After the cleanliness and crazy prices, what friends who’ve visited me in Singapore commented most about was the heat. Though the temperature is similar to Bangkok or Bali, Singapore feels hotter. Maybe it’s the relentless humidity or the extreme difference between the icily air-conditioned indoors and sweltering outdoors, but you’ll sweat through your shirt in less time that it takes to order a kopi peng.
If you’re not lucky enough to be staying in a hotel with an amazing pool (and no,you can’t pay to just use the facilities for the day!), there are a few places you can go for a refreshingly cool swim.
With their swaying palm trees and imported sand, the beaches of Sentosa Island are an obvious choice. Considering how busy the island is there are few people in the water, and it definitely has something to do with the huge tanker ships nearby. While the water certainly isn’t dangerous to swim in, it also can’t be that clean. Some of the swanky Sentosa beach clubs like Café del Mar have pools right on the beach and lounge chairs for paying customers
Another option is one of Singapore’s many public swimming pools. If you’re staying in the Little India or Bugis neighbourhoods the nearest one is the Jalan Besar Swimming Complex. The pool is open daily, 8:00 – 21:30 (except Wednesdays when it doesn’t open until 14:30) and has three pools of varying sizes and depths. Admission is a bargain, at S$1 for adults and S$0.50 for children (S$1.30 / S$0.70 on weekends), but you get what you pay for and it probably won’t be as squeaky clean as you’d expect.
If you’re travelling with kids they’ll love the new splash park at the Marina Barrage. It’s a fun way for them to cool off and completely free. There are also splash parks at Waterworks at the Singapore Science Centre and Rainforest Kidzworld at the Singapore Zoo. Use of the splash park is included as part of the regular admission fee.
Last but not least is Wild Wild Wet, the granddaddy of Singapore water parks with a wave pool, river tubes, and plenty of waterslides. An all-day ticket is S$16 for adults and S$11 for children.
Have fun and remember to bring sunscreen!
By Tanya Procyshyn
Last updated on 15th November, 2014.