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Singapore To Portugal – The Longest Train Journey In The World, Across 9 Countries & 18,700km


Journey from Singapore to Portugal by Train

Most of us probably spend a good amount of time riding the MRT to get around. If you take the East-West Line end to end from Tuas Link to Pasir Ris, that’s a 1 hour 15 minute ride – the longest non-stop line you can take in Singapore.

But that’s nothing compared to the longest train ride you can possibly take, as plotted out by Reddit user – u/htGoSEVe. It’s a journey that spans 2 continents and crosses 9 countries. u/htGoSEVe started his out from Portugal to Singapore, but we’ve reversed it, just in case you plan on making this journey yourself.

Here’s how you can journey from Singapore to Portugal by train:


longest train ride - smrt mapTake the highlighted route to Woodlands North for the full “longest train journey” experience.Image adapted from: RailRouter

 The whole journey starts at Changi Airport MRT station, and yes, we see the irony in this too. Now, with our efficient public transport system, you could reach Woodlands North MRT station in about 1 hour if you use a combo of bus and train.

longest train ride - mrtImage credit: Ministry of Transport

But since we’re sticking to just trains, you’ll be able to stretch your travelling time by taking the East West Line all the way to Outram, then switching to the Thomson-East Coast Line to reach Woodlands North MRT station in 1 hour and 13 minutes.

Changi Airport to Woodlands NorthAverage travelling time: 1 hour 13 minutesPrice: From S$2.19/pax

How to book tickets: Use your EZ-Link card or tap your bank card at the gantries. 


longest train ride - woodlands signThe walk to Woodlands Train Checkpoint.

You’ll need to walk about 2.6km from Woodlands North MRT station to Woodlands Train Checkpoint for the next leg of the journey if you want to ride on trains only. But to get there faster, you could always take bus 856 from the MRT and alight at “Marsiling CC” bus stop. The walk to the train station will be much shorter from here – about 600m only.

longest train ride - shuttle tebrau

From here, you’ll cross borders into Malaysia via the KTM Shuttle Tebrau. Side note, it’s one of the better ways to get to JB, since you won’t be caught in jams at immigration. The 5-minute ride will lead you straight to JB Sentral, from which you can take trains further inland.

Woodlands Train Checkpoint  to JB Sentral Average travelling time: 5 minutesPrice: From RM17.60/pax (~S$1.44)

How to book tickets: You can secure tickets from the KTM Shuttle Tebrau website. They sell out pretty quickly so book yours early.

Since you’re in JB, why not spend a couple of hours touring Singapore’s favourite overseas spot? 

longest train ride - bookxcessBookXcess at Sunway BigBox.

KSL City Mall remains a popular place for a quick round of retail therapy with plenty of options for a new hairdo. Or, head to Sunway Big Box for an IG-worthy bookstore and indoor trampoline park. You can even grab snacks at the multiple supermarkets in JB before the next leg of your journey.

When you’re ready to carry on, head back to JB Sentral to make your way North. You’ll need tickets to Padang Besar with a transfer at Gemas – these you’ll be able to book on the KTMB app

JB Sentral to GemasAverage travelling time: 4 hours 40 minutesPrice: From RM21/pax (~S$1.44)

longest train ride - ktm diningThe dining car onboard the intercity train.Image adapted from: The Biannual Travellers via YouTube

If you weren’t able to grab a meal from one of the many JB cafes around, you’ll be glad to know there’s a dining car with a fully-operational mamak stall onboard on these intercity trains. For those who prize comfort a little more, there’s also the Electric Train Service (ETS) which has meals, additional legroom, and charging ports.

The KTM Intercity trains are known to make many stops – oftentimes unscheduled ones – on the way up to Padang Besar. So it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to make it to Padang Besar in time for the last Thailand-bound train across the border. We recommend taking it slow by making an overnight stop in Kuala Lumpur before continuing on the journey.

