Singaporeans are receiving S$100 to be local tourists – here’s where you should go

The infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Image: Will Truettner
The infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Image: Will Truettner

From terrifying ghost hunts to mind-boggling escape rooms, there are at least eight places where we think you should go to and cash in those S$100 vouchers on the way. 

Singaporeans 18 and up are expected to receive the vouchers in December to spend on local attractions in a bid to boost the dying tourism industry, the Singapore Tourism Board announced yesterday. It comes a month after Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said the country was setting aside S$320 million (about US$235 million) for the “SingapoRediscovers” campaign. 

The vouchers will be distributed via credits through SingPass and valid until the end of June. They can be used for attractions, local tours, and staycations. They can also be used to redeem attraction or tour fees for those under 18. 

With two months to go till the vouchers come, let’s start planning. 

Image: AJ Hackett Sentosa/Facebook
Image: AJ Hackett Sentosa/Facebook

AJ Hackett Sentosa

Thrill-seekers, now’s your chance! AJ Hackett Sentosa is offering up to 69% off their 50-meter bungy jump (S$69), giant tandem swing (S$49) and Skywalk (S$10). All activities are conducted from the Paulaner Sundowner Deck on Sentosa island, where the best sunset views at Siloso Sentosa can be seen from.

With the S$100 voucher, you could go for both the jump and swing and top-up S$18. 

JJ Lin with JJ Lin. Image: Madame Tussauds Singapore/Facebook
JJ Lin with JJ Lin. Image: Madame Tussauds Singapore/Facebook

Madame Tussauds Singapore

Want to meet your favorite stars without traveling or speaking to them? The wax versions of celebrities like Mandopop singer JJ Lin are welcoming visitors at the Madame Tussauds Singapore wax museum at S$28 per entry, which is 30% lesser than the normal price. You could use your voucher to pay for four people, including yourself, and throw in another S$12. 

Image: Resorts World Sentosa
Image: Resorts World Sentosa

The Royal Albatross

You could also use the voucher to pay half of the three-course dinner aboard the Royal Albatross, which takes passengers along Sentosa’s coastline from Resorts World to the Marina Bay cruise center via Marina at Keppel Bay and VivoCity Promenade. 

It costs S$195 per person, which is 10% lesser than the normal price. If you come in a group of five, the fifth person gets to dine for free.  

Image: Oriental Travel and Tours
Image: Oriental Travel and Tours

Creepy Tales of Singapore Tour

But if you’d rather spend a night under the stars with haunting spirits, you could join the Creepy Tales of Singapore tour, which costs S$105 per person after 30% off. 

The three-hour tour takes you to cemeteries and places tainted with wartime horrors. Ghost-hunting equipment will be provided. 

A screengrab from the promotional video. Image: Tribe Pte Ltd/YouTube
A screengrab from the promotional video. Image: Tribe Pte Ltd/YouTube

Outdoor Escape Room Game Tour

Got a knack for solving mysteries? You could use your voucher on the Niu Che Shui Murder game, where participants are given two hours to find a fictitious serial killer in Chinatown. This escape-room style game takes place outdoors so be sure to bring your umbrella in case it rains. 

It costs S$42.50 per player, which is 15% off its regular price. 

Tour leader Colin poses with his bicycle. Image: The Cycle Startup
Tour leader Colin poses with his bicycle. Image: The Cycle Startup

Wildlife Bike Tour

Shake off that cabin fever and explore Singapore’s wildlife on pedals with The Cycle Startup, which is hosting cycling tours to places like Punggol Park, Lorong Halus, Coney Island, as well as Pasir Ris Beach from S$35 per person. Watch out for the otters!

Image: Culture Curious
Image: Culture Curious

Kampong Glam Street Art Tour and Workshop

Immerse yourself in Singapore’s street art with a private tour of Kampong Glam’s hidden alleyways adorned with graffiti, and try your hand at spray painting while you’re at it in a workshop led by professional artists. A minimum of three people is required per tour, priced at S$95 per person. With your S$100 voucher, you won’t need to pay anything out of pocket. 

A deluxe room at InterContinental Singapore. Image: InterContinental Singapore  
A deluxe room at InterContinental Singapore. Image: InterContinental Singapore

Staycations

There is no way a S$100 voucher can cover a staycation in Singapore unless love hotels are your thing. But plenty of renowned hotels are offering discounted stays in conjunction with the “SingapoRediscover” campaign so you can enjoy some change of scenery or work in the luxury of a hotel room instead of your home.

The Capella on Sentosa island is offering a staycation package worth S$946 per night that comes with segway and cable car rides as well as yoga and meditation sessions for two. The hotel is known for being a wellness retreat and is great for those who need a mental vacation from work or 2020 in general. 

The family-friendly Capri by Fraser at Changi City is offering S$154 per night’s stay and is organizing a “Masterchef Junior” cooking classes for the little ones. 

Staycation packages at M Social and Orchard Hotel come with private buggy tours at the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park.

Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is offering a staycation package from S$488 per night that comes with a catered picnic at the Singapore Botanic Gardens complete with a one-hour photoshoot. A driver will also take you there and back to the hotel in a limousine. 

Go from WFHome to WFHotel at the InterContinental Singapore, which is offering S$150 per room for a stay from 7am to 7pm. You can also host meetings for a group of five people, with snacks and lunch served, or add S$75 to your bill to have your pet accompany you. 

Correction: We’ve removed the incorrect pricing for staycation packages by M Social and Orchard Hotel

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