Use Grab or The Metro

If you want to save money, use Grab instead of taxis. It’s cheaper and you won’t risk getting ripped off as you will agree on a price before you set off. Better still, get the metro. Prices are far more reasonable than back at home.