Not satisfied with redeeming your SingapoRediscovers vouchers for a cookie-cutter staycation? Check out these 12 unique ways to utilise them for an unforgettable day out.
In December 2020, Singaporeans were given S$100 worth of SingapoRediscovers vouchers to spend on staycations, tours, and attraction tickets. It served as a lifeline for the tourism industry, which was hit hard by extended border closures and a lack of assurance that the situation would improve. So, when in doubt, rally the local tourists.
And rally the locals did, with S$35.9 million generated in vouchers and payments from 1 December 2020 to 1 January 2021. Voucher redemptions were even extended to 31 December 2021 to encourage more Singaporeans to rediscover the Lion City.
And with five authorised booking platforms to choose from, there was something for everyone.
However, an abundance of choice bears the potential for information overload. It’s awfully easy to give in to heuristics and go with whatever you find to the most highly-rated or familiar. But going with the crowd favourite doesn’t necessarily make for the most enjoyable day out.
Steel yourself and take the path less travelled instead, with these 12 unique ways to utilise your SingapoRediscovers vouchers.
Let’s face it, not everyone has dedicated time to touring Singapore in earnest, with the common excuse being the island nation’s size. These five unique tours will take you on a trip around Singapore town, with more to see than just Collyer Quay, Raffles Place, and the Esplanade.
Crazy Rich Asians sidecar tour
As the name of this tour suggests, you’ll be visiting various locations featured in the 2018 film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s novel. There’s a twist, though. You won’t be ferried around in a chartered van or bus, but a vintage Vespa instead. To be precise, you’ll be seated in the sidecar and a trained driver scoots you around.
Choose from a two- or three-hour long tour at S$320 and S$380 respectively. The S$100 SingapoRediscovers vouchers definitely makes the cost more palatable.
A cocktail-making workshop at Mandarin Oriental’s MO BAR is included in the price of admission, because what better way is there to slake your thirst and feel like a crazy rich Asian at the same time?
Cemetery excursion in Bukit Brown
No, you didn’t read the title of this tour wrongly. Yes, you might want to avoid this tour in August if your favourite song is a Stevie Wonder smash hit from 1972.
For the rest of us however, you’ll be happy to know that Bukit Brown Cemetery is full of life, pun unintended. Not only is it used by residents living nearby for cycling or jogging, it’s a site that’s packed with heritage.
That’s because the burial ground contains tombs of many pioneering Chinese, including Chew Boon Lay, Tan Quee Lan, and Lim Chong Pang. This three-hour guided excursion will introduce you to the tombs of local pioneers and discuss topics like tombstone design and feng shui.
Tickets are priced at S$130 each and a minimum of four must be purchased at one go.
Kayaking mangrove exploration tour
If you’re a fan of watersports and nature, this tour will be right up your alley. You’ll be kayaking for six to seven kilometres from Sembawang all the way to Seletar Island, exploring the mangroves while you’re at it. The ending of the tour will be worth your while too, because you’ll get to soak your feet and relax at Sembawang Hot Spring Park.
This three-hour kayaking tour costs S$90 and you might want to persuade someone to tag along, since each kayak requires two people. Do note that at least eight participants are required for each tour, so book a weekend slot if you want to be doubly sure that a cancellation won’t occur.
The best part is that you’ll still have a S$10 SingapoRediscovers voucher left.
Royal Albatross cruise
If you prefer the open waters and having someone else do all the sailing while you wine and dine, give the Royal Albatross a shot. There are four experiences to choose from on this super-yacht, so you’re covered no matter your preference for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
There’s even an option for dogs too, allowing your best friend to have a taste of luxury alongside you.
Tours range from S$147.15 (ReDiscovery Breakfast Cruise) to S$459.05 (Dog Cruise). However, do note that the most expensive option is priced for a pair of adults and a dog rather than just one person.
This is a tour that’s tailor-made for Instagram, but pray that it doesn’t rain while you’re on board.
Double Tap: Brews & Battle of the Red Dot
This is another unique tour that Singaporean history buffs will appreciate. A guide will lead you through the forts located in Labrador Nature Reserve, detailing the preparations that Singapore made in the area before World War II.
But what really makes this tour unique would be the second part where you’ll learn how beer is made at RedDot Brewhouse.
The craft beer brewery doubles up as a restaurant too, so you can sit back and relax with a pint after all’s said and done. Tickets are priced at S$90 each, including transport, beer samples, and finger food.
That means you’re left with a S$10 SingapoRediscovers voucher that you can use for another experience.
Tours aren’t for everyone and that’s fine. Some of us prefer to stretch our legs a little more and participate in activities, especially after more than a year of working from home. Exchange your SingapoRediscovers vouchers for tickets to these five unique activities. Who’s to say you won’t take part again with your friends and family?
