Our island-city is super tiny, there’s no disputing that. But if you think it’s boring here just because of our lack of size, you’re just not looking in the right places. In this small but densely-packed country is an abundance of places to enjoy – and we’re not only talking about futuristic-looking tourist spots that have appeared in Hollywood movies like Hitman: Agent 47 and Crazy Rich Asians.
From the bustling town area to quieter heartlands, every corner in Singapore has something fun waiting in store – be it secluded nature spots to thrilling adventures and quirky eateries. We’ve selected 123 of these places worth checking out, whether you’re a first-time visitor from abroad or a bored local who needs inspiration for your weekend plans.
You can also easily view what’s near you by checking out the Google My Maps we plotted out. This includes the location pins of the activities mentioned down below!
*When visiting these attractions, activities, and tours, make sure to take precautions and practise Covid-19 safe distancing measures at all times.
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If you’re a fan of long, quiet bus rides, you should try going on a “road trip” on one of many scenic bus routes in Singapore. The one which loops around Buona Vista has panoramic green views to give your eyes a break from the screen, bringing you past wide pastures, hills and pretty colonial houses.
And if you just want a short break from the city, hop on bus 975 with your headphones and enjoy a restful bus ride down the Lim Chu Kang heritage road – it’ll even bring you past a sea view.
Go back to the good old days of roller derby at Hi-Roller, Singapore’s largest indoor roller skating rink. With colourful disco lights and thumping music, this skating area is sure to get you feeling super pumped – even if you’re not the most active of people. Balancing won’t be a problem either, because other than the usual roller blades, you can opt to rent roller skates that have a 2×2 wheel configuration for better stability.
Read our article on Hi-Roller.
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Market Square @ Downtown East, E!Hub, Level 5, Singapore 519599
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-8.30pm | Fri 12.30pm-10.30pm | Sat-Sun 8.30am-10pm
Telephone: 9694 4094
We’re no stranger to going trigger-happy with our smartphone cams for Instagram, but few of us know the history of cameras. The Vintage Camera Museum houses antiques like pigeon spy cams used during WWI and II, as well as a 6-metre long Mammoth Camera. There’s also a fun Click Art zone where you can get creative snapping perspective shots with hand-painted wall art.
Read our article on where to buy film cameras in Singapore.
Address: 8C-8D Jalan Kledek, Singapore 199263
Opening hours: 10.30am-7.30pm, Daily
Telephone: 6291 2278
Enjoy the movie from reclined deck chairs.
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It’s hard to say no to comfy air-conditioning and comfy plush seats, but for some fresh air and a non-conventional date, take your movie night outdoors. Cinewav hosts these post-sunset events regularly over by Marina at Keppel Bay, but tickets sell out fast so be sure to check their Facebook page and book your seats quick!
Book a session at Cinewav Marina @ Keppel Bay.
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Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle is home to Singapore’s oldest surviving Dragon Kiln dating way back to the 1940s, and it’s still in use today for the firing of ceramics. Try your hand at moulding your own clay creations and get your hands dirty with their pottery workshops, where you’ll get to use a turning wheel and learn hand-building techniques.
Raed our article on Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle.
Address: 85 Lorong Tawas, Singapore 639823
Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Daily
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Hunt down one of the lighthouses in Singapore and you’ll be able to use Coldplay’s “lights will guide you home” line as your Instagram photo caption without sounding like a pretentious prick – because that’s literally what these beacons are for. Yup, unbeknownst to many, they’re still in use for navigation purposes, guiding ships safely to shore.
While some of them are inaccessible or require special permission to enter, there are easy-to-reach options like Raffles Marina Lighthouse and Fullerton Lighthouse. The former is a popular spot for wedding photography and the sunsets there are amazing.
Read our article about article lighthouses in Singapore.
Clarke Quay has plenty of bars for a night out, but none are as unique as Holey Moley, Singapore’s first mini-golf cocktail bar. Shoot your holes-in-one at their 27 quirky themed courses, which make references to popular shows like The Simpsons, GoT, and ET. In between sips of over-the-top cocktails, munch on a 1-Metre Mega Pizza ($55) that’s large enough for 5.
Read our article on Holey Moley Golf Club.
Book a session at Holey Moley Golf Club.
Address: 3B River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-11pm | Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm
Telephone: 3129 0000
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If you’re not the superstitious sort, make a trip to the Japanese Cemetery Park at Yio Chu Kang for a romantic stroll underneath pretty bougainvillea archways. The cemetery also has a tranquil prayer hall dating back to the 1980s, as well as many traditional sculptures and tombstones belonging to Japanese prostitutes from the 1890s.
Read our article on the Japanese Cemetery Park.
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You don’t have to travel to Australia to catch a few waves. Located in East Coast Park, Singapore Wake Park is a cable-ski park that’s catered to both newbies and pros. It’s also a fun family activity to do as young kiddos can give cable-skiing a whirl too.
Consider getting the Share-The-Fun pass that costs $20/hour onwards, and you can share the hours with friends and family. Or, experience a single session from $50/hour if you’re just testing waters.
Read our article on Singapore Wake Park.
Address: 1206A East Coast Park, Singapore 449891
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm | Sat-Sun 9am-9pm
Telephone: 6636 4266
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Kitten Sanctuary is a non-profit animal welfare group helmed by Jessica Seet, the number one cat lady in Singapore who has dedicated her life to saving orphaned, abandoned, and suffering felines. Though her Cat Museum has since shut down due to issues with an unreasonable landlord, she continues her mission with this new organisation.
Currently, Kitten Sanctuary is home to Singapore’s first and only neonatal kitten nursery. They also have a “kitten kindergarten” where older kittens are socialised in preparation for adoption. Pay these cuties a visit with small fee that will go towards the upkeep of the shelter, and who knows – you might just fall in love with one and decide to take it home.
Address: 737A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198705
Telephone: 9126 7379
One of the rest points along the trail
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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is Singapore’s largest nature reserve. All year round you’ll find swamp animals like mudskippers, water monitor lizards, and even crocodiles in its mangroves. It’s also a “pit stop” for migratory birds, so you’ll catch glimpses of plovers and sandpipers here from September to March. Don’t worry about it being all wet and muddy, because there are proper paths and a mangrove boardwalk for you to trod on comfortably.
Read our article on Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Book a walking tour at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Address: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718925
Opening hours: 7am-7pm, Daily
Telephone: 6794 1401
A brunch date is the one thing that’s hard to go wrong with whenever we’re planning a day out with bae. To switch things up, choose a cafe based on either you or your SO’s favourite colour from the many colour-themed cafes in town. On top of yummy cafe grub, you’ll be promised cool aesthetics that deserve a spot in your IG feeds.
Read our article on colour-themed cafes in Singapore.
Sometimes you just wanna escape to another dimension, and with technology, you can. Temporarily, at least. Headrock VR is Singapore’s first and only virtual reality theme park, where apart from the usual shooter games, there are also thrilling coaster rides that’ll take you back to prehistoric times, and milder rhythm games like Beat Saber.
Book a session at HeadRock VR Theme Park Sentosa.
Address: 80 Siloso Road, Southside Block #01-03, Singapore 098969
Opening hours: Thu-Tue 11am-7pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 6963 4127
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It goes without saying that Little India is the best place in Singapore to fill yourself up with some tasty tandoori chicken, dalcha, and thosai. When you’ve gotten your fill, stroll along the bustling preserved shophouses to check out the market stalls, colourful traditional clothing and accessories, and henna parlours.
A popular place for shopping in Little India is Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour megastore piled high with Indian groceries, cheap electronics, and quirky snacks.
Read our article on Mustafa Centre.
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704
Opening hours: 9.30am-11.30pm,. Daily
Telephone: 6295 5855
*Mustafa Centre is currently open for limited hours daily, and will resume 24/7 shopping in the future.
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Don’t just throw stuff around in your room to relieve stress – head down to Axe Factor and you’ll get to fling real axes at a target board to let off some steam. Think of it as darts, but with weapons instead. All the necessary safety measures are in place, including a briefing by their “axe-perts” and a practise round, so you can get the hang of it before going on a little round robin tournament with your mates.
Book a session at Axe Factor Singapore.
