Sin­ga­pore

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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.

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