It no longer came as a surprise to Singaporeans when the country kept its title in being one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in for the third year consecutively. With rising costs in food and transport, it is little wonder that people tend to think twice before splurging on leisure activities.
Yet if you dig a little deeper, there are actually many things you can do in Singapore that are not too costly and some are even free! The next time you complain that Singapore is too expensive, take a look at this list and try out some of these fun and affordable activities.
Here are 10 Budget Thing To Do In Singapore For Under S$10 When You Are Feeling Broke.
#1 VISIT THE MUSEUMS
Many museums in Singapore offer free entry to Singaporeans and PRs, which can be a very enjoyable activity for those who wish to learn more about history or the arts.
Though known to be a pragmatic country, there are many outstanding art institutions in Singapore worth checking out such as the Singapore Art Museum, ArtScience Museum and National Gallery Singapore.
#2 GO FOR A DIP IN PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS
Who can forget the glorious moment when Joseph Isaac Schooling clinched the nation’s first Olympic Gold Medal?! If you have been feeling inspired by his story, you should be glad that there are more than enough public swimming pools in Singapore that can cater to everyone.
Prices range from S$1 to S$2 for adults and S$S$0.50 to S$1 for children. At such affordable prices, there is really no reason why you should not go swimming anytime soon!
#3 READ AT SINGAPORE’S MOST ICONIC LIBRARY
You are likely to find two kinds of people there – one who is there to find a good book among the vast collection of 100,000 titles and the other there only to take interior photos of the stylish library.
library@orchard is located on level three of Orchard Gateway.
#4 PLAY BOARD GAMES AT THE MIND CAFE
Those who enjoy playing board games will have the time of their lives there. For a simple games package, you get a fixed number of hours where you can play various kind of board games with your friends. We were so impressed by the sheer number of board games they have stacked neatly into shelves.
#5 GO FOR A STROLL AT GARDENS BY THE BAY
City folks like us crave for times when we can be away from the hustle and bustle of city life and one of our favourite places to go for an undisturbed stroll is at Gardens by the Bay. Made up of three waterfront gardens spanning 101 hectares, there are plenty of unique flower and plant species for you to admire.
#6 HIKE MACRITCHIE TREETOP WALK
If you prefer your walk to be more rugged, put on your hiking shoes and go for a morning hike at MacRitchie TreeTop Walk. It is a popular trail among Singaporeans because of the lovely view you get from walking across the 250m long suspension bridge. There is also a high chance you will get to meet monkeys up close along the way!
#7 WINDOW SHOP AT FLEA MARKETS
Keep a close look on flea markets that are happening throughout the year by joining the organisers’ Facebook pages. Even if you are not buying anything, it is fun to see what they have to offer as some of the stall holders are independent artists.
Well known flea markets in Singapore include Public Garden, Boutiques Fair and Fleawhere.
#8 CYCLE AT PULAU UBIN
If East Coast Park is getting too crowded for comfort, consider taking a boat ride to Pulau Ubin! There are bicycle rental shops there but you can also bring your own bicycle if you wish to save some money.
#9 VISIT THE FARMS
Depending on your interest, you can choose to visit animal farms, fish farms, frog farms or even vegetable farms. Animal lovers should visit Hey Dairies, Singapore’s only goat farm where you can try milking the goats.
Otherwise, brush up your knowledge on vegetable farming at Bollywood Veggies by learning more about sustainable farming. Have your lunch at Poison Ivy Bistro as some of the dishes are made with ingredients grown at the farm itself!
#10 WATCH OUTDOOR MOVIES AT BOTANIC GARDENS
We can’t think of a more romantic way to watch movies with your partner than an outdoor movie under the stars. All you have to do is to prepare some picnic food, bring along a mat and you are all set to enjoy a free movie screening at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Refer to their official website to keep yourself updated on the next screening details!