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, The Grandstand #01-32A/B & #01-34A/B, Singapore 287994
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm-10pm (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 8923 8945
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Westsiders are spoiled for choice when it comes to visiting gardens for scenic jogs and evening walks in nature now that the Yunnan Garden at NTU has finished renovations. Aside from the 1,000 new trees from over 80 species, there is now also a 5.6M-tall waterfall and a 900M-long boardwalk for picturesque strolls.
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You don’t need to worry about your smartphone’s connection dropping out either, as the gardens are fully covered by Wifi. The ulu-ness of it also means that there are fewer people that will accidentally photobomb your Instagram stories.
Read our article on Yunnan Garden.
Address: 12 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637721
Opening hours: 24/7
Telephone: 6791 1744
While there are many traditional golf courses for you to take a swing at, Five Iron Golf has levelled up the good ‘ol swinging game with technology to bring us a virtual golf course. You can select your preferred golfing ground, and set different weather conditions if you’re up for the challenge.
Single sessions start from $75/30-minutes, and novice golfers who have yet to invest in some swanky gear can rent equipment on-site too.
Read our article on Five Iron Golf.
Address: 139 Cecil Street, #13-01, Singapore 069539
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am-12am | Sun 7am-8pm
Telephone: 6993 4131
Only in Singapore do you have an airport with a sunflower garden and butterfly garden, and with the retail complex of Jewel Changi now standing alongside the flight terminals, I’d say we’re pretty hard to beat. It’s not any regular airport mall, though, ‘cause apart from the shopping and food options like Shake Shack and a 24-hour A&W, it’s also home to a giant Forest Valley full of trees, and the iconic Rain Vortex, the world’s largest indoor waterfall.
There are also play zones for all ages which include a mirror maze, hedge maze, suspended bouncing nets, and a slide with a near-90 degree drop.
Book tickets here to access multiple attractions at Jewel Changi.
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For a change of scenery, pop by Quayside Isle at Sentosa or Keppel Bay near Harbourfront for a romantic seaside stroll with the view of yachts. You may not be able to rent one, what with them being so expensive, but you can dine at one of the many restaurants in either location. It’s a date-worthy setting, so save it for a special occasion or when you need to impress!
Read our article on Keppel Bay.
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While reading a book is a form of escapism, doing so in a quaint lil bookstore like Woods in the Books will bring you to a whole new world. Bookworm or not, this store is a must-visit for its quirky decor, as well as its wide selection of picture and illustrated books that kids will enjoy.
Address: 3 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168642
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 10am-7pm | Sun-Mon 10am-6pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: 6222 9980
Old is gold, and if you want to incorporate a rustic look into your home, head down to the 2 stores at Antique Row at Turf Club for old furniture that has stood the test of time. Even if you’re not there to purchase anything, it’s interesting snooping around Junkie’s Corner and the nameless store beside it to uncover old paraphernalia like statues, dolls, and vintage cameras.
Find out more about what you can do at Turf Club and read our articles on antique/vintage furniture and knick-knacks:
Get your geek on at Science Centre Singapore and enter a series of educational exhibits that explain how things work in a fun way. Their permanent exhibitions include The Mind’s Eye, which holds a rainbow mirror maze, as well as Know Your Poo, created to let you know more about our poop and farts.
They’ve also recently introduced a couple of free-to-play VR games which will have you soaring high over a virtual cityscape and slashing fast-flying fruit.
Read our article on Science Centre Singapore.
Book a trip at Science Centre Singapore.
Address: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, School & Public Holidays 10am-5pm
Telephone: 6425 2500
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How to make sure your seafood is fresh: Catch it yourself. ORTO at Khatib has a huge fishing pond as well as a prawning facility, and you can grill and eat your catches on the spot. But if you’d rather not get your hands dirty, just pop by one of their many alfresco eateries offering mookata, hotpot, and Asian tapas.
And if waiting for fish to bite is too mild an activity for your squad, ham it up with drift-karting, paintball, and jumping around at a trampoline park instead.
Book a session at the Katapult Trampoline Park in Orto Yishun.
Address: 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-01, Singapore 769198
Opening hours: 24/7 (individual establishments’ opening hours apply)
Telephone: 6257 8858
We’re all familiar with the trippy art projections at the ArtScience Museum that dominate our social media feeds every now and then. But don’t let it fool you into thinking that there aren’t other interesting galleries in SG to explore.
Check out the many free art exhibitions and museums around the country, from Vietnam War artworks at NUS Museum to flora and fauna illustrations at Botanical Art Gallery.
Book a session at ArtScience Museum.
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Not everyone can be a pilot, but you can come close to the real deal with the Boeing 737 Flight Experience. The high-tech flight simulation is used for actual pilot training and will have you doing your own takeoffs and landings with a hyper-realistic view that looks just like our cityscape. You can even choose to “fly” in adverse weather conditions should you want some added excitement.
Address: 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore Flyer #02-06, Singapore 039803
Telephone: 6339 2737
Admission: From $100
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Hidden far away from the cookie cutter shops in malls is Cat Socrates, where cat lovers can go gaga over a range of cat-themed trinkets, books, and even tarot cards that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Those who aren’t fans of felines will still be able to find a quirky general selection of stationery, postcards, and home items.
Read our article on Cat Socrates.
Yong Siak outlet
Address: 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-14, Singapore 163078
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 10am-7pm | Fri-Sat 10am-8pm | Sun 9am-6pm | Mon & PH 10am-6pm
Telephone: 6333 0870
Joo Chiat outlet
Address: 448 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427661
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11am-8pm | Sun & PH 11am-7pm | Mon 11am-6pm
Telephone: 6348 0863
From speakeasy bars along Ann Siang Hill to picturesque shophouses in Tanjong Pagar, Chinatown wears many more shades than just being an enclave known for traditional Chinese restaurants and stores. Dig deeper and you’ll discover 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, a charming lil nook filled with unique shops and art studios.
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The Art Nooq takes art jamming a step further with their Macaron Painting workshop ($60/pax), which may leave you pretty reluctant to dig into your treats afterwards. Meanwhile, there’s State of Shiok with pseudo tattoo workshops ($68/pax), where you can try inking on faux skin using a real tattoo gun.
Read our article on 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace.
Address: 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, Singapore 168976
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Younger Singaporeans tend to gravitate towards clean air-conditioned supermarkets instead of noisy wet markets, but all that nicely-packaged fish laid out in styrofoam trays? It has to come from somewhere. And that place is likely either Senoko Fishery Port or Jurong Fishery Port, the only 2 fishing ports in Singapore.
It’ll be an eye-opening experience watching fishermen and fishmongers alike tirelessly working in their rubber boots in the wee hours. Don’t forget to bring some cash so you can get the freshest marine fare way up the supply chain at unbeatable wholesale prices.
Jurong Fishery Port
Address: Fishery Port Road, Singapore 619742
Opening hours: 24/7 (most bustling in the early morning from 2am) | Closed on Mondays 2am-6am
Telephone: 6265 1680
Senoko Fishery Port
Address: 31 Attap Valley Road, #02-29, Singapore 759908
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2am-6am (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6257 6721
Challenge yourself and tackle Forest Adventure, a treetop high elements course at Bedok reservoir with 44 obstacles. There are a couple of routes according to various difficulty levels – including those suitable for kids – each one ending with a rewarding zip line where you’ll be zooming across the reservoir’s waters.
Read our article on Forest Adventure.
Address: Bedok Reservoir Park, Singapore 478931
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 9.30am-6pm | Sat-Sun & PH 9.30am-6.30pm | Mon 9.30am-2pm
Telephone: 8100 7420
Forest Adventure website
Some of us may have dreamt of being firefighters as children, but there’s more to it than just wielding large hoses and rescuing kittens from trees. Plan your next museum outing to the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, where you can learn about our country’s Civil Defence Force.
Within Singapore’s oldest fire station are collections of firefighting paraphernalia and exhibits about notable moments in history such as the Bukit Ho Swee fire. You can even sit in a vintage fire engine and have a go at their SCDF Emergency Preparedness Centre to simulate a real fire attack.
Read our article on the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery.
Address: 62 Hill Street, Singapore 179367
Telephone: 6332 2996
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-4pm (Closed on Mondays)
Make your bookings in advance on the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery website.
