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13 Best Places To Fish Legally in Singapore – Including Maps & The Fish You Can Catch There


Where to fish in Singapore

Fishing for compliments may be a much easier thing to do than fishing for fish. It takes a whole lot of patience, know-how, and a dash of luck to ensure that your catch is a satisfying and fruitful one. Well, fishing may not be at the top of your to-do list, but it certainly is a hobby for all the enthusiastic and aspiring anglers amongst us. 

If you’re new to the game, here are the legal fishing spots in Singapore.

Table of Contents

Where to fish in Singapore1. MacRitchie Reservoir2. Pulau Ubin3. East Coast Park’s Bedok Jetty4. Punggol Point Jetty5. Pasir Ris Town Park Fishing Pond6. Serangoon Reservoir7. Woodlands Jetty8. Changi Beach Park9. Bedok Reservoir10. Jurong Lake11. Lower Seletar Reservoir & Rower’s Bay12. Lower Peirce Reservoir13. Marina Reservoir

1. MacRitchie Reservoir

MacRitchie Reservoir - Fishing In SingaporeThreadfin acara and snakehead murrells are some of the species that have been spotted at the Fishing Ground at Macritchie Reservoir

The designated fishing zone located near Paddle Lodge provides a scenic view of the surrounding greenery. But beautiful visitas aren’t all that’s in store – after getting your catch of the day, you can also explore the many nearby attractions by hiking up to the MacRitchie Treetop Walk, or strolling over to the Zig-Zag Bridge.

Macritchie Reservoir MapImage credit: PUB

Address: South-Eastern end of the MacRitchie Reservoir, near Paddle Lodge

2. Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin - Fishing In SingaporeImage credit: @lengahleng via Instagram

Live your best kelong life away from civilisation at Pulau Ubin, where anglers can expect to fish in peace without hoards of others in the vicinity. While most head there to hike and cycle, it’s a surprisingly great fishing ground as well.

Pulau Ubin Fish - Fishing In SingaporeImage credit: @itsall_abvoutthe_fishes via Instagram

There are fishing spots scattered all throughout the island with Jelutong Bridge being popular among those gunning for large barramundi to take home for dinner. Sungei Mamam, located on the other end of the island is another spot that’s worth a shot for some HTHTs while fishing with the pals.

Pulau Ubin MapImage credit: NParks

While most of the island has the green light for rod casting, there are some prohibited areas to take note of which you can find out more about on the NPark’s fishing info sheet.

Address: Various spots around Pulau Ubin

3. East Coast Park’s Bedok Jetty

Bedok Jetty - Fishing In SingaporeImage credit: @ivanbotakyong via Instagram

Experienced anglers need no introduction to East Coast Park’s Bedok Jetty. But for greenhorns, consider it one of the best places to kickstart the hobby, with frequent schools of fishes and a large community of fellow fishermen you can chat with while waiting for your rod to tug.

Laojiaos there may even share tips and stories of how they’ve managed to pull up a barracuda shark on a lucky day. Other fishes you can hook here include tambans, jewfish, and stingrays.

Address: East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore 449876

4. Punggol Point Jetty

Punggol Point JettyPunggol Jetty is a considerably short and small jetty where you can fish at. Since it is small, expect to have to rub shoulders with fellow anglers as it can be rather crowded. Fishes that you may get to take home with you include grouper, barramundi, rabbitfish, and sand whiting.

Punggol Jetty MapImage adopted from: Google Maps

Address: Punggol Promenade Nature Walk, towards the end of Punggol Road

5. Pasir Ris Town Park Fishing Pond

Pasir Ris Town ParkD’Best Recreation is a fishing spot in Pasir Ris that’s just a 4-minute walk from Pasir Ris MRT station. Although you’ll have to pay to cast a rod (from $61/session), there’s a good variety of saltwater fish you can catch, like sea bass, snapper, pomfret, and grouper.

D'Best Fishing - Fishing In SingaporeHelpful anglers in the online community recommend that you fish at the Main Pond instead of the Pro Pond to make your money’s worth.

Address: 90 Pasir Ris Central, Pasir Ris Town Park, Singapore 519635Opening hours: 24 hours, DailyContact: 6583 9030 | D’Best Fishing website

6. Serangoon Reservoir

Serangoon Reservoir - Fishing In SingaporeImage credit: @jivesfishing via Instagram

Situated along Serangoon Reservoir, this fishing spot requires some planning in order to get a bite. You can use Tides 4 Fishing to calculate the best times to fish there, just for an extra challenge.

Image adapted from: PUB

Serangoon Reservoir MapAddress: North Eastern Riverine Loop Park Connector Network, near Punggol Promenade Nature Walk

7. Woodlands Jetty

Woodlands JettyImage credit: @xcarrolx via Instagram

Not only is Woodlands Waterfront Park a great place for those looking to exercise or spot JB in the distance, the jetty that it houses is the longest in Singapore. Although you are only permitted to fish towards the end of the jetty, keep in mind that there are big catches for you to look forward to.

The main species of fish that you can catch here is the barracuda. Anglers there have caught gigantic barracudas weighing up to a whopping 6kg!

Woodlands Waterfront Park MapImage credit: Google Maps

Address: Woodlands Waterfront Park, Admiralty Road West, Singapore 759956

8. Changi Beach Park

Changi Beach Park - Fishing In SingaporeImage credit: @intricatenatur3 via Instagram

As a quieter fishing spot, Changi Beach Park is perfect for those uninterested in jostling with fellow anglers. It is also one of the few places in Singapore where fishing is allowed along the entire beach. Types of fishes that you may be able to catch include brown stingray, sickle fish, javelin grunter, goatee croaker, barramundi, and veined catfish.

Not sure which part of the beach to throw your fishing line in? Anglers recommend that you make yourself comfortable along the beach at the following areas:Car Parks 1 & 2: Near the end of Telok Paku RoadCar Parks 3 & 4: Along Nicoll DriveCar Park 5 & 6: Along Nicoll Drive to the SAF Changi Ferry Terminal

Changi Beach Park MapImage credit: NParks

Address: Nicoll Drive, Singapore 498991

9. Bedok Reservoir

Bedok ReservoirImage credit: @freshairbabe via Instagram

For those who live in the eastern part of Singapore, Bedok Reservoir is where you can try your hand at fishing in a freshwater pond. Make sure that you are using only artificial bait so that you don’t mess up the reservoir’s water quality! You might want to release your catch back into the reservoir to do your part in maintaining the ecosystem there, though.

Bedok Reservoir Fishing - Fishing In SingaporeImage credit: @gobstey_cast via Instagram

Fishes that you may hook include the African walking catfish, armoured sucker catfish, peacock bass, and tarpon – despite the fact that these are not indigenous to Singapore.

Bedok Reservoir MapThere are plenty of spots to fish at, demarcated by the dark blue areas on the border of the reservoir.Image credit: PUB

Address: Along Bedok Reservoir Road, north of Bedok New Town

10. Jurong Lake

Jurong LakeWesties, you can go fishing at Jurong Lake Gardens instead of travelling to other ends of the country just to keep your fishing hobby alive. Nestled in the Southern end of tranquil Jurong Lake is the recreational fishing jetty where you can try your luck fishing for pacu, soon hock, and peacock bass.

Remember not to venture to Lake View Promenade because fishing isn’t allowed over there. Also, keep in mind to only use artificial bait.

Jurong Lake MapThe blue line highlights the fishing zone in Jurong Lake Gardens.Image credit: PUB

Address: Jurong Lake Park along Yuan Ching Road and Boon Lay Way

11. Lower Seletar Reservoir & Rower’s Bay

Lower Seletar Reservoir - Fishing In SingaporeImage credit: @singatanuki via Instagram

Lower Seletar Reservoir’s fishing deck and Rower’s Bay are popular hot spots amongst anglers who enjoy freshwater fishing. Fishes that you can catch over these areas range from giant snakehead to barramundi. There have also been lucky anglers who’ve caught stingrays that tip the scales at 25kg.

Lower Seletar Reservoir MapImage credit: PUB

Address: Along Lentor Avenue and Seletar West Link (Lower Seletar Reservoir), and along Rower’s Bay

12. Lower Peirce Reservoir

Lower Peirce Reservoir - Fishing In SingaporeImage credit: @limpat via Instagram

Fishing in a more central region of Singapore is no problem too, if you make your way to Lower Peirce Reservoir Park. As with other reservoirs in Singapore where you can fish without breaking the law, only use artificial bait when you are fishing. The types of fishes that you may catch here include peacock bass, flowerhorn cichlids, and zebra tilapias.

Macritchie Reservoir MapImage credit: PUB

Address: Lower Peirce Reservoir Park, near the pavilion 

13. Marina Reservoir

Marina Reservoir Fish - Fishing In SingaporeImage credit: @guerillafishing via Instagram

For a fishing experience in the CBD area with views of the cityscape, make your way to Kallang River, along the Marina Reservoir. As usual, you can only use artificial bait to lure those fish. Fishes lurking under the waters there include the snubnose pompano, hound needlefish, halfbeak, and peacock bass.

Located smack in central Singapore, Marina Reservoir proves that you don’t even have to travel to the edge of the island for some good ol’ fishing.

Marina ReservoirImage credit: PUB

Address: At dedicated areas along Kallang River

Other than our tip 13 picks, some other places you can consider fishing at include: Pandan Reservoir Kranji ReservoirPang Sua CanalUpper Seletar ReservoirGeylang RiverKolam Ayer ABC WaterfrontPelton CanalRochor Canal

Fishing spots in Singapore

Fishing is a waiting game that only those with lots of patience and determination will enjoy. Spots in Singapore are aplenty but you’ll have to try them out for yourselves to decide your favourites.

Also check out these outdoor activities in and around Singapore:Things To Do At Singapore Botanic GardensChangi BoardwalkGuide to Mandai Wildlife Reserve

Cover image adapted from: @xcarrolx, @limpat, @jivesfishing & @ivanbotakyong via InstagramOriginal article published on 27th December 2016 by Hazel Cheng. Last updated by Khoo Yong Hao on 14th November 2023.Avatar

UltraGolf – 18-Hole Mini-Golf At Sentosa For A Beach Day Beyond Laying On The Sand All Day


UltraGolf at The Palawan @ Sentosa

Think mini golf and the themed holes at Kulnari Mystery Golf might come to mind. But not at UltraGolf. The new mini golf place at Palawan Beach is literally a miniature version of the pro golf courses you’ve seen around Singapore – complete with sand bunkers and putting greens, just smaller in scale.

