Singapore Botanic Gardens
Spread over 52 hectares, the Botanic Gardens combine both primary jungle and manicured gardens with thousands of species of plant life, including many rare specimens and the largest orchid display in the world. Whether you are a botanist doing research on rare specimens, or simply one looking for a therapeutic environment to relax, the Botanic Gardens indeed offer tranquility amidst the bustle of the Singapore urban life. Click here for more.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Singapore is one of only two cities in the world to have a significant area of primary rainforest within its boundaries - the other being Rio de Janeiro. This 164-hectare reserve, only 12 kilometres from the city centre, contains more species of trees than the entire North American continent. At the heart of the reserve lies Singapore's highest point - Bukit Timah Hill, at 164 metres above sea level. Well-marked paths meander through the jungle, and on the way, walkers can spot exotic birds, butterflies, monkeys, squirrels and flying lemurs as well as unique plantlife like the insect-eating pitcher plant. The reserve is an ideal place for hikers. Click here for more.
Nestled in the lushly forested quiet area of Mandai Lake, the northern part of Singapore, is the alluring Mandai Orchid Garden. Displaying myriads of orchids in open sunshine, the Orchid Garden is the place of horticultural interest as well as ultimate beauty and serenity. Click here for more.
East Coast Park
20 kilometres of white sandy beach is a retreat from Singapore's urban landscape. The East Coast Park is a local favourite for leisure cycling and rollerblading or simply, for walks. It also hosts a variety of sporting facilities like bowling alley, golf driving range, tennis complexes, a watersports centre and the East Coast Sailing Centre. Also home to many of Singapore's culinary icons, the beach is particularly packed on
Whatever you do at East Coast Park, the lip-smacking, mouth-watering chilli crab is not to be missed! Click here for more.
The Singapore Zoo
Synonymous to the Singapore Zoo, Ah Meng, the Sumatran orang utan, is Singapore's world-famous celebrity, thanks to its successful 'Breakfast With Ah Meng' program. Singapore Zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals of nearly 250 species in an open and natural habitat. To adult and young visitos alike, it is an open-learning zoo experience. Instead of just watching the animals, there will be educational content designed in an interactive mode such that facts about the animals and messages about wildlife conservation are more effectively conveyed. Children will be fascinated with the up close and personal encounters with the animals, from patting domesticated animals, watching cow-milking demonstration to discovering the miracles of birth and the wonders of being baby animals. Click here for more.
Night life with a difference - the Night Safari, world's first wildlife park. It offers an unrivalled opportunity to explore nocturnal wildlife in a tropical jungle at night. Through
the use of subtle lighting technique, visitors are able to view over 1,000
nocturnal animals of 100 species in vast naturalistic habitats. A tram ride will offer a very close up encounter with the roaming animals, but safe. It is a unique adventure not to be missed! Find out more here.
With over 9,000 feathered friends from 600 species in a closely resembled natural habitats for birds, Jurong BirdPark is
Asia Pacific’s largest and theworld's best bird park. The Park has four aviaries, among which is the world’s largest walk-in aviary with the tallest man-made waterfall for visitors to enjoy a close-up view of free-flying birds from Africa and South America. Bird shows, staged at the Pool Amphitheatre and Fuji Hawk Walk are entertaining and informative and have thrilled visitors from all over the world. More than just a paradise for birds, the Jurong BirdPark represents everything exquisite and colourful. Check out more here.
Situated on Sentosa Island of Singapore, the Undrewater World is home to more than 2,500 marine life from 250 different species from around the regions. It is a well-known oceanarium offering fun, leisure and educational experiences. For a unique opportunity such as swimming with sharks, look no further! Click here to know more.
The largest of its kind in South-east Asia, the Jurong Reptile Park is situated just opposite the Jurong Bird Park. More than 50 reptilian species are kept in a variety of landscaped habitats. Unique viewing opportunities include an underwater observation gallery and the Cavern of Darkness, where you can observe the crocodiles in a simulated nighttime environment complete with the sounds of an Asian tropical jungle. Some of the smaller reptiles, including baby crocodiles and snakes, can be
handled by visitors here, providing great souvenir photos. There are also regularly scheduled shows in the park featuring trainers feeding the
animals and even crocodile wrestling!
The Helix Bridge
This 280-metre pedestrian link way ¨C the longest in Singapore ¨C features a world¡¯s first ¡®double-helix¡¯ structure, designed by an international design consortium, comprising of Australian architects Cox Group and engineers Arup, together with Singapore-based Architects 61. Inspired by the yin and yang concept in Asian culture, the architecturally unique bridge is said to bring wealth, happiness and prosperity to Marina Bay.? Its curved design is created by two opposing spiral steel members, held together by a series of connecting struts, symbolising ¡°life and continuity¡±, ¡°renewal¡±, ¡°everlasting abundance¡± and ¡°growth¡±, ?and resembles the structure of DNA.
