As far as unusual tourist experiences go, Singapore isn’t really known for them. Indeed, you know what you to expect when travelling around Singapore – cheap hawker food, expensive restaurant food, a mishmash of cultures and religion, and of course shopping.
And more shopping.
But sometimes, we don’t want to be like every other tourist, we don’t want our Instagram feed to be a carbon copy of everyone else who has travelled to Singapore. In essence, we don’t want to open our mouths and try to “catch” the water spewing from the Merlion.
Well, if you’re yearning for something different, here are 5 unusual tourist experiences you can try in Singapore.
5 Unusual Tourist Experiences in Singapore
1. Sembawang Hot Springs
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The Sembawang Hot Springs was the talk of the nation when it first reopened on January 4, 2020.
The revitalised 1.1-hectare park features a café, floral walk, and a cascading new pool that mimics the natural overflowing hot springs. Start with a walk through the park and learn about the horticulture and gardening heritage in Singapore, along with flowers and plants grown during the 1950s and 1960s.
Soak your feet after exploring the beautiful park at the cascading pool which starts off at 70°C in the innermost pool before cooling down to 40°C as the water trickles down. You can even try your hand at boiling eggs at a separate receptacle, an activity that was popular even before the remodelling.
2. Go Kart Racing At Bukit Timah
If you want to get your heart racing, however, the hot springs may fall a little short. Head to the western end of Singapore to Bukit Timah and hit up The Karting Arena where you can race your friends in a round or two of go kart.
For those who have that competitive streak buried within, you can try to beat the lap timings recorded or go for The Grand Prix which includes practice and qualifying rounds before facing off on the tracks.
Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, The Karting Arena is quite a cool activity for the entire family, and you don’t even need a driver’s license to boot. It’s also one of those unusual tourist experiences that lets you unleash your inner speed demon on our orderly little island.
3. Singapore Wake Park
And sometimes you got an adventurous streak going and go karting just isn’t enough, you have to take it up another notch. Enter the Singapore Wake Park where you’ll be sure to get an adrenaline-filled day, that is if you’re not afraid to get wet.
Built in a lagoon in East Coast Park, the Singapore Wake Park gives you all your adrenaline and wakeboarding fix. Singapore’s only cable-ski park offers up a safe environment for everyone to try out wakeboarding and pull off some insanely cool stunts.
The minimum age requirement for kids is 6 years old, so if the young ones are itching for an exciting day out, this may not be such a bad idea. And hey, there’s a lounging area and a café for you to shelter in while they splash in the big pool.
4. Bollywood Veggies
Now, it’s time to take a little breather and head to the outskirts of Kranji.
Hidden in the north western part of Singapore, Bollywood Veggies is a lush 10-acre plot of land where couple Lim Ho Seng and Ivy Singh-Lim have been farming and growing local produce without the usage of chemicals and pesticides.
From learning more about the cultivation of various plants and fruits, along with educational activities to their own little café restaurant, Bollywood Veggies offers a quiet alternative to the sometimes-overwhelming city centre of Singapore.
5. Streets Alive Tour At Chinatown
Here’s probably a walking tour that you’ve never seen before. Streets Alive Singapore takes you on a cultural and historical tour of Chinatown, one of Singapore’s oldest and earliest planned districts.
Hear stories and history from award-winning tour guides as you traverse through the Chinatown of today while imagining the Chinatown of old. Featuring portions with Virtual Reality technology and live actors, it’s a refreshing take on long walking tours that can quite often be drawn out and boring.
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