22 April 2022

10 Wallet-Friendly Things to Do Under $10 in Singapore

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Joel Conceicao A long-suffering Arsenal fan who will most likely reincarnate as a Himalayan goat.

You don’t have to splurge to have fun in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

 

Can you do Singapore on a budget? And how costly is it to have fun here? Well, let’s just say that plenty of things aren’t cheap. Singapore is one of the most expensive destinations in Asia. But with a bit of budgeting, you can have a fabulous time without breaking the bank. There are plenty of cheap and fun things to do that cost under $10. Here is a list of 10 affordable activities under ten bucks that are the best ways to explore the city on a budget:

Feed adorable goats at a local farm
Feed adorable goats at a local farm
  • Couples
  • Families with Kids

Expected damage: $5

 

Singapore may be Crazy Rich Asians-like with towering skyscrapers, glitzy malls, and flashy supercars. But there’s still a bit of rustic left in this concrete jungle. All you need to know is where to look. Did you know that you can visit a goat farm? You can wander around the farm at your pace, chilling out with the goats lazing around, or even feed them fresh alfalfa. It’s a great way to see a rare side of the city while saving money at the same time.

Make Changi Airport your playground
Make Changi Airport your playground
  • Families with Kids
  • Iconic
  • Group Travellers
  • Local Favourite

Expected damage: $4.50

 

With the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the tallest slide in an airport, and even a jacuzzi and a swimming pool, Changi Airport is more than a place where planes take off and land. Have fun while on a budget here by checking out the Jewel Canopy Park, a 14,000 square metre wonderland and essentially a giant playground. Walk at the Canopy Bridge to see the impressive Rain Vortex or show off your Spidey skills at the twisting Sky Nets – there is something for everyone here.

Show off your laser tag skills
Show off your laser tag skills
  • Couples
  • Families with Kids

Expected damage: $9.90

 

One of the most value-for-money ways to have fun in Singapore is indoor laser tag. Try out Laser Quest at Bukit Batok, a neighbourhood on the far western fringes of the city. Gather some troops and head to the arena to show off your shooting skills. If your childhood was spent in front of the computer navigating Counter-Strike maps, put those gaming skills to use in real life as you strategize your way around exciting missions, and eliminate opponents with your infrared-powered weapons.

 

Spend a day at Gardens by the Bay
Spend a day at Gardens by the Bay
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  • Families with Kids
  • Couples
  • Solo Traveller
  • Group Travellers

Expected damage: $10

 

Gardens by the Bay needs no introduction. It is, after all, one of Singapore’s most iconic attractions. But did you know that you can enjoy a visit here for just ten bucks? A trip here is a must-do for any traveller, especially if you are new to the city. Some highlights to look out for include the Flower Dome, the largest glass greenhouse in the world. You can also see the Cloud Forest, home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. After exploring the stunning greenhouses, pop by Floral Fantasy to enter a magical world full of suspended bouquets and floral arrangements.

Discover rich Indian culture
Discover rich Indian culture
  • Heritage
  • Families with Kids
  • Group Travellers
  • Tours

Expected damage: $5.40

 

The Indian community in Singapore has a long and rich history. And there is no better place to experience this culture than at the Indian Heritage Centre. Futuristic looking and surrounded by rows of colourful shophouses, the centre is a great place to learn about Indian heritage. Relive the experiences of immigrants through artifacts and interactive displays and check out exhibitions that revisit the lives of Tamil diasporas from pre-modern to contemporary times.

 

Admire hundreds of orchids
Admire hundreds of orchids
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  • Group Travellers
  • Families with Kids

Expected damage: $9.90

 

Get some orchid flower power at the National Orchid Gardens. Marvel at over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of this pretty plant at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can spend a day here strolling in the lush confines of the park and even see Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim – the only orchid of its kind. Pro tip: Head to the Mist Garden, Crane Fountain, and Silver Arches for some Insta-worthy photo backdrops.

 

See all sorts of turtles and tortoises
See all sorts of turtles and tortoises
  • Hidden Gem
  • Families with Kids
  • Local Favourite

Expected damage: $5.50

 

Did you know that a museum in Singapore has the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of live tortoises and turtles? Enter the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum, a haven for all shelled critters, large and small. Discover exotic species like the pig-nosed turtle, alligator turtle, Indian star tortoise, and African spurred tortoise roaming around the grounds. After a session of petting and hand-feeding, check out the award-winning museum with its quirky collection that the kids will love.

 

Visit a colonial-style villa turned museum
Visit a colonial-style villa turned museum
  • Heritage
  • Families with Kids

Expected damage: $5.40

 

Are you a history buff? Then head on over to Balestier, an old-school neighbourhood known for its historical landmarks and delicious food. You’ll find the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall here, a charming two-story colonial-style villa turned museum that’ll see you stepping back in time. Over here, retrace the history of Dr. Sun and how he played a pivotal role in the 1911 Chinese Revolution. Revisit the intracacies of history in this villa, and learn about revolutionary ideals from a different era.

 

Explore Sentosa on a bike
Explore Sentosa on a bike
  • Families with Kids

Expected damage: $8

 

Singapore is a so cycle-friendly these days. And one of the best places to explore on a bike is Sentosa. Rent a bike and feel the wind in your hair as you zip past beaches and lush tropical rainforests. Snag a free copy of Sentosa’s cycling map – it’s the best way to find cool hangout spots as you pedal around on dedicated tracks. Besides being a great way to beat the blistering tropical heat, you’ll get more bang for your buck when getting fun in the sun and exploring Sentosa.

 

Learn about the beauty of Asia
Learn about the beauty of Asia
  • Heritage
  • Families with Kids

Expected damage: $7

 

Housed in a striking neoclassical building along the Singapore River, the Asian Civilisations Museum is a superb place to discover the beauty of Asia. Here, you can check out an impressive collection of art and unique antiquities that bring pieces of history to life. Be it ancient Islamic artwork or the cargo of gold and silver from a thousand-year-old shipwreck, dive right into the heart of Asia with exhibitions that showcase the region’s artistic and cultural side.

 

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