5 Under-the-Radar Activities in Singapore


You’ve checked off all the touristy destinations and are looking for activities in Singapore that aren’t just about the big attractions. So where to next? Here are some under-the-radar activities in Singapore you should include in your list, from heading down a hidden battle bunker to exploring a gourmet farmers market.

Head Down to a Secret Battle Bunker

Singapore’s last surviving battle bunker, known as the Battle Box, was the headquarters of the British Military Operations in World War II. To locate this mysteriously hidden piece of history, head to Fort Canning Park. Bring some food along, too—the park’s expansive lawns are popular picnic spots. Here’s another tip: While Google would tell you that there are only two entrances to the Battle Box (at Cox Terrance and Dobbie Rise), the bunker conceals another secret entrance on the roof.

Visit the Wetlands and Go Birdwatching

What’s one of the best activities in Singapore for nature-lovers? Spending a day birdwatching and hiking through the largest freshwater marshland in Singapore. Pack your bags for a trip to Kranji Marshes. Its rich biodiversity includes more than 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies, and 33 species of dragonflies. After exploring the vegetation, you climb up the 10.65-metre tall Raptor Tower for a bird’s eye view of the spectacular scenery. The Swamphen Hide, right behind the tower, is another scenic spot with views of clear waters and lush meadows—perfect for a tranquil getaway.

Explore the City’s Most Eccentric Park

A park that has less to do with nature and more to do with intriguing Chinese folklore and mythology, Haw Par Villa is best known for its gruesome Courts of Hell attraction. Venture into the eerily dark caves of the Courts of Hell, only to be greeted by bloody statues depicting the 10 stages of hell, as told in olden-day folklore. Disembowelled and half-sawn figures aside, what’s even more bizarre is the fact that this macabre attraction coexists with a serene wishing well and a dedicated romantic walkway within the same park itself. This peculiar site is a place you will be telling your friends about for years to come!

Challenge Your Friends to a Thrilling Race

Whether you’re a casual or semi-serious racer, The Karting Arena will have something for you. This isn’t the type of go-karting you’ve experienced at theme parks. The 500 metre race circuit is complete with twists and turns that are manageable with practice, but challenging enough to give you an addictive adrenaline kick. Even the virtual racing simulators are surprisingly realistic, immersing you in the thrill of an actual race against your friends on a Formula One track and making you temporarily forget that you’re all strapped into your seats in an air-conditioned room.

Eat at a Premium Farmers Market

A foodie trip wraps up this list of activities in Singapore. For a one-stop food destination, PasarBella is the place to go. From Louisiana-style seafood with signature Singaporean chilli crab sauce to Mediterranean pita sandwiches and Korean kimchi cheese fries, you are spoilt with international offerings. After a delightful meal, check out some local Singapore fresh produce and have a swanky drink or two from the craft beer stalls to end the night. This gourmet farmers market has two outlets, the first (and bigger) one at The Grandstand, and a more centrally located one at Suntec City Mall.

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