Have an awesome time in Singapore, with countless activities for a fun-filled day. Bounce around with the animals, fly around with the birds and enjoy city views from the Singapore Flyer. Then discover Sentosa and the Universal Studios, to see Shrek’s castle and the roller coasters. Plan your trip now for animals, thrills and spills that will surely put a smile on your face.
Get up close to the Marina Bay Sands, and gaze over Sentosa Island as you soak in Singapore’s magnificent Skyscrapers.
Explore regions around the zoo that showcase a variety of wildlife and see the exotic vegetation as you marvel at the cotton-top tamaring and siamangs on the Rainforest Walk.
Wild Wild West
It's wild and it's wet - get ready to ride the waves at one of Singapore's largest water theme park.
Sentosa Island is home to the Resorts World Integrated Resort, as well as a theme park, wildlife reserves, gardens, animal parks, adventure rides, restaurants and spas, ensuring non-stop fun around the clock.
Museum of Toys
Young or old, if you’re a fan of toys then you are in for a treat at the Mint Museum. It boasts a world-class toy collection consolidated from more than 25 countries.
Jurong Bird Park
Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the Jurong Bird Park and catch a glimpse of some of the world's most spectacular birds.
Experience blockbuster adventures like never before.
Luge and Skyrie
The Sentosa Luge is the first attraction of its kind in the region.
If you are an arts aficionado, you’ll be delighted to know that there are dozens of galleries, museums and art spaces to keep you occupied all day. Not only that, you’ll also enjoy a diverse range of art influences that range from local to international, Aboriginal to Classics, and traditional to contemporary. A good place to begin your art journey is the Singapore Art Museum, right at the heart of Singapore’s art district.
72-13 – TheatreWorks
TheatreWorks consciously uses the space at 72-13 to increase the awareness of human and social issues through quality art.
Established in January 2010, Art Facet is a new art gallery showcasing artworks from around the world, with a focus on Israeli art.
If you’re looking to invest in a piece of Chinese contemporary art that’s all the rage in today’s bustling art market, this is a great place to start your search as you’ll certainly find something you like.
Artfolio is a visual art gallery that was founded in 1990 to increase awareness and appreciation for Southeast Asian art in Singapore.
By promoting and displaying the works of both pioneer and emerging artists, Artmosaic Gallery showcases the talent, originality and wide appeal that Indian art has to collectors from all around the world.
Aryaseni Art Gallery
The Aryaseni Art Gallery showcases the best in Indonesian fine art, and has participated in various exhibitions in Europe.
Aseana Gallery was opened in 2007 by curator Ng Kee Yam, an avid art collector with over 35 years in art acquisitions.
Asia Ancient Gallery
Located in the effervescent lifestyle mall on Orchard Road, Tanglin Mall, the Asia Ancient Gallery joins several other antique stores, offering a collection of practical antiques such as dining tables and chairs, bureaus and chests.
Connoisseur Art Gallery
Connoisseur Art Gallery was first established as a non-profit organization in 1989 to promote and expand the reach of highly-talented Chinese artists.
Singapore-born artist, Linda H. L. Gouw, set up Dragonwick Gallery to house all the masterpieces she had created during her years of travel.
Dynasties Antique & Art Gallery
Having pioneered the private art business development industry since the 1990s, the Dynasties Antique & Art Gallery is home to over 8,000 art pieces.
Established in 1996, Gajah Gallery explores the diverse socio-cultural interests of Asia through art from Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Singapore.
Galerie Belvedere displays Southeast Asian and international contemporary works, especially paying homage to the watercolor works of self-taught Singaporean artist Ong Kim Seng.
There’s nothing quite like an island retreat to get away from the bustling city, and while you’re in Singapore, there are a number of islands that you can explore. The most popular is of course Sentosa Island, which boasts a wide variety of beaches, dining and entertainment choices, including Sentosa at Resorts World. For a more rugged getaway, venture off the beaten trail on the islands of Pulau Ubin or St John’s.
A tiny picturesque island located off the south of Singapore, Pulau Hantu is home to lagoons, sheltered beaches and beautiful water, making it a popular haunt for fishing, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Pulau Hantu is named as the “island of ghosts” in Malay, because it is believed that the ghosts of ancient Malay warriors wander the island after fighting to their deaths there. The island is actually made up of two islets – Hantu Kecil and Hantu Besar, both of which have ample have picnic areas and shelters for an enjoyable day out.
Pulau Hantu is rich in marine life and coral, and if you’re fast enough, you might even be able to spot clownfish and angelfish in its seas. To get there, you must charter a fast work boat from the West Coast Pier, while a permit from the Sentosa Leisure Group is also needed should you decide to camp overnight.
Go back in time to a simpler life at Pulau Ubin, the last village or “kampong” in Singapore. A visit there is like taking a time warp back to the 1960s when things were much simpler, as you’ll notice from the old wooden houses. Located off Singapore’s north east coast, the best way to get there is to take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
The name Pulau Ubin means “Granite Island” in Malay, which isn’t surprising, considering the many abandoned stone quarries there are on the island. The best way to explore Pulau Ubin is to hire a bike and ride around the Island, although it remains a great place for a quiet stroll.
