1. The Botanic Gardens
Sixty-four hectares of lush greenery, the Singapore Botanic Garden is a tranquil oasis of calm in the midst of the city. Pack a picnic from the supermarket and lounge around on the grass for a lazy afternoon. Entertain yourself by watching the squirrels frolic or observe local couples having their wedding pictures taken (and trying to look romantic despite sweating in their wedding finery).
GETTING THERE: Closest MRT (subway) station is Orchard, followed by a short bus ride. It’s close to the British and American embassies, and cab drivers all know it.