Attractions in Singapore
Sentosa has a stretch of sheltered beach of more than two kilometers in length on its southern coast, divided into three portions: Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach, and Tanjong Beach. These beaches are artificial, reclaimed using sand bought from Indonesia and Malaysia. These fantastic beaches plus beach bars, water parks and shows provide all you could want from a tropical island and more.
Accessible by boat, you can reach the reefs of Pulau Hantu in about half an hour. It’s a peaceful and idyllic getaway complete with swaying palms, white sand and rich reefs. You can go fishing, snorkeling, swimming or just relax on the sand...bliss.
MacRitchie Forest Trails
If you’re into nature then the MacRitchie Forest Trails will be sure to tickle your fancy. Boardwalks skirt the edge of the scenic MacRitchie Reservoir and throughout the forest ranging in distances from 3 km to 11 km, catering to every fitness level. Interpretative signboards along the boardwalks allow for a self-guided tour along the fringes of the MacRitchie forest.
Fort Canning Park – Forbidden Hill
Fort Canning Hill, once known as ‘Forbidden Hill’ is steeped in history dating back over 700 years. Malays in the 19th century believed that it was the seat of royalty for rulers of Temasek (or “ Sea Town”, an old name for Singapore) in the 1300s. Later, Singapore’s colonial leaders made their residences there, and the hill became a military base during the Second World War. Today, ancient relics dating back to the 14th century have been unearthed and the Fort Gate, built in the 1860s, serves as a reminder of Singapore’s colonial past.
Any vacation in Singapore wouldn’t be complete without a shopping trip, and Orchard Road should definitely be on the itinerary. Consistently ranked the most-visited attraction in Singapore, Orchard Road is synonymous with shopping and is the venue for some of Singapore’s signature annual leisure events such as the Great Singapore Sale, Singapore Fashion Festival, Christmas in the Tropics light-up and Chingay Parade of Dreams.
Bond with the pink dolphins at Underwater World’s Dolphin Lagoon. Watch them show off their tail-walking skills and get up close and personal at the interactive ‘Meet the Dolphins’ session. If you’re lucky you might get a peck on the cheek from one of them.
The Singapore Flyer
Ride the Singapore Flyer, the world’s tallest observation wheel, to witness a breathtaking, unobstructed view stretching to 45km in circumference out over the China Sea and the neighbouring countries of Malaysia and Indonesia. The Singapore Flyer is the island’s newest and most visible landmark.
At the Night Safari, you can look a rhinoceros in the eye, hear the howls of a pack of striped hyenas or watch giraffes glide serenely across the plain in the still of the night. This premier night zoo houses over 900 animals of 135 exotic species in eight zones. These zones have been re-created to simulate geographic zones like the Southeast Asian rainforest, African savanna, Nepalese river valley, South American pampas and Burmese jungle. Strike out on your own along the walking trail or relax in a tram ride - whichever you choose, Night Safari is a wild adventure not to be missed.
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