Close En­coun­ters

Plan­ning a last-minute week­end break out of Sin­ga­pore? Two of the eas­i­est get­aways from the Lion City have their fair share of thrills for even the youngest trav­el­ers.

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BIN­TAN

A 55-minute boat ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Ter­mi­nal is all it takes to reach a clutch of world-class re­sorts on this tran­quil In­done­sian is­land. Fam­i­lies needn’t stray too far from the com­fort of their lodg­ings for a se­ries of fun-filled ex­cur­sions by BRC

Tours ( brc­tours.com). Aside from ex­plor­ing Bin­tan’s nat­u­ral sights and lo­cal her­itage, sev­eral itin­er­ar­ies also fea­ture Sa­fari Lagoi, a refuge for an­i­mals res­cued from the il­le­gal wildlife trade and a 17-hectare eco­farm cul­ti­vat­ing pineap­ples, pa­paya, drag­on­fruit, and other fruits and veg­eta­bles that sup­ply re­sort kitchens and also feed the res­i­dent crit­ters. Ex­pect to see orang­utans and other pri­mates, sun bears, and Su­ma­tran ele­phants while strolling the grounds. Fur­ther down the road at Lagoi Bay, In­done­sia’s en­demic species take cen­ter stage at a lantern park be­side the pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble beach. The neigh­bor­ing mall of Plaza Lagoi is home to Rumah Imaji, a trick art museum whose new­est sec­tion recre­ates the tra­di­tional in­te­ri­ors of a Malay house, though up­side­down. Kids will love the street-style In­done­sian fare at nearby Warung

Yeah!, where the menu in­cludes an egg-bound In­domie “pizza” and a de­li­cious nasi bakar— a steamed rice par­cel stuffed with dried fish, herbs, and turmeric-scented chicken all grilled in banana leaf.

Ex­plor­ing the 17-hectare eco-farm at Bin­tan’s Sa­fari Lagoi.

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