If you’re wondering what to do with your $100 tourism credits, we’ve scoured the island for the best options.
Can’t travel in 2020? Not keen on flights to nowhere? We’ve got the next best thing: Exploring the city we call home. Even better, the government is giving out $100 tourism credits for us to use on staycations, tours and fun things to do. Not sure where to spend your SingapoRediscovers vouchers? Fret not. We have plenty of suggestions for you to make the most of your leisure time. After all, everyone has loads of leave days piled up this year.
Singaporeans aged 18 and above are eligible to redeem these digital vouchers, which come in denominations of $10. You can collect them via SingPass from December, and they can be used individually or all at once until the end of June 2021. Right now, we have more than 200 hotels, 40 attractions and over 400 local tour operators with the stamp of approval from the Singapore Tourism Board. Psst: You don’t even have to wait till December to start livin’ it up – hot deals await with SingapoRediscovers promos galore. Ready to start planning your Singapore holiday?
Where to spend your SingapoRediscovers vouchers
Get high on adrenaline
For all the thrills and spills, head to AJ Hackett Sentosa for a daredevil day out. The famous bungy jump ($69) will have you nosediving towards the sandy shores of Siloso Beach, while the giant swing (from $49) tosses you in the air for an intoxicating rush complete with sweet sights. To conquer your fear of heights without your feet leaving the ground, try the skybridge ($15) and admire the bird’s eye view of Sentosa.
AJ Hackett Sentosa, 30 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099011
Jet off to Bali in a jiffy
You can luxuriate in the minimalistic abode of your dreams when you stay at Lloyd’s Inn. This 34-room boutique hotel is conveniently located in the bustling Orchard area, so you can choose to nip out and explore or lounge by the dipping pool and have cocktails on the alfresco roof terrace. Accommodations start from $180 per night, or you can go all out and stay in the Patio Room to snuggle on a king-sized bed and bask in the open sky at the outdoor dining area.
Lloyd’s Inn, 2 Lloyd Road, Singapore 239091
See the beauty of Singapore
For guided tours by locals who have the city at their fingertips, head to Tribe. The experiences are warm, authentic and unforgettable. Keen on capturing the loveliest sights of Singapore? Try the #Instawalk (from $55) that’ll take you across Bugis, Kampong Glam and Waterloo Street. Those who love old school snacks will go gaga over the Hawkerwalk (from $50) where you’ll go back in time and behind the scenes with hawkers.
If you’ve always been obsessed with disappearing trades (from $98), sign up to tour a traditional bakery, a maker of paper houses and a coffee roasting factory. To add a tinge of mystery to your life, the Chinatown Murders escape room game ($50) will see you solving puzzles and hunting down a serial killer in the area.
Tribe, book online
Fly a plane
So you always wanted to be a pilot? Let your love for flying lift off at Flight Experience (from $175 for 30 minutes). Equipped with stunning HD visuals, the flight simulator seats you in a Boeing 737-800 cockpit replica, where certified commercial pilot instructors will teach you everything from basic take-off and landing techniques to flight manoeuvring. You may not be travelling anytime soon, but hey, you can always take flight in a different way.
Flight Experience, #02-06, Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
Roam around in vintage Vespa sidecars
To tour the city in a unique way, hop on board a retro Vespa with Singapore Sidecars. The social enterprise offers romantic date rides ($288) and breezy night jaunts (from $160), but we’ve got our eye on the heritage trails ($160). These take you from Tiong Bahru and Tanglin to Joo Chiat and Katong to Kampong Glam and the Civic District. Chillaxing while exploring the island? That’s our kind of fun.
Singapore Sidecars, book online
Enter the realm of virtual reality
Take your gaming to the next level at this top-notch virtual reality experience (from $48). You don’t need a holiday in another country when you can freely roam around mind-blowing worlds. After you get kitted out in full armour, you’ll be totally immersed in the adventure, whether it’s surviving a zombie attack, fighting robots and killer drones, entering an ancient alien world or battling a fatal virus (this one’s probably too close to home!).