It’s a Honey, I Shrunk the Kids moment come to life. Here’s what you can expect:

18-hole mini-golf course with obstacles

ultragolf - putt

Just like a real golf course, this mini version has a standard 18 holes and obstacles like sand bunkers, steep hills, and water hazards where you’re likely to lose your ball or add strokes to your game.

But here’s where this course is different: there are 2 starting positions at each tee-off. If you consider yourself just shy of being a pro, then go for the one further back. Kids and amateurs, however, are more than welcome to make their first swing at the teeing position nearer the hole.

ultragolf - talent

It’s a golf course after all, so you might as well look the part while playing. Come in pressed khakis and polo tees if you’re going to snap a few ‘fit pics for the ‘Gram as you swing your way to hole #18. Don’t feel like you have to go all out with cleats and visors; the course is on a beach, so board shorts and flip flops are very much allowed.

ultragolf - putt back

Here’re a couple of notes before you hit the links: the course is held outdoors so come prepared with sunblock and shades, as it can get really hot. UltraGolf is open till 9pm daily, so feel free to go in the evenings to beat the heat and maybe even catch the sunset.

Be prepared for rained out games as well. You can top up $2/pax for wet weather insurance, which entitles you to come back to putt within a 30-day period.

Check out UltraGolf at the revamped Palawan Beach

ultragolf - sign

UltraGolf is just one of the new attractions available at The Palawan @ Sentosa. If you’re coming down for mini-golf, make it a full beach day by exploring the rest of the area, which has new beach clubs – Twelve+ and kid-friendly Splash Tribe.

Your furbaby’s invited too at the Palawan Dog Run, which has lots of open space for your pups to run free. Those who plan on staying till the evening can also head to the neon-lit, 3-storey HyperDrive – an indoor go-karting track.

The next time you’re wondering what to do this South of Singapore, hit up UltraGolf or the many other activities Palawan Beach has to offer.UltraGolfADMISSION FEEFrom $15/pax (off-peak) | From $22/pax (peak) ADDRESSOpening Hours:Tuesday 12:30-21:00 Show Time Hide

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For more things to do in Singapore:Warner Bros. movie screenings at SentosaGuide to the newly revamped Changi Airport Terminal 2New bar with $10 cocktails and instant noodles

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8 Cheapest European Countries For Singaporeans To See The Other Side Of The World On A Budget


Cheapest European countries to visit in 2023 & 2024

While travelling anywhere is something every one of us looks forward to, trips to Europe just hit differently. Perhaps it’s the high effort and lengthy flight over, maybe it’s the complete contrast of “old world” buildings, or it could be the world-famous attractions that we’ve always wanted to see. One thing’s for sure – it’s got a reputation for being expensive

But that’s not always the case. If you can fork out a cool S$1,000+ on flights, you can travel to some of the cheapest European countries that don’t compromise on unforgettable experiences. We sussed out affordable European cities where you can find comfy hotels well below S$150/night, with plenty of cheap and free attractions as well, with an estimated breakdown of costs you can expect. 

Note: Our estimated budget for food is for mid-range spending and dining out. More costs can be saved if you go for cheaper dining options. Flight prices and exchange rates are also accurate at the time of writing. 

Table of Contents

Cheapest European countries to visit in 2023 & 2024What is the cheapest month to visit Europe?1. Croatia – Free Game of Thrones filming locations 2. Türkiye – Free entry to mosques & bazaars3. Portugal – Dramatic countryside views & cheap Port wine4. Romania – Count Dracula’s castle & winter ski slopes5. Czech Republic – Known for classical concerts & architecture6. Spain – Cheap wine & tapas 7. Hungary – Attractions within walking distance8. Slovenia – Treasure trove of outdoor sights

What is the cheapest month to visit Europe?

Cheapest European Countries - Dubrovnik Old Town CroatiaDubrovnik Old Town in Croatia.Image credit: @keziasdf via Instagram

Before we dive into our list of cheapest European countries to visit, we’re going to start with the most obvious hack for the best savings: that is, travelling off-peak. 

That said, the cheapest months to visit Europe would be from late fall to winter, around mid-October to late March. Hotel rates and airfares – both of which comprise a bulk of your travel budget – can dip during this time, and you can visit attractions without having to battle as many crowds. Plus, you’ll get cooler weather, too.

Peak season is typically during the Western summer months from late May to the end of August, so you might want to avoid travelling during this time. 

1. Croatia – Free Game of Thrones filming locations 

Think of the ultimate Mediterranean holiday and Greece will probably come to mind. But despite reasonable airfare, the attractions there are rather pricey to visit. Enter Croatia, which offers just as much – if not more – with cities strewn with historical buildings, and a gorgeous coastline that’ll be the envy of all who’re following your journey on social media. 

Cheapest European Countries - Croatia Stone GateStone Gate, a landmark in Zagreb’s Old Town.Image credit: @travels_by_marlene via Instagram

Let’s start with the capital city of Zagreb, where there are plenty of free attractions such as markets, parks, and pretty neighbourhoods to wander through. A visit to the famous Museum of Broken Relationships costs just €7 (~$10), with most of the city’s main attractions such as the Zagreb City Museum costing below S$10. You can also ride the shortest funicular in the world here for just €0.66 (~S$1).

Hvar island in CroatiaThe island of Hvar in Croatia, which you can access from Split via island-hopping tours that cost about S$80/person.Image credit: @secret_adriatic_experience via Instagram 

You want to factor in more time to head to other cities, though, particularly to the coastal town of Split, where the sparkling blue sea awaits you. The free attractions here such as Diocletian’s Palace, Forest Park Marjan, and Kasjuni Beach will be well worth the trip. Nature lovers can also unwind at Plitvice Lakes National Park, or get a dose of history at Fortress Klis (both €10, S$14.50). 

Plitvice Lakes National Park CroatiaPlitvice Lakes National Park has unreal views of waterfalls, rivers, and cliffs.Image credit: @littlelokun via Instagram 

Game of Thrones fans will want to travel further south to Dubrovnik, where a good chunk of the hit series was filmed amongst the city’s medieval buildings. Plenty of the filming locations, such as St. Dominic Street and Ploče Gate, are accessible to the public for free. For stunning views of the city, you can either hike up Srđ Mountain or take a cable car up from €15 (~S$22).

Game of Thrones filming location -Ploce Gate in Dubrovnik, CroatiaPloče Gate.Image credit: @barokowa via Instagram

Average costs for tourists in Zagreb:Exchange rate: S$1 = €0.70Flights: From S$1,219 – Connecting flights are available on carriers such as Lufthansa, Qatar, and Turkish Airlines.Average meal: From $50/day. A serving of brudet – a traditional Croatian fish stew – costs around S$6.Transport prices: Car rentals can cost as low as S$7/day. The 5-hour bus ride from Zagreb to Split costs from €17.90 (~S$26), while the 4-hour bus-ride from Split to Dubrovnik costs around €19.99 (~S$29).

2. Türkiye – Free entry to mosques & bazaars

Cheapest European Countries - Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, TurkeyThe Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.Image credit: @danielgarrett47 via Instagram

If you’ve walked along Arab Street, you might’ve had a tiny taste of Türkiye, with a handful of shops selling some colourful glass Turkish lamps, bowls, and carpets. Now, turn your gaze to Istanbul and imagine the famous Grand Bazaar lined with a bazillion of these glimmery trinkets, plus small cafes selling freshly brewed pomegranate tea and sweet Turkish delight. 

Blue Mosque in Istanbul, TurkeyBlue Mosque.Image credit: @sherinecharvia via Instagram

That’s just the tip of the iceberg; must-sees include iconic and intricately designed mosques such as the Blue Mosque which has free entry for visitors. Meanwhile, paid attractions like the Galata Tower and Dolmabahçe Palace cost about ~S$35 per entry. You can also book a tour of Istanbul’s most famous attractions for ~S$115.

Alternatively, check out this Istanbul welcome card (S$122.40) for access to tours and public transport that’s valid for 7 days.

Cappadocia hot air balloons, TurkiyeCappadocia.Image credit: @ionajesstownsley via Instagram

Gorgeous sites also await those who venture outside of the city, too. Over at Cappadocia, visitors flock over to witness – and even ride – hot air balloons that float over the gorgeous rock formations of Devrent Valley. Another city worth visiting is Pamukkale, famous for its stark blue-and-white natural thermal pools. It’s also got gems such as the Cleopatra Antique Pools and Hierapolis ancient theatre. 

Pamukkale thermal pools, TurkeyThese natural white limestone formations and thermal pools are known as the Travertines of Pamukkale.Image credit: @sudhacsingh via Instagram

You can book a 4-day tour from Istanbul to these cities to see all its best gems. Otherwise, you can take short direct flights to both cities from Istanbul, which will set you back about S$100. 

Average costs for tourists in Istanbul:Exchange rate: S$1 = TRY20.44Flights: From S$1,200 – Direct flights available on Turkish Airlines and Singapore Airlines.Average meal: From ~S$20/day. A yummy kebab or doner costs about S$5. Transport prices: From TRY15/person (~S$0.75) for a single-ride ticket. Taxis are rather affordable too. It costs about TRY72.22 (~S$3.53) to travel ~15 minutes from Taksim Square to the Blue Mosque. 

3. Portugal – Dramatic countryside views & cheap Port wine

Cheapest European Countries - Lisbon PortugalView from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte in Lisbon.Image credit: @snapwithanl via Instagram

If you’re a fan of dramatic European coastlines, historical buildings, and of course, cheap Port wine, you’ll feel right at home in Portugal. The capital city of Lisbon alone has plenty to offer, whether it’s the liveliness of street performances around the city, or the charm of wandering through the historic neighbourhoods of Alfama

Cheapest European Countries - Praca do Comercio in Lisbon PortugalLisbon’s Praça do Comércio square faces the harbour.Image adapted from: @michaelmuller3980 & pavlosji via Instagram

Free attractions are aplenty here, such as the viewing point, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, from which you can see the whole city. Landmarks such as Praça do Comércio and Basilica of Estrella will also give you plenty of content for your camera roll. Access to other attractions like museums and monuments in the city won’t cost you more than S$15.

Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra, PortugalWant to feel like you’re in an epic movie? Visit Castelo dos Mouros.Image credit: @jako_irena via Instagram

Not to be missed is also the municipality of Sintra. Outdoorsy folk can go ham on hiking the trails in Sintra National Park, to access stunning views of cliffs, beaches, villages, and the rather dramatic Castelo dos Mouros (€12, ~S$17). Some attractions worth visiting include the Initiation Well that’s part of the Quinta da Regaleira castle (~S$16) grounds.

Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra PortugalThe Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira.Image credit: @the.scatty.traveller via Instagram

You can also book a day tour to Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril from Lisbon (S$129) to see villages, castles, medieval streets, and the stunning cliffs of Roca Cape. 

Cheapest European Countries Dom Luis I Bridge Porto PortugalDom Luís I Bridge in Porto.Image credit: @konstapic via Instagram

Those who’re feeling adventurous will find it worthwhile to head to Porto, too. The city’s famous for its full-bodied, sweet Port – where bottles cost as low as €5 (~S$7.25). You’ll also find a goldmine of wine tastings (from ~S$30) and vineyard tours (from ~S$135) from local tour operators. Otherwise, stroll along the riverfront to get an eyeful of the city from the Dom Luís I Bridge

Pro tip: You can get the Lisbon City Card from S$31.85 for unlimited access to public transport from 24-72 hours, which includes free admission to selected attractions. The train ~3-hour ride from Lisbon to Porto costs from S$23 upwards.

Average costs for tourists in Lisbon:Exchange rate: S$1 = €0.70Flights: From S$999 – Connecting flights are available on carriers such as Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, and Emirates.Average meal: ~S$40/day. Portuguese custard tarts cost just ~€1 (~S$1.45) per pop.Transport prices: Lisbon is very walkable, and public transport options cost from €1.50 (~S$2.15) per ride. 

4. Romania – Count Dracula’s castle & winter ski slopes

Castelul Bran - Bran Castle  - Dracula's Castle in Transylvaniaplay buttonCastelul Bran – Bran Castle – Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

Romania isn’t quite the first place Singaporeans would think of when planning a trip to Europe. But what if we told you the “legend” of vampires originated from the Romanian region of Transylvania? Perhaps it’s time to explore the country’s many dramatic medieval castles, monasteries, and stunning natural landscape. 

Cheapest European Countries - Stravropoleos Monastery in Bucharest RomaniaStavropoleos Monastery.Image credit: @bon_vivant_ripon via Instagram

First up, the capital city of Bucharest has plenty to offer. Explore the free admission Stavropoleos Monastery, or catch a classical music performance (from S$30) at the Romanian Athenaeum concert hall which has been standing since the late 1800s. You can also dive deep into Romania’s past at the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum (RON30, ~S$9).

Brasov ski slopes in RomaniaPoiana Brasov ski slopes are part of the Carpathian Mountain range.Image credit: @poianabrasovro via Instagram

Don’t stay in the city all the way, though. Take a 2.5-hour train to Brasov to visit Bran Castle (~S$16). This castle is said to have been the abode of the Count Dracula. Once you’ve checked that off your list, consider heading up to the ski slopes southwest of Brasov for skiing in the winter, or hiking at Pietrele lui Solomon in the summer.

Merry Cemetery in RomaniaMerry Cemetery.Image credit: @georgeaxente via Instagram 

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, drive all the way up to Merry Cemetery (RON5, ~S$1.45) in the quiet village of Săpânța. It’s got over 700 hand-painted tombstones that’s worth the 9.5-hour journey from Bucharest. Of course, hit up Sibiu town, Cozia National Park, and Cluj Napoca city en route. 

Average costs for tourists in Bucharest:Exchange rate: S$1 = RON3.42Flights: From S$992 – Connecting flights are available on carriers such as KLM, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines.Average meal: From $40/day. A hearty traditional sarmale (cabbage rolls) costs about S$9.Transport prices: Train tickets from Bucharest to Brasov cost from S$9, 1-way. Car rentals can also be as low as S$11/day. 

5. Czech Republic – Known for classical concerts & architecture

Cheapest European Countries - National Theatre PragueThe National Theatre.Image credit: Prague Ticket Office

When a city was once home to legendary classical music composer Mozart, you know it’s going to be oozing with culture. That’s Prague for you. Classical concerts, ballets, operas – the city’s got it all. Prices vary depending on the show and theatre, but watching one at the famous National Theatre will set you back around S$55 and up – pretty worth it if you’re a fan of the genre.

Cheapest European Countries - Prague Czech RepublicImage credit: @ruthtaljaard via Instagram

That aside, it’s easy to explore the city on foot and admire the classical architecture surrounding you. Head over to the Old Town Square that’s been standing since the 12th century, then take a 10-minute walk over to Charles Bridge, a walking bridge that overlooks the Vltava River. 

National Library of Prague interiorNational Library of the Czech Republic.Image credit: @p.kattaleeyaz via Instagram

Other affordable must-sees include the National Library of Prague (CZK220, ~S$13), Prague Castle (S$17.60), and Prague Astronomical Clock (S$14.70). 

Karlovy Vary town in Czech RepublicKarlovy Vary.Image credit: @jazzfang via Instagram

Should you want to explore gorgeous cities such as Karlovy Vary, renting a car can be pretty affordable from as low as S$13/day. Fun fact: You needn’t spend a lot on attractions in Karlovy Vary as the city’s colourful and hilly nature makes it a pandora’s box of free photogenic corners.

Average costs for tourists in Prague:Exchange rate: S$1 = CZK17Flights: From S$1,025 – Connecting flights are available on carriers such as British Airways, Finnair, and SwissAverage meal: From ~S$20/day. A crispy Koleno pork knuckle costs from CZK200 (~S$11.75).Transport prices: Public transport tickets cost from CZK30 (~S$1.80). Cheap car rentals from S$20/day can also be found.

6. Spain – Cheap wine & tapas 

We know what you’re thinking: Barcelona isn’t exactly the cheapest city to visit in Spain. But we’re not here to talk about the capital city. We’re here to talk about other cities that are much more affordable but serve up just as much culture and beauty.

Cheapest European Countries - Plaza de España in Seville SpainPlaza de España in Seville.Image credit: @costyfoxy via Instagram

Seville, for one, is chock full of free sights to explore. Simply stroll around Plaza de España and Parque de María Luisa for picturesque views everywhere you look. Foodies will also find themselves right at home with the city’s vibrant tapas culture. Head over to Calle Mateos Gago, a street lined with tapas bars. You’re also bound to find plenty of cheap Spanish wine while you’re there.

Cheapest European Countries - Parque de Maria Luisa Seville SpainParque de María Luisa in Seville.Image adapted from: @tantodeplanta & mrassmann2 via Instagram

Another city worth visiting is Valencia, a haven for art lovers. Spend hours devouring the artworks at the Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia, or snap plenty of pics at the whimsical Gulliver Park – both of which are free to visit. Besides walking the streets to admire the city’s many landmarks, paid attractions such as The City of Arts and Sciences and the Church of San Nicolás won’t cost you more than S$15.

Aerial view of Gulliver Park in Valencia, SpainAerial view of Gulliver Park in Valencia.Image credit: @db._.10 via Instagram

While you’re at it, check out these things to do in Catalonia that include countryside tours and adventurous activities like skydiving and theme parks. 

Average costs for tourists in Seville & Valencia:Exchange rate: S$1 = €0.70Flights: From S$1,147 – Connecting flights are available on carriers such as Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa.Average meal: From ~S$40/day. A glass of wine with a free tapas costs around €2 (~S$2.90).Transport prices: Both cities are very walkable. Return flights to Seville and Valencia are about S$100 from Barcelona.

7. Hungary – Attractions within walking distance

Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest HungaryFisherman’s Bastion.Image credit: @lyn.x10m via Instagram

Budapest, Hungary is the perfect city to visit if you don’t want to spend too much time on the road or in transit. Most of the city’s main attractions are within walking distance from each other, which means it’s not only convenient, but you’ll also save on transport costs. Best part is, there’s a tonne of free sights and attractions, including Heroes’ Square, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Margaret Island

Cheapest European Countries - Vajdahunyad Castle BudapestVajdahunyad Castle looks like it stepped right out of a storybook.Image credit: @tom.parisien via Instagram

Other paid attractions are also easily accessible within the city, with some notable ones costing well below S$10. These include Vajdahunyad Castle, St Stephen’s Basilica, and Matthias Church. If you’re a fan of onsen spas, splurge a little on Széchenyi Thermal Bath (~S$29), though – Hungary’s known for its natural thermal springs where you can soak your troubles away.

Queen's Court Hotel & Residence BudapestImage credit: Queen’s Court Hotel & Residence

It’s also worth noting that accommodation options here are relatively affordable, costing well below the S$150/night mark. We took a quick look at the options available and found Queen’s Court Hotel & Residence (S$127/night) which has a swimming pool that resembles a modern and luxurious Roman bath.

Pro tip: Get the Budapest Card from ~S$48 for unlimited public transport, free and discounted walking tours, admission to attractions, and discounts on spas, shops, and food around town. They have cards that last a duration of 23-120 hours with the prices costing more for longer durations.

Average costs for tourists in Istanbul:Exchange rate: S$1 = HUF265.39Flights: From S$1,100 – Connecting flights are available on carriers such as Swiss, Lufthansa & KLMAverage meal: From ~S$20/day. A good bowl of goulash (meat stew) goes for about S$8-S$14.Transport prices: The city is incredibly walkable, but should you wish to take public transport, tickets cost from HUF450 (~S$1.70) for a single-trip ticket.

