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The Oscar-worthy vid of agent Lucia Bonizzato in Singapore

Everyone loves an agent famil, but this one thanks to Singapore Tourism Board came with a bit of a twist.

The agents were followed by their own personal cameraman to document the incredible itineraries each of them experienced.

Susan Mathew explored the Art & Design side of Singapore, while Zoe Taylor got amongst the family fun parts of Singapore.

And today, we’re showcasing Lucia Bonizzato from Peterpans Adventure Travel Adelaide, who saw all things Nature that Singapore has to offer.

Check out the awesome footage of her adventure here, and the itinerary she followed below.

 

Day 1

Even Singaporeans tend to forget that there is a rural countryside (small as it is) in Singapore. Many farms in the Kranji Countryside are open to the public and welcome visitors! You can tour farms and buy farm-fresh local produce during opening hours.

Visitors to Kranji will be pleasantly surprised by Bollywood Veggies, an organic farm. You can take a guided 20-minute tour to brush up on your flora and fauna, then reward yourself with stir-fried vegetables and curry chicken in the open-air bistro.

Other farms in the area include Hay Dairies Goat Farm and Jurong Frog Farm.

On the way back from Kranji head to Singapore Botanic Gardens and the National Orchid Garden. Singapore’s oldest garden is a treasure trove for plant lovers, or those who simply want to have a good time outdoors.

A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Botanic Gardens is the country’s first UNESCO Heritage Site. Highlights include The National Orchid Garden, which boasts the world’s largest orchid display, with over 60,000 plants and orchids.

Day 2

With less than a hundred villagers who live life at their own leisurely pace, Pulau Ubin might be the last real ‘kampung’ (‘village’ in Malay) in Singapore. Still, the charms of the island will captivate you, as it remains largely authentic, unspoilt and rustic, right down to the occasional whiffs of wildlife.

Nature lovers flock here on weekends as Pulau Ubin supports a rich ecosystem teeming with flora and fauna as well as threatened species of birds. The star attraction is the Chek Jawa Wetlands.

The intertidal flat comprises coral reefs, which are home to extensive marine wildlife, such as sea hares, sea squirts, octopuses, starfish, sand dollars, sponges and cuttlefish.

Getting to Pulau Ubin is easy – just a 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.

After you have returned to Singapore from Pulau Ubin head to East Coast Lagoon Food Village for some local food options.
Pockets of amazing natural wonders can be found throughout Singapore, providing a welcome respite from the bustle of the city.

Day 3

The Southern Ridges is a 10-kilometre stretch of green open spaces spanning the hills of some of Singapore’s most popular parks and gardens, connected by picturesque ridges and pathways.

Imagine walking across a bridge 36-metres above the road connecting two hilltops. You can perform this exhilarating high-wire act at Henderson Waves, a distinctive wave-like structure consisting of a series of undulating curved ‘ribs’, also Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge.

Lounging on a slice of green smack in the middle of Orchard Road is downright bizarre. But that’s exactly what visitors can do at the top of the Orchard Central Mall. There are waterfalls, bamboo groves, ponds, and sculptures by Japanese and Singaporean artists. And that’s not even mentioning the glittering view of Singapore’s premier shopping belt.

Day 4

Get up early this morning and beat both the heat and crowds and head to MacRitchie Reservoir Park. Anchored by Singapore’s largest reservoir the park and nature reserve is at the very heart of Singapore and is a popular destination for runners, water sports enthusiasts, and of course nature lovers.

If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy the tranquillity of walking with your head above the trees, you’ll get your chance at the Treetop Walks, a 250-metre aerial free standing suspension bridge spanning the two highest points within MacRitchie. You’ll likely bump into long-tailed macaque monkeys, squirrels and monitor lizards.

This afternoon take some time to explore Gardens by the Bay. Here you will find two cooled conservatories.

The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions and houses a collection of plants from deserts all over the world while the Cloud Forest showcases a 35-metre tall mountain with plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level.

You can’t miss the massive Supertrees here. These tree-shaped vertical gardens are between nine to 16 storeys tall. Walk on the suspended walkway between two Supertrees to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the gardens.

In the evening, catch the sky show of choreographed lights and sounds at the Garden Rhapsody amidst the Supertrees.


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