We all itch for an outdoor adventure whenever city life gets a bit much, but it doesn’t always have to mean hiking or cycling. Instead, have lunch at Lucky Saigon Cafe, where you can enjoy some solid Vietnamese grub while snapping cute #OOTD shots against their rustic nature setting.
Read our article on Lucky Saigon Cafe.
Address: 356 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247674
Opening hours: 9am-10pm, Daily
Telephone: 6556 8228
Learn how hops and grains are brewed into our homegrown Tiger Beer with a guided Tiger Brewery Tour, which includes a 45-minute free-flow sampling session that’s already included in your entry fee. This alcohol buffet also includes other brands of booze like Baron’s, Guinness, and Archipelago, which you’ll be sipping on in the old-timey Tiger Tavern.
Read our article on the Tiger Brewery Tour.
Book your tickets to Tiger Brewery Tour.
Address: 459 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, Singapore 639934
Tour schedule: Thu-Sun 1pm-6.30pm (Last tour 5pm)
Telephone: 6860 3005
Here’s one for the thrill-seekers. Take a leap of faith at AJ Hackett’s bungy tower, and plunge 50-metres down with the option to land in a 3.5-metre pool. If the prospect of free-falling terrifies you too much, you can choose to rappel down the tower instead. Or have a spin on the giant swing, which hits up to 120km/h and can hold up to 3 people at a go.
Not into such heart-pumping activities? Enjoy the view of Sentosa’s beaches with a leisurely stroll across the open-air skybridge with glass floor panels.
Read our article on AJ Hackett.
Book a session at AJ Hackett.
Address: 30 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099011
Opening hours: Mon, Thu & Fri 1.30pm-7pm | Sat–Sun 12.30pm-7pm (Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Telephone: 6911 3070
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Having withdrawals from your vacation in Taiwan or Japan? Head to the Chinese and Japanese Gardens for those “out of Singapore” vibes – even the trees there look different from what you’d find at other parks and gardens in our red dot. The 2 sprawling parks are popular photoshoot locations for cosplayers, which just goes to show how authentic they look.
Address: 50 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618661
Opening hours: 24/7
Telephone: 6560 0056
Take your group outings to the next level at NERF Action Xperience, a huge indoor arena where you’ll get to go trigger-happy with a shootout. Guns, bullets, and safety goggles will be provided, and you’ll get to shoot zombie targets, take on timed speed challenges, or engage in a capture the flag battle complete with obstacles to duck behind. There’s also a high-elements course with a rock wall and rope obstacles to attempt.
Read our article on NERF Action Xperience.
Book a session at NERF Action Xperience.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #01-208, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm | Sat-Sun & PH 10am-8pm
It doesn’t matter whether you fancy yourself a budding Van Gogh or not. Art is for everyone, and it serves as great therapy when you’re stressed. Not all of us have the right equipment at home, but at an art jamming studio, you get a canvas and an unlimited usage of paints to create your own masterpiece with – all without the hassle of having to clean up afterwards.
Book an Art Jam Session.
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An alternative to the tourist-filled Peranakan museum is The Intan, a private Peranakan home-museum that opens its doors to visitors by appointment. You’ll find the 2-storey shophouse unit full of traditional ware like handmade beaded slippers, tiffin food carriers, and antique furniture as you explore the compound through a tour by its owners.
During the tour you’ll also be treated to either an afternoon tea selection with nyonya kueh, or a fuller meal of lunch or dinner, depending on which package you choose.
Make an appointment at The Intan.
Address: 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231
Opening hours: By appointment only
Telephone: 6440 1148
Adventure HQ at HomeTeamNS Khatib is an indoor playground that lets adults become kings and queens of the jungle gym again. This spot features the tallest indoor slide in Singapore at 14M-tall (or 4.5 storeys high) and the country’s only indoor aerial glider.
An all-access pass that grants you 3.5 hours of playtime starts at $40 on weekdays, while on weekends it starts from $48.
Read our article on Adventure HQ.
Book a session at Adventure HQ.
Address: 2 Yishun Walk, HomeTeamNS Khatib, Singapore 767944
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 2pm-10pm | Sat-Sun Closed on Mondays
Telephone: 6705 9420
Museum dates are definitely a vibe, whether you’re artsy or not. If you’re running out of paktor ideas, head to the new Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, where you’ll get to enjoy a whole range of exhibitions by both local and international artists.
Read our article on the Singapore Art Museum.
Address: 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark #01-02, Singapore 089065
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Admission: Free for Singapore Residents and PRs | $5/student and seniors and $10/adult for standard tickets
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Our old-school playgrounds are truly icons of our country, and now that they’re such rare finds, these nostalgia-inducing structures from a simpler time are all the more precious. You already know the classic dragon playground – of which there are only 2 left today – but there are a couple other gems like clock- and dove-shaped ones.
Read our article on old-school playgrounds.
Singapore may no longer be a fishing village, but you can still get a taste of that part of her past at Smith Marine Floating Restaurant. This kelong-style restaurant between Pulau Ubin and Changi Point ferry terminal lets you fish for your own seafood before it’s sent off to the kitchen to be cooked in your preferred style.
Read our article on Smith Marine.
Book a session at Smith Marine.
Address: 01’23’52″N – 103’57’42″E
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily (Closed on alternate Mondays)
Telephone: 9792 7609 (WhatsApp/SMS for reservations)
On Apple Photo Walks, you’ll get insider tips from phone photography pros on how to step up your mobile photography and editing. From Jewel Changi Airport to Emerald Hill, these curated routes will lead you to uncover hidden IG-worthy corners at your favourite hangout spots.
Best of all, it’s free. All you need to bring is your iPhone – or don’t; the latest iPhones will be loaned to participants for them to snap away with.
Read our article on Apple Photo Walks.
If you’ve paid attention in History class, you probably know about Singapore’s colonial past. At Fort Serapong, witness your History books come to life – explore an abandoned military bunker that once housed hundreds of soldiers.
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While it was previously closed to the public, the area is now open for tours, hosted by Beyond Expeditions. Spend an afternoon exploring heritage sites like the Serapong Casemates and British Kitchen Complex, while solving puzzles along the way.
Do note that unaccompanied explorations are considered trespassing, and offenders may be prosecuted.
Read our articles on Fort Serapong and the Attack at Fort Serapong! A Time Travel Adventure Tour.
Address: 54 Lakeshore View, Singapore 098441
Admission: From $150/pax
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A rare few can dive, but at Soul Coffee, you won’t need to carry a heavy tank on your back to enjoy an underwater view of corals and aquatic animals. With horoscope-themed drinks, pretty cakes, and full-length projections which alternate between seasons, the concept cafe is practically made for the ’Gram.
You’ll also get to watch their AI robot barista brew a cuppa for you when you order a Pourover Coffee ($9.90).
Read our article on Soul Coffee.
Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, Kinex Mall #02-16, Singapore 437157
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm | Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Telephone: 9876 7257
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No, for the last time, Singapore isn’t in China. But we’ll forgive you if you think this granite quarry at Bukit Batok Town Park is. It’s been dubbed Little Guilin (or Xiao Guilin) for its resemblance to the landscape in China’s Guilin which is full of limestone karst formations. Come here on an early morning and you’re likely to see elderly folk practising taichi.
Read our article on Little Guilin.
Address: Along Bukit Batok East Avenue 5
Getting there: Walk about 8 minutes from Bukit Gombak MRT station, or take Bus 945 to Bukit Gombak Stadium
Perhaps enrolling into Hogwarts might be a far-off dream, but Platform 1094 – better-known as Singapore’s famous Harry Potter-inspired cafe – brings some magic to the table for us muggles. Dress up in their wizard robes, grab a wand, and order their flaming Goblet of Fire-inspired cocktail ($15), along with a hearty meal of Pesto Mayo Pork Ribs ($22).
Read our article on Platform 1094.
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Address: 1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-10pm (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6204 6003
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Singapore may be a concrete jungle, but we’ve actually got plenty of urban farms where our own local produce is grown. Many of these farms grow their fruits and veg organically or avoid the use of pesticides so you know that what you’re consuming is safe. Some of them offer tours with explanations and demonstrations on how the farming process is like.
Read our article on urban farms.
