This detailed Singapore travel guide takes you to the city's top 25 attractions and things-to-do, including themed parks, museums, nature trails, shopping malls and what not... Practical information is also very detailed, including how to get to each of the places, opening time, what is the entrance fee and so on...
Asia Pacific Guides™ Top 25 things to do in… Singapore Click here to view all our FREE travel eBooks of Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok The See Singapore Attraction Pass can save a lot of money for those of you who wish to make the most of their precious holiday time… You can take a Singapore River Cruise, or ride the world’s largest observation wheel, visit one (or more) of Singapore's fantastic museums, see the world's largest collection of tropical orchids at the National Orchid Garden, visit Jurong's BirdPark and Singapore Zoo, join a guided walking tour and much more… Copyright © 2012 Asia-Pacific Guides Ltd. All rights reserved. 1-3 Sights and attractions around the Singapore River Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next Asian Civilisations Museum Housed in an imposing Neo-Palladian Address: 1 Empress Place building, next to the Singapore River, Tuesday – Sunday : 9am-7pm (till this fabulous museum displays the From Raffles Place MRT Station: Take Exit 9pm on Friday), Monday : 1pm – 7pm cultures of Asia's tribes and nations, H to Bonham Street and walk to the river with focus on those groups that bank, turn right and walk along the river 6332 2982 / 7798 for a minute or two, then cross Cavenagh created Singapore. Bridge. Website Exhibits are rich and fascinating and include ethnic costumes, traditional The entrance to the museum is just a few Information on free guided tours jewelries, ancient books, sculptures, steps from the bridge. religious artifacts and what not… The Singapore River quays Clarke Quay, the middle of the three From Clarke Quay MRT Station: Take exit historic quays along the Singapore E, turn left and left again, to the river River, has been restored quite a few front. Cross Read Bridge and you are there. Clarke Quay years ago and became one of the city's best Wine and Dine areas… The old Take a bumboat from one of the jetties 7 days a week, almost 24 hrs a day godowns have been painted along the river (or walk) vivaciously and were converted to Information on restaurants, cafés and restaurants, cafés, bars and other entertainment venues night spots. Robertson Quay Robertson Quay, the innermost of the You can take a bumboat from various quays along the Singapore River is, points along the Singapore River (see 7 days a week, almost 24 hrs a day perhaps, not as "historic" as its above) downstream counterparts, but it certainly has a lot to offer in terms of Easy walk from Clarke Quay, or from restaurants, cafés and pubs. Clarke Quay MRT Station (Take exit E, turn The area is particularly popular among left and left again and walk along the river Singapore's expatriates community. for a few minutes, before crossing it on Clemenceau Bridge or Alkaff Bridge. Boat Quay Boat Quay is the first of the three historic Quay. Nestled along the river's From Raffles Place MRT Station: Take Exit 24 / 7 south bank, it boasts more than a few H to Bonham Street and walk to the river restaurants and cafés that offer bank, turn left and after 2 – 3 minutes you alfresco dining. will reach Boat Quay. No entrance fees Some good restaurants (particularly local eateries) can also be found on parallel Circular Road. Although it is a tourist cliché, cruising the Singapore River on a bumboat is recommended, as it gives you another angle of the city and makes it easier for you to get from one point to another, without having to sweat… Both HiPPO River Cruise and Singapore River Cruises operate this service, and you can find the jetties in central points along the river, such as: Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Raffles' Landing Site (Asian Civilisations Museum), The Merlion, Robertson Quay and so on… Planning to visit Singapore ? If you want to make sure you get the best possible rates for your accommodation, simply click here to instantly compare rates from the world's 30 top hotel-websites! The Merlion Soaring to a height of almost nine Address: Next to One Fullerton metres, right in front of Marina Bay, 24 / 7 The statue-fountain of "The Merlion" From Raffles Place MRT Station: Take Exit is one of Singapore's best known H to Bonham Street and walk to the river No entrance fees landmarks bank, turn right and walk along the river for a few minutes, passing under the road, This imaginary creature was invented until you reach the open piazza, where the back in the 1960s, as a logo for the famous statue-fountain stands. tourism board and has since become a symbol of the city. It incorporates a Click HERE to find some of the body of a lion, which signifies the lion from the legend about the founding of best rates for hostels and Singapore, and a tail of a fish, which low-cost accommodations in signifies the city's relationship with the Singapore and Asia ! ocean. 4-7 Sights and attractions around the Colonial District Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next The Peranakan Museum As its name denotes, this fantastic Address: 39 Armenian Street museum specializes in the Peranakan Daily, 9am – 7pm (from 1pm on culture, which is unique to this part of From City Hall MRT Station: Take exit B, Monday / Until 9pm on Friday). the world. turn right to North Bridge Road and left to Stamford Road. After a few minutes turn website The Peranakan is a relatively new left to Armenian Street. After 2-3 minutes ethnic group which started to develop you will see the museum on your right. Entrance fees apply circa 1800, when Chinese migrants married local Malay women and adopted some local traditions, in order to assimilate into society. There are plenty of beautiful exhibits here, including costumes, traditional handcrafts, replica of Peranakan homes and so on… National Museum of Singapore Singapore's oldest and largest Address: 93 Stamford Road museum. Daily, 10am – 6pm (Singapore Living From Bras Basah MRT Station: Cross the Galleries remain open until 8pm and The main feature is "Singapore open piazza towards Stamford Road and admission is free during the last two History Gallery", where the visitor you will see the impressive Neo-Palladian hours). walks through dozens of beautifully building of the museum right in front of designed life-size displays that you. website replicate scenes from the city's past… Entrance fees apply Highly recommended ! Although Singapore has one of the best public-transport systems in the world, taking the Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is highly recommended, as it takes you directly to the various attractions and saves you the time and hassle of waiting for a bus or walking… Raffles Hotel "The grand old dame", as this world Address: 1 Beach Road famous hotel is often called, has Daily, from morning till late (The started its life as a rather