Our southern neighbour is a very convenient family destination only a short flight away; it’s also easily accessible by road and rail. Most of the attractions here are family friendly and there are plenty of green spaces and open areas. The Singapore Zoo ( zoo. com.sg) and Jurong Bird Park
( birdpark.com.sg) are first choice – kids never tire of these places and older ones always enjoy the Night Safari. Parks abound from the remarkable Gardens by the Bay ( gardensbythebay.com.sg) to the classic Botanic Gardens ( www.sbg.org.sg); one of the nicest things to do on a Sunday is head to the East Coast park and hire bicycles for the whole family.
Be prepared to be asked to visit Universal Studios ( rwsentosa.com); although if you can steer the kids away from it, there are alternatives like the Wild Wild Wet Water Park ( wildwildwet.com) or the G-Max Reverse Bungee ( gmaxgx5.sg) at Clark Quay, which involves being strapped in and shot upwards. Sentosa ( sentosa.com) is also always a good idea as there are beaches, Fort Siloso for a history lesson, laser tag and food courts. When it all gets too much, head to the beach bars along Siloso Beach Walk for milkshakes and Margheritas.
If you prefer an educational break, Singapore delivers with museums (the ArtScience Museum [ fb.com/ArtScienceMuseum] is particularly interesting), art galleries, the Science Centre ( science.edu.sg), and bumboat rides on the historical river.
Getting there There are regular flights between from KL with MAS, Air Asia, Tiger Air and Jetstar. Driving takes approximately 4-5 hours and there are several bus companies leaving from various points in KL.