For a laidback break from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit the Celestial Resort nestled at the Southwest of Pulau Ubin Island. Hire a van or rent a bicycle for a short ride through the woods to get to the resort, which offers plenty of outdoor activities and water sports.
One big attraction on the island is the intertidal flat at Chek Jawa, which has extremely rare ecosystems, animals and plants. You can also go on guided trips and nature walks while you’re on Pulau Ubin, but to save yourself from the multitudes of mosquitoes, don’t forget to bring lots of insect repellent.
If you’d like a different experience, visit Sisters’ Islands, south of the main island of Singapore. Another great place for snorkeling and camping, Sisters’ Islands is made up of two islands – Big Sister’s Island (3.9 hectares), and Little Sister’s Island (1.7 hectares).
Legend has it that the islands were struck apart when two sisters were drowned while escaping from a pirate chief who abducted one of the girls to marry – hence the naming of the islands. The islands are separated by a narrow channel and are popular with picnic-goers because of their shady palm trees and beach shelters.
Swimmers and snorkelers can also indulge themselves there as the fantastic reefs are filled with marine life. Camping is also another favorite past-time there, but do remember to get a permit before going on your way. Getting there is via chartered boat from the Marine South Pier, so plan a day off the main island and have a picnic over at the Sisters’ Islands.
In what used to be a small fishing village now stands Singapore’s most exciting playground. Sentosa Island is jam-packed with a myriad of activities for visitors to be a part of, from nature attractions to historical sites, musical events to museums and much more.
Sentosa Island is home to the Resorts World Integrated Resort, as well as a theme park, wildlife reserves, gardens, animal parks, adventure rides, restaurants and spas, ensuring non-stop fun around the clock. It also has a thriving bar and clubbing scene, with the annual outdoor dance festival ZoukOut being held there, and many watering holes for you to choose from.
Also popular among families and teenagers are its port and three beaches. But if shopping and dining is more your thing, then also visit the many quality restaurants spread out across the island and along the beaches. With so much to discover, this island is one you can’t afford to miss while you’re on holiday in Singapore.
St. John's Island
Despite its dark past, St John’s Island is a beautiful spot that is teeming with marine life. Formerly a quarantine station for leprosy cases and a penal settlement, the island is now home to a wide range of recreational activities and all manner of sea creatures.
See the colorful coral right in front of your eyes or swim in one of St John’s Island’s many lagoons. You might also like to enjoy a pleasant picnic on the beach or go dolphin spotting by the water. More activity ideas include working on your tan, trekking around the island or you playing a game of soccer.
To find out more about St John’s Island, there are also guided nature walks conducted by the Tropical Marine Science Institute. A daily ferry from Marina South Pier goes directly to St John’s Island or you can charter your own boat to get there. Chalets and camping facilities are also available on the island.
Temple of Fortune
Built between 1908 and 1913, the Hong San See temple, located along Mohamed Sultan Road, was originally located at Wallich Street in Tanjong Pagar in 1836. Established by the Hokkien people of the Lam Ann clan, this temple is dedicated to Guang Ze Zun Wang, the God of Fortune. It later relocated to Mohamed Sultan road, and the temple now draws worshippers from different dialect groups.
Designed by Lim Loh, a well-known contractor, the temple, with its axial planning, courtyards and walled enclosures, is built in the southern Chinese traditional temple style. The prayer and entrance halls are richly decorated, with light reflecting the beautiful wood carvings from China. Four carved granite columns with entwined dragons and two dragons in pearl on the roof ridges are also a display of the Lam Ann clan heritage.
The Hong San See Temple was designated as a national monument in 1978. The façade and the interior of the temple have gone through numerous restorations, with the first in 1868 when the old temple was at Tanjong Pagar area. Apart from Guang Ze Zun Wang, other deities worshipped there include Buddha and Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
A Place of Healing
Healing chants and the sound of bells surround you when you visit the Thekchen Choling. Founded by Singapore-born Lama Thubten Namdrol Dorje in 2001, Thekchen Choling Singapore is a Tibetan Buddhist Temple that encompasses both the Tibetan and Chinese traditions.
Thekchen Choling, meaning “Great Mahayana Dharma Temple,” is named after the monastery of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and houses one of the biggest collections of mantra wheels in Singapore.
The temple conducts regular weekly teachings in English and Mandarin, chanting and prayer sessions that you can attend or observe. As a place of both spiritual and physical healing, Thekchen Choling also provides free traditional Chinese medicine medical consulting service, acupuncture service and medicine.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is a living cultural monument in the heart of Chinatown featuring exhibitions relating to various facets of religious arts and culture of Singapore. It also houses what Buddhist leaders regard as the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a stupa composed of 320kg of gold donated by devotees.
