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by Ray Loh | Jul 20, 2019

Things to do in Singapore for the budget travelers


Just leave the airport and spend your time exploring one of Asia’s most unique countries: Singapore. Despite the common belief that Singapore is an extremely expensive city, don't worry, this post will help budget travelers narrow down where to go, what to eat, and what to see.

First impression

When it comes to the phrase “good things come in small packages”, you must have been thinking of Singapore. Singapore could be the most cosmopolitan city that you have ever seen. It is a combination of many cultures ranging from British colonial, Malaysian, huge Indian and Chinese neighborhoods. All are presented through its state-of-the-art infrastructure, local people of all colors, dress, and languages and a conglomeration of cultures. Malay may be its national language but English is spoken everywhere in Singapore so many foreigners coming to this country all find it easy to connect with local residents.

Things to do in Singapore on a budget

1. Marina Bay Sand Area

Marian Bay Sand is a hotel but its architectural design is more popular than the hotel itself. Even if you aren’t staying here, you can admire its spectacular beauty from outside and still access the different restaurants, casinos, and shops within the complex. From outside, it looks like a boat is sitting on top of three skyscrapers. Standing in a distance, you can watch the dancing fountain at Marina Bay which is considered as one of the most beautiful water-and-light installations in Asia and can satisfy the most sophisticated aesthetic tastes. This spectacle brings in a view of technological advance as well as an architectural masterpiece.

In this picture, you can see the half fish, half lion sculpture that serves as a water fountain is the main attraction of Singapore with no fee to admire it.

2. Chinatown

Singapore’s population is predominantly Chinese. And if you think that China landscape is too vast to explore its culture, take a tour to visit Chinatown in Singapore. Chinatown seems to be a miniature of China and Malaysia as a group of Malaysian-born Chinese immigrants has inhabited here for such a long time.

The first stop that we recommend for your visit is the monolithic Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. It’s a four-story high, vivid red-and-green sitting smack dab in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown. The temple features many facets of Buddhist arts, culture, and relics of the Buddha. Especially, one of his teeth is housed in a massive, solid gold stupa which was created from donations of gold jewelry.

Then, you should know that Chinatown is an extremely cheap place, especially food. There are hawker centers, food courts giving you an opportunity to try an abundance of different traditional Chinese as well as Singaporean foods with diverse flavors and dishes contributed by the local ethnic groups.

Stepping foot into Singapore is like stepping in a glorious modern city with its own remained ancient beauty. There are more destinations worth visiting for travelers on a budget that we can't enlist all in this post. Contact Asia Senses for more information and a great journey!