Education, Culture & Heritage
Singapore Science Centre
Charged with a mission to be a world-class science & technology centre promoting interest, learning and creativity in science and technology, the Singapore Science Centre houses more than 850 interactive exhibits in the various exhibition galleries. Apart from the main exhibition galleries, the Omni-Theatre is also one of the
central attraction of the Centre. The 5-storey high and 23 metre diameter
hemispheric giant screen and sophisticated sound systems promise audiences a
thrilling cinematic experience. Find out more here.
Singapore Discovery Centre
Hear the past, see the present, and touch the future at the Singapore Discovery
Centre. It’s main objective is to promote the Singapore Story through hi-tech entertainment and interactive activities. With the redevelopment, the Centre embarks on a new journey as a world-class edutainment attraction for Singaporeans and overseas visitors alike. More here.
Asian Civilisations Museum The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is the first museum in the region to present a broad yet integrated perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilisations. Its mission is to promote
awareness and appreciation of the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans and their
links to Southeast Asia and the world. It is where Asian cultures come alive! More here.
As the name implies, Chinatown is where one would expect authentic and traditional Chinese products. From antiques and cultural artifacts to apparel and accessories, Chinatown is especially inviting during the Chinese New Year season when streets will be blocked out to make way for more stalls and massive crowds. A once red-light district turned succesful restoration project, Chinatown is indeed a colourful place with rich cultural heritage. Tradition in modern Singapore, houses and buildings from ancient past have been restored into their former glory and turned into shophouses as offices, quaint shops, boutique hotels and guest houses. Visitors eating exotic tropical fruits by the road side like the rambutan, durian and mangosteens are not uncommon sights in Chinatown. The streets have much to offer to bargain hunters looking for Chongsam, jewellery, Singapore T-shirts, pottery and traditional crafts. This area is also known for its traditional crafts such as painted masks, paper umbrellas, clogs, kites and antiques. Electronic goods, luggage, textiles and other more conventional products can also be found here. To experience a unique blend of cultural heritage and stylish modernity, Chinatown is the place for it!
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Located in the heart of Chinatown, the Centre was re-created based on the recollections of former residents, as are the exhibits and displays, giving visitors an authentic and personal account of life in Chinatown. Relive a past era when Chinese immigrants risked their lives crossing the South China Sea for a better tomorrow in Singapore. Inside these three authentically restored shophouses in the heart of Chinatown, you can immerse yourself in the life as a Chinese coolie and empathise with the toil and tribulations of a bygone way of life. Click here to find out more.
The aroma of spices, the scent of burning incense, coupled with sights of rich and bright sari and textile on display - it is unmistakable that you have come to the largest community of Indians in Singapore. Little India is the Indian version of Chinatown where merchandise such as jewelry, gold, handicrafts, silk, utensils and spices are available to the Indian and South Asian community in Singapore. This colourful area of Singapore is rich in shops selling Indian handicrafts and goods, with numerous Indian restaurants and stalls to challenge the strongest taste buds. For fresh vegetables, fish, meat, spices and flowers, visit the Tekka Centre. For curry lovers, Serangoon Road is lined with ready-made packets of spices for fish, meat or vegetable curries. For a great eat-out and a cultural experience, Little India has much to offer. Click here for more.
Arab Street & Kampong Gelam
The centre of the Muslim community, Arab Street offers merchandise such as handicrafts, clothes, textiles, basket ware, jewelry, etc that have a distinctly Islamic, Malay, Indonesian and Arabic influence. It offers a dazzling spectrum of fabrics from chiffon, sarong, silk, cotton georgette to authentic batiks from Indonesia & Malaysia, often overflowing onto the pavements. Baskets and other cane, straw, rattan and pandan leaf handicrafts are aplenty, enticing visitors to purchase keepsakes or souvenirs at bargain prices.
Shops selling songkok (Muslim men’s headgear), the Quran, prayer mats can be found here. The Sultan Mosque, the largest mosque in Singapore, is at its centre. For the ultimate shopperholics, shopping does not need to end here in Mustafa Centre – Singapore’s only 24-hour shopping mall.
Malay Heritage Centre
The centre displays exhibits offering a glimpse into Singapore's early Malay settlements, the sultan's royal family, Malay arts, and 20th century Malay life. Click here to find out more.
