From my travels, I’ve realised every country has a “Tourist” destination and a “Travellers” destination. When you travel often, you’ll have a choice to make. You can either choose to be a tourist, or you can visit offbeat places and choose to be a traveller.
Back in the day, when people travelled to a different country, they did not have access to so much information before they set out on their journey. They would reach a place and explore and speak to the locals and understand things to do.
But come to the present, you can Google the top locations in a country and have your itinerary ready, months in advance. But there’s a small problem. In the online world, the narrative is controlled by those who rank well and those who have marketing budgets. So if a lot of websites suggest that Singapore Zoo is a hot destination, that would be the result Google spews out.
But are the results shared by Google the only places to visit?
Far from it. This is why I urge every person visiting another country, to become a traveller and not a tourist. The way you become a traveller is to blend in with the locals and do the things the locals do.
Singapore: A Perfect Country For Travellers
Singapore needs no introductions. It’s a giant in its own right. Singapore is a vast metropolis with thriving businesses, tall buildings and sparklingly clean roads. When people think of Singapore, they think of it as a financial capital of Asia. But that’s not all that Singapore has to offer.
Singapore has a culture. It’s one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. It has four official languages. That is English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Most Singaporeans speak two languages.
When there are four official languages from different parts of Asia, you know the cuisine will be diverse too. Singapore has rich Chinese, Malaysian and Indian history. People from these heritages bring their cuisines and the culmination of all these cuisines make Singaporean food.
To explore this city without soaking in the culture would be a crime. So how do we find offbeat locations?
Chasing Offbeat Places
The issue with offbeat locations is, it’s not obvious and a lot of people, even the locals aren’t aware that these locations exist. To counter this, you can download the Locomole App. The Locomole App is the perfect travel companion because it guides you through every step of the way and takes everything into consideration.
Offbeat Places To Visit In Singapore Locations
Nox – Dine in the Dark
In the modern world, the sense that we use the most is our eyes. We scan our phones, our surroundings, constantly. This has affected our abilities to smell and hear.
Nox – Dine in the Dark is a concept that was popular in Europe, that has been brought to Asia. This dining experience isn’t just about eating. It’s much more.
Get ready to use your nose and taste buds like you’ve never before. This is an experience that nobody should miss. Eating food has never been so different.
Address: 269 Beach Road Singapore 199546
Singapore is so cosmopolitan that most people can’t wrap their head around the idea that Singapore has farms and farmland. Set in the countryside in Kranji is Bollywood Veggies.
Bollywood Veggies is a 10-acre farm run that lets people get closer to nature and the concept of farming. There are fun activities like planting paddy and potting. There is also a guided farm tour where you can understand plants and fruits better.
You can also have yummy and tasty meals at the Poison Ivy Bistro. If you’re tired of tall buildings and traffic, then you need Bollywood veggies.
Address: 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026 (Kranji)
Haw Par Villa
Haw Par Villa is not your everyday theme park. Haw Par Villa is actually a cultural park. It hopes to showcase Chinese culture through its own tours and programmes. The most famous is the ten courts of hell, which is basically the path of a person in the afterlife. It’s scary and different!
Apart from the ten courts of hell, there is a tour of the park that talks about Chinese history. It’s an hour long. It’s worth it and fun!
Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118 628
Dempsey Hill, in one word, is ‘Cool’. Dempsey Hill is a locality in Singapore that is filled with restaurants, galleries and pubs. It also has some high end spas, which give you the ultimate relaxed experience.
The architecture and look of Dempsey Hill stands out and you will get the posh experience.
Address : Blk 8D Dempsey Rd #03-01, Singapore 249679
Macritchie Reservoir Park
The Macritchie Reservoir is the oldest reservoir in Singapore. It’s also a haven for nature lovers and health enthusiasts. Here are a few activities that one can do in Macritchie. Bird Watching, Water Sports(Kayaking and Canoeing) and Hiking. Regular events happen at the park, such as the macaque walk, where one can learn about macaques.
Address : 181 Lornie Road
Standing Sushi Bar
Japanese cuisine is famous all over the world. But when you fly all the way to Singapore, you need to experience Japanese food. Standing Sushi Bar is a chain of restaurants that serve authentic Japanese food and Sushi.
They also have Sushi making class, where you can learn from the best of the best.
Address: Unit 02-02, Income at Raffles, Singapore
Singapore is known for its seafood. Seafood is a big part of the cuisine and understandably there are many seafood restaurants. But Smith Marine has the freshest seafood and that’s because Smith Marine is a restaurant on a Kelong.
A kelong is a wooden construction on the sea. At Smith Marine, you can enjoy the tastiest food with the best view of the sea.
This is a must visit place for seafood lovers.
Ho Tit Coffee Powder Factory
Coffee is universally loved and that’s true of Singapore. People love a good cup of Kopi. But over the years because of rapid urbanisation, traditional coffee factories have shut down and replacing them are massive corporate companies that don’t have the same charm or taste for coffee.
The Ho Tit Coffee Powder Factory is an exception. It’s a 50 year old establishment that produces their own coffee powder. This has some of the best coffee mixtures possible. People travel from far just to buy their coffee powder.
If you like coffee, this is a must-visit place.
Address: 402 Upper Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 534988
Maxwell Food Centre
A list about popular Singapore destinations isn’t complete without food. And Maxwell Food Centre takes the cake. It’s located close to Chinatown. It’s famous for its food stalls that serve a variety of dishes.
Address : 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184
Although Singapore is a small country, there’s no dearth of places to visit and things to do. So how you plan your trip is key. You’ll need to have a bit of the popular destinations, but you also should include the offbeat destinations.