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Free Sentosa tram around the island

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Billed as "Asia's favourite playground", Sentosa offers Singapore's best beaches and more than 30 attractions packed onto a small island. Some attractions, like Underwater World Aquarium and Universal Studios Amusement Park, are world-class while others, like the giant Merlion and sky-diving simulator, are a bit of a stretch. Whatever your take on this family-friendly wonderland, Sentosa is a major draw and attracts over 5 million visitors and their dollars every year. Hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops can be found across the island.

Though it certainly gives the impression, Sentosa is not an artificial island and is noted on maps dating back to the 1700s. At that time it was called Pulau Blakang Mati, which roughly translates to "Island of Death from Behind" in Malay. The British were apparently unperturbed by the ominous name and chose it as the site for military forts to protect the Singapore port. Fort Siloso is now open to the ... Read our complete Sentosa travel guide

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