People take vacations for many different reasons. Whether it’s for a change of scenery, to explore the world or even just to take a break – sometimes you just need to get away from the monotony of life and expose yourself to new things. What better way to do this than through a mixed martial arts vacation?
A martial arts vacation lets you immerse yourself in training BJJ, MMA or Muay Thai in an intensive environment. It is also a great opportunity to meet like-minded martial arts enthusiasts who want to improve their techniques.
As Asia’s newest destination for a martial arts vacation, Singapore has proven to be an ideal training ground for those who want to train martial arts and at the same time, enjoy themselves. In 2014, approximately 15.1 million tourists visited Singapore. That’s quite a number, considering Singapore’s population consists of only 5.4 million.
There’s a reason why tourists continue to flock to Singapore and it’s not very hard to see why. Today, Evolve Vacation reveals 10 Reasons Why Singapore Will Be Your Greatest Mixed Martial Arts Vacation:
1) Because you like to sightsee.
With its state-of-the art modern architecture blending beautifully with heritage buildings and monuments throughout the city, Singapore’s skyline is definitely breathtaking in itself. Be amazed by the ultra-modern Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands. Take a glimpse of old Singapore by walking through the streets of Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India. Nothing is quite as alluring as this delightful mix of old and new.
2) Because you want to go to the beach.
Feel like lazing around on the beach after a great training session? Worry not, Sentosa Island has got you covered. With 3 white sand beaches to choose from: Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach, it should be easy enough to find that perfect spot under a shady coconut palm tree. Word of warning: the beach gets crowded on the weekend so try to show up early to save your spot!
For as little as US$15 a night, you can stay in a clean, comfortable, and modern hostel. Amazingly cheap and luxurious hostels are everywhere in Singapore for the globe trekker on a budget. It is simply not true that Singapore is only for the well-heeled. Of course, if you are looking to live it up and travel in style, you can stay at some of the best hotels in the world. From hostels to AirBnB to 5 star luxury accommodations, Singapore has it all!
4) Because you love to eat delicious, mouth-watering food.
Whether you’re craving for sumptuous local food or the latest gourmet food trend, Singapore has it all. Hawker centres that serve up some of the heartiest, authentic local fare are found on almost every street corner. If you’re feeling like more of a gourmand, Singapore’s restaurant scene boasts top-notch chefs from all over the world, whipping up their specialties.
Looking for a good cup of coffee? The coffee shops in Singapore are definitely a must-try! Don’t forget to order a traditional breakfast set of kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs along with your kopi.
5) Because you don’t mind a little bit of shopping.
Looking for some good bargains? Mustafa Shopping Centre in Little India offers a great selection of items at an affordable price. No need to worry about this store closing early because Mustafa is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Should you prefer something more high-end, visit Orchard Boulevard, Singapore’s answer to Paris’ Champs-Elysées. You’ll find a great variety of stores, ranging from mid-range to luxury.
6) Because you want to scream your lungs out.
Ever thought of blasting up hundreds of meters into the sky at a crazy speed? Traversing through forest canopies, dangling on a rope? Wakeboarding attached to a speedboat? Riding a high-speed rollercoaster? Singapore’s attractions such as G-Max, Universal Studios, and Siloso Beach can satisfy the biggest adrenaline junkies!
If being chased around by zombies and ghosts are more your thing, Universal Studios holds its annual Halloween Horror Nights in October, a must-do for any horror film aficionado.
7) Because you want to train with the best.
Boost your mixed martial arts skills and train at Asia’s top martial arts organization, Evolve MMA. Learn from the biggest and greatest team of World Champions ever assembled in Asian history while enjoying Evolve’s state-of-the-art facilities. Where else will you get to train alongside mixed martial arts superstars such as ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki, UFC Lightweight World Champion Rafael Dos Anjos and many more?
Want to concentrate on a certain martial art? Evolve MMA offers a full range of martial arts disciplines and the biggest class schedules in Asia. There’s no doubt that training at Evolve MMA during your vacation is definitely a must.
8) Because you want to get your culture fix.
Spend an afternoon or longer immersing yourself in one of Singapore’s many museums. Whether you’re looking for local or contemporary art, historical artifacts or even short films, Singapore prides itself on its thriving art scene. If you’re willing to leave the city center, visit Gillman Barracks, an old colonial estate that has a grand total of 17 contemporary art galleries.
9) Because you want to relax.
Singapore is home to some of the best traditional Chinese massage therapists and reflexologists. Soothe your tired, aching muscles away with a foot massage or a full-body massage. If pressure point massages aren’t your cup of tea, there are many other spas and massage parlors that offer Swedish or Javanese style massages.
10) Because you want to enjoy the nightlife.
Let’s face it, there’s nothing like celebrating after an awesome training session . And what better place to do it than Singapore — a country with one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Asia. If you’re looking for a night out on the town, check out the Chinatown area. Hidden amongst quaint shophouses and hawker centres is Keong Saik Road, a long stretch of restaurants and bars to suit every taste. Walk further down the road and you’ll find yourself in Tanjong Pagar, with even more restaurants and bars to choose from.
11) Because you want to explore the great outdoors.
Although Singapore is a thriving cosmopolitan metropolis, it is also abundant in green spaces. The Botanical Gardens offers a refreshing walk through manicured gardens and ancient trees. Looking for more of a hike? Visit MacRitchie Reservoir or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. After a couple of hours of trekking, you’ll be amazed that you’re still in Singapore!
12) Because ONE Championship is a must-attend, global attraction.
Imagine 15,000 screaming fans, a rock concert atmosphere, and adrenaline-pumping action between the greatest world champions on Earth. ONE Championship is Asia’s largest sports league where the finest martial arts from around the world battle it out for honor and glory. Come to Singapore and you can witness history as it unfolds live! ONE Championship is in super hot demand with a global broadcast to over 1 billion homes around the world. Why not enjoy the full immersion of martial arts in Asia?
So tell us, where will you book your next martial arts vacation?