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SIN­GA­PORE is a great place for fam­i­lies to visit.

From the fun and ad­ven­ture at Sen­tosa, the amaz­ing an­i­mals at the Night Sa­fari and the mag­i­cal Gar­dens by the Bay, there are plenty of things for chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence and en­joy.

It is good to visit a coun­try that has dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions to Aus­tralia. Sin­ga­pore is a melt­ing pot of cul­tures, in­clud­ing Chi­nese, Per­anakan, In­dian and Malay.

While Sin­ga­pore is very mul­ti­cul­tural, most peo­ple speak English. Ev­ery­one we met was po­lite and friendly.

As for the food, we re­ally en­joyed it. While you could try tra­di­tional Sin­ga­pore food, there were also meals sim­i­lar to those in Aus­tralia.

We stayed on level 16 of the Novo­tel in Clarke Quay. The lights of the city were pretty from our room and there was Star­bucks next door.

A cable car ride to Sen­tosa is a must-do when vis­it­ing Sin­ga­pore. The ride leaves from Mt Faber, also known as the Moun­tain of Hap­pi­ness. The view was ex­tra­or­di­nary.

On Sen­tosa we had a blast at Me­gaZip Ad­ven­ture Park – an amuse­ment park for those who like fun and fac­ing your fears. There were heaps of rope ob­sta­cle cour­ses, the leap of faith (a 15m para­jump) and a climb­ing wall.

To leave the park we went on a rac­ing zip line. At 75m high, 450m long and reach­ing speeds of 60km/h, Me­gaZip is fast and re­fresh­ing.

A Sin­ga­pore hol­i­day should also in­clude a visit to Gar­dens by the Bay. The gar­dens are set over 101ha and fea­ture tall Su­pertrees. The Gar­den Rhap­sody – Gar­den Waltz light show in­volved the Su­pertrees be­ing lit up and set to mu­sic.

Chi­na­town is a good place to go to ex­pe­ri­ence the cul­ture and tra­di­tions. We went to the Chi­na­town Her­itage Cen­tre and saw how fam­i­lies with up to eight peo­ple used to live in one tiny room.

A high­light of our Sin­ga­pore hol­i­day was a bike ride with Let’s Go Sin­ga­pore. We rode 14km through parks, past lux­ury shop­ping malls and the Sin­ga­pore Sports Hub, where Tay­lor Swift per­formed last year. We even cy­cled on the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix For­mula 1 track. It was a great way to sight­see while hav­ing fun with the fam­ily.

There are a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties at East Coast Park. Cy­clists and roller bladers ride along the 15km stretch of beach, tak­ing in the pass­ing scenery of play­grounds, res­tau­rants and cafes.

For an­i­mal lovers like us, Wildlife Re­serves Sin­ga­pore runs Jurong Bird Park, the Night Sa­fari, River Sa­fari and Sin­ga­pore Zoo. We went on the Night Sa­fari and saw many noc­tur­nal crea­tures, such as lions, tigers, tapirs and deers.

Sin­ga­pore was the best hol­i­day I have been on with my fam­ily. It was an ex­pe­ri­ence I will never for­get.

The writer and her fam­ily were guests of Sin­ga­pore Tourism Board

Vanessa, Tim, Jes­sica (12) and Caitlin Schmitt in Chi­na­town.

Tapirs are just some of the unusual an­i­mals to see on the Night Sa­fari.

Me­gaZip at Sen­tosa reaches speeds of 60km/h.

The Gar­den Rhap­sody - Gar­den Waltz light show is like a scene out of Avatar.

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