When we plan trips to Singapore, the number one thing on our itinerary is shopping. Before we can even get there, most of us will already be thinking about what we can bring home after the trip. There are loads of shopping centres and bargain finds in Singapore, it is truly impossible not to see something that is worth buying. In fact, they even have an event that offers low prices for branded brands, called the Great Singapore Sale. Then the next thing on our list is visiting the Merlion, going to Universal Studios, and making a trip out of trying all kinds of food from the hawker centres.
But no one ever thinks about visiting the zoo or the gardens, huh? That probably did not even cross your mind the first time you saw the word “Singapore” while reading this. But it has one of the best jungle and green space destinations in Asia. Yes, you read that right, the zoos offer jungle settings to make visiting the zoo more realistic. What is more is some zoos have animals that are free-ranging? Imagine being able to tour a zoo where the animals are just inches away from you, and then recounting your experiences at one of the best designed gardens in Asia.
Before you book a flight or look up cheap travel insurances going to Singapore, allow us to list down some of the best green spaces to visit on your trip.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Not only is it the best way to take a break from skyscrapers and traffic, the botanic gardens offers the most breathtaking landscape amidst the city. The gardens are so well-designed that it would be easy for you to forget the world outside. You can visit a rainforest section, bonsai and orchid gardens, the serene Swan Lake, and more. Here you will also see old trees that date back to Queen Victoria’s time, stretched high up in the heavens.
The Singapore Zoo is considered to be one of the world’s best zoos. Most of the animals housed here are free-roaming, which means you can stand under a tree where monkeys are playing, some which can only be found in the forests of Borneo.
One of its highlights is also one of the most popular attractions in the Singapore Zoo, called the Night Safari. It is the world’s first nocturnal zoo, an open-air, tropical forest setting that is divided into different geographical zones. The animals featured include pangolins, deer, tarsiers, elephants, and tigers.
The Southern Ridges
The Southern Ridges in Singapore is composed of three parks: Telok Blangah Hill Park, Mount Faber, and Kent Ridge Park. These are all connected together through walk paths and has one of the best trails you can use on your walk up. Included in its trail is the raised walkway called the Forest Walk and the 300m Floral Walk. The highest of these is Mount Faber, you still have to ride a cable car up just to reach the highest point. As a treat, you can watch the sunset at the Altivo & Glass Bar and see a breathtaking view of the straits.
For a small city-state, Singapore is able to offer different kinds of destinations for all kinds of tourists. Go on and explore everything that Singapore has to offer and get ready to experience a unique trip that you will never forget.