A tiny island just off the shore, Sentosa is a place bustling with entertainment and amusement. It provides a day long trip with some unforgettable memories for life. Packed with attractions, the tiny island is speckled with panoramic gardens including a butterfly garden, amusement parks, a breath-taking aquarium (Underwater World), beach clubs with lively music, an ethnic village and the highlight of the island, a vast Merlion Statue.
Home to around 40% of the native flora and fauna of Singapore, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of the two ASEAN Heritage Parks in Singapore, part of the regional network that forms the range of the representative ecosystems of ASEAN. This 400-acre natural wonderland, considered one of the largest remaining rainforests of the country, is found on Bukit Timah Hill, the tallest hill of Singapore.
MacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore's oldest reservoir and offers a peaceful gateway to exquisite forests and pristine water. Covering almost 12 hectares and having 11 kms of trails, the park is a jogger's paradise. Joggers and runners can run through the designated trails while soaking in the biodiversity of the park.
With the most exquisite collection of flora and fauna, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is claimed to abode the world's first children garden and is absolutely worth a visit. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the country's first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. First of its kind in the whole of Asia and third in the world, these gardens are over a hundred and fifty years old star visitor attraction. Having tremendous horticultural attractions with and rich history, these gardens possess a wonderful collection of plants that deserve worldwide significance. The botanic gardens also host numerous development and entertainment events that sensitize the visitors and educate about plants through its recreational activities, all in the surroundings of nature. Being the most visited botanic gardens in the world, these gardens are an excellent epitome of the informal English Landscape Movement's style in an equatorial climate.
Jurong Bird Park is the Asia's largest bird paradise. The Bird Park has many colourful and vivid species from different parts of the world. Experience a wonderful time travelling through the park, discovering various species and enjoying the bird shows that are hosted at the park! Get a chance to feed the penguins and have lunch with the parrots.
Connecting the Marina Central to Marina South in the Marina Bay area of Singapore lays the gorgeous Helix Bridge in all its glory. Previously known as the Double Helix Bridge, the design of this beautiful piece of architecture is built upon the double helix structure modelled on the structure of the DNA. The unique structure symbolises 'life, continuity, and renewal of growth'.
A trip to Singapore is incomplete without a visit to its famous Little India neighbourhood. With delicious aroma of food and vibrant colours teasing your senses, the place gives a feel of being in India with the discipline of Singapore.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Museum is a Chinese Buddhist temple found in the Chinatown district of Singapore. It is dedicated to the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic, said to be the left canine tooth of Lord Buddha which can be found in the shrine, constructed in 2007. The chief draw of the temple lies in its design and architecture, which has been extensively-researched to replicate the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala.
The Universal Studio is an absolute treat for your children, friends and family. The Studio features 24 attractions across seven zones, each with its own exciting theme. Walk through the different worlds of Madagascar, Far Far Away, The Lost World, Ancient City, Sci-Fi City, New York and Hollywood and be mesmerised in this wonderland. The Studio also has many mini cinemas and theatres, where it conducts various shows that are either 4D or live. Apart from that, there are several merchandise shops and restaurants.
Famous as a party hub of Singapore, Clark Quay comes to life during the night. Once a hub of commerce during 19th century, today it lives up to its legacy of being a busy center, just with more polish and sheen. Situated at the mouth of Singapore River, the Clarke Quay is a major tourist attraction flanked by stylish restaurants, high-end boutiques, pushcart vendors with a fusion of Asian and European culture.
Pulau Ubin is a 10.2 square kilometre island lying northeast of Singapore. Translating to Granite Island in Malay, Pulau Ubin is considered to be one of the last places where one can truly enjoy and experience Singapore for what it used to be, before rapid urbanization set in. It is one of the last two kampongs of Singapore and is located just a 15-minute boat ride away from the mainland.
Tucked amidst the city of Singapore, Cloud Forest replicates the world of rainforest in one of the large glass conservatories of Gardens by the Bay. Cloud Forest houses a 35-metre tall man-made mountain studded with a fresh growth of tropical plants and epiphytes. On stepping inside, the mist from the largest indoor waterfall provides respite to anyone who has been outside in Singapore's tropical heat. Furthermore, the temperature has also been regulated to vary between 23 to 25 degrees Celsius to allow the plants to thrive and flourish.
If shopping is on your mind then head straight to Orchard Road of Singapore, a favourite hotspot among locals and foreigners, and one of Asia's most famous shopping streets.
Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, a Hindu deity known for curing illness, disease and epidemics. Built in 1827, this historic temple, located in Chinatown, has served as a landmark since due to the iconic sculptures of gods, goddesses and mythical creatures. It is greatly revered by a majority of the Hindu immigrants of Singapore, most of whom originate from Tamil Nadu in South India.
Marina Bay Sands is a resort complex that offers a complete package to its visitors with a plethora of entertainment options. Started in the year 2010, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel was ranked as the world's most expensive standalone casino property. It has The Shoppes mall for the shopaholics, an Art-Science Museum for the art-fanatics, featuring classic artworks and holding educational exhibitions and two huge theatres for screenings. Marina Bay Sands also has Celebrity-Chef-Restaurants and two floating crystal pavilions. It has the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.
The Esplanade is a performing arts centre situated near the Marina Bay which focuses on international artists and has hosted over 37,000 shows. The Esplanade has had over 26 million guests for over 15 years and counting. It is a 60,000 square meter expanse dedicated just to theatre and arts. Situated right at the mouth of the Singapore River, it got its name from the Esplanade Park, in which Theatres by the bay is located.
Majestically standing in the historic district of Kampong Glam, Sultan Mosque is one of the most important and beautiful mosques in Singapore. Also called Masjid Sultan, the history of this monument building goes back to 1824. In that year, the mosque was built for Sultan Hussein Shah, the first sultan of Singapore, with the help of a grant from Sir Raffles, the founder of Singapore. The Sultan Mosque is built in Indo-Saracenic Revival style of architecture and boasts a series of magnificent golden domes. These enormous golden domes top off the prayer hall can house up to 5000 people at the same time.
Gardens by the Bay is a unique concept that is quickly grasping the attention of the visitors. This man-made garden is a perfect way to escape the hustle bustle of the city. Situated opposite to Marina Bay Sands, one can witness a magnificent view of the garden from its top.
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