The building was conceptualized and designed by local venerable Shi Fa Zhao, aided by a team of local and overseas consultants. Its grand design is based on the elements and history of Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala, the latter which is a representation of the Buddhist universe. So expect to find lots of references to both aspects, such as bone and tongue relic elements. The temple prides itself on the research made to ensure accuracy and authenticity on the design and monuments found there. Other highlights found in this building include the Buddhist Culture Museum, Eminent Sangha Museum, Tripitaka Chamber, and a Theatre for cultural performances, talks and films.
Most Singapore Malays in Singapore are Sunni Muslims who follow Islam as their religion. They pray to God, which is Allah in their religion, five times a day, eat only halal food and fast during Ramadan.
Fit for a King
A visit to Singapore’s Kampong Glam district isn’t complete without a stop at Sultan Mosque. With its massive golden dome and huge prayer hall, the Sultan Mosque is one of Singapore's most impressive religious buildings, and the focal point of Muslims in Singapore.
The mosque was first built in 1824 by Sultan Hussain Shah, the first sultan of Singapore, with a grant from the East India Company. The minarets and balustrades you see today were added on by architect Denis Santry, who supervised the reconstruction after the mosque’s centennial celebration.
The main prayer hall can hold up to 5,000 worshippers, and is one of the biggest and most amazing religious structures in Singapore. Don’t forget also to check out the mosque’s dome base, formed out of many glass bottles collected by devotees, and is a great sight to behold.
Mosques in Chinatown
Built in 1826, the Jamae Chulia Mosque was the first of three mosques in Chinatown erected by the Chulias, who were Tamil Muslims from the Coromandel Coast of Southern India. Together with its neighbor, Sri Mariamman Temple, the mosque stands out in its predominantly Chinese location.
If you’re looking for something a little different, this is the mosque to visit. The site's architectural style is eclectic, and the intricately designed palace facade features tiny doors and cross-shaped windows. While the entrance gate is South Indian style, the two prayer halls and the shrine are in the Neo-Classical style typical of famed colonial architect, George Coleman – and are sure to please architectural fans everywhere.
Unique Singapore Sight
Experience the influence of Bugis settlers in Singapore when you make a short visit to the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque. Built in 1846, the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque was named after a Malacca-born Malay who married a wealthy Bugis sultan from Celebes.
The mosque was built on the site of Hajjah Fatimah's former house at Java Road. She designated the land for the building of a mosque after surviving a fire at her home caused by arsonists. Enclosed by a high wall, the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque compound comprises a prayer hall, a mausoleum (where Hajjah Fatimah is buried), the quarters of an Imam (Malay priest), an ablution area, several annexes and a garden.
Perhaps the most unusual feature you’ll notice there is a distinctive minaret designed by an unidentified European architect. The tower leans about six degrees off center – making this one of the most unique sights in Singapore.
55% of Singapore's ethnic Indians are Hindu, and there are roughly 30 Hindu temples in the country, with two gazetted as National Monuments of Singapore.
Singapore’s Oldest Hindu Temple
Make a quick stop at the Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest Hindu temple that dates back to 1827. Located in Chinatown, Mariamman Kovil or Kling Street Temple as it was popularly known then was constructed by immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power to cure epidemic illnesses and diseases. When you get there, observe the majestic gopuram (gate tower), which is covered with figurative sculptures of gods and goddesses and mythological beasts, an easily recognizable landmark to generations of Hindu worshippers and Singaporeans alike.
During the colonial period, the temple served as an important focal point for community activities and acted as the Registry of Marriages for Hindus at the time when only the temple's priest was authorized to solemnize Hindu marriages. The Theemithi (fire walking ceremony), one of the main festivals celebrated at the temple, is held annually around October and November each year.
Blending Oriental and Occidental Architecture
Built in the mid-19th century, the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple was rebuilt and consecrated in 2003. A pair of nine-foot tall Dwarapalakas (demigod gatekeepers) flank the Rajagopuram entrance tower, which features the Chola style of architecture. The Cholas were the greatest temple builders in the history of India.
Don’t forget to take off your shoes and socks as you step into the main hall. There, you’ll see colorful murals depicting the stories of Lord Vinayagar from the time of his birth till marriage, as well as four granite pillars featuring sculptures of 32 different forms of Lord Vinayagar. These 32 forms of Lord Vinayagar are unique to this temple and not seen in any other Vinayagar temple, even in India.
Catching the Sun
The Sri Thandayuthapani Temple, also known as the Chettiar Hindu Temple, is one of Singapore Hindu community's most important monuments. Built in 1859 and rebuilt in 1983, the distinctive feature of this Southern Indian temple is its roof, with 48 engraved glass panels angled to catch the rising and setting sun.
Dedicated to the six-faced Lord Subramaniam (Lord Muruga), this is the place to be if you want to experience the annual Thaipusam procession. On the day of the festival, devotees shave their heads undertake a pilgrimage along a set route while engaging in various acts of devotion, carrying various types of kavadi (burdens). This may entail carrying a pot of milk, but mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers is also common – a sign of their faith to the religion.
