Riding through this wilderness, it’s hard to believe I’m in the planet’s third most densely populated country.
Singapore’s Night Safari is a trip on a buggy through a zoo, with no barriers between open-mouthed guests and the animals.
We spot all sorts, from wolves to elephants amid the subtly-lit jungle.
I’ve stopped off in Singapore en route for Melbourne, Australia.
Perfect for families, both bustling cities offer incredible encounters with nature on their doorstep.
The Night Safari is part of a wider conservation area called Wildlife Reserves Singapore that also includes the River Safari attraction.
Here, my wife Hazel and our daughters Miranda and Daisy gawped at giant pandas and rare indigenous birds before taking a leisurely boat trip down the river.
And there’s plenty more nature to explore in this modern, green metropolis.
The 150-year-old Botanic Gardens, close to the city centre, are beautifully landscaped and chock-full of stunning orchids.
Then there is the Garden Rhapsody show at Gardens by the Bay, a sound and light experience among the “supertrees” — huge structures connected by skyways that are clothed in lush, live foliage.
It’s an eco-friendly extravaganza inspired by the 2009 James Cameron movie Avatar.
Inevitably for this Asian foodie capital, there are countless restaurant options.
They range from the signature chilli crab — a mouthwatering combination of creamy seafood and hot and sweet tomato sauce, mopped up with brioches, at high-end Red House Seafood, to cheap and delicious street food on Satay Street and Changi Village Hawker Centre.
We stayed at the M Social, a boutique-style hotel with quirky touches such as a robot that serves your breakfast eggs.