humble 10- From City Hall MRT Station: Take exit A museum opens daily, 10am – 7pm) room colonial bungalow, back in 1887, and walk a few steps along Stamford Road, but has quickly become one of to the corner of Beach Road, where you website turn left and walk for another five minutes Southeast Asia classiest hotels. or less, till you see the entrance to the Raffles Hotel Museum Other than hosting some of the hotel on your left. High Tea at the Tiffin Room world's most famous names, the Raffles prides itself for being the place From Bras Basah MRT Station: Walk along No entrance fee where the Singapore Sling was Bras Basah Road for a few minutes. After invented and where the city's last tiger crossing North Bridge Road you will see was hunted… the entrance to the hotel on your left. There is a small museum on the Explore Singapore's less known arcade's 3rd floor, where you can see "gems" through our range of nostalgic paraphernalia from the Unique Day Trips and Guided- hotel's past and, of course, there is the Walks ! legendary high tea at the Tiffin Lounge… Mint Museum of Toys The world's first toys museum is Address: 26 Seah Street certainly one of the city's must sees… Daily: 9:30am – 6:30pm From Bras Basah MRT Station: Walk It is not an overwhelmingly big along Bras Basah Road for a few minutes, website museum (Which is good news for turn left to North Bridge Road and right to those of you who museums are not Seah Street, where you will see the Entrance fees apply their cup of tea), but it is packed with entrance to the museum on your left. tens of thousands of nostalgic toys, including "prehistoric" versions of Popeye, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Beatles buttons and what not… 8-9 Sights and attractions around Marina Bay Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next Singapore Flyer The world’s current largest Ferris Promenade MRT Station is a few minutes' Wheel soars 165 M (550 ft) above the walk from the Singapore Flyer (There is a Daily, 08:30am – 10:30pm city and affords stunning views of direct link) Singapore and its environs… website / Additional info and bookings Entrance fees apply The best time to board the Singapore Opt for the Singapore Flyer Sky Flyer is at around 7pm, which is Dining and enjoy a 'one-of-a-kind' twilight time in Singapore almost all fine-dining experience on the year around, but make sure visibility is world's largest observation wheel! fine, or else you are wasting your time and money. Housed within the shopping mall beneath the Singapore Flyer, Flight Experience's simulator is the closest you can get to flying a Boeing jet, without having a pilot's license, and although it is not a cheap pleasure, the experience is hands down unforgettable. Flight Experience, Daily, morning till evening, Website, Prices and special promos are published in their website. Marina Bay Sands This imposing architectural project From MRT Promenade Station: houses what is currently Southeast You can either walk through The Helix 24 hours a day / 7 days a week (lifts Asia's hottest attraction, including the Bridge (10 minutes or so), or take one of to Sands SkyPark run 10am - 10pm) city's first casino, a glitzy shopping the following bus routes: mall and endless dining and No entrance fees (Unless you take the SBS bus Nos. 97, E-97 and 133, or SMRT entertainment options. lift to Sands SkyPark) No. 106 (The same buses can also be boarded at MRT – Marina Bay Station, Info on Sands SkyPark The real hoo-ha here is, doubtlessly, on the other side of the bay). the Sands SkyPark: An enormous sky Info on tickets / opening hours terrace that is perched across the Very soon, Marina Bay Sands is going to three hotel skyscrapers, at a height of Information on the casino have its own MRT station. more than 200 metres. Directory of restaurants and cafés The Helix Bridge is a high-tech looking bridge that links Marina Centre with Marina Bay Sands and offers lovely views of the new city centre. 10-13 Sights and attractions around Orchard Road Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next Pernankan Place and Emerald Hill Peranakan Place is a cluster of six Address: 178 A Orchard Road beautifully restored shophouses, right (Across the street from Exit-B of in the middle of Orchard Road, that MRT-Somerset Station). Daily, 24 hours a day were built by wealthy Perankan merchants at the beginning of the 20th The conservation area spans across a No entrance fees century and converted to lovely cluster of a few quaint streets, just off alfresco-cafés and resto-bars. Orchard Road. Fantastic discount hotel rates It is a great place to unwind, while From MRT-Somerset, take exit B, cross throughout Asia! shopping around Orchard Road, or Orchard Road to the other side, where the Click NOW for some of the before/after visiting neighboring alfresco-cafés of Peranakan Place can be best available rates Emerald Hill. found, and walk through the passage to in Singapore, Hong Kong, the back, where Emerald Hill Road begins. Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, The conservation area of Emerald Hill Tokyo and Seoul… was once home to many members of Singapore's wealthy Peranakan community, and their charismatic houses have been beautifully restored. Most of the houses around here feature a unique architectural style, commonly known as "Chinese Baroque", which blends classic European motifs with Chinese elements... The See Singapore Attraction Pass can save a lot of money for those of you who wish to make the most of their precious holiday time… You can take a Singapore River Cruise, or ride the world’s largest observation wheel, visit one (or more) of Singapore's fantastic museums, see the world's largest collection of tropical orchids at the National Orchid Garden, visit Jurong's BirdPark and Singapore Zoo, join a guided walking tour and more. ION Orchard and other malls Orchard Road's hippest shopping mall Corner of Orchard Rd. and Scotts Rd. seats bang on the street's most central (MRT-Orchard Station is linked directly to Daily, 10am – 10pm spot: The corner of Orchard and the mall). Scotts, and offers its visitors a choice What's on : A guide to events at ION of more than 300 stylish shops, Orchard Do you know? We have a whole restaurants, cafés and plenty of free cultural events. range of free eBooks and mini-city- No entrance fees guides about Asia's most popular Another attraction here is the ION Sky: city destinations... Click HERE to An observation terrace on the 55th view and download them. floor, from which you can enjoy beautiful cityscape views. ION Orchard and Orchard MRT station are connected directly to some other glitzy shopping malls like stylish Wisma Atria which boasts almost 100 specialty shops that cater mostly for the young and trendy female fashion shoppers, as well as to sophisticated, modern working women, Ngee Ann City (one of Orchard Road's largest and most popular malls), Takashimaya (A Japanese mega department store) and TANGS (Singapore's oldest department store and an icon of the city's retail