The last time I visited Singapore Zoo was when Malcolm was somewhere around 18 months and for my husband, he hasn’t been there since he was a kid.
Even within a short span of 5 years, I find that the place has changed drastically and I think it was a massive improvement. Sure, it was teeming with tourists, overseas and local. It was bristling with energy and the sights were genuinely interesting. Even the rain did not get us down. We love the lush green rainforest which really remind us of the wild though the animals were all in captivity and far from being wild and free.
For those who are as new to the zoo as us, here is the plus. Pay $180 for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids (above 3), and you get free entry and even parking anytime for 1 year. If you really like peeking at animals at night, the zoo + night safari package is $320. If you can’t decide, take the zoo first. You can upgrade to the more expensive package at the same cost. The only downside about the “Friends of the Zoo” program is that you don’t get to enjoy the tram and boat rides on weekend. They must have had a bad experience of long weekend queues and did away with that privilege.
If you have not been there for as long as my husband, then you may ask,”What tram? What boat?”. Yes, there is indeed a tram that goes around the zoo in circles and a boat that brings you to the other side of the zoo through Seletar reservoir. We haven’t tried those so I can’t tell you if they are any good. One minor detail that you might want to take note of is that neither starts at the entrance of the zoo. You got to walk and navigate a little bit before hitting the tram/boat stations. Then you are already almost half way to the other side and you miss all the animals.
If you are like a typical Japanese tourist, you could do the place in double quick time, finishing all the highlights in half a day and taking more photos than you and I have combined in our computers. This would include a traditional breakfast with the orangutans. Like all commercial activities aimed at tourists, Ah Meng Kopi charges 50% more than Killiney cafe..
Besides, I understand that Ah Meng is no longer there so I am not sure if it is still worth it. All that is left of Ah Meng is apparently this…
With the Friends of the Zoo program, we can now take our time to explore the area. The program has succeeded, making it more economical and attractive for locals like us to visit the zoo for as many times as we wished within a year. And seeing how efficient and progressive the zoo management is, we might have trouble keeping up with the changes they make there. No pun intended. Sincere. Honest. They did a good job. And we felt like we have found a pirate’s secret treasure chest.
Here is the real treasure for Malcolm. We have heard and read so much about the water park and having finally seen the real thing, we think it is comparable to the one at Legoland in California. We went prepared for Malcolm. Bathing suits, towel, change of clothes etc. But it would be even better if we had brought our bathing suits. Great way to keep cool under the blistering sun.
Instead of pictures of a bunch of giraffes munching leaves, these pictures sum up our zoo experience.
Have you been to the zoo lately? We have, twice, over a weekend.