Asia Travel

Singapore After Dark, Fun and Free

Location: Singapore

The most expensive city in the world can put you back quite a few dollars. Beautiful Singapore is a colorful and glamorous destination where a beer will cost you $15 and the smallest of hotel rooms (closet more like it) will start at $100. But there are ways to enjoy this sparkling island city state without breaking the bank. Especially in the evening. Here are some tips on Singapore after dark, fun and free.

Gardens by the Bay

After a day enjoying the city have an early dinner in the less expensive Clarke’s Quay area (older port area of warehouses now mostly restaurants) and then walk (free) or take a River Cruise Boat ($24) at dusk to the One Fullerton Pier. As

Art along the Singapore River

the sun sets the Singapore River and its bridges are lit and beautiful. Be sure to enjoy the historic Fullerton Hotel after dark as you begin your Singapore after dark fun and free tour.

Fullerton Hotel

Stop to pose with the famous Merlion statue after dark then wander along the bay.  Get comfy in one of the many seating areas and and get ready for the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Laser Light

The Merlion is the symbol of the city

Show.  If you want to spend the money, it’s fun to go up to the observation deck at Marina Bay Sands ($23).  But if you are on a budget you can skip it.  We did it in the afternoon and enjoyed a way-too-expensive gin and tonic in the roof top bar.

Laser show at Marina Bay Sands

The laser light show is every night at 8:00 and 9:00.  Coordinated with music and fountains it’s a pretty amazing show in a pretty amazing location.  A great way to enjoy Singapore after dark fun and free.

Spend the money to enjoy the stunning Gardens

Gardens by the Bay

by the Bay sky walk ($8) and the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome ($28) during the day(definitely my favorite Singapore attraction). But by night make sure you position yourself to enjoy the free and spectacular Gardens by the Bay light show. You have two chances to

Gardens by the Bay

see the show each evening at 7:45 and 8:45.

We made our way to the Gardens by the Bay over the red lighted Helix Bridge following the Marina Sands Laser show. If you hurry you will have just enough time between shows to walk there.  Some people stay in one place to watch the Gardens light show (15 minutes) while others lay on the concrete below the towering trees to hear, feel and see the music and lights. For me I enjoyed walking all through the forest and taking

Gardens by the Bay

advantage of so many different photography angles. The colors were incredible.  If you are in Singapore for several days this is worth seeing

Year of the Dog

more than once.

We only had two full days in Singapore. We decided to skip Sentosa Island (more family amusement park kind of activities

Street in Chinatown

both day and night) and spent our second day in Chinatown.  There is great food and a wonderful and pretty inexpensive selection of shops for souvenirs. After dark Chinatown glows in gold and red and orange. As part of our


Singapore after dark fun and free tour Chinatown is worth walking through to enjoy the lights, colors and food!

Lucky for us we were in Singapore during the Asian New Year (Year of the Dog).  Singapore’s


population is 74% Chinese (Mandarin is the second language after English) and both Asian New Year and Chinatown are bustling, popular, colorful and most definitely worth a visit.

Singapore after dark, free and fun! Fabulous!


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  • Reply Shawn

    Beautiful! A member of my distant family passed away and I have a trinket from her world travels. It’s a 24 k gold dipped real orchid on a slide chain she bought in Singapore.This necklace wasn’t that expensive either she said.

    February 22, 2018 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Kim Logan

    You and Arne did almost everything we did during our 3 day trip to Singapore! Gardens By the Bay (day and night) was my favorite, too!

    February 22, 2018 at 9:51 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      What a nice treasure. The sell lots of gold here. Hard to find silver.

      February 22, 2018 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Laureen

    I told Arne I wonder what the city council thought when someone first proposed this idea? They probably thought the guy was crazy. Takes great vision to know how wildly successful something like this can be and take a chance on finding it. I loved it both day and night.

    February 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Kylie

    I love seeing places like this in the dark! The laser show looks so cool!

    March 3, 2018 at 12:31 am
  • Reply Eloise

    Wow, I didn’t see all this when I visited Singapore! I should play an overnight layover next time I travel to Europe 😉

    March 3, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Singapore looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Great post.

    March 3, 2018 at 1:59 am
  • Reply Alaine

    Glad you enjoyed one of my home cities! It’s sometimes hard to appreciate Singapore. Glad you found it fun and affordable.

    March 3, 2018 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Kayla Illies

    Looks so beautiful! My husband was in Singapore this past year and I’m dying to go see it too!

    March 9, 2018 at 5:30 am
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