market). Other shopping malls that are worth knowing about, around the same area, include The Heeren Shops, on 260 Orchard Road, which houses quite a few lifestyle shops that specialize in pop culture and cutting edge fashion, The Paragon (A posh shopping mall with some 200 specialty stores that cater mostly for the well-heeled and brand-conscious cosmopolitan shoppers) and the relatively new 313@somerset which boasts a variety of mostly mid-market fashion and lifestyle shops, including quite a few international names, like HMV (music), Zara, Uniqlo, Forever 21, New Look and Esprit, as well as some reputable jewellery and watch retailers. There is also a good range of food outlets there. Singapore Botanic Gardens One of the world's most beautiful Botanic Gardens MRT Station (on Circle botanic gardens and a "must see" for Line) is about to open towards the end of Daily, 5am – 12midnight everyone who loves nature, plants and 2011 and will provide direct access to the (The National Orchid Garden is open flowers… gardens' northern side. 8:30am – 7pm) The gardens' "jewel in the crown" is, Until that happens (or if you are not Website doubtlessly, the National Orchid interested in visiting this part of the Garden, where you can see the world's gardens), you can easily get here with any Map of the gardens largest collection of tropical orchids, of the following bus routes: No entrance fees (There is an including some 2,000 hybrids… SBS 7, 123, 174, or SMRT 77, 106 can be entrance fee to the National Orchid boarded at the station on Orchard Garden) Boulevard, next to MRT Orchard Station, or from Somerset Road, next to MRT Somerset Station. From Marina Bay Sands: SMRT No. 106 From Scotts Road (Far East Plaza): SBS 105 Holland Village The heart of Singapore's expat Holland Village MRT Station (on Circle community (and a popular hangout for Line) should open before the end of 2011 Daily, morning till late at night many of the city's trendy youngsters) and will provide direct access to the place. lies within the small enclave of Holland No entrance fees Until that happens, you can get here by Village, or Holland V, as it is commonly known. bus: Wine and Dine Guide to Holland SBS 7, or SMRT 77 or 106 can be boarded Village and Dempsey Hill Plenty of sidewalk cafés, good resto- at the station on Somerset Road (next to bars, unique shops that specialize in Somerset MRT Station and Phoenix), or arts, antiques and knick knacks, and along Orchard Boulevard (parallel to pleasant ambience… Orchard Road – Right next to Orchard MRT Station) It's a nice place to end the day, after visiting the Botanic Gardens. 14 Sights and attractions around Chinatown Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next Chinatown - Characterful streets and The cluster of narrow alleys, where Pagoda Street is just outside MRT impressive temples Chinatown has started its life from, Chinatown Station (The whole cluster of almost 200 years ago, was restored streets is just 10 minutes' walk, from one Daily, 24 hours a day and the old houses where poor end to the other). families of Chinese migrants had to No entrance fees (unless you visit cram in tiny flats are now housing Chinatown Heritage Centre) shops, eateries and cafés. The Peranakan Trail Food Tasting Tour gives you an opportunity to Chinatown Heritage Centre is open One of these heritage buildings, on explore the fascinating Peranakan 9am - 8pm daily), Website Pagoda Street, has become a museum, culture, which is unique to this part where you can learn about day-to-day of the world, and familiarize yourself life in Chinatown and the hardships with the clothes, jewelry, furniture, those newcomers had to deal with. customs and festivals of the Peranakans, as well as to their Take a slow stroll through Mosque flavorful delicacies… Street, Pagoda Street, Trengganu St., Sago Street and all the way to Temple St., where one of Chinatown's best and most popular food-centres can be found (No. 335) After dark, Smith Street becomes "Food Street", while the small streets around it host a night market. While there, you should also visit Sri Mariamman (Singapore's oldest Hindu temple) and Masjid Jamae (one of the city's oldest and most important mosques), on the corner of Pagoda St. and South Bridge Road, as well as Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall (an interesting shop that specializes in Chinese herbal medicines which are prepared on spot, right before your eyes). The imposing red Chinese-style building near the corner of Smith Street and South Bridge Road accommodates Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a Buddhist temple and a museum, where the relic of the tooth of Buddha is kept, in a gold stupa. There is also a Buddhist Museum on site, where hundreds of Buddhist artifacts and works of art from Asia are displayed. The Buddhist Culture Museum and Relic Chamber open daily, 9am – 7pm, Free admission, Website Fantastic discount hotel rates throughout Asia! Click NOW for some of the best available rates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul 15 Sights and attractions around Little India Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next Shopping and authentic food in the The streets of Little India are packed with colorful shops where you can find all sorts picturesque streets of Little India of authentic goods… From various spices and herbal medicines, to silk, Indian clothes and, of course, lots of gold jewelries. Daily, all day Start your journey from Tekka Centre, a relatively large complex, right next to MRT No entrance fees Little India Station, where a wet market, a food centre and lots of authentic shops. The hawker centre boasts a good selection of vegetarian food stalls that serve How to find the best hotel deals? different Indian cuisines, while Instantly compare the world's the shops stock a wide range of stuff, from Indian fashion and inexpensive casual leading hotel-websites and get the clothes to Taoist and Buddhist paraphernalia, and from tailor shops to henna BEST rates for accommodation in salons... Macau, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore, Little India Arcade – An indoor market opposite the corner of Serangoon and Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei and Buffalo Road, occupies a cluster of old shophouses and boasts dozens of stalls throughout Asia ! where you can buy everything India has to offer… From there continue walking along Campbell Lane, turn left to Clive Street and right to Dunlop. On the corner of Dunlop and Clive, there is a well-known emporium shop, called Haniffa Textiles, which has been selling Indian clothes, as well as cameras, watches, suitcases and what not for the last 50 years or so… After strolling along Dunlop, walk back to its other end and turn right to Serangoon Road and right again, to Upper Dickson Road, which runs parallel to Dunlop and boasts some more authentic shops and eateries. While strolling through the streets of Little India, you should make a point to stop at some of the small eateries and enjoy