5 free things to do on holiday in Singapore

 | By  |  1 comment

There are plenty of ways to blow through your cash in Singapore, but there's also a lot of fun to be had on the cheap.

Singapore city guide - Asia travel guide - travelling around Asia - travel advice - handbag.com

© Kate Gilbert

Singapore is not a cheap city - but don't let that put you off.

There are plenty of things to do for free that will leave you with dollars in your pocket money for chilli crab and lychee martinis.

What can you do in Singapore for free?


1. Watch a concert at the botanical gardens


Singapore botanical gardens -  free things to do in Singapore - Singapore travel guide - travel advice - handbag.com

© Instagram/Kate Gilbert

Explore the beautiful frangipani gardens



The Singapore Botanical Gardens is a stunning place to visit for free at any time. With its ginger gardens and palatial lake - it's a great spot for a picnic and some sunbathing.

The impressive floating theatre there also hosts free classical concerts. Take some cold beers and enjoy.

2. Pretend to be a Formula 1 driver


Singapore formula one track -  free things to do in Singapore - Singapore travel guide - travel advice - handbag.com

© Instagram/Kate Gilbert

Handbag's Assistant Editor Kate lines up on the starting grid



In September, Singapore gets taken over by the Formula 1 race that weaves its way through the city streets. But for the rest of the year, parts of the track remain for you to just wander around.

Borrow some bikes to exploring and cycle over the starting line down by the Singapore flyer pretending you are Vettel.

3. Go out drinking


Singapore drinking for free -  free things to do in Singapore - Singapore travel guide - travel advice - handbag.com

© Instagram/Kate Gilbert

Travel tip: By spirits by the bottle, it's cheaper



Drinking in Singapore (other than cold beers in Hawker centres) is an expensive past time.

However, if it's a Wednesday and you have a uterus you can drink for free, as it is ladies night across the city. Different bars run varying promotions from free martinis all night at The Exchange, to free flow vodka at The Vault night club. A spot of sexist drinking never looked so good.

4. People watch in Tiong Bahru


Singapore travel guide -  free things to do in Singapore - people watch in Tiong Bahru - travel advice - handbag.com

© Instagram/Kate Gilbert

Tiong Bahru's architecture at night



Tiong Bahru is hipster central in Singapore, but the area has not done out with the old to make way for the new. See cool kids, old men in vests (or uncles as they're known), and families all go about their business.

Explore traditional shops alongside modern boutiques, such as Books Actually to browse their array of local literature and Nana & Bird for great fashion finds.

Splash out a couple of dollars on breakfast at the road side eating houses or at Tiong Bahru market for kopi (strong coffee with condensed milk), kaya toast (a Malay coconut jam on white bread) and soft boiled eggs (just remember to add soy sauce). The breakfast of champions.

5. Go for a hike


Singapore travel guide -  free things to do in Singapore - tree top walk - grey monkeys - travel advice - handbag.com

© Flickr/4nitsirk

Meet the local cheeky monkeys



The centre of Singapore might be a buzzing metropolis, but it was once a jungle island. Head north to do the tree top walk and embrace what remains of the wilderness.

Take a hike through the trees, meet the nonchalant grey monkeys and enjoy the views from the sky high suspension bridge.

Got some more travel tips? Tweet us @handbagcom

THE HIPSTER GUIDE TO HONG KONG

5 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR SLEEPING ON A PLANE

MORE TRAVEL ADVICE
Leave your comments below
1 comment

Loading...

Latest in Travel Bag

You might like

You'll like these too

daily news