A tropical island paradise in the heart of Southeast Asia
A city of arts, history and museums
A melting pot of cultures
All blended in the one and only, Singapore.
Famous for its futuristic buildings, ultra-cleanliness, no chewing gum policy and especially high living standard, Singapore has been named, in 2015, as the most expensive city in the world for the second year in a row. But, that doesn’t mean that you cannot explore this beautiful city on a tight budget. In fact, there are actually plenty of Singapore’s highlights you can see and do for FREE.
Let’s take a look!
Feel the height on the Macritchie Treetop Walk
Nestled in the middle of the MacRitchie reservoir, the Treetop Walk is a 250-meter long free-standing suspension bridge that connects the two highest points in Macritchie, offering a magnificently paranomic bird’s eye view of the rainforest. The highest point of the bridge is about 25 meters.
To get up there you need to hike over a long trail, which is known as the MacRitchie trail, but don’t you worry, the walk is definitely worth it. On the way, you’ll be likely to bump into long-tailed macaque monkeys, squirrels or monitor lizards. And if luckier, you may even encounter colugos (flying lemurs) or owls!
Photo by Kin Mun Lee
And so much more things along the way are waiting for you to explore
If you’re a nature lover, this is for sure a place you don’t want to miss.
Offering spectacular views of the city, harbor and the Southern Islands, Southern Ridges is another option for you to admire the city of Singapore from above.
With 9 km stretch of trails, the Ridges begins at Mount Faber, continues through several tranquilly beautiful parks and ends its track at West Coast Park. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as the perfect place to watch all kinds of birds in their natural habitat.
Photo by Mark爱生活
One of the highlights of the Ridges is Henderson Waves – the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It stands at the height of 36 meters above Henderson Road and is popular for its distinctive, artistic wave-like structure with a series of undulating curved 'ribs'.
The Southern Ridges is definitely a wonderful choice for any shutterbugs to do some photography, or just simply a place to chill out and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Arts Performances at Esplanade
Dubbed "the Durian” by Singaporeans for its resemblance to the popular fruit here, Esplanade is the premier art center in Singapore. The site holds a 1,600-seat Concert Hall, a 2,000-seat Theatre and several more intimate performance venues, which have been the setting for high-profile events such as the Singapore Art Festival.
Photo by Nattu
As soon as you step into Esplanade, you’ll feel the creative vibe and an aura of space. There are many free programs and performances, from music and dance to theatre, taking place at various locations around Esplanade, especially at the outdoor theatre.
This place is sure to be a paradise for every art lovers!
Located on the site of a former military camp, The Gillman Barracks is a contemporary art cluster, home to 17 art galleries, five restaurants, cafés and bars and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art.
The galleries feature diverse exhibitions from internationally acclaimed artists, both emerging and established ones. Take a walking tour around the Barracks and have a course on art and history for free with volunteer guides.
If you want to enjoy some more of Gillman, join the bi-monthly Art After Dark held on the first Friday night of every month (except December).
On this event, new shows are launched and opening hours extended in addition to other art-related programs such as music performances and F&B pop-ups. Each Art After Dark has a different theme including literature, design and music.
Not bad for a FREE trip in the world’s most expensive city, don’t you think?