some lovely street foods that are both delicious and cheap… Komala Vilas, on Serangoon Road (Between the corner of Dunlop and Upper Dickson) has been serving delicious vegetarian fare for God knows how many years… Kulfi Bar, on 15 Upper Dickson Road serves homemade Indian ice-cream (known as Kulfi) and Sakunthala's Restaurant, on 151 Dunlop Street, offers a choice of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. Getting there: From MRT Little India: Take exit E, turn right to Buffalo Road, where Tekka Centre can be found, and continue to Serangoon Road (Five minutes' walk). On the other side of Serangoon, you will see Little India Arcade, from where you proceed along Campbell Lane. Mustafa Centre Singapore's famous superstore Corner of Serangoon Road and Syed Alwi occupies two large buildings on the 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. corner of Syed Alwi and Serangoon From Farrer Park MRT Station: Take exit-C (Serangoon Plaza is like a "wing" of and turn left to Birch Road. After a few Free entrance Mustafa Centre, and the two are minutes' walk you will reach the end of the linked by a pedestrian bridge). street, where you can cross Serangoon Road and enter the shop. Open 24/7, this megastore sells everything you can think of at some of the best prices in town. Sim Lim Square Sim Lim Square has long made a name Corner of Bencoolen and Rochor Canal Rd. for itself as one of the cheapest places Daily, morning till evening in Singapore to buy electronics and From Bugis MRT Station: Take exit-A, turn computer gadgets, and while the right and immediately right again, to No entrance fees Rochor Road. After a few minutes you will centre used to be infamous for its cunning traders, things have reach the corner of Bencoolen and see the somewhat changed during the last few huge, glass clad building of Sim Lim on the years, since they introduced a other side. reception desk, where unhappy From Little India MRT Station: Take exit-A, customers can complaint. turn right and after a few minutes' walk you will see the mall on your right. 16 Sights and attractions around Kampong Glam (Arab Street) Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next Arab Street and its colorful offshoots. Arab street, Kampong Glam's main From Bugis MRT Station: Take exit-B, turn thoroughfare, is bustling with activity. right to Victoria and start walking along Morning till evening The main thing here are the textile the street. Cross Ophir Road and then turn shops, where you can choose from a right to Arab Street. No entrance fee wide choice of exotic fabrics, but there are also shops that sell carpets, If coming from Masjid Hajjah Fatimah: weaved rattan basketry and brass and Turn right to Beach Road and after 5 - 10 Do you know? We have a whole copper bric a brac, as expected from a minutes right again, to Arab Street. range of free eBooks and mini- street with such name… city-guides about Asia's most popular city destinations... From Istana Kampong Glam: Walk out Click HERE to view and download Bali Lane and Hajji Lane run parallel to from the compound to Kandahar Street, them. Arab Street and boast some nice cross it and enter Muscat Street, which will Middle Eastern cafés, as well as a few take you to Arab Street. groovy secondhand shops. Masjid Sultan, Singapore's largest and most significant mosque, towers high above Kampong Glam, right next to Arab Street, and its golden onion domes can be seen from quite far. Built in 1928, this impressive mosque features both Muslim-Indian architecture and Neo-classic motifs. Bussorah Street, the pedestrian mall in front of the mosque, boasts a few nice cafés and restaurants where tired tourists can chill out for a while... Istana Kampong Glam and the Malay Heritage Centre, just a minute's walk from Masjid Sultan, occupy what was the palace of Ali Iskandar Shah, Sultan of Johor and the son of Hussein Shah, who authorized Raffles to build Singapore… Built in 1835 by George Coleman, one of early Singapore's most famous architects, the imposing building combines Palladian style with local Malay motifs. Nowadays, there is a Malay Heritage Centre here (which is closed for renovations at the time of writing), which boasts a nice museum where you can learn about the history and culture of Singapore's Malay community. There is also a nice Malay restaurant in the adjacent Gedung Kuning Palace, called Tepak Sireh. Fantastic discount hotel rates throughout Asia! Click NOW for some of the best available rates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul 17-18 Sights and attractions around Geylang and Katong Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next The Malay Village and Geylang Serai Purporting to replicate a traditional From MRT-Paya Lebar: Market Malay "Kampong" (village), like the Turn right to Eunos Road and almost ones that covered Singapore more immediately left to Sims Avenue (after you than a century ago, the Malay Village have crossed it). Walk along Sims Avenue 10am – 10pm is a bit of a kitschy cliché but is worth a for a couple of minutes, passing an open visit all the same, especially if you pass carpark and then turn right, to Engku Website through the area anyway.. Aman Road, where you will see the No entrance fee (Unless you want to entrance to the "village" on your left. Other than a cluster of traditional (All in all, it's less than a 10 minutes' walk). enter the small museum) Malay houses, you can see the day-to- day paraphernalia of the villagers, The market is opened from morning a life sized scene of a traditional Malay till evening Fantastic discount hotel rates wedding, arts and crafts and so on... throughout Asia! Geylang Serai Market, one of the Click NOW for some of the city's most popular and authentic best available rates markets, is just across the street from in Singapore, Hong Kong, the "Mallay Village" and boasts many Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, spice shops, as well as small boutiques Tokyo and Seoul… where traditional clothes are sold, alongside cheap jewelleries and wide choice of scrumptious street foods and snacks… Joo Chiat Rd and its small offshoots Joo Chiat Road, one of Singapore's most characterful streets, is lined with many beautifully restored pre-war Peranakan shophouses, occupied by splendid authentic 24 hours a day / 7 days a week eateries and old style shops… Free entry When coming from the Malai Village and Geylang Serai Market, cross Changi Road and start walking down along Joo Chiat Road. Turn left to Joo Chiat Lane near Hotel Do you know? We have a whole 81 Sakura and after a few steps, on the corner of Tembeling Road, you will see a range of free eBooks and mini- colorful Chinese temple on your left hand side, dedicated to Guan Yin - The Chinese city-guides about Asia's most goddess of mercy and compassion. popular city destinations... As soon as you walk out of the temple, turn right and walk down along Tembeling to Click HERE to view and download the corner of Koon Seng Road, where you turn right and pass by a row of some