Since COVID-19 has put a stop to leisure travelling for the time being, how about checking out these itineraries based on Singapore's north, south, east and west?
A graduation trip is an excellent way for students to celebrate their hard work and success together.
For some, it may be the last time they will hang out together as a group, so what better way to bid farewell to each other than by having a blast on a trip?
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leisure travel to most countries remains a distant idea.
While waiting for the travel ban to be lifted, why not explore the lesser-known treasure troves right here in Singapore?
Split into the four corners of Singapore, here is how you can celebrate your graduation with your closest friends on a three-day, two-night ‘trip’!
Singapore’s north is more than just about the unfortunate reputation Yishun has garnered. Contrary to that, Yishun is actually home to many underrated gems (and is safe to visit!).
Suggested lodging: Orchid Country Club, 1 Orchid Club Rd, Singapore 769162
Day 1: Grab your picnic baskets and head to Lower Seletar Reservoir Park till late afternoon. Surrounded by balmy breezes and tranquil waters, this will make a great spot for you to bond with your friends, take Insta-worthy shots and more.
Afterwhich, walk over to ORTO for a great time drift karting, prawning and even trampoline jumping. You can have a cheap dinner at the popular BKK Bistro & Bar.
Day 2: If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of city life, consider visiting Jurong Frog Farm, Singapore’s only heritage frog farm located in Lim Chu Kang. You can participate in activities such as catching frogs, feeding them, and even try a plate of deep-fried frog meat.
Afterwards, hop on a bus to Bollywood Veggies, an organic farm in Singapore where you can join a guided tour or enjoy a hearty meal of fresh produce.
Alternatively, explore the last remaining kampong in Singapore – Kampong Lorong Buangkok and learn about the way of life for about 30 families who are still living there. However, do take note to respect their privacy while there!
Day 3: Set out early in the morning to Sembawang Hot Spring Park, situated at Gambas Avenue, and enjoy a foot soak at the edge of the cascading pool. If you’re hungry, there’s even a cafe within the hot spring for you to enjoy one last meal with your friends before parting.
Is the east side really the best side? Well, you can find out for yourself.
Suggested lodging: Venue Hotel, 305 Joo Chiat Road, East Coast, Singapore, Singapore, 427556
Day 1: East Coast Park definitely isn’t an underrated place in Singapore, but what staycay in the east would be complete without at least enjoying what it has to offer?
From Xtreme SkatePark for adrenaline junkies, renting a bicycle or even relaxing at the plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes available, there’s something for everyone to spend a day there.
Day 2: When one mentions Katong, the first thing that comes to mind is usually Katong laksa. But what most people don’t know is that Katong is an indie neighbourhood of the east.
For dinner, the critically acclaimed Changi Village Hawker Centre would make a tantalising option for your tastebuds.
Day 3: Pay a visit to Mainland Tropical Fish Farm where you can feed fishes and catch guppies to have a fun time before heading home.
Alternatively, if you’re more of a shopaholic, the Red Cross thrift store at Jalan Khairuddin offers a plethora of vintage buys. It allows you to support the organisation and shop to your heart’s content at an affordable price.
Tucked away from the rest of Singapore, we usually think of Sentosa’s beaches and the Universal Studios Singapore when we mention Singapore’s south. But the island has so much more to offer.
Suggested lodging: Village Hotel Sentosa by Far East Hospitality, 10 Artillery Avenue #02-01, Sentosa Island, 099951 Singapore
Day 1: Kick start your trip by hiking at HortPark and the Southern Ridges, a 10km trail that connects Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve.
Have a nice and cheap hawker dinner at Seah Im Food Centre when you’re done, then take a cable car to Sentosa and check-in at the hotel and rest for the night.
Day 2: Pose with the lifelike wax figures at Madame Tussauds Singapore, then have lunch at any of the 120 restaurants in Sentosa.
Afterwhich, you can try Ola Beach Club in Sentosa, which enables you to jetpack 30 feet up in the air with no prior experience needed under the supervision of a certified instructor.
Mega Adventure, Asia’s first zipline, gives you an opportunity to cruise 450m over Sentosa’s jungle, beach and sea.
Alternatively, you can check out AJ Hackett Sentosa, Singapore’s first and only bungee jump at 50m above Siloso beach.
You can also get in touch with a little bit of dark tourism at Fort Siloso, which is an on-site military museum.
Day 3: Make your way to Keppel Island and take some nice photos along the coastal walk.
Enjoy a fancy lunch at one of the restaurants there before heading home.
Contrary to some beliefs, the west of Singapore isn’t boring and it has as much to offer as the other parts of Singapore.
Suggested lodging: Citadines Fusionopolis Singapore, Symbiosis Tower, 3 Fusionopolis Way, 138633
Day 1: Experience snow in Singapore at Snow City Singapore. There is a shooting arena, snowslide and even a bumper car arena too.
If you’d like to take it one step further, you can always ice skate in Singapore’s only Olympic-sized ice rink at JCube afterwards.
Have a hearty dinner at Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre.
Day 2: If you love sports, enjoy a game of baseball at Singapore’s first indoor batting cage, Homerun Baseball. If you’re hungry, there is no shortage of good food around the vicinity from Ah Hoe Mee Pok to Island Penang Kitchen.
Otherwise, you can opt for a picnic with your friends at West Coast Park.
Day 3: Visit Former Ford Factory, which was the site the British Forces surrendered to the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.
It is now a permanent World War II exhibition that includes oral history accounts, archival records and published materials. You can find out more here.
Of course, this itinerary isn’t a comprehensive list. For the night owls, feel free to add on more activities too!
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