Intertidal exploration in Changi Beach by The Untamed Paths
Bring your children along for this one because this activity is a fun one designed for the whole family. You’ll be learning about coastal ecology at Changi Beach at either sunrise or sunset and exploring the intertidal zone while you’re at it. During this two-hour activity, you’ll get the chance to spot marine creatures like sea stars, baby stingrays, horseshoe crabs, and more.
Tickets are priced at S$100 for adults, S$50 for children aged four to 12 years old, and S$30 for infants who are three and below. You’ll receive an activity sheet, torchlights (if necessary), and of course, guidance from an experienced facilitator.
It’s the fastest way to fully utilise your S$100 SingapoRediscovers vouchers without having to fork out an extra sum of money.
If you’re a thrill seeker, Mega Adventure at Sentosa is the activity – or four – for you. Activities include Mega Bounce, Mega Climb, Mega Jump, and Mega Zip. Despite the names, there’s no hyperbole going on because each one is definitely ‘mega’ in nature. For example, Mega Zip is a zip line that propels you from point A to B at up to 60km/h.
And what makes Mega Bounce ‘mega’ would be the fact that it’s a bungee-assisted trampoline, letting you hit heights of 8m. Tickets start at S$55 for just the Mega Zip, going all the way to S$95 for the full suite of Mega Adventure activities.
And fret not if you’re a newbie to these activities – experienced instructors will be there to guide you along.
Boeing 737 experience
Taking to the skies hasn’t been realistically possible ever since March 2020, but nothing is stopping you from virtually piloting a Boeing 737. This flight simulator activity is clearly catered to aviation geeks, being held in a pod that actual commercial pilots use for training.
Speaking of commercial pilots, there’ll be one on deck to instruct you and act as your co-pilot.
There are four experiences to choose from, varying in length and depth. The 30-minute one will set you back S$166.92 while the full-fledged 90-minute one costs S$338.12.
It’s admittedly pricey, even after a S$100 subsidy from your SingapoRediscovers vouchers, but it’s safe to say that aviation geeks will find the experience unforgettable.
Virtual reality technology has improved by leaps and bounds through the years and HeadRock VR is the best example to showcase this. Located within Resorts World Sentosa, HeadRock VR bills itself as Singapore’s ‘first-ever VR theme park’. It’d be hard to refute that, seeing that the space has a total of 11 virtual reality games and experiences across three zones.
These include cult favourite rhythm game Beat Saber, escaping from a haunted house, a high-altitude battle with robots, and many more.
Tickets are priced according to the number of game tokens included, starting at S$30 for three to S$65 for seven. If you’re a VR fanatic, that’s great news because your S$100 SingapoRediscovers vouchers will be able to net you 10 whole tokens.
Foraging for your Singaporean salad
Believe it or not, foraging has been trending globally for years. Even professional chefs forage for ingredients, be it herbs, fresh flowers, or anything else they might need.
The Foraging for your Singaporean Salad activity will introduce you to this trend along with two urban farms in Dempsey Hill.
Although a guide will introduce you to foraging at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, you won’t actually be picking any plants, flowers, or herbs. Instead, there will be a tasting at the two urban farms with refreshments provided. You’ll be given three stem cuttings to get your own urban farm going too.
Tickets are priced at S$64.20 for adults and S$53.50 for children.
Last but not least
If neither tours nor activities interest you, don’t worry. There are two more unique ways that your SingapoRediscovers vouchers can be utilised.
Staycation at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
Singapore has determined that COVID-19 will be endemic, laying out a roadmap that will allow the country to loosen internal restrictions and open borders in a safe manner. Leisure travel is on the cards, so it’s high time to redeem your SingapoRediscovers vouchers.
Why not pamper yourself with a unique staycation at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore before your flight?
Located just 10 minutes away from Changi Airport, the resort boasts 198 rooms and suites. And if you’re a fitness buff, there are three swimming pools, three tennis courts, two golf courses, and a gym to choose from.
SingapoRediscovers packages start from S$400 a night, which is expensive but you definitely deserve to have a pre-vacation before your actual vacation.
Paying your vouchers forward
This is perhaps the most unique way to use your SingapoRediscovers vouchers. It’s also the noblest, helping charities and non-profit organisations make the lives of their beneficiaries a little better amidst all that’s going on in the world right now.
Of the five authorised booking platforms, three have the option to pay your SingapoRediscovers vouchers forward.
Trip.com’s option is dubbed Pay It Forward whereas Klook’s programme is called Klook Cares. On the other hand, GlobalTix keeps it simple via a Donations section on its main page.
Although each booking platform’s method of paying your vouchers forward works differently, rest assured that the money or experiences will go towards the less fortunate.
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By Ebel Tang
A geek culture enthusiast who’s also a little too invested in the wide world of whisky and watches. And no, he was not named after the Swiss timepiece brand.