I did the Zoo Morning Tour with Breakfast amongst Orangutans on Sat 2 March 2013 - cost was AUD40.67. It represented excellent value as normal Zoo entry is approx SGD22, the Orangutan breakfast is SGD31 and you get the added bonus of hotel pickup and return worth at least SGD10 each way. The Tour Leader was a fantastic comedian, he had us laughing on the 30 min coach trip to the Zoo as well us giving us some great Sgp information. His directions were clear with how the day was going to run.
I loved the Zoo and decided to stay the whole day so I opted out of the return bus trip at lunch time and took a taxi back to the CBD which cost me SGD21. The Zoo is quite a long way from the Singapore CBD - and it is not on a direct bus or MRT line from the city - you need to transfer which makes it somewhat painful. Note also that on the weekend there are hundreds and hundreds of visitors at the Zoo - so the taxi queue was 100m long as was the bus line which would link you with the MRT (train) line. Just a reminder to book your taxi ahead of time for return trip. The breakfast was good quality and plentiful. The opportunity to be so close to the Orangutans was excellent. I also had the chance to hold a python which was cool. The Zoo itself was just a beautiful, beautiful place. Well worth the visit. I was there from 9.30am to 4.15pm and if it had not started pouring with rain, I would have stayed another hour or two until close. It was really a fabulous day if you enjoy walking around tropical gardens, seeing the animals and just totally relaxing in a lovely setting. The elephant show at 3.30pm was excellent.
I did this tour 3 Mar 13 (AUD46.93). I loved it! This was my 4th trip to Sgp and I was determined NOT to go anywhere near Orchard Rd. I wanted to see the real Sgp with some peace, quiet and tranquility-away from crazy crowds. I took a taxi from V Hotel (MRT Lavender) to Changi Ferry terminal. 20 mins, approx SGD20. (Bus #2 from Victoria Rd). I boarded the bumboat for SGD2.50 each way. The little wooden boats don't go to timetable, they just go when they have 12 passengers (full boat). It was a lovely 15 min ride over to Pulau Ubin (Ubin Island). I met my tour guide, Zhiguang right on time at 9.15am. I was amazed I was the only rider, so I had a personal tour guide for my money. Bonus! We went and got our mountain bikes and took off. What a beautiful National Park. Very few residents - those there are still living in traditional style houses.
I absolutely loved peddling around the sealed roads with Zhiguang. He is studying Sports Science at College and we had some great chats about fitness and Singapore in general. He has been coming to Ubin since 2007 so he knows the island really well. I loved peddling on the "blue trail" the easy off road circuit - a bit of gravel, mud and grass, a few lumps and bumps but nothing crazy for a beginner like me. There is also "black diamond" and "double black diamond" trail for the serious riders - but you wont be doing them on this tour (ha ha). I loved riding around and seeing the "Butterfly Hill" (counted 7 varieties of butterfly in just a few minutes), the "Secret Spice Garden", the waterlilly pond, the Shrine to German Girl, the old granite quarry (now a reservoir filled with water forming a beautiful lake) and the amazing views over to Malaysia - I didn't realise it was so close you could swim across. I had a blast! I was so sorry it was over at 1.30pm. I invited Zhiguang to some lunch at one of the local restaurants. I wanted to thank him for the best tour - I enjoyed it HEAPS more than shopping on Orchard Rd!
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