Quirky Things to Do in Singapore for Under P500

They will satisfy your passion for exploring off beaten paths.


(SPOT.ph) Here’s some advice for travelers who are about to visit Singapore for the first–or even the nth–time: there’s so much more to Singapore than the usual tourist spots in the city. Take time to explore places you haven’t seen or heard of before.

Singapore is a juxtaposition of old and new, cultural and modern, urban and nature. There is so much to discover if you go off the beaten path, and we encourage you to grow your passion for exploring by doing these five quirky things, each for P500 or less.


Excite your passion for culture by watching Buddhism come to life.

Haw Par Villa is one of the largest cultural theme parks in Southeast Asia and the last of its kind in the world, with a strong focus on Buddhist culture. If you are passionate about learning new cultures, philosophy, and religion, this eclectic park will not disappoint. One of the main attractions is the Ten Courts of Hell, which gives visitors a visually stunning and hair-raising view of hell according to Buddhists. If you dig parks with unusual and cultural displays, Haw Par Villa is an off beaten path you would enjoy.

Visit the exhibit for free, or take the SGD10 (about P400) “Finding Your Tao” guided tour around the park, which will acquaint you with everything you need to know about Buddhism.


Embrace your passion for fitness by biking down Singapore’s longest waterway.
SGD6-8 (about P240-320) per hour

Punggol Waterway Park is a massive theme park built around Singapore’s longest man-made waterway. While you can enter the family-friendly park for free, there are several stations around the area where you can rent bikes and explore the scenic surroundings. Not many people think of combining tourism with exercise, but it’s an experience you’ll be glad you had.


Invigorate your passion for history by visiting a piece of Buddha himself.
Free; donations encouraged

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum’s main attraction is exactly what it sounds like: a piece of a tooth that supposedly belonged to Buddha himself. The place may sound like just another cultural destination but when you see the holy relic, the temple built to house it, and the intricate carvings and statues, you would understand why this shrine is extraordinary.

The temple is located in Chinatown and admission is free, but you’re more than welcome to make a SGD10 donation for the temple’s upkeep (and maybe some good karma).


Indulge your passion for nature by walking above the trees.

TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir is a six-kilometer nature trail through a lush forest. The diverse flora and fauna you’ll see along the way are already reason enough to go, but the trail’s highlight is a 250-meter long suspension bridge. It takes you high above the forest canopy, giving you a bird’s eye view of your natural surroundings—a great treat for people who are passionate about nature. Just make sure you’re ready for a long walk—it’ll be worth it.


Inspire your passion for photography with the street art at Tiong Bahru.

Tiong Bahru is home to a diverse range of restaurants and cafés, where nearly everything is Instagram-worthy. It’s also home to some stunning murals that add even more character to the neighborhood. It’s easy to lose track of time there, snapping pic after pic; if you’re looking for the perfect place to take selfies, include this spot in your itinerary. Simply put, this place is a must-visit for travelers who are into photography.

While Singapore is a treasure trove of eclectic, interesting, and wonderful destinations, it also offers more than cool tourist spots. If you’re big on shopping, it would be impossible not to fall in love with Singapore. If you’re planning to fly to the Lion City today or any day before August 12, check out the Great Singapore Sale and get a hold of all the bargains this annual event has to offer. Just make sure that you have extra baggage allowance for all the clothes and souvenir items you’ll be bringing home.

There are plenty of places in Singapore that give more bang for your buck. This melting pot of cultures won’t fail you, especially if you have a genuine passion for adventure and trying new things. Let your passion to explore the unknown be your reason to make your Singapore trip more memorable and fun.

Don’t be afraid to take the unusual route, and try the quirky things. The best thing you can do while you’re there is to explore everything the Lion City has to offerdon’t be afraid to take any chances.

This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Singapore Tourism Board.
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