Singapore in recent years has enjoyed a regeneration that has transformed it into a macrocosm of the island’s diverse population. One side of the island, you’re in China, another area, you’re in India and on the way back you can see the skyscrapers and theme parks that define metropolitan America. Gone are the days of Singapore, the stale sojourn on the way to more exciting destinations like Australia, and here comes Singapore, the tourist destination. Book your car hire Singapore with easyCar and manoeuvre the intricate system of bridges connecting the manmade floating structures that adjoining this island state, thus enabling you to discover everything this cosmopolitan hub has to offer.
Possibly one of Singapore’s most famous attractions with 1.7 million visitors annually, it would be remiss of us not to mention Singapore Zoo. Built in 1973, at a cost of $9 million, these 69 lush acres of land that abut Singapore’s Upper Seletar Reservoir, house over 2800 animals of over 315 species in naturalistic open exhibits. For an experience of a lifetime, delight in a buffet breakfast with the orang-utans, or high-five a sloth as it suspends itself from the trees it calls home! Let the kids tire themselves out at Rainforest Kidzworld, equipped with slides, swings plus farmyard animals fixing for some affection and a feed.
When the sun goes down, neighbouring Singapore Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo, allows for a comprehensive understanding of tropical wildlife thanks to the humid rainforest the attraction finds itself in. The animals, which include Indian rhinoceroses and giant zebra, are lit in a way that is bright enough for us humans to see, but resembles moonlight, so as not to disturb them. All can be explored via walking or tram trails; there’s no better or more comfortable way to engage with this adventitious environment!
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Archetypal of Singapore’s potpourri of cultures, the Little India district is an explosion of colours and scents; the area’s existence pays tribute to the Indian and Sri Lankan immigrants that helped build Singapore. On the must-see list is Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, an homage to Hindu goddess Kali, destroyer of negative forces. Wonderfully ornate both outside and in, it is bound to be a positive episode in your Singapore getaway. A short 20 minute drive away lies another temple, this time in Chinatown: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Erected in 2002, in the Tang dynasty style, it is said to house a relic of the Buddha’s tooth, which can be seen on the fourth floor. After being reacquainted with your spiritual side why not go on a shopping spree in Chinatown?
Hollywood comes to Singapore in the form of Universal Studios Singapore, half an hour’s drive from the airport, the first of its kind in South East Asia. Throw caution to the wind, and enjoy a series of rides, rollercoasters and exhibitions pertaining to some of Universal’s most famous films (Shrek and Madagascar are our highlights).