Sentosa Island, Singapore © Calvin Teo
This theme park island is a popular weekend excursion and one of the most visited attractions in Singapore, receiving a whopping five million visitors a year. A day's fun could easily turn into an overnight stay in any one of the hotels or camping sites. The island is enveloped by a high-speed monorail and linked to downtown Singapore by a 1,640ft (500m) causeway and cable car system. Entertainment ranges from soaking up the sun on the imported-sand beaches to visiting a variety of entertainment areas. From a moving walkway one can experience the sea life of The Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon. The images on display in the Singapore Exhibition explore Singapore's history in life-size dioramas. On the furthest western point of the island lies Fort Siloso, from which Singapore guarded its territory against invading Japanese forces. Other attractions include the Merlion, the Musical Fountain and the Sentosa Luge. A distinctive landmark is the Carlsberg Sky Tower, Asia's tallest free-standing observation tower, which affords the best views of Singapore as well as breathtaking vistas across Sentosa and the Southern Islands, and even Malaysia and Indonesia in the distance on clear days.
Transport: The orange Sentosa bus leaves from the HarbourFront Bus interchange