Nightlife

The Best Cheap Things To Do In Singapore

By Kate Farr
6th Jun 2022

Thought Singapore was expensive? Think again! From museums and music to outdoor fun and feasting galore, there are plenty of wallet-friendly activities to uncover in the Little Red Dot—so read on as we explain seven ways to nail a great night out in Singapore for less than $100.

Har Paw Villa

Located on a hill in Pasir Panjang, Haw Par Villa, formerly known as the Tiger Balm Gardens, is Singapore's largest—and kookiest—outdoor art gallery. Created by Aw Boon Haw—the millionaire philanthropist and marketing wizard behind Tiger Balm—the 8.5-hectare cultural park is brimming with kaleidoscopic colours and is a real feast for the eyes with endless, awe-inspiring statues and dioramas. Entry is totally free but we recommend the $10 tour for the added knowledge dump. The park is open until late too, so it's a great place to stroll around and snap some unforgettable pics before or after dinner. 

262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 

Dance To Your Own Tune

A night out isn’t the same without a little dancing, but what if you love pop music but your partner prefers EDM? Silent Disco Asia has neatly solved this problem with their regular dance parties, where revellers are given wireless headphones and invited to tune into any one of three channels featuring live DJs spinning exclusive sets. Priced from $27-$38 depending on location, the Silent Discos take place in a range of iconic locations, from the ArtScience Museum to the MBS Observation Deck, guaranteeing a memorable night out. The fun only rolls around about once a month, so be sure to check out the website before you visit. 

Get Your Skates On

Stretching along 15km of coastline, East Coast Park is the ideal location for an active evening out that won’t break the bank. Heading out of the city, stop in at Coastline Leisure to hire inline skates or a bike (prices start from $11 for three hours), before heading along the ECP’s well-maintained cycle paths at your own pace as the sun gently sets. Alternatively, bring your own board and hit up Xtreme SkatePark, where Singapore’s skate community gather to catch air along the waterfront, totally free of charge. 

East Coast Park. East Coast Park Service Road, Carpark B1 or E2, Singapore 

Xtreme SkatePark. Car Park E2, Singapore 

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Widely regarded as one of the city’s best hawker centres (a title that is hotly contested!), Old Airport Road Food Centre has been tickling the taste buds of Singapore’s foodie population since its inception in 1973. Must-tries here include Lao Fu Zi’s fried kway teow, a stir-fried noodle dish that has gained Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition and will set you back just $12 for the largest portion; Nam Sing’s Hokkien mee, pork and prawn noodles in seafood stock that costs $5-8 per plate; and Chuan Kee’s satay, which clock in at just 60 cents per skewer. That leaves you with more than enough budget to splash out on a few craft beers at the 3rd Culture Brewing Company’s outlet—prices start from $9.80 per pint—and still have plenty of change for a cab ride back afterwards. 

Old Airport Road Food Centre. 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 

Make Tracks

Situated on Sentosa Island, Skyline Luge Sentosa is an adrenaline-pumping park where you can channel your inner child all day and after dark. Invented in New Zealand, the Skyline Luge is a unique toboggan-style ride that allows you to race your mates down a winding track to the finishing line. The Night Luge is when the track really comes alive with a neon glow and kaleidoscopic lights—it's a total vibe. 

45 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore

Get Your Green Thumb Wagging

Step into a spectacular living world of incredible florals and exotic plants at the Gardens By The Bay Flower Dome. Revered as the world’s largest greenhouse, the innovative 1.2-hectare dome is made up of 3,332 glass panels and home to an impressive range of plants from around the globe—five continents, in fact—including everything from succulents and baobabs to palms and cacti. Open until 9pm, it’s the perfect place to stroll through and wind down after a busy day in the city.

18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore

Explore The Great Outdoors, Indoors

Jewel Changi Airport is a fascinating place to while away a few hours, with various attractions on offer—many of which are free of charge. Open 24 hours a day, Shiseido Forest Valley is a lush green retreat of over 60,000 shrubs and 900 trees, with Jewel’s dramatic ceiling-to-floor waterfall at its heart. Gentle walking trails guide you around this green and serene attraction, which is free to enjoy. Meanwhile, for those who fancy something a little more active, the Canopy Park offers plenty of fun diversions like bouncing nets, slides and mazes, with admission fees varying from $5-7. 

Jewel Changi Airport. 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 

Chill Out

Open until the wee hours of the morning, Spa Nes offers a full-day pass to melt your stresses away for just $58. This includes full access to their palatial sauna, steam room, hot and cold jacuzzi pools, dining hall and comfy lounge facilities. Alternatively, float away with a one-hour foot reflexology treatment; this comes in just a shade over budget at $114, but includes full use of the spa facilities, making it a worthwhile splurge. 

Spa Nes. 407 Havelock Road Level 2, Singapore 

If you're after an epic night out for under $100, Singapore has it in spades. For more info, head to Singapore Tourism

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