Connecting five of Singapore's parks and nature reserves, the Southern Ridges is a collection of walkways and pedestrian bridges perfect for hiking and walking in January. The pathways are lit at night so you can enjoy evening walks and still feel safe.
One of the highlights of the paths is the Henderson Waves, a 36-meter-high pedestrian bridge built and designed to look like waves up in the sky. During your walk, you'll enjoy lots of green space and local flora.
Singapore's Night Safari is the first conservatory of its kind, housing only nocturnal animals. While there, you can board the tram safari and take an adventure through seven different ecological areas.
You'll traverse through the Himalayan Foothills, Indian Subcontinent, Equatorial Africa and the Burmese Hillside. Visitors get to see markhors, striped hyenas, sloth bears, Grant's zebras, giraffes, Nile hippos, bearded pigs and Asian elephants.
Garden by the Bay
Located by the Marina Bay Waterfront in the heart of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is a sanctuary for nature lovers and budding horticulturalists alike.
Comprising three distinct spaces over 101 hectares–Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden–this oasis of lush greenery has won multiple accolades since it first opened in 2012.
These include the ‘Landscape Award’ from World Architecture News in 2013, the ‘Best Attraction in Asia Pacific’ from Travel Weekly in 2015 and the ‘Best Attraction Experience’ at the 2019 Singapore Tourism Awards.
As a nation composed of mostly immigrants, Singapore possesses a number of ethnic enclaves. Chinatown is one of the largest of them. Broken up into five districts, the neighborhood is packed with a variety of things to do and is constantly buzzing with pedestrians passing in and out of its shops, eateries and food stalls.
Travelers label the Singapore Flyer as a must-do, with many saying the views atop the wheel are simply breathtaking. Visitors say the 30-minute ride time gives people ample time to take in the great views and snap lots of pictures. What's more, the pods are air-conditioned, making it a great place to also cool off from Singapore's year-round heat. Some suggested going at night to bare witness to the glittering city lights, or if you can, opt for a visit at dusk or sunset.
National Gallery Singapore
A diversity of exhibits sets the National Gallery Singapore apart from its competitors. The gallery covers various mediums and its artwork ranges from the 1800s to the present; a majority of the art comes from Singapore and Southeast Asia. Exhibitions and programs regularly rotate through the gallery and keep its offerings fresh. You won’t need to leave the National Gallery Singapore to grab a bite, either, as the gallery hosts a variety of restaurants, lounges and cafes.
In addition to its art, past visitors were impressed by the National Gallery Singapore’s unique buildings. The former City Hall and Supreme Court were restored to house the museum, and travelers can even explore the court’s old holding cells. Recent travelers also suggest taking advantage of the gallery’s tours, which are included in the cost of admission.