When you’re done adulting for the rest of the week, did you know that there are several things you can do to unwind, destress, and enjoy unique, never-before-tried activities here in Singapore? Yeah, really!
Even if you’re bringing the kids along, or just your groupie, there are plenty of options you can check out and try at least once when you’re here in Singapore. Keep reading below to learn more.
- When In Singapore: 16 Unique Activities Worth Trying And Checking Out
- 1. Explore the Weirdest Theme Park in the Lion City
- 2. Release your pent-up stress (or anger) By Throwing an Axe or Two
- 3. Go On An Unusual Dining Experience In Singapore
- 4. Coast Through Some Watery Fun On A Kayak
- 5. Bring The Action Up A Notch With Some Family-Friendly Fun
- 6. Bring Your Gem of a Date to the Gem Museum
- 7. Commune With The Outdoors
- 8. Break a Sweat But Not At the Gym – Try SaberFit
- 9. Smash Things Just For Fun
- 10. Dwell in the Company of Singing Birds
- 11. Go on a Haunted House Hunt
- 12. Escape To A Countryside Farm Like Bollywood Veggies
- 13. Relax in a Futuristic Space Pod
- 14. Dive into the Heart of Kampong Life
- 15. Enjoy Feet Therapy with Fishes
- 16. Go on a Snow Day with the Family
- Final Thoughts
When In Singapore: 16 Unique Activities Worth Trying And Checking Out
If you’re tired of the same old weekend activities and trips to the beach, then, what better way to spend a lazy weekend than with some unusual activities? Go beyond the usual boundaries and explore the various activities in Singapore. These are some of the most unique and fun things to do when you’re in the city.
1. Explore the Weirdest Theme Park in the Lion City
Haw Par Villa was originally built in 1937. It is Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery.
An eclectic park full of Asian cultures, history, philosophy and religion.
Journey’s Pte Ltd was established in 2015 to manage the various aspects of the heritage asset. It is a specialist in the preservation of heritage properties.
Haw Par Villa is a Chinese theme park that features hand-painted statues and animatronics. While it might make you feel uncomfortable, it’s also worth the experience. If you’re not afraid to freak out, head to the Ten Courts of Hell attraction.
The place is well known for its unique park that houses giant statues and dioramas to tell the stories of Chinese legends and religious mythology.
Here’s what Christopher Tan thinks about the place during their last visit: “Can see that refurbish works were done for the place of attraction. Highly recommend for first timers to visit. For those who went before, recommend you to visit to support local place of attraction. Honest review is that the Hell’s Museum was indeed improved (added a new introductory location at the front area of the whole Hell Museum area), not just based on refurbishment but also more details about afterlife (Samsara) and how the other countries embraced the meaning of death or afterlife. Be prepared to explore and understand how a usual funeral looks like, and to spot a real life coffin. The worthiness of the visit would depend on your expectations of the visit, which is probably to go for a walk and feel the atmosphere there, to learn & experience new things or information about views and death of afterlife, to achieve bonding within family via this outing.”
Timing: Daily; 9 am to 8 pm (including weekends and public holidays)
Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
Tel. No: +6567730103
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2. Release your pent-up stress (or anger) By Throwing an Axe or Two
The rising popularity of the axe throwing trend has caught the attention of many people across various countries. This procedure involves throwing an axe out of frustration.
Axe Factor Singapore was operated by a trio of partners, namely Derrick, Lewis, and Samuel. The concept of competitive sports has been widely embraced by the public since its official opening.
In 26 countries, over 56 million Axes are hurled each year. It’s considered one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
With the Axe Factor, you can vent your frustration by hurling axes at a target board 14 feet away. This activity is a great way to relieve stress.
Axe Factor is a place where you can practice hitting the bullseye with an axe. It’s also a great place to host a party or event.
