Singapore is known to be a bustling city and a shopping haven, but not many know of the obscure side of this garden city that also makes it a backpacker’s paradise. If you’re an avid traveler hoping for a different experience in Singapore, this is the guide for you!
1. Singapore Chinese and Japanese Garden
Transport yourself through time and space to a bygone era at the Singapore Chinese and Japanese Gardens. This beautiful park features gorgeous architecture, and the flora and fauna is guaranteed to bring you a little slice of cultural heritage you won’t get in the bustling city district. Do drop by the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, where you can get up close and personal with the relaxed reptilians and even feed them some leafy greens!
Address: Singapore Chinese and Japanese Garden, 1 Chinese Garden Rd, Singapore 619795
2. Tuas Beach
East Coast Park and Sentosa may be popular but wouldn’t it be great to enjoy a little privacy at a “secret” beach? Unbeknownst to many, the Tuas beach is a tranquil little oasis of its own that invites little or no visitors. Enjoying an entire beach to yourself is truly an experience like no other – try catching the sunrise from this pristine shore, you would be amazed!
Address: Tuas Beach, Tuas South Avenue 4
3. Lim Chu Kang Jetty
This jetty may be privately owned but the owners are no stranger to the occasional visitors trying to capture amazing shots of the sunset! A scenery comprising of offshore kelongs and old school fishing boats is a sight you would hardly ever get to see in the cosmopolitan city Singapore has become.
Address: Lim Chu Kang Jetty, 695 Lim Chu Kang Road, Singapore 709654
4. Sungei Ulu Pandan Railway Bridge
For those of you who believe that “Adventure is out there!”, this is one place you wouldn’t want to miss. There is a certain charm about this once iconic railway line that has fallen into disuse. Step out from your comfort zone and explore the abandoned train tunnels – this place has drawn photography enthusiasts from all around Singapore, so be sure to come armed with your camera!
Address: Sungei Ulu Pandan Railway Bridge, Ulu Pandan Park Connector
5. Jurong Lookout Tower
Jurong Hill Park is a once famous tourist attraction that drew several dignitaries to its lush grounds. Today, it sees lesser visitors but it may very well be one of the most interesting places to visit in Singapore if you are looking for a non-mainstream view of the city! Though many now visit the hill simply for the iconic Jurong Bird Park at its foot, the Jurong Lookout Tower situated at the top of Jurong Hill Park is beautiful in its own right as well. Enjoy a panoramic view of Jurong Town amidst the peaceful greenery as you gaze from above!
Address: Jurong Lookout Tower, Top of Jurong Hill Park
As a backpacker, we bet you’re constantly on the lookout for new experiences. Well, exploring an undiscovered side of a country definitely counts as an adventure not to be missed, besides being something you can educate others about! So put in the extra mile to explore a side of this garden city locals may not even know about!