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AOGS 2012

Singapore & Beyond

10 Things to Do in Singapore

Heritage Sites | Singapore City Gallery | Singapore Flyer | Integrated Resorts (IR) |
Universal Studios Singapore | Food | The Scenic Route | Shopping | Nature | Nightlife

1. Immerse yourself in Singapore's rich and diverse cultural community.

Head down to the different ethnic quarters for a first-hand experience of Singapore's heritage. Relive the olden days of Singapore's early Chinese immigrants at Chinatown and expose yourself to the vibrant and colourful history of the Malay community at Kampong Glam. Treat your five senses to the colourful sights and sounds at Little India and explore the fascinating background of the early Peranakans along the districts of Joo Chiat and Katong. Glimpse into history and culture of the earliest Eurasian residents at the Eurasian Heritage Centre.

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2. Singapore City Gallery

Explore Singapore's history and the government's planning efforts, and see how we grew from a small fishing village to one of the most livable cities in Asia, at the Singapore City Gallery. Catch a bird's eye view of Singapore's central area through a fascinating 100-square metre architectural model and play around with more than 50 audio and visual interactive exhibits. The Singapore City Gallery offers an exciting, multi-sensory learning experience into Singapore's planning journey.

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3. "A moving experience at every turn"

Hop on the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, the Singapore Flyer, for a breathtaking panoramic view of Singapore's cityscape. With the view stretching from East Coast to Marina Bay, from Sentosa Island to the neighboring shores of Malaysia and Indonesia, every moment on the Singapore Flyer is a moment to remember.

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4. Intergrated Resorts (IR)

Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Resorts World Singapore (RWS) are Singapore's only two Integrated Resorts, combining a wide variety of leisure and entertainment attractions. Enter a world of glitz and glamour at MBS, where you can browse among the best names in designer fashion and goods, dine in "celebrity-chef" restaurants, be inspired by the exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum, and try your luck at the MBS Casino, world's largest atrium casino. On the other hand, RWS offers families a day of fun and adventure. Located in Sentosa, tourists can bask on sandy beaches, stroll along landscape gardens and jump right into the action at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) for a stimulating experience. RWS also features the other of Singapore's two casinos.

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5. The Ride of your life - Universal Studios Singapore

Opened in 2010, USS is the first Universal Studios Theme Park in South East Asia. Rides and attractions are based on some of the highest-grossing international blockbuster films, bringing the reel-life experience to REAL-LIFE. Featuring 7 zones of fun and entertainment, including the world's tallest duelling roller coasters, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLONTM, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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6. Nosh and nibble of local fare

It is no secret that Singapore is a food paradise. Over here, we offer an incredible variety of local and international cuisines and dining choices. Needless to say, local dishes are a must try. Drop by Ya Kun Kaya Toast and grab a cup of piping hot coffee and crispy charcoal-grilled toast slathered with butter and homemade kaya (coconut jam) before you kick-start your day. Be sure to try Singapore's signature dishes, Chilli Crab and Hainanese Chicken Rice, a favourite among locals and tourists. And let's not forget about Char Kway Tiao (stir fried noodles with cockles), Bak Kut Teh (meaty pork ribs simmered in a unique broth of herbs and spices), Satay (grilled meat served with peanut sauce).. the list is endless. If the weather gets too hot to handle, cool off with a bowl of Ice-Kachang and Chendol, and refresh yourself with a cup of Sugarcane Juice topped with a hint of lemon.

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7. The Scenic Route

There's no better way to take in the sights and sounds of Singapore. Cruise down the Singapore River for a trip down Singapore's history, or hop on the City Sighting Bus and enjoy as it tours the Singapore Island while bringing you to the major local sights and attractions. For a more interactive experience, board a trishaw and explore historical and cultural districts like Chinatown and Little India. Be charmed by the diversity and vibrancy of Singapore's culture.

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8. Shopping

Shopping in Singapore is never dull and boring. Singapore offers a myriad of shopping destinations, from the wonderfully varied shopping malls at Orchard Road and the swanky shopping belts of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands to the old world charm of outdoor street bazaars of Bugis Street, Haji Lane, and Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping mall a located in the ethnically rich Little India. Alternatively, pop over to Sungei Road Thieves Market, Singapore's oldest flea market. Dig hard and dig deep to uncover vintage and antique gems at this local treasure trove.

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9. Get in touch with nature

Take a breather from the bustling city life and indulge in the peace and tranquility at the various nature spots nestled within the corners of the island. The Southern Ridges is home to some of nature's greatest gifts of flora and fauna, and is one of the best spots to capture the spectacular views of the city, the harbour and the Southern Islands, while the Singapore Botanical Gardens features the world's largest orchid display and houses over 60,000 plants and orchids. For a taste of Singapore's traditional "kampong" (village) lifestyle, catch a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin and be sure to visit Chek Jawa, home to extremely rare ecosystems, animals and plants. Get up-close and personal with wildlife at Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, and the internationally acclaimed Night Safari.

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10. Nightlife

Although Singapore isn't exactly a city that never sleeps, there's definitely enough to keep pub-crawlers and other nocturnal creatures well occupied. Night spots in Singapore tend to exist in clusters, making pub-hopping even easier. Catch local live bands and entertainment at Timbre, Home Club and the Dragonfly at St James Power Station. Relax and chill out at lounge bars such as Loof, Beer Market and Tanjong Beach Club. For a little more excitement, hit the dance clubs at The Butter Factory and Zouk!

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