8. Slovenia – Treasure trove of outdoor sights

Lake Bled, SloveniaLake Bled.Image credit: @chrisd_225 via Instagram

If you’re a nature lover and Slovenia isn’t yet on your list, it’s high time to pay attention. This Central European country is famous for its national parks, caves, and lakes, embellished with castles, fortresses, and manors. That said, go right ahead and spend a day in the capital city of Ljubljana to enjoy free attractions such as the Ljubljana Cathedral and the sights around Dragon Bridge

Vintgar Gorge in BudapestVintgar Gorge with its crystal clear waters.Image credit: @vintgargorge via Instagram

But, be sure to factor in time for a road trip around the countryside. Up north about a 40-minute drive from the capital is the gorgeous Lake Bled, home to Bled Castle (€15, ~S$22) which sits on a hilltop. Nearby this area is Triglav National Park which is famous for its hiking and walking trails. Must-visits are Vintgar Gorge, the crystal clear Lake Bohinj, and the Savica Waterfall

Skocjan Caves in SloveniaSkocjan Caves.Image credit: Park Škocjanske Jame

Those who’re up for an adventure can then head about 1.5 hours southwest of Ljubljana to check out Postojna Cave (from €29.90, ~ and Skocjan Caves (from €16, ~S$23).

Average costs for tourists in Slovenia:Exchange rate: S$1 = €0.70Flights: From S$1,080 – Connecting flights are available on carriers such as Air France, Lufthansa, and Swiss.Average meal: From ~S$20/day. You can find local pork Carniolan sausage for €7.5 (~S$11)Transport prices: You can rent a car from as low as S$21/day. 

Affordable European countries to visit if you’re on a budget

Germany, Switzerland, France – we love y’all but visiting these countries can get kinda pricey. That doesn’t mean that folks on a slightly tighter budget need to miss out on a Eurotrip of a lifetime. These cheapest countries in Europe aren’t just affordable for travellers, but they’ve got tonnes of gems that’ll give you an equally fulfilling experience. 

While you’re at it, check out our article on Europe money-saving hacks and our guide to cheap flights in Europe. Arm yourself with these common travel scams and travel insurance while you’re at it.

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This Johor Eco Resort Is A Nature Escape With ATV Rides, Firefly Cruise & Direct Pickup From SG


Sinar Eco Resort in Johor, Malaysia

If you’re the sort who carries your own Tupperware everywhere and recycles your trash, then eco-resorts might already be on your radar when travelling. Such places offer the chance to get away from the city, be close to Mother Nature, and take part in activities that are generally regarded as more environmentally friendly.

One such place located just across the JB checkpoint is Sinar Eco Resort. Here, you’ll get to enjoy farm-to-table dining, meet farm animals, and even hop on a river cruise to learn more about your surroundings.

How to get to Sinar Eco Resort from the JB checkpoint

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - 1H from checkpointThe resort is nestled in the heart of an oil palm plantation.Image credit: Sinar Eco Resort

For those driving to JB, Sinar Eco Resort is about an hour away from Tuas Second Link, traffic notwithstanding.

If you’re taking public transport to JB, you can opt to be picked up from certain malls in JB such as AEON Mall Bukit Indah and Johor Bahru City Square for S$150. Given its remote location, there’s even a service to pick you up from your home in Singapore for S$180 to save you the hassle of making the journey yourself. 

Indulge in activities like animal feeding, kayaking & dirt buggy rides

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - poolImage credit: Sinar Eco Resort

Those looking just to make a day trip can gain admission to the resort from 9am-6pm daily for RM40/adult (~S$11.53) and RM30/child (~S$8.65). The price includes animal feeding at the farm, a tractor tour, and use of the swimming pool.

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - animal feedingFrom animal feeding to cow milking, the resort offers a variety of sessions to interact with its 100 feathery, furry, and scaly residents.Image credit: @Claudia.lyl via Instagram

Starting from RM15 (~S$4.29), a wide variety of other activities are also available for both day-trippers and those intending to stay the night. 

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - farm animalsImage adapted from: @boon.fivewind via Instagram, Sinar Eco Resort

These include horse riding lessons to cater to your equestrian dreams, eco rafting, and KTV in their lounge.

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - buggyImage credit: Sinar Eco Resort

If you crave something with a little more horsepower, you can quench your need for speed on their ATVs and buggies as you race around the dirt track. Do note that drivers need to be at least 16 years old in order to operate the ATVs and buggies.

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - archeryImage adapted from: @jjoycelyn via Instagram, @abundancebuds via Instagram

Archery is also available for those who’d like to try nailing bullseyes. 

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - kayakingImage credit: Sinar Eco Resort

For those wanting a little more peace and serenity, kayaking is a great option, where you can slowly clear your head as you row your boat gently down the stream. Twin kayaks are also available, should you want some company.

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - river cruiseImage credit: Sinar Eco Resort

If today’s not arms day, you can hop aboard the river cruise and gaze upon the rich biodiversity of the area. Night cruises are available too, should you want to relax under the thousand stars. If you’re lucky, you can even spot an elusive firefly or two.

Sleep in containers that have been repurposed into rooms

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - container roomsImage credit: Sinar Eco Resort

Given the wide range of activities available, it’s possible you’d want to stick around for more than a day. Before you reach for your sleeping bags and wonder where you can set up camp for the night, relax; the resort offers accommodation where you can recharge your batteries after a long, action-packed day.

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - roomsImage credit: Sinar Eco Resort via Facebook

Repurposed from retired shipping containers, the Luxury Container Room comfortably sleeps 2. Each of the 8 units boasts views of the surrounding greenery, thanks to their large windows. They also come with creature comforts such as queen-size beds, hot showers, and air conditioning.

Furthermore, each room booking is inclusive of 4 meals per person – tea and dinner, plus breakfast and lunch the next day.

Dine at a “glasshouse” cafeteria

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - cafeAs practitioners of the farm-to-table concept, the resort serves vegetables that are grown organically using hydroponics.Image credit: Sinar Eco Resort

Whether it’s a hearty breakfast to start the day right or a midday pitstop to fuel up for your afternoon adventures, the cafeteria is the go-to place for your meals. With its expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, coupled with the wide variety of cuisines available, you can be sure to make your friends drool as you take those perfect #foodporn shots for the ‘Gram.

Sinar Eco Resort in Johor - bbqImage credit: Sinar Eco Resort

As night falls and temperatures drop, chill out and watch charcoal embers rise to the heavens as the staff whip up barbecue delights, such as chicken wings, satay, and sausages.

Make your next getaway green at Sinar Eco Resort

With its lush, verdant greenery, wide range of activities, and cushy accommodations, Sinar Eco Resort can easily give other, more well-appointed resorts a run for their money, all while staying environmentally friendly. 

What’s more, they are currently running a promotion, with prices for a 2D1N package starting at RM250 (~S$72).

Find out more about Sinar Eco Resort

Sinar Eco ResortADDRESSLot 2346 GM 2535 Kg. Sungai Molek Mukim Jeram Batu Pekan Nanas, 81500 Pontian, Johor, Malaysia Opening Hours:Tuesday 09:00-18:00 Show Time Hide

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Mimaland – Malaysia’s Forgotten Theme Park That Has Been Abandoned For Almost 30 Years


Mimaland – Malaysia’s first theme park, now abandoned

Singaporeans have always had a deep and abiding fascination with the supernatural and the inexplicable – whether it’s haunted beaches, eerie streets, or the mystifying realm of a haunted theme park.

Hidden in the lush hills of Gombak – about 25km away from the city of Kuala Lumpur –  sits Mimaland, a forgotten relic of the past.

Opened in 1975 & shut down in 1994 after a landslide

Malaysia’s first theme park, Mimaland or “Miniature Malaysia Land” opened in 1975 and closed down permanently in May 1994, after a supposed landslide damaged the property.

mimaland park mapMap of Mimaland’s layout.Image credit: Mimaland via Facebook

Mimaland, owned by Mimaland Berhad which was a part of the Magnum Group of Companies, was perched on a sprawling 300-acre hilly terrain in Ulu Gombak. 

mimaland-theme-park-malaysiaImage credit: Mimaland via Facebook

The place also boasted 24 motel rooms,10 chalets, a swimming pool, and a cosy cluster of 4 dorms with 100 beds.

dinosaur parkImage adapted from: @kwaihoong & @ammar_raz

One of the coolest main attractions of Mimaland was the “prehistoric animal park,” where you could check out dinosaur models of all shapes and sizes. 

mimaland-theme-park-malaysiaImage credit: Mimaland via Facebook

They also had a lake where you could go boating and fishing, a massive maze to find your way out of, and a forest area to explore.

String of tragedies leading to the final nail on the park’s coffin

mimaland-theme-park-malaysiaThe now moss-covered entrance of MimalandImage credit: @ammar_raz via Instagram

In January 1993, tragedy struck Mimaland when a 27-year-old Singaporean lost his life while using the giant slide at the park’s pool. 

The incident sent shockwaves through the public and led to the temporary closure of Mimaland. After significant improvements were made to the giant slide, the park managed to reopen its gates.

muddy lakes mimalandMuddy waters of the lake and pool area in Mimaland.Image adapted from: Mimaland via Facebook

However, the ill-fated park faced more challenges in May 1994 when a minor landslide damaged the walls of the same pool. This event resulted in muddy water seeping into the pool, forcing the area to close its doors to the public once again.

Multiple parties, including government agencies, raised concerns about the management of Mimaland, citing issues with security and control. Consequently, the court took action against the park, ultimately permanently barring it from continuing its operations in 1994.

A once lively park now abandoned with eerie remnants

mimaland-theme-park-malaysiaAbandoned and decaying spots at Mimaland.Image adapted from: @ammar_raz via Instagram

Mimaland may be a distant memory for older Malaysians, but it continues to spark eerie tales among the younger generation. Despite its dilapidated state, the abandoned theme park remains a source of fascination, with whispers of strange encounters echoing through its deserted pathways.

Some have speculated that Orang-orang Bunian, which are mystical beings from Malay folklore, live on the site and many claimed to spot glances of them while there. Others have seen a figure of a woman dressed in white, lurking around the area.

abandoned arcadeAbandoned arcade at Mimaland.Image credit: @toyota_michaellim129 via Instagram

In 2020, the mysterious aura of the abandoned Mimaland theme park also served as the inspiration for a horror movie titled Miimaland. MiiMALAND OFFICIAL TRAILER (FULL)play buttonMiiMALAND OFFICIAL TRAILER (FULL)

Directed by Nevin Hiong, the film stars Fattah Amin as Ariel, a journalist who is investigating the mystery behind an abandoned theme park in Malaysia called Mimaland. 

