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Cheap areas to stay in Singapore

Singapore’s soaring skyscrapers and upmarket hotels may seem to make it an unlikely destination for economy travelers, but there are some neighborhoods offering accommodation suited to the more modest budget. One such is Chinatown, which has the added advantage of being within walking distance of many Downtown attractions, including the Colonial District. Little India is further from Downtown, but you can be there in 15 minutes via the MRT subway. Centered on Sergoon Road, Little India is a bustling neighborhood with lively restaurants offering dishes fresh from the tandoor, bargain shopping, and colorful temples.

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The budget-friendly Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen dates back to 1887 and once hosted Chinese opera – you’ll sense its heritage as you step into the lobby with its high timber-framed ceiling. Its Chinatown location means you’re close to Singapore’s center. The boutique-style and reasonably-priced Champion Hotel is in the Joo Chiat area, a residential neighborhood with many well-preserved historic houses, and is 40 minutes from Downtown via the subway. The cheap Fragrance-Hotel Riverside, meanwhile, is a 15-minute walk from Downtown and just 5 minutes from Clarke Quay subway station, and features a rooftop swimming pool.

Where to find cheap food in Singapore

For the cheapest eats in Singapore, search out traditional dishes like Singapore chili crab, roti prata – a freshly baked flatbread served with spicy mutton or chicken curry – and nasi lemak, a rice dish cooked in coconut milk and served with other ingredients such as peanuts, anchovies, and chili paste. You’ll find those dishes and many more at the hawker centers around the city. These informal food courts offer a multitude of stalls – head to Chinatown’s Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market for one of the most popular, or to Tiong Bahru Market on Seng Poh Road.

Cheap things to do in Singapore

Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, Sri Mariamman, is unexpectedly in Chinatown, and you can tour its extraordinarily colorful and elaborate grounds for free. Another freebie is the Southern Ridges Trail, where you can hike 10 km of pathways through luxuriant forest perched above the city. For something a little more relaxed, East Coast Park features a 15 km stretch of beach where you can top up your tan on the golden sands, take a dip in the sea, or fire up a BBQ in one of the purpose-built pits. For a bit of culture, head to the National University of Singapore campus where there’s a free museum displaying ancient Chinese artifacts plus a gallery with contemporary art, or take a free hour-long tour, booked in advance, of the lovingly restored Baba House to learn about the life of shipping tycoon Wee Bin and his family.

Cheap ways to get around Singapore

Many of central Singapore can be explored on foot, which is a very budget-friendly way of exploring the sights. If you’re exploring the wider area, you’ll want to use Singapore’s extensive network of bus services as well as the quick and efficient subway system, the MRT. Buy an EZ-link electronic travel card from one of the many sales points, available as 1-, 2- or 3-day passes. You can top up the card as you need to and it’s valid on the MRT subway service and on buses.

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