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Tue, Sep 1, 2020 3:20 AM

Where to visit and explore in Singapore?

Hello! Can anyone share where have you been spending weekends ever since circuit breaker phase 2? I haven’t been visiting the Malls except to grab meals and visit the supermarkets, and I’ve been wanting to explore the outdoors more (since we can’t go on holiday anytime soon ): ) 

 

Any road less travelled in Singapore to explore? 

thanks! 

Paladin

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1年前

These are free:

  1. Southern Ridges Walk - Start from Kent Ridge and walk all the way to Harbourfront MRT station. Walk past Mount Faber, Henderson Park connector, The Henderson Wave etc. Enjoy nature and a great view of the city skyline. Best early in the morning or evenings. Allow 4 hours if you have young children.
  2. Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve - Best in the morning. Allow 4 hours which includes travelling by public transport. Insect repellent is essential. This is one of the fuel stops for the East Asian Flyway that was featured by the BBC. Walk on top of boardwalks that have been thoughtfully constructed. See crabs, mud skippers, fishes, crocodiles and many migratory birds. Wetlands have a bad rep and are perceived as dirty, useless and unproductive. Yet these are essential. Reasons:
    1. fish nurseries - essential for fisheries
    2. stabilize and protect coastlines - mangrove trees help stabilize and prevent erosion
    3. recycling - wetlands are natures recylers. Nothing is wasted
  3. Eastern Boardwalk - Best enjoyed in the evenings. Take a leisurely walk to enjoy the sunset and evening breeze. Then head over to the Changi Food Centre for some local fare. Best early in the morning or evenings. Allow 4 hours since you have young children and includes travelling time on public transport.
  4. Colonial District - Mostly sheltered, so you can take your pick of time. However, it does get really hot between 1200 to 1500 hrs. Probably takes at least half a day. Take a walk and imagine what life would have been like. Personal favourites:
    1. Old Parliament - This is the original parliament house (now known as The Art House) complete with beautiful teak flooring and debating chambers.
    2. Church of Saint Gregory - This is one of the earliest churches in Singapore and built by Armenians, a small but influential community who made significant contribution to Singapore. The Sarkies Brothersfounded the iconic Raffles Hotel. Agnes Joaquim gave Singapore our national flower which has been named after her.
    3. Fort Canning - Another fascinating place rich in history. Set right in the heart of town and an oasis of calm in the city centre.
    4. Saint Andrew’s Cathedral - The grand old dame of the Colonial District.
  5. Sentosa - Free access if you are prepared to walk (till 30 Sep 2020). Check out Fort Siloso one of the few well preserved coastal forts and understand why the Japanese did not attempt a direct assault on Singapore from the sea. At the end of the day, sit by the beach and have a picnic. If you are prepared to spend, have a meal at one of the numerous eateries along the beach and watch the sunset. Easily a days outing.
  6. Kampong Glam - Believed to be one of the oldest settlements in Singapore. It is rich in history. Taste the food and visit exotic shops in the area. Some sell spices, flower oil, crafts, textiles and much much more. Shops open after 1000 hrs and mostly sheltered. Allow a morning or afternoon.
  7. Telok Ayer - Another fascinating area. Check out the beautifully restore Tian Hock Keng Temple, Dargah Shrine, Masjid Al-Abrar Mosque and Telok Ayer Methodist Church. Learn how different races and religions live together in peace. Check out the great local fare at Amoy Street Food Centre which features some Michelin Bib stalls. Might want to avoid the lunch hours in view of crowds.

These are paid:

 

  1. Images of Singapore - This is one of my favourites. It traces Singapore’s history to the modern era. Understand it is now bundled with Madam Tussauds. Easily half a day.
  2. National Museum - Good exhibits. Allow half a day. Free for Singaporeans.
  3. Asian Civilizations Museum - Include beautiful Tang treasures which is part of the Tang shipwreck. Allow half a day. Free for Singaporeans.

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1年前

Hi @Paladin ! Thanks for this list - very detailed and you have also included the links! That would help me learn about the place a little better. Will check out one of the destinations soon! 

 

 

 

Paladin

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@Meggy most welcome. Enjoy exploring.



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@Meggy Don't forget to take some photos along the way and share them with us!

-Jolene 

 

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Paladin

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This is very good

https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/travel/best-walking-hiking-trails-singapore-13211126

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