31 March 2021

5 Ways to Keep Your Night Alive After 10:30PM

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No drinking outside after 10:30pm? No problem. Here are some fun things to do that don’t involve any booze.

Not being able to drink at bars in Singapore after 10:30pm isn’t ideal. But hey, who says you gotta imbibe to have a swell time? From hunting down ghosts in the world’s largest Chinese cemetery to discovering what sort of weird and wonderful nocturnal creatures call our green spaces home, here’s how to keep the night alive from dusk till dawn.

Set the dark night sky ablaze
Set the dark night sky ablaze
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Try your hand at this unique “stringless” kite flying experience. No wind? Don’t sweat it. Can’t deal with kite-building 101? Forget those pesky sticks and strings. This experience combines drone-flying with kite-flying (fun fact: this is how some airborne light displays work!), so work that control pad and watch those pretty “robo-kites” soar.

Enter the red-light district
Enter the red-light district
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There’s a whopping 500 police surveillance cameras along Geylang, aka the red-light district. That gives you an idea of how notorious the precinct is. But there’s more than meets the eye. Are you aware of the plight of its marginalised groups like sex workers and migrant workers? Sign up for this tour to learn about the city’s real social issues.

Take a hike... after dark
Take a hike... after dark
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Did you know that Singapore has 65 species of mammals, with more than three-quarters that are nocturnal? Keep your eyes peeled during this nighttime hiking tour, which will take you through either Bukit Batok Nature Park, Pasir Ris Mangrove, or Tampines Eco Green, and learn to spot creatures and critters from owls to scorpions and even snakes.

Go ghost hunting, if you dare
Go ghost hunting, if you dare
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Fascinated with all things spooky? Check out this part-history, part-paranormal tour that takes you through some of Singapore’s most haunted locations. Hear plenty of World War II stories (like one about a war hero who was captured by Japanese soldiers and hung on a tree at Kent Ridge Park…) while experimenting with devices like EMF detectors.

Go prawning
Go prawning
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If you’re still not sure what to do past 10:30pm (sans alcohol), there’s the beloved Singaporean pastime: prawning. This relaxing activity is good for everyone, and best of all: you can cook your catch. Even if you’re not having much luck with the fishing, you can order bites like chicken wings and calamari rings from the in-house bistro.

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