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By Trinity Sun
- January 21, 2021

Nature Getaways in Singapore That Feel Like You’re in a Whole Other World

Health and Wellness . Singapore

With the current travel restrictions, many people await the day they can go on vacation again. But you don’t have to go abroad to have a retreat, as Singapore has its own spaces which feel like you’ve travelled to another place entirely. We’ve rounded up some of Singapore’s hidden gems below for you to explore!

Coney Island 

© a_photodrive

Imagine a serene field dotted with tall lalang stalks swaying in a gentle breeze. This is Coney Island, located just off the coast of Punggol. The island possesses an ethereal quality, being completely off the grid. It’s one of the few places where you can’t find residential buildings, and you’re completely surrounded by nature. Named after America’s Coney Island, there were plans to build a resort on the land and a theme park, but it ultimately became the lush natural paradise that we know today. 

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7am-7pm

Pulau Ubin

Kampong house along Pulau Ubin
Kampong house along Pulau Ubin © Unsplash

On Pulau Ubin, the pace is slower as roosters crow and people ride bikes on dirt paths. Reminiscent of Singapore’s old kampong days, the kampong spirit still lives on today in places like Pulau Ubin. You can explore the island on a bike or rent a kayak around the mangroves. If you haven’t explored it yet, it’s a must-go for nature lovers.

Address: Pulau Ubin

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7am-5.30pm, last ferry departs before 6 pm.

Bollywood Veggies

Sign in Bollywood Veggies
Sign at Bollywood Veggies © Bollywood Veggies Facebook

Nestled in Neo Tiew Road, Bollywood Veggies is a sustainable farm aimed at promoting environmental conservation. A highlight is its cafe, which sources its ingredients directly from the farm! The 10 acre space includes an irrigation pond as well as showcases different kinds of edible vegetables. Its rustic wooden signs and benches add to the farm’s natural charm. It almost feels like you’re in a plantation in Malaysia! 

Address: 100 Neo Tiew Rd

Opening Hours: Thursday-Sunday 7am-7pm

Jurong Lake Gardens

Tree amidst grasslands
Tree amidst grasslands at Jurong Lake Gardens | © iluvsg (Instagram)

A lone tree stands against the grasslands in Jurong Lake Gardens as birds fly overhead. Jurong Lake Gardens is no ordinary park, and puts nature at the forefront of the experience. Walk amidst swamp trees on a wooden boardwalk and admire the park’s natural beauty. It’s the perfect place for getting away from the bustle of the city and just unwind.https://www.instagram.com/iluvsg/

Address: Yuan Ching Rd

Opening Hours: 24 hours daily

Fort Canning Park 

Javanese gates in Fort Canning Park
Javanese gates © Wikimedia Commons

The Sang Nila Utama Garden in Fort Canning Park pays homage to its Southeast Asian roots with Javanese split gates and traditional architecture. Replicating the palace gardens of old, you’ll feel like you’re in Bali in no time. Its reflective pool adds to the peaceful atmosphere, making for a meditative retreat. 

Address: Sang Nila Utama Garden, Fort Canning Park

Opening Hours: 24 hours daily

Little Guilin

View of Little Guilin
View of Little Guilin | © Sundolby (Instagram)

Bukit Batok Town Park, otherwise known as Little Guilin, replicates the feel of Guilin in China. These limestones resembles the majestic limestone karst hills in the city of Guilin China. Impressive rock formations line the expansive lake, giving visitors an unforgettable visual treat. What’s more, you can also walk along the riverbank for a clearer view of the lake!

Address: Bukit Batok Town Park

Opening Hours: 24 hours daily

Sembawang Hot Spring

Sembawang hot spring pool
Sembawang hot spring pool | © chris_da_salt_queen (Instagram)

Fancy an authentic onsen experience but can’t go to Japan? Look no further than Singapore’s only natural hot spring. Located in Sembawang, it’s convenient to get to as well. Kick back and soak your feet into the hot spring, and let the water invigorate your senses. The hot spring water is said to contain minerals that are good for your skin as well. You can even cook eggs at this hot spring, and eat them instantly. 

Address: Gambas Ave

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7am-7pm

Singapore is full of natural wonders and you can find them easily if you look closely enough. The next time you’re in need of a retreat, be sure to check them out!

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