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Singapore has many unique and memorable experiences to offer. You can interact with endangered animals at the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari, or stroll along historical sites in Chinatown, Little India and the Muslim quarters of Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam. For a taste of rural existence, charter a Chinese junk boat to a nearby island. Enjoy an idyllic day on the beach with tropical marine life, or watch fishermen go about their languid daily routine.
Sip on snake-infused wine, get your fortune read by a geomancer, eat durian, haggle over handicrafts and antiques and see a clog-maker at work. There are many acclaimed small eateries in this area.
Getting There: Chinatown MRT Station (NE4)
Here’s where you can find the largest concentration of shops and restaurants offering Muslim cuisine and ethnic goods, arts and craft.
Getting There: From Paya Lebar MRT Station (EW8), walk towards Geylang Road
Photo: Singapore Tourism Board
Kampong Glam used to be the seat of Malay royalty in Singapore and today you can still visit the Sultan’s Palace and Sultan Mosque, which has been converted into a museum and restaurant. On Arab Street, you can find colourful textiles, scent shops, belly dancers’ outfits, Islam-influenced items and rattan furniture.
Getting There: From Bugis MRT Station (EW12), walk towards Arab Street
Photo: Singapore Tourism Board
Little India’s spice-scented shops gleam with silverware, brassware, gold jewellery, silk sari, bargain electronics and culinary delights such as curry served on a banana leaf.
Getting There: From Little India MRT Station (NE7), walk towards Serangoon Road
EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE
Gardens By The Bay
Its 54-hectare Bay South Garden has two conservatories, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, 18 Supertrees, a 128m-long aerial walkway, two lakes, six themed gardens and four heritage gardens.
Where: 18 Marina Gardens Drive
Open: Gardens: 5am-2am daily; Conservatories and aerial walkway: 9am-9pm daily
Getting There: A short walk from Bayfront MRT Station
Experience skydiving in a safe, realistic and affordable indoor setting with no bad weather concerns at the world’s first and largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. It's a full-body workout for all ages – from first-timers to professional skydivers.
Where: 43 Siloso Beach Walk
Open: 9am-9.30pm Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun, 11am-9.30pm Wed
Getting There: See Sentosa Island
Jurong Bird Park
A colourful kaleidoscope of foliage and flora, and more than 8,000 birds are found in this lush and beautiful park. Check out its “Birds n Buddies” show, gourmet burger restaurant and African Wetlands exhibit.
Where: 2 Jurong Hill
Open: 8.30am-6pm daily
Getting There: From Boon Lay MRT Station, take bus 194 or 251
Mint Museum Of Toys
The private museum is the world’s first museum built for toys. It houses over 8,000 toys and childhood memorabilia from over 40 countries. Toys are valued at over S$5 million and dates back to the 1840s.
Where: 26 Seah Street
Open: 9.30am-6.30pm daily
Getting There: Short walk from City Hall or Bugis MRT Stations
Photo: Mint Museum of Toys
National Gallery Singapore
The visual arts institution is housed in the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, two national monuments that have been beautifully restored and transformed. The Gallery oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Where: 1 St. Andrew’s Road
Open: 10am-7pm Sun-Thu, 10am-10pm Fri & Sat
Getting There: Short walk from City Hall MRT Station
This award-winning attraction and world’s first and only nocturnal zoo is home to some of the world’s most ferocious animals. Enjoy dinner on board a tram that takes you through a spectacular rainforest.
Where: 80 Mandai Lake Road
Open: 7.15pm-midnight daily
Getting There: From Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, take bus 138; from Chua Chu Kang MRT Station, take bus 927
Science Centre Singapore
One of the world’s foremost science museums with exhibition space dedicated to the exploration of topics in science and technology. The centre houses an Omni-Theatre, Singapore’s first five-storey dome-shaped theatre where movie characters come within “arm’s length” for an unforgettable cinematic experience.
Where: 15 Science Centre Road
Open: 10am-6pm daily
Getting There: Best by taxi
Singapore Cable Car Sky Network
Experience Faber Peak Singapore and Sentosa Island on two cable car lines. Fly on Singapore's most scenic highway from Faber Peak Singapore on the Mount Faber Line to Sentosa. Then, journey on the new Sentosa Line over jungle, sand and sea to various Sentosa attractions including Resorts World Sentosa and Madame Tussauds.
Where: 109 Mount Faber Road
Open: 8.45am-10pm daily
Getting There: Short walk to HarbourFront Tower Two from HarbourFront MRT Station or taxi to Faber Peak Singapore
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Spread over 74 hectares, the Gardens houses a primary rainforest with thousands of plant species. Activities include weekend concerts, rainforest and garden tours, and orchid plant sale.
Where: Cluny Road
Open: 5am-midnight daily; National Orchid Garden: 8.30am-7pm daily
Getting There: Enter via Bukit Timah Gate (North end of gate) via the Botanic Gardens MRT Station
Enjoy panoramic views of Marina Bay, the city and beyond from Asia's largest giant observation wheel. Standing at 165m, this $240 million wheel has 28 capsules which can each take up to 28 passengers. Each ride takes about 30 minutes.
Where: 30 Raffles Avenue
Open: 8.30am-10.30pm daily
Getting There: Short walk from Promenade MRT Station
Over 2,800 animals are housed in spacious, landscaped enclosures in this award-winning zoo. See the exhibits on foot, tram or horse carriage.
Where: 80 Mandai Lake Road
Open: 8.30am to 6pm daily
Getting There: See Night Safari
Kusu or “Turtle” Island
This island is best known for its legend of how a giant turtle turned itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors.
Getting There: Take a ferry from Marina South Pier
A window into what Singapore was like 30 years ago. After a short boat ride, you are greeted with thatched huts, backyard orchards and interesting wildlife. The seafood restaurants are worth checking out.
Getting There: From Tanah Merah MRT Station, take bus 2 or 29 to Changi Village and a boat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal
Singapore’s island resort offers themed attractions, cafes and restaurants, beachfront bars, award-winning spas, white sandy beaches, lush secondary rainforest, resort accommodation and twin 18 hole golf courses.
Getting There: Take a taxi. Alternatively, take the Sentosa bus (7am-midnight daily) from HarbourFront MRT Station or the Sentosa Express from VivoCity (third floor). You can also take a cable car from Mount Faber or HarbourFront Centre.
St John’s Island
A former penal colony, St John’s Island is now a tranquil resort with abundant watersport activities and holiday bungalows.
Getting There: Take a 45-minute ferry from Marina South Pier