TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the Singapore Zoo Tour with Transfer and Optional Breakfast with Orangutans as the winner of its first-ever Travellers’ Choice® awards for Experiences in Singapore. The tour also ranked #6 in Asia.
“We’re excited to announce our first ever Travellers’ Choice awards for Experiences, based on activities highly recommended by TripAdvisor travellers from all over the world,” said Janice Lee Fang, Director of Communications, Asia Pacific. “From exploring Bangkok by night to a guided tour of the Singapore Zoo and an evening tour of Singapore’s top attractions, TripAdvisor offers more than 100,00 bookable activities tours and attractions worldwide, to help Singapore travellers find top-rated activities on holiday, and at home.”
Top 10 Experiences in Asia:
- Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament – Tokyo, Japan bookable from $120
Travellers can immerse themselves in one of Japan’s most iconic cultural practices by witnessing a sumo tournament. The tour provides a peek into ceremonial rituals undertaken by the wrestlers and a visit to the Sumo Museum where travellers can get up-close with collections of memorabilia to learn more about the age old tradition. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, “Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He explained all about the Sumo wrestlers to us, the history and how the tournaments are organised. The atmosphere was exciting and we stayed to the end enjoying every minute of the show that the Sumo's put on and marvelling at their strength and agility.”
- Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong – Hong Kong SAR, China bookable from $185
Escape city life and opt for a relaxed version of Hong Kong with this Big Buddha and Lantau Island tour. The tour takes travellers to Tai O, a fishing village with over-water stilt houses, the majestic 34-metres Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. “This is a must see Hong Kong side trip. Lantau Island is gorgeous. Giant seated Buddha, beautiful Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery and a great cable car ride. Everything went smoothly and on time. Excellent, informative tour guide,” noted one TripAdvisor reviewer.
- Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk – Bangkok, Thailand bookable from $84
From illuminated temples to lively night markets, experience the highlights of Bangkok via Tuk-Tuk with this night tour. Travellers also get a taste of the Kingdom’s best pad Thai as the tour includes dinner at one of its most popular noodle bars. A TripAdvisor reviewer found that the whole experience “gives you a good first understanding of the country. Our guide were really great and knowledgeable. Going around the city in Tuk Tuk was really fun.”
- Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat – Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam bookable from $118
On this guided small-group tour, travellers make their journey to the Chi Chi Tunnels by speedboat before discovering the extensive network of over 200 kilometres of tunnels which operated as underground cities during the Vietnam War. “The boat trip was very peaceful and saves a lot of time avoiding overland traffic if you went by bus. The tunnels were very interesting and the site is very well presented to get a feel for what it would have been like,” said one TripAdvisor reviewer.
- Half Day Small-Group Kyoto Cultural Tour – Kyoto, Japan bookable from $83
Deep dive into the culture of Kyoto with this half day guided walking tour around the former imperial city. In intimate groups of no more than 12, travellers get to visit top attractions such the Tofukuji Temple, Fushimi Inarii Shrine, and the Gion Geisha district to learn about this historic city. “Overall, the Kyoto City of Culture tour was the right length, about three and a half hours, and offered an insight into Kyoto that would have been hard to achieve under our own steam,” commented a TripAdvisor reviewer.
- Singapore Zoo with Transfer and Optional Breakfast with Orangutans – Singapore bookable from $54
The Singapore Zoo, home to thousands of animals including a resident family of orang-utans, has one of the most successful breeding programs for these primates. The tour includes a guided trip of the zoo and travellers can opt to have breakfast with the orang-utans for a more immersive experience. As one TripAdvisor reviewer put it, “We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast with the Orang-utans. It was surreal to see them up so close. It is a great day out for all and so much education for everyone.”
- Singapore Night Tour: Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, and River Cruise – Singapore bookable from $64
See the Lion City come alive at night with Singapore’s best highlights such as Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, before ending the day with a leisurely cruise down the Singapore River. The tour saves travellers the hassle of waiting in line for tickets and navigating around the city. A TripAdvisor reviewer cited, “I very much enjoyed this trip and was absolutely stunned at the fascinating night view of the skylines and the light show. The tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable! In a word, it was a great trip and saved me a lot of time navigating myself.”
- Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing – Beijing, China bookable from $101
Embark on a full-day tour of the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs on this tour. Accompanied by a guide, travellers will step foot on Balading – one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall before exploring the Chang Ling Tomb, a Ming emperor burial site. Based on a TripAdvisor review, “Our tour was absolutely amazing! The complimentary pickup and dropoff at our hotel made the whole experience so stress free. Our tour guide was fantastic! Very kind, energetic, knowledgeable and an all-around top notch guide.”
- Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei – Taipei, Taiwan bookable from $201
On this tour, travellers will get to admire the natural beauty of Taroko Gorge, hailed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Asia. From Taipei, travellers will head to Hualien on a scenic train journey before arriving at the gorge where they will get to explore marble cliffs, winding tunnels and the Liwu River. TripAdvisor reviewers were impressed by the “organised and knowledgeable guides” and “the beautiful and wonderful sights”.
- Bali Full-Day Traditional Village Sightseeing Trip with Lunch – Bali, Indonesia bookable from $55
Travellers looking to maximise their time in Bali can do so with this sightseeing tour, which packs most of the island’s highlights in a full-day tour. Travellers can look forward to activities such as having lunch overlooking Mount Kintamani, sampling kopi luwak – one of the world’s most expensive coffee at a plantation and marvelling the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tegalalang Rice Terrace. As mentioned by a TripAdvisor reviewer, “Saw everything I needed to see in Bali as I was only there for a few days, a short trip meant this tour was perfect to see everything quickly.”
Top 10 Experiences in Singapore:
- Singapore Zoo with Transfer and Optional Breakfast with Orangutans
- Singapore Night Tour: Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, and River Cruise
- City Sightseeing Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
- Singapore's Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour with Transfer
- Sentosa Island Afternoon Trip Including Madame Tussauds and Tiger Sky Tower
- Singapore Round-Island Tour with Eurasian Heritage Centre, Kranji War Memorial, and Bright Hill Temple
- Singapore Half-Day City Tour
- Changi WWII War Trail Coach Tour
- Sentosa Island Tour with Singapore Cable Car and Optional S.E.A Aquarium
- Singapore Jurong Bird Park Tour
The awards recognise 345 experiences, tours, and activities globally, highlighting the world’s best experiences overall. They’re also broken down by country, and by category including day cruises, private sightseeing, cultural experiences, day trips, multi-day tours, hop-on hop-off tours, and food, beer, and wine experiences.
Winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account a business’s reviews, opinions and popularity with travellers over the last year.
For all of the 2018 Travellers’ Choice award-winning experiences, as well as the latest reviews, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TravellersChoice-Experiences. Travellers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travellerschoice.
Prices are in SGD (Singapore Dollars) and accurate as of June 25, 2018.