Road Tripping Like A Local: Little Red Dot Edition

There is always something therapeutic about road-tripping, whether it is the relaxing music or admiring the scenery. Though Singaporeans always complain about being bored and having nothing to do in Singapore, we bring you a list of destinations that show you what this little red dot offers.

Sit back comfortably in your car and start road-tripping like a local!

Kranji Countryside

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A great escape from the urban city life is a trip to Kranji Countryside. With various farms located in close proximity, embark on a farm-hopping experience – from goats to fishes to organic vegetables.

At Hey Dairies goat farm, not only will you be able to purchase dairy products and other souvenirs, you can witness the milking process for yourself. Visit Max Koi Farm if you are looking for a new pet fish to keep or to get your fish-care accessories.

If the former 2 farms do not entice you, head over to the family-friendly Fire Flies Health Farm for some fresh green goodness, either for yourself or your loved ones.

Bring your farm experience to the next level by spending a staycation night at Gardenasia’s farmstay villas. Definitely a good bonding time with your friends and family!

Address: 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859

Kranji Marshes

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If you fancy quiet and peaceful walks which bring you close to mother nature, Kranji Marshes is made for you. Occupying 56 hectares of land, Kranji Marshes is the biggest herbaceous wetland in Singapore.

Though only 8 hectares of the area is open to the public, the array of flora and fauna nevertheless provides for an immersive stroll.

Address: 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2

Operating hours: 7.00am to 7.00pm

Sembawang Hot Springs

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Soaking yourself in hot springs during the winter weather is absolutely satisfying. Even if you have not had the luxury of doing so, you may get up close and personal with our very own local hot springs. Bring along a few eggs to have them boiled too!

It definitely is still quite an experience despite the sunny Singapore weather, and especially soothing for aching feets after a day of hiking.

P.S. You will not be able to soak your entire self in the hot springs.

Address: Along Gambas Avenue

Operating hours: 7.00am to 7.00pm

Kampong Lorong Buangkok

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Kampong Buangkok is Singapore’s one and only kampong left, which effectively takes you back in time once you set foot in the area. The kampong is home to about 30 Chinese and Malay families and life happens at a more relaxed pace, similar to the vibes of Pulau Ubin.

Do be mindful and considerate when visiting the kampong.

Address: Near Gerald Drive (off Yio Chu Kang Road)

MacRitchie Reservoir

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Begin the day by getting your blood pumping with a hike at MacRitchie Reservoir. Be sure to embark on the Macritchie Treetop Walk Trailhead which leads you to the suspension bridge for a grand view of the forest tops.

What’s more, given the proximity to the nature reserve, long-tailed macaques are a common sight. Avoid holding plastic bags, food or water bottles in your hands so as to ward off unwanted visits.

After the morning hike, satisfy hungry bellies along the stretch of cafes and coffee shops that line Upper Thomson Road.

Address: Reservoir Rd, Singapore 570000

Operating Hours: Open 24 hours (Varies for Treetop Walk)

Coney Island

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The 133-hectare island which was once owned by Haw Par brothers, or better known for the Tiger Balm brand, sold the land to an Indian businessman in the 1950s, who wanted to remake the island into the popular New York amusement destination.

However, the idea was never realised despite a name change, and was eventually redeveloped by the government.

Located off Singapore’s North East Coast, Coney Island is the perfect destination for outdoor cycling, wildlife spotting and chilling by the beach. Though the park’s terrain makes cycling bumpy at times, the experience easily makes up for it.

You may be able to spot the adorable otters wandering around the island if you are lucky!

Address: Beside Punggol Promenade Nature Walk

Operating hours: 7.00am to 7.00pm (Gates will be closed at 7pm)

One Kind House

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As the name goes, the all-in-one urban farm, cooking class, art and community space, is a four-generation terrace house along the East Coast district. The owner, Madam Soh, or Mummy Soh, created this space for people to take on cooking classes taught by her.

Most of the ingredients used are freshly grown right in Madam Soh’s backyard garden. After cooking, enjoy the meal in the cosy setting filled with the kampong spirit.

One Kind House has been listed as an Airbnb experience, which makes booking of classes easy. Time to pick up a new dish to master!

Address: 136B Lor J Telok Kurau, Singapore 425966

Operating hours: 10.30am to 5.00pm (Closed on Mondays)

Little Guilin

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The iconic little Guilin in the West of Singapore features an impressive granite rock sitting in a lake. After admiring the natural landscape, take a stroll along the trails in the park and explore the various plant species.

Address: Bukit Batok East Avenue 5

Operating hours: 24 hours

Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle

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As Singapore’s oldest surviving dragon kiln which has been established for five generations, Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle offers authentic pottery-making workshops.

A dragon kiln can be heated up to 1,400°C, and gives Chinese porcelains the special colours and glazed texture. The traditional kiln that fires your art pieces is known for producing distinctively different pieces, which guarantees you a unique coloured end product.

Address: 85 Lor Tawas, Singapore 639823

Operating hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Raffles Marina Lighthouse

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Popular with Instagrammers, the Raffles Marina Lighthouse, or Johor Straits Lighthouse, stands 12 metre tall and flashes every 10 seconds. Built in 1994, the Raffles Marina Lighthouse is located on the tip of Marina Club’s breakwaters and overlooks the Tuas Second Link, which is Singapore’s second causeway to Malaysia.

Visit the lighthouse in the evening for a picturesque sunset view.

P.S. The lighthouse is the only lighthouse not owned by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore.

Address: 10 Tuas West Dr, Singapore 638404

Operating hours: 7.00am to 12.00am

To fully immerse yourself in a short getaway in Singapore, set aside time and engage in activities like tourists would do! If you are looking to spend little to no money, road-tripping on a budget in Singapore is absolutely possible, given many green spaces and skylines to explore, and beaches to relax on.

Be sure to try out new cuisines and explore places you have never been to, to enhance that touristy feel altogether.

Nothing beats getting away from the bustling city life while being on a road trip. Escape the city and unearth the wonders of what this little red dot offers!

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