Ariel is joined by his friend, Sean, and his pregnant girlfriend, Elize, on his investigation. They soon discover that the park is haunted by the spirits of the people who died in the landslide. The group is also stalked by a mysterious figure who is trying to kill them.

Mimaland, a hotspot for thrill-seekers

mimaland-theme-park-malaysiaImage credit: @toyota_michaellim129

Despite its rumours of Malay mystical creatures living there and spectral visitations of a woman in white, Mimaland continues to draw thrill-seekers of all ages to its grounds.

However, it’s important to remember that Mimaland is strictly off-limits to the public, primarily due to safety concerns. While you can enjoy looking through nostalgic pictures of the park on social media, it’s best to stay away from its grounds at all costs.

For more spooky stories:Villa Nabila – Haunted house in JB Ghost Palace HotelMost haunted places in SGHaunted “coloured” houses of SG

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12 Kid-Friendly Things To Do In Taiwan For An Activity-Packed Getaway During School Break 


Things to do in Taiwan with kids

Picking a kid-friendly holiday destination isn’t always the easiest. You’ve got to take into account activities, proximity to public transportation, and the age-appropriateness of it all. If you’ve crossed off family activities in Bangkok and sat on every ride at Super Nintendo World, then we’ve got just the place: Taiwan.

Why Taiwan? This place has a tonne of kid-friendly attractions that don’t just involve cartoon characters or indoor playgrounds. If that sounds like a good deal, then read on for the kid-friendly things to do in Taiwan we’ve rounded up for you:

– In & around Taipei –

1. Shinbaitou Spring City Resort Hot Spring – Kid-friendly onsen

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Shinbaitou hot springThe peaceful Public Hot Spring Spa.Image credit: Spring City Resort

Outside of Japan, there are few other places that have hot spring resorts, much less one that would take in kids. But Taiwan’s Shinbaitou Spring City Resort Hot Spring has outdoor and indoor hot springs for you and your munchkins to have a splash of fun. There are 9 hot springs in total, so it’s not too difficult to get a private corner just for your family.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Public hot spring with hydrotherapy jetSoak in the hot spring with a hydrotherapy jet while the sun sets.Image credit: via Instagram

Tickets to enter either a Public or Private Hot Spring Spa start from TWD529 (~S$23.19)/entry . Note that the outdoor public hot springs are open for a limited time, from 9am-10pm, while the private hot springs are open 24 hours

You can book a private hot spring session from TWD600/adult (~S$25.23) and TWD400/child (~S$16.82), but keep in mind that it’s limited to 1 hour. Spring City Resort ADDRESSNo. 18號, Youya Rd, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 112 Opening Hours:Sunday 00:00-00:00 Show Time Hide

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GOOGLE REVIEWS4 (4467)CONTACT INFORMATION+886 02 2897 5555 More InformationRECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$182.66 imageCheapestS$182.66

2. Pushin Ranch –  Picnic on a dairy farm & feed farm animals

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Picnic at the Pushin RanchPicnic on a dairy farm, and no, those cows aren’t real.Image credit: Klook

If spending the holiday on a farm has ever crossed your mind when planning a family overseas trip, give Pushin Ranch a shot. It’s a dairy farm that has a vast field with animal figures and is open for picnicking and camping for the whole family.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Pushin Ranch feed animalsImage adapted from: @leda_1229 via Instagram

Of course, the main attraction is the farm, where kids can feed and interact with animals like alpacas, kangaroos, capybaras, and cows.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - cow themed trolley and DIY painting money bank activityImage credit: @otis188541 & @zimi11.16 via Instagram

Take a tour on Pushin Ranch’s cow-themed trolley (TWD30/pax, ~S$5.62) that takes you around its scenic spots. The tour ends at a milking station that even gives kids a go at milking a cow.

The fun doesn’t end there, though. Let your kids unleash their creativity by doing a DIY workshop (TWD60, ~S$3), where they can paint animal money banks to take home.Pushin-RanchADMISSION FEETWD230/person (~S$9.75) ADDRESSNo. 439號, Section 1, Youshi Rd, Yangmei District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 32659 Opening Hours:Sunday 09:00-17:00 Show Time Hide

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3. Window on World Theme Park – 100 miniature landmarks

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Over 100 historical miniatures at the Window on the World parkImage credit: @_shainachen_ via Instagram

What if we told you that you could take photos with the Arc de Triomphe, Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Statue of Liberty, all in a day? That’s possible with a visit to the Window on World Theme Park, which has over 100 mini replicas of historical landmarks from all over the globe.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Outdoor rides at the Window on World Theme ParkImage credit: @maixwang via Instagram

Apart from satisfying your wanderlust, the park also has rides like roller coasters and bumper cars to quench any thirsts for adrenaline too. There’s even a water park that’s open in the summer from July to August that has a wave pool and water slides.Window on World Theme ParkADMISSION FEEFrom TWD590/person (~S$24.99) ADDRESSNo. 891, Gaoyuan Rd, Longtan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 325 Opening Hours:Sunday 09:30-17:00 Show Time Hide

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4. Leofoo Village Theme Park – Theme park with water rides & safari

With a safari, water park, and amusement park with more than 30 rides, it’s a no-brainer that Leofoo Village Theme Park is where you’ll want to take the family to. 

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - The 3-storey “Mighty Mountain Flume Adventure” rideThe 3-storey “Mighty Mountain Flume Adventure” ride.Image credit: @harrisonlee2377v via Instagram 

Start out with one of the park’s more thrilling rides – Mighty Mountain Flume Adventure – if your kids are feeling adventurous. The 3-storey water ride is sure to be a heartstopper with its steep climbs and even steeper drops that end with a plunge in a river. Trust us, you’ll want to bring a raincoat or a spare change of clothes for this ride.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - LeoFoo Safari's adventure & Resort's viewFair warning: the lions will leap on the cage while the keepers distribute food.Image credit: @mairmoo & @daiyinglin via Instagram

Your mini daredevils can even go face-to-face with lions at the free-roaming zoo. They’ll be stationed in a caged truck as staff feed these big cats. If that’s too extreme, you can still watch wild animals like rhinos, lemurs, and zebras from a distance at the Leofoo Guanshi Resort. Each room faces out to the animals’ enclosures so you can observe them anytime.Leofoo Village Theme ParkADMISSION FEEFrom TWD750/person (~S$30.25) ADDRESS仁安里拱子溝 60 號, Guanxi Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan 306 Opening Hours:Sunday 09:00-19:30 Show Time Hide

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– In & around Yilan –

5. Dancewoods Japanese Park – Ninja costumes & Japanese crafts

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Wufuku and ninja costumes for rental Explore a Japanese garden in Taiwan? Sure, why not.Image credit: @flora.wu.618 via Instagram

Have a kawaii day with your little ones and play dress up as ninjas or in Japanese wafuku outfits at the Dancewoods Japanese Park, which allows families to explore Japanese culture right in Taiwan.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - DIY activity at Dancewoods Japanese Garden1 of the other 6 souvenirs you can paint is the fox mask called Kitsune Men.Image credit: @ching_hsuan_pao via Instagram

Other than dressing up, there are craft activities (TWD380/pax, ~S$16.15) too, where kids can get creative painting Japanese souvenirs like a fox mask, folding fan, or carp streamer.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - pet farm animals at Japanese GardenImage credit: @dancewoods_hotels_resorts via Instagram

Or, send your kids to the petting farm, which has alpacas, capybaras, meerkats, and hedgehogs that they can feed and play gently with.

Entrance fee: ~S$12.10/person

Address: 268, Taiwan, Yilan County, Wujie Township, Section 2, Wubin Road, 號, 459Opening hours: 9am-5pm, DailyContact: +886 3960 3808 | Dancewoods Japanese Park website

6. Brick Ark Museum – LEGO museum with DIY workshops

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - LEGO outdoor at the Brick Ark MuseumImage adapted from: @pei_lin_310 via Instagram

If your kids bugged you to visit the new LEGO Airport Stores at Changi Airport, then surprise them with a visit to the Brick Ark Museum. It’s the first ever LEGO museum in Asia with more than 1,000 sculptures made out of LEGO bricks. You’ll spot well-known characters like the Minions, Olaf from Frozen, and even celebrities like Cristiano Ronaldo.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - DIY LEGO activity at the Brick Ark MuseumThe LEGO keychain you make is yours to keep.Image adapted from: @weng201810 & @szh8491 via Instagram

The sculptures are sure to spark a creative streak in your little ones, so sign them up for a LEGO keychain workshop, which is included with museum admission. You’ll even get a complimentary drink at the cafe.Brick Ark MuseumADMISSION FEETWD200 (~S$8.48) ADDRESSNo. 2號, Xianzheng N Rd, Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan 260 Opening Hours:Sunday 10:00-17:00 Show Time Hide

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– In & around Taichung –

7. Yukids Island –  Indoor playground with role-playing activities

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Yukids Island playgroundImage credit: Klook

Outdoor theme parks may not be suited for toddlers, so we suggest you head to the SKM Mall for playtime at Yukids Island, a kids’ indoor playground with soft play and climbing areas. Entrance costs TWD485/pax (~S$15.75), but it gets your munchkin a full day of play. 

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Yukids Island where kids play pretendImage adapted from: @hdhdh128588 & @gungun1071015 via Instagram

That’s enough time for them to explore the multiple slides that lead to ball pits and even a sandbox for kids to play with excavator toys. There’s also role-playing activities, where they can don costumes to pretend to be firefighters and doctors. Work on their skills in communication, counting, and healthy eating too with the play-pretend grocery shopping section.大魯閣遊戲愛樂園 Kuroro星際樂園 SKM Park店(親子樂園/兒童手作)ADMISSION FEETWD485/person (~S$15.75) ADDRESS3 No. 1-1號, 中安路前鎮區高雄市 Taiwan 806 Opening Hours:Sunday 10:30-21:00 Show Time Hide

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8. Baiguo Mountain Explore Paradise – Dino theme park & museum

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Dino theme park and museumStrike a pose next to these prehistoric creatures for the fun of it.Image credit: @mikomiko20190926 via Instagram

We’ve all known a kid that could name you every dinosaur that ever existed. If that kid happens to be yours, then set a vacation day aside for a visit to Baiguo Mountain Explore Paradise. It’s a theme park filled with dinosaurs – fake ones, of course – that are just waiting for you to take pics with.

