The internationally acclaimed, award-winning Night Safari promises close encounters with creatures of the night in their nocturnal habitats. It’s an unforgettable experience for all ages via fuss-free tram rides or exciting exploratory night walks. At the Singapore Zoo, come face-to-face with adorable orang utans and mischevious otters, and over 4,000 other species of animals.
Discover the many restored shophouses as you stroll along Chinatown’s colourful streets, or take the trishaw, a three-wheeled bicycle, for a swifter tour of traditional Chinese cultural sights and sounds. All year round, you can taste delicious Chinese pastries (the mooncake is to die for!) and delicacies at the Chinatown Food Street and Night Market. Visit the many stalls for souvenirs and step into historic temples.
Shop till you drop! About a mile long, and never falling short on choices, Orchard Road is a haven for any shopping fiend. Just outside the shopping district, yet just as exciting and hip, Marina Bay has some superb imports. Located near the Singapore River, Clarke Quay is home to the mother of all flea markets on Sundays. And if you wake up at 2 am with a sudden urge to shop – then go to Mustafas in Little India – the mother of all bargain shopping malls that is open 24 x 7.
No trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to Sentosa Island, the premier island resort. Find out what happens under the sea at Underwater World, & get hands-on with starfish, stingrays, & baby sharks. Appreciate the intelligence of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins as they display their friendly personalities in various performances. Or for some adrenalin, take the Sentosa Luge – part toboggan part go-cart!
Go on an Original Singapore Walk, unlike your typical sightseeing tour. Designed by a local company comprising specialists in historical research, the walks are meant to bring you into places in Singapore that are off the beaten track.
Take the (surprisingly) gentle and scenic spin on the Singapore Flyer. It is the world's largest observation wheel. Standing at a stunning 165m from the ground, the Flyer offers you breathtaking, panoramic views of the Marina Bay, the city skyline of Singapore and beyond.
Food, glorious food! As Anthony Bourdain of Discovery T&L’s No Reservations says, “Aw, man I love the kooky, crazy food culture that’s a fantastic mix of influences…” There is so much international food and drink, its difficult to make any kind of recommendations. But if its Malay, Chinese, Pernakan or Indian cuisine, then there is no better place than the hawker food centres spread all across Singapore.
Party On! Put the prudish image of Singapore behind you – the city has come a long way! Squeeze in at Zouk – the dance club that put Singapore on the party map. Mohamed Sultan is the bar crawl of Singapore, but more relaxing are the chill-out lounge bars on Club Street with its soothing vibes. And don’t miss out on the old favourite – the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel, home to the Singapore Sling.
Let your kids’ imagination take flight at the Jurong Bird Park – home to 9,000 birds. You’ll be amazed walking through Lory Loft, where the adorable and colourful birds eat nectar right out of your hands. Be sure to catch the pelicans in action as they dive for fish. Visit the Singapore Botanical Gardens with its Orchid Garden that is home to 3000 species of orchids.
Thrills & Spills! Visit Snow City – imagine 150 tonnes of snow in humid, hot Singapore. Indulge in winter activities such as snow tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. Have snowball fights or make your own snowman. Have a splash at Wild Wild Wet, Singapore’s best water park with long watery roller coaster rides or set the kids up at the toddler playground with tiny slides and water guns.
Island Hopping (and we don’t mean Sentosa). Pulau (Island) Ubin is in essence, the last ‘kampung’ (village) in Singapore. You can take one of many bumboat ferries to Ubin. Once you are there, rent a bicycle to visit villages scattered round the island. Ride through coconut and rubber plantations, or linger in at the fruit orchards. You may get to taste tropical favourites such as durian or mangosteen. You can also go on a guided tour of the flora & fauna of the island.
The Indonesian island of Bintan may lack Singapore's tempting shopping malls, but its gorgeous beaches and excellent hotels make it the perfect extension to a Singapore stopover. The island has ten resorts catering to wide variety of budgets including the signature Banyan Tree Bintan Resort & Spa. The island’s resorts boast a plethora of amenities – world class golf courses, spas, fine dining, water sports, and nightclubs. Most of all, it’s a great place to get away from the frenzy of Singapore and enjoy a pampered resort holiday. Just avoid the monsoon months between November and February.