If you’ve seen the new movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” which follows an Asian-American woman who discovers that her boyfriend hails from one of the richest families in Singapore where it’s set, you’re probably already dreaming of visiting the Southeast Asian city.
As showcased in the movie, there are plenty of ways to spend big in Singapore, from buying an orchid-shaped supercar (a luxury car that opens up like the flower) to sipping on gold tea (a white tea plated with 24 karat gold). But Singapore offers a plethora of “rich” experiences you can actually do on a budget, in fact many of the main attractions are actually free.
Here’s how to have a “crazy, rich” time in Singapore without breaking the bank.
Gardens by the Bay
With more than one million plants, Gardens by the Bay, is one of the world’s top 20 most checked-in places on Facebook, according to its site.
Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.
Bay Central Garden will act as a link between Bay South and Bay East Gardens. It stands at 15 hectares (37 acres) with a 3-kilometre (1.9 mi) waterfront promenade that allows for scenic walks stretching from the city centre to the east of Singapore. More developments of Bay Central Garden are coming in the next few years.
Cheap Michelin-star meals
Singapore is the perfect city for foodies who want to feast frugally.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
A prominent feature of the Singapore skyline is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel; a building consisting of amazing architecture and a jaw-dropping rooftop.
Set in 3 ultra-modern buildings overlooking Marina Bay, this posh hotel is across the road from luxe stores at The Shoppes and 2 minutes’ walk from Bayfront MRT station.
Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with city or bay views, the warm, airy rooms offer minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screens. Family rooms include living areas, Nespresso machines and balconies. Upgraded rooms and suites add access to a lounge serving free breakfast. Some suites offer butler service and/or private gyms.
There are over 80 chic restaurants and 24 bars, including a skybar with sweeping city views. There’s also a rooftop infinity pool, an observation deck and a spa.
MacRitchie Reservoir Park’s hiking trails wind through a tropical rainforest, with macaque monkeys scampering about. Other wildlife includes squirrels, lizards, owls and even flying lemurs.
But the absolute highlight of the park is the TreeTop Walk. Wander across a suspension bridge that floats high above the treetops, 82 feet up at its highest point. The bridge offers amazing views of the forest and “a bird’s eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy,” according to its site. Hiking in the park as well as the Treetop Walk are free.