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  • Pulau Semakau
    4 stars

    In 1999, a water-impermeable border was constructed around the Singaporean islands of Pulau Semakau and nearby Pulau Sakeng, enclosing them and the sea in between. Ever since then, the lake that was created has been filled in gradually by ash from Singapore's incinerated trash, and by 2045 a ... read more

  • Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
    3.5 stars

    Singapore’s Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of these long-living shelled creatures. With more than 1,000 live specimens, this zoo-like museum is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest collection ... read more

  • Seletar: A heritage tour
    3.5 stars

    Take a wander through the Seletar area for a roll-your-own heritage tour, best suited to aviation enthusiasts as well as history buffs. A visit to Singapore's Seletar area, home to a lush spread of trees, a reservoir and charming houses, plus a still-in-use air base dating from when the British ... read more

  • The Singapore Zoo
    3.5 stars

    With more than 315 species including rare Southeast Asian animals like orangutans and Komodo dragons, it’s no wonder the Singapore Zoo attracts over 1.6 million visitors a year. ... read more

  • Wildlife spotting on Pulau Ubin
    3.5 stars

    Modern Singapore may be more of a concrete jungle than a real one, but a few spots remain where you spot a selection of the tropical wildlife that used to be abundant here – and I’m not talking about the zoo. ... read more

  • Singapore's Labrador Nature Reserve
    3.5 stars

    Singapore has many public parks, but if you want to picnic by the seaside, walk through dense jungle and learn about World War II history there’s only one that fits the bill: the Labrador Nature Reserve ... read more

  • Tampines Eco Green, Singapore
    3.5 stars

    Tampines Eco Green is a 36.5 hectare park in Singapore’s east boasting grasslands, freshwater wetlands and secondary rainforest — right in the midst of a high-rise, high-density township ... read more

  • Senoko Fishery Port
    3.5 stars

    Seafood aficionados love Singapore for its barbecue stingray, black pepper crab and cereal prawns — and with the city-state surrounded by water, the seafood here is as fresh as you can get. ... read more

  • A visit to the farms of Singapore's Kranji countryside
    3.5 stars

    Although Singapore is so densely populated that the government has resorted to literally increasing the size of the island, the northwest corner of the country remains refreshingly rural. ... read more

  • Scuba diving at Pulau Hantu, Singapore
    3.5 stars

    No, I’m not about to reveal that Singapore is Southeast Asia’s most underrated dive destination, nor that it really compares with some of the best. ... read more

  • Singapore's other 62 islands: St John's Island
    3.5 stars

    Continuing my exploration of Singapore’s 62 lesser-known islands, I caught a ferry at the Marina South Pier for a 15-minute ride to St John’s Island. ... read more

  • Singapore's other 62 islands: Kusu Island
    3.5 stars

    Here’s a factoid for you: Singapore is actually made up of 63 separate islands. But most people, even locals, don’t venture much further beyond the main island and Sentosa. ... read more

  • Kampong Buangkok: Singapore's last traditional village
    3.5 stars

    When Singapore split from Malaysia in the early 1960's, the government implemented a number of policies to rapidly modernize the newly independent city-state. ... read more

  • Bollywood Veggies
    3.5 stars

    We’re not quite sure how to describe Bollywood Veggies – a sustainable farm, a retreat from the city, an eco-learning experience or a bistro serving amazing organic food – regardless, it’s one of Singapore’s best kept secrets. ... read more

  • The Jane Goodall Institute of Singapore Monkey Walks
    3.5 stars

    The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the largest rainforest left in Singapore and is a refuge for more than 500 species of animals. ... read more

  • NEWater Visitor Centre
    3.5 stars

    Are you looking for a uniquely Singaporean experience? ... read more

  • Singapore Zoo
    4.5 stars

    Lush gardens and enclosures that use natural barriers instead of bars make the Singapore Zoo one of the most beautiful and modern in the world. The zoo's most-celebrated creatures include the orangutans and white tigers, but the real highlight is the uniquely Southeast Asian species like Malay ... read more

  • Singapore Night Safari
    4.5 stars

    Ever been to the zoo when the lions weren't napping? "See them in a different light" is the motto of this zoo spin-off and it's true. Many animals normally dozing through the daytime heat are awake and active come the evening. The simulated moonlight lets you get a good look and a few blurry photos ... read more

