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Singapore: Fun All the Way

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An August 2002 trip to Singapore by phileasfogg

merlion Photo, Sentosa, Singapore More Photos
Quote: Singapore has much to recommend it- the historic Raffles Hotel and its equally famous Singapore Sling; quaint Chinatown; beautifully clean streets- and plenty to amuse adults and children alike. This is a great place for a family holiday, and a comparatively inexpensive one if you plan it well!

Singapore: Fun All the Way

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There’s lots to see and do in this city. Singapore may be small- a country that’s just an island can’t be considered large by any standards- but it packs in quite a bit. For those who are culturally inclined, beautifully ethnic quarters like Little India and Chinatown are must-sees; and for those who’ve come here for the more simple pleasures in life, there’s everything from an evening ride in a noisy bumboat, to be followed up with a dinner along Boat Quay or Clarke Quay. Dip your hand in the water of the world’s largest fountain, at Suntec City and your wish may just get granted; or head off on a shop-till-you-drop (clichéd, but appropriate in this case) spree alon...Read More

Jurong Bird Park

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Jurong Bird Park Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Jurong Bird Park is one of those ‘not-to-be-missed’ sights in Singapore: everybody goes there, and although it’s primarily a children’s attraction, even adults can have a great time here (well, we did, at least!). It’s a lot of fun, and really quite spectacular- a huge spread of 50 acres of parkland, in places almost as thick as a rainforest- teeming with birds. The park has all of about 8,000 birds, of 600 species. There are separate areas for flamingos, hornbills, toucans, parrots and macaws, cranes, spoonbills, storks, birds of prey, and more- an ornithologist’s dream come true!We spent a decent four hours or so in the park, walking through it all- among the sections we liked the most wer...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2004

Jurong Bird Park
2 Jurong Hill
Singapore, Singapore 628925
65 6265 0022

Orchard Road

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Orchard Road is where Singapore shops. And not just shops, but also eats, drinks, and makes merry. This busy, glittering street is a bustling thoroughfare full of malls- a mad whirligig of shops stretching from crazy party ideas to baby clothing, art to heavily sequined laces to quick-stitch kits, Swarovski to Timberland, cameras to lingerie, books to food to music and- well, virtually everything else you could possibly think of!Orchard Road draws its name from the fact that it was once, during the mid-1800s, lined with plantations of pepper and nutmeg. About the only people who actually lived in the area at the time were wealthy British planters. In the 1900s, a disease killed off most of the pepp...Read More

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Orchard Road

Singapore, Singapore

Jurong Reptile and Crocodile Paradise

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Iguanas Photo, Singapore, Asia
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We had, like all dutiful and conscientious tourists in Singapore, gone to the Jurong Bird Park for a delightful half-day; and after that half-day was over, we discovered that another lesser-known attraction lay right across the road. The neighbouring Jurong Reptile and Crocodile Paradise is, compared to the famous Jurong Bird Park, a much smaller, much less loved collection that wears a rather forlorn and neglected look about it. Few tourists ever come here, as a result of which it’s rather unkempt- and maybe that’s all part of an unhappy cycle, because the unkempt look deters tourists. Anyway, we decided to be adventurous and give it a shot. And it wasn’t bad, really. In fact, it was quite interes...Read More

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merlion Photo, Sentosa, Singapore
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Yes, this does sound rather a lot to put into one journal entry, but it actually is a single activity. The trip to Sentosa Island, with its many attractions, packs in quite a bit- hotels, eateries, and enough entertainment for those who aren’t on the lookout for very cultural stuff. We began our jaunt just after lunch, with a taxi ride to the cable car station that is the take-off point for Mount Faber. Mount Faber is en route to Sentosa. The ride (in a glass cable car) gave us a chance to see Singapore in all its glory- city and forests, seas and land: a truly amazing experience.After getting off the cable car at Sentosa, we caught a bus to the first big attracti...Read More

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Night Safari

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Singapore, with its tall buildings and wide roads, busy malls and crowded markets- all of it packed into a tiny little corner of Southeast Asia- hardly seems like a likely place for encounters with the wild. Which is why the Night Safari, the world’s first (and unless I’m mistaken, only) night zoo, comes as a bit of a surprise. The Night Safari boasts some 1,200 animals of about 110 species, spread out across eight distinct zones that represent geographical regions like the savannah, the Southeast Asian rainforest, the jungles of Myanmar, the terai (the wooded foothills of the Himalayas) and the pampas. The Night Safari is different from most other zoos in a number of ways. The animals, instead...Read More

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Night Safari
80 Mandai Lake Rd.
Singapore 729826
+65 6269 3411