Here’s what Dwk Y thinks about the place during their last visit: “Having done this once before in another country, had some idea as to how this experience would be like. However the atmosphere / layout of this place is a lot more relaxed than expected and is more like bar with a cool activity. Once you sign the disclaimer and listen to the short instructions you are pretty much left to your own devices. They have a selection of axes but the default is the smaller “ninja” axes as well as the standard medium sized ones. Once you get the hang of it, it can get pretty competitive just make sure that no one’s throwing when you’re collecting your axe…(although “alternative” techniques sometime work better). The selection of beer is pretty good and all in all a pretty alternative / cool place to hang out, will come again. We came on a Saturday and was fairly busy so would advise booking.”
Fees: Price starts at S$30/pax
Timing: Tuesday-Sunday: 12 pm to 10 pm; Closed on Mondays
Address: 200 Turf Club Rd, #01-32A The Grandstand, Singapore 287994
Tel. No: +6589238945
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3. Go On An Unusual Dining Experience In Singapore
This hole in the wall is a hidden restaurant that serves up food that is both unusual and fresh. It features a menu that is full of dishes that are both familiar and fresh.
The Dragon Chamber’s wild creations are made from scratch using traditional Chinese ingredients. These include stir-fried chicken, dumplings, and noodles.
With a passion for Chinese cuisine, Dragon Chamber elevates the standard of dining out by pushing the envelope with innovative dishes.
The Dragon’s Claw is a truly memorable dish. Its braised crocodile foot is served on a bed of greens, with a smoky and sweet note.
For those who are brave and bold, try their creations such as Crocodile Foot and Animal Entrails.
For those who are not afraid to try something new, try out some of the lesser-known favorites, such as Firecracker Chicken or Wagyu Hor Fun.
Here’s what Loke Choy Yin thinks about their last visit: “Came here for my father’s birthday celebration and he loved this place. FYI my father is a fussy Eater but he gave thumbs up for the foods here, especially the Irish roasted duck and dragon claw. The dragon claw has a rich Chinese herbs aroma and the Irish duck skin is so crispy yet the meat still maintain its juiciness. The ambience is nice and the waiter and waitress are friendly and attentive. Overall we enjoyed our dining experience here and would definitely visit here again.”
Timing: Wednesday – Tuesday (11am–3pm; 5–10:30pm); Closed on Mondays
Address: 2 Circular Rd, Singapore 049358
Tel. No: +6569500015
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4. Coast Through Some Watery Fun On A Kayak
Treat yourself to an adrenaline-pumping adventure with Fever Kayaks. Their packages are designed to cater to all types of water sports enthusiasts.
This is a great combo tour that combines a relaxing fishing trip with a kayaking adventure. It’s also a great way to get some professional photos taken with your fishing rod.
Here’s what Joan Chew thinks about the place during their last visit: “We had a great time with our energetic and experienced guides, Amos and Henry! They were very observant, super helpful and patient. They paddled over to us quickly whenever anyone caught anything or had any issues with the rod. I for one kept getting my hook stuck but they were so patient with me! Their instructions were also clear.
They took many great photos for us and surprised us at the end with some ice cold refreshments. Perfect!
Fever was also very accommodating and helpful throughout the booking process, even though there were multiple changes in view of Covid-19 restrictions. Thank you Fever and our awesome guides for a wonderful morning!”
Fees: Starts at S$129
Timing: Daily: 7 am to 6 pm
Address: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098942
Tel. No: +6588508501
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5. Bring The Action Up A Notch With Some Family-Friendly Fun
NERF Action Xperience is an immersive sports experience that gives players the freedom to explore various activities in an environment that’s designed to encourage social connections and physical exertion.
With over 20 challenging zones, Nerf Action Xperience is a fun and challenging game for the whole family. It features a variety of fun and challenging activities, including Zombie City, The Volcano, and The Glacier.
Here’s what David Lim thouught about their experience on their last visit: “My kids and I enjoyed ourselves at the world’s first Nerf Action Xperience. It is a great space for both kids and adults to have fun! So far, we have been there 3 times already and still loving it! There are multiple activity zones, party rooms and we also got ourselves some exclusive NERF merchandise! If you looking to have an adrenaline pumping experience, this is it!”
