Are you excited to travel overseas again? Now implementing eased restrictions for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists since April 1, Singapore is one of the easiest countries to visit for international travelers, including Philippine passport holders.
A travel and leisure online booking platform, Klook makes it so convenient to find and book accommodations and activities in Singapore and elsewhere on your mobile phone or laptop. Use the promo code PHHELLOSG to get 10% off your Singapore experiences when you spend a minimum of ₱2500. Here are some of the unique activities you can experience on your next visit to the Lion City!
Go sight-seeing on a Segway.
Lined with the country’s most iconic examples of modern architecture, Marina Bay is a must-visit for visitors to Singapore. Like most of the island-nation, it can easily be explored on foot. However, one exciting way to take in the sights is to book a guided tour by Segway – a two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporter. Learning to maneuver the device is easier than it looks, especially with the assistance of friendly and accommodating tour guides, who also take the best photos and videos from the perfect vantage points along the route.
Dine out at quirky cafes.
Without a doubt, Singapore is a foodie’s wonderland – thanks to its multicultural population and cosmopolitan outlook. No trip is complete without tasting the local fare. While visits to hawker centers or chili crab restaurants are a must, one can also browse Klook to find unique culinary experiences like the FRIENDS-themed Central Perk Cafe, where you can gobble up an edible helium balloon, or Platform 1094, where Harry Potter-inspired dishes are served with cute smoking cauldrons. Either way, you’ll be in for a wicked good time!
Explore a mangrove by kayak.
Singapore is highly urbanized, but protected areas of greenery and wilderness can be found throughout the city-state for those looking for nature escapes. Mangrove forests cover 1% of the country’s land area, concentrated along the northern coast and offshore islands. From Sembawang Park, guided tours can take visitors kayaking around Pulau Seletar (Seletar Island) before exploring nearby mangrove forests. After a day of paddling, guests can then soothe their tired muscles at the newly redeveloped Sembawang Hot Spring Park — the only natural hot spring on the Singapore mainland.
Race downhill on a night luge.
The thrill continues after the sun goes down at Skyline Luge, one of the top attractions on the tourist island of Sentosa. Extending its operating hours until 9:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, the facility reopened their “Night Luge”. Hop on a three-wheeled toboggan and let gravity do the rest as you race down purpose-built tracks, illuminated by multicolored lights at nighttime. Tackle hairpin corners, exhilarating tunnels, and downhill slopes surrounded by forest. When you reach the bottom, take the SkyRide ski lift back the top, and do it all over again. Once is never enough!
Discover the southern islands.
Sentosa may be the go-to island for tourists, but there are several others offshore worth exploring, especially for intrepid travelers. One can take a guided tour to the southern islands to discover their history, culture and natural beauty. From Marina South Pier, explorations usually take off at St. John’s Island, a former quarantine and penal settlement during the colonial era. The historic island is linked by causeway to Lazarus Island, best known for its white-sand beach cove. Lastly, there’s Kusu Island with its Taoist temple and tortoise sanctuary.
Hang out with handsome horses.
Located just a short walk away from Kranji MRT Station, the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre is one of Southeast Asia’s premier equestrian facilities. World-class sporting events are held at this 124-hectare facility. Guests may experience close encounters with their majestic and talented horses by booking a grooming session. You’ll be surprised how challenging grooming horses can be! And the many new things you will learn about them by interacting with them up close. After grooming horses at their stables, guests can walk them around, lead them through some drills, or go for a ride (if you meet the weight limit).
Try your hand at axe-throwing.
Channel your inner Thor by learning how to throw an axe at a wooden target board! Singapore is one the 26 countries in the world embracing this exciting new competitive sport. At Axe Factor – the country’s first and only indoor axe-throwing range – coaches will personally teach you the techniques and safety measures on how to handle and throw an ax. It’s an excellent way to de-stress with a group of friends. Plus, axe-throwing can turn out to be quite a workout!
Learn about rare artisanal trades.
In a world of fast-paced consumerism and modernity, Singapore is unfortunately losing many of its handmade food and crafts. Tribe Tours takes visitors on their award-winning Disappearing Trades Tour to meet the artisans striving to keep making things the old-fashioned way. An insightful tour guide will lead you to hidden gems like hawker stalls selling kopi and artisanal snacks like sachima; a traditional bakery that produces preservative-free bread; and one of the few remaining workshops where paper effigies are made for Taoist funeral rites.
Go ghost-hunting at spooky sites.
Looking for a hair-raising experience? On Oriental Travel & Tours’ best-selling Creepy Tales of Singapore Tour, get chauffeured around the city at night, visiting reputedly haunted sites around the island. Along the way, the guide will regale you with local histories, ghost stories and urban legends. Walk along a bridge to a quiet hill where you will hear the terrifying tale of a local war hero; visit a coastal gun battery where thousands died in WW-II; then stroll around one of the world’s largest Chinese cemeteries with over 100,000 tombs.
Relax at a Japanese onsen.
After days exploring the city, there’s nothing like soaking up in the hot bath to nurse your tired muscles. Located at the quiet western side of the island, Joya Onsen Cafe is one of city’s handful of Japanese-style onsen – which refers to hot springs and the bathing facilities and traditional inns around them. One can conveniently book admission using the Klook mobile app. The facility’s public gender-segregated onsen has a dry sauna and hot and cold pools. After bathing, savor a complimentary piece of wagashi (a Japanese confection often served with green tea) at their cozy cafe.