The Peranakans have a unique blend of Chinese and Malay traditions, with various Chinese religions, and the customs, language and dress of their Malay mothers.
Take a walk along the Peranakan Trail to sample all things Peranakan in Singapore. You’ll begin with a visit to the Spice Garden located at the original site of the first Botanic Gardens at Fort Canning Park. Have a stroll through the Spice Garden before heading back to the At-Sunrice academy (a culinary center dedicated to promoting pan-Asian cuisine and culinary skills), where you can join a cooking class to learn the intricacies of Peranakan cooking, influenced by techniques adopted from Malay and Chinese kitchens.
Next, make your way to the Peranakan Museum on nearby Armenian Street, for a full cultural immersion into the heritage, culture, language and costume, as well as the important traditions and rituals of the Peranakans. With the finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artifacts in the world, you’ll discover all that you need to know about this unique fusion culture.
The Peranakan Trail typically encompasses the Joo Chiat area of Singapore, where you can absorb the relaxing atmosphere of this part of town, often associated with Peranakans and Eurasians. Coming to Joo Chiat Complex, you’ll find stores like Guan Huat Lee, which sells all sorts of kitchen utensils and crockery, Nyonya-inspired knick knacks, red wooden clogs and wooden molds used to bake moon cakes (round pastries with assorted fillings that are popularly seen during the Mid-Autumn Festival) and Kway Guan Huat, one of the rare makers of popiah (spring roll) skins.
For accommodation around the area, visit Le Peranankan, a boutique hotel housed in a row of conserved shop houses. Located at 400 East Coast Road, it features authentic Peranakan design, with rooms crafted in Nyonya and Baba styles.
The Joo Chiat and Katong districts in Singapore also pay homage to the fascinating background of the early Peranakans, whose opulent costumes, embroidery, beadwork, jewelry and furniture are a significant part of their culture. Today, you’ll find beautiful Peranakan fashion and decorative items at Rumah Bebe, which comes replete with intricate woodcarvings and furnishing in the beautifully restored house.
Finally, end your Peranakan Trail at dinner-time, trying fine Peranakan cuisine at the well-known Peranakan Inn on East Coast Road, or Chilli Padi at Joo Chiat Place. Remember to order the fish head assam curry and nasi goreng buah keluak, for a taste of two of the more famous traditional Peranakan dishes.
Intricacies of Peranakan Culture
Sitting adjacent to the Geylang district is the Joo Chiat/Katong enclave, which traditionally has been the preserve of the Peranakans, middle class locals and the wealthy merchant class. The Peranakans are descendants of 17th century Chinese and Indian immigrants who married non-Muslim natives from the Malay Archipelago.
They settled in several parts throughout Singapore, but their legacy is best showcased in the colorful shop houses and homes in the Joo Chiat district which sport sculpted facades of animal reliefs and hand-crafted ceramic tiles. In fact, the area is named after a wealthy Peranakan landowner, Chew Joo Chiat, who built most of the shop houses and residential units in the area. Take a walk down Joo Chiat Road and drink in the colorful scenery of Joo Chiat's buildings.
The junction of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road can be suitably described as the heart of Katong. There you’ll find coffee shops selling local delicacies like tau kwa pau (minced pork in fried tofu), ba chang (rice dumplings) and the famous Katong Laksa, which are white rice noodles in a spicy coconut milk broth. Katong is a culinary wonderland with its main road (East Coast Road) dotted with a healthy variety of excellent local and international cuisine.
The olden day opulence and charm of the place remains intact with traditionally Peranakan houses like Katong Antique House and Rumah Bebe. Both are great places to pick up a Peranakan outfit, snacks and home ware, and are must-visit establishments that help you learn more about Peranakan culture.
For accommodation around the area, visit Le Peranankan, a boutique hotel housed in a row of conserved shop houses. Located at 400 East Coast Road, it features authentic Peranakan design, with rooms crafted in Nyonya and Baba styles.
Katong also has numerous cafés and old-world coffee shops like Chin Mee Chin and excellent culinary fixtures such as Sin Hoi Sai coffee shop and Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice, all within a short walking distance of one another. Immerse yourself in Peranakan culture on your visit to Katong and Joo Chiat, and also enjoy its wealth of good food and cultural heritage.
Rich heirs to a diversity of traditions and customs from the East and West, Eurasians are largely of the Christian faith and enjoy its religious celebrations.
Located in Katon, The Eurasian Heritage Centre offers fascinating insight into the Eurasian culture, from music, local celebrities and even language. The community regularly convenes there for get-togethers and special community projects like dance classes and tasting sessions, administered by the Eurasian Association of Singapore.
Always Something to See or Do
Singapore is jam-packed with lots of exciting programs, and their full events calendar proves just that. From exhibitions and sporting events to musical performances and nightlife entertainment - there’s so much for you to choose from. Notable annual events such as the Chingay Parade, Mosaic Music Festival and F1 Singapore Grand Prix are always a hit, while the annual Great Singapore Sale is another event that’s popular with both locals and tourists. With even more in store, you’ll simply be spoilt for choice.
