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Visit Raffles Hotel and explore the free museum on the first floor (MUSEUM CLOSED DOWN IN 2012). Also in Fort Canning Park is the Battlebox (CURRENTLY CLOSED). An inexpensive account in the original bunker of the british operations when the japanese invaded. The account is given by animatrons. From there take a bus to the Old Ford Factory an Art Deco building occupied by the Japanese where the British surrendered and then accepted the surrender of the Japanese after the Atom bombs were dropped. An inexpensive charge to enter a very excellent museum of artifacts and newspaper accounts of the time.
Eat for a few $Singapore at the Hawker Centres in Chinatown see a few temples on the way.
In December be sure to see the amazing Chrsitmas lights in Orchard Road, especialy the shop lights at Tangs Department Store.
In January visit the Botanic Gardens to see the elephants on parade before being auctioned. Artists are commisioned to decorate the full size models of baby Elephants. These are displayed throughout Orchard Rd and in the Art Museum throughout December. Small models are sold outside Tangs Department Store. The Elephants move to the Botanic Gardens in january. The net proceeds of the Auction go to support injured elephants. Buying one of these models makes a lovely memory of a trip to Singapore.
Singapore is wonderful. Its safe and there is so much to do.There are more shops below ground than above so even in the rain you can stay dry. There is a museum of a Chinese Shophouse in Chinatown called the Chinatown Heritage Centre, in Pagoda Street, showing how the early Chinese immigrants lived. Always good to be reminded that Life wasn't always like it is today. Museum entry is not free.
The MRT and the Bus is a tremendous service and very reasonable. If you have to be at the airport dont pack your smimming cosi. There is a swimming pool on the roof top (WHICH IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS UNTIL MARCH, 2014). There is also a cinema within Changi Airport.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE IS ''free things to do" MANY THINGS MENTIONED HAVE AN ENTRANCE FEE OR CHARGE.