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Known as the Lion City of Southeast Asia, Singapore is a must-visit for travellers – whether you’re an adventure seeker, urban explorer or proud foodie. Go island hopping to Pulau Ubin or Sentosa, or check out the street food at Changi village and the murals at Tiong Bahru – this buzzing city-state has plenty to entertain you.
Singapore comes to life at night with light shows to delight crowds all over the city. While there are regular, stellar displays at Marina Bay Sands, another favourite are the seasonal light shows on Sentosa Island. Appropriately named Island Lights, this year’s free light show features your favourite Sanrio characters – Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars – and will enchant you and your little ones with seven larger-than-life light installations.
Take a closer look around corners and on the walls of Tiong Bahru and you’ll find some artistic treasures. Local heritage lover Yip Yew Chong, who grew up in the neighbourhood, has created three murals, depicting some of his memories. Animal photographer Ernest Goh once had a series of chicken fish pasted on the walls, though these days only a family of three goats can still be seen near Tiong Bahru market, where you can also spot a colourful peacock and its tail feather on the inner air well by Australian artist Makatron.
Singapore is famous for its stunning skyline. The Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk gives you an unimpeded view of what can only be described as the best view in the city. Visit around 6pm to watch sun go down.
Grab some water and head to MacRitchie Reservoir to do the MacRitchie Treetop Walk. The bridge spans 250m (820ft) and stands 25m (82ft) above the forest floor. The entire hike takes a few hours, so be sure to carry plenty of water and wear good shoes. Afterwards, go for a stroll along the boardwalk that runs around the reservoir and see if you can spot the giant monkey family that lives there.
Additional reporting by Mara Curechian