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Singapore: Museum of Ice Cream Entrance Ticket

1. Singapore: Museum of Ice Cream Entrance Ticket

Rediscover your inner kid with a ticket to the sweetest wonderland in Singapore! Savor unlimited ice cream at 5 dessert stations with a cool variety of flavors and forms, while adventuring through 14 interactive installations that celebrate the joy of ice cream! Come for the daytime experience and enjoy the Coolest day out with the family, or build connections with the more intimate night experience that features adult-centric activities and Sweet cocktails. The Museum of Ice Cream transforms concepts and dreams into spaces that provoke imagination and creativity. MOIC is designed to be a culturally inclusive environment and community, inspiring human connection through the universal power of ice cream. With imagination and connection at its core, experience an all-new Night at the Museum experience that seeks to rekindle the childlike wonder in you and deepen connections with your loved ones and friends through an intimate evening session filled with adult-centric activities.

Singapore: Historical Bike Tour with Traditional Snacks

2. Singapore: Historical Bike Tour with Traditional Snacks

Discover the real Singapore on this 20-kilometer route through the city by bike. Visit a typical residential town and market to watch people go about their daily lives. Eat like a Singaporean, sampling local snacks and drinks at a “coffee shop”. See old and new public housing, as well as multi-million dollar riverfront homes.   Then, meander alongside the Singapore River, where trade brought to life a sleepy village town in the 1800s. See historically important landmarks, such as the 100-year-old fire station, museums, and places of worship. Of course, you’ll pay homage to the statue of Sir Stamford Thomas Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore.   Learn how WWII affected Singapore, and see monuments that honor those who suffered. You’ll get to understand the melting pot of people from all over the world who call Singapore home.   Finally, fast forward to the present and admire the ultra-modern business district. Jump right into the action as you cycle right along the Formula 1 route (though at a somewhat slower pace).

Singapore: National Gallery Entry Tickets

3. Singapore: National Gallery Entry Tickets

Explore Southeast Asian art at the new National Gallery Museum in Singapore. After opening its doors on 24 Nov 2015, the gallery is located in Singapore's Civic District and boasts a combined floor area of 64,000 square meters and is housed in two of the island's most iconic buildings: the former Supreme Court and the City Hall. The National Gallery Museum is the largest visual arts venue and museum in Singapore – home to over 1,000 artworks -  and is certainly one of the main attractions in Singapore. Visitors are introduced to Singaporean and Southeast Asian art and special exhibitions in the gallery.  Discover the impact of the British Empire on modern art in Southeast Asia during the 'Artist and Empire' special exhibition, featuring over 200 international and regional artworks. A visit to the National Gallery Singapore is a great opportunity to discover art, culture, and architecture of Singapore.

Singapore: Half-Day City Tour with Hotel Transfer

4. Singapore: Half-Day City Tour with Hotel Transfer

Discover Singapore by getting to know its famous Civic District. Begin your journey at Kampong Glam, an area where modernity meets tradition. This district has a history that dates back to Singapore’s colonial era as the allocated area to the Malay, Arab, and Bugis communities. Explore the city by driving around the Civic District, passing by the Padang, Singapore Cricket Club, historic Parliament House, and the National Gallery Singapore. The Gallery consists of the former Supreme Court Building and the City Hall. Next, stop at Merlion Park and enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay. Do not miss out this picture-taking opportunity with The Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, before driving past Chinatown. Proceed to Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and walk through the National Orchid Garden which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants.

Sentosa: Trick Eye Museum Entrance Ticket

5. Sentosa: Trick Eye Museum Entrance Ticket

Reserve your entry ticket to the Trick Eye Museum in Singapore where art and technology are merged to create artistic works. Play, take pictures, touch and listen and interact with every single artistic piece or installation. Experience more than 80 optical illusions to trick your senses.  Encounter 6 different themed galleries that represent worlds of fantasy, adventure, mystery, and romance. Find and explore 2D and 3D printings, paintings on walls, floors, and ceilings that will leave you astonished with their bizarre illusions and transformations. Discover a hidden word that is seen only through the app by downloading the “XR Museum” mobile app and watch as your photos and videos come alive with hidden animals, magic, fireworks, and other special effects. Slay dragons, swim with the whale, or relax in nature as the Trickeye weaves optical illusion together with Augmented Reality technology to create mind-bending fun exhibits with plenty of picture-perfect opportunities! With a single ticket, experience 4D optical illusion + Interactive AR technology at four exciting themed zones including the Eco Garden, AR Trickeye (AR Effect room), Aqua Trickeye (AR Effect room), and the Rainbow Garden.

