10 Bucket-List Experiences You Must Have In Singapore - Updated 2021

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The name Singapore comes from ‘singa’ and ‘pura’ which in Sanskrit means ‘lion city.’ Most of the globetrotters have Singapore on the bucket list due to its appeal of being a treat for all your senses. One of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the whole world, Singapore is home to some of the most stunning architectural wonders, including the world’s best airport. Nicknamed the “Fine City” and the “Garden City,” its aesthetic beauty and fabulous blend of leisure, adventures, and cultural activities will make you want to stay longer. Use our guide to know more about our recommended bucket-list experiences you must have in Singapore.

1. Explore the fascinating Peranakan Culture (from USD 46.0)

Be a part of this remarkable and internationally reputed Intan Peranakan tea experience where you will learn about the unique culture of the Peranakans. During this 60-minute tour, you’ll know more about the ceremonial details of the plush Peranakan weddings. The beautiful embroidery and beadwork done by Nyonya ladies are simply stunning and shouldn’t be missed. Winner of many esteemed awards, including Best Tour Experience by Singapore Tourism, and being the only private home museum of Singapore featuring an impressive collection of over 30 years, this tour should be a part of your itinerary. End your tour by relishing some authentic Nyonya kueh or local preparations. Photography is allowed.

The Intan Peranakan Tea Experience

Duration: 1 hour

2 reviews

2. Have fun sighting water creatures (from USD 68.0)

During this activity that lasts two to three hours, you will be seeing a plethora of marine lifeforms such as cephalopods, bivalves, crustaceans, nudibranchs, fishes, sea stars, corals, and small reefs. The beauty of the underwater world is simply mesmerizing and has a wide variety of aquatic life that will keep you surprised throughout this tour. You will be walking in very shallow water fitting for all age groups, and you will be guaranteed complete safety as the host is an expert diver and a medic. He will brief you about this coastal area and the rules. Additionally, spotting the creatures also depends on the timings and tidal conditions. You will be offered beverages and the necessary equipment during this adventure.

Discovering Hidden Marine Life!

Duration: 2 hours

3 reviews

3. Design your own espadrilles (from USD 75.0)

How fancy does stitching your own espadrilles sound? You heard it right! In this studio, you can choose from a wide range of high-quality leather or bring your own materials. Cut and create your sandals or sneakers while chatting with the host whose proficiency in shoe designing will surely enhance your experience. The soles will be provided. They are made up of rubber and jute, making them less prone to skidding on the ground. The tools needed for stitching will also be provided here. There are no time constraints so you can style your pair from start to end at your own pace. Once you have finished, relax and relish the refreshments. You’ll certainly leave the studio feeling super proud of your creation.

Stitch Your Own Shoes (Espadrilles)

Duration: 5 hours

106 reviews

4. Feel rejuvenated by indulging in Cocoon Nidra (from USD 23.0)

Cocoon Nidra, a must-do activity while in Singapore, is a deep form of meditation that transports you away from all your worries. It is a distinctive style of meditation in which you are suspended in the air inside a cocoon. The staff members are highly trained and will guide you through the various stages of awareness, from hypnagogic to wakening. Based on modern psychology, this meditation style’s method and practice are extremely safe, simple, unwinding, and suitable for everyone. During this 60-minute session, you will start with breath awareness before leading to the final stage inside the cocoon.


Duration: 1 hour

45 reviews

5. Embark on Singapore's extravagant sunset cruise (from USD 157.0)

Have a grand time at this sunset dinner cruise on Singapore’s one-and-only luxury superyacht. Go on an unforgettable two-and-a-half-hour journey replete with breathtaking views of the sunset and Singapore’s skyline. Starting from Resorts World Sentosa, you will sail towards the tranquil port waters while passing through the gorgeous beaches of Sentosa. Savor the sea breeze while relishing a complimentary drink followed by a delicious three-course dinner served on your private table on the upper deck. Don’t forget to carry your camera to take scenic pictures. If you arrive early, you are free to meet the crew and check out the lower decks and cabins.

Sunset Sail Dinner Cruise on Tallship

Duration: 2.5 hours

1 review

6. Try beating your partner at mahjong (from USD 38.0)

Test your strategy and calculation skills by playing mahjong, an immensely popular Chinese game played with sets of tiles. You are welcome to visit whether you’re alone or with a group. The host, Lim, has been playing this game since childhood. It will start with the host explaining to you the game’s rules. He will provide you a sheet with the instructions for your reference. An automatic mahjong table is used so that arranging the tiles won’t take that much time. You can play it for as long as you like. All of these take the fun to a different level. Snacks and drinks will be offered. In the end, each guest will leave with a mystery gift.

High-Tech Mahjong Experience

Duration: 2 hours

3 reviews

7. Learn the secrets to make a perfect cup of coffee (from USD 91.0)

This two-and-a-half-hour latte and coffee masterclass of two is a true treat for your eyes and your taste buds. Know the secrets and tips to brewing the perfect cup of coffee, learn about the various types of coffee beans and how can you store them to increase their shelf life, increase your knowledge about espressos, and much more. The host of this workshop will also guide you about various skills and topics such as roasting, milk foaming, the details of a coffee machine, as well as which food items are best to serve with coffee. Aside from this, you will also learn the much-fancied coffee art that has amazed you every time you visited a café. So if you are a true coffee fanatic, then this is one activity that will undeniably excite you.

Latte Art & Coffee Workshop

Duration: 2.5 hours

19 reviews

8. Visit a workshop to learn Dip-pen Calligraphy (from USD 72.0)

If you are inclined towards drawing, then dip-pen calligraphy can be a great experience. It starts with a quick tour of a shop where you can also purchase the required equipment. Then, the host will take you to a café. The next two to three hours will be rewarding as you will learn the basic skills and strokes of calligraphy. You will start off by learning how to handle the dip-pen to forming the beautiful alphabets before moving on to forming words. The experience will be enhanced by good music, drinks, and food. Once you are comfortable, try to write your favorite quote on a lovely greeting card that the host will prepare for you. Wearing dark-colored clothes is recommended since you will be handling ink.

Beginner Dip-Pen Calligraphy

Duration: 2.5 hours

19 reviews

9. Savor the calming powers of String Therapy (from USD 72.0)

If you love trying different fun things or hobbies, then do try String Therapy. It might look a bit complex but with the right guidance and attention, you can learn it quickly. The host, Fannie, strongly believes that String Art has therapeutic powers and she intends to share it with her guests. The activity will have you engrossed that you will forget everything else. Choose from several beautiful patterns and then craft your own string art masterpiece. You do not have to be an artist to attempt this as the host is very welcoming and makes it look so easy. Delicious refreshments and tea will be served. This can be a couples’ date, a girls’ day out, or a family activity.

String Art Therapy

Duration: 3 hours

27 reviews

10. Create a wonderful piece of art out of e-waste (from USD 76.0)

How about spending a day doing something unique, creative, and inspiring? This incredible concept of up-cycling initiated by a mother-daughter duo will ignite your creativity and help you contribute to environmental conservation. They have an excellent collection of cassettes and videotapes that were donated by the Singapore community. Opt from any of the cassettes or tapes, and in the next two hours, the hosts will guide you on how to weave something beautiful and memorable. With the help of this, not only are you eliminating e-waste, but also creating an awesome artifact.

Ready, Cassette, Go!

Duration: 2 hours

44 reviews

An appealing and creative itinerary for Singapore vacation

Top-notch attractions, spotless streets, an abundance of green spaces, boundless shopping opportunities, amazing food, and a thriving cocktail scene – as a tourist you will love everything about this electrifying destination, including this list of top 10 bucket-list experiences that you must have in Singapore. Be it a long holiday or a short visit, there is no doubt that Singapore has a lot in store for you to add to your travel memories that will stay etched for a long time.

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