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Universal Studios Sentosa

Universal Studios Sentosa is the newest branch of the theme park with the grand opening in 2011. It was also the first branch to get the Transformers 3D ride, which is great and probably the best use of Stereoscopic 3D I’ve seen (Shrek 4D at Universal being the worst). Battlestar Galactica offers two different, co-running roller coasters, The Mummy is a coaster-in-the-dark thrill-ride and Jurrassic Park Rafting will get you nice and wet. There are more rides but these are the best. The Waterworld Show is also pretty good, lots of stunts and no animals involved.

I suggest you visit during the week and early in the day, where you will have minimal waiting. On a weekend or public holiday, you will spend most of your time in queues, whereas during off-peak periods you can go on every ride two or three times. You can buy an express pass to speed things up, but this is per-person and only works once per ride.

Surprisingly, the food inside the park is not bad for vegans. The pricing is reasonable, and the park map even lists which restaurants have vegetarian options. I visited the Indian restaurant inside the Ancient Egypt area, and they had a number of vegan choices.

Tickets are S$75 for adults, S$54 for children. Express pass additional S$30.

Take the Sentosa Express (S$3.50, return is free) from Vivo City at Harbourfront MRT station, and alight at Waterfront Station. Or you can take the Bus RWS 8 from Vivo City for S$2 return.

Daily 10:00 ~ 19:00

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest Ferris wheel, sorry “observation wheel”, standing 165m tall. When you enter there is a multimedia display about the construction of the Flyer which is actually quite interesting, then you will go into your capsule for the “flight”. If its not too busy, you can try to ask for your own capsule or at least not a very full one, but a private cabin is a premium charge ticket so don’t hold your breath.

The ride takes about 30min and gives you a great 360° view over Singapore, in particular Gardens By the Bay, and the F1 pits. If the weather is clear (most of the time) you can see quite far.

Online tickets are S$26.40 (20% off) and S$33 on the spot. Online tickets are for a specific day only, changes must be made a week in advance. Higher price options available include drinks, food, private cabins and even event hire.

Promenade MRT is the closest station, but you can easily walk from anywhere in the Marina Bay area.

Daily 08:30 ~ 10:30

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon takes the darkest, goriest stories of London’s history, and turns it into a 90min scare-fest. With actors, rides, detailed scenes, sounds and even smells, they will attempt to scare the bejeezus out of you.

Even at £23, this place is incredibly popular. Staff in full costume stand outside London Bridge station to lure people in, and the queue can be 100m down the road! If you plan on going you should book in advance online. There can still be a queue for pre-booked tickets but it is much, much shorter.

There is also the London Bridge Experience, just across the road, which offers a similar thing, but is far less popular. I have rarely seen anyone enter this place, opposed to the massive queues of London Dungeon.

I have never been to either, but if you like getting scared, ghost trains, ghost walks and haunted houses, give The London Dungeon a shot.

£23

Closed Christmas Day.
Opening times vary throughout the year, but are roughly 10:00 ~ 18:00, see the website for more info.