13 free things to do in Singapore

Let’s face it. Singapore can haunt your pockets and empty your wallets even before you know it. But delving deep and a bit of research can easily save a lot of bucks and help you enjoy Singapore with all its pristine beauty. Take a look at the list below and have yourself a great experience.

1: Go mountain biking in the island of Pulau Ubin.

With the boom in development, so gets lost the subtle touch of nature. But Pulau Ubin reads a different story. Away from the worldly frenzy, spend a Saturday dredging down the paths of the Ketam Mountain Bike Park amidst thick jungles and the beautiful blue waters of the quarries.  Pick a quiet spot, watch the distant mainland of Singapore while you lay back and enjoy a peaceful evening at the Chek Jawa Wetlands. (Read More) .

An abandoned quarry. Photo: nparks.gov.sg

An abandoned quarry. Photo: nparks.gov.sg

 

2: Walk the shoreline of Singapore- East Coast Park to Changi Beach Park.

11 kilometres! Now that sounds quiet of lot of walking. But trust me- there isn’t a better view of the coast line than watching life unfold at each step. The mild waves lashing the shores or people just killing their time camping/angling or the little kids skating around, or fellow walkers just gazing at each air-plane take off as they walk parallel to the runway of the Changi International Airport. (Read more)

Bicycles and skateboards ply on the roads by the beach.

Bicycles and skateboards ply on the roads by the beach.

3: Marvel as you stand atop the TreeTop Walk at the MacRitchie Reservoir.

Go for a run on the board walks skirting the edge of the scenic MacRitchie Reservoir or just walk the trails running through the forest. But don’t tire yourself before you reach the picturesque TreeTop Walk, a 250 metres aerial free standing suspension bridge overlooking the beautiful panorama of the reservoir and the lush rainforest.

Tree top walk Photo: nparks.gov.sg

Tree top walk Photo: nparks.gov.sg

4: Spend a quiet evening kayaking at the Bedok Reservoir.

Flocked by joggers, walkers, skaters and cyclists alike, Bedok Reservoir offers a quiet retreat from the hustle bustle of the city. Kayaking, canoeing and boating along with a toned down version of zip-lining and wake boarding kicks in the adrenalin of adventure seekers as well.

Bedok Reservoir.

Bedok Reservoir.

5: Forget the world as you soak in the beauty of The Southern Ridges.

A journey so sweet, so beautiful- commencing at Kent Ridge Park, taking you through the Canopy walk, stopping for a break at the Hort Park, walking across the Alexandra Arch to the Hilltop Walk leading to the Henderson’s waves and culminating at Mount Faber- an enterprising 9 kilometers trail that any nature lover would love to spend more than a few evenings going up and down the length of the trail. (Read More).

Hendersons Waves.

Henderson’s Waves.

6: Feel the ingenuity at the Gardens By The Bay

Yeah there is a lot of science but this is no less a beauty. You should look up the Wikipedia page on this. It is really nifty. Energy conservation and sheer innovative nature of the project mind boggles you. The Super-Trees, The Cloud Forest, The Flower Dome – it was indeed my fortune that I was there that night when it was inaugurated.

Super-trees @ Gardens by the bay. Photo: reuters

Super-trees @ Gardens by the bay. Photo: Reuters

7: Feel “Wonderful” at the Marina Bay Sands

Walk past the Merlion Park, get onto the only Double Helix bridge, admire the architectural beauty of the Marina Bay Sands and just grab yourself a seat by the Singapore River just in time to watch a unique show aptly named Wonderful as the skyline is lit pristinely with colours beyond measure and laser-work beyond comprehension. (Read More).

Well recognized for putting the little island of Singapore on the map, Marina Bay Sands associates itself with any tourism pamphlet of Singapore.

Well recognized for putting the little island of Singapore on the map, Marina Bay Sands associates itself with any tourism pamphlet of Singapore.

8: Immerse yourself in an atmosphere catered for theatricals at Esplanade.

The Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay, a performing arts centre is indeed an architectural wonder as it is distinctly resembles the form of a durian (the national fruit of Singapore).  Stop staring at the television set, get out of your couch, come down here and watch stand-up comedy performances, ballet competitions and various other dance and art forms.

Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay

9: Shop at the Bugis and Arab streets

If you want to spend a few bucks and grab a couple of things for your friends and family back home, drop by the Arab Street and Bugis Street. The fabrics, the antiques, the collectibles and memorabilia from Singapore are few among the many that will mesmerise you. Keep an eye open for custom made T-Shirts of Singapore- a “fine” city.

Bugis street

Bugis street

10: Walk the lengths of Little India

Walk the streets and soak in the transformation of Singapore to a “Little” India. Test your taste-buds with the spicy Indian food; relax at the temples and go on a window-shopping mode hopping from one outlet to the other.

Streets of Little India

Streets of Little India

11. Make a wish at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown.

You can adore the architecture, the lights and the jovial streets of Chinatown all you want but do not miss a visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Infuse yourself with a sense of spirituality as you look at immense Tooth Relic in a Stupa made of gold and weighing 3.5 tons.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple @ Chinatown.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple @ Chinatown.

12: Fly kites at the Marina barrage

Another piece of Singapore where you can get fresh air, a splendid view of the Marina Area (the prettiest part of the Singapore Skyline), nice blue sky and a great grassy expanse to spend a lazy evening and fly kites. Spend time until late at dusk watching the kites soar above you.

Marina Barrage. Photo: Yuriko Jasmine

Marina Barrage. Photo: Yuriko Jasmine

13: Simply lurk around Clarke quay

Drop by after dusk to watch the never ending collage of people along the Singapore Riverside. Walk the streets and watch the colours transform a city and brighten up lives. Now in addition to this I thought I should mention- the Reverse Bungee here. Be launched skywards at 200km per hour to a height of 60 metres. Note: This will cost you but worth the experience. Have a couple of beers and stroll along Clarke Quay watching the lights dance around you.

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

 

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