Thinking of what to do in Singapore?
Hidden in Singapore’s most popular expat enclaves and tourist districts are experiences that most haven’t even heard of.
Explore these places in ways that you’ve never thought of before – pay Mr. President a visit in his home along Orchard Road, or discover a hidden cave on the shores of Sentosa.
This typically heavily-guarded premise, the official residence and office of our President, is actually holds an open house 5 times a year on certain public holidays.
Take a stroll around the lush gardens and appreciate the stunning architecture. Guided walks are available as well, or simply pack a picnic and chill out on the lawn.
Entrance to the Istana grounds is free; entry into the main building costs only $2.
NEXT: Canoe or kayak to Marina Barrage to see the Singapore Flyer →
Fun fact: the Singapore Flyer is the largest flyer in the world!
The Water Sports Centre rents out canoes or kayaks for you to admire the Singapore Flyer from out in the calm waters, with the panoramic backdrop of the Marina Bay landscape.
Prices start from only $12 for adults and $8 for children for 2 hours.
NEXT: Find the hidden shrine in Macritchie Reservoir Park →
Singapore doesn’t have towering mountains and volcanoes, but her nature reserves are quite a thing of beauty.
But little know about the secrets they keep. Wander off the laid-out trail at the Macritchie Reservoir Nature Park to find Syonan Jinja, a Shinto shrine built by the Japanese army in World War II.
The unmarked path hiding amidst the foliage begins along the Terentang Trail. The entrance is marked by 3 big rocks, and you’ll know you’re on the right path (or lack thereof) if you see a derelict, almost creepy water tank along the way.
NEXT: Go night cycling in the parks of Singapore →
We reckon Singapore’s as deserving of the title “the city that never sleeps” as NYC – tons of entertainment options are available even through the night.
Enjoy the night breeze as you cycle leisurely along the parks and seasides. East Coast Park leading up to Changi makes for a good route – you’ll even find some eateries and a 24-hour Macdonald’s for a mid-journey bite no matter what time of night.
Don’t own a bike? Bicycle vendors along the park rent out geared bikes overnight for as little as $5 – these make easier rides as compared to single-geared bike-sharing bicycles, especially if you’re going up and down slopes.
NEXT: Enjoy a staycation with stunning views of the Singapore cityscape →
Planning a special weekend? Check out these majestic hotels with dream-like infinity pools that overlook various parts of Singapore, from the classic Marina Bay to the CBD district. Take a relaxing dip in the water – perfect for Singapore’s eternal summer – and take in the view beyond.
Pro tip: check discount websites and apps like Hotel Quickly for discounts on last-minute rooms to save yourself a significant amount.
NEXT: Dine among animals in the Night Safari →
All aboard the Gourmet Safari Express!
Enjoy a 5-course dinner on a tram ride around the Night Safari, while marvelling at the nocturnal wildlife animals. Plus, free-flow beverages, so sneak a glass of wine (or five) while the little ones are enthralled by the animals.
End off with a Creatures of the Night show, with performances from the Night Safari’s 7 animal kingdoms.
NEXT: Zip around Marina Bay in a hoverboard →
Take a riverside stroll along Marina Bay, day or night, and you’ll probably see runners running from riverbank to riverbank.
Not quite into tiring yourself out? Neither are we. Instead, rent a hoverboard for only $50 a day and zip around the area casually.
The hoverboard is easily manuvered by kids aged 12 and above, making it a family-friendly activity as well.
End the day at – you guessed it – Marina Bay Sands. P.S. We’ve got money-saving hacks for you to live the high life at MBS without blowing your budget.
NEXT: Hit Orchard Road… for the art →
Orchard Road is all too well-known as Singapore’s best shopping strip, overshadowing all the other gems in the area, including these artsy finds.
The next time you’re in town, check out the ION Art Gallery on level 4 of ION Orchard, where you’ll find the best of Asian and Singapore modern and contemporary art and design.
There’s even an art space on level 5 of the recently revamped Hermès flagship store called “Aloft at Hermès” worth a pop-by too.
NEXT: Take a tour of Singapore’s heritage streets on a trishaw →
Be transported back to olden day Singapore on a tour of Singapore’s heritage streets, where the “trishaw uncles” – as the locals would call them – explain the history and meaning behind the sights and sounds of these busy streets, while riding you around in their trishaws.
Check out Trishaw Uncle for licensed tours. You can even customize them to include your landmarks and experiences of interest!
NEXT: Try to find the hidden cave in Sentosa →
You’ve probably been to Resorts World Sentosa or Tanjong Beach Club tons of times… Never realizing that you were just minutes away from a hidden cave off Siloso Beach.
Tanjong Rimau cave lies hidden below natural cliffs along the coast at the back of Rasa Sentosa. Even Google Maps can’t help you with this one – you’ll have to unleash your inner curious explorer.
And after you find it, celebrate your victory at these other secret gems in Sentosa.
NEXT: Explore The Istana, Singapore’s very own White House →
By Pinky Chng, last updated August 2017
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