  • Jurong Bird Park
    4 stars

    Rounding out the trio of animal-themed attractions is Jurong Bird Park. It ranks as the world's second largest bird park in terms of size, but comes out on top for their number of feathered species (600) which range from the beautiful (birds of paradise) to the downright bizarre (cassowaries). ... read more

  • Singapore Science Centre & Snow City
    4 stars

    Peek inside the human body, learn what makes firecrackers sizzle, then get wet learning about the water cycle at Singapore's interactive Science Centre. The permanent exhibits are suitable for all ages and, with recent subjects like Crime Scene Investigation and nanotechnology, the special ... read more

  • Pulau Ubin
    4 stars

    It's just a five-minute bumboat ride away, but Pulau Ubin's rocky beaches and mangrove forests feel the proverbial world away from the city. The island is a refuge for nature lovers and nature itself with hornbills, wild boars, pythons, monkeys, civet cats and thousands of unique aquatic creatures ... read more

  • Kranji War Cemetery & Memorial
    4 stars

    A stark reminder of darker times, 4,461 Allied soldiers who died during The Battle of Singapore and the subsequent Japanese occupation lay here. The names of another 24,346 soldiers from the Navy, Army, and Air Force who gave their lives in Asia during World War II are inscribed on the walls of the ... read more

  • NUS Museum
    3.5 stars

    Singapore's largest university has a diverse collection of more than 7,000 pieces of Asian art and artifacts. The Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian collections can be seen at the main campus in a traditional museum set-up with informative signs, but the Straits Chinese antiques are housed in the ... read more

  • Asia Pacific Brewery Tour
    4 stars

    If you just can't get enough of Singapore's local suds, you can arrange a tour of the brewery. The experience includes a history lesson about Tiger Beer, a tour through the brewing and bottling areas, and a generous sampling session at the Tiger Tavern (why else do people go on brewery tours?) ... read more

  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
    4 stars

    A few acres short of being the world's largest rainforest reserve within a city, Bukit Timah is a great place to escape the urban jungle. The tropical trees are nearly as tall as the bukit (the highest hill in Singapore) and hiking trails range from so-easy-there're-stairs to ... read more

  • Kusu & St John's Island
    4 stars

    These two little islands are just a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown Singapore but receive few visitors. Formerly a quarantine centre, St John's is now a camper's paradise with rustic chalets (from S$50 a night), picnic ground and swimming lagoons. Kusu Island is home to a turtle sanctuary ... read more

  • MacRitchie Reservoir
    4 stars

    The British built this central reservoir in1868 to store fresh water, and a whole park has developed around it with walking trails, kayaking and food kiosks. Despite how manicured the park is you'll still see huge monitor lizards swimming in the reservoir and the occasional lion-tailed macaque. ... read more

  • Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
    4 stars

    It wasn't until the late 1980s that local birdwatchers noticed this north-coast swamp was visited by hundreds of migrating species — some very endangered. Sungei Buloh has since been recognised as an internationally important wetland and was made an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003. Kingfishers, ... read more

  • Chinese & Japanese Gardens
    3.5 stars

    Set in a lake in Western Singapore, each garden is on an artificial island and connected by an arched bridge. The Chinese Garden is the more spectacular of the two with tiered pagodas, a bonsai garden and 100 year-old fruit trees, and statues of famous Chinese people like Confucius. With its simple ... read more

  • Haw Par Villa (AKA Tiger Balm Gardens)
    3.5 stars

    Built in 1937 with money from Tiger Balm sales, this cultural "theme park" is too bizarre for words. There are more than 1,000 statues of Chinese deities, mythological creatures and some completely random additions like a deer talking on the phone and the Statue of Liberty. Pay S$1 for a ticket ... read more

  • Punggol Waterway Park
    3 stars

    Not targeted at tourists, a visit to this park is a great way to see how ordinary Singaporeans relax by walking, jogging, cycling or just enjoying the greenery. Punggol is a new town in the northeast heartland of Singapore; most newlyweds applying for their first new public housing apartments will ... read more

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