Asia Fashion Exchange
Asia Fashion Summit
Audi Fashion Festival
Chinese New Year
Chingay Parade Singapore
Christmas in the Tropics
Dragon Boat Festival
Fashion Season @ Orchard
Great Singapore Sale
Grand Prix Season Singapore
Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Hari Raya Haji
Hungry Ghost Festival
Mosaic Music Festival
PARCO next NEXT
Singapore Youth Olympic Games
Singapore Arts Festival
Singapore Food Festival
Singapore Garden Festival
Singapore River Festival
Singapore Sun Festival
VivoCity Fashion Showcase
World Gourmet Summit
Whether you’re looking to admire the city skyline or catch up on Singapore history, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a long list of must-see attractions. Some local favorites include enjoying a scenic view of the city on the Singapore Flyer, and being part of a surreal history lesson at the Images of Singapore. With so many attractions in store, they promise you many hours of great family entertainment.
eXplorerKid Family Park
eXploreKid Family Park is ideal for the whole family, with activities that even toddlers and infants can participate in.
Leave the city buzz behind and go on a verdant adventure as you swing from tree to tree at Forest Adventure.
Haw Par Villa
Enjoy an amazing world of Chinese folklore, legends and history at Haw Par Villa which houses more than 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas.
Marina Bay Sands®
Marina Bay Sands® promises tons of entertainment and lots of lifestyle experiences.
Standing at 8.6 meters high and weighing 70 tons, the Merlion statue has a lion’s head and a fish’s body, and is housed in this 2,500 square meter park.
Resorts World™ Sentosa
Resorts World™ Sentosa is the first ever integrated resort on Sentosa Island, bringing with it highly anticipated and exciting new attractions.
Sentosa 4D Magix
Be awed by live effects that are truly unique at the Sentosa 4D Magix, with the light and sound technology utilized usually only available in world-famous theme parks like Universal Studios.
Ride on white-water rapids, fly through atop high mountains and rush through valleys when you take a ride on this state-of-the-art virtual rollercoaster.
Universal Studios Singapore®
Experience blockbuster adventures like never before.
Gems in the Sky allows visitors to enjoy the scenic view of the lush greenery and stunning coastal sights during their 10 minute cable car ride.
Tiger Sky Tower
Visitors can enjoy the experience of languorously elevating to a height of 131 meters above sea level and the breathtaking views of Singapore.
Taste the Fine Flavors of Gourmet Dining
Food is an integral part of culture in Singapore, and there’s no better way to celebrate food than with a host of fine dining restaurants. Indulge in exclusive creations from famous or award-winning celebrity chefs at restaurants across the island to satisfy your delectable palate.
Art masterpieces in Singapore have a plethora of museums which they can call home. There are even privately funded ones, which usually showcase personal collections from renowned artists. More than just being an exhibition space, the museums also seek to educate the general public on the appreciation of art. For art lovers, it is a chance to marvel at some of the greatest works ever produced by visionaries of the art world.
If you’re looking to invest in a piece of Chinese contemporary art that’s all the rage in today’s bustling art market, this is a great place to start your search as you'll certainly find something you like.
The NUS Art Museum aims to create an enriching experience of the social history and the art of Asia to NUS and the nation through strategic acquisitions, exhibitions and research of an extensive range of artworks.
Red Dot Design Museum
The second of its kind in the world, the Red Dot Design Museum is located in the Red Dot Traffic building, a grandiose colonial style building which used to be the headquarters of the Singapore Traffic Police.
8Q SAM | Singapore Art Museum
This state-of-the-art museum houses one of the world's largest public collections of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian artworks. Opened in 1996, the Singapore Art Museum is a leading presenter of local and international art practices showcasing cutting edge art expressions.
Tan Swie Hian Museum
The rustic and oldies feel of the Tan Swie Hian Museum is interesting to see for yourself, and is a testament to one of the most famous and hardworking artists working right there in Singapore.
The Arts House
The Arts House is not only Singapore’s oldest surviving government building, but also the only gazetted government building designated as a multi-disciplinary arts center.
Get in Touch with Nature
One of the distinct features of Singapore’s landscape is her abundance of greenery. You’ll notice trees and flowers adorning almost every corner of the island – breathing life to the surroundings while offering a cool respite from the tropical weather. Nature lovers can trek through the nature reserves to take in the sights of flora and fauna, or simply enjoy a picnic on the lawns of Singapore’s numerous parks and gardens. Living green never felt this good.
Bukit Batok Nature Park
Popular with nature lovers and runners, the Bukit Batok Nature Park offers meandering paths through the scenic forest.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Home to a vast number of plant, animal and insect species, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has more than 500 species of animals and over 840 flowering plants.
East Coast Park
With its beachside location and a host of recreational activities, East Coast Park won’t leave you disappointed.
Fort Canning Park
Situated near the bustling Orchard Road shopping district, Fort Canning Park is a historical center, a venue for performances and concerts, and a location where you can enjoy nature.
