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  • Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
    3.5 stars

    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 of turtles and tortoises in the world. The highlight is a large pond and garden where hundreds of these hearty creatures enjoy treats of lettuce leaves ... read more

  • Pulau Semakau
    4 stars

    Ever since then, the lake that was created has been filled in gradually by ash from Singapore's incinerated trash, and by 2045 a single island is expected to be finished. This unusual and intriguing modern environmental development, known only as Pulau Semakau, is now home to important ecosystems ... read more

  • Seletar: A heritage tour
    3.5 stars

    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 Royal Air Force (RAF) was stationed here, is like a step back to the British colonial era. Seletar's roll-your-own heritage tour -- best ... read more

  • Singapore Sports Hub and Kallang Wave
    3 stars

    After six years of construction and at a cost of S$1.3 billion, the Singapore Sports Hub finally opened its doors in June. The 35-hectare complex is filled with athletic venues, public spaces and a sports-themed mall -- Kallang Wave. Travellers should check out events ahead of a trip here to ... read more

  • Singapore Zoo
    4.5 stars

    The zoo's most-celebrated creatures include the orangutans and white tigers, but the real highlight is the uniquely Southeast Asian species like Malay mouse deer, big-nosed proboscis monkeys and Komodo dragons. Education is a major goal and zoo keepers give informative talks and feeding time ... read more

  • Singapore Night Safari
    4.5 stars

    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 of big cats, hyenas and deer and you can get a little too close for comfort with bats and flying squirrels in walk-through ... read more

  • Jurong Bird Park
    4 stars

    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). All of the birds are in free-fly aviaries so have plenty of room to ... read more

  • Singapore Science Centre & Snow City
    4 stars

    The permanent exhibits are suitable for all ages and, with recent subjects like Crime Scene Investigation and nanotechnology, the special exhibitions appeal to the nerds-at-heart. The Science Centre is also where you'll find an Omni-Theatre showing the latest IMAX documentaries and Snow City, ... read more

  • Kranji War Cemetery & Memorial
    4 stars

    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 towering Kraji War Memorial building. The cemetery is a very serene, isolated place but still accessible by public transit: take a bus two ... read more

  • NUS Museum
    3.5 stars

    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 Baba House, a restored Peranakan mansion in the Tanjong Pagar conservation district, which is open by ... read more

  • Asia Pacific Brewery Tour
    4 stars

    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?) The brewery is way out in western Singapore but still reachable by public transit. Tours are ... read more

  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
    4 stars

    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 worthy-of-packing-supplies. If you stray away from the trails used by joggers you'll spot massive insects, colourful birds, lizards and lion-tailed macaques. ... read more

  • Kusu & St John's Island
    4 stars

    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 and its Taoist temple is a site of religious pilgrimage each autumn. Facilities on both islands are limited ... read more

  • MacRitchie Reservoir
    4 stars

    Despite how manicured the park is you'll still see huge monitor lizards swimming in the reservoir and the occasional lion-tailed macaque.

    The latest addition is the HSBC treetop walk, a suspension bridge connecting the park's two highest hills, which offers a great view of the canopy.

  • Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
    4 stars

    Sungei Buloh has since been recognised as an internationally important wetland and was made an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003. Kingfishers, herons, egrets and sunbirds are regularly sighted and the mangroves are also home to otters, crabs, monitor lizards and a few crocodiles. Early mornings ... read more

  • Chinese & Japanese Gardens
    3.5 stars

    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 design and zen rock garden, the Japanese Gardens is perfect for a meditative stroll. Visitors can rent ... read more

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

    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 to "The 10 Courts of Hell" with gruesomely detailed dioramas illustrating punishments for various ... read more

  • Punggol Waterway Park
    3 stars

    Punggol is a new town in the northeast heartland of Singapore; most newlyweds applying for their first new public housing apartments will inevitably end up here. It may not be near to Singapore's shopping or business districts, and it may still be peppered with large patches of undeveloped land and ... read more


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