Guide To Travelling Singapore Off The Beaten Track

Guide To Travelling Singapore Off The Beaten Track

Singapore has a reputation for being an urban paradise where retail and F&B outlets line the streets waiting for the hungry tourists.

If you Google search for a list of attractions, chances are you’re going to find Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore and Gardens by the Bay on the list. Beyond the shopping and touristy attractions there’s so much more than meets the eye, and ways to beat the crowds.

Here’s a quick list of Singapore’s hidden gems that are off the beaten track!

Experiences Beyond City Shopping

Past the glitzy malls you’ll find unique sights only a local would know, and Airbnb Trips is a good way to get started.

Why not try Henna? An ancient form of body art commonly worn at weddings, Henna presents a beautiful, intricate alternative to tattoos. And here’s where you can sign up for a class to try your hand at it.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Henna ArtImage Credit: Event Nook

Café connoisseurs rejoice — skip brunch and coffee and mosey down to Chinatown, where you can learn to appreciate both East and West coffees in one class, complete with a typical Singaporean kaya and eggs meal.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Traditional Kaya Toast Breakfast SetImage Credit: Miss Tam Chiak

Local walking tour company Tribe also offers classes on disappearing trades. We see Singapore as a metropolis but forget that just a few decades ago, things were very different. The variety of work was simpler back then, and baking was one of them.

One of Singapore’s last surviving traditional bakeries — Jie Bakery — is open for classes, and is a window into the world of Singapore in the past.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Jie Bakery & ConfectioneryImage Credit: Jacelyn Ng

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Jie Bakery & ConfectioneryImage Credit: Jacelyn Ng

Another famous, or rather infamous, location in Singapore is Haw Par Villa.

Nestled in the quiet neighbourhood along Pasir Panjang Road, this theme park is not for the faint-hearted. Designed based on Chinese mythology and supernatural elements, visitors can explore tunnels filled with ghastly sights of torture in the 18 levels of hell.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Haw Par VillaImage Credit: Parka Blogs

While Singapore’s railway system (MRT) is one of the most lauded in the world, it does not get you to all the locations directly. Our country has enthusiastically embraced bike-sharing and it makes getting around the city even easier.

Image Credit: The Straits Times

If you’re a nature buff or would like an escape from the bustling city streets, our country is home to sprawling Park Connectors that link up the country. Simply hop on a bike and be on your way to anywhere you wish!

Must-see spots include Marina Bay for a stunning view of the city skyline, Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Marina BayMarina Bay / Image Credit: Found The World

Next, venture into the residential reservoirs around Coney Island and the Lorong Halus Wetland where the cycling path takes you into the thick of a tranquil, un-Singaporean-like forest.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Coney IslandImage Credit: The Straits Times

Lorong Halus Wetland / Image Credit: grbenji

A Night Time Escape

There are plenty of bars in Singapore but the more accessible they are, the more crowded they tend to be.

Operation Dagger and D.Bespoke are both speakeasy bars, and you actually have to follow cryptic wall markings to find one of them.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Open DaggerOperation Dagger / Image Credit:

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Open DaggerOperation Dagger / Image Credit: Spirited Singapore

Hidden Singapore

Singapore might be a tourist hotspot, but that doesn’t mean you have to contend with the crowds wherever you go.

These are just some of hidden wonders this island city has to offer. How many can you uncover?

Here’s where you can get started, and don’t forget to book an early flight!


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