Learning and education are two of Hort Park’s main aims, and activities and events are held all year round to generate interest and enhance awareness of the area.
Labrador Nature Reserve
Explore the rocky cliff-side vegetation and enjoy the panoramic views of the sea at Labrador Nature Reserve.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Sprawled over 87 hectares of wetland and located in the north west of the island, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is also home to a wide variety of wildlife and lush flora and fauna.
Be spoilt for choice as you satisfy your love for shopping at the revamped Orchard Road, the new Resorts World™ Sentosa’s FestiveWalk™, Luxury Fashion and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®. From luxurious goods and fashionable clothing, to technology items, gadgets and more, find the best places to spot the latest trends and fill your shopping bags at this shopping mecca.
A Walk to Remember
FestiveWalk™ promises to be a world-class shopping experience, showcasing the Chihuly Gallery™, a first in Asia, the world’s first Michael Graves Gallery™, the Resorts World™ Gift Shop and numerous other luxury retail outlets.
Dale Chihuly is a world renowned glass sculptor, known worldwide for being the pioneer of the glass sculpture movement and for his fluid and colorful installations. A unique collection of his works is on display in Resorts World Sentosa at the Chihuly Gallery, including the Sentosa Persian Tower and the Sentosa End of Day Chandelier. This contemporary glass artist will open his first retail outlet in Asia at FestiveWalk, and will feature items such as glass set works, original hand-painted drawings and limited edition prints.
The world’s first and only Michael Graves Gallery will present various products exclusively designed by Michael Graves himself, including original drawings, fine art posters, books, stationery, personal accessories, kitchenware and even a fashion line for both men and ladies. Also, be sure to view his popular signature range of home ware, designed exclusively for renowned Italian manufacturer, Alessi.
The Resorts World Gift Shop will be a great place to bring back memorabilia for family and friends. With its exclusive line of jewelry and stationery, a limited edition mahjong set, and a limited edition teddy bear (with only 10,000 pieces produced, and available in gold, green and red). You’ll also find an exquisite miniature crystal mahjong set on display.
Retail group Valiram Group will also bring together some of the most exclusive luxury brands into Luxury Fashion at Resorts World Sentosa, set across a 30,000 square feet retail space. With over 45 retail stores offering everything from leading international brands to lifestyle creations and collectibles, this will be a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Nestled within the link way connecting three Signature Hotels – Festive Hotel™, Hotel Michael™ and the Crockfords™ Tower, this luxury retail esplanade will provide a seamless luxury shopping experience which will certainly appeal to discerning shoppers.
Luxury Fashion is also the first and only retail strip to offer on-the-spot tax refunds for tourists, turning your retail therapy experience into an enjoyable and hassle-free one. Some of the exciting brands that have debuted in there include Victoria’s Secret, Damiani, a leading Italian jeweler, and Canali, an Italian luxury menswear company. Vie Beaute, a modern and interactive beauty hall which encompasses all major fragrance and cosmetics brands, has also opened its doors there.
FestiveWalk™ is the only retail esplanade at Sentosa and Resorts World Sentosa, so be sure to visit all the exclusive boutiques and retail galleries there, with high fashion brands, avant-garde concept stores, the breathtaking Chihuly Gallery and the exclusive Michael Graves Gallery.
World Class Retail
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands® will be one of Singapore’s largest luxury shopping malls, with over 800,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. This eye-catching modern shopping mecca features a contemporary and open design, with breathtaking views of Singapore's city skyline. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, visitors can look forward to a refreshing mix of international luxury brands, emerging labels and new concepts.
Natural sunlight will bathe the mall, illuminating the interiors via full-glass windows. Other innovative concepts there include Singapore’s first skating rink within a mall, as well as a canal which takes visitors on a relaxing boat ride through the retail belt in one of the many beautifully crafted sampans.
Among the illustrious list of upcoming retailers, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands will feature Bally, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Burberry, Cartier, Christian Dior, Fendi, Ferragamo, Franck Muller, Gucci, HugoBoss, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Omega, Patek Philippe, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co. and Yves Saint Laurent and many more. Anne Fontaine, Henry Cotton’s, Stefano Ricci and Wolford are also some of the stores that will make their debut in there.
Another exciting addition will be the Louis Vuitton ‘island’ boutique housed in the Crystal Pavilion. There will be two glass and steel Crystal Pavilions in Marina Bay Sands, with the other housing the exclusive Pangaea and Avalon nightclubs.
This cosmopolitan blend of renowned luxury brands and new designers will offer fashion-conscious shoppers an opportunity to set their own style trends; so feel free to embrace this collection of luxury boutiques as the stores open in full bloom in 2010, or simply take in the views at the floating Crystal Pavilion along the calm waters of Marina Bay.
A Luxury Feast
The imposing and majestic ION Orchard is the newest addition to the famous Orchard Road shopping strip. Amongst the largest in Singapore, this shopping mall has more than 300 food and retail outlets. Big luxury brands with new-concept shops and flagship stores there include Prada, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.
