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Singapore Parks and Gardens

The Botanic Gardens

Over 47 hectares of landscaped parkland and primary jungle, are situated to the west of the city (Napier/Cluny roads), and are home to a wide range of animal and plant life. The gardens are particularly well known for its orchids and it has the largest collection in the world.

Opening hours are 0500-2300 Monday to Friday and until midnight at weekends and public holidays.

Admission is free.

The Bukit Timah Reserve

Northwest of the Botanic Gardens on Bukit Timah Road, consists of tropical vegetation with clearly marked trails which lead up to the highest hill in Singapore, Bukit Timah.

Admission is free.

Fort Canning Park

On Fort Canning Rise, was once an ancient fort of the Malay kings covering seven acres. The ruins still survive, as does a 19th-century Christian cemetery.

Haw Par Villa (The Tiger Balm Gardens)

In Pasir Panjang Road are a monument to Chinese mythology, with many stone statues offering fascinating glimpses into ancient beliefs and superstitions.

The Gardens are open 0800-1800 daily.

The Chinese and Japanese Gardens

The two are linked by a 65m (200ft) ornamental bridge, and are superb examples of the master skills of oriental landscape gardeners, with thousands of varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees.

The gardens are open 0900-1900 Monday to Saturday and 0830-1900 Sunday and public holidays.

An admission fee is charged.

The Mandai Orchid Garden

(also called Orchidville) is a commercial orchid farm with a hillside of exotic orchids of many different species and a spectacular water garden.

Opening hours: 0900-1730 daily. A small admission fee is charged.

The Jurong Bird Park

Located on Jurong Hill (near the Chinese and Japanese Gardens) covers more than 20 hectares and is home to an incomparable collection of South-East Asian birds. There is also the worlds largest walk-in aviary, a nocturnal house and several spectacular bird shows.

The park is open 0900-1800 daily.

The Singapore Zoological Gardens

Towards the north of the island of Singapore, are largely an open zoo, using natural barriers rather than iron bars. Over 170 animals live here, including many which are rare or endangered, such as orang-utans, Sumatran tigers, Komodo dragons and clouded leopards. Daily attractions include breakfast or tea with an orang-utan (0900, 1500 respectively) and Animal Showtime (1030, 1130, 1430 and 1530).

The zoo is open daily 0830-1800