Touted as the ‘Lion City’ or the ‘Garden City’, Singapore offers a glimpse into a mélange of cultures brought together by its Asian immigrants and has a reputation for ornate gardens and architectural gems that enchant visitors every year to this Southeast Asian Island nation. With over 63 satellite islands and one main island, Singapore has the third-highest population density and second-highest GDP per capita in the world.
Singapore remains hot and humid year-round, and showers occur often, although usually not lasting long. Singapore’s stable weather also means there’s no ‘best time’ for a visit, although it’s advisable to avoid national holidays and global events like the Grand Prix in September if you’re looking to minimize costs.
The city stays true to form with a comprehensive and super-efficient train system, the MRT, which means navigating around Singapore attractions couldn’t be easier. Add to that, the city’s bus system also offers cheap, far-reaching travel, meaning it’s easier than ever to see all the sights on a budget. However, taxis can be expensive but are a good option for those looking to reach destinations further afield from the city center.
Marina Bay is a tourist hotspot in Singapore that holds events like Formula One Singapore Grand Prix annually. Don’t forget to check out the Supertree Grove in the futuristic Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands Skypark. For adventure seekers, Singapore Zoo and Night Safari are a must.
While Garden City can be quite expensive, you can try some endearing experiences that are not too heavy on the wallet. We recommend visiting Buddha Tooth Relic Temple on South Bridge Road, going for a sunrise hike on Mount Faber, taking a stroll at Changi Point Boardwalk, mooching around at the Arts House and Gardens by the Bay, and enjoying a free concert at Esplanade.
The festivities begin in Singapore from December to February with Christmas and Chinese New Year. However, the shopping festival starts in June and remains till August. Shopaholics can buy from major brands at highly discounted prices.
Singapore is famous for being expensive when it comes to food and lodging. However, you can explore Singapore on a modest budget by visiting in the shoulder season and getting good deals on tour packages.
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