July 18th, 2020
Singapore is highly developed, has great infrastructure, beautiful gardens, and is culturally rich. But it is also infamous for being one of the most expensive cities in the world, and that is the reason budget travelers tend to avoid this destination. While it is true that it is an expensive city to visit, there are many places to visit in Singapore without burning a hole in your pocket. Here is a list of some of the places that you can visit in Singapore on a budget.
A trip to Chinatown transports you to the streets of China. The lanes are dotted with red Chinese lanterns, souvenir shops, eateries, wine bars, and more. The famous Buddha Tooth Temple is also situated here and there are many other temples that you can visit. When here, don't forget to indulge in some lip-smacking street food such as noodles, crispy duck, dim sum, and soup. This is a great place to buy souvenirs for your friends and family. You can also visit the Chinatown Heritage Center to get some interesting insight into the rich history of old China Town.
Gardens by the Bay
This urban jungle located in Singapore is a garden built on futuristic concepts. It has won many awards and is the perfect balance between nature and technology. The garden is divided into three sections called Bay East, Bay Central, and Bay South. The Flower Dome is a magical place that houses the largest greenhouse in the world. The Supertree Grove is a mesmerizing green space and you can take a walk on the skywalk and admire its beauty. The Cloud Forest is home to a 114-foot tall mountain and the world's tallest indoor waterfall. You will be spellbound by the sheer beauty of this place.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
This sprawling museum complex is a four-levels structure in the heart of China Town district. The temple is home to the left canine tooth of Lord Buddha and is kept in a gigantic 320 kg gold stupa. The design of the structure is based on the Tang dynasty style of architecture. You can also opt for guided tours to understand Buddhist culture and get more information on the history of the temple. The temple complex also has the Eminent Sangha Museum where a lot of cultural performances, shows, and events take place.
The Marina Bay area is adorned by fine-dining restaurants, classy boutiques, and posh skyscrapers. The bay also houses some of the most prominent landmarks of Singapore - Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, and Merlion Park. But it is most well-known for the luxurious and innovative Marina Bay Sands hotel that stands proudly on the bay. It is the best place to relax, chill, and spend time with your friends and family. ‘Spectra,’ the laser light and sound show that takes place every evening is something you should not miss.
Little India is an ethnic district located in Singapore. It is popularly known as Tekka in the Indian Singaporean community. This place is a thriving neighborhood inhabited by the Tamilian Indians. It is filled with plenty of shops selling fragrant flower garlands, groceries, Indian spices, traditional clothing, and souvenirs. The lovely and colorful Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is also located here. This is one of the cheapest places to gorge on some yummy food such as Indian bread and curries.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Garden is more than 150 years old. It is also home to the famous National Orchid Garden that has more than 1000 species of orchids and more than 2000 hybrids. It is brimming with lush greenery, beautiful ponds, garden trails, and verdant lawns. It has a great collection of flowers and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. You can spot plenty of birds such as kingfishers, geese, hornbills, ducks, and crimson sunbirds here. If you are lucky you can even watch a concert here on weekends.
The Merlion Statue in Merlion Park is a symbol of pride for Singapore. Most of the time, the statue is used as a mascot for Singapore. It is a mythical creature with the body of a fish, head of a lion, and is 28 feet high. There are total 8 Merlions in the city of Singapore. While it may or may not be possible for you to hunt all of these statues, you can always click pictures and selfies with this stunning statue in the background. It is Instagram worthy and is sure to make your friends envy you. This may be reason enough to get a Singapore visa as soon as possible.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Named after Singapore's highest hill, Bakit Timah Nature Reserve is full of flora and fauna. It is one of the biggest patches of tropical rainforest in Singapore and is covered with dense foliage. There is a 6.5 km mountain biking trail that is free and makes for a thrilling and exciting pathway for adventure seekers. There are pathways for hiking, strolling, and running too. You can trek up to the top of the Bukit Timah hill for a breathtaking view of the place.
Singapore is an amazing place for all shopaholics and most of these stores are located on Orchard Street. This place will take you on an incredible journey as it is lined on both sides by eateries, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, and more. It is a one-stop destination for all your shopping needs and is vibrant and lively all year round. You can get your hands-on high-end fashion, electronics, books, DVDs, among other things. This place looks like a fairyland during Christmas and New Year with all the decorations and lights.
Singapore offers a plethora of attractions such as Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, Singapore Flyer, and many others which may be a bit expensive but are surely worth a visit. But if you don't want to break your bank, you can always visit the above attractions and still enjoy a great vacation in this wonderful city.
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