SingapoRediscovers Vouchers: Places to visit, attractions, local tours, and more
If you've gone through your entire Netflix library and you're sick of eyeballing the four walls of your humble abode, it's a sure sign you need to get out. And since flying isn't necessarily the safest or most viable option in the midst of a global pandemic, getting out no longer means taking a much needed (and wanted) vacation in another country. Instead, getting out has been redefined by the pandemic as venturing out of your dwellings and having a go at discovering the undiscovered on our island.
Luckily for us, the government announced last month that all Singaporean citizens aged 18 years and above will receive $100 worth of SingapoRediscovers Vouchers. The vouchers are digitally accessible via SingPass, and can be used on staycations, leisure attractions, and local tours. These tickets to explore our backyard are slated to be used from December 2020 till end-June 2021, with the full details still in the works and further information released in November. That doesn't mean you can't start planning for your vacation break now, considering places and reservations might be snapped up quickly. To help kickstart your local holiday, we've gathered some ideas to use the vouchers if you're suffering from cabin fever.
Book a well-deserved staycation
Hotel stays are all the rage right now, with many offering up discounts and packages to provide a change of pace (and view). From couple deals to 'WFH' (work from hotel, not home) packages, hotels are proffering up some of the best deals yet.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel Workation
Pack up your home office and indulge in a luxurious work office with Marina Bay Sands' workation package deal. In addition to a discounted price, you can get complimentary dining credits and other benefits during your stay.
There're no plans for Maldives or Bali in our itinerary for this year, but that doesn't mean we can't relax at an island paradise. Sip iced tea at an oasis with a staycation package at Capella Singapore and get rewarded with discounted prices, complimentary resort activities, and a breakfast bundle for two.
Go on a tour
Explore new crooks and crannies in Singapore that you never knew existed with edgy new tours. To help keep things interesting, local tour agencies have been amping up their tour selections and formats. From a murder mystery tour to appreciating hawker culture, you're sure to learn something new.
Need to update your social media feed but haven't got any good outdoor shots recently? Join this tour and walk through the streets of Bugis, Waterloo Street and Kampong Glam to discover some of the most Insta-worthy hideouts. Learn tips from influencers on the tour whilst snapping away shots on your phone to upload onto the 'gram.
Eat, learn, and be merry on this tour featuring local hawkers. Discover the origins and stories behind old-school snacks like pig ear biscuits and get the opportunity to meet with hawker stall owners to understand the creation of the everyday local dishes we know and love. A food bundle is also included in the tour, so you can happily munch away whilst learning new facts. Best of both worlds, right?
Outdoor Escape Room Tour
You're in Chinatown, and a serial killer is on the loose. It's up to you find the culprit through solving a series of puzzles around the area. A switch-up from the usual tours of Singapore, this contemporary tour is a new exhilarating way of discovering what it was like living in Chinatown in the past whilst solving a murder mystery. Time to channel Sherlock Holmes, people.
There's no time like the present to try a hand at new things, right? If you've always been meaning to try out a new activity, now's the time. From fishing in a kayak boat to riding segways, go ahead and give it a whirl.
Fish and Kayak
Up for a challenge? Give kayaking and fishing a go. Discover a new way of fishing on our tiny island with the Kayak Fishing Fever tour. To cater to everyone's skill level, the tour has both beginner and intermediate levels. This thrilling experience will certainly get you addicted - hook, line and sinker.
Take a break from this pandemic-ridden reality and escape into a virtual one at Singapore's first ever virtual-reality (VR) theme park. With 11 various themed rides as well as three coloured zones, the theme park is sure to keep you occupied all day long. Where else will you be able to experience adrenaline-inducing adventures and zombie apocalypses in Singapore?
If you're tired of walking everywhere smothered with a mask, have a go at riding a segway instead. Test your segway skills on these electric, self-balancing devices and maneuver around Sentosa with ease. Trainers are also available on hand to assist you should you find any difficulties, so you can ride comfortably.
Play tourist in Singapore
If you miss being a tourist and discovering new attractions, you still can do so within our island city. Who says you can't jump into tourist mode and re-discover local attractions? Get a load of these familiar favourites with fresh perspectives.
For the thrill-seeker
Universal Studios Singapore is the classic attraction that we all know and love. The perfect place catered to all ages, take a break from the usual lull and raise your spirits with thrilling rollercoaster and adventure rides. To make the most out of your time there, arm yourself with these insider tips.
For the adventurous
For those seeking a different kind of thrill, try Forest Adventure, an outdoor obstacle course with action-packed fun. Get a much-needed breath of fresh air whilst scaling obstacles at Singapore's largest treetop adventure park. Open to all ages, it's time to snap on your safety harnesses and take a leap of faith through treetops and over water.
For the swimmers
Take a refreshing break from work at Singapore's first floating aqua park, HydroDash. Designed for all ages, you can climb, slide, leap and bounce through the entire inflatable obstacle course. Sign us up for this much-needed respite from the supressing heat.