Here are 5 must do’s for every budget traveller in Singapore!
- Explore Little India & eat in one of the many Hawker Centres
Singapore is an extremely multicultural country and a visit to Little India will only reinforce this. Our hostel was conveniently located just two minutes walk from Little India and therefore we were in a prime position to explore. There are a few temples to check out including the famous Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, but just walking around the streets is your best bet to get a feel for the area. Whilst you are in Singapore you should also eat in one of the many Hawker Centres (outdoor food courts) which you will find on numerous street corners. We recommend trying Tekka Centre in Little India for cheap but extremely tasty food!
- Go for drinks somewhere on Haji Lane
Located not far away from Arab Street, Haji Lane is a quirky area that we stumbled across. Here you can find tons of really cool graffiti and lots of trendy bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. Nicole’s favourite find was Fika which was a cafe set up by a Swedish man who had moved to Singapore and the place specialised in all things Swedish. However, I preferred the cafe below as the no thrills advertising slogan made me laugh!
- Stroll around Central Singapore and the CBD
A walk around the central lake in Singapore will provide you with magnificent views of the city skyline which is home to a vast array of skyscrapers. On the banks of the lake you will find the Merlion which is a well known marketing icon and national symbol of Singapore. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name—Singapura—meaning “lion city”.
If you look in the opposite direction you will see the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the world’s longest elevated infinity pool. However, if you are on a backpacker budget your money probably won’t stretch to a stay there!
- Visit Chinatown
Another example of the multicultural feel in Singapore is Chinatown. The streets are filled with shops & markets to browse away an afternoon! You will also find the cheapest Michelen starred restaurant in the world if you fancy a bite to eat at Hawker Chan. If not, there are numerous other restaurants to try! Also make sure you pay a visit to the Budda Relic Temple whilst you are in the area!
- Walk around Gardens by the Bay & see the night-time light show
If you head out from the city and walk past the Marina Bay Sands Hotel you will find the famous Gardens by the Bay You should visit the gardens during the day and attractions include a the flower dome, the cloud forest, the OCBC sky-way and the super tree grove. You should then return of a night and watch one of the two super tree grove light shows that are on every night and free to the public. It is best to lie down and look up and you will witness a spectacular show with coloured flashing lights filling the trees to a musical performance.
If the above doesn’t tempt you to visit Singapore you can also watch our Youtube video below to get further inspiration!