Drink in some art, science and culture (ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore)
Singapore’s new ArtScience Museum is home to the work of world-renowned artists such as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. There have also been exhibits of sets and costumes of the films Titanic and Harry Potter. For families with small kids, there are activities and programs geared for children. (And every Friday up to four kids under the age of 12 can get in for free with one paying adult.)
Shop and eat like a local (Cho Ben Thanh market, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
If you’re into bargains and delicious local food, this is where to go. Get lost in the aisles upon aisles of clothes and accessories, stylish bags, even coffee beans and tea. It’s hot, humid and can get crowded in the middle of the day, but this place is well worth a visit. In the centre of it all is a kind of food court, where meals are cooked in front of customers and served piping hot.
Bowl your heart out (Cosmic Bowl, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Get some exercise and go cosmic bowling. This alley is different from the rest, since the lanes and pins glow in the dark. It’s a cheap and competitive activity, perfect for those looking to kill time while it pours outside. Try to arrive early on weekends as it can get pretty crowded.
Get your fill of marine life (Phuket Aquarium, Phuket, Thailand)
You wouldn’t mind getting stuck in here. There are over 30 tanks of freshwater and saltwater creatures to see, after all. From crabs and cuttlefish to sharks and man-size cod, get your fill of the strange and fascinating world underwater.
Be a sleuth (Pandora Experience, Jakarta, Indonesia)
They call it “Indonesia’s Ultimate Escape Adventure” and you’ll have to solve mysteries for 120 minutes. Intrigued yet? Some of the mysteries or “episodes” you can pick from are “Secrets of the Lost Tribe,” “Devil’s Triangle” and “The Hollow.” These are games that tell a story while making you solve riddles and puzzles along the way. Definitely something that will make you forget that it’s raining cats and dogs outside.
Play board games (Dyce N Dine, Pasig, Philippines)
Shamelessly let out your inner geek with Dyce N Dine’s 300 board games (with the aim to one day number 1,000). In here, smart phones and tablets are ignored in favour of cool group games such as “Cards Against Humanity” and “Resistance.” When you get hungry, this steampunk-themed board game café also has a tasty selection of drinks and meals.