them. beautiful old shophouses. Getting there: From the Malai Village and Geylang Serai Market (see instructions on the previous page): Cross Changi Road and walk down along Joo Chiat Road. Visiting Singapore ? Although the city's public-transport system is one of the best on earth, taking a guided tour is strongly recommended, for two reasons: A) A guide can show you all sorts of "hidden gems" you may have never found on your own, and tell you the untold stories behind each of the sites… B) Guided tours take you directly from one spot to the other, saving you the hassle of waiting to public transport, and leaving you with more precious holiday time in your hands… Take a look at our list of recommended guided tours and see which of them suit you best. Katong – The historic stronghold of This historic suburb is where Singapore's wealthy Peranakan community thrived Singapore's Peranakan community more than a century ago and other than many atmospheric shophouses, there are still some lovely galleries here, where you can familiarize yourself with the 24 hours a day / 7 days a week Peranakan art, as well as some fantastic eateries and small restaurants. Free entry 328 Katong Laksa, on the corner of Ceylon Road and "The Original Katong Spoon Laksa" across the road (in Roxy Square) serve the best Laksa in Katong Click HERE to find some of the Katong's old police station currently accommodates some cafés and shops, best rates for hostels and including the popular Old Hong Kong Teahouse, where you can enjoy Hong Kong low-cost accommodations in style dim sum 24 hours a day. Singapore and Asia ! Rumah Bebe, on 113 East Coast Road, is an exquisite Peranakan arts and antiques gallery, housed in a historic shophouse. A particularly beautiful Peranakan shophouse can be seen on 150 East Coast Road… Few more steps and you are at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, on 204 East Coast Road – A charming 'old times' coffee shop, which has been serving some of the most authentic breakfasts in Singapore for who knows how many years… Two doors from there, on 208 East Coast Road, is Katong Antique House: A gallery that showcases one of the best collections of Peranakan antiques and artifacts (to visit it, you will have to call the owner, Mr. Peter Wee, in advance, on 6345 8544 and tell him you are coming over). Getting there: From MRT-Paya Lebar: Turn right to Eunos Road and start walking along it, cross Sims Avenue and continue strait. Eunos Road changes to Tanjong Katong Road and you have to cross to the left side, where the bus stop is. From here, take No. 40 to Katong Mall From the city centre: Bus Nos. 14 or 16 can be boarded along Orchard Road (Lucky Plaza, Midpoint Orchard, or Concorde Hotel), as well as from the Raffles Hotel (Bras Basah side). Bus Nos. 10 and 10-e come here from Fullerton Square (near the Merlion Statue), while route No. 12 comes from Chinatown and has stops near MRT Clarke Quay, as well as on Hill Street (Armenian Church / Funan DigitaLife Mall) and outside Bugis Village (across the street from Bugis Junction mall). The See Singapore Attraction Pass can save a lot of money for those of you who wish to make the most of their precious holiday time… You can take a Singapore River Cruise, or ride the world’s largest observation wheel, visit one (or more) of Singapore's fantastic museums, see the world's largest collection of tropical orchids at the National Orchid Garden, visit Jurong's BirdPark and Singapore Zoo, join a guided walking tour and more. Click HERE to find some of the best rates for hostels and low-cost accommodations in Singapore and Asia ! 19 Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next Singapore Zoo and Night Safari Neighboring each other, Singapore BusHub operates a bus service called Zoo and the "Night Safari" are "SINGAPORE ATTRACTIONS EXPRESS", Singapore Zoo: Daily, 8:30am – 6pm unquestionably among Singapore's which takes passengers directly from their Night Safari: 7:30pm – 12 midnight best attractions. town centre hotel, or Little India to Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo / Night Safari. Website (Zoo) Singapore Zoo is best known for being the first zoo on earth to implement Currently, there are four buses a day to Website (Night Safari) the "open zoo concept", where the zoo, at 8am, 10am, 11am and 1pm. Information about "Park Hopper" animals dwell in open spaces that resemble their natural habitat. From Jurong Bird Park, there are two (discounted combo tickets) buses a day to the zoo, leaving at 1pm and Entrance fees apply Quite expectedly, it emphasizes on 2pm Southeast Asia's fast vanishing species and boasts one of the world's largest Buses depart from the zoo's gate, on their groups of Orangutans (Their Jungle way back town on 12:30pm, 2:30pm, How to find the best deals? 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm Breakfast with Orangutans is one of Instantly compare the world's the zoo's best known attractions), as leading hotel-websites and get Buses to the 'Night Safari' depart from well as some Komodo Dragons (the the BEST rates for town at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (From Jurong world's largest and most fiercefull accommodation in Macau, Hong Bird Park, buses leave at 4:45pm and lizards) and rare species of butterflies, Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, 5:30pm, on their way to the 'Night Safari') reptiles and insects from Borneo's Bangkok, Singapore, rainforests. All in all, there are more Back to town, buses depart from the 'Night Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei and than 2,500 animals in the zoo, Safari' at 9:30pm, 10pm, 10:30pm, 11pm throughout Asia ! belonging to 315 species, of which at and 11:30pm least 50 are rare and threatened, including the White Bengali Tiger, For the exact timetable (and list of the Polar Bears, Elephants (very nice stops), please visit Bus Hub website or call show) and what have you… them on 6753 0506 Night Safari is the world's first You can also use ordinary public transport "nocturnal zoo"… Similarly to its to get to Singapore Zoo and the Night neighbor, the animals here also live in Safari, although it will probably consume open spaces, rather than in metal more of your time... cages, and those spaces are dimly lit, using special lights that allow visitors From MRT-Ang Mo Kio, take SBS bus No. to watch the animals without 138 disturbing them. Night Safari's most notable tenants include Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Explore Singapore's less known various wild cats, alongside Hyenas "gems" through our range of and other Canids, like Foxes, Jackals Unique Day Trips and Guided- and Wolfs. Obviously, there are many Walks ! other interesting night animals that are not carnivores, from Rhinos and Hippos to Tapirs, Anteaters and giant bats (flying foxes). Tip: Many visitors start their visit at the Singapore Zoo around 2 or 3 pm, so by the time it closes, at 6 pm, they can move almost immediately to the Night Safari (You can kill an hour in one of the eateries outside, while waiting for the "Night Safari" to open). 