Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia
Singapore is never lacking in interesting sights to see, from the historic landmarks in the heart of its Riverside central business district to the surprisingly scenic bits of nature scattered throughout its suburbs. Several Singapore walking tours specialise in specific neighbourhoods, including Chinatown, Little India, and the colonial district.
Most remnants of Singapore's colonial era are situated steps from Riverside's modern skyscrapers. Merlion Park, perched on a scenic Singapore River spot overlooking Marina Bay, is named after the iconic half fish, half cat statue which is one of Singapore's most iconic landmarks.
Another Merlion statue, known as a 'cub' because of its much smaller size, stands guard over Cavenagh Bridge. First built in 1869, Singapore's oldest and only suspension bridge is now a Singapore River pedestrian walkway. Victoria Theatre is the current home of the original statue of Singapore's founder, Stamford Raffles, but many tourists may be more familiar with the replica statue located in a more prominent location adjacent to the Asian Civilisations Museum.
The sights at Singapore's newest district, Marina Bay, are far more modern, including the Marina Bay Sands Casino and Convention Centre. A spectacular Singapore skyline view awaits visitors who make the 30 minute journey aboard one of the spacious Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel capsules. This 150m Ferris wheel, patterned after the London Eye, ranks among the highest on the planet. Giant glowing artificial trees are among the futuristic plants inside the Gardens by the Bay's two domed conservatories and three waterfront gardens.
Sightseeing opportunities await visitors at nearly every corner of Singapore's original Chinese settlement, Chinatown. This predominantly Cantonese speaking heritage area is filled with restored shophouses where visitors can buy or eat nearly anything under the sun. Chinatown also contains quite a few fascinating houses of worship, including the four-floor Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Jamae Mosque, the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, and the Hokkien Thian Hock Keng Temple. Visitors can also see large scale models of every area of Singapore at Chinatown's Singapore City Gallery.
Even more colourful shophouses selling goods and food greet visitors to Little India, the heart of Singapore's substantial Indian community. Serangoon Road, Little India's main street, is at its liveliest during the annual Thaipusam and Deepavali festivals. Sri Veeramakaliamman and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple are Little India's two main Hindu temples, but this bustling neighbourhood also contains a Thai Buddhist temple called Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya in addition to the Chinese Leong San Temple.
The Sultan and Hajjah Fatimah mosques stand alongside the modern shopping centres which have become the dominant landmarks in Singapore's original Malay districts, Bugis and Kampong Glam. The restored Istana Kampong Glam is now home to the Malay Heritage Centre. Sri Krishnan and Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho are this area's two most notable temples.
A journey into northern Singapore takes visitors to the renowned Singapore Zoo, its neighbouring Night Safari, and the serene MacRitchie Reservoir. The nearby suburb of Jurong is home to an extensive bird park featuring the world's tallest artificial waterfall as well as soothing Japanese and Chinese gardens. Jurong's other main attractions include the Singapore Science Centre and Snow City.