Recently, the government rolled out an economy-boosting “SingapoRediscover” package targeted at increasing spending in the local tourism sector. Under the package, Singaporeans above 18 years of age are entitled to a $100 voucher, redeemable from 1st Dec onwards and valid till end June 2021.
Us travel enthusiasts looking to satisfy our yearly itch for a holiday are unfortunately unable to fly domestically, unlike in other countries. Perhaps, it is time to become tourists in our own country and explore our vibrant city-state that is brimming with culture! You might just be surprised with irresistible experiences if you are willing to give it a shot! Here are 5 ideas for those of you planning your Singapoliday itinerary with your loved ones!
1. Singapore Southern Island Overnight Cruise
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, or longing for some fresh air, Discover Sailing Asia is offering a 2D1N cruise staycation. The itinerary includes sailing on the cruise to St. Johns island and Kusu island, a few of the islands that rest on the southern side of Singapore.
During the day, there will be guided tours on the islands, where guests will get to explore hidden gems like the Tortoise Sanctuary, temples and wishing wells on Kusu island. The package starts from $389/pax, and is perfect for families who wish to explore local heritage away from the distractions of mainland Singapore!
Price: starting from $389/pax
More information at: https://www.discoversailingasia.com/southern-island-cruise-2d1n
2. Trails of Tan Ah Heat: Singapore 1920s
This guided city tour brings locals and tourists on a journey through the gorgeous city skylines and its culturally-infused attractions, all on the wheels of trusty bicycles. Backed by accolades like the Singapore Tourism Award 2019 - Best Tour Experience with praise from over 700 five star reviews, an enriching experience is guaranteed for young and old alike.
Besides indulging in the history of nostalgic enclaves like Kampong Glam, you can bond with your loved ones over a light workout. (Don’t worry, it is not as physically intensive as it sounds!) This guide is suitable for those seeking a unique cultural immersion into Singapore’s past and aren’t afraid to break a little sweat while at it! For just $150/pax, the package includes snacks, drinks and equipment, and not forgetting the most important of all - the storyteller.
Duration: 4 hours (slots available from 9am to 1pm)
More information at: https://www.letsgotoursingapore.com/trails-of-tan-ah-huat-3/
3. B.F.F (Besties Fly Far) Package (iFly Singapore)
Have you always been in awe looking at the Red Lions diving across the streaked skies every 9th of August? Ever wondered what it felt like to experience the adrenaline-pumping feeling of free falling in the air? Well, wonder no more with award-winning iFly Singapore offering a package for you and a friend to experience state-of-the-art indoor skydiving facilities at just $100!
iFly Singapore also offers numerous other attractive packages for first timers, families, and even adrenaline junkies wishing to learn skydiving. The $100 SingapoRediscover voucher can be used together with their ongoing promotions, which are absolutely value-for-money deals and deserving of a guaranteed spot in my Singapoliday itinerary!
Price: Promotion at $100 for 2 pax (other packages available)
Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
More information at: https://www.iflysingapore.com
4. Day Trip to Sentosa
Accessible via mono-rail, car, or on foot, Sentosa is not only home to beautiful beaches but is also a comprehensive entertainment hub with attractions suited for all groups and ages.
For marine life enthusiasts, S.E.A Aquarium offers an exploration of the ocean realm. Housing over 10 000 sea creatures ranging from hammerhead sharks to bottlenose dolphins, visitors can get up close and personal with sea life at the Touch Pool, and indulge in a breathtaking experience in the largest Open Ocean panoramic aquarium in Southeast Asia! Snag this deal at just $36/pax on Klook!
Price: Promotion at $36/pax
Duration: Up to a day
More information at: https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/sea-aquarium/tickets
Thrill-junkies can also head to the Skyline Luge at Sentosa for a racing session that is bound to make your heart pump! Speeding down a 1.2km race track on a go-kart like sled, racers are in full control. Where else would you be able to speed to your heart’s desire without worrying about being fined by the traffic police!. A word of warning, the experience is VERY addictive and 1.2km will not be enough… My advice is to book 4 rounds of Skyline Luge at just $28/pax through the discounted bundle on Klook, which comes with one trip on Sentosa’s renowned Skyride, giving you a scenic view across Sentosa’s horizon.
Price: Promotion at $28/pax
Duration: 20 minutes per ride
Family/kid-friendly: Tandem rides available for kids below 6 and 110cm in height
More information at: https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/132-skyline-luge-singapore/
5. Visit Jewel Changi Airport
While most of us are familiar with our multi-award winning aviation hub/ retail complex Jewel Changi Airport for its shopping and dining options, it might come as a surprise that the mall actually has attractions worthy of a visit during our “Singapoliday”!
Apart from Rain Vortex, which draws eyes from all over the world being the world’s tallest and largest indoor waterfall, Jewel also boasts its Canopy Park, Hedge/Mirror Maze and Sky Net attractions. Upon entry into the Canopy Park on the topmost floor, you will notice the suspension bridge with a glass panel flooring that provides a mesmerising view through to the first floor! Chilling with your loved ones in the misty overlay amongst the flora and fauna of Shiseido Floral Valley makes this attraction truly deserving of a spot in our itinerary!
For those who love climbing and exploring, the Sky Nets will definitely be a fun experience for all ages! As the name suggests, visitors will be able to experience being on cloud nine suspended over 8 metres above ground on the 250 metre long Bouncing Net!
If you have a phobia of height, fear no more! Head straight to their Canopy Mazes containing Mirror Maze and Singapore’s largest Hedge Maze to get a view over the mesmerizing Hedge Maze design. Enter the maze and be surprised by motion sensors which trigger flora springing up as you walk past! The Mirror Maze offers an entirely different experience from most of the nature-themed entertainment in Jewel. To not get lost you should bring a compass in, otherwise there will be no way to tell apart the walkway from the mirrors! Jokes aside, the Mirror Maze offers a balance of aesthetics and merriment, which would be perfect for both kids and adults to enjoy an afternoon together.
Price: Starting from$4.50/pax to $80 (Family bundle)
Duration: Up to a day
Hopefully these carefully curated deals can earn a spot in your “Singapoliday” planning! While the regulations have been relaxed and it's time for all of us to take a break after a long year, we should still do our due diligence when exploring and keep Singapore safe even with Phase 3’s introduction! Happy holidays, have fun and keep safe!
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