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Vesak Day 2021: 4 Affordable Ways to Celebrate Vesak Day in Singapore

Vesak Day is coming up next week! Wondering what to do on the public holiday? We’ve shortlisted a few (budget-friendly) options for you to make the most of your holiday.

Vesak Day this year is on 26 May. It is a prominent Buddhist celebration and also a public holiday in Singapore. In case you haven’t planned anything to do on your day off, we have lined up some affordable suggestions for you.

Things to do on Vesak Day in Singapore 2021

ActivitiesCostWhat to Expect
Mega Adventure at Siloso Beach
  • MegaZip – S$55 per pax
  • MegaClimb – S$50 per pax
  • MegaBounce – S$15.50 per pax
  • One to three hours of adventure on Siloso Beach
  • 450-meter zipline over the jungle, beach, and sea
  • 36 obstacles and a 15-meter high drop
  • 8-meter high bungy trampolines
Changi Experience StudioS$19 per pax
  • 20 different interactive touchpoints
  • Simulation games
  • 90 minutes experience
  • Please note that Jewel is closed from 13 – 26 May
Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom at Gardens by the Bay
  • Entry to Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Outdoor Gardens & Gallery for a complete experience
  • S$30 for adult
  • S$23 for senior and
  • S$21 for children
  • Over 100 pieces of Dale Chihuly’s blown-glass sculptures
  • Pieces measure up to 10 meters in height and weigh over 3,600 kg
  • Majestic large-scale pieces such as Setting Sun, And Moon, Ethereal White Persians, and Cloud Forest Persians
Visit Lazarus Island
  • Round-trip ferry Ticket –
  • S$14 for adult and $12 for children
  • A quiet and pristine beach
  • Natural habitat with not commercialised shops
  • Take a ferry to St John’s Island and walk to Lazarus

Mega Adventure at Siloso Beach

Enjoy an adrenaline rush on the MegaZip and experience the excitement of zipping through the air at speeds of 60kph while surrounded by the spectacular view of Singapore. Parents can even choose to fly tandem with their children! Besides the 450-meter zipline over the jungle, beach and sea, there are different courses such as MegaJump and MegaBounce where you and a friend can challenge one another with 36 obstacles and a 15-meter high drop or an 8-meter high Bungee trampoline for a thrilling experience. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, booking the bundle deal will let you enjoy two different challenges at a discounted price. The combo of Zip & Bounce is only $65 (usual price S$70.50), and Zip & Climb is S$85 (usual price S$105).

Changi Experience Studio

Reimagine all that you know about the Changi Airport with an exciting journey of fun and discovery at Changi Experience Studio. Located at Jewel, this studio is the first-of-its-kind digital attraction to help you learn about aviation and what makes the airport tick. With a collection of ten content zones and over 20 different interactive touchpoints, you’ll be led into an immersive world of this beautiful airport and how it came to be. Highlights include a garden that sings, an adrenaline-pumping runway race, a quest to collect airport trolleys, and many more. The admission for this virtual experience is priced at S$19 but you can use your SingapoRediscovers Voucher to offset the bill. Another cost-saving alternative is to check out bundle deals to visit other attractions at Jewel. Based on current restrictions, please note that Jewel is closed until 26 May 2021.

Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom at Gardens by the Bay

Don’t miss the opportunity to see masterpieces by world-renowned blown-glass artist, Dale Chihuly, at Gardens by the Bay. For the first time in Asia, the American artist will display 25 of his magnificent pieces and more than 80 pedestal sculptures and two-dimensional works measure up to 10 meters in height and weigh as much as 3,600 kg. Keep an eye out for the well-known works like Setting Sun, And Moon, Ethereal White Persians, and Cloud Forest Persians; they're large-scale pieces that are bound to impress. To experience this exhibition during the public holiday, the admission ticket can range from S$30 to S$21. The good news is, you can use your SingapoRediscovers Voucher to pay for entry or consider using a rewards credit card with incredible reward options to make more out of your expenses.

Day Trip to Lazarus Island

If you have done your rounds at Sentosa and Coney Island, how about visiting Lazarus Island for a change? While it does not look or feel like a resort island, Lazarus Island does offer visitors a peaceful and tranquil environment, perfect for those who quite literally want to get away from it all. You can have a nice picnic for two at this pristine beach, take a leisurely walk around the island, try your hands at fishing or just spend time resting as you watch the ocean waves. Whatever your plans may be, remember to bring enough food and drinks because there are no commercial shops on the island. Also, remember to respect the environment by not littering because no one will be there to clean up after you.

To get to Lazarus Island, you can take a round-trip ferry at S$14 (S$12 for children) from Marina South Pier to St John’s Island. From there, you can walk 15 minutes across the causeway to reach Lazarus. You can use a cashback credit card, rewards credit card or a shopping credit card to offset the ferry cost.

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