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Set further from the other museums in town, Gillman Barracks is a former colonial camp that’s since been transformed into a series of art galleries. Exhibitions vary from time to time, so there’s always something new to check out every couple of months. While you’re there, check out their restaurants and bars within the compound like Masons and Hopscotch.
Read our article on Gillman Barracks.
Address: 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Opening hours: Refer to Gillman Barracks’ page (Closed on Mondays & Public Holidays)
Above all the boat noodle stalls and sleazy discos at Golden Mile Tower lies The Projector, Singapore’s only indie cinema which screens not only the latest blockbusters, but also arthouse films and foreign titles. From anime classics to Asian indie films and culture documentaries, the selection here is something you won’t be able to find at any other regular cinema.
Read our article on The Projector.
Address: 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower #05-00, Singapore 199589
Before video games took over, gamers used to visit arcades like Timezone to slay virtual zombies and show off their moves on Para Para Paradise. Their outlet at Westgate is also their largest arcade so you don’t have to worry about waiting for noobs to finish a game.
There are over 200 games available at this arcade that’s the size of three basketball courts, including two bowling alleys and themed party rooms to boot.
Read our article on Timezone Westgate.
Address: 3 Gateway Drive, Westgate #B1-45 , Singapore 608532
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm | Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Telephone: 6265 1132
Art jamming is fun and all, but art jamming with spray paint is a whole new experience. At Heaven Spot, you can let your creativity run wild. A 1-hour session comes with free access to a 30sqft panel and 2 spray paint colours, plus gas masks and coveralls to keep you safe and clean.
The graffiti studio is a beginner-friendly and judgement-free zone where you can approach the friendly staff to get some spray painting tips. And once you get into the groove of things, you can consider topping up $20 to design a wooden panel you can take home.
Read our article on Heaven Spot.
Book a session at Heaven Spot.
Address: 3 Lorong Bakar Batu, #03-01, Singapore 348741
Opening hours: Fri-Sun 10am-9pm | Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 8268 3160
Channel your inner F1 racer by speeding around on a go-kart track – no driving license needed. There are a 2 karting arenas in Singapore by The Karting Arena including one at The Grandstand and another at Jurong. Now you can chase high of thrilling speeds without risking any demerit points and speeding tickets.
The Karting Arena Bukit Timah
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, The Grandstand #01-01B, South Car Park, Singapore 287994
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 1pm-8.30pm | Sat-Sun 10am-9pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
The Karting Arena Jurong
Address: 511 Upper Jurong Road, Block B, Singapore 638366
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 1pm-9pm | Sat-Sun 9am-9pm (Closed on Mondays)
Hope on a boat at Marina South Pier and have an island-hopping adventure off mainland Singapore. Visit on a weekday to have the islands all to yourself, but for a more flexible schedule with additional boat timings, head down on a weekend instead. Either way, you’ll be met with a relatively tranquil environment far from the tourist crowds.
The boat will first stop at St John’s Island, from which you can walk to Lazarus Island and its unspoilt beach. Once you’re done exploring, hop on the next leg of the ferry ride to get to Kusu Island which is home to a tortoise sanctuary and Chinese temple perched above water.
Book a ferry to St John’s, Lazarus and Kusu islands.
Read our articles on these islands and other islands in Singapore:
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Once housed at Chinese Garden, the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum has since relocated to Khatib. Other than the common red-eared terrapins found at pet stores and reservoirs, you’ll be getting up close to other more exotic specimens like soft shell turtles, a 6-legged tortoise, and a golden terrapin.
Book a session at the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum.
Address: 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-16, Singapore 769198
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 10am-6pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: 6268 5363
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With oriental lanterns strung across the rows of shophouses and decades-old stores touting traditional ornaments, herbs, and toys, Chinatown still retains its culture from the olden days. Pay a visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a towering Tang dynasty-style Buddhist temple. Or have a breather at one of the many teahouses in the vicinity such as Enjoy Tea or Pek Sin Choon Pte Ltd.
Read our article on the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Fishing is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of outdoor activities – after all, many of us are unsure of where exactly we’re given the green light to fish. To spare yourselves from getting caught red handed, cast your rods at these legal fishing spots, from Marina Reservoir down south to Bedok Jetty in the east.
Read our article on fishing spots in Singapore.
Take playtime to greater heights at Airzone, the world’s first suspended net playground at City Square Mall. Stretching over 4 bouncy levels, this play area for all ages features ball pits, slides, tunnels, and giant balls to throw around. Rest assured that the nets are extremely strong and can support 2 full buses worth of people.
Read our article on Airzone.
Book a session at Airzone.
Address: 180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall #02-K4-10 , Singapore 208539
Opening hours: 11.40am-7.50pm, Daily
Telephone: 3159 0767
Changi might be in the far east of Singapore, but for those who want to take a trip to Japan, it’s a cakewalk. If you’re craving a relaxing vacation to Okinawa – known as the “Hawaii” of Japan – but can’t spare the time or the money, Changi Bay Point is a pretty good alternative.
Located along the newly revamped park connector, Changi Bay Point is a seaside escape complete with breathtaking ocean views and plenty of spots to sit down and relax. Get out your excess energy by cycling the full 3.4km stretch, or take a stroll down the scenic boardwalk. If you look close enough, you can even spot Pulau Tekong on the horizon.
Read our article on Changi Bay Point.
Address: Aviation Park Road
Tucked within 313@somerset is New World Carnival, a massive VR arcade. They have a variety of games in horror, thriller and interactive genres – you’ll have a whole lotta fun fighting off zombies, warding off demons and escaping ghosts.
The VR games are especially fun if played in groups. In Zombie Jail, your teamwork will be put to the test when you’re stranded in prison with nothing but a gun controller each, and bloody zombies closing in on you from all directions. Be prepared to lose your voice, as there will be screaming involved.
Read our article on New World Carnival.
Book a session at New World Carnival.
Address: 313 Orchard Road, 313@somerset #03-31/40, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: 11.30am-10.30pm, Daily
Telephone: 6970 0691
If there’s one thing most of us can’t live without, it’s local hawker fare that’s both shiok and affordable. These days, the uniquely Singaporean hawker centre and food courts have been seeing more creative spins.
Head down to Rivervale Mall Food Junction and you’ll find one that resembles a quintessential Singapore void deck, complete with a dragon playground and songbird cages. Food Junction at Great World has atas vibes with an outdoor bar area where you can dine alfresco while looking at the city skyline.
Who says you have to sacrifice on the vibes when you don’t want to spend too much money dining out?
Read our article on the most unique food courts in Singapore to visit.
Rivervale Mall Food Junction
Address: 11 Rivervale Crescent, #01-01/02/03 Rivervale Mall, Singapore 545082
Opening hours: 6.30am-10pm, Daily
Food Junction at Great World
Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #03-116 Great World, Singapore 237994
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
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Our land is packed with high-rise apartments and skyscrapers, but once upon a time we were a sleepy fishing village full kampongs with attap houses. Kampong Lorong Buangkok is the mainland’s last surviving village of the sort, shrouded by greenery and landed property. It’s the only neighbourhood in Singapore that still has a 4-digit postal code, compared to the usual 6.
You can enter the area for a slice of the yesteryears, but remember that these are actual houses with people living in them, so do show respect and avoid causing disturbances.
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If you’ve always wanted to try skydiving but have been put off by the thought of jumping off a plane, have a little teaser at iFly Singapore first. This indoor skydiving park at Sentosa allows you to hover around in the air within a controlled environment, bringing that same thrill without the potential danger. Certified instructors will teach you the right techniques and supervise you throughout the course of your flight.
Book a session at iFly Singapore.
Address: 43 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-01, Singapore 099010
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-9pm | Sat-Sun & PH 9am-9pm
Telephone: 6571 0000
Clad in pink literally from top to bottom, the Museum of Ice Cream is a place where you’ll get to satisfy your sweet tooth and snap snazzy pics for IG. Visit the Scream’s Diner for some classic tunes on the jukebox and free apple pie-flavoured ice cream – which comes in a pink cone, of course.
From an iconic “dragon playground” to a pink beach serving pina coladas and sorbet, the museum is filled with photo ops and activity stations to fill your tummy at every corner. One of the exhibits also features the world’s largest sprinkle pool.
