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Kartright GoKarting

In the West of Singapore is Kartright GoKarting, a small go-kart track with karts of limited speed & road grip (I’ve never skidded/spun out so much when karting before). It is also quite expensive, at $40 per 10min for adults and $30 for kids. They have also introduced a new rule that means without a drivers licence you are limited to a 30km/hr kart which is quite slow (lic holders can drive a 50km/hr kart). Still, this is one of the few karting options in Singapore and a bit of fun. I have yet to try the new KF1 track which might be a better option.

About $40 for 10min for Adults, $30 for kids.

Tues – Fri – 11:00 ~ 22:00
Sat – 09:00 ~ 22:00
Sun – 09:00 ~ 19:00

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Getting to Sentosa

Sentosa Express from Vivo City

There’s a few ways to get across to Sentosa Island. Firstly, you can simply walk across the boardwalk from Vivo City at Harbour Front, and pay a S$1 entry fee to the island. You can then take the Sentosa Express back for free.

The next, and most popular way, is to take the Sentosa Express, a short 4-stop monorail leaving from within Vivo City on level 3. This costs $4 and includes entrance to the island. You can either pay using your EZ-link card, or purchase a “Sentosa Pass” smart card. You can also purchase an “Islander card” if you plan to visit Sentosa often, giving you unlimited rides for a year for S$25. Setnosa Express runs 07:00 ~ 00:00.

For S$2 round trip, you can take bus RWS 8 from the bus stop outside Vivo City, 06:00 ~ 23:30.

You can take a taxi to or from the island, but you will pay a surcharge.

Finally, the Cable Car (S$26 Adults, S$15 Children) is the ultimate way to get to Sentosa Island, albeit more expensive. Find out all about the cable car and the “jewel card” here.

Singapore Cable Car

Singapore’s Cable Car takes you from HarbourFront to Mount Faber & Sentosa Island, in an 8 seater cabin with full 360 panoramic views over Singapore’s skyline, the harbour and Sentosa. If its not busy, you can try to get your own car to yourselves, but otherwise they will group you with others. They play light music (like jazz) inside, and there are fans but not a/c. The ride takes about 10-15min from the top at Mount Faber to the bottom at Sentosa.

It opened in 1974 and has been not just a mode of transport but a tourist attraction ever since. They periodically update the cabin designs and colours and add novelties like glass bottoms. There are currently 7 VIP cabins with Glass floor enhanced with Swarovski crystal elements.

S$26 Adults, S$15 children, or you can purchase a Faber Licence for S$39 for 12 months unlimited rides on the Cable car, and Sentosa Express! It also gives you a 30% discount for a friend’s ticket, and 20% off at some restaurants and shops on Mount Faber and Sentosa Island. If you plan to go on the cable car even twice within a year, its worth it.

The HarbourFront Cable Car station is about a 5-10min walk from HarbourFront MRT. Take exit B into HarbourFront Tower II, go up the escalators, and across the bridge, down to street level and turn left into the square after the first large building. There are signs posted along the way.

Daily 08:45 ~ 22:00 (last boarding 21:30)

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The 74-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens started back in 1859. The park consists of a Rainforest, Evolution Garden, Ginger Garden, Botany Centre, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, and the National Orchid Garden which has more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids!

Through the park you can spot people practicing Tai Chi, joggers, people playing, catfish and turtles in the lake, a variety of plant life including giant lily pads, and even Monitor Lizards.

General Park entry is FREE, Orchard Garden is S$5.
Main entrance at Botanic Gardens MRT Station, other gates around the park and its possible to walk from Orchard Road.

Park, Daily 05:00 ~ 00:00
Orchard Garden, Daily 08:30 ~ 19:00
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Tue – Sun – 08:00 ~ 19:00

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Singapore Cinemas

Cinemas are all over Singapore, and seeing films is a favourite pass time among locals. Its quite cheap (from S$6.50 on Tuesdays) and there are often late sessions even starting after midnight.

