Some of the world’s popular cities are so commercialized that people fail to see their other side. Tourists and travellers think that cities like Singapore are for shopping and luxury but on the contrary, they have a lot to offer. So let’s have a look at all the possible offbeat things to do in Singapore!
Locations like the Marina Bay Sands or the Chinatown have always attracted swarms of tourists but what about those who need to get away from the crowd? Well, you will find your answer at Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Kallang Basin, and Pulau Hantu.
Vintage trip to Pulau Ubin
While most tourists in Singapore prefer the Sentosa island you can trade it for a rustic trip to one of the last surviving villages called Kampungs. The village is located on Pulau Ubin island which is accessible by a ferry. The island is also famous for the Chek Jawa wetland nature reserve park. Coney Island is also a famous spot amongst travellers looking out for offbeat things to do in Singapore.
Birdwatching at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Over the years, tourists have made zoos and national park in Singapore popular by visiting these places in numbers. However, not many know about this but the city is a goldmine for travellers who like birdwatching. During September to March, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve welcomes an array of migratory birds which will interest bird spotters or wildlife photographers.
Scuba Diving at Sister’s Island Marine Park
One of Singapore’s best-kept secrets is the scuba diving sight at the Sister’s Island Marine Park. To promote the city’s marine biodiversity, the site was developed by Nparks and now it’s a hotspot for divers. It’s a perfectly guided trail with 20 underwater stations that guide the diver and share information about the features and the bio-diversity of the reefs. Apart from this, you can enjoy scuba diving at Pulau Hantu to watch a variety of unique underwater creatures.
Cycle around Singapore
With approximately 150 km of the route at your disposal, you can explore Singapore and the nearby parks and nature reserves on a bicycle. First of all, you reduce your carbon footprint by opting for this eco-friendly mode of transport and secondly they are cheap and easily accessible. While the network is huge, you can cycle in places that are less crowded like – Woodlands Waterfront Park, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Punngol Waterway Park, and the Lorong Halus Wetland.
Kayaking and Paddling
While Singapore may not be a popular destination amongst the “adrenaline-seeking circle”, its kayaking escapades can certainly entice them. You can paddle at leisure at the Macritchie Reservoir and Kallang Basin or level up your game by exploring the mangrove forest or offshore islands in the north by kayaking. The thrill to cut through the vast waters of Singapore on a simple kayak surely makes it one of the most exciting offbeat things to do in Singapore!
Tune on the Indie Music Station
Over the years, Singapore has thrown open the gates of opportunity for many indie music bands. Being a culturally thriving city Singapore is actively promoting the vibrant music scene. Many bands from Singapore showcase their talent at places like Hood Bar and Café, Timbre, Blu Jaz, and Artistry Café. So after having experienced the thrilling side of Singapore, you can chill with your folks on the tunes of some amazing artists.
Try the local street food
How can street food not be a part of offbeat things to do in Singapore!? Well, most of the travellers prefer eating out on a street stall instead of a fancy restaurant but finding the right place is equally important. Changi Village, ABC Brickworks, and Old Airport Road are the prime spots for locals to eat some delicious cuisines and you should do the same!
Explore the artsy streets
Just like music, art in Singapore is thriving thanks to many local and international artists. Many sculptures can be spotted across the city created by renowned artists. You will be left amazed by the unique murals on the walls of local homes and streets that complement their beauty. Even though strict laws protect public properties from graffiti, Singapore’s street art culture is attracting a lot of eyeballs these days!
Theses offbeat things to do in Singapore surely paint a different picture of the island city. So now that we have cleared some of your misconceptions, you know where to plan your first vacation of the year 2020!
Curated by Saumitra Shinde