Read our article on the Museum of Ice Cream.
Address: 100 Loewen Road, Singapore 248837
Opening hours: Thu-Sun 10am-10pm (Closed from Monday to Wednesday)
Kranji Marshes is a grassy freshwater marshland and nature reserve rich in biodiversity including butterflies, dragonflies, and especially birds. Aptly named, the 10.65-metre Raptor Tower is the best vantage point for spotting raptor birds like the Black Baza and Japanese Sparrowhawk during the migratory season from November to March.
Read our article on Kranji Marshes.
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Little kids smash pinatas at birthday parties. Big kids with stress issues smash breakables with a baseball bat. Don’t go breaking your mother’s precious dinner plates though – head to The Fragment Room, Singapore’s first and only rage room instead, where you’ll be given crates of old junk like electronics, glass bottles, and porcelain kitchenware to smash to smithereens.
Protective suits, helmets, and cut-proof gloves will be provided for your safety. For those concerned about wastage, you’ll be glad to know that all these items have been bought over from scrap yards, so no new stuff is harmed in the process. You can bring your own smashables for an extra fee, so if you still have old rubbish from your ex lying around at home… you know what to do.
Book a session at The Fragment Room.
Address: 490 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368198
Opening hours: 12am-10pm, Daily
Telephone: 6970 0343
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Wild Wild Wet has been around since the time of the now-defunct Escape Theme Park, but this waterpark has recently undergone a facelift to include a new host of slides that are crazier than before. Don’t miss out on Torpedo – this slide will have you standing on a platform that will retract after a countdown, and you’ll then experience a short vertical free-fall before wooshing through a winding passage and finishing in a horizontal position.
If you’ve got a weak stomach, take heart in knowing that they’ve got milder rides and a Lazy River which you can leisurely cruise along in on a round float.
Read our article on Wild Wild Wet.
Book your tickets to Wild Wild Wet.
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Downtown East, Singapore 519599
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: 6581 9128
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Soaking in a Japanese onsen is something everyone should try once in their lives, but you don’t have to fly to a ryokan abroad to do that. Singapore has both nude and non-nude Japanese hot springs that give you a similar experience, with water that contains minerals that come with health benefits.
There are private ones like Elements Wellness, as well as communal ones like Yunomori Onsen & Spa which gives you that true blue butt-naked experience.
Read our article on Japanese onsen spas.
Book a trip to Elements Wellness.
Most of us would be familiar with St James Power Station, an iconic red-brick building just opposite VivoCity that we have nostalgic memories of. After all, it used to be a very hapz party spot before it began restoration works in 2018.
Now, the monument has been reborn with a new Heritage Trail and Gallery. Lovers of history can visit for a free trail of Singapore’s maritime history and the evolution of the nation’s first-ever power station.
Image credit: St James Power Station
The trail includes a harpoon gun originally a Soviet ship that used to dock in Singapore, 2 cast-iron gate posts from the 1860s and a 10-tonne steam crane.
Then, hop into the Heritage Gallery with an impressive 3D artwork, an animated augmented reality video series and an exhibit.
Read our article about the newly revamped St James Power Station.
Address: 3 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098544
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Don’t think of Haw Par Villa as a derelict statue park – it’s recently undergone a facelift and how includes impressive new pavilions, pagodas, and intricate archways worthy of pre-wedding shoots. There are even some anime-style murals on some walls. Of course, their star attraction on the 10 courts of hell still remains, so venture in and get ready to be spooked by their macabre depictions of the underworld.
Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118 628
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 9am-8pm | Fri-Sat 9am-10pm
Telephone: 6773 0103
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For adrenaline-pumping fun that doesn’t involve sweating it out in the great outdoors, try bouncing around at a trampoline park. It might look like child’s play, but is actually more strenuous than it looks! It’s not just about jumping up and down either – many of them have other cool features like basketball hoops for slam dunks and dodgeball courts. Bounce even has a Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course that includes a vertical wall run and flying fox.
Book a session at Jumprrocks at Kinex.
Get creative with your poses in The Furbies themed room at 123ChiCha.
For the spontaneous, 123ChiCha is open 24 hours and has 20 aesthetic themed rooms, as well as props and costumes you can loan like bridal gowns and traditional qipaos. If a touch of whimsy is what you’re looking for, iWan Selfie Studio has fancy backdrops like a trippy crystal tunnel and a Japanese tea house.
iWan Selfie Studio
Address: 12 Aljunied Road, KH Plaza #05-01, Singapore 389801
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Telephone: 9622 3715
Admission: Mon-Fri $29.90/hour | Sat-Sun & PH $35.90/hour
123ChiCha Selfie Studio
Address: 110 Lorong 23 Geylang, Victory Center #03-07, Singapore 388410
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Telephone: 9029 4733
Can’t decide on whether to go to a bowling alley, bar, arcade, billiards room, or karaoke lounge for a night out with your pals? Quit the bickering and tackle all at once at K Bowling Club, Singapore’s craziest cosmic bowling alley – where there’ll be music thumping and neon lights flashing as you knock down your strikes with good buzz from a cocktail.
If you find yourself consistently landing gutter balls, take a break with a game of darts, claw machines, or old-school arcade games like Puzzle Bobble.
Read our article on K Bowling Club.
Book a session at K Bowling Club.
Address: 313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset #03-27, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Sun-Mon & Wed-Thu 10am-11.30pm | Tue 10am-10.30pm | Fri-Sat 10am-1am
Telephone: 6737 5313
Clementi Forest is a spot that most of us are familiar with – even if you haven’t hiked there, you’ve at least heard of it. What few know about, however, is that just nearby Clementi Forest is Maju Forest, a nature trail complete with an abandoned railway tunnel and old military road.
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You’ll want to wear a good pair of hiking boots as the path can get pretty muddy and slippery. After you’re done exploring, there’s even a tunnel leading to Clementi Forest if you’re up for the adventure.
Read our article on Maju Forest.
The name ArtScience Museum sounds like an oxymoron in itself, but art and science are more intertwined than you may think. Their high-tech Future World exhibition will show you just how, with mesmerising interactive projections and light installations by teamLab.
Book your tickets at ArtScience Museum.
Address: 6 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018974
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Telephone: 6688 8888
At an affordable price of $6 for 30 minutes, you can try longkang fishing at Qian Hu Fish Farm. Don’t worry though, it has no correlation to actual drains. Reminiscent of kampung days, kiddos can attempt to catch fish from ponds, with nets and small tanks provided.
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Even if you don’t have kids, you can also swing by for an exfoliating fish spa ($5/child or $10/adult for 30 minutes). Our feet are oft-neglected and they deserve TLC for being our main mode of transport. Dip your weary feet in and the fish will rid you of your dead skin cells, leaving them soft and clean.
Address: No. 71 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698950
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm | Sat-Sun 9am-7pm
Telephone: 6766 1554
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We don’t have any mountains in Singapore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t channel your inner Spiderman here. There are plenty of rock climbing and bouldering gyms where you can scale great heights, and most of them are indoors, which means: the comfort of air-con! Apart from the standard rock walls, there are places with AR and Tetris-like walls for a bigger challenge.
Besides throwing back a few beers with your pals, another activity you and your group of 9 friends – yay – can engage in is board games. Put on your best game face and battle it out at the various board game cafes in Singapore, most of which have a wide selection of mind-boggling games to choose from.
And with the 10.30pm alcohol ban lifted, you can play on through the night with boozy sustenance too.
Read our article on board game cafes in Singapore.
Up for a challenge? Embark on a round hike of close to 10K at MacRitchie Reservoir, and cross their Treetop Walk suspension bridge in the middle of the trail. This bridge is a fantastic vantage point of the forest below, so it’ll be well worth the sweat and humidity. Completing the hike will take 3-5 hours depending on your speed, but if you wish to shave some distance, enter via the carpark at Venus Drive instead of the Reservoir Park.
Read our article on MacRitchie Reservoir.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 9am-5pm | Sat-Sun & PH 8.30am-5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Working day after day can be exhausting. If you need a little break, a staycation can be a great way to de-stress and enjoy some time away from all your responsibilities.
