For most tourists and travellers, Singapore is a dream destination that they would give everything just to visit in this lifetime. The small Asian country has over the decades carved out a name for itself as a fine tourist destination that has everything needed to make a tourist’s stay in the country worthwhile.
With a population of just over five million people, Singapore is generally regarded as the safest country to travel to in Asia, and boasts of one of the best records on the continent in terms of crime rate as very little criminal cases are reported in the country.
With so many tourist attractions and things to do in Singapore, we take a look at a few of them.
Gardens by the Bay
Garden by the Bay, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Singapore, the splendid nature Park is located in Marina and covers 250 acres of reclaimed land. The garden was created by the state in 2012 as part of efforts to enhance the quality of life in the city by creating more green lands and natural environment. The park has three fronts namely, Bay South Garden in South Marina, Bay Central Garden in Kallang and Bay East Garden in Marina East. The park since its creation has been the most popular destination in Singapore and receives nearly five million visitors annually. In 2014, the park was reported to have received 6.3 million visitors from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. While recent data shows the park has received well over 50 million tourists since its creation in 2012. With so many trees, Greenland, and wonderful flowers, the Gardens by the Bay is among the best places to visit in Singapore for the lover of nature.
One of the best things to do in Singapore is to take a tour of the city and enjoy the beauty of this amazingly unique city-state. While taking a tour of a city may be seen as a normal unexciting activity that is not the case when it comes to Singapore. The city boasts of the finest technologies, modern skyscrapers, an amazing culture and wonderful people that make touring the city a delight for tourists who are visiting for the first time. With comfortable buses always roaming about in the city, it is not difficult to find one and join to tour the beautiful city of Singapore. In fact, it is almost criminal to visit Singapore and not take a tour of the city and experience its beauty and meet its amazing people.
Jurong Bird Park
The Jurong Bird Park is the biggest bird park in Asia and among the largest wildlife reserves om the continent with a land size of 50 acres. The park which is situated on Jurong Hill, Singapore has about five hundred species of birds and is home to more than 12,000 birds. The park was officially opened in 1971 after years of development, with some renovations taking place in 2,006 and has since then has become a major tourism destination with an annual visitor population of about 800,000. The park is divided into various attractions and sections, notable among them being the Aviary Waterfall, the Lory Loft, the Parrot Paradise, Penguin Coasts, Pelican Cove and World of Darkness. All these sections of the park are accessible to the public and tourists who visit the park. Very few travellers visit Singapore and leave the shores of the small island without taking a trip to the park to witness these amazing creations of nature.
The Singapore Zoo is arguably the world’s finest rainforest zoo. The facility is located in Mandai, in the most forested part of the area and occupies about 69 acres of land. It was officially opened in 1973 to help protect rare wildlife animals that are on the brink of extinction as well as serve as a major tourism hub for Singapore, a mission the zoo has successfully accomplished over the decades and continues to deliver on that mandate. Currently, the zoo houses 315 different species of animals, with about 18% of them being endangered species that are under threat and on the brink of extinction. Rare animals like White tiger, the mandrill, cotton-top tamarin and Hamadryas Baboon find safety and comfort in the zoo and are protected from dangers like poaching which wildlife animals are exposed to. In terms of the tourism population, the zoo records an average of 1.7 million visitors every year, from abroad and within the country.
The River Safari is an iconic animal-themed zoo, the first of its kind in Asia. The facility is located near the Singapore Zoo and is nestled between the zoo and the Night Safari. Tourists who visit the River Safari get on board a boat and are taken on a boat ride through the river-themed zoo to see some of the aquatic animals in the clean water river. The river contains 300 species of aquatic animals. The zoo, located in the Panda forest was first opened to the public in 2012 as one of the finest zoos in the world, attracting over a million tourists in its first year of operations. There are not many of its kind in the world, and it would be a huge miss should you ever visit Singapore and not pay a visit to the River Safari.
Singapore has over the decades proven to be a leader in the tourism sector this is clearly manifested in their Night Safari, the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The night safari as the name suggests is a nocturnal zoo that houses animals that are active at night so instead of tourists visiting during the day time, they rather visit during the night when the animals are up and about. The zoo was constructed in 1994 and occupies 86 acres of rainforest land close to the main Singapore Zoo. There are about 100 different species of nocturnal animals in the zoo and precisely 900 animals. As one of the most patronized tourist attractions in Singapore, the zoo receives over a million tourists annually.
Sentosa is an island resort in Singapore, off the country’s southern coast. The Island in the 60s was a popular British Military base that was used as a camp to hold prisoners of wars captive, more specifically Japanese prisoners of war. The Island was however handed over to the government of Singapore after the war had come to an end and peace treaties signed. Singapore in the 1970s decided to embark on a project to make the Island one of the finest tourism destinations in the world, starting with redevelopment of the Island into a modern tourism city. This mission has proven to be a huge success as Sentosa has become one of the most visited resort island in the world, receiving close to 20 million tourists annually. Luxury golf courses, movie theatres, luxurious hotels, theme parks, casinos are but a few of the facilities on the Island. Sentosa is connected to mainland Singapore by cable cars, roads, and pedestrian walkways. For the lovers of luxury that comes at an affordable price, Sentosa is the place to visit.
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