Since we didn’t have the luxury of time to see all four wildlife reserves, we decided to go for Singapore Zoo and River Safari and ditch Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari mainly because of three reasons: 1.) white tiger, 2.) polar bear, and 3.) panda! Yes, we’re that shallow. Haha!
Though these four attractions are far from city centre, getting there was a breeze. Located at Tower 5 at Suntec City, we spotted Safari Gate, a shuttle that offers direct transpo to Singapore Zoo (check their website for various pick up points and schedule). We got our one-way passes from the ticket counter and hopped on the bus at 9:20am (earliest departure). For SGD7 and in just an hour, we made it to Singapore Zoo and River Safari effortlessly.
We had a good 3-hr walk around both parks. I don’t like zoos and I had preconceive notions that zoos stink and the warm, tropical climate would just make it worse, but surprisingly, I had fun and it was a rather pleasant experience. And I think I speak for all four of us when I say it was something that we definitely enjoyed, but will probably not do again.
After our wildlife adventure, we headed back to Suntec (via Safari Gate again–return tickets can be purchased at their booth right outside the zoo), and had late lunch there. Then we stopped by Fountain of Wealth and walked all the way to Esplanade Theatre, and Merlion statue. After several photos, sightseeing, and some ice cream sandwich, it was time for Gardens by the Bay.
Since my mom and I are allergic to too much pollen, we all opted out the conservatories and got up to Skywalk instead, a 22-meter high and 128-meter long aerial walkway offering a panoramic view of the gardens and the surrounding buildings including the famous Marina Bay Sands. The 101 hectre garden does not charge guests of entrance fee, but you have to pay if you want to enter the conservatories. As for the Skywalk, we paid SGD5 to get up and, well, walk. :p
Our timing couldn’t be more impeccable as the transition from late afternoon to early evening allowed us to 1.) take pictures of ourselves with Supertrees all beautifully lit in the background without having to use flash, and 2.) appreciate the view even better as the garden, skyscrapers and entire surrounding glisten in the dark—a brilliant way to cap off the day!