1. Walk to Newton Station.
2. Board the train towards Jurong East Station and alight at Ang Mo Kio Station. 5 stations later.
3. Take Exit C and walk to bus stop at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
4. Board Bus 138 and alight at Singapore Zoological Gardens, 30 stops later.
5. Walk to Singapore Zoological Gardens.
Newton MRT Station is just 3 minutes walk away from Sheraton Towers, I brought my son’s EZ Link Card (child) but I was informed that it was expired already. My son is 7 years old so he needs to use the regular EZ Link Card. I purchased two EZ Link Card, SGD12 (SGD5 card cost and SGD7 value) + SGD10 load x 2 = SGD 44.
This is already my third visit in Singapore but I was a bit nervous because I haven’t ridden public buses during my previous visits. But I was glad that riding bus is not difficult, all you need to know is the bus stop, bus number and destination. We rode Bus 138 and the last stop is the Singapore Zoo.
At last, I was back in Singapore Zoo after 9 years, we went to the ticket counter first and the line was very long. I bought Park Hopper Plus Tickets SGD79 for adult and SGD59 for kid. The staff asked me, what date are we going to Night Safari? I have no idea that I need to reserve for Night Safari, my initial plan is we will go to Night Safari kung hindi pa kami pagod after River Safari or Singapore Zoo. Anyway, I need to give a date so I just chose Friday, our last night in SG.
The Park Hopper Plus Ticket allows you to visit River Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo within one week. The only zoo that is not located in Madai Lake Road is the Jurong Bird Park.
We can visit Singapore Zoo or River Safari but we decided to start our tour in River Safari because we’re already late for the first show of Singapore Zoo. From the ticket counter, we just walked to River Safari Entrance.
|The Rive is Calling...|
There are Guided River Trails and Animal Encounters but we just explored the park at our own pace and time. I’ve read before that the line in Amazon River Quest is always long so we passed by the different attractions and went straight to Amazon River Quest and River Safari Cruise.
We enjoyed the Amazon River Quest and we rode it three times. We took advantage the unlimited ride that was included in our Park Hopper Plus Ticket. If you want to ride this, the fee is SGD5 for adult and SGD3 for kid (one time ride only).
|On our third ride, wala si Jaguar nakatago. Nadisappoint yung mga kasakay namin sa boat.|
The River Safari Cruise was a different experience too, the only downside of this is there is no assurance that you will see all the animals. But it was a good 15 minutes boat ride.
After our ride, we started exploring the different rivers.
There is a Touch Pool where you can feel the sea stars, horseshoe crab and sea cucumbers. Washing areas are everywhere so no need to worry.
The Amazon Flooded Forest is so relaxing, I can just sit there and watch the different species. I don’t need to dive in the ocean or sea because I can see the largest species such as manatee and arapaima. They are so HUGE! They were eating veggies that time.
Then we went to Giant Panda Forest, it was our first time to see Giant Panda, unfortunately, we only saw Kai Kai, nakatalikod pa. Jia Jia was hiding, we only saw her at CCTV. So my tip is, visit the Giant Panda Forest first thing in the morning. (we went back twice but same fate, she is hiding).
And because of that, I bought a souvenir picture and we ate Panda Pau at Mama Panda Kitchen. It was cute and yummy pau.
Our last stop is Squirrel Monkey Forest then we went home. We were done in less than 4 hours.
There are no shows here but we enjoyed the Amazon River Quest, River Safari Cruise, Amazon Flooded Forest and Giant Panda Forest. Among the four zoos, this is our favorite because of the ride. :)
You can also see the Polar Bear here but it is too far so you better visit Singapore Zoo. I will share our SG Zoo experience on my next post.
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