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If you’re in the mood to play or unwind in a wide-open space, head to the Marina Barrage, the charming walkway built across the Marina Channel. Since first opening, this place has become a favorite spot for locals who love to just kick back by the sea. Due to the strong winds, many people come here to fly kites. Another popular spot for weekenders is Tanjong Beach Walk, where you can enjoy fresh air, sun, sea and sand. Strolling along the beach is a blissful experience. You can drop by Tanjong Beach Club, where they serve an all-day menu. It’s also a great place for a romantic dinner to top off your evening.
“Marina Barrage is a good place to meet locals as they love to come here to spend time together, especially to fly kites as the wind here is so strong. Another surprise for me is the white sands of Tanjong Beach Walk. It’s really one of the most gorgeous places in Singapore.”
Singapore is well-known for its splendid skyline dotted with modern architectural wonders, as well as its very hip and happening lifestyle. But a trip to Singapore isn’t complete without a trip to the countryside. Yes, countryside. It’s called Kranji Countryside, a large green area out of the city center that’s packed with organic farms as well as animal farms. One such place is Jurong Frog Farm (56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, (65) 6791-7229. www.jurongfrogfarm.com.sg), which is open to the public every weekend to give people a chance to play with and learn about giant frogs. While here, you must make the effort to feast at Bistro by Gardenasia (240 Neo Tiew Crescent, (65) 6898-91111, open Wed-Thu 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun and public holiday 10am-6pm. www.gardenasia.com), which offers a mix of French and Singaporean cuisines—don’t miss their Hokkien pasta with jumbo prawns.
“The trip to Singapore’s countryside was full of surprises. I never knew that such a modern country would have such beautiful natural scenery. The food at Bistro is so delicious!”
Ever dreamt of walking on clouds? Cloud Forest (open daily 9am-9pm, www.gardensbythebay.com.sg) at Gardens by the Bay is the place for you. When you first walk into this giant glass house, you will feel the sprinkle of a waterfall that streams down from the 35-meter-tall man-made tropical mountain. Slowly hike to the top or take an elevator then learn all about local biodiversity and geology amid the clouds. Don’t forget to take a tour around Supertree Grove, which is beautiful by day and simply stunning by night.
“I was amazed by the grandiose tropical forest and mountain they created in a giant glass house. Walking in the clouds is unbelievable. It’s mysterious and marvelous at the same time.”
Walking in the blazing heat of Bangkok might make you wish someone would grow a forest in the middle of the city. Well, Singapore has actually done that. Not far from Orchard Road, next to the hip neighborhood on Holland Road, is Singapore’s oldest national park, Singapore Botanic Gardens (1 Cluny Road, (65) 6471-7138, 6471-7361. www.sbg.org.sg). With its large area spanning more than 183 acres, this green space is open to everyone from 5am till midnight. The must-visit here is National Orchid Garden (open daily 8:30am-7pm, last ticket sales at 6pm), a veritable wonderland home to more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. It’s also worth paying a visit to Evolution Garden and Cool House, the former lets you walk along a trail lined with prehistoric trees like ferns and cycads, while the latter is a tropical forest set within a beautiful glass house.
“The National Orchid Garden here is completely amazing. I’ve seen flower gardens in Thailand before but this one is sensational—a whole garden full of different kinds of orchids!”