Insider Tip: Singapore

If you think Singapore is all skyscrapers and shopping malls, think again.
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If you think Singapore is all skyscrapers and shopping malls, think again.

You might be tucking into a plate of chicken rice when it happens. Or gazing up at the dazzling light show springing from the Supertree Grove. Perhaps you will be holed up in a funky gin den. But at some point during your Singapore stay, it's bound to happen: you will realise you've fallen in love with the Lion City. Just like I did.

If you think it's all skyscrapers and shopping malls, think again. Despite its compact size, Singapore has plenty of surprises in store.

One you probably didn't know: Singapore has its own system of coral reefs, containing over 250 species of hard corals. To protect them, the country's first marine park has been created at Sisters' Islands. Two diving trails get you up close to sea life including clams, starfish, sea slugs and seahorses, while guided walks are also on offer at low tide.

Or if its art and culture you're after, you're in luck. Singapore's art scene is one of its most underrated attractions and with not one, but two major museums opening in the past year, Singapore is packing some serious cultural punch. The headliner is the National Gallery, with a modern art collection consisting of more than 8000 pieces.

- Jemma O'Flaherty, Flight Centre Chews Lane

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