Singapore is not a typical stop on a backpacker’s trip to southeast Asia. While it doesn’t rival the same low costs as destinations like Thailand or Vietnam, this modern city still has plenty to offer budget travelers. Here are 7 reasons why backpackers shouldn’t skip Singapore:
Chinatown is a picturesque heritage district where you’ll find cheap food, souvenirs, and accomodations. For just a few SGD you can enjoy traditional hawker dishes, or brunch at the cute Loft Cafe. When the sun goes down and the red and gold lanterns light up the streets, sit outside and enjoy a Tiger beer before returning to your nearby boutique hostel (try: 5footway.inn Project Ann Siang).
We stumbled across The Pinnacle@Duxton while exploring the city, and were curious to know if we could access the building’s skybridge on the 50th floor. It turns out you can for only 6 SGD! Once up, you’ll find the longest sky garden in the world where you can hang out and take in the best panoramic view of Singapore.
6. Ladies Night
Being on a budget in Singapore doesn’t mean you can’t go out for a glamourous night on the town. On Wednesdays many of the city’s coolest bars and restaurants offer ladies deals like free entry or complimentary cocktails. Check out this list of ladies night deals in Singapore to find the best hotspots.
7. Marina Bay
You don’t have to be staying in a pricey hotel at Marina Bay to enjoy it. Take pictures by the water at sunset and watch the free “Wonder Full” nightly light show after. You could also catch a free performance at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay or pose with Merlion Park‘s famous statue.
There are too many reasons why backpackers shouldn’t skip Singapore to name. With unique architecture, inexpensive attractions, an excellent metro system, and the ease of communicating with the locals in English, this city should be high on every budget traveler’s bucket list. What’s your favorite reason to visit Singapore?
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