Top 25 Things to Do in Singapore by metropolasia

VIEWS: 37 PAGES: 18

More Info
									 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.

								
To top