Now, pretend as they may be, some of the dino figures can move their heads and tails, and even let out a loud roar. Just something to take note of, in case you think Jurassic Park is now a reality.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Rides and sand pit at the Baiguo Mountain Explore parkImage credit: @pinky801227 & @baiguoshan51061 via Instagram

The photo ops are just a small part of the park; there are also slides, a bouncy castle, and an “excavation” sand pit for kids to dig around in. They’ve got roller coaster rides too, which are all family-friendly, so your kids get to hop on any of them as they like.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Collect stamps at the Baiguo Mountain Explore ParkImage credit: 盧 via Klook

When you enter the park, don’t forget to pick up the map activity sheet. Not only will it give you directions, you can use it to collect stamps every time you go past one of the landmarks listed. Collect them all and you can exchange the completed map for a replica dinosaur egg.

Entrance fee: TWD300 (~S$12.75)

Address: No.12-1, Chushui Lane, Yuanlin 510, TaiwanOpening hours: Thu-Tue 10am-6pm (Closed on Wednesdays)Contact: +886 4 836 9411 | Baiguoshan Discovery Park website

– Others –

9. Little Ding-Dong Science Theme Park – 45m indoor ski slope

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - 45m indoor ski slopeImage credit: @nellda_sipahutar via Instagram

For SG kids who don’t get to experience winter, there’s always Snow City. But there’s also Little Ding-Dong Science Theme Park, which has the steepest artificial snow slope in Taiwan. First-timers in snow can slide down in rubber tubes, while those who are a little more experienced can opt for a beginner’s ski course (TWD1,099, ~S$46.60).

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Glow in the dark displays at the Little Ding-Dong Science ParkImage credit: @j_yiruuu via Instagram

It’s a science park so expect to be educated with their interactive exhibits like mind-bending illusions and marine-themed glow-in-the-dark displays.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Turn The Wizarding World Upside Down Exhibition at the Little Ding-Dong Science Theme ParkImage credit: @ryln1202 via Instagram

You can even defy gravity in the Turn The Wizarding World Upside Down exhibition, and have a good laugh taking incredible photos of your little ones sticking to the roof.Little Ding-Dong Science Theme ParkADMISSION FEETWD329/person (~S$13.95) ADDRESSNo. 199號, Kanghe Rd, Xinfeng Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan 304 Opening Hours:Sunday 09:00-17:00 Show Time Hide

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10. Farglory Ocean Park – Watch mermaids swim in an aquarium

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Mermaid show at Farglory Ocean ParkImage credit: @fargloryoceanpark via Instagram

They don’t have mermaids at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore, but you can meet a few at Farglory Ocean Park, Taiwan’s largest marine park.

There are mermaid shows at the Ocean Exploration Pavilion, where you can watch them swim gracefully in the water. For mermaid-obsessed kiddos, you can even book a meet-and-greet session for them to wear a mermaid costume and tail and take pics with a mermaid.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - bumper boats at the Farglory Ocean ParkA favourite for all ages – bumper boats.Image adapted from: @klay_liang via Instagram

The mermaids may be the centre of attention, but the Ocean Park Rides will be a close 2nd. They’ve got thrilling theme park classics like the rocking Blackbeard Pirate Ship and the Clear Sky Cable Car that gives you an aerial view of the whole park.

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There’s so much to see and do, we recommend visiting the park over a couple of days. Or, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, book the Farglory Ocean Park Sleepover Experience.

You’ll get a 1-night stay at the aquarium where you and your kids will have a sleepover with dolphins. It also comes with 2 days’ admission to the ocean park, so you’ll have plenty of time to comb through all the attractions.Farglory Ocean ParkADMISSION FEETWD830/adult (S$35.20) | TWD690/child (~S$29.01) ADDRESS974, Taiwan, Hualien County, Shoufeng Township, 福德189號 Opening Hours:Sunday 09:00-17:00 Show Time Hide

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11. Yuantan Creek Ecological Park – Catch fireflies lighting the night

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - watch fireflies glow at night at Yuantan Ecological ParkThe glow-in-the-dark fireflies & famed Alishan forest train.Image credit: Alishan National Scenic Area Headquarters

It doesn’t have to always be thrills and spills when it comes to entertaining kids. Sometimes, a scenic train ride does the trick, like the Alishan Forest Railway. The 111-year-old train brings you through misty forests and cherry blossom tunnels in spring.

It even makes a stop at Jiaoliping Station, where you and the kids can hop off to visit the Yuantan Creek Ecological Park. The area teems with insects, particularly fireflies, and provides excellent opportunities to see them during its season, which is from April to September.

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - Waterfall at the Yuantan Ecological ParkSoak your feet in the cold stream after a 1.5km hike to the Xiangshan Falls.Image adapted from: Alishan National Scenic Area Headquarters

The fireflies are only visible at night, but you can also make a day trip and hike along the 40-minute Yuantan Trail to admire 1 of the 3 serene waterfalls in the park.Yuantan Ecological ParkADDRESSMeishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan 603 Opening Hours:Sunday 08:30-17:00 Show Time Hide

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12. Suzuka Circuit Park – Race electric go-karts on a real F1 circuit

12 Kid-Friendly Things In Taiwan - ride at the Suzuka Circuit ParkRace with the Duel GP-themed roller coaster.Image adapted from: @zebrawithcircle via Instagram

See if competitive blood runs in the family when you race go-karts with your littles ones at the Suzuka Circuit Park. It’s named after the one F1 drivers race in Japan, but this one is kid-friendly with its go-karts and speedy amusement park rides.

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After the kids have had their fill of fun, it’s the parents’ turn to indulge. Take the tram from the park to nearby SKM Park. It’s an outlet mall filled with brands you know and love, like adidas, Coach, and Tommy Hilfiger. Stay till the evening and you’ll also be treated to an illuminated park that’s quite a delight to witness.Suzuka Circuit ParkADMISSION FEETWD550/adult (~S$12.69) – 1-day pass ADDRESSNo. 1-1號, Zhong’an Rd, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 806 Opening Hours:Sunday 10:30-20:30 Show Time Hide

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Plan a trip to Taiwan & check out these kid-friendly activities

When you’re out of ideas on where to go during school breaks, give Taiwan a visit, and it might just be your new favourite option for a getaway. With a blend of cultural immersion, scenic panoramas, and unique experiences, Taiwan can give a good travelling experience for the whole family.

For more things to do in Taiwan:Things to do in TaipeiMountain homestays in TaiwanThings to do in TaichungThings to do in Jiufen, Taiwan

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7 Things To Know About Deepavali & How The Festival Of Lights Is Celebrated In Singapore


Facts about Deepavali in Singapore

Deepavali is celebrated by over one billion people around the world and it’s also one of Singapore’s major holidays. But beyond all the brilliant lights and scrumptious Deepavali snacks is a plethora of traditions and legends dating back more than a thousand years to ancient India.

To brush you up on all you need to know about the festival, here are things to know about Deepavali and how the Indian Festival of Lights is celebrated in Singapore.

1. It is not the “Indian New Year”

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This is a common misconception that many Singaporeans share but no, Deepavali is not when the Indian New Year starts (Tamils usually celebrate this around April 14 every year). The festival is a spiritual celebration of light trumping darkness, good beating evil, and knowledge prevailing over ignorance.

Its date is determined using the Indian Lunar Calendar, with Deepavali being the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month of the year.

Deepavali is also traditionally celebrated across five days, with the main festivities honouring goddess Lakshmi held on the 3rd day—this is what we observe in Singapore. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you’re getting additional holidays.

2. Not everybody calls the festival “Deepavali”

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You might have heard some people refer to the festival as Diwali instead of Deepavali, and they aren’t wrong. Both words originate from the Sanskrit term “Dipavali” which translates to “row of lights”. They refer to the same festival, but each name is used by people from different regions of the subcontinent. 

But the reason why we hear “Deepavali” more in Singapore is that the majority of our early Indian immigrants were Tamils, hailing from South India. Diwali, on the other hand, is the Hindi term used more commonly by the North Indians.

3. Deepavali is not only celebrated by Hindus but also Sikhs & Jains

deepavali factsGuru Hargobind is celebrated by the Sikhs during Deepavali.Image credit: SikhPa

The date that Deepavali falls on each year holds a special significance for not only Hindus, but also the Sikhs and Jains. But though they share the tradition of lamp-lighting, each religion has its own unique beliefs and practices. 

The Sikhs refer to the day as Bandi Chhor Divas, which roughly translates into “prisoner release day”. It’s a celebration of their 6th guru, Guru Hargobind, and his release from a Mughal prison. The Jains, on the other hand, commemorate Diwali as the date that Lord Mahavir attained nirvana and was liberated from the endless cycle of reincarnation.

No matter their differences, these 3 religions still come together every year to make the world just a little bit brighter.

4. The lights & lamps symbolise the sun

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Deepavali is synonymous with the multitude of oil lamps that are lit up at dusk. This is done for a couple of reasons, but the main one is that the light symbolises the sun and chases the darkness away. After all, Deepavali falls on a new moon every year which makes for the darkest night.

The mythological stories also give the lights a purpose beyond aesthetic decorations. According to legends, the city of Ayodhya lit up millions of lamps and lights to guide Lord Rama and Sita back home. 

Similarly, devotees of Lakshmi will leave lamps around their house to guide the goddess into their homes. Jains also use the lamps to symbolise the preservation of Lord Mahavir’s knowledge.

5. Singapore declared Deepavali a public holiday way back in 1929

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Even though Singapore has been home to Indian immigrants since the early 1800s, it wasn’t until October 1929 that the colonial government of the time declared Deepavali an official holiday.