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For many of us, staycations are nothing new – if you want to stay somewhere refreshing, check out one of these 20 new hotels in Singapore. From resorts like the Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa that exude major Bali vibes, to the luxury The Singapore Edition hotel that epitomises opulence, you can easily plan staycays with the fam, the SO, or buddies alike.
For the gamers, live out your Call Of Duty fantasies with a game of outdoor laser tag hosted by GO Team.
GO Team offers mobile outdoor laser tag games, meaning they are able to set up a game just about anywhere, allowing you to turn common spaces to battle arenas. For the best experience, opt for an outdoor game. Alternatively, you also have the option to shoot it out in air-conditioned spaces like OCBC Arena.
Read our article on GO Team laser tag.
Telephone: 9003 1177
Rates: From $32/pax
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Haji Lane is known as the “hipster” district of Singapore. A stone’s throw from Bugis MRT station, it’s got a series of hole-in-the-wall bars, cafes, street murals, and stores selling quirky knick-knacks. Pop by at any given time and you’re sure to see both tourists and locals snapping away with their cameras and using the vibrant alleyways as a backdrop.
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Once you’re done, hop over to the neighbouring Arab Street for the best of Middle Eastern cuisine and culture, and to check out the majestic Sultan Mosque.
Take a break from city life and immerse yourself in nature at Pulau Ubin, an island off Singapore teeming with forested trails, mangroves, and gorgeous blue lakes. It’s also home to Chek Jawa Wetlands, which has a sprawling boardwalk from which you can observe marine critters like sea slugs, starfish, and horseshoe crabs.
A short 15-minute ferry ride from Singapore’s mainland to Pulau Ubin costs just $3.
Tip: If you’re a confident cyclist, it would do you good to rent a bike as it’s a 3KM journey from Pulau Ubin Jetty to Chek Jawa. But be careful as the trails are unpaved and steep at some points.
Water biking – if you haven’t heard about it, here’s all you need to know: it’s an aquatic activity that has been making waves since it first appeared in Pasir Ris a couple months ago at WaterbikeSG.
While it may seem intimidating to beginners, waterbiking is actually a pretty intuitive activity – the pedaling motion makes it similar to cycling on land. The only difference is that you’ll be rocked by the gentle waves, instead of cycling on literal rocks.
Read our article on Waterbike SG.
Book a session for Waterbike SG.
Address: Campsite 1 at Pasir Ris Park, 159T Jalan Loyang Besar, Singapore 506927
Opening hours: By appointment basis on Sat & Sun (Between 9AM-6PM)
Telephone: 9871 8007
Rates: $30 for the first hour, additional $20 for every subsequent hour
Team up with your buds and get your brains cracking as you race against time to get yourselves out of an escape room. Most of these rooms come with terrifying themes or chilling storylines, and it’s up to you to piece together any clues around you to find the magic key to unlock yourselves. Some of these even come with 5D effects, VR experiences, and locally-inspired settings like Tekong’s bunks.
Read our article on escape rooms.
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You’ll find photo ops galore at USD Cafe, the first of its kind in Singapore. They’ve toilet bowls, countertops and furniture fixed to the ceiling so that you can take lots of quirky shots for the ’Gram that make it look as if you’re literally head over heels.
The prices for their food, however, is down-to-earth. Brunch and afternoon tea sets are priced below $16, and their tarts and toast start from $3.50. Make sure you try their specialty, Ipoh white coffee (all $7.50), that come in many interesting variations like cheesy salted, cinnamon, banana, osmanthus and coconut.
Address: 171 East Coast Road, #01-05, Singapore 428877
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 9am-6pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
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Thomson Plaza has a zone with over 10 vending machines that sell an assortment of products you wouldn’t normally expect to find in machines – such as cotton candy in various designs ($3-$6) and bubble tea (from $2.50) – all made freshly and automatically.
Random cravings for durian desserts and frozen fish can easily be satisfied. You’ll be able to get all these within Thomson Plaza’s opening hours just by pressing a few buttons.
Address: Thomson Plaza Level 1, 301 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574408
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Telephone: 6454 9133
We’ll never experience a winter wonderland here in this land of eternal summer, but we do have ice skating rinks that’ll let you pretend for a while. Glide around on the ice at either The Rink at JCube , or Kallang Ice World at Kallang Leisure Park. Skate aids are available for those who haven’t mastered balancing on the blades, and you can even host your birthday party at either venue with prior arrangements.
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #03-11, Singapore 609731
Opening hours: Refer to The Rink’s Skating Calendar for more information
Telephone: 6684 2374
Kallang Ice World
Address: 5 Stadium Walk, Kallang Leisure Park #03-08/09, Singapore 397693
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10am-10pm | Fri-Sat & Eve of PH 10am-12am | PH 9am-10pm
Telephone: 6348 1347
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The National Gallery’s Rotunda Library & Archive is unlike any other public library in Singapore. With a dome-shaped ceiling, rustic wooden furniture, and tall columns supporting its two levels, this free-entry library housing art history books is the epitome of grandeur.
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Road, National Gallery Supreme Court Wing Level 3, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: Wed 10am-5pm (For public walk-in) | Thu 10am-5pm (Appointments only)
Telephone: 6697 9180
The SEA Aquarium is where you can get up close and personal with all sorts of marine life, from hammerhead sharks, to massive stingrays, and colourful corals. Look out for the feeding times to see those majestic creatures in full action, and make sure you drop by the touch pool to find out what a sea cucumber feels like. You can also opt to experience their open ocean and shark dives for an additional fee.
Read our article on the S.E.A. Aquarium.
Book a trip to S.E.A. Aquarium.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: 10am-5pm, Daily
Admission: From $41/adult & $30/child
S.E.A. Aquarium website
Marina Barrage and the Botanic Gardens are the top picnic spots in Singapore, but don’t just stick to those. You’ll find scenic corners of greenery all around this little red dot which are just as worthy and way less crowded. A less bustling environment means it’s going to be all the more romantic! Some places to visit include Toa Payoh Town Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park, which is full of vibrant pink bougainvillaea blooms.
Read our article on secret picnic spots.
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For the best views of our cityscape, visit ION Sky, a glass-windowed observatory at the 56th storey of ION. You’ll have to spend at least $50 at the mall to enter, but that’s easily settled with a meal. From there, you’ll get a panoramic view of not just the Orchard belt, but also other areas like Newton, Keppel, and Chinatown – all indicated with pointers on the windows. Come at the right time on a clear day and you’ll also be treated to an orangey sunset.
Image credit: @phrancphoo
Read our article on ION Sky.
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard Mall Level 56, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 2PM-8.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6238 8228
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Our dogs are our best friends, so it sucks when we have to leave them at home while we go cafe-hopping – but not if you’re headed to dog-friendly cafes like What The Pug and We Are The Furballs! These places not only allow your furkid to socialise, many of them also have menu items specially catered to them.
Book a session at We Are The Furballs.
Read our article on dog-friendly cafes, and check out our other dog-related articles:
Universal Studios Singapore is currently our only amusement park, offering crazy thrills with their Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cyclon ride – the only one in the world. But even if you’re not a fan of roller coasters, there are other milder, family-friendly rides available across their 7 themed zones, along with 4D shows, live entertainment, and a firework display at the end.
Read our articles on Universal Studios Singapore:
Book a trip to Universal Studios Singapore.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: Refer to Universal Studios Singapore’s calendar for more information
Telephone: 6577 8888
Singapore may not have towering mountains with chilly temperatures, but hiking enthusiasts can still get a dose of the great outdoors with our many trails in parks and nature reserves. The one with the steepest incline is Bukit Timah Hill, but there are others like Dairy Farm Nature Park and The Northern Explorer Loop, all of which you can read about in detail in our article as well as undiscovered hiking trails.
Read our article on hiking for beginners and check out our other hiking-related articles:
Singaporeans love the outdoors and exploring our little red dot on wheels. If our extensive network of PCNs isn’t enough for your adventurous spirit, try some of these mountain bike trails.
More intrepid mountain bikers can enjoy the more forested areas in Singapore such as the Kent Ridge Mountain Bike Trail and Ketam Mountain Bike Park. There are also trails at Mandai Track 15 and Chestnut Nature Park that more novice cyclists can enjoy.
Read more about mountain bike trails in Singapore.
