Jurong Birdpark, Singapore © Terence Ong
The park is contained within a 20-hectare (49-acre) stretch of land in the Jurong Lake area. It is one of the world's most extensive bird collections and the largest in South East Asia. Five thousand birds of about 400 different species inhabit the park, ranging from Antarctic penguins to New Zealand kiwis. Walking trails meander through the tropical landscape, allowing visitors to feel as though they are exploring in the wild. Incredible sights to look out for include the Waterfall Aviary, which at 115ft (35m) is one of the world's highest manmade waterfalls. The Penguin Parade has a large pool set against a landscape of rocks, cliffs, nesting alcoves and burrows; it has a viewing gallery where visitors can see penguins 'flying' underwater through a 98ft (30m) wide window. The South East Asian Bird Aviary is a breathtaking spectacle that includes the experience of a simulated thunderstorm. Other bird shows feature flamingos, macaws, hornbills and cockatoos. The park also includes facilities for young children to enjoy, including the fun Splash 'n Slide Station. The birds are at their most active and entertaining at feeding times and it is a good idea to time your visit to coincide with these - check the official website listed below for the feeding schedule.
Transport: Take the MRT to Boon Lay Station and take SBS bus 194 or 251