6. High Street was where the festivities were held before moving to Little India

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Deepavali celebrations in the past were centred around High Street right behind the current Supreme Court. This was due to the street being a hotspot for Sindhi and Sikh jewellery and textile businesses.

These days, the dazzling display of lights has moved to Little India and Serangoon Road, with some festivities extending out to Chinatown as well as where the Sri Mariamman Temple is located.

7. A Singaporean once held the Guinness World Record for the largest Rangoli

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The beautiful art you see at entrances to Indian households is called rangoli (also known as “kolam). In 2003, Vijayalakshmi Mohan flew Singapore’s flag high when she broke the Guinness World Record for the largest rangoli drawn in the fastest time.

This feat was done at the Whampoa Community Club where Mohan drew a 2,756sqft (256sqm) rangoli in just 7 hours without any breaks. Rangolis are believed to lead the goddess of wealth and fortune Lakshmi into the households and act to ward against evil spirits, so we won’t be surprised if Mohan was blessed tenfold after her successful attempt.

Bonus: You can still celebrate & partake in Indian culture after Deepavali

Beyond the Deepavali Open House and annual light-up, the celebration of Indian culture doesn’t just stop after Deepavali comes and goes.

There is the annual Kalaa Utsavam Indian Festival of Arts put on by the Esplanade which celebrates both contemporary and traditional Indian arts. This year’s edition is also poised to feature events lasting from 17th-26th November 2023.

The Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) also has a permanent exhibition that showcases the intricate history shared between South and Southeast Asia over two millennia. From tracing the migration of Indians to Singapore in the 19th Century to their contributions towards the success of modern-day Singapore, Indians in Singapore – Past & Present is an eye-opener into the complexity of Indian culture in the region.

Things to know about celebrating Deepavali in Singapore

Now that you’ve read our explainer on some lesser-known Deepavali facts, we hope that you’ve gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of one of the most celebrated Indian festivals around the world.

Is Deepavali a public holiday in Singapore?

Yes, Deepavali is a public holiday in Singapore. On this day, most businesses and schools are closed.

How does Singapore celebrate Deepavali?

Temples, exhibitions, bazaars, and festivals are some of the popular activities that attract flocks of visitors during the celebration.

What to wear to a Deepavali celebration?

Opt for outfits that are comfy and conservative. If you’d like to feel extra festive, consider traditional Indian clothing. Men can go with a kurta and trousers, while women can put on a sari dress. If you need one in a cinch, there are a number of sari shops online that offer next-day delivery or have brick-and-mortar shops in Singapore.

Check out other articles on culture and traditions in Singapore:Ways to experience authentic Indian culture in SingaporeSymbols we see along HDB corridors and what they meanWhat do religious home blessings in Singapore mean?Answering your questions about Muslim culture

Cover image adapted from: Bhargava Marripati & @stanley_chee via Instagram.Originally published on 12th November 2020. Last updated by Samantha Nguyen on 12th November 2023. 


Guide To Changi Airport T2, Including New Activities That Will Convince You To Explore Beyond Jewel


Things to do at Changi Airport Terminal 2

With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll probably find yourself headed for Changi Airport soon enough. Even if you’re not planning to jet off for a quick offshore retreat, the airport’s pretty happening these days. I mean, even Prince William dropped by Jewel for a tour on his recent visit to Singapore.

Keeping up with new trends and annual traditions, the airport has got plenty to offer this festive season including the Changi Festive Village 2023 and Nintendo pop-up at Jewel. And you must have already heard that Terminal 2 (T2) is finally fully reopened after 3.5 years of renovation work.

Whether you’re waiting for your flight in the transit area, or are visiting without a boarding pass, here’s a quick glance at things to do at the refurbished Changi Airport T2.

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Things to do at Changi Airport Terminal 2– Public area –1. Snap a pic at a 4-storey tall digital waterfall2. Reflect your portraits on the iconic flight info boards3. Pose with statues of movie characters like Groot & Harry Potter4. Indulge in 24/7 dim sum & sip on famous Indonesian coffee– Transit area –5. Explore an immersive garden with an indoor “sky”6. Enjoy drinks made by robots7. Go whiskey tasting & shop for more at Lotte Duty Free8. Let the kids run wild at a bear-themed playground9. Watch planes take off as you dine10. Stroll amongst sunflowers & huge glass bouquets11. Kick back & relax in the TV lounge12. Dabao some unique SG-flavoured snacks like laksa cookiesOther facilities at Changi Airport to make use of

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1. Snap a pic at a 4-storey tall digital waterfall

WonderfallImage credit: Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport sure has a thing for massive waterfall installations. 90s kids may recall one of the iconic Changi Airport spots to be the water fountain found at the old T1 transit lounge.

For all we know, T5 has already begun construction of yet another that’s going to one-up the Rain Vortex in Jewel. As we wait with bated breath, you can marvel at The Wonderfall which sits right at the doors of T2’s departure hall. First Look: The Wonderfallplay buttonFirst Look: The Wonderfall

Stay for a bit, and you might just catch a special animation that plays every 30 minutes.

It’s a gigantic 14m tall digital waterfall that interchanges between night and day scenes accordingly. Watch in awe as the “water” cascades over protruding rocks; there’s even an accompanying classical track which plays alongside the crashing torrent for maximum zen vibes.

2. Reflect your portraits on the iconic flight info boards

Although most of the airport’s most iconic spots have been lost to time, you can still spot one at T2’s Flap Pix photo spot. This innovative installation has repurposed one of the nostalgia-inducing flight information flip boards into an artsy photo opp.

Flap PixImage adapted from: Changi Airport Group, Jessica Fang

You get to hear the good ol’ clacking of the Solari boards once again, as it forms neat preset designs like a pair of wings, and even a landscape of the airport itself. Grab a friend or 2, strike a pose at the demarcated photo-taking spot, and you’ll be able to reflect stylised portraits of the squad onto the boards. 

3. Pose with statues of movie characters like Groot & Harry Potter

We all know someone who’s obsessed with collecting Pop Mart figures. Well, you can drag them to the Funko Pop pop-up store located on Level 3 of T2 to show them the OG collectibles.

Funko Pop Pop Up Store Figures At Changi Airport T2There’ll even be props like wands and robes to spruce up your pictures.Image adapted from: @changiairport via Instagram

There are a couple of enlarged versions of familiar figures strewn about the place to snap pics with. Some that caught our eye include the beady-eyed baby Groot, Batman, and the boy who lived AKA Harry Potter.

Funko Pop Pop Up Store At Changi Airport T2Image credit: Changi Airport Group

For hobbyists looking to add to their collection, the Merlion and Singapore Girl Funko Pop are available for purchase here, along with Disney-endorsed merch like bags and wallets. Additionally, the kids can have a go at colouring their beloved characters at the Kids’ Activity Area. 

4. Indulge in 24/7 dim sum & sip on famous Indonesian coffee

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We all know that heading to the airport for a meal is a thing in Singapore, even if no one is flying off. Well, there are quite a number of restaurants at T2 which open 24/7 such as Swee Choon. It’s heaven on earth for dim sum lovers; they’ll be able to dig into piping hot baos, siew mais, and egg tarts whenever they fancy.

Kenangan CoffeeImage credit: Changi Airport via Facebook

Indonesia’s beloved Kenangan Coffee has also found its way into Changi Airport, delighting coffee aficionados with addictive cups of their specialty Kenangan Blend, as well as their unique Avocado coffee. 

McDonald's At Changi Airport T2Image credit: Changi Airport via Facebook

Who else shedded a tear when McDonald’s T2 branch announced its closure back in 2020? Once a popular haunt for gruelling study sessions, it has reopened – since June this year in fact. Now, you’ll be able to relive those late nights munching on your 10-piece McNugget meals, hopefully without the stress of looming exams.

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The transit areas are only accessible after one has crossed immigration. So travellers, keep a lookout for these spots the next time your flight is departing from T2.

5. Explore an immersive garden with an indoor “sky”

DreamscapeThe elevated transparent platform which sits above the pond here gives the illusion of walking on water.Image credit: MustShareNews

The swanky new Dreamscape is an indoor garden which intersperses nature with technology; just look overhead and you’ll get what I mean. First Look: Dreamscapeplay buttonFirst Look: Dreamscape

If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the skylight turn into an underwater portal where fishes, otters, and a sampan boat will float idly by.

Apart from the towering rock formations that are fitted with over 20,000 real plants, the garden is complete with its own digital sky. It’s actually a lengthy screen that is integrated with the airport’s weather system, and it even mimics real-world conditions. 

Gaze in awe as the screen switches from day to night, and from clear skies to the occasional thunderstorm.

6. Enjoy drinks made by robots

Ella The Robot BaristaYou can also order your drinks in advance through the Ella app to beat the queue.Image credit: Ella via Facebook

Speaking about the wonders of technology, there are 2 robot-manned booths to get your alcohol and caffeine fix when you’re feeling a bit parched. For a jolt of energy, pay Ella The Robot Barista a visit. With cups of Americanos and Lattes priced from $4, she’ll dish out drinks with unmatched consistency. She is a robot, after all.

Toni The Robot BartenderImage credit: Changi Airport via Facebook

Those feeling a bit more fancy can indulge in a couple of swigs of liquor prepared by the robot bartender, Toni. To enjoy a cocktail on the house, simply download the Lotte app, create an account, and scan the QR code beside Toni, then watch him work his magic.

7. Go whiskey tasting & shop for more at Lotte Duty Free

Li Bai LoungeImage credit: Changi Airport via Facebook

With a drink in hand, you can have a seat at the Li Bai lounge – named after a Chinese poet – located on the 3rd floor of the new Lotte Duty Free Wines & Spirits. Be mesmerised by the cool screen installations that reflect the theme of the poet’s literary works as you sink into the contemplative backdrop.

Lotte Duty Free Wines & SpiritsImage credit: Changi Airport via Facebook

If your thirst is still not quenched, you can get a free pour of liquor here too. Just post a photo of yourself chilling at the venue on Instagram to pick from 18 different whiskeys. You can also shop for duty-free bottles to bring home for the holidays as they’ve got an extensive selection of wines, cognac, and other spirits to choose from.