Singapore: ArtScience Museum Entry Ticket

6. Singapore: ArtScience Museum Entry Ticket

Explore the beautiful lotus-shaped building at Marina Bay Sands and discover the world's first ArtScience Museum. Explore the creative process at the heart of art, science, technology and culture in 21 gallery spaces. See an array of exhibitions, events, performances and educational activities that explore the relationship between art and science. Enter a futuristic world of high-tech art at Future World, a collaboration with the Japanese art collective, teamLab. Be amazed as art, science, magic and metaphor are brought together through an array of advanced digital installations. Venture beyond the boundaries of the physical at Digital Light Canvas. Marvel as shoals of fish gather beneath you or paint your own calligraphic piece of art with your footsteps as flowers blossom to life.

Singapore: Battlebox Story of Strategy and Surrender Tour

7. Singapore: Battlebox Story of Strategy and Surrender Tour

Journey back to a fateful February morning in 1942 when surrender stared the British, Australian and Indian Army commanders in the face after 70 days of brutal fighting in Malaya and Singapore. Once known as an “impregnable fortress” of the British Empire, Singapore was about to fall. Enter the Battlebox command center and investigate the momentous decision to surrender the city to the Japanese, marking the beginning of the end of the British Empire and the start of Singapore's darkest chapter. Take an English-language guided tour of the museum to learn the causes behind “the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history.”  

Singapore: Creepy Tales of World War II and Cemetery Tour

8. Singapore: Creepy Tales of World War II and Cemetery Tour

Begin the night on a hill where one of the last and fiercest battles of World War II went down. To get there is no easy feat and you’ll have to walk along a bridge on a secluded and quiet hill. Rumor has it that many have lost their lives there. If you dare, keep your eyes on the surroundings as you make your way there. At the top of the trail, your guide will share the ghastly story of a local war hero with you. Next, head to a coastal-defence gun near a beach, a place where the Japanese possibly massacred thousands of innocent people during the Sook Ching operation. To get to the site, you’ll have to walk in complete darkness. Be sure to keep close, keep your head down, and don’t call anyone by name. Once there, learn how the Japanese tried to suss out the spies and the gruesome stories of how they dealt with them. The last walk will be down one of the world's largest Chinese cemeteries. It’s estimated to house over 100,000 tombs and has been abandoned since its closure in 1973. During the walk, see the difference between a Hokkien and a Teochew tombstone, the Paupers’ Section, and hear some interesting stories about those buried there.

Singapore 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Graves, Guns & Battles

9. Singapore 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Graves, Guns & Battles

Learn more about the history of Singapore through a walking tour of its graves and battle sites, and see an old colonial fort, a former World War II command center, and more. Meet your guide at the Battlebox Visitor Center and tour the former command center of the Second World War built on the site where both the 14th-century “Singapora” and the modern-day city were born. Tread lightly, looking for treasures that lie beneath the historic hill in the heart of the city. Trace the rise and fall of great empires, and hear stories of rulers who commanded the city from the hill. Follow in the footsteps of the empire-builders who were buried on its slopes. Discover the world-changing story of a humble spice. Visit graves and a colonial fort to re-live one of the most important battles in the history of Singapore. Venture deep underground for an up-close look at the Battlebox command center, and hear how it was here that the decision to surrender Singapore was made, signaling the start of the end of the British Empire.

Singapore: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

10. Singapore: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into Hougang, Singapore's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Sri Darma Muneeswaran Temple, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of Singapore. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

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based on 547 reviews

Our guide (her name was Fun) was, a whole lot of fun. But very knowledgeable about Singapore too. We sampled some Singaporean Hawker food. Yum. Visited a sky garden in a recently constructed city tower building. Went to a Buddhist temple, and plenty more sites. You got the impression that our guide was thinking about what we might be interested in, and tailored the conversation to suit. We now know much more about Singaporean history, but it was light and engaging. It was a small group on the tour and very personalised. We recommend the tour and our guide. A really enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in Singas. Actually, we looked at the clock and realised that we’d gone over the 3 hour mark by another 30 minutes. So we must have been enjoying ourselves! Thank you Fun (our guide)

Great tour. Filled with very rich historical information. The guide was animated and very knowledgeable, with a real pride in her islands history which I deeply admired. Would highly recommend to anyone who wishes to learn some of the history of Singapore

Tour was very good and very informative. Our tour guide was excellent and kept all of the party amused. Watched all 3 videos and found them full of interesting facts and figures.

Would definitely recommend this bike tour, although it was raining we had a great time. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging with us. A great way to see Singapore.

great guide, great tour, we will remember it positively for a long time