Fees: Starts at S$39/pax
Timing: Weekday: 12pm – 6pm (last entry at 3.15pm); Weekend/PH/MOE School Holiday: 12-8pm (last entry at 4.45pm)
Address: 01-208, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
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6. Bring Your Gem of a Date to the Gem Museum
Be creative with words or impress your date with what you know about precious stones and minerals when you go to one of Singapore’s off-the-wall museums, The Gem Museum.
Through this educational journey, visitors will learn about the various stages of the gemstone’s transformation from mine to market. They will also gain a deeper understanding of the trade and industry.
The Gem Museum is a private institution established by Mr Tay Kunming and his wife, Ms Loke Huiying.
Mr Tay Thye Sun is an internationally renowned gemologist and the first certified Gemologist in Singapore.
The Gem Museum also holds various talks and workshops to promote the interest in gemological.
Here’s what C S thinks about the place during their last visit: “Wonderful Saturday spent in this hidden gem museum which is filled with positive vibes. Came with great interest in collecting raw crystals. But we left with gaining an insight into various aspects of the gem and diamond industry, including how they are graded and traded. A fascinating journey a stone takes from the time it is extracted from the ground to how it is shaped and polished. Grateful to have Kunming (the knowledgeable humble boss) and his friendly staff with us. His family is in the trade for an amazing 45 years and his sharing of “rose gold” precious advice is greatly appreciated.🙏 Will be back again for another wholesome experience for my jewelry. 💜🥰”
Fees: Event prices vary
Timing: Tuesday to Saturday; 12 pm to 5 pm
Address: 26 Kandahar Street, Level 2 & 3, S198888
Tel. No: (65) 6734 3172
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7. Commune With The Outdoors
Orto at Yishun is a great place to take a break from the bustle of the city. It features a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, hunting, and drifting. There are also various ways to spend your time, such as a day at the pool or a game of tennis.
With over 555,000 square feet of green space, ORTO is the largest multi-recreational park in Singapore. It features various recreational activities such as swimming, boating, and prawning.
The Lakehouse, the Stage, and the Promenade are all designed to accommodate various types of events. The Lakehouse can be used for various romantic occasions, while the Stage is suitable for social gatherings.
Located near the Khatib MRT, ORTO offers a variety of recreational activities that are designed to help you relax and get closer to nature. It features a slew of restaurants that cater to different cuisines.
Here’s what Sher Lock thinks about the place during their last visit: “Nice place to chill. It was my first time to catch prawns and it was an exciting experience. We made friends also with some people who catch prawns. We went there during a weekday and it was not so crowded. Generally, the place was good and I had a good time. Will be back there for sure.”
Timing: Hours or services may differ
Address: 81 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769198
Tel. No: +65 80286500
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8. Break a Sweat But Not At the Gym – Try SaberFit
The concept of SaberFit came from Ryan Ho and Natasha Toh, who were both passionate about fighting and fitness. They combined their passion for both sports with fitness exercises to create a unique twist on traditional martial arts.
With a mix of boxing, calisthenics, and combat techniques, SaberFit is a great way to start or improve your fitness level. This class combines elements such as boxing, sabre strikes, and conditioning exercises.
According to their website: “Our most recommended places to hold a SaberFit® Singapore class are at Hyperspace Singapore (Lavender) and The Fun Empire HQ (Mountbatten). They are both available air-conditioned venues that allow your SaberFit® class to be more enjoyable. However, you can still choose to hold your class at other locations like The Cage @ Kallang, the Futsal Arena @ Yishun or the Premier Pitch @ Turf City.”
Fees: Starts at S$30 per pax
Timing: Varies per location
Address: 91A LAVENDER STREET SINGAPORE 338719
Tel. No: 6515 4146
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9. Smash Things Just For Fun
The Fragment Room is a unique place to vent out all your frustrations. It features a room full of fragile objects and a bat for everyone to play with.
Put on a safe playlist and brace yourself for some serious destruction. This is a great way to relieve stress and make it so that you can focus on enjoying the moment.
The Fragment Room is a place where you can release your anger and frustration. It encourages you to go somewhere and let go of all of your walls.