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It’s a wonderful world of optical illusions at the Trick Eye Museum, where every station allows you to be put into crazy scenes and settings, giving you an opportunity to play with perspective photography. Sit on the moon, cross a treacherous ravine, or become a figurine in a wintery snow globe – nothing is impossible here!
Read our article on the Trick Eye Museum.
Book a session at the Trick Eye Museum.
Address: 80 Siloso Road, Block D #01-04, Singapore 098969
Opening hours: Thu-Mon 11am-7pm (Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Telephone: 6795 2371
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The ultimate light show from our childhood, Wings of Time at Sentosa, is back after a 2-year closure with an upgraded stage set up – think new and improved spark machines and seats closer to the massive water screen where you can get a more immersive experience.
To celebrate, Singaporeans can get a combo meal to dig into while enjoying the show. For a limited time, you can purchase the Wings of Time Standard Seat + Good Old Days Value Set Meal which is currently priced at $18 (U.P. $29.80).
So book tickets for 2 and surprise bae to an electrifying night out.
Book tickets to Wings of Time.
Wings of Time is temporarily closed from 30th June to 13th July and will resume operations on 14th July.
Wings of Time Standard Seat: $18/pax | $16.20/pax for online bookings.
Wings of Time Standard Seat + Good Old Days Value Set Meal: $18/pax
Address: 50 Beach View, Singapore 098604
Sessions: Mon-Fri 7.30pm | Sat-Sun, PH eve & PH 7.30pm & 8.30pm
Telephone: 6361 0088
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Apart from Wild Wild Wet, Adventure Cove is Singapore’s only other water theme park, and compared to the former, its water slides are not as terrifying so it’s a good option for scaredy cats or those with young kids. One unique experience here is the saltwater tank where you’ll get to snorkel among colourful tropical fishes and corals with a life jacket at no extra fee.
Read our article on Adventure Cove.
Book a session at Adventure Cove.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: 10am-5pm, Daily
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Bashing away at buttons on an arcade machine is something we’ll never outgrow. Cow Play Cow Moo, one of our largest arcades, is always full of people gearing up to catch some plushies or win game tickets. But because it’s so huge with hundreds of machines to select from – including Bishi Bashi, Ring Toss, and giant Space Invaders – you’ll never run out of options.
They have 7 outlets which you can find Cow Play Cow Moo outlet addresses.
Read our articles on arcades in Singapore:
Not that it wasn’t already popular before, but ever since being featured in Crazy Rich Asians, Gardens by the Bay has seen a new surge in interest. Even if you’re a local, there’s always a reason to revisit the Flower Dome as the setup there changes every few months with different themes each season. You’ll also want to pay a visit to the newly-opened Floral Fantasy, where walls of pretty blooms line the way.
Those on a budget can stroll the outer gardens for free, and catch the Garden Rhapsody show at the Supertree Grove at 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily, where the towering structures will come alive with twinkling lights and music. Head down early to snag a good spot!
Book a ticket for Gardens by the Bay.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: Refer to Gardens by the Bay’s calendar for more information
Telephone: 6420 6848
We’ve all seen the occasional uncle at a void deck with birdcage in hand. But what many don’t know is that there’s an avid community of birdkeepers in Singapore known as Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club, which gathers at a field in Ang Mo Kio to let their birds sing together after being raised on flag poles. They even hold regular birdsinging competitions. Everyone there is warm and welcoming, so feel free to approach them for a chat.
Read our article on Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club.
Address: By Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Block 159, Singapore 560159
Sembawang Hot Spring is Singapore’s only natural onsen of sorts. Once just a small tap spouting from the ground, it has now been revamped to have a triple-tiered pool. Well, you can’t strip and dip – the police will come at you for skinny dipping – but you are welcome to soak your feet in, or collect water in your own pail to relax on the benches further off.
You’re allowed to cook your own onsen eggs on-site too. Don’t forget to bring your own eggs, ladles, and containers if you want to do that. To maintain the cleanliness of the place, kindly avoid throwing your eggs into the water, and instead scoop the water out into your own pail for cooking.
Read our article on Sembawang Hot Spring.
Address: Along Gambas Avenue, Singapore 756952
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Hidden across the road from the big branches of IKEA, Courts and Giant in Tampines North, T for Toys is a toy store with a wide and affordable range of fun and games from as little as $1.
You’ll be spoilt for choice at this huge, no-frills store with classic toys like checkers (from $1.50), memory games and toy cars (from $2). When Halloween or school dress-up days come around, you’ll find fireman costume sets ($22.80) here too. There are even kitchen set-ups for under $30 if your kid is an aspiring MasterChef contestant.
Address: 18 Tampines Industrial Crescent, Space @ Tampines #01-02A , Singapore 528605
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm | Sat-Sun 12pm-7pm
Telephone: 9021 7376
You don’t need a driving license in order to cruise along on the Skyline Luge, which will have you twisting and turning through a trail full of slopes in a momentum-powered kart. The forest-flanked paths are scenic as they are, but here’s a tip: Visit at night if you want the whole track to be lit up with multi-coloured neon lights.
You can also opt to hop aboard the Skyride, a chairlift that will carry you up above the trees.
Read our article on Skyline Luge.
Book a session at Skyline Luge Sentosa.
Address: 45 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099003
Opening hours: Sun-Mon & Wed-Thu 11am-7.30pm | Fri-Sat 11am-9.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: 6274 0472
A 2-minute walk from Raffles Place MRT will take you to CapitaSpring Green Oasis. It’s an all-in-one skyscraper comprising offices, serviced apartments, eateries, and a 100m-high sky gardens. Coming in at SG’s second tallest building, it takes work and play to the next level.
Drop by for a stroll in the gardens that are located on the 17th-20th and 51st floors if you’re in need of a breather from work. But should the pings of Slack beckon, chope a spot in one of their outdoor birdcage-like workpods equipped with charging points. You’ll at least get a stunning view to look out at while replying to urgent emails.
Read our article on CapitaSpring Green Oasis.
Address: 88 Market Street, Singapore 048948
Telephone: 6713 3948
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Archie comics and superhero series will always be classics, even as their pages grow yellow dog-eared with time. Go old-school at a comic book store, and see what gems you might be able to pick up – some of them even have clearance shelves with vintage titles going for as low as 2 bucks!
Read our article on comic book stores.
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Those who don’t mind getting down and dirty – quite literally – can look to Mud Krank for exhilarating ATV rides. There are circuits and forested trails suitable for both newbie and experienced riders.
Adults don’t just get all the fun; kids as young as 4 years old can hop onto junior ATVs and have a go at charging around the compound too. The ATV rides happen in all weather, so you’ll want to add this to your list of wet-weather plans as well.
Read our article on Mud Krank.
Address: 10 Neo Tiew Lane, 2 Gallop Kranji Farm Resort Farm H, Singapore 718813
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2pm-9.50pm (Closed on Mondays)
Rates (weekdays): $25/child | $35/adult
Rates (weekends): $30/child | $40/adult
Better known as Don Quijote in Japan, bargain store Don Don Donki is a massive galore of Japanese snacks, beauty products, and even hot meals like teppanyaki and beef hamburg, that are freshly prepared on the spot. It’s open 24 hours too, which kind of makes it like a Japanese version of Mustafa.
At the time of writing, there are 12 easily accessible outlets in Singapore – check out their locations here.
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Here’s one for the crazy cat ladies and gentlemen: If the stray kitties in your neighbourhood still aren’t enough to sate you, hang out with even more feline friends at a cat cafe. The Cat Cafe only has rescues as part of its family, and your entry fee will be channelled towards the care of these abandoned and once-stray cats.
The Cat Cafe
Address: 241B Victoria Street, Singapore 188030
Opening hours: Mon 3pm-10pm | Tue-Sun & PH 10am-10pm
Telephone: 6338 6815
Talk about seeing from a different POV. SkyHelix Sentosa will take you 35m up in the air for a bird’s eye view of the sandy beaches below. For those averse to steep inclines and high speeds, this is anything but a theme park ride. It’s a slow ascend up, and you’ll be securely strapped down while your legs are left dangling.
If you’ve got the stomach for it, there’s also a snack bar where you can purchase light bites like fruit bowls and pastries. You can take your grub on the ride with you for a mid-air munch.
