Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WHAT'S ON PLANNER - Vanessa Sch­mitt

IF mak­ing mem­o­ries to last a life­time is a pre­req­ui­site for your next fam­ily hol­i­day, Sin­ga­pore will def­i­nitely fit the bill.

Of­fer­ing a wealth of di­verse ex­pe­ri­ences, the Lion City is a des­ti­na­tion ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily will en­joy.

From the im­pos­ing sky­scraper cityscape, to the hawker mar­kets of Chi­na­town, Sin­ga­pore is a mod­ern city that has not aban­doned its rich cul­tural tra­di­tions.

Vis­i­tors can en­joy lux­ury shop­ping malls, avant-garde fash­ion and Miche­lin­star restau­rants, while im­mers­ing them­selves in the his­tor­i­cal el­e­ments that con­trib­ute to the city-state’s charm.

Clarke Quay is a pop­u­lar tourist spot, which of­fers a vi­brant nightlife close to most at­trac­tions. Nes­tled on the banks of the Sin­ga­pore River, we stayed at the Novo­tel and en­joyed beau­ti­ful views across Ma­rina Bay and Fort Can­ning Park.

Sen­tosa is home to Univer­sal Stu­dios, S.E.A Aquar­ium, Ad­ven­ture­cove Water­park and Me­gaZip Ad­ven­ture Park. Ca­ble cars are a novel way to get to the is­land and pro­vide panoramic views.

Our fam­ily en­joyed an ac­tion-packed morn­ing at the Me­gaZip Ad­ven­ture Park and then re­laxed at Tan­jong Beach Club. This trop­i­cal oa­sis fea­tures a restau­rant, out­door bar, lap pool and beach beds.

Chil­dren with en­ergy to burn can en­joy beach vol­ley­ball or chal­lenge them­selves on a fit­ness ob­sta­cle course.

Gar­dens by the Bay is an­other fam­ily favourite in Sin­ga­pore.

The iconic at­trac­tion is set over 101ha in the heart of the city. A sus­pended walk­way be­tween two Su­pertrees pro­vides a bird’s eye view of the gar­dens.

Cloud For­est show­cases di­verse veg­e­ta­tion veiled in mist and fea­tures the world’s tallest in­door wa­ter­fall.

The Flower Dome is the largest glass green­house in the world and has plants from around the globe on dis­play.

A great way to see Sin­ga­pore is a bike tour with Let's Go Sin­ga­pore.

Cy­clists can pedal their way through cul­tural neigh­bour­hoods and take in the di­verse ar­chi­tec­ture.

The TiongBahru cul­tural precinct pro­vides a snap­shot of how lo­cals live. Built in the 1930s, TiongBahru was Sin­ga­pore's first hous­ing es­tate. It fea­tures im­pres­sive street art mu­rals, art deco-style apart­ment blocks and a wet mar­ket.

Chi­na­town is a cul­tural en­clave burst­ing with colour, ac­tiv­ity and mouth-wa­ter­ing aro­mas. The Bud­dha Tooth Relic Tem­ple of­fers a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the re­li­gion, while the Chi­na­town Her­itage Cen­tre ex­plores the history of the neigh­bour­hood and how early Chi­nese mi­grants lived.

Af­ter all the sight­see­ing, ex­plor­ing and ad­ven­ture, Trim­ming and Spa at Robert­son Walk was the per­fect way to en­joy some down time.

Asia is known for its street food. We found the cui­sine de­li­cious and af­ford­able. It was re­as­sur­ing know­ing each stall, even in mar­kets, was qual­ity graded.

Boon Tat Street, Sin­ga­pore’s fa­mous ‘Satay Street’, is a must for those want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence tra­di­tional cui­sine.

The street was a hive of ac­tiv­ity with stalls sell­ing mouth-wa­ter­ing satay and other Malay de­lights.

Ya KunKaya Toast in Far East Square is a pop­u­lar spot to en­joy Sin­ga­pore’s na­tional break­fast: old school cof­fee and tea, kaya toast and runny eggs.

For a mem­o­rable Asian hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence, Sin­ga­pore is only a five-hour flight from Perth. The main lan­guage is English and the cur­rency is easy to un­der­stand.

* The writer was a guest of Sin­ga­pore Tourism Board

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