Singapore: Where city and island life coincide

City life and wildlife meet in Singapore. Join the River Safari – a river-themed zoo and aquarium that’s positioned between the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari – and you’ll discover more than 6,000 aquatic and land animals. Stroll along freshwater aquariums and walk-through exhibits, including the Giant Panda Forest and the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, Amazon Flooded Forest. Singapore Zoo boasts world-famous ‘open concept’ exhibits, which offer visitors the opportunity to experience and be inspired by nature. With more than 2,800 animals, 40-plus animal feeding sessions, photo opportunities, shows and rides, there’s plenty on offer at the world’s best rainforest zoo.

As dusk falls, prepare to watch more than 1,000 nocturnal animals as they start their nightly rituals on Singapore’s Night Safari. Get up close to them as they frolic, graze and hunt. You’ll board a tram that will whoosh you through seven geographical regions. More of a morning person? Hop out of bed early and head to the Singapore Zoo Gardens (www.zoo.com.sg) for a Jungle Breakfast with the resident orangutans.

If your idea of an adventure is as simple as a perfect picnic, stock up on local treats and head to East Coast Park, which is popular with runners, cyclists and rollerbladers. For a memorable stroll at dusk or dawn – when the city shines – take the Forest Walk and follow the curvaceous Henderson Waves Bridge for an eye-widening treetop view of the surrounding jungle. If you need to escape the city’s buzz for a bit, stroll through the Singapore Botanic Gardens (www.sbg.org.sg), which is particularly lovely at dawn, when the region’s spectacular display of flora more than merits the wake-up call. (The gardens open their doors at 5am.) If all that sounds a little too early for adventures, go for a sunset wander along the Changi Point Boardwalk, on Singapore’s easternmost tip.

Craving something a little faster-paced? Singapore has a wealth of sports clubs to pick from. You could go sailing with SAF Yacht Club, charter a boat or go windsurfing. At-Sunrice is Singapore’s most popular cookery school; its Spice Garden Walks deliver a tasty lesson on Asia’s herbs. After each tour, you can watch a cookery demonstration that will show you how to spice up your Singaporean, Malay and Peranakan concoctions (www.at-sunrice.com)

Five great reasons to fly with Singapore Airlines:

1) Fly via Singapore and connect onto four weekly flights.

2) Redeem a $20 Changi Dollar Voucher to spend at Singapore Changi Airport.

3) Break your journey in Singapore with a discounted Singapore Stopover Holiday Package. 

4) Alternatively, experience a taste of Singapore with a free Singapore Tour if your transit is more than 5.5 hours.

5) Fly with the world’s most awarded airline. Enjoy over 1,000 entertainment options at your finger tips or savour the best of Asian and International cuisine from the comfort of your industry leading seat.

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