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5 Things to Do on a Singapore Layover

by Sandra Scott

I have been to Singapore several times and must agree with those who dubbed it as Asia’s most innovative city. It’s nicknamed the “Garden City” because of all the trees and colourful flowers, and is also one of the cleanest and most modern metropolises. On each visit I find something new to experience.

Gardens by the Bay
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Credit: Sandra Scott

On my most recent visit I was dazzled by the newest attraction, Gardens by the Bay. It is impossible to miss the 150-foot supertrees connected by an elevated walkway. They provide shade, a structure for plant life, and are designed to harvest solar energy and rainwater. Inside, the Flower Dome houses plants, flowers and trees from around the world.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel
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Credit: Sandra Scott

The Marina Bay Sands is more than just a hotel and casion. Its infinity pool on the 52nd floor is part of the hotel’s Sky Park, which offers incredible, heart-stopping views of Singapore. The Sands is also home to the ArtScience Museum and a multi-level shopping arcade with more 300 boutiques and restaurants.

Sentosa Island
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Sentosa Island is a one-stop destination for tourists of all tastes, from those seeking thrill rides to those in search of history. The island is home to a beach, amusement rides, a fort and museum that chronicles the Japanese occupation during WWII. It’s also home to one of my favourite attractions, Images of Singapore, which vividly covers Singapore’s history and culture. There is even a Universal Studios theme park with 24 movie-themed rides and attractions, half of which are unique to Singapore.

Night Safari

I never tire of Singapore Zoo’s amazing Night Safari. An open-air trolley makes its way through the jungle at night when the animals are most active, plus there are nighttime walking trails. The 40-minute tram tour wends its way through seven geographical areas past elephants, deer, hyenas, lions and more. But get there early because there are other things to do, including nature talks and watching tribal warriors perform fiery stunts.

Food Playground
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Singapore is a mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences, and one of the things I like to do is sign up for a cooking class that incorporates these cuisines. It is a fun—and tasty—way to learn about a culture. I have taken classes in Singapore twice, most recently at Food Playground where I learned how to make three Peranakan recipes. Perankan refers to the culture of mixed Indonesian and foreign ancestry.

 

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