A giant sea turtle saves two shipwrecked sailors – a Malay and a Chinese. As an act of thanks, the two men build a Chinese temple, a Malay shrine and a huge turtle sculpture. So goes the legend behind this island. Today, Taoists still make annual pilgrimages to the Tua Pekong Temple during the ninth lunar month while Muslims visit Kramat Kusu, the Malay shrine. Stunning views of the mainland can be seen from Kusu’s beaches and its hilltop. The warm waters of the lagoon are ideal for swimming.
This rustic village is a reflection of days gone by, when life was simpler. Try leisure walking or cycling to enjoy the natural vegetation and laidback kampong ambience of this quaint island. Situated in the northeastern coast of Singapore, this offshore island is being developed into a nature park. Much of its natural environment is being preserved and visitors will still be able to experience the rural community atmosphere encompassing granite quarries, coconut and rubber plantations, mangrove swamps, fish and prawn farms, and traditional fishing “kelongs”. While preserving its original heritage, upgrading will also be done and basic amenities will be provided, such as toilets and shelters, bicycle rental, trekking trails, camping sites and chalets.
St John’s Island
A former penal settlement, this large hilly island has been transformed into the perfect locale for a weekend get-away, with swimming lagoons, beaches, picnic grounds, trekking routes and soccer fields.
Famous Land marks & Memorials
Explore the various interesting land marks and some of them that include are: CHIJMES, Dalhousie Obelisk, Esplanade, Lau Pa Sat, Merlion park, National Library, Old parliament house,
Surprisingly Singapore has many museums so it is worthwhile to explore if you have the time and the interest. Some of the most visited museums are: National Museum of Singapore, National Library Gallery, Asian Civilizations museum, Images of Singapore, Singapore Art museum, China Town Heritage Centre, Singapore City Gallery, Peranakan Museum, Marina Barrage & The Army museum.
Parks & Gardens
Stroll around and relax in the various parks and gardens that Singapore has: Agricultural farms- over 200 real working farms covering a total land area of over 1500 hectares, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve- one of two cities in the world to have a significant area of primary rainforest within its boundaries – the other being Rio de Janeiro. Chek Jawa- is a collection of six distinct habitats - coastal forest, mangroves, sand bars, seagrass lagoon, rocky shore & coral rubble. Chinese Garden- is modeled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping. Other parks include Fort Cannig Park, Hort Park, Labrador Park, Mandai Orchid Garden, Pasis Ris Park, Singapore Botanical Gardens & Sungei Wetland Reserve