Go backpacking in Singapore on a budget

Singapore might be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but it has much to offer backpackers on a budget. Famous for its street food, skyscrapers and cloud forests, Singapore is the gateway to south-east Asia. Backpackers arriving in Singapore will enjoy a spectacular mix of Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, and Malay cuisine.

Singapore’s food scene is widely recognised as one of the best in Asia. From its indoor Hawker markets to restaurants focusing purely on desserts, the local culture is best celebrated through its cuisine.

With its expensive reputation, far too many travellers see Singapore as a layover destination, but its easily affordable if you stay in a hostel and eat cheap during your stay.

Here are a few of the best things to do in Singapore:

Go to a Hawker Market

Image by Dickson Phua (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Image by Dickson Phua (Flickr/Creative Commons)

You’re never going to be hungry in Singapore as you can eat out cheaply here. Make sure you try some Hainanese chicken rice, dim sum, and local favourite nasi lemak at Maxwell Road or Lau Pa Sat. Hawker markets are the best places for finding budget Asian food, in some cases for as little as $4 USD per meal.

Visit Chinatown and Little India

Image by Jean-François Chénier (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Image by Jean-François Chénier (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Chinatown and Little India are the most traditional parts of Singapore. Here you can immerse yourself in the British colonial era, explore enchanting temples and mosques, and other areas of worship. You can have a beer or cocktail at the rooftop bar at Club Street, or grab some dim sum in cheap restaurants.

Explore Singapore Zoo at night

Image by Madeleine Deaton (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Image by Madeleine Deaton (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Singapore Zoo is one of the best in Asia and its ‘Night Safari’ is a special experience. Offering visitors a tour of nocturnal animals, the safari is one of the highlights of any trip to Singapore.

The safari allows you to see over 900 nocturnal animals – including hyenas, lions and leopards – without barriers by using special lighting techniques. Tickets cost $22 USD per person.

Go to the Singapore cloud forest

Image by Khairul Nizam (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Image by Khairul Nizam (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Gardens by the Bay is a series of modern greenhouses and waterfront parks. Here you can climb an ‘indoor mountain’ in the cloud forest, and stroll along a surreal canopy trail. Prices are $14 USD per person.

Ready for some dim sum and a nocturnal tour at the zoo? The English-speaking city has a remarkable range of things to see and do, check out below where you can sleep cheap in the Lion City today. 

*Image by Daran Kandasamy (Flickr/Creative Commons)