8. Let the kids run wild at a bear-themed playground

2 Bears Hideout At Changi Airport T2Image credit: Changi Airport Group

The little ones can also sneak in a play session at the 2 Bears Hideout. The indoor playground features a mama bear-themed slide, cutesy spring riders, and other climbable elements for children to explore. Perfect for the little ones to blow off some steam, so they don’t become too rowdy when it’s time to board the planes.

9. Watch planes take off as you dine

Gourmet Garden At Changi Airport T2Image credit: Changi Airport Group

As the kids expend their seemingly boundless energy, you can keep an eye on them from the neighbouring Gourmet Garden. In case you’re feeling peckish, there are a couple of food options right here. Order pizzas topped with flavours like Hawaiian and K-chicken at GOPIZZA, or opt for a cuppa joe and a box of delightful donuts from Dunkin Donuts

The Gourmet Garden is strategically positioned so that you’ll be able to watch planes land and take off on the tarmac, making for an oddly therapeutic dining experience.

10. Stroll amongst sunflowers & huge glass bouquets

You don’t have to look hard for T2’s underlying fondness for bringing its visitors close to nature. In addition to Dreamscape, it has 2 more flora-filled exhibits for you to escape from the bustling transit hall. 

Sunflower Garden & Enchanted Garden At Changi Airport T2Image adapted from: @devinataliee via Instagram, Changi Airport Group

For a breath of fresh air, head outside to the rooftop Sunflower Garden. It’s a delightful plot of sunflowers that are grown in the airport’s very own nursery. You can also peer over the garden to get an unobstructed, aerial view of the busy runways below.

The other is the Enchanted Garden, another whimsical indoor garden that lights up wonderfully with LED lights. The centrepiece here is 4 huge glass bouquets, each decorated with stained glass. Within them sit colourful, freshly-cut flowers and ferns for your viewing pleasure.

11. Kick back & relax in the TV lounge

TV Lounge At Changi Airport T2Image credit: Changi Airport Group

Sports fanatics need not worry about missing screenings of live games because of travel commitments. They can catch up on the latest sporting action at the transit hall’s TV lounge. The lounge is equipped with a 245in TV, as well as charging stations for those who prefer to binge their favourite shows on their handheld devices.

12. Dabao some unique SG-flavoured snacks like laksa cookies

Old Seng Choong At Changi Airport T2Image credit: Changi Airport Group

Travelling overseas can make some homesick, especially when you’re away for extended periods of time. For a taste of home, try any one of Old Seng Choong’s tasty confections. They pride themselves on their cookies that are infused with familiar flavours such as laksa, satay, goreng pisang, and even cereal prawns.

They also specialise in local bakes like pandan chiffon cakes, as well as traditional Singaporean snacks like kueh lapis. Their offerings also make for great presents, as some of their cookies come in ornate gift sets befitting of sitting below a Christmas tree.

Other facilities at Changi Airport to make use of

When it comes to airports, having a slew of amenities at your disposal will improve your travelling experience tenfold. Lucky for us, T2 has not skimped on their hospitality; we get our reputation as the world’s best airport for a good reason.

Snooze Lounge At Changi Airport T2Image credit: Changi Airport Group

Here are some of the handy facilities you can make use of when you’re here: 

Free-to-use rest areas: For when you need to catch some Zs before or after flights.

Locations: Snooze Lounge, Level 2, Departure Transit Hall, near Cocoa TreesSnooze Lounge, Level 3, Departure Transit Hall, near Sunflower Garden

Clinics and pharmacies: For when you’re feeling under the weather, but don’t want to put your travel plans on hold.

Locations: Level 2, Departure Transit Hall, near F gatesLevel 2, Departure Transit Hall, near Enchanted Garden

Complimentary Wi-Fi: To update IG followers on your whereabouts by posting on your stories. 

How to access: Connect to #WiFi@Changi network, launch your Internet browser, and click on the Wi-Fi logo to enjoy up to 3 hours of free Wi-Fi.

Charging points: For when your phones and laptops run out of juice.

Locations in public areas: Level 2, Departure Hall, near the seating areasLevel 1, Arrival Hall, near the seating areas

Location in transit area: Departure Transit Hall, within gate hold rooms and beside seats

Baggage storage: To explore the rest of Changi Airport and Jewel Changi, untethered from your luggage.

Locations in public areas: Level 1, Arrival Hall North, next to Arrival North Taxi Queue

Location in Transit area: Level 2, Departure Transit Hall North, beside Raffles Medical

Price: From $5/24 hours

Visit the revamped Changi Airport Terminal 2

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Being in operation since 1990, Changi Airport’s T2 is one of the first terminals to serve Singapore and its people. It’s nice to see that it hasn’t been forgotten and cast aside; the recent completion of the renovation works has truly given it a much-needed second wind. 

If the upgraded T2’s any indication of what the upcoming T5 will look like, boy are we in for a treat. Until then, be sure to check these new openings out before you go on your merry way for the holidays. 

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Sentosa Has A Free-Entry Warner Bros. Event With Movie Screenings Like Barbie & Harry Potter


Warner Bros. event at Sentosa

Attention all DC fans, Potterheads, and parents with kids. Sentosa is celebrating 100 years of Warner Bros. studio with a string of fun activities this year-end. From now till 26th November 2023, head to the island for free movie screenings and a chance to pose with giant figurines of the Justice League squad.

Free movie screenings including Barbie & Harry Potter

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It’s not often that we get to watch movies outdoors on a giant screen under a blanket of stars – that too for free. So, jump on the chance to do so with Sentosa’s weekend screenings at Southside.

They’re even showing movies as new as 2023’s Barbie and The Flash. Also, catch up on the first movie of the Aquaman series before the sequel comes out this December. Apart from these, you’ll find beloved children’s classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Barbie | Main Trailerplay buttonBarbie | Main Trailer

Here’s the full schedule of movie screenings:17th November: Godzilla vs Kong18th November: Barbie19th November: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone20th November: The Flash21st November: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory22nd November: Aquaman

Photo ops with DC superheroes & kid-friendly games

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Fans of the DC superheroes, make a beeline for the Emerald Pavilion where figurines of Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman will greet you. This is the World of DC – a zone where you’ll also find iconic comic book covers on display.

You’ll also get the chance to increase your knowledge of the DC world and learn more about the history of some of these beloved characters. Kids will love the interactive projection wall where they can do things like change Wonder Woman’s costume.

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It’s not just the DC heroes that show up. Our fav duo Tom and Jerry, as well as Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, will also make an appearance. At the WB Animation Zone, test your gaming skills by getting Tom or Jerry to capture local delights such as ice kachang and durians; the more you capture, the more points you earn.

Celebrate 100 years of Warner Bros. at Sentosa

For adults, this is a beautiful trip down memory lane of all our beloved childhood cartoons. And for kids, it’s just a whole lotta fun. That’s a win-win in our books.

Psst… if you’re a Sentosa Islander member, you can also score a WB100 goodie bag which includes a picnic mat, water bottle, and reusable fan.

Find out more about the Warner Bros. event at Sentosa

Admission: FreeLocation: Siloso Beach, SentosaDates: Now till 26th November 2023Time: 11am-9pm

Cover image adapted from: Sentosa Facebook, Warner Bros. Discovery

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Warner Bros. 100 at Sentosa

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Cathay Cineplexes Is Opening A New Neon-Lit Cinema In Tampines With Half-Priced Promo Tickets


New Cathay Cineplex at Century Square

A visit to the cinema is exciting, yes, but also rather predictable when it comes to seat choices. Most theatres have the usual standard seats or premium cushy ones that most of us would only splurge on for special occasions. But in case you haven’t noticed, things have been switching up recently – just read our piece featuring Shaw Theatres Dreamers at Balestier

An upcoming opening you won’t want to miss is Cathay Cineplex at Century Square, which offers wave-shaped seats and assisted listening devices for the hearing impaired. Also, snag promos like free movies and cheap tickets when you visit before the official launch on 21st November 2023.

Free movie screenings from 17th-19th Nov 2023

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Not many things can beat “free”. Easties looking for a budget date idea or family outing should save the dates: 17th-19th November 2023. During this soft launch period, visitors can enjoy free movie screenings, available first come first serve. You can also snag weekend tickets at just $7.75 (U.P. $15.50)

More details on the free screenings are yet to be announced so stay tuned to Cathay Cineplex’s website and Instagram to be amongst the first to enjoy the cinema FOC. 

If you’ve got some time during this long weekend, also swing by their pop-up event at the Century Square Atrium. Between 10th-13th November 2023, stand a chance to win Wave Seat movie tickets and movie vouchers. You can also have a go at a sure-win capsule machine with prizes including Pop Mart, Toyogo, and Kellogg’s products.

Neon signs & Wave Seats in every hall 

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A cinema in Century Square may sound familiar – that’s because the same space on the top floor of the mall used to be occupied by Filmgarde. Cathay Cineplex at Century Square officially opens on 21st November 2023 with 6 spanking new halls that brings to mind a hipster millionaire’s private theatre. 

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Apart from aesthetic strips of neon lights, those who love the experience of watching Netflix in bed can expect something similar with the Wave Seats here. Every hall has 2 of these fancy beds placed right at the front. Placed at an optimised angle, these reclined loungers for 2 may be a game changer for all those who usually avoid the front row.

One hall will have a Dolby Atmos system for audiophiles, and every hall will have Assisted Listening Device Systems for the hearing-impaired.

Sit back & enjoy at Cathay Cineplexes at Century Square 

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While video streaming services tempt us lazy folks with movies from home, nothing beats catching the latest blockbuster on the big screen. Lie back like a couch potato and still enjoy surround sound when you swing by Cathay Cineplexes at Century Square.

Wave Seat prices have not been announced, but for reference, standard Cathay prices start from $7/student and $11.50/adult for 2D movie tickets on weekdays. Movies you can watch in the cinema now include Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, and Five Nights at Freddy’s.

Find out more about Cathay Cineplexes

Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, Level 5 Century Square, Singapore 529509For more movie guides:Cheapest movie tickets & promotionsBest cinema seat to choose iWERKS Theatre at Singapore Discovery Centre

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