Gemas to KL Sentral Average travelling time: 2 hours 35 minutesPrice: From RM32/pax (~S$9.15)

longest train ride - ets business classIn-train meals, additional legroom, charging ports are just some of the perks of a business class ETS ticket.Image credits: KTMB

The capital is worth a day trip anyway to check off the many things to do in KL, where there are nature resorts and family-friendly hotels available. Otherwise, if you have a Business Class ETS ticket to Padang Besar, the KL Sentral Station has a lounge you can chill in before your departure.     

KL Sentral to Padang BesarAverage travelling time: 5 hours 33 minutesPrice: From RM76/pax (~S$21.86)

 How to book tickets from JB Sentral to Padang Besar: Tickets for Intercity & ETS trains can be secured from the KTMB ETS/Intercity website.


After alighting at Padang Besar, pass through immigration before getting your tickets for a train to Hat Yai on the State Railway of Thailand (SRT). Have your passport ready, because you’ll need to show it before you can purchase a ticket at the SRT counter. 

There are only 2 trains that depart from here to Thailand, one at 9.55am, and another at 4.40pm each day. It’s also important to note that Thai time is an hour ahead from Malaysia’s so don’t mix them up! longest train ride - hat yai junctionHat Yai Train Junction.Image credit: Antti S.A. Penttilä via Google Images

Padang Besar to Hat YaiAverage travelling time: 1 hourPrice: From RM7 or ฿50/pax (~S$1.90)

How to book tickets: Tickets for trains headed to Hat Yai can be bought in-person at Padang Besar station. They don’t accept credit cards so have either currency ready.

longest train ride - samila beachSamila Beach at Hat Yai.

Now that you’re in Thailand, there are 2 trains you’ll need to take to cross the country. You’ll need to get off your first train at Hat Yai in order to board trains headed for Bangkok. But, again, if you’re in no rush, it’s worth exploring Hat Yai, a beach town with cafes and night markets as well.

From Hat Yai, getting into Bangkok will take a full day by train, so it’s best to secure a seat on websites like 12Go to avoid having to stand most of the way.

longest train ride - thai sleeper carThere are privacy curtains for each sleeper, so you won’t have to worry about strangers staring at you while you sleep.Image credit: 12Go

There are 4 Bangkok-bound trains available each day with the earliest departing at 3.11pm and the last leaving at 6.05pm local time. All 4 have sleeper cars, which you’ll need to book in advance. But trust us, they’ll be necessary for the 18-hour plus journey.

Hat Yai to Bang Sue Grand StationAverage travelling time: 18 hours 30 minutesPrice: From ฿605/pax (~S$23.05)

How to book tickets: Use the 12Go website to easily book the cross-country train to Bangkok. Tickets are also available at the station at a lower price.

longest train ride - central stationThe new central station is also linked to the local metro so you can explore Bangkok.Image credit: @etsumi_oden via Instagram

By the time you wake up, you’d have arrived at the capital’s relatively new Bang Sue Grand Central Station, which links to the local metro.Consider taking a couple of days to check out things to do in Bangkok to stretch your legs. 

longest train ride - chatuchakChatuchak market.

Even if you don’t plan on sticking around these parts, Chatuchak is only a 20-minute walk from the station. 

Your last train will take you to Nong Khai, the town closest to the Thai-Laos border. There are 3 trains available, with the earliest leaving at 8.25pm from Bang Sue and arriving in Nong Khai the next morning from 4.15am. 

longest train ride - srt nong khaiThese sleeper cars on the #25 SRT train to Nong Khai were introduced in 2016.Image credit: 12Go

Bang Sue Grand Central to Nong KhaiAverage travelling time: 10 hoursPrice: from S$48

How to book tickets: You can secure tickets through the 12Go website or at Bang Sue Grand Central. But if you want the more comfortable sleeper cars, you should book them in advance online. 


longest train ride - nong khai stationNong Khai station near the border of Thailand and Laos.Image credit: @yonyok via Instagram

Nong Khai is the closest you can get to the Thai-Laotian border by train, but it’s still quite a distance to actually reaching the next train station that will get you out of Laos and into China. For that, you’ll need to buy a shuttle train ticket from Nong Khai to Vientiane in Laos.

