The Covid-19 pandemic may have kept us from travelling to our usual favourites or exploring new territories, but it has also allowed many of us to rediscover Singapore and see it through the lens of a tourist. Beyond shopping and dining, there's definitely more to the tiny red dot than what we usually see. With the Singapore Tourism Board encouraging domestic tourism through the SingapoRediscovers campaign, the Tatler Singapore team shares their favourite must-visit tourist attractions around the island and where they would like to spend their unique Singapoliday this year.
“The added advantage of being situated in Singapore is the fact that we get to enjoy 'summer' all-year-long, so exploring the great outdoors is much more accessible without having to factor in cold or unpredictable weather. It is also the main reason why I’ve been encouraged to make the most out of my weekends, considering travel restrictions over the past few months of partial lockdown. Many don’t know this, but we’re actually surrounded by a myriad of water-related activities to satisfy the explorer and thrill-seeker in you, which makes curbing your wanderlust much easier.
Together with a bunch of friends who are avid lovers of the sea, we’ve checked sailing, paddle boarding and wakeboarding off our bucket list, and are looking forward to kayaking around some of Singapore’s hidden nature reserves next—each brimming with diverse wildlife and a robust ecosystem. Most recently, we chanced upon Kayakasia, a Singapore-based eco-adventure travel company that does just that. Apart from guiding kayakers around the beautiful Southern islands that surround the mainland, they also have itineraries that take you through the Mandai mangroves that are filled with the world’s largest resident population of mangrove horseshoe crabs—who knew!”
—Amelia Yeo, writer