20-22 Jurong BirdPark, Chinese Gardens and West Singapore Name and details What is there to be seen How to get there and what to see next Jurong BirdPark Jurong BirdPark is possibly the world's From MRT-Boon Lay: Take SBS bus Nos. best bird-zoo (with the largest number 194 or 251 Open daily, 8:30am - 6pm of birds) and undoubtedly one of Singapore's top attractions ! BusHub operates direct buses from the Website city centre (passing through most major Occupying an area of 50 acres, it hotels), Little India and Chinatown to the Info on discounted "Park Hopper" makes home to almost 10,000 birds, BirdPark (via Harbour Front - link to discounted tickets belonging to 600 different species... Sentosa). There is entry fee From the penguins who live in an Antarctica-like area, to the birds of theBuses depart from either Orchard Hotel, or The Raffles is among the world's tropics, who dwell in a zone with Golden Mile Complex at 9am and pass most classic hotels and one of manmade 'tropical storms'... through Grand Hyatt, Meritus Mandarin, Singapore's best known historical Concorde Hotel, Little India, Chinatown landmarks… Other than having As you might expect, there are all sorts and some other stations, before famous names, like Rudyard of exciting bird shows here, as well as proceeding to the BirdPark. Kipling, Charlie Chaplin, Queen other activities... For more Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor on information, you can call 6661 7830 or its guest book, the hotel also They also operate a service between the visit the relevant webpage prides itself for being the place Singapore Zoo/Night safari and Jurong where the Singapore Sling was BirdPark (leaving the BirdPark on 2 and invented and where the city's last 4:45pm daily / Leaving from the Zoo to the tiger was hunted… A guided half BirdPark at 2pm daily). day tour will take you back to the heydays of British colonialism in For more information and an up-to-date Southeast Asia. timetable, call BusHub on: 6753 0506 or, better, visit their website. The Chinese and Japanese Gardens Occupying two islands in the middle of The Chinese Garden is a couple of minutes' Jurong Lake, the Chinese and Japanese walk from Chinese Garden MRT Station. Daily, 6am - 11pm. gardens form one of the loveliest corners of Singapore. The entrance to the gardens is free, Click HERE to find some of the although there is a small entrance fee The Chinese Garden was designed by a best rates for hostels and low- to the themed gardens. famous architect from Taiwan and other than manicured lawns and cost accommodations in delicate landscaping it boasts elegant Singapore and Asia ! fish ponds, magnificent Chinese structures, pavilions, pagodas and statues of Chinese historical heroes and the zodiac animals… Daily, 9am - 6pm and you can fetch Inside the garden, there are a couple more info from their website). of attractions worth knowing about: The small Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum houses a collection of rare turtles and tortoises, some of which really look like prehistoric monsters… The Bonsai Garden displays thousands Daily, 9am - 6pm of well-groomed Bonsai trees, mostly from China, and there are experts on sight, who give helpful tips and advice about those miniature trees. Haw Par Villa and Hua Song Museum Better known by its old name, Tiger Haw Par Villa - MRT Station should open at (Tiger Balm Garden) Balm Garden, Haw Par Villa is a the end of 2011 and provide direct access. theme park where folktales from the Daily, 9am - 7pm (Hua Song Chinese mythology are presented Until that happens, you can come by bus: Museum is open daily, except through nearly a thousand dioramas Monday, from 9am to 6pm). and life size sculptures, and although Bus No. 10 comes here from the area of many of the exhibits are fairly kitschy, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (The bus- The entrance to the garden is free, stop stands next to One Raffles Link, the park is well worth visiting. although there is a small fee if you opposite the Chopsticks monument). wish to visit the Hua Song Museum. The garden was originally built in the No. 51 can be boarded along North Bridge 1930s by two Chinese brothers, who Road, near St. Andrew's Cathedral and also amassed a fortune thanks to a popular near Boat Quay (after the corner of Fantastic discount hotel rates heat rub they introduced (That is the Circular Road). throughout Asia! Tiger Balm, after which the garden is Click NOW for some of the named) and there is also a small No. 143 comes here from the city centre best available rates museum here, which is dedicated to and has stops on Scotts Road (next to Far in Singapore, Hong Kong, Chinese communities around the East Plaza) and along Orchard Road Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, world and shows how these (outside Tangs Plaza / near "Paragon" - communities developed and opposite Meritus Mandarin, and next to Tokyo and Seoul… contributed to their new societies... Concorde Hotel). (Quite recommended). No. 200 comes from MRT - Buona Vista 23 Singapore's outlying islands Name and details What is there to be seen and how to get there A cruise to Singapore's islands Named after a famous 15th century Chinese Admiral-Explorer, the Cheng Ho is a replica of an imperial Ming Dynasty vessel, supposedly similar to the one that was Daily, 8:30am - 6 pm sailed by the legendary admiral who gave it its name. There are three different "cruises" on the offer: The Morning Glory and Afternoon Click here to book your cruise on High Tea cruises make a Stopover at Kusu Island, where you can visit the ancient the Cheng Ho… Morning, high Chinese Temple, while the Imperial Dinner Cruise boasts a buffet dinner and stops tea, or dinner… next to Sentosa's south shore, where passengers can view the fireworks at Sentosa. The Morning Glory Cruise departs from Marina South Pier at 10:30 am and lasts 2:30 hours. It costs SG$ 27/14 for an adult/child (price includes some coffee/tea and light snacks) The Afternoon High Tea Cruise departs at 3pm from the same place, and the price of SG$ 32/16 for an adult/child includes a High-tea buffet of sweet and savory pastries... It also lasts 2:30 hours The Imperial Dinner Cruise leaves at 6:30 pm, lasts 2:30 hours and costs SG$ 55/29 for an adult/child The operator also provides a complimentary Pick-Up Service from some hotels in town, as well as from Marina Bay MRT Station. Do you know? We have a whole range of free eBooks and mini-city-guides about Asia's most popular city destinations... Click HERE to view and download them. 24-25 Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore and "Resorts World" Name and details How to get to Sentosa and "Resorts World Sentosa" / Universal Studios Singapore How to get to Sentosa + Practical info Sentosa Island is Singapore's playground and wonderland, and one of Asia's most popular destinations. 