ION Orchard is also the scene of many shopping debutants to Singapore, such as Dunkin Donuts and ThreeSixty. But ION is much more than just a shopping mall; it’s more of an extravagant shopping destination that simply has to be experienced. ION Orchard also has a media façade, a multi-sensory canvas media wall that changes colors depending on the mood, and a massive public square for events.
It also has its own art exhibition called ION Art, and a huge observation deck named ION Sky, which opens in late 2010, making it the trendiest new shopping venue around. For a brand-new shopping experience that is sure to satisfy, visit ION Orchard today, and don’t forget also to see the skyline from its 75,000 sq. foot garden on the ninth floor.
Many in Singapore cite sports as a favorite past-time, and with amenities so readily available and easily accessible, it’s no wonder why. People from all walks of life, young and old, actively engage in sports for recreation or competition, with popular sports being football, basketball, tennis, golf, badminton, rugby and more.
Besides the usual on-ground sports, there’s also an array of sea sports that you can pursue, such as sailing, kayaking and waterskiing. Lovers of underwater life will be pleased to hear that there’s also scuba-diving and snorkeling available. With so many sports to choose from, you can be sure to get your dose of sporting action in Singapore.
Be it table tennis, indoor ice sports, Xtreme Sports or gyming, they have all bases covered with numerous indoor facilities located island wide.
Ping pong seems like an easy sports (after all it’s merely about hitting a celluloid ball with a diameter of 4cm) but it’s quite possibly one of the most strenuous and fast paced racket based sports around with insane smashes rocketing up to 112 km/h.
How about trying your hand at this English game invented during the Victorian era at one of the many community centers and sports halls throughout Singapore. And if you just want to catch world-class paddlers in action, contact the Singapore Table Tennis Association at (65) 6354 1014 for a list of local and international fixtures. There’s bound to be some intense smashes and swerving spin action at the Toa Payoh Stadium, during the inaugural Youth Olympic Games later this year in August.
Beating the heat in the cool rink while sashaying in leonine grace gets the two thumbs up from most folks, especially the visitors from cool climates. And getting the better of the weather is one of the more compelling reasons for crowds to flock to the hallowed grounds of Kallang’s Ice World, Singapore’s largest ice skating rink, located in the east of the city state.
Believe it not, Singapore has its very own ice hockey league—the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) is now in its eighth season and comprises 12 teams represented by over 170 players. The league runs from April to September with thrice-weekly nights of hockey. So if you hanker for watching some high octane local blade action, call the NIHL at (65) 6276 0364 for more match schedules and updates.
If kicking, pushing and coasting like a beautiful rebel without a cause is your thing, then the S$8 million Xtreme SkatePark in East Coast is where the good vibes are.
The 1.4 hectares Xtreme SkatePark built by acclaimed Australian company Convic Design has a street course with standard obstacles such as stairs, handrails, and ledges and a combo bowl with different depths for beginners. There is also a 3.6m deep vertical bowl where seasoned skate heads and BMX enthusiasts hone their repertoire of gravity defying stunts.
And if you’re a gym rat like most people, to visit the many fitness centers and gyms located throughout the city. Most good hotels come with in-house gyms and fitness centers equipped with quality exercise equipment. Almost every establishment has personal trainers who will help you handle your niggling physical issues with effective exercise regimes that’ll make you feel fitter and leaner before you step on your flight back.
If you are bored of maniacally running on the treadmill, then you can attend Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing) classes, capoeira (a rigorous Brazilian martial art-dance), Pilates and yoga to strengthen your core muscles. There is no shortage of establishments offering short classes.
Happy exercising and make sure you take all precautionary measures before embarking on any strenuous activity.
Be it a leisurely walk along a nature trail, cycling around the island, paintballing, bungee jumping or outdoor rock climbing, the numerous venues around Singapore offer you many highs.
There are numerous hikes and trails scattered all around the island, including within the heart of the city; all in close proximity to one another.
National Parks, the body responsible for maintaining these parks, also offers a variety of guided tours and nature trails in parks and reserves, so you can learn more about native flora and fauna and eco-conservation in Singapore.
You can also join a group on a one-hour walk along Lower Pierce Trail and Prunes Trail in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and help restore degraded area of rainforest by removing dangerous weeds.
If you are fit trekker and game for a more challenging walk, how about attempting the 10.3km hike into MacRitchie Reservoir, where you will be treated to a scenic view of lush jungle canopy when you cross the longest suspension bridge in Singapore.
Unleash the eco warrior in you—pump up the pedal and circumnavigate around the island on a bicycle.
Weaving through the busy urban traffic might be a tad challenging for the average biker, so just give that a miss and head for the myriad cycling trails and park connectors around the city for a safe, conducive two-wheel trek to unravel the nooks and crannies of wonderful Singapore.
Formerly a quarry, Ketam Mountain Bike Park in Pulau Ubin (an island off eastern Singapore) has an area of 45 hectares, contains the best of biking trails in Singapore in Pulau Ubin. Built according to International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Standards, there are 10km of trails with five levels of difficulty to cater to all types of cyclists, from beginners to seasoned competitors.
