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Donovan’s guidebook

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Donovan’s guidebook

Sightseeing
Singapore comes to life at night with mesmerising light shows that delight crowds all over the city. Check out regular, stellar displays at Marina Bay and Sentosa, while keeping a close eye on special events in the pipeline. Come enjoy the infinity pool at the top of Marina Bay Sands but you need to book a room with the hotel first. Otherwise, grab some drinks at Ce La Vi, a rooftop bar at Marina Bay which offers you spectacular views of the city.
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Marina Bay Sands Singapore
10 Bayfront Ave
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Singapore comes to life at night with mesmerising light shows that delight crowds all over the city. Check out regular, stellar displays at Marina Bay and Sentosa, while keeping a close eye on special events in the pipeline. Come enjoy the infinity pool at the top of Marina Bay Sands but you need to book a room with the hotel first. Otherwise, grab some drinks at Ce La Vi, a rooftop bar at Marina Bay which offers you spectacular views of the city.
Arguably one of Singapore’s most recognisable landmarks, the landscape of Gardens By The Bay would fit right in as the set for an alien home planet. Its most striking feature is its Supertree Grove, with 18 vertical gardens, the tallest of which rises nearly 20 storeys! The best time to visit the Supertrees is at night. Admission to Gardens by the Bay is free, and the park is open daily from 5 am to 2 am. Admission charges apply to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
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Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Dr
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Arguably one of Singapore’s most recognisable landmarks, the landscape of Gardens By The Bay would fit right in as the set for an alien home planet. Its most striking feature is its Supertree Grove, with 18 vertical gardens, the tallest of which rises nearly 20 storeys! The best time to visit the Supertrees is at night. Admission to Gardens by the Bay is free, and the park is open daily from 5 am to 2 am. Admission charges apply to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
First opened in 1973, the Singapore Zoo spans nearly 70 acres and is home to over 300 species of animals. It is often praised for its design, opting for an ‘open’ captivity model so that animals feel less restricted by the enclosures. To help visitors get around the grounds of the zoo, they provide a variety of methods of transportation, including trams and boats. For something a bit more unique, you can visit the zoo after dark when it opens for the Night Safari and get a glimpse into how many animals behave at night.
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Singapore Zoo
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First opened in 1973, the Singapore Zoo spans nearly 70 acres and is home to over 300 species of animals. It is often praised for its design, opting for an ‘open’ captivity model so that animals feel less restricted by the enclosures. To help visitors get around the grounds of the zoo, they provide a variety of methods of transportation, including trams and boats. For something a bit more unique, you can visit the zoo after dark when it opens for the Night Safari and get a glimpse into how many animals behave at night.
Grab some water and head to MacRitchie Reservoir to do the MacRitchie Treetop Walk. It’s a 250 metre long bridge that stands 25 metres above the forest floor. The entire hike takes a few hours, so be sure to carry plenty of water and wear good shoes. Afterwards, go for a stroll along the boardwalk that runs around the reservoir and see if you can spot the giant monkey family that lives there.
Macritchie Treetop Walk Trailhead
Grab some water and head to MacRitchie Reservoir to do the MacRitchie Treetop Walk. It’s a 250 metre long bridge that stands 25 metres above the forest floor. The entire hike takes a few hours, so be sure to carry plenty of water and wear good shoes. Afterwards, go for a stroll along the boardwalk that runs around the reservoir and see if you can spot the giant monkey family that lives there.
Neighbourhoods
Some of Singapore’s richest heritage lies in its trifecta of cultural neighbourhoods: Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street. Follow one of the National Heritage Board’s self-guided walks around Little India to take in its religious diversity, or queue up for a plate of Michelin star-winning chicken rice. Over in Arab Street, get your fix of Mediterranean food, and then spend an evening enjoying some shisha and people-watching.
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Chinatown
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Some of Singapore’s richest heritage lies in its trifecta of cultural neighbourhoods: Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street. Follow one of the National Heritage Board’s self-guided walks around Little India to take in its religious diversity, or queue up for a plate of Michelin star-winning chicken rice. Over in Arab Street, get your fix of Mediterranean food, and then spend an evening enjoying some shisha and people-watching.
Take a closer look around corners and up on the walls of the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood to find some artistic treasures. Local heritage lover Yip Yew Chong, who grew up in Tiong Bahru, has three murals scattered around, depicting some of his memories of days gone past. Animal photographer Ernest Goh once had a series of chicken fish pasted on the walls, though these days only a family of three goatscan still be seen around Tiong Bahru Market, where you can also spot a colourful peacock and its tail feather on the inner air well by Australian artist Makatron.
Tiong Bahru
Take a closer look around corners and up on the walls of the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood to find some artistic treasures. Local heritage lover Yip Yew Chong, who grew up in Tiong Bahru, has three murals scattered around, depicting some of his memories of days gone past. Animal photographer Ernest Goh once had a series of chicken fish pasted on the walls, though these days only a family of three goatscan still be seen around Tiong Bahru Market, where you can also spot a colourful peacock and its tail feather on the inner air well by Australian artist Makatron.