10 Must-Visit Places In Singapore If You Wanna Travel But Don't Wanna Go Too Far

These attractions and activities have to be on your list the next time you go to Singapore!

Cover image via @museumoficecreamsg (Instagram) & Rifki Fajar Hadiawan/Unsplash

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The government recently announced that Malaysians can travel internationally with relaxed procedures and testing requirements

On 8 March, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the country will reopen its boarders on 1 April.

The decision allows Malaysians with valid travel documents and passports to leave and return to the country as they please. Furthermore, all Malaysians will be allowed to enter any country that has also opened its borders to foreign travellers. 

With Singapore being among those countries, it's highly anticipated that many of our fellow Malaysians will be flocking there for a much-needed getaway. 

Here are 10 must-visit locations to check out while you're in Singapore! (No, the Merlion is not on this list).

1. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Image via Visit Singapore

Located just five minutes away from Orchard Road, this pristine garden will have you believing you are exploring a labyrinth.

Described as possessing a Four-Core concept, you'll be able to discover multiple types of gardens. From a core dedicated to the heritage of Singapore to a designated educational zone, this trip is one fit for the whole family.

For a list of tours and programmes being conducted at the botanical gardens, click here for more information.

Image via Visit Singapore

2. KF1 Karting Circuit

It's time to put the pedal to the metal! KF1 recently opened as a popular local attraction. Catering to a variety of people, KF1 allows children (provided they fulfil the height requirement) and adults to catch in spin around their 750m-go-kart track.

Beyond go-karting, KF1 proudly houses Singapore's largest badminton court, holding a total of 22 courts. Hungry visitors can also check out their food expo, Timbre + Eastside, for a break to fill their bellies. 

KF1 possesses a firm walk-in basis for small groups, while corporate and big group bookings may seek reservations. To check out the available dates for a walk-in, click here

3. Museum of Ice Cream

What can I say? Some museums are more fun than others. 

The iconic Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) finally made it's way from New York City to Singapore. This pink paradise of cotton candy dreams will have you diving head-first into a pool of sprinkles or jumping around in their bounce house.

With an on-site diner to serve up Singaporean ice-cream delicacies, this magical establishment even offers up sundae-making classes for kids!

To purchase tickets for admission into the museum or to attend sundae school classes (for kids!), click here.

4. Mandai Singapore Zoo

Describing their park as living classrooms, the Mandai Singapore Zoo contains a plethora of animals for visitors to view. 

Dividing their zones into Australasia, Reptile Garden, Primate Kingdom and more, the zoo is practically an adventure for small children and adults alike. 

The array of options when visiting the zoo include wildlife tours, live shows displaying the talents of a variety of animals, and even an opportunity to feed certain animals including elephants, goats, and giraffes. With over five cafes, take a pit-stop along your visit, and enjoy the assortment of Singaporean food you're in the mood for.

Visit one, or all! Book your tickets for whichever park you fancy right here.

5. Waterbike Sg

For those looking for some sporty action on their trip to Singapore, Waterbike Sg may be the go-to place.

This water adventure establishment provides you with a water bike; which quite literally allows you to paddle a bike on water. With bikes equipped for leisurely rides to competitive activity, you'll be able to enjoy the view of nature at a minimal cost.

Allowing children from the ages of eight, and providing lifejackets for those with a sense of adventure but without the skill of swimming, this aquatic journey will have your whole family in the water from the jump.

Bookings are made in sessions, varying on dates of availability. To book your visit, click here.

6. Haji Lane

Known affectionately as Singapore's original indie neighbourhood, frequent visitors of Haji Lane in Singapore wouldn't hesitate to make the comparison to Jonker Street in Melaka. 

With a collection of clothing boutiques, a galore of food options, and even bars for alcoholic refreshments, the shopaholics first stop would be Haji Lane any day. 

Long-live this eclectic street in Kampong Glam. 

Image via Rigel/Unsplash

7. Madame Tussauds Singapore

Founded in London, the iconic Madame Tussauds Museum has made it's way to Singapore! 

An array of wax figures await visitors as the Singapore establishment holds everything from traditional Singaporean heritage figures to Asian celebrities including Shahid Kapoor and Kajal. 

You won't want to miss the Marvel Universe 4D section, where Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Captain America are enshrined in wax.

From school trips to big groups, children under three get to enter for free! Book your tickets here.

8. St. John's Island

Image via Island Cruise

Ironically, St. John's Island was used in the late 19th century as a quarantine station for cholera cases among immigrants. 

At present day, it's a popular spot for locals and tourists who need a getaway with chill vibes. The isolation of the island and minimal commercialisation allow visitors to truly be taken away to complete solitude and leisure. 

Among the day activities include taking a dive into the multiple lagoons, discovering the various beaches, and even fishing at the designated spot far too familiar to frequent visitors. 

For a chance to take a cruise to the island, click here.

Image via Island Cruise

9. VR Gallery | ArtScience Museum

The Virtual Reality (VR) Gallery at the ArtScience Museum will transport you into a world beyond your wildest imagination.

Equipped with state-of-the-art headsets and controllers, this cinematic experience is what some would consider, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Allowing 13 year olds and up, this would be the best experience for any person interested in Sci-Fi and space exploration. Looks like you won't need to join NASA after all, just buy a ticket to Singapore! 

To buy tickets for this virtual reality tour, click here.

10. Universal Studios Singapore

Now, you didn't think we'd leave this one off the list, did you? 

Disputably the most common tourist attraction Singapore has to offer, Universal Studios Singapore offers more rides and coasters than you'll be able to comprehend. 

From riding on the Battlestar Galactica Cylon to the 3D Transformers ride for adults, to a Sesame Street Show for children, this theme park will have you making a visit as soon as you step into Changi Airport. 

Choose your ticket option here

Where's your favourite place in Singapore to visit? Let us know!

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