Up for an adventure? Get spooked at Haw Par Villa, listen to a bird-choir, break bowls at The Fragment Room and float away at Palm Avenue Float Club
Bored of the usual Friday night drinks with friends and weekly trips to the cinema (watching movies you don’t even like)? Or tired of showing your visiting buds the same ol’ Merlion-and-Marina-Bay routine? Get out of your comfort zone and take a risk with these fun and wacky things you can try. Who said there was nothing unusual to do in Singapore?
Visit the weirdest theme park in Singapore
This theme park might make you feel more uncomfortable than excited. Revolving around Chinese folklore and mythology, it hosts more than 1,000 intricately hand-painted statues and sculptures – some even displaying bloody and decapitated figurines. If that doesn’t freak you out yet, visit their 10 Gates of Hell attraction – believed to be the real gateway to Hell. You may not want to come here alone, just saying.
Haw Par Villa, 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628. Opens daily 9am-7pm (last admission: 6pm)
Get lost in one of Singapore’s rare farms
Take a break from Singapore’s cityscapes and feast your eyes on some greenery. Head over to Bollywood Veggies, owned by Ivy Singh-Lim, a 10-acre plot of agricultural land located in the Kranji Countryside at the Northwestern tip of Singapore. Protecting it since 2000, she opens her gardens to visitors and diners of the Poison Ivy Café. But watch out if you meet her – she’s a feisty one!
Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026, p. 6898 5001. Open Wed-Sun 8am-6.30pm, closed on Mon-Tue unless public holidays.
Have a smashin’ good time, literally
The only place your tantrums will be entertained, The Fragment Room is perfect for all you ill-tempered souls out there. Release all your rage and frustrations with a bat and some very fragile items. Choose a preferred playlist, put on your safety gear and brace yourself for some destruction. Check out our trip to The Fragment Room.
The Fragment Room, 3 Balestier Road, Singapore 329671, p. 9155 8897. Open Mon-Sun 1pm-10pm.
Have your feet eaten by fish
Looking for a fishy form of foot therapy after all that walking around the island? Check out ornamental fishes at this fish farm along Jalan Lekar, that has a fish spa ($10 for an adult/half hour); persevere through the tickles while these Garra Rufa fish devour the dead skin off your feet!
Qian Hu Fish Farm Trading, No. 71 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698950, p. +65 6766 7087. Opens weekdays 9am-6pm weekends 9am-7pm
Have a taste of the kampung life
Do you find yourself yearning for the simpler life? You might be surprised that there are remnants of kampung houses still standing in our mainland. Located off Seng Kang East Avenue, this is a relic where time seems frozen, giving you a glimpse of the ’60s with cats, dogs and chickens roaming freely, and dirt roads connecting houses mainly made out of wood and zinc roofs.
7 Lorong Buangkok, Singapore 547557
Kayak through a mangrove forest
If you think you’ve seen every inch of Singapore, you may be wrong. Explore Singapore’s Northern Islands and previously inaccessible swamps by kayaking along rivers and seas in your very own kayak. Forget about trekking through Bukit Timah Nature Reserve or the Botanical Gardens; you’ll be sure to experience Mother Nature like never before with this wild and wet adventure. Beginners are welcome, so grab your friends!
Listen to a choir of… exotic birds?
At Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club, you’ll watch exotic birds chirping away beautiful melodies all at once – something relatively unheard of in Singapore. Bringing out their birdies as early as 6am, these owners hoist them up 20 feet high to let their pets breathe in clean air, while competing to be the best singer. Being the largest singing and bird-displaying area of its kind in Southeast Asia, this isn’t just a majestic display of gorgeous birds, but the ‘music’ you’ll hear here might surprise you too.
Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club, Block 159 on Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, Singapore 560537. Opens 9am-5pm daily except Sundays 9am-12pm
Feast on a unicorn’s poop
Unicorn fans, brace yourselves. We’re bringing you magical, divine (and edible, for sure) poop. An original from Cream & Custard, this raspberry mousse-vanilla-cake-pop-candy dessert is sure to take your breath away with its… intriguing craftsmanship. Want more? Check out these other colourful, unicorn-inspired foods.
Cream & Custard, Blk #01-894, 46 Jln Bukit Ho Swee, Singapore 160046, p. +65 9111 8696 Opening hours: (Mon to Sat) 11am – 7pm, Closed on Sundays
Float in a futuristic space pod
Bored of the usual rub-downs and facials? Allow your worries to sink while you float at Palm Ave Float Club, that immerses you in your very own private pod filled with Epsom salt. Drift away and enter a deep, meditative state that is sure to improve mental clarity, as well as muscle relaxation with frequent seshes.
Palm Ave Float Club, Location in 20 Waringin Park and 66 Kampung Bugis.
Have a BBQ on a donut boat
Yachts are so last season! Dine in style out at sea in these donut-shaped boats, sure to impress your beau thanks to its unique concept. Single? No biggie. These boats are big enough for you and your mates as you have your own private barbecue. Your dining experience can’t get more bizarre than this.
Make reservations at The Floating Donut Company website
Too strange for you? Check out these 60 (normal, but fun) things you can do in Singapore too.