Pathfinder pics: Singapore, the ‘inexperienced metropolis’

Singapore’s small however idyllic shoreline © Jessica Palmer

Lonely Planet Pathfinder, Jessica Palmer of familyholidaydestinations.com, lately spent 11 days exploring Singapore together with her household. From the colourful hues of the Gardens by the Bay to the surprisingly tranquil East Coast Park seashore, listed here are her highlights…

Cities should not often my matter. Regardless that they are often extremely vibrant and thrilling, I do not benefit from the lack of nature, contemporary air and, typically, cleanliness of the concrete jungle… Singapore nevertheless, is totally totally different! Singapore has nature, color and area. It has structure designed with greenery in thoughts, and gardens designed with therapeutic in thoughts. Singapore is trendy, clear and pleasant. I got down to discover Singapore’s inexperienced areas with my younger household, and really shortly found that it actually does deserve the title of ‘Inexperienced Metropolis’, and is a incredible place to go to with kids!

Sci-fi film landscapes

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This seems to be like one thing out of a sci-fi film, proper? It’s really the view from the Singapore Flyer two minutes earlier than the heavens opened! The Singapore Flyer is principally an enormous Ferris wheel, or because it’s known as right here, an ‘statement wheel’. You’re 101 acres of superb inexperienced lung proper within the coronary heart of Singapore – the well-known Gardens by the Bay. Hiding behind the rain haze is the South China Sea, filled with monumental ships carrying all kinds of matters.

Biking Pulau Ubin island

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An affordable, ten-minute bumboat experience from Changi Level ferry terminal will take you to the island of Pulau Ubin. After stepping off the wharf into Pulau village, you’ll be greeted with a single avenue, lined with a whole bunch of pushbikes for rent and loads of choices for teenagers. From right here we cycled on filth tracks by the jungle, passing cheeky little long-tail macaques rummaging by a bag that they had clearly stolen, earlier than lastly arriving at Chek Jawa Wetlands. Right here you’ll be able to stroll on a sturdy bridge over the mangrove wetlands, in addition to a coastal bridge over the ocean. If it’s low tide you’ll be able to see a number of marine life underneath the coastal bridge too.

Fort Canning Park

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I got here throughout a development employee escaping the Singapore humidity by having a nap within the shade of this overgrown fort wall. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than his supervisor marched up the hill and advised him to get again to work! I had a little bit chuckle to myself as, not for the primary time, I used to be reminded that some matters are the identical it doesn’t matter what nation you might be in.

Fort Canning Park is an exquisite inexperienced area on a hill that has witnessed a few of Singapore’s historic milestones. It was as soon as house to the palaces of 14th century kings, in addition to the headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Military Barracks. In 1942, a choice was made to give up Singapore to the Japanese within the underground tunnels and bunkers referred to as Battlebox, which now you can go to by way of a tour.

Seashore life

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That is Singapore’s East Coast Park, and while the seashore isn’t any French Polynesia, it’s nonetheless good and clear with loads of sand and ocean. The seafront park stretches for 15km and has coconut palms, bushland, overgrown bushes, and many inexperienced grass. There may be additionally an superior youngsters park and restaurant space, in addition to a paved strolling observe that cyclists and skaters benefit from.

Jacob Ballas Youngsters’s Backyard

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The Jacob Ballas Youngsters’s Backyard is critically wonderful! It’s positioned on the Singapore Botanic Gardens and is a superb instance of how Singapore caters to little individuals. Chock filled with greenery, the backyard someway manages to mix each enjoyable and studying, with a hedge maze, water play space, playground, impediment course, zip-line and a potting and sensory backyard. The youngsters actually loved being allowed to the touch and scent the totally different herbs and vegetation within the sensory backyard, and, to be trustworthy, I did too!

The Cloud Forest Dome

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The Cloud Forest Dome is out of this world! This three-storey waterfall is what you’re greeted with upon entry, and a collection of pathways (and escalators and elevators should you want) take you to the highest and again down once more with totally different zones and gardens alongside the way in which. An enormous bonus is that each this dome and the flower dome are cooled, which is a welcome aid from Singapore’s humidity!

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