This ticket includes a train ride across the border to Thanaleng, as well as a minivan transfer to Vientiane. The total travelling time is just under 20 minutes and tickets can be easily secured at Nong Khai station.

Nong Khai to Vientiane via ThanalengAverage travelling time: 13-15 minutesPrice: From ฿300 (~S$11.40)

How to book tickets: You don’t have to; you can get tickets for the cross-border shuttle train with included minivan transfer at Nong Khai Station. 

longest train ride - vientiane railway stationVientiane Railway Station.Image credit: Sedtha Mahasantipiya via Google Maps

Vientiane is where you’ll have to get your tickets for the Lao-China Railway (LCR) that goes all the way to Kunming in China.

longest train ride - vientiane marketsMarkets in Vientiane also often feature dried fish caught from the local rivers.

It might be tricky for foreigners to get a hold of tickets, so it’s best to spend the night in the capital at a hotel or hostel, as the concierge should be able to book them for you. Go tour the night markets while you’re at it and get sticky rice – it’s a staple here, FYI.

There are 2 classes of seats available on board the LCR high-speed trains; both are air-conditioned and come with charging ports to keep your devices juiced up. The only real difference between the 2 classes is that first class seats have 2+2 seating arrangements, while the other has 3+2. 

longest train ride - lcr firstThe LCR’s first class seats.Image credit: C C Ng via Google Maps 

If the stations and trains look a lot newer than the ones seen earlier that’s because the railway only began operating in 2023 with 8 stations across this 1,035km-long line. You can also refer to the LCR’s Facebook page for the latest schedules.

longest train ride - lcr secondThe 2+3 seating arrangement in a second class Laos-China Railways car.Image credit: Chanyaphorn Ploy via Google Maps

The journey to Beijing should take about 10 hours, including the time taken to clear Chinese immigration and customs at Mohan station in China. Bear in mind that the LCR has a strict no-flammable items policy, so be careful what you bring along. 

longest train ride - laos sceneryTrainspotters recommend sitting on the right-hand side for views of the scenery from Vientiane.Image credit: Watchaatom Sangaemjit via Google Maps

Vientiane to KunmingAverage travelling time: 9 hours 30 minutesPrice: From LAK1,192,000/pax (~S$76.96)

How to book tickets: There are a total of 5 trains that travel from Vientiane to Kunming, tickets for 2 can be purchased online via 12Go, you secure passage aboard the other 3 at the station itself. 


longest train ride - kunming railwayThe new Kunming railway station.Image credit: Amber via Google Maps

The halfway point on this epic rail voyage is China. After pulling into Kunming, you might want to explore the historical capital of Yunnan for its parks and temples. If you’re making this voyage from 2028 and beyond, be sure to visit Paramount Park Kunming, which has rides based on popular TV serieses like Star Trek and Mission Impossible.

longest train ride - g404 cabinThe G404’s cabins with soft seats sell out the fastest.Image credit: China Ticket Online 

From here, you’ve got 2 options to get to Beijing: a pricey G-category high-speed train from RMB1,129.26 (~S$213.01), or a Z-category scenic sleeper train (from RMB873.58, ~S$123) that adds about 2 more days to the itinerary.  

longest train ride - soft sleeperThe Soft Sleeper car on the Z-category sleeper train.Image credit: China Highlights

Although the sleeper train will afford you vistas of China’s countryside, the high-speed train has more luxurious seating and even a buffet car to get your meals. Do note that if you want to get to Beijing faster with extra comfort, you’ll need to do so from Kunming’s South Railway Station. To do that, you’ll need to take the local Kunming Rail Transit’s Line 1 to get there.

Kunming to Beijing (West)Average travelling time: 11 hours 16 minutesPrice: From RMB298.29/pax (~S$56.21)

How to book tickets: You can get tickets for this leg online through China Highlights or for either train type.

