Singapore Country Guide

Tour Itineraries


The Tourist Loop Tour

Get up bright and early to beat the heat. Skip the hotel buffet and start your day with a Singaporean breakfast of kaya toast, runny eggs and strong sweet coffee known locally as "kopi". Kaya is the Singaporean's equivalent of the British marmalade or the New Yorker's cream cheese, and is made of coconut milk, sugar and eggs. The Singaporean breakfast is available at any corner coffeeshop, known more affectionately by the locals as kopitiam. If you want to taste what is considered to be the best kaya toast in town, then you will want to figure out the location of the nearest Ya Kun Kaya outlet.

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Incidentally, the word Kopitiam is formed by joining the Malay word "kopi" with the Hokkien (a Chinese dialect) word "tiam" for shop. Hence, the coffee-shop and the etymology of this word is illustrative of many of the words that are spoken by the typical Singaporean. As a matter of fact, the typical Singaporean seems to be incapable of carrying on a conversation without mixing in words from two or more languages (usually Mandarin Chinese, English and even Malay). So, if you hear a foreign-sounding word in the middle of an English sentence, you haven't heard wrong and probably not in English.

Coffeeshop in Singapore by Terence Ong

Before it gets too hot outside, head to the Singapore Zoo (, which is particularly great for the kids. The zoo opens daily throughout the year (including public holidays) from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Entrance to the zoo is SGD22 for adults and SGD14 for children (3-12 years). The easiest way to get here is to take a taxi and cost around SGD25 from Singapore's city centre.

Singapore Zoo occupies an area of 28 hectares and home to more than 300 species of animals from around the world including mandrills, baboons, elephants, tapirs, rhinos, flamingos and kangaroos. Animals are kept as open exhibits, simulating their natural environments and separated from visitors by hidden barriers, glass barriers or moats. There are also the entertaining daily animal shows that should not be missed.

Entrance to Singapore Zoo by Terence Ong

If you have visited too many zoos elsewhere, then head to Jurong Bird Park ( as an alternative to Singapore Zoo and arguably the more romantic option. It is a scenic park situated on the foothills of Jurong Hill in Jurong district. The Jurong Bird Park opens throughout the year from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm. Admission is SGD20 for adults and SGD13 for children (3-12 years).

The bird zoo is a free-flight aviary and home to various species of birds from around the world. It is the world's largest bird park with more than 5,000 birds from nearly 400 species. Birds seen here include the Black Hornbill, Macaw, Lorikeet and various species of owls, storks, pelicans, penguins, ducks and swans. Don't miss the Higher Flyers Show, the largest single act of performing birds in the world.

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