Book a session at SkyHelix Singapore.
Address: 41 Imbiah Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099707
Opening hours: 10am-9.30pm, Daily
Telephone: 6361 0088
Rates: $18/adult | $15/child
Coastal PlayGrove is a colossal playground at ECP with epic slides and a complex network of climbing nets. In fact, there are 2 slides on the 3rd and 4th storey for a quick zip to ground level – you just need to climb your way up first. Younger tots can have a go at scaling the lower Leisure Nets instead where parents can keep watch.
Aside from heart-pumping activities, the playground also has a quieter facet to it. Be one with nature at the Nature Playground, which has log trails and teepees surrounded by shrubs and blooms, and even a mini “Arashiyama” bamboo tunnel. Then, cool down at the nearby Water Play Area that has wading pools for juniors 5-12 years old.
If you’re feeling peckish, head towards the air-conditioned eatery, Food Splash, to have a post-playtime meal.
Read our article on Coastal Playground.
Address: 902 East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore 449874
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-8pm (Closed on Mondays)
For a panoramic view of the city, visit one of 11 stunning rooftop gardens, tucked away in the heartlands.
From a sky garden spanning 5 blocks in Toa Payoh, to a community-tended garden growing fresh local produce, these gardens are gems hidden right in plain sight.
Right opposite the shiny modern mall of Bugis Junction is Bugis Street, a shopping street that might make you feel like you’re in another country. The first non-air-conditioned floor mainly houses food stalls and souvenir shops, much like a street market.
The second and third levels – thankfully with aircon – are chock-full of cheap clothing stores, beauty salons, and most recently, arcade games and claw machines.
That said, clothing is still the most popular here. This is one of the few places in Singapore where haggling isn’t frowned upon, so don’t be afraid to strike a bargain with the store owners, especially if you’re buying multiple pieces of apparel!
Read our article on Bugis Street.
Address: 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Telephone: 6338 9513
We all know the national flower is the orchid, namely the Vanda Miss Joaquim. But its variants and other hybrids are lesser-known. The Tropical Montane Orchidetum at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is where you can catch a glimpse of these unique orchids.
They’re all housed in the new Sembcorp Cool House, a glasshouse that’s been chilled to a temperate 16-24°C. This is where you’ll also be able to spot exotic plant species native to the African and Australasia regions, which creates quite the ethereal looking garden. You’ll want to bring your cameras out for this one to snap loads of pics.
Read our article on Tropical Montane Orchidetum.
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: 8.30am-7pm, Daily
Telephone: 1800 471 7300
Rates (Singapore Resident): $5/adult | $1/student or seniors above 60
Rates (Standard ticket): $15/adult | $3/student or seniors above 60
Sometimes we really feel the aches after a long, tiring day – especially if you’re a serial OT-er who’s always hunched up in your office chair for hours on end. Give yourself a treat at a massage spa in Singapore and get those knots all loosened up.
In case you’re wondering, no, these aren’t the sleazy sort – there are quite a few wholesome spas that open till the wee hours, some even 24 hours. A few of these even come with added perks like buffets and free movies.
Great World Playland.
Image credit: Play Point
Kids are both bundles of joy and endless pits of energy. It’s almost a daily task for parents to tire them out especially before bedtime. If your neighbourhood playground no longer poses a challenge for the tots, take them out to explore these new playgrounds in Singapore.
These free playgrounds will have the kids happily exhausted in no time, as they’ve got epic 4-storey slides, trampolines, and obstacle courses to boot. You don’t necessarily have to be a kid to enjoy any of these playgrounds, and even the young at heart will find joy climbing up and down these structures.
Read our article on playgrounds in Singapore.
Book a session to Kidodo Indoor Playground.
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For some of the best unobstructed sunsets, visit Yishun Dam, a quiet spot in an ulu corner of the North. There isn’t much here, but it’s a good area for sunset gazing and picnics. Some people even bring their own disposable BBQ pits here for a mini cookout, and at times you’ll see fishermen bringing in their catch.
It used to be only accessible by car since it’s pretty impossible to walk here from Yishun MRT, but good thing there’s now bus service 103 for better convenience.
Read our article on the Yishun Dam.
Address: Yishun Avenue 1, Singapore 769130
One of the perks of living in a garden city like Singapore is that you’re never too far off from a hiking trail. If you’re an avid hiker who’s already done laps around MacRitchie, pop over “next door” to attempt this 3km route to Singapore’s hidden “Avatar Trees”.
The trek takes you through Bukit Brown Cemetery where you’ll be treated to a stunning view of trees similar to the ones in the James Cameron epic.
Apart from the towering trees, there are also plenty of sightseeing points along this trek, like abandoned cars that have been swallowed up by nature, and a hidden Chinese temple. The trek isn’t difficult but you might want to give this a miss on a rainy day because it can get pretty muddy.
Read our article on Singapore’s “Avatar Trees”.
If you’ve heard screams coming from above you at Sentosa, that would probably be from the MegaZip at Mega Adventure – a giant zipline that starts from 75 metres high up in the trees, stretching 450 metres across the sea to a strip of shore at Siloso Beach. Now that’s certainly a huge step-up from the flying fox lines we played on in parks as kids!
Mega Adventure also has a high-elements course called MegaClimb, and a MegaJump tower from which you’ll take a 15-metre leap of faith – while strapped to a safety harness of course. Team building sessions can be arranged as well.
Address: 10A Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099008
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm | Sat-Sun & PH 11am-6pm
Telephone: 6722 3785
In the bustling CBD area, popular bike rental GoCycling has set up shop at the base of the Singapore Flyer. This unlocks new route options for cyclists who want to tour the scenic Marina Bay without having to lug a bike all the way from home.
Adult bike rentals start from $10/2 hours, which will give you plenty of time to make a roundtrip around the CBD area. If you’d rather ride to another destination, you can also drop off your bike at any other GoCycling branch too.
Read our article on GoCycling.
Address: 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore Flyer #01-01, Singapore 039803
Opening hours: 9am-9pm, Daily
Telephone: 8831 3068
Rower’s Bay Park Boardwalk is one of the landmarks on this cycling trip.
For a wholesome late-night activity with your mates, embark on an overnight cycling adventure. This 60km route is a 2-in-1 affair where you’ll get to clock in cardio and score some sick night shots for your socials.
Our recommended route begins at sunset from Raffles Marina Lighthouse and ends just before sunrise at Woodlands Waterfront Park. Of course, there’ll be supper stops along the way, like Springleaf Prata at Lower Seletar and Uncle KKM at Bukit Panjang to refuel depleted calories.
Read our article on overnight cycling in Singapore.
Snap some photos with projections of Singapore’s landscape as your backdrop.
Image credit: Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore
The Singapore City Gallery is a free exhibition spanning 5 galleries of interactive exhibits that shows our country’s urban development from fishing village to bustling metropolis. But this is more than just a larger-than-life social studies textbook.
Beyond light projections that show 24 hours in Singapore, visitors of all ages can also role-play as an urban planner to design Singapore as they wish. The gallery also hosts free guided tours if civic engineering piques your interest.
Read our article on Singapore City Gallery.
Address: 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm (Closed on Sundays & PH)
The weather in Singapore is always hot – so if you’re looking for a respite from the sweltering heat, go to Snow City, where it is always cold. We’re talking chilling in –5°C temperatures, sliding down 60m-long slopes and experiencing “snowfall”!
You can also check out the Ice Hotel Gallery at Snow City to feel like you’re in Westeros too.
Book tickets to Snow City Singapore.
Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm | Sat-Sun & PH 10am-6pm
Telephone: 6560 2306
You can’t possibly deem our little red dot boring with this list at your disposal. Here’s a fun game if you can’t decide on where to start: Just choose a random number and see which point it corresponds to, and let that be your pick for the week. These are definitely enough to cover every single weekend of the year and more, so your plans are all set for a good amount of time.
We’ve included 123 points here, but of course, Singapore offers much more than this. For more activity ideas and the latest happenings in the country, check out the “Things to Do” section on our website.
*When visiting these attractions, activities, and tours, make sure to take precautions and practise Covid-19 safe distancing measures at all times.
This article was originally published on 30th May 2020. Last updated on 13th June 2022 by Dewi Nurjuwita.
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