Whichever train you choose, you’ll eventually wind up at Beijing West Railway Station for the longest leg of the journey – the Russian-operated Trans-Siberian Railway.

longest train ride - trans siberiaImage credit: Wazari Wazir via Flickr

Tickets for this 8,981km-long ride out of Beijing can be procured online, but they get snapped up pretty fast. Your best bet is to book through a travel agent like Travel China Guide or China Highlights. Don’t forget that holders of Singapore passports require a travel visa to enter Russia. The Trans-Siberian Journey To Moscow | Singapore To London OVER LAND! | EP 1play buttonThe Trans-Siberian Journey To Moscow | Singapore To London OVER LAND! | EP 1

Beijing West to MoscowAverage travelling time: 7 Days 8 NightsPrice: From RMB3,887.10/pax (~S$729.63)

How to book tickets: Moscow-bound trains depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays and you can secure tickets online through China Highlights or Travel China Guide.


longest train ride - yaroslavi railway stationYaroslavi Railway Station. Image credit: @manutikatur via Instagram

After spending more than a week on the Trans-Siberian Railway, travellers will reach Moscow’s Yaroslavl Railway Station. If you took the Sunday train from Beijing, you would only need to spend a day in Russia’s capital before catching the Paris-Moscow Express Train, as that only operates on Tuesdays.

The Paris-bound train departs Moscow from Belorussky Station that’s about 6km away. So if you’ve been wanting to stretch your legs after a week stuck in a train car, this is the chance you’ve been waiting for. 

Moscow to ParisAverage travelling time: 3 Days 2 NightsPrice: From €245/pax (~S$358.26)

How to book tickets: You can book the Paris-Moscow train from Rail Europe.


longest train ride - gare de iestThe Gare de l’Est train station is conveniently connected to the local metro.Image credit: @lvis.xiv via Instagram

The Westbound train actually cuts across a few countries in Europe, including Belarus, Poland, and Germany. There are stops in Warsaw and Berlin, if you decide to take the chance to visit these capital cities.

The end of the train’s full journey is in Paris, France at the Gare de l’Est station, which will connect you to the local RATP metro’s Line 4. You’ll need to board the train in order to reach Gare Montparnasse to take the trains heading to Spain.

longest train ride - Eiffel tower

Those with time on their hands can transfer over to Line 6 for a quick detour. This line travels on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge, from which you’ll be able to see an uninterrupted view of the Eiffel Tower. You’ll also be able to catch glimpses of Place de l’Étoile and the Arc de Triomphe from your seat.

longest train ride - montparnasse stationGare Montparnasse station.Image credit: @donde.esta.kiddo via Instagram

You actually have 2 ways to proceed from France to Portugal via Spain – through San Sebastián or Barcelona. But since we want the longer route, you should pick San Sebastián. As a bonus, it’s also cheaper. And we love savings.

longest train ride - tgv trainImage credit: @seatsixtyone via X

Before you get there, there’s still the matter of crossing France to get to the border at Hendaye. This train ride is a luxurious one on the TGV inOui, a high-speed rail with 2 seat classes, although the differences are insignificant. You’ll also find a cafe-bar and free Wi-Fi in most TGV inOui trains these days. 

There’s double-decker seating so you should try to secure a window seat on the upper floor if you want to see more of the French countryside.

longest train ride - tgv insideEvery train along this line has a cafe car, charging ports and the all-important Wi-Fi. Image credit: @seatsixtyone via X

Paris to HendayeAverage travelling time: 4h 36mPrice: From US$107.50/pax (~S$142.90)

How to book tickets: Tickets for trains headed for the Hendaye can be booked online through Rail Europe or Trainline


After you’ve reached Hendaye, exit the main train station and look for the Euskotren station just outside. The Euskotren is the one that’ll get you across the border into Spain. It’s easy getting a ticket from the station itself – most staff speak English and ticketing machines provide translations.