7am to 12midnight (The island is active 24/7 but transport usually stops Occupying an area of only 5 km², the small island is packed with tourist attractions around 12midnight) and themed rides that appeal to adults and children alike. Entrance to Sentosa is SG$ 2 but this From MRT-Harbor Front (The last station on the purple marked Southeast Line): fee is included in the ticket cost of the various transport means and does not A) Sentosa Express monorail departs from neighboring VivoCity Mall (The station is include entry to the different on Level 3 - Lobby L) and has three stops on Sentosa: attractions / themed rides 1. Waterfront Station, where Resorts World Sentosa, the casino and Universal Studios are located Sentosa Website 2. Imbiah Station, in the centre of Sentosa, next to most of the attraction 3. Beach Station, near Palawan Beach. If you are short in time, or just A train leaves every few minutes, from 7am to 12midnight and the journey takes don't feel like "working hard", only 10 minutes or so. The "Sentosa daily Pass", which can be bought at the station, you can join one of the day trips costs SG$ 3 and gives you unlimited rides on the monorail, as well as admission fees to Sentosa, like the Afternoon to the island (not including the different attractions). Trip, which includes a cable car ride, a visit to the Dolphins B) The orange colored Sentosa Bus leaves from Harbour Front Bus Interchange, Lagoon, the Underwater World, next to the MRT station, and moves through several stations on the island, in a loop, Images of Singapore and the before returning to its departure point. The bus operates daily, 7am - 10:30pm (until "Songs of the Sea" show, or the 12midnight on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holiday Eves). Similar to the monorail, Morning Trip, which is a bit the daily pass costs SG$ 3, covers the entrance fee to Sentosa and on your way back, shorter… you are free to use either the bus or the monorail... C) The most scenic way to get to Sentosa is with the cable-car. The cable-car station is at Harbour Front - Tower II, just five minutes' walk from HarbourFront MRT Other than Chinese temples, station: Walk out of the station to the adjacent bus-interchange and Seah Im Food great shopping and world-class Centre, from where you proceed along the pedestrian bridge, across the road, and museums, Singapore is home to onto the building next to where the cable-car station is located. some fantastic theme parks and For more details on the cable-car (including promotions and special packages), call family attractions… Click here for them on 6377 9638. For more information about the "Sky Dining" experience, you the city's best attractions. can call them on 6377 9688 or visit their website. D) The newly opened Sentosa Boardwalk provides access to the island on foot. It’s a leisurely stroll from VivoCity Shopping Mall’s waterfront promenade, made easy by two-way canopy-covered travellators (The boardwalk is opened 24 hours a day, but the "travellators" run only from 7am to 12 midnight). Getting to Sentosa from town: Sentosa Rider is a new bus service, which picks up passengers from hotels in town and drops them off in several places across Sentosa. It also passes through Mt. Faber before proceeding to Resorts World Sentosa/Universal Studios, Sentosa's Siloso Point (Underwater World), Imbiah and other places-of-interest... Their daily pass costs SG$ 8 and gives unlimited rides, but they also have "special packages" on the offer... Their buses operate daily, 9am - 10:30pm, from either Orchard Road or Raffles and Marina Bay. For more details, you can take a look at their webpage, or timetable. The attractions of "Resorts World Owned by Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp., this stately resort heralded the Sentosa" and Universal Studios beginning of the gambling era in Southeast Asia… 7 days a week, almost 24 hrs a day Other than a swanky casino, the main draw is the resort's thoroughfare, (Universal Studios Singapore is open FestiveWalk, which is lined with fantastic restaurants, cafés and shops, and offers daily, 10am – 7pm) world-class entertainment spectacles like " Lake of Dreams" (integrating sound and light effects, pyrotechnics and water) and the very popular " Cranes Dance", where Resorts World Sentosa two colossal crane-shaped robots perform a love dance, with lots of effects, fire, water, lasers and what not… FestiveWalk (including "Lake of Dreams" and the "Crane Dance") The two spectacles are free, which in its own is a good reason to come here. Universal Studios Universal Studios Singapore hardly needs to be introduced. Occupying an a area of Tickets cost (including information on 50 acres, right next to Resort World Sentosa, this outstanding entertainment park special promos) boasts seven themed zones, including Far Far Away (Shrek), Madagascar, The Lost World (Jurassic Park, with a nice "Shoot-the-Chute" water ride) and The Sci-Fi City, Entry to "Resorts World Sentosa" is where the (currently) world's tallest dueling roller coasters can be found… free, but not to Universal Studios, where you will have to pay to enter. All in all, there are 24 attractions here, of which 18 are unique to this park… Main attractions of Sentosa Island Tucked at Sentosa's westernmost corner, mighty Fort Siloso was originally built in 1885 and refortified during the 1930s, as part of the British efforts to prepare Fort Siloso Singapore from a Japanese naval attack… Daily, 10am – 6pm Visitors can stroll through the labyrinth of trenches and bunkers, see the old canons and watch life size mannequins of soldiers replicating the battle… It's pretty More info impressive, especially if military history is your thing. Admission fees apply Getting there: Take the internal Red Line or Blue Line from Imbiah Station or Beach Station (See the previous page for instructions how to get to Sentosa) The underwater world and the The Underwater World, one of Sentosa's most recommended attractions, is a "live Dolphin Lagoon museum" boasting thousands of fish and marine creatures, belonging to approximately three hundred different species, many of which from the waters The underwater World is open around Singapore. daily, 9am - 9pm, and the Dolphin Lagoon 10:30am - 6pm The main thing is an 83 meters long tunnel passing through a titanic aquarium, with hundreds of fish, sharks, rays, eels and other creatures that swim all around you, but Website there are more than a few other attractions here, including touch pools and, of course, the Dolphin Lagoon, which is located on Palawan Beach, but included in the Admission fee applies ticket price. Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom displays thousands of unique butterflies and exotic insects, including real "monsters" from Southeast Asia's jungles. is where you can Daily, 9am - 6:30pm walk amidst the lush tropical vegetation and see hundreds of species of amazingly beautiful butterflies. Admission fee applies Located in the central part of Sentosa, next to Cable Car Plaza and just a few steps from Imbiah Station (Monorail) Images of Singapore This highly recommended museum takes the visitor through the history of Singapore, from the 14th century onwards, through "scenes" where life size Daily, 9am - 7pm tableaus depict major events in the city-state's history, as well as through other Admission fee applies multi-media displays that make the visit more interesting and enhance the experience of "being there"... (Near cable-car plaza / Imbiah Station) Attractions and activities in the Some of the best rides in Sentosa are clustered around the cable-car plaza and central part of Sentosa, near the Imbiah monorail station. Getting here is very easy, from every corner of the island. cable-car plaza and Imbiah station Sentosa Luge and Skyride is a good fun for kids, as well as for adults... The Luge is a sledge-like cart that runs down the hill, along a 650 meters paved track, specifically Daily, 10am - 9:30pm built for that purpose, while the Skyride is some sort of a ski-lift that takes those who finished the track, back to the top of the hill. Tiger Sky Tower prides itself for being Asia's tallest free-standing observation Daily, 9am - 9pm tower... Its top elevator-observation deck reaches 110 meters above the ground and 131 meters above sea level, and on a clear day, you can see the islands of Indonesia from here. Daily, 2pm - 7pm (on Saturdays, MegaZip Adventure Park, one of Sentosa's latest and most exciting attractions, is Sundays and public holidays, 11am - like a huge scouts camp, packed with extreme activities... 7pm For more information, including price-chart and special offers, visit their website. The Sentosa CineBlast can be described as a "cinema ride": An adrenaline-boosting Daily, 10am - 9pm (last show starts experience that combines special photography techniques, special 3D effects and at 08:45pm). moving seats... Quite recommended! Sentosa 4D Magix is a so-called "4 Dimensional cinema", meaning that on top of the Daily, 10am - 9pm (last show starts usual 3D effect, there are more features that make the experience even more at 08:45pm). tangible, like moving chairs, blowing wind, sea spray and more... Desperados is a "virtual reality" type of game, where you have to shoot wild west outlaws with you laser gun Sentosa's Merlion is a colossal replica of Singapore's most-known symbol, the Daily 10am - 8pm, last admission at Merlion (on which you can read in the chapter about the Singapore River). 7:30 pm). Raising to a height of almost 40 meters, the statue has a small gallery inside it, dedicated to mythological sea-creatures, and an observation deck on its head, from where you can enjoy a nice view over the island and Singapore Port. Nightly at 7:40pm and 8:40pm (and Songs of the Sea is a state-of-the-art show, integrating dancers, pyrotechnics, water 9:40pm, on Saturdays screens, three dimensional projection, laser effects and what not... It shows nightly on a small manmade island, just a few steps from Beach Station and Website Palawan Beach. 12noon (reptiles), 12:30pm Palawan Amphitheatre, south of the Merlion Statue and next to Palawan Beach, is (monkeys), 2pm (parrots), 3pm where you can watch the highly recommended animal & bird encounters. (monkeys), 3:30 pm (large/mimicking Those "meet-the-animals" shows are usually very good fun (especially for families parrots), 4:30pm (close encounters with kids...). The shows are free and are held several times daily… with parrots) and 5pm (last show of the day, with all the animals). All interior bus lines arrive at the amphitheatre (Click here for the current timetable of the shows). Free admission Attractions and activities around Sentosa's southern coast stretches along a few kilometres and boasts three the beaches of Sentosa beautiful beaches, namely Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach (which is probably the best of the three), with white sands and coconut palms… The water, however, is not as crystal clear as you would expect to find in a tropical resort and there are dozens of large ships that dot the horizon and spoil the view, but I guess you can't have it all… Beach Station, near Palawan Beach, is serviced by both Sentosa Express monorail and the orange Sentosa Bus and from there you can proceed with one of the free "Beach Trams", which run along the coastline from morning till night and make it easy to move from one point to another… Daily 2.30pm - 6pm (till 7pm on One of Siloso Beach's main attractions is the Flying Trapeze, where you can Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays) challenge your fear of height and get your adrenaline pumping, while flying (almost) like the trapeze artists at the circus... Daily, 10am – 12midnight (till 1am The Wave House, one of Sentosa's newest and most exciting attractions is also on Wednesdays, Fridays and located on Siloso Beach and boasts Singapore's first (and currently only) artificial Saturdays) barreling wave, where you can enjoy flowriding, body-boarding and stand-up rides. Daily, 10am - 10pm (till 2am on After the action, you can unwind on a comfy couch at Azzura Beach Club, on Siloso Saturdays, Sundays and public Beach, where they have soft sand, some casual eateries, boats for hire and even a holidays / eve of public holidays) hip nightclub, for those of you who wish to stay until late Siloso Beach Tram travels to both the Wave House and the Flying Trapeze. 9.30am - 8pm daily Further south, Go Green Segway® Eco Adventure are located near the Beach Station and, as their name suggest, offer Segway tours of the island, From "fun- rides" for beginners to "Guided Eco Adventure" for the slightly more experienced. If you are short in time, or just don't feel like "working hard", Gogreen Cycle & Island explorer offers a one-hour guided bike tour of Sentosa, you can join one of the day trips although they also allow you to just rent a bike, without participating in the tour to Sentosa, like the Afternoon (the price is obviously lower) Trip, which includes a cable car ride, a visit to the Dolphins Lagoon, the Underwater World, The Dolphin Lagoon, in Palawan beach, is part of the Underwater World and gives Images of Singapore and the visitors an opportunity to have a close encounter with the local Pink Dolphins (Indo- "Songs of the Sea" show, or the Pacific Humpback Dolphins), learn about them and play with them. Morning Trip, which is a bit shorter… Another notable attraction around Palawan Beach, not far from Beach Station, is a small manmade island, purporting to be continental Asia's southernmost point… There is a suspension bridge connecting the beach to the island, on which there are 24 hours a day / No admission fee two viewing towers, overlooking Sentosa's southern coastline. Fantastic discount hotel rates throughout Asia! Click NOW for some of the best available rates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul… Copyright © 2012 Asia-Pacific Guides Ltd. All rights reserved. Please note: Prices and other details mentioned in this eBook were correct at the time of writing and may change by the time of your visit.
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