The Esplande Dubbed “the Durian” after the prickly tropical king of fruits, the Esplande – Theatres on the Bay is Singapore's most exciting performance arts venue. Located at the waterfront overlooking Marina Bay, the complex with its distinctive dome-shaped roofs comprises a 1,600-seat concert hall, a 2,000-seat theatre and several recital rooms, theatre and rehearsal studios, as well as outdoor performing spaces. Click here to find out more.
Singapore Art Museum Armed with a mission is to preserve and present the art histories and contemporary art practices of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region, the Singapore Art Museum houses some 6,000-piece permanent collection that includes modern and contemporary art from all over Southeast Asia. Check out more here.
Clarke Quay and Boat Quay
With blocks and blocks of restored warehouses demarking this interesting and festive area, one will be spoilt for choice in these charming & quaint shophouses offering unique pottery, jewellery and woodcraft knick-knacks. Pushcarts selling antiques, clothes, souvenirs, silk-wear, home furnishing and accessories are an interesting alternative to the mainstreams.
Flea markets on Sunday are worth checking out.
It's here where Singapore's nightlife can be found, with hundreds of bars and restaurants on both quays. With these ultra-chic bars and classy jazz lounges, one can easily dance the night away while feasting on anything western to local Teochew porridge. More of Clarke Quay here.
Sentosa Looking for a perfect place to chill out and have fun? Look no further. The Sentosa Island is a one-stop tourist destination south of Singapore with a unique blend of leisure
and recreational facilities including family attractions, sea sports, golf
courses and hotel accommodation. A themed attraction, tropical resort, nature park and heritage
centre all rolled into one, Sentosa is just minutes away from the city by cable car, ferry
or road. Singapore’s Island Resort is a 390-hectare recreational jewel boasting a kaleidoscope of attractions and activities.
Slated to have one of the integrated resorts, the Sentosa Island will have an enthralling mix of island resort recreational and entertainment facilities. Come and be charmed! Check out more here.
The prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, announced in April 2005 the decision to develop two integrated resorts with casinos; one in Marina South and the other in Sentosa. The Integrated Resorts are projected to start operation in 2009.
Sitting on reclaimed land adjacant to the Central Business District, the first Integrated Resort is to be named Marina Bay Sands, Designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, it will boast 100,000 square metres (1.076 million square feet) of MICE space to accommodate up to 52,000 people, making it one of the largest such facilities in Asia. The iconic feature of the three towers will have a common rooftop garden - some 170 meters (558 feet) above the ground and the size of an aircraft carrier. It will feature an arts and science museum, 1 million square feet (90,000 sq. meters) of retail space and a waterfront promenade. Sitting on 50.9 acre (20.6 hectares) of waterfront site in Marina Bay, the southern Singapore, it promises spectacular skyline view of the city.
The Integrated Resort on Sentosa is envisaged to be a large-scale iconic development and a “must-visit” attraction for visitors. Sitting on a 49-hectare site which yields up to 343,000 sqm in gross floor area, it will be a world-class tropical resort that offers the whole family a fun and memorable leisure experience.
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is a magnificent destination for entertainment, business and shopping, delivering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This landmark building is situated in the heart of Singapore¡¯s central business district. With a luxury hotel, state-of-the art convention and exhibition facilities, theatres, and some of the best shopping and dining in the region, this is the place to go for world-class entertainment.
Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa is the first ever integrated resort on Sentosa island, bringing with it highly anticipated and exciting new attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore and Voyage de la Vie, Festive Walk, and the yet to open Marine Life Park.This world-class integrated resort is the ideal resort destination where everyone can come together for moving experiences and lasting memories. Come discover a million truly rewarding moments, all in one world.
Singapore and Beyond
Singapore is not just one island – but a main island with over 50 surrounding islets. It is a quick ferry trip to the key islands of Indonesia and by causeway north to Malaysia. A short plane ride takes you to Thailand and the Philippines from this bustling Southeast Asia gateway. Singapore’s location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions draw an ever-increasing number of tourists each year for a vacation experience ‘extraordinaire’.
Singapore’s many attractions range from visual insight into the island’s colonial past and multi-cultural heritage to the most modern and sophisticated shopping and entertainment facilities. Wildlife has always been a huge part of Singapore’s character and an amazing variety of plant, animal and aquatic life can be viewed in the island’s zoological, garden, and aquatic parks. For the patient observer plant species and wildlife like monkeys, squirrels, butterflies, lemurs and vibrantly colored birds can be seen in their natural habitats.
When night falls Singapore offers a dazzling array of entertainment – discos, restaurants, karaoke, cinemas, jazz clubs, pubs, plays, cultural performances and more. The nation’s multi-cultural origins are celebrated through a wide range of festivals which ring with music and color. The experience of endless variety ranges from five-star restaurants to outdoor eating stalls, to fast food outlets to grand Chinese restaurants offering ten-course banquets!