Singapore is one of the world’s most modern cities, a glittering island jewel of glass, steel, and innovation. A vacation to Singapore is an incredible experience, but it can be a little…square. Singapore is gorgeous, for sure, but finding excitement and adventure can sometimes be hard work.
But that doesn’t mean that alternative experiences can’t be had in the city-state. Far from it! There are a plethora of alternative things to do and cool, hidden gems to discover. It just takes a little exploration off the beaten track.
So if you are taking a cruise from Singapore and want to add a little hipster energy to your trip, check out these eccentric, alternative options for some off-the-beaten-path excitement.
Hidden deep in the jungle in Marsiling Cresent, these tunnels were originally used by the British during World War II and lay abandoned and undiscovered for most of the 20th century. They were rediscovered in 2007 by ghost hunters (!) and now make a tremendously spooky adventure for committed explorers and daredevils.
Nature in Bukit Timah
Bukit Timah is one of the fanciest locations in Singapore, the old home of the Bukit Timah Racecourse, and now one of the best districts for drinking and dining. Less well known, however, are a couple of fantastic nature spots. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a gorgeous sanctuary full of flora and fauna, the perfect place to step away from the stress of everyday life. The Green Corridor is another wonderful place, leading to the old Bukit Timah Railway Station, where you can see a huge variety of Singapore’s wonderful indigenous trees.
Hop on a bumboat and head over to Palau Ubin for the ultimate antidote to the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. It boasts one of the only surviving traditional kampongs in Singapore and is a fantastic way to discover what Singapore was once like. You can also discover the exquisite long-tailed macaques in the wetlands of Chek Jawa!
An untouched island paradise with perfect white-sand beaches and few tourists in Singapore? Surely not! But Lazarus Island is exactly that. Hidden away between St John’s Island and Kusu Island, this pristine piece of perfection is a magnificent place to relax, unwind, and forget about life in the big city. With no infrastructure and no rubbish, it might be as close to heaven as you’ll find anywhere in the city.