There are three main cinema franchises in Singapore, GV, Shaw & Cathay. Some of the cinema halls are quite small, with as little as 80 odd seats, while others have 300+. Shaw Lido also has an IMAX screen, but it is not a full size IMAX (which kind of defeats the purpose really), while GV has Gold Class and GV MAX theatres.

While Singaporeans love going to the movies, many have yet to learn cinema etiquette. Singaporeans will continue to use their phones, check facebook, or just simply have a conversation with the person next to them for the entire film. And if you “shhh” them they won’t take the hint.

You also need to book early unless you like sitting in the front row, as all tickets are seated and Singaporeans book early. Showing up to the cinema and seeing what’s on is not a good idea. Book online a few days ahead if possible, or at the cinema for a later/next day session.

Normal tickets $11.50, Tuesdays $8.50, S$6.50 (members), 3D Sessions S$14, GV MAX S$16, IMAX, S$22, Gold Class $39

Mint Toy Museum

MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys has more than 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and memorabilia from more than 40 countries. There are old figures, robots, cars, teddy bears, comics, themed lunch boxes etc! If you have any interest in old toys you will like this place. It’s a great example of the differences in times, comparing what kids used to play with (metalic or wooden, non-moving or wind up figures) to today (plastic animated, automatic, talking, robotic toys, video games etc!).

Young kids will recognize characters like Batman, Astro Boy, Tin Tin and Doctor Who etc, just in much older toy form! Note there are a few examples of quite racist toys and products that simply could be be sold today. The museum takes about 1-2 hours to walk around if you read the information and take pictures.

A short walk from various MRT stations (City Hall, Bugis, Bras Basah). You will see two black-coloured umbrellas with Mint Museum of Toys and Mr Punch Restaurant & Winebar logos at the main entrance.

S$15 (Adults), S$7.50 (Children, seniors), free for kids under 2 years old
S$36 (Family – 2 Adults & 2 Children)

Opening Hours
Daily – 09:30 ~ 18.30

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Wave House Sentosa

Although Singapore doesn’t have any real waves, you can still get your surf on at Wave House on Sentosa Island.

Wave house has two surf rides, Flowrider and Flowbarrel. The Flowrider is for beginners, with a consistent, non-curling, endless sheet of water flowing at 20mph (32 km/h) over a composite vinyl surface, much like a trampoline. Once you’ve tackled that, you can try the bigger Flowbarrel, which pumps 100,000 gallons of water per minute flowing as fast as 30mph (48 km/h) to create the perfect endless barreling wave.

Sessions are per hour and start on the hour. You can book ahead or just show up on the day and try your luck. Up to 10 people can be booked per session, and riders simply take turns on the waves.

Wave House also has a bar (with some food, not many veggie options) and a surf shop. They have events throughout the year too, so check their website to see what’s on.

Located on Siloso beach right near the water. Take the Sentosa Express and alight at Beach Station (the last one) and walk straight down the hill, along the road until you see Wave House on the left, about a 5min walk.

Flowrider 1 Hour S$35 (weekdays) S$40 (weekends), Flowbarrel 1 Hour S$45 (weekdays) S$50 (weekends). Check their website for promotions.

Wave House (Bar & Shop)
Daily – 10:30 ~ 22:30

Daily – 11:00 ~ 22:00

Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri – 13:00 ~ 22:00
Wed, Sat – Sun – 11:00 ~ 22:00

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Comedy Masala

Comedy Masala is an open mic stand up comedy night, where anyone can sign up to have a go. While this does result in the occasional few not-so-funny comedians, the overall comedy is actually pretty good and there are regulars in the line up. Most sets go for about 5min, with headliners going anywhere from 7-20min.

Definitely worth a visit, but if you go every week you will start to hear the same material over and over. The venue is currently at Hero’s, but venue may change so check their website. Doors open around 8pm.

Tickets are S$15 (students $10) including one free drink (the drink varies)
Exit Clarke Quay station (Eu Tong Sen St exit) and cross under the road via the tunnel under the bridge.
Tuesdays 20:30 ~ 23:30