For breakfast, try yam cakes and porridge served with you tiao (Chinese fried fritters) at the Tiong Bahru Market. Then head to Suntec City Mall to begin a 60-minute Duck Tour – a light-hearted city tour and harbour cruise combo in a converted Vietnam War amphibious craft.
Grab a quick snack at any of the plethora of food outlets at Suntec City, then allow 30 minutes by taxi or 75 minutes by MRT and bus to reach Singapore Zoo. Spot free-roaming orang-utans from the Rainforest Walk before finding out about a day in the life of a working Asian elephant. Visit the walk-through Fragile Forest with its mouse deer and tree kangaroos, learn about big cat conservation at the interactive Tiger Trek exhibit and see the Hamadryas baboons in their spectacular Ethiopian Great Rift Valley setting.
For dinner, enjoy an Asian buffet at the Safari Restaurant before taking a 3-km tram ride to spot nocturnal wildlife on the Night Safari. During the 40-minute ride, you’ll journey from the Himalayan foothills to Equatorial Africa, discovering the nocturnal antics of tigers, tapirs and numerous other species.
Pop into Ya Kun Kaya Toast at Raffles City for toast with anything from cheese and ice cream to coconut-and-egg jam. Then head west on the MRT to Snow City which is not only a great place to chill out if the heat is proving too much, but you can also ski, snowboard and build snowmen.
Backtrack to HarbourFront Tower 2 (have lunch on the go) for the cable car ride to the playground island of Sentosa. Ask for the glass-bottomed cabin and then get an even better view of Singapore and the Southern Islands from the 110-m high Sky Tower – just one of the attractions at Imbriah Lookout. Brace yourself for the multi-sensory 4D Magix show where special effects ensure you get a lot more than just a movie.
Visit the Merlion, a larger-than-life recreation of Singapore’s famous icon, then ride the 650-m luge run. Unwind at Coastes, a relaxed beach bar and grill overlooking Silosa Beach (the island has over 3 km of sandy shore), then take the Sentosa Express light rail back to HarbourFront Singapore.
Explore Chinatown Heritage Centre on a motorized trishaw, pausing to sample local food. Get to grips with over 1000 interactive exhibits, an IMAX cinema and a huge outdoor Waterworks park at the Singapore Science Centre. Sample charkway teow (Singapore noodles) at any central food centre.
Learn about ancient traditions at the Asian Civilisations Museum at Empress Place. Don’t miss the Singapore River Gallery which traces the city’s fascinating story of colonization and trade. Bring the exhibit to life by viewing the modern day metropolis on a bumboat ride along the Singapore River.
Round off the day with some souvenir hunting along the streets of Chinatown or Little India. Dine at Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, the oldest Victorian filigree cast-iron building in Asia, or enjoy a seafood feast at Clarke Quay.