My mum is taking me to Singapore next month! This is an unexpected but much appreciated bit of travel, to a city that I’ve never visited (besides transits at the airport, which don’t count). The two of us generally like doing different things on holiday, so I’ll have a fair bit of time to myself to wander around and take photos of the sights. I don’t have much spending money to work with, so resisting the shopping and sticking mostly to cheaper activities will be a bit of a challenge!
From some quick research, these things are on my must-do in Singapore list:
- EAT (chilli crab, chicken rice, hawker food, dim sum, kaya toast and kopi…)
- Check out the shops on Orchard Road (this will likely be mostly window shopping for me)
- Shop vintage and independent designers on Haji Lane
- Wander around Chinatown, Little India, Bugis Street and Arab Street
- Visit the animals in Singapore Zoo
- Get lost in the Botanic Gardens
- Do the Southern Ridges walk
- See if I can sneak into the infinity pool in the Marina Bay Sands sky park
I’m also tempted to try this walking food tour of Singapore – $80 is a little steep, although since it includes lots of food and 6 hours of touring/eating, it looks like it might be worthwhile.
If you’re heading to Singapore and are into art and design like me, Design*Sponge’s Singapore city guide and Petit Pot’s guides (with gorgeous photos) seem like a good place to start. For the foodies, Lady Iron Chef has reviewed a crazy number of Singapore eateries (here’s his pick of the best cafes), and ieatishoutipost.sg has an exhaustive directory of reviewed places.
I’m likely to need to do a bit of work whilst over there, but thankfully Singapore is well connected with free wifi in many cafes and hotels (including ours), and basic tier free wifi through [email protected] (though apparently it’s difficult for foreigners to sign up?). It also looks like there’s quite a few coworking spaces around that will give me a desk and internet access for visitor’s fee.
Anyone got any tips for things to do in Singapore that don’t involve spending much money?