A Singapore Travel Guide for Outdoor Enthusiasts

A Singapore Travel Guide for Outdoor Enthusiasts

The world’s only island city-state, Singapore and its 300 square miles balance urban delights with nature By: Marla Cimini
<p>Night Safari is a park for noctural animals. // © 2017 Singapore Tourism Board</p><p>Feature image (above): In Singapore, clients will find...

Night Safari is a park for noctural animals. // © 2017 Singapore Tourism Board

Feature image (above): In Singapore, clients will find opportunities to connect with both culture and the outdoors. // © 2017 iStock

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Have some extra time? Here's an ideal Singapore itinerary.

Situated on the equator and just off the southern tip of Malaysia, the island city-state of Singapore is home to more than 5 million residents as well as an abundance of sites and activities. Gaining inspiration from Chinese, Indian and Malaysian traditions, Singapore's world-class culinary scene and stellar tourist attractions offer a multitude of outdoor experiences for visitors to enjoy year-round, thanks to the country's warm temperature.

Chef Jason Tan's restaurant, Corner House, is located in the center of Singapore's Botanic Gardens and features inventive "gastro-botanica" cuisine that focuses on seasonal and unexpected flavors. This Michelin-starred restaurant exudes quality and elegance, its multifaceted contemporary menu honors the garden's historic botanist, E.J.H. Corner, who worked as the eatery's assistant director from 1929 to 1945.

Tan's award-winning creative dishes pair seafood and meat with edible organics such as plants, flowers, fruit, roots, vines and more. A few menu standouts include Japanese A4 Toriyama beef and New Zealand blue cod with "crispy scales" served with Hokkaido scallops, fennel, grapefruit, yellow capsicum, Ikura roe and basil.

Don't miss "My Favourite Childhood Food Memory," a dessert of peanut butter, pandan kaya (coconut-and-pandan jam) and toasted bread.


A landmark city hotel, the newly renovated InterContinental Singapore celebrates the city's multilayered culture. The property offers guests weekly two-hour walking tours on its Guided Heritage Trail, which visits the surrounding arts and cultural districts of Bugis and Bras Basah. Situated in the city center, the hotel is adjacent to the historical enclaves of Arab Street and Kampong Glam, as well as nearby Little India.

Bright and welcoming, the luxurious InterContinental Singapore features more than 400 posh guestrooms with heritage-inspired design and state-of-the-art modern amenities, along with an outdoor swimming pool that offers a tranquil oasis. The property has an array of on-site dining options, including the vibrant and modern Ash & Elm bistro; Man Fu Yuan, a favorite for Chinese cuisine; and Chikuyotei, an upscale Japanese restaurant.

Additionally, the sprawling lobby bar serves daily afternoon tea and overflows with natural light, while the Chinese-inspired Club InterContinental Lounge offers an xtensive fine-dining menu throughout the day.


With tropical weather all year long, there are numerous opportunities to explore Singapore's wildlife reserves. One of the major attractions is the original Night Safari, the world's first safari park for nocturnal animals.

The park features upward of 2,500 animals from more than 130 species in their natural habitats, and guided 40-minute evening tram tours bring visitors up close to the creatures. Night Safari is separated into seven of the world's "geographical zones," including the Himalayan foothills, the Indian subcontinent, equatorial Africa, the Asian riverine forest, the Nepalese river valley and the Burmese hillside. Guests can also stroll along the park's extensive interconnected walking trails to experience a variety of wildlife that can't be viewed from the tram.

A few fan favorites include the new Australian Wallaby Trail, the glass-enclosed Leopard Trail and the Fishing Cat Trail. Providing a unique evening experience for guests, Night Safari also produces shows such as "Creatures of the Night," which features several of the resident creatures, and "Thumbuakar Performance," a fire show.


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