Like the very best American pop cultural exports, paintballing has rapidly grown into a mainstay on the Singapore recreational industry, with numerous battlegrounds sprouting all over the country. Extremely popular with corporate organizations that use the sport to build team spirit and camaraderie, the contagious paintball fever has also spread to large groups of visitors out seek an adrenaline fix with a twist while on their travels. The usual haunts are Singapore’s largest paintball arena Red Dynasty Paintball Park in Lorong Chencharu’s Bottle Tree Park and TAG Paintball at Bukit Timah’s Turf City.
Bungee jumping in the city and in the reverse direction? Only in Singapore, right. At perennial favorites, G MAX the Ultimate Bungee and GX-5 Xtreme Swing, you’ll be able to experience what astronauts feel during a rocket launch— hurtling as high as some of the buildings in the vicinity. You start tethered to the ground, in your capsule and voila—you are unleashed, soaring into the city’s skyline with a thrilling surge of pure adrenaline.
Like all things in life, one needs balance, and after feasting on the carb-heavy local cuisine, it’s probably wise to engage in some strenuous activities like rock climbing to burn off those calories. Seasoned climbing enthusiasts who relish the challenges of outdoor urban climbing should attempt the granite walls of a disused quarry in Dairy Farm, but do take extensive safety precautions when you are there.
Many visitors first impressions on Singapore were indelibly formed, courtesy of plasma screens beaming the awe inspiringly magnificent cityscape and streets, where the world’s greatest race drivers in their sleek engineering marvels revved and battled in F1’s first ever night race.
But there’s more in the sporting events calendar for all who prefer getting their kicks from watching world-class athletes pitting against each other in different arenas. Avid supporters of golf, sailing, netball and marathons are in for a treat at world-class events like HSBC’s Women Golf Championships, Barclays Singapore Open, Volvo Ocean Race, Netball Nations Cup and Standard Charted Singapore Marathon.
One of the sporting highlights every year is the inaugural Youth Olympics Games, where the brightest young sporting talents from over 170 nations will take center stage and vie for medals in a host of competitive sports.
The beautiful game is undoubtedly Singapore’s most popular sport. Their deep historical roots with Britain extend to this day, as much of the nation’s population are hooked on the English Premier League, thronging the many bars and neighborhood coffee shops to catch the games live on most weekends.
For a quintessentially heartland experience, scoot down to one of the local joints to watch fans—usually boisterous middle-aged local punters imbibing Tiger beer—following the action, which includes heartfelt expressions of anguish and joy.
But if you prefer catching the action in the flesh, troop down to one of 11 regional stadiums to catch local league football games. The S-League, as it’s named, is touted as one of Asia’s top 10 leagues, with the season running from February to November. If the idea of watching 22 men in kits chasing a leather ball doesn’t appeal you, there is always a diverse selection of enthralling sports action in the calendar to pick your fix from.
For those into horse-racing, don’t miss the large contingent of thoroughbreds racing at the ultra-modern Singapore Turf Club in Kranji. Introduced by the British, horse racing has grown to become one of the most popular forms of entertainment among locals. Races are typically held on the Friday evenings and weekend afternoons.
Singapore is perhaps the only major horse racing destination where visitors can expect to be picked up from and dropped back to their hotels. Just make sure that you are decked in your finest formal wear.
With its tropical climate and pristine seas, Singapore is the perfect locale for water sports. In the past, the waterways of Singapore used to be used for fishing, transport and shipping. However, as the usage of local water bodies evolved, sampans (small wooden boats) are no longer seen and have been replaced by wakeboarding boats, canoes and sailboats. With intricate planning, the water sports scene on their island is now vibrant and active, with watersport activities and events happening on a regular basis.
With numerous waterfront parks dotted around Singapore, you will be able to enjoy the sun, sand and sea no matter where you are. If you seek that adrenaline fix, head down to East Coast Park and immerse yourself in Singapore’s first cable ski park. Called SKI360°, this cable ski park has a lagoon which can accommodate up to eight riders at a time. You can enjoy the thrill of cable-skiing, cable wakeboarding or even night skiing, all in one place.
If you'd rather paddle along calm waters and soak up the sun, Bedok Reservoir is the place where you can enjoy hours of fun, dragon boating or kayaking. For speed demons, Pasir Ris Park offers Dinghy Sailing, where you can feel the wind against you body while skimming over the sea.
The newest reservoir in Singapore, the Marina Reservoir, offers a wide range of activities as well, from rowing to canoeing. With a one-kilometer straight race course, competitions and events are held there regularly, with Singapore’s business and financial district as the backdrop. Other parks which offer more water-based excitement include Changi Beach Park, Kallang Riverside Park and Lower Seletar Reservoir Park, where activities such as power boating, water skiing and kayaking can be enjoyed.
With such a colorful and dynamic water sports scene in Singapore, why not gather your friends and hit the parks today.