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who climb the 152 steps to the hill­top in an ef­fort to find seren­ity.

The ferry can be more crowded at this time of year but there will be more photo op­por­tu­ni­ties as the is­land is kit­ted out with lucky-charm ven­dors and joss-stick stalls. No mat­ter what time of year, there is a fan­tas­tic panorama shot to be taken from the beach across the Sin­ga­pore Strait to­ward the high-rise Sin­ga­pore skyline.

Other is­lands in the group can be ac­cessed by pri­vate char­ter boats, such as the Sis­ters’ Is­lands, twin is­lands that at­tract snorkellers for their marine life, such as en­dan­gered sea-horse species. Big Sis­ter Is­land has a res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion of long-tailed macaques.

Ex­plore the city in a dif­fer­ent way

Two con­tem­po­rary land­marks truly de­fine Sin­ga­pore’s skyline: the gi­ant fer­ris wheel that is the Sin­ga­pore Flyer and the mas­sive cricket-wick­ets-like struc­ture of Ma­rina Bay Sands (three tow­ers topped by a fourth, hor­i­zon­tal tower that looks like a ship). Trav­el­ling the city’s free­ways, the two struc­tures ap­pear and dis­ap­pear at a va­ri­ety of an­gles and dis­tances.

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