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People who visit Singapore will always head off to the usual sites, like Sentosa, Marina Bay Sands, the Merlion and a few others, not realizing that the tiny island nation has a lot more to offer.

This was certainly the case for us when we went on a trip to Singapore, only to realize that we missed seeing a number of sites that were interesting to us.

So my advise to you is to bookmark this post, read it, refer to it many times and when you had a chance to visit Singapore, you must visit these places or do the activities.

Here’s a list of 5 things we missed doing in Singapore that you must try…

1. Take the Duck Tour (and/or Hippo)

Duck Tour in Singapore

On our visit to Singapore, we went around with a regular tourist guide. Little did we know that we could have availed of more interesting, alternative tour called the Duck Tour.

What makes  the Duck Tour unique is that you will be traveling around Singapore on a remodeled World War II amphibian war craft.

Sure it will take you to the usual sights, like the Esplanade, Civic (and Cultural) District, the Singapore Flyer, and the Fountain of Wealth, but you travel in style in an amphibian tank!

2. Check out the Wildlife with Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Wildlife with Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Perhaps the biggest mistake we ever made was only visiting the Singapore Zoo when we could have availed of a full nature package from Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore manages four of the country’s nature theme parks, all of which are must visits.

These parks are…

Singapore Zoo

singapore_zoo…which boasts hundreds of animals cared for in spacious, landscaped enclosures that are close to their natural habitat. It also boasts a number of interactive attractions, including “Breakfast with an Orangutan”, “Elephants at Work and Play”, “Splash Safari”, “Animal Friends”, and the anti-poaching show “Rainforest Fights Back.”

Visit official website

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park…considered the world’s largest walk-in complex of aviaries – the two largest of which are the Lory Loft and African Waterfall aviaries – and boasting the tallest man-made waterfall which is 30 meters in height. The park has over a thousand birds from various species including flightless birds, penguins, lories and lorikeets, pelicans, and nocturnal birds such as owls.

Visit official website

Night Safari

Night Safari

…the first safari park dedicated to the protection and preservation of nocturnal animals. It boasts of over 2,500 animals whose nighttime activities can be viewed through their carefully constructed enclosures resembling their natural habitats. Among the tours are the Asian Riverine Forest, Safari Adventurer and Himalayan Foothills.

River Safari

River Safari

…the latest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore. It simulates the environments in the world’s leading rivers, particularly the Mekong, Yangtze, Mekong, Nile, Ganges, Congo and Mississippi rivers. All flora and fauna in each of these sites were obtained from their rivers of origin. River Safari also boasts of having the largest fresh water aquarium in the world.

Visit official website

3. Revel in the Beauty of Flowers and Plants

If you prefer to see beautiful plants and flowers, Singapore offers a number of botanical parks to visit. These parks include…

Flower Dome


…which boasts of flowers from every corner of the globe. It is particularly noted for the awesome flower field display which was specially designed by award-winning landscaper Kazuyuki Ishihara.

Flower Dome page on Gardens by the Bay

Bollywood Veggies

Bollywood Veggies…Singapore’s foremost organic farm and bistro. All the vegetables and other produce being grown here were not exposed to harmful chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers and growth hormones.

It also has a Food Museum and a Bollywood Bhanchha where you can learn how to cook.

Bollywoodveggies website

Hort Park

Hort Park

…a gardener’s park, it is the ultimate hub for avid gardeners who want to learn more about the art of gardening. Aside from guided tours, visitors can also participate in various gardening workshops and seminars.

Hort Park Garden Page

Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa

…Formerly known as “Tiger Balm Gardens”, Haw Par Villa has over 150 dioramas and 100 statues depicting various personages and events from Chinese legends and folklore.

Learn more at Wikipedia

4. Check out the Local History, Arts and Culture

Singapore has a number of tourist destinations showcasing the country’s history, arts and culture. These sights include the following…

Singapore National Museum

Singapore National Museum

…which boasts eleven valuable artifacts, among them the Singapore Stone, the Daguerreotype of Singapore Town, and the Gold Ornaments of the Sacred Hill (originating from East Java). The National Museu is also home to the Singapore History Museum with its extensive archaeology and ethnology collections.

Civilian War Memorial

…monument to the pain and sacrifices of the people of Singapore during Wirkd War II

Memories at Old Ford Factory

Memories at Old Ford Factory

…site of the first Ford vehicle assembly plant in Southeast Asia, it has been converted into a museum housing an exhibition on life in Singapore during World War II.

Webpage of MOFF


…Singapore boasts a large number of Buddhist temples with exquisite architecture and artifacts. The oldest temple is Thian Hock Keng Temple which was built in its entirety without nails. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is home to the tooth relic of Buddha himself, which is housed in a stupa made out of 320 kilos of gold, donated by devotees.

The Temple of 1000 Lights is noted for its 15 meter high seated Buddha statue which is surrounded by 1,000 lights. For the lovelorn, Yueh Hai Ching Temple is the place to visit because praying to the elderly god Yue Lao is supposed to bring love and happiness in one’s relationship and marriage.

5. Fun and Recreation

There are other places in Singapore wherein you can get all the fun and action other than Universal Studios. This should have been very enjoyable for the kids but unfortunately because of time constraint, we were not able to visit even one of these amazing spots.

Here’s a quick list of these recreational spots and their locations (with official website/links)…

Water parks

…most notable of which are Wild Wild Wet, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and Jurong East Swimming Complex

Wild Wild Wet, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and Jurong East Swimming Complex

Orchid Bowl Bowling Centre

…Located in Downtown East, it is the best place to go for bowling.

Singapore Turf Club

…The premier horse-racing club of the country, you can place bets on your favorite race horses.

Urban Fairways

…Asia’s first virtual golf centre. You can play golf in over 50 virtually simulated golf courses in comfortable air-conditioned rooms.

Singapore Philatelic Museum

…For the hobbyist, this museum is a must visit because of its large collection of stamps from all over the world, some of which are over 200 years old.

Mint Museum of Toys

…For those who want to indulge the child in them, Mint Museum of Toys boasts a collection of over 50,000 vintage toys from all across the globe.

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How About You?

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