You’ve arrived in Singapore, all ready to begin a day of exploring – and then, it begins to rain. Tourists will tell you that being stuck in one of Singapore’s rainstorms is an experience as unique as the island itself. Thankfully, there are plenty of indoor activities that will keep you warm and dry. Spend an entire day indoors at Marina Bay Sands and never run out of interesting things to do!
Start with one of Singapore’s favourite pastimes: eating, of course. Grab an early brunch at one of the many F&B outlets located all around the resort. You'll find it all around here, from casual cafés to celebrity chef restaurants. Take your pick from the fantastic lunch dining options available or, for a change, create your own show and dine package. Fancy a spectacular view of the storm over the sea and the city? Head all the way to the top of the hotel, where there are lots of international as well as local breakfast and brunch options to boot.
After eating, you’ll want to walk those calories off — so it’s time to shop! The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands represent some of the world’s biggest fashion brands’ flagship stores, as well as a whole range of other fashion and lifestyle shopping. When your feet get tired, take a boat ride on a sampan, right inside the Marina Bay Sands resort. Sampans are long, flat-bottomed boats which are commonly used in in Southeast Asia to get around rural areas. If you don’t feel like getting on a boat, grab a cup of coffee and find a sheltered spot overlooking the bay, watching the city disappear behind the layers of rain.
Perhaps it’s time to beat those afternoon hunger pangs with a little bit of local and regional fare. Head down to the Marina Bay Sands food court and explore some of this region’s most delectable cuisine. If you’re traveling with kids or would like some physical activity yourself, check out the 600-square-metre indoor skating rink. This rink is sustainably engineered with a synthetic surface which feels almost identical to real ice. All you have to do is rent a pair of skates and you’ll be ready to glide across its surface in comfort as the thunderstorm rages outside.
As you can see, there’s a lot to do in MBS when it’s raining outside. But if you happen to be stuck somewhere else in the city, there's plenty of interesting rainy day options available as well: check out rainy day itineraries for heritage and history buffs, or for those who prefer to get moving.