So, wanderlust has struck again and memories from your last getaway are starting to creep back. You feel like you are in dire need of a vacation but time and money is just not on your side. What can you do then? Well, desperate times call for desperate measures.
And by that, I mean going full-on tourist mode at these eight places in Singapore where you can relive your memories from abroad. Yes, it’s time to take “being a tourist in your own country” to the next level.
1. Chelsea Lodge
Chelsea, London? Nope, more like Tanjong Katong. Designed to look like British houses, you can easily trick your friends into believing you are currently in the UK here. Try playing with the angles or opt for a walking-down-the-stairs OOTD for a shot with the perfect “feels”.
Chelsea Lodge: 300 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437083
2. Wooden Platform @ MacRitchie Reservoir
Already a popular shooting location among photographers, this wooden platform at MacRitchie Reservoir is probably the closest you can get to New Zealand here in Singapore. Giving off different moods depending on the time of the day, faking it till you make it is no difficult task.
Wooden Platform @ MacRitchie Reservoir: Located next to the Paddle Lodge
3. Victoria Wholesale Centre
Apart from dim sum, Hong Kong is known for its classic police dramas as well. If your memories or impression of Hong Kong includes intense chase scenes among rustic buildings, a visit to Victoria Wholesale Centre will remind you of the good ‘ol days.
Victoria Wholesale Centre: 101 Kallang Avenue, Singapore 339508
4. Pasir Ris Park Maze Garden
While Maze Land in Jeju, South Korea is famed for its extensive mazes, you can always make do with this mini maze garden in Pasir Ris Park. Yes, it’s definitely not as labyrinthine nor that elaborate, but you can still spend a fair bit of time in here exploring and having fun taking photos.
Pasir Ris Park Maze Garden: Pasir Ris Central, Singapore 510534 (follow the signs in the park)
5. Abandoned Construction Site In Tuas
Trust me, this is a good one. Ever wanted to feel the thrill of a road trip here in Singapore? How about exploring a godforsaken wasteland that’s 10/10 insta-worthy? Well, you will get to do both at this construction site/sand dune in Tuas that’s so ulu no taxi driver will want to drive you there.
Oh and did I mention, you may even get an (unwanted) surprise in the form of a MyMaxis 3G connection.
Abandoned Construction Site In Tuas: Drive along the long road towards Southern Tuas until you reach a dead end
6. Raffles Marina Lighthouse
Give it up to Tuas for taking two coveted(?) spots on this list! While you are posing for photos at the construction site I mentioned above, why not take the chance to explore this lighthouse operated by Raffles Marina as well?
Lighthouses are definitely not a common sight in Singapore and this, my friend, is probably one of the most charming ones that can actually be visited.
Raffles Marina Lighthouse: 10 Tuas West Drive, Singapore 638404
In terms of panoramic views alone, Skyville@Dawson may be lacking a little in comparison to the Pinnacle@Duxton’s prime location. But if you take into account these pillars that will remind you of Ancient Greek architecture, Dawson definitely scores some bonus points.
Skyville@Dawson: 86 Dawson Rd, Singapore 141086
8. MET A Space Pod
Forget about staycations in fancy boutique hotels, MET A Space Pod — Singapore’s very first space-themed capsule hostel is where you want to be instead. Yes, you no longer have to travel to Japan to stay in one of these now and the futuristic space pod is dope.
MET A Space Pod: 51 Boat Quay, Singapore 049840 OR 424 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218670
When work starts piling up, wanderlust starts hitting hard (amirite?). Without the time nor moolah for another trip abroad, faking it till you make it is probably the best you can do for now.