6 Cheap Alternatives to Expensive Experiences in Singapore

It isn’t a rumour that Singapore is one of the most expensive places in the world. But when has that ever stopped travelers from exploring right?

Here’s a list of things which beautifully substitute some of the key sights and experiences of this vibrant island.

Why Pay for Singapore Flyer? See Singapore Skyline for FREE from ION Orchard Sky Observatory

The Singapore Flyer offers views of the island like no other. Almost, till you discover that you can actually get yourself a similar view from the 56th floor of Ion Orchard.

Standing 216 meters above the ground, this observatory offers brilliant, panoramic views of the skyline for free. Make the most of it on a clear day at sundown.

Instead of Paying for A Movie, Experience a Free Drive-In Movie Date

Free Outdoor Movies in Singapore

Photo: MovieMob

We admit that watching films isn’t true to any destination experience. But what if you got a chance to sit under the stars and watch one of the latest blockbusters with a bunch of strangers?

MovieMob specializes in screening drive-in films across different venues in Singapore. Sometimes these are held in a mall though most of the time, they’re in Marina Bay Sands Event Square.

If You Don’t Wish to Pay to Experience Art in Museums, Checkout the Free Exhibits in Singapore Art Museum

The lure of museums may not be as dominant as the European ones, but the exquisite ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands is a special one.

In case, you find yourself drawn towards the museum significantly, head to experience the contemporary exhibitions in the Singapore Art Museum. The galleries here focus on artwork from Singapore and other parts of South East Asia and is great for any art enthusiast.

Why Pay for Walking Tours When You Can Join An Instawalk to Explore Singapore

Like to explore a destination on foot?

The Ministry of National Development enthusiastically organises monthly instawalks around certain neighbourhoods of Singapore. They announce the event dates on their Instagram page and most of these walks are around the unexplored heartland of Singapore.

They also conduct bike tours every now and then. What a wonderful way to discover new places, capture great photos and meet new people!

Instead of Shopping at Swanky Orchard Road, Splurge in A Flea Market

You might have to work harder and be patient for shopping this way, but the scheduled flea markets around Singapore are a steal! Not only are the things exclusive, quirky and creative but also affordable and authentic.

Starting with the biggest organizers, Fleawhere, who schedule plenty on assigned dates, to the monthly markets like Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD), who sell originals by artists and designers—there are too many here to explore.

Instead of Taking the Sentosa Cable Car, Hike the Southern Ridges for Enigmatic Views

The views that come with a ride inside Sentosa’s cable car are breathtaking. In contrast, walking up to the Southern Ridges, amidst all its greenery is therapeutic.

This walk is comfortable and the trail has all necessary amenities (like toilets and drinking water). What is the difference between the two you ask? Well, for starters you will not be inside a closed box but will be breathing fresh air as you hike up.

Don’t forget to stay until sunset. You will be rewarded generously for the walk.