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North of the downtown area, it’s still possible to glimpse Singapore’s wilder side. True, this sector is as packed with satellite new towns as elsewhere and suburbs shadow the major thoroughfares, but the island’s core remains dominated by thirty square kilometres of rainforest and reservoirs, forming a central nature reserve. Jungle hikes are perfectly feasible and not too taxing, and there are many other points of interest, too, such as Memories at Old Ford Factory, a museum housed in the building where the British surrendered to the Japanese, and Bukit Brown, one of Singapore’s last remaining historic cemeteries. Up in the far north of the island is the area’s main lure, Singapore’s highly regarded zoo (and its Night Safari spin-off), as well as the Sungei Buloh wetland reserve.

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