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10 ways to beat the heat in Singapore

By Jo Tan & Zaki JufriEvents - 02 July 2012 4:14 PM | Updated 28 February 2014

10 ways to beat the heat in Singapore

Is your air-conditioning bill now high as the searing sky? Do you find yourself spending an unusual amount of time wandering around the refrigerators at the frozen food section of your supermarket?

insing.com shows you some sweet sanctuaries from Singapore's heatwave.


Splash about in a water park

water park
Splish splash in one of Singapore's water parks

It’s hotter than ever in Singapore at this time of the year and there’s no better way to cool down than to splash about in the water. There are a few cool public water parks here complete with awesome water slides, wave pools and even jacuzzis.

Also read: 5 best water parks in Singapore

1 Choa Chu Kang Street 5| 6767 8606| Open: Tue–Sun 8am–9:30pm| Admission $0.80-2.00 / 20 Jurong West Street 93| 6680 5530| Open: Mon, Wed–Sun 8am–9:30pm| Admission $0.80–1.50 / 21 Jurong East Street 31|6563 5052|Open: Mon 2:30–9:30pm, Tues–Sun 8am–9:30pm| Admission $0.80–1.50 per entry


Marvel at some ice art

Chill out, literally, at 2 Degree Ice Art — the largest ice art exhibition in Singapore yet.

Check out more than 30 pieces of ice art feature the likes of regional and international landmarks such as the Singapore Merlion, London’s Big Ben and France’s Eiffel Tower.

There's even an ice bar where drinks are served in specially carved authentic ice mugs.

2 Degree Ice Art | Date: through 15 May | Address: Sheares Link, Bayfront Ave. | Tel: 6288 6656 | Tickets: $26 (child), $32 (adult); gloves are complimentary for ticket-holders while coats are available for rental at S$5.


Ingest some Iciness

Ice cream and ice-kachang can provide respite from the heat, but if you want more nutritional value with your frosty foods, try the low-fat frozen yogurt at Frost Bite. Not only is it better for you than most desserts, it comes in a variety of sparklingly Singaporean flavours, such as red bean, Yakult and Milo. It also comes in cones or even on waffles, so it's a full on dessert-treat that's relatively low on guilt. Smoothies, fruit juices and milk ice shavings also available.

#01-29 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street | Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 2pm-8pm | For all ages | Call 6225-0585

Also read: Best ice kacang in Singapore



Get some hangtime

What better way to keep cool than being in the water? And why not have some fun while you're at it at SKI360°. Travelling at 58km/h is surely to keep you cool and if you're still scorched, just let go of the cable and dive in.

SKI360° | Address: 1206A East Coast Parkway | Tel: +65-64427318 | Rates: From $38 (weekdays), $50 (weekend) per hour



Baobab trees in Gardens By The Bay's Flower Dome
Baobab trees in Gardens By The Bay's Flower Dome

Go on a woodland walk through another climate

The searing sun doesn't mean you have to stop your nature rambles. Just find a park with a more temperate climate... right here in Singapore at the newly opened Gardens by the Bay. Pick your weather: if you'd like a Mediterranean spring, step into the massive glass Flower Dome that replicates the cool-dry climate of California and South Africa. Stroll among the eerie baobabs, delight in the sights and surround-scents of hundreds of flowers, and soak in a seeming sea-scape complete with corals and creatures in the Succulent Garden, while still glimpsing the Singapore skyscape though the glass walls. Or if you'd prefer a misty mountaintop chill like that at 2000 metres above sea level, experience the towering manmade mountain and waterfall in The Cloud Forest enclosure, surrounded by fragile ferns and carnivorous pitcher plants.

Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive | 9am-9pm daily | For all ages. Admission fees from $8 to visit either Flower Dome or Cloud Forest, or from $12-$28 to visit both.

Also read: 10 best Singapore parks


Experience a different type of chill

Being motorised, stable and easy to handle, the Segway is a great way to travel with minimal effort and the wind in your face. Sweat? You'll even shiver on this nocturnal 90-minute Segway tour where you'll manoeuvre through the lesser known paths of Sentosa, once known as Pulau Blakang Mati, or the Island of Death from Behind. Find out some possible reasons why, as your Segway guide narrates the ancient Malay myths of the island while leading you further and further down dark paths. If Segway-ing around Sentosa is too much work for you, there’s always the beach.

Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure, Beach Station, Sentosa | Sun-Thu 8pm, 9.30pm and 11pm. Fri, Sat, eves of Public Holidays and Public Holidays 8pm, 9.30pm, 11pm and 12.30am | $78-88 | For ages 18 and above.


Fall through a wind tunnel

You don't usually hear skydivers complain about the muggy weather: not only because the wind is whipping at their faces so high up, but because they're focusing on not dying. Experience similar wind without willies at iFly Singapore, our island's safe skydiving simulator where everyone from noobs to veterans can experience diving through an indoor 56 foot tall wind tunnel, and even experiment with skydiving stunts. If sky-diving (even though it's indoors) is not your thing, you can try Sentosa's Mega-Zip.

By appointment. iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk. Various Prices from $79. (6571-0000) For ages 7 and above.


Engage in Arctic Aerobic Activities

Too hot to work out? Good news: you can burn off some calories by ice-skating right here in sunny Singapore at a number of competition-standard rinks at J-Cube and Kallang Leisurepark. And if you think ice-skating is boring because everyone's all covered up in shapeless winter-wear, head to the little rink made of a non-melting ice substitute at the Marina Bay Sands Shoppes where people skate amid normal air-conditioning temperatures; or find out when the figure-skating classes are at the larger rinks and either enrol, or admire attractively-costumed athletes executing stunts from rink-side.

The Rink at #03-11 Jcube, Jurong East Central | Various opening hours | Kallang Ice World at #03-08 Leisure Park Kallang | Various prices | For various ages.

Also read: Singapore ice-skating guide


Climate Change exhibition
Climate Change exhibition

Find out how to fix the weather

Stop running from the heat and take charge. Find out how to ameliorate the climate change situation that humankind is at least partly responsible for, or at least understand it and learn how to stop making it worse. The Climate Change exhibition is one of the comprehensive interactive exhibitions in Singapore's excellent Science Centre. Guests sick of the sun can also enjoy the wintry simulation that is Sub-Zero, set up to resemble a polar research station, and later calculate their personal carbon footprints.

Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Rd. | Date: through 14 April | Time: 10am-6pm daily | From $5. Recommended for ages 3 and up.


Chill out with Kai Kai & Jia Jia

Kai Kai

Yes we know that the zoo is the last place to find some sweet relief from the heat but the Panda enclosure in the Yangtze River zone of the River Safari boasts an artificial climate that keeps our new residents cosy. Ok, you might need to queue up in the heat to enter but it's worth the wait as you can check out Kai Kai and Jia Jia chilling out in their cool digs as well as a couple of red pandas and golden pheasants. 

River Safari | 80 Mandai Lake Rd. | 62693411 | Tickets are priced at S$35 for adults, S$23 for children aged 3-12 and S$17.50 for senior citizens above 60. With some attractions yet to be complete, daily admission during this soft opening phase will cost S$25, S$16 and S$12.50 for the respective categories.