Zero Latency, #03-346/347, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Stay in the trendiest district
The rooms may be cosy (read: tiny), but the tropical chic Hotel Soloha packs in the personality and sass with vibrant colours and funky artworks. Bonus points for its amazing location in the buzzy Keong Saik area! With nightly rates starting from $98, you’ll be surrounded by some of the best restos and bars in town once you step out of the boutique hotel. Think Burnt Ends, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge, Esquina and more. For the ultimate indulgence, book the outdoor suite, which comes with its own private outdoor space and bathtub.
Hotel Soloha, 12 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088387
Splash and dash
We’ve all heard about Wild Wild Wet. But did you know there’s a massive inflatable obstacle course on the waters of Sentosa? Touted as Singapore’s first floating aqua park, HydroDash (from $10 for kids below nine, $60 for visitors above nine) is a family-friendly entertainment option you can slide, leap, bounce and climb your way through. Get ready for a splashin’ time!
HydroDash, Palawan Beach, Sentosa, Singapore 098498
For a day of outdoor activities, head to the city’s largest treetop adventure park for fun in the sun. With zip lines that zoom you over the water and obstacle courses for the entire family, this place is great for a little bonding time away from the screens and gadgets. To test yourself, choose the grand course ($50) for 44 obstacles that you can complete across two and a half hours. Plus, you’ll only spend half your SingapoRediscovers vouchers. It’s a total sweat sesh, but so worth it!
Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir
Tour the hidden corners of the city
So you’d like to uncover a different side of the little red dot? Let’s Go Tour Singapore takes you on intriguing journeys to experience kelongs on board a boat ($450), cook up a storm with seafood ($250), visit the last remaining kampong village ($200) and learn about the spices found in Fort Canning ($200). You can also delve deep into the history of Singapore on a Singapore River trail ($80) or marvel at the beauty of Marina Bay at night on a two-wheeler ($60).
Oh, and did we mention the food? You’ll be exploring everything from Peranakan culture and culinary heritage to the stories behind Hainanese food (prices on enquiry).
Let’s Go Tour Singapore, book online
Treat yourself to a grand staycay
When we think of an exquisite stay, Capella Singapore comes to mind. With its sprawling greenery, restored colonial bungalows and gorgeous pool looking out on the South China Sea, it’s a luxe experience (from $664 per night) that’ll have your worries melting away. You don’t have to be confined to the room, either! The hotel’s staycation programme takes you from heritage and art to gastronomy and wellness, with activities such as morning yoga classes, craft, cocktail and floral styling workshops, afternoon tea sessions, historical tours, rum appreciation and more.
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa, Singapore 098297
Admire displays of art and science
Satisfy your love for both at ArtScience Museum, which is currently featuring two exhibitions ($16 each). The permanent Future World gallery offers an interactive space filled with intriguing light art displays, while the new Planet or Plastic? showcase by National Geographic takes you through compelling photos and videos that dive into the global plastic pollution crisis.
ArtScience Museum, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Live on the wild side of life
Wild about animals? The Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari are open for visits (from $25.60 per park). Rediscover your favourite reserves and say hello to the birds, giraffes, elephants, pandas and lions. To make your day extra special, sign up for wildlife tours, jungle breakfast sessions and more.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Spend a day on the island of fun
Theme park junkies, we’ve got one of the best in the region right on our shores. Dinosaurs, Transformers and the Minions await at Universal Studios Singapore (from $71). So if you’re missing your regular dose of rollercoaster rides, entertaining performances and fun parades, you know where to spend your SingapoRediscovers vouchers.
As for the S.E.A. Aquarium, it’s the perfect indoor option for rainy or scorching days. Explore the underwater world (from $31) filled with more than 100,000 marine creatures, from hammerhead sharks and giant moray eels to sea nettle and reef manta rays.
Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Wake up to a view of Marina Bay
You can’t get any closer to the magnificent view of Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands. The gorgeous Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is an elegant jewel along the waterfront stretch, with glorious rooms (from $650) that will make you feel like royalty. Plus, you’ll get $100 F&B credits per stay and 20% off treatments at The Fullerton Spa. What better way to relax and let out all the stresses of 2020?
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Now that you know where to spend your SingapoRediscovers vouchers, just pick your fave activity and run with it!