It is easy to get caught up in the endless deadlines and pressure in our fast-paced society. The Fragment Room is a place to let loose and recharge.
This is an amazing anger therapy session that will let you experience the excitement of smashing different objects into various parts of your body.
Here’s what Who Knows thinks about the place during their last visit: “It was a fun experience which I definitely would go for again. You can add on stuff while you’re there, weapons can be changed during your time there. Staffs are really nice and friendly!”
Another guest, Mida Hardo has this to say about their experience: “If you look for an alternative activity place in Singapore and you need to unleash your anger. Fragment room is a good place to choose. We booked the session which comes with a crate of glasses material items for your 30 mins session. However, got tempted to buy another package of printer and rice cooker to smash.
The room is equipped by a speaker to turn on the hype and a wall mounted phone holder for you to record your session.
The location is easily accessible by bus stop as a plus.”
Fees: Starts at S$41
Timing: Monday – Sunday; 12pm to 10pm
Address: The Fragment Room 490 MacPherson Road Singapore 368198
Tel. No: 65 6970 0343
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10. Dwell in the Company of Singing Birds
At the Kebun Baru Bird Club, you can watch over 200 songbirds sing all at once, which is rare in Singapore. These birds are housed in specially crafted cages that are 20ft tall.
The Kebun Barusinging Bird Club has a facility that can accommodate over a thousand cages. During competitions, temporary tents are erected to accommodate additional cages.
These birds are ground feeders, but they like the sunshine and the freedom to run around in the open field. When they are released, the cages are covered in cloth to prevent them from being frightened.
There are cages full of white-rumped or longtail shama under shelter. These birds are judged on their singing ability, tail length, and stamina.
There are cages of the red-haired bulbul or jambul near the shama. It has a red patch below its eye and a black pointed crest. When a female jambul appears nearby, it would sing with its open tail and spread its wings.
Other oriental white-eye birds can be found in the cages of mata puteh. These birds have white eyes and a yellow ring around their mouths.
When they submit their birds for competition, hobbyists do not go for the prizes. They are more concerned with the champion bird and its value.
There are also areas for the display of other birds. Some of these include the hwa mei, the red siskin, the skylark, and the orange-headed thrush. They are also kept for their beauty.
A parrot parade is planned for the event. This section will feature various types of parrots, such as sulphur-crested cockatoos, green amazons, and african greys.
The area is situated in a prime location in Singapore. It is a haven of many fascinating birds, including the biggest bird singing and display area in the country. This is also ideal for bird lovers wanting to perform their rituals.
The birds are brought from all around the region for training and competition. The area is also used as a training ground for many local and international birds.
Here’s what Athanasius Koh thinks about the place during their last visit: “A unique area set in the middle of the heartlands, the Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club is a feast for the senses with beautifully-coloured birds to see and merry chirps to listen to. Even when the cages are not hung up atop the many poles, it remains an impressive sight to see the many poles positioned neatly next to each other. For pet owners, specialised pet bird shops are also close by.”
Another happy guest, Fa Dawan, has this to say about their visit: “Amazing place. Come little spice shop in Singapore and find this wonderful birds singing place. Either hanging high up or lower hearing singing. Wonderful here. One can spend the whole morning drinking coffee and hearing bird sing.”
Timing: Daily; 6 am to 5 pm
Address: Block 159 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 560159
Tel. No: +6581822943
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11. Go on a Haunted House Hunt
Singapore has plenty of places to visit for the ultimate haunted experience. Some of these include Bedok Reservoir, the Old Changi Hospital, and Caldecott Hill.
We’re talking about the real deal here in Singapore. There are plenty of places that are truly haunted, and they happen to be located in various parts of the city.
These include the following:
- Old Changi Hospital: Located in Singapore, the old Changi Hospital is often regarded as one of the most haunted places in the city. It used to be a military base during the Japanese occupation of the country. There have been numerous reports of strange sightings and cries for help from the area.
- MacRitchie Reservoir: Located in MacRitchie Reservoir, Syonan Jinja is a shrine that was built during World War II. It was said to be haunted by the ghosts of Japanese soldiers.
- Block 852 Woodlands Street 83: The Pasar Heights housing complex was abandoned during the early 2000s. It later became a psychiatric facility before it was used as a residential complex. In 2009, a murder-suicide incident occurred in this area.
- Yellow Tower at East Coast Park: The Amber Beacon Tower is a popular tourist site that’s been the subject of paranormal investigations. Some of the locals believe that a murder victim lived in the structure.
- Bedok Reservoir: Since 2011, six suicides have occurred at Bedok Reservoir. The incident prompted authorities to step in and organize an inter-religious blessing in November 2011.
12. Escape To A Countryside Farm Like Bollywood Veggies
After a friend died, Ivy Singh and Lim Ho Seng decided to explore other paths. Their journey ended in the form of Bollywood Veggies.
Upon seeing a story about farming in Singapore, Ivy and Ho Seng decided to investigate the possibility. After securing a lease for 10 acres of land, they established Bollywood Veggies.
With the help of Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Ivy and other farmers pushed for regulations that would allow establishments such as restaurants and recreational spaces to be established on farms.
The farm has grown significantly over the years, with a museum and a cooking school opening in 2009. The company also helps hire individuals from marginalized groups.
People visit this organic farm in the countryside for the many educational programmes and a laid-back cafe serving seasonal Indian fare it offers.
Here’s what CL Sparkman thinks about the place during their last visit: “Great place to visit if you want to get out of city center. Register for lunch reservation first as waiting list is normally 30 minutes on weekends (if you don’t book first). Then stroll around this very cool, kampong styled farm while you wait for your reservation. Lots of fun. Food is great and very reasonably priced.”
Timing: Thursday – Friday (Farm: 7am to 5pm; Bistro: 7.30am – 5pm)
Address: 100 Neo Tiew Rd, Singapore 719026
Tel. No: +65 68985001
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13. Relax in a Futuristic Space Pod
This unique experience at Palm Ave Float Club is a great way to relieve stress and improve mental clarity. You can also customize your own private pod.
The float club was established in 2014 to help people explore their consciousness and navigate life with calm and clarity.
Come and enjoy this one-of-a-kind space therapy, where our experienced staff will help you get the most out of your floatation experience.
In the digital age, information overload can result in poor decision making and stress.
Everyone has the ability to live with ease and flow. Through modern tools like floatation, people’s lives can greatly be improved.
Here’s what Mdindrsfk thinks about the place during their last visit: “I went not really knowing what to expect but the whole session was amazing. Took all my stress away the moment I was floating and deeply relaxed in the pod. The staffs are friendly too who greeted me the moment I reached and explained to me how the session was going to be. Noticed that the place was well decorated and clean. Will recommend.”
Another satisfied guest, Charles Chan, has this to say about their experience visiting there: “Amazing experience of a zero-gravity sensation!
Perhaps this could be a solution for individuals whom have difficulty getting into a deep relaxation or sleep due to stress of any form. Place was well managed, clean, hygienic, serene. Location might be slightly off any main roads but definitely worth the travel! It’s water goes through a strict filtration system to ensure no residual of any dead skins remains from the previous user. Was able to go into deep sleep in under 1 min and the next minute, it was time to get up. 1 hour session. Would recommend to bring along your hair products as a pre shower and post shower would be necessary after the experience.
Fees: Prices start at S$89
Timing: Mon – Wed | 10am to 9pm; Thu | Closed; Fri – Sun | 9am to 9pm
Address: 66 Kampong Bugis, #05-00, Singapore 338987
Tel. No: (+65) 91516004
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14. Dive into the Heart of Kampong Life
A kampong is also a symbol of pride in a place. In Singapore, it can be found in the form of Kampong Lorong Buangkok.
As some of Singapore’s most iconic buildings such as the Pearl Bank and the Golden Mile are slowly disappearing, it’s just appropriate to recognize some of the lesser-known gems around the island.
In Singapore, kampongs are still very much alive. While most of the villages have been replaced by high-rise apartment buildings, one of them is the Kampong Lorong Buangkok.
This village was established in 1956 by Sng Teow Koon, who purchased the land from a traditional medicine seller. He then rented out the plots to Chinese and Malay families. During the height of its development, over 40 families made the kampong home.
Life in a kampong is quieter than in the city. It was also quieter than usual.
It’s odd that this area is surrounded by so much modern construction, especially since it only has one main entrance. Despite this, the area still has a deep interior.
With so many iconic buildings going up around the island, it’s time to reflect on the buildings that are still standing.
Address: Lorong Buangkok, Singapore 547557
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15. Enjoy Feet Therapy with Fishes
Get your feet exfoliated by the Garra Rufa fish at Qian Hu Fish Farm. This is a great way to relieve stress and make you smile.
Qian Hu Fish Farm Trading is a one-stop shop for all your fish farming needs. With its wide variety of fish, it is able to provide its customers with a wide variety of fish.
The farm imports fish from a wide range of countries such as South-East Asia, South America, and Africa. They are one of the leading producers of ornamental fish in Singapore.
With years of experience in the Ornamental fish industry, they have gained the trust of customers and are committed to providing the highest quality products.
Here’s what Emelyn Gem thinks about the place during their last visit: “Best places to bring yr family especially you have an aquarium at home. There is an aquarium shop to buy fish food, plants everything about aquarium and fish. Daddies will be shopping at the shop, the kids will be occupied with longkang fishing with the grandparents while the mother is doing fish spa. Prefect outing day for a family.”
Address: 71 Jln Lekar, Singapore 698950
Tel. No: +6567661554
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16. Go on a Snow Day with the Family
Snow City is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys escaping the heat in Singapore. It features an Arctic snow playground, a fun tobogganing area, and a car-mounted snow slope.
Snow City is Singapore’s first permanent indoor snow park. Located in Jurong West, it is a family-oriented attraction centre that receives an average of 250,000 visitors a year.
A snow chamber that can accommodate up to 30 people is the ideal solution for corporate events, team building activities, and educational programs. It’s also a great place to cool off during the winter season.
Snow City is a three-storey artificial snow playground situated at Jurong West. It features a 60-meter-long snow slope and a three-storey high snow tower.
It is also popular among local and foreign tourists who are not able to experience the cold temperatures back home.
With its new theme, Snow City will transport guests to the Arctic Circle and introduce them to the park’s new mascots, including Ila, Oki, Nooka, and Suki.
Here’s what Taufik Nasir thinks about the place during their last visit: “Enjoyed ourselves here. The slides are fun a few times but not much else to do. Word to the wise. Bring additional socks for the kids. Wear proper boots and additional hand gloves and extra clothes. Ure bottom can be wet while sliding. But oberall a great place to go with the family.”
Here’s what another satisfied guest thought about their last visit to this place: “It was a great family adventure if every one is game to experience cold weather and snow. The down part is you cannot take personal selfies inside or videos. But there are photographers who you can call to take photos of you and purchase the good shots after your snow sessions. Take advantagr of the photograpers if you want lots of photos inside. There’s a locker that you can rent to leave your shoes and other stuff. The slide is great! But not suitable for kids and toddlers. All in all, our experience is memorable.”
Fees: Starts at S$16.80
Timing: Tuesdays to Fridays; 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Closed on Mondays
Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433
Tel. No: +6565602306
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Now that things are starting to return to normal, people are looking for something new, something that’s different. And this is entirely acceptable since for almost two years, most of us have been holed up in our homes, ensuring that we and our families are safe despite the global crisis we’ve all experienced – and a big congrats to you for that! Now, if you’re thinking of going out anytime soon, we hope this guide would provide you with more options as to where you can visit during your day-off or holiday here in Singapore. And if you’re traveling into the country after a long time, there’s certainly more to see in this side of the planet. You simply just have to look well and look in the right places. This guide will point you to some of the unusual places you can visit here in Singapore. As they aren’t the most common places people would flock to, you can expect to find fewer people if your health and safety are your main concern right now – which is actually still valid and applies for all of us.
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