Refreshing curated tours to rediscover Singapore this December

Go cafe hopping on an open-top bus or sail down the Singapore river in style.

Khong Charmaine

Published: 1 December 2020, 5:19 PM

The holiday season is upon us, and many are hyping up their staycation plans in place of overseas vacations.

But if you want to do something other than stay in your hotel room this December, we have a list of exciting and adventurous itineraries to rediscover Singapore. 

From a cruise down the Singapore River, curated cultural tours and even dancing among the (Christmas light up) stars, here are three activities that give your SingapoRediscovers Vouchers the bang for your (government’s) buck!  

Heritage cafe hopping along Singapore’s cultural sites

Haji Lane is a treasure trove for unique quick bites, local novelties and refreshing vibes. PHOTO CREDIT: BNA IGNACIO VIA UNSPLASH


There are many cosy and uniquely Singaporean cafes that only the cool kids know about, and you can explore all of them a your own comfortable pace onboard the FunVee Open-Top Sightseeing Tour Buses

Along its Orange Marina Route, you will be driven through scenic views of Singapore’s cityscape and greenery. Notable cafes they cover along Hill Street and Ophir Rd include Group Therapy Cafe, Dapper Coffee, PUNCH, and many more!

There are also many attractions to visit that are no longer crowded with tourists. Hop on the bus to Gardens By the Bay where you will be able to explore the ArtScience Museum and Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, or alight at Fort Canning’s Battlebox for a dose of history before trying your navigation skills at Flight Experience Singapore. 

If you happen to have a staycation along their bus routes, it’s also a convenient way to get to popular hangout spots in the area.

Get up-close and personal with the Merlion via a Singapore River cruise

Not the kind of cruise that you need to go for a swab test and submit your passports, the Captain Explorer DUKW Tour is a leisure circuit cruise with wheels for the road and propellers for the river! 


The splash point for Captain Explorer DUKW Tour is the climax of the ride. PHOTO CREDITS: CITYTOURS SINGAPORE


The amphibious DUKW starts its journey on land, driving through the Singapore F1 Night Race track before heading for the splashdown point. The vehicle transforms from land to sea friendly the second it hits the water! 

The cruise then continues with stunning sights along the Singapore River such as the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest at Marina Bay, passing below the Helix Bridge and Floating Platform, and finally the highlight: floating before the tail of the Merlion. 

This is the only spot where you can have a complete front-facing, up-close view of the largest existing Merlion in Singapore!

The cruise makes its way back to land, finishing it off with a drive past the National Gallery Singapore and the Padang, giving riders a real-life, time-travelling journey through Singapore’s development. 

Create romantic moments among the Christmas lights in town

When the sun sets, the lovely lights along Orchard Road illuminate the Christmas festive atmosphere. 

Best part is, you can be closest to the lights on the second level of the double-decker FunVee Buses in the Christmas Light Up Tour.


The FunVee Open Top Buses provide night tours along Orchard Road’s Christmas light-up. PHOTO CREDITS: CITYTOURS SINGAPORE


Be sure to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful lights of the holiday season, and enjoy a slightly less crowded and more peaceful Christmas in town this year.

All the tours mentioned above can be redeemed with the $100 SingapoRediscover Vouchers here. You may also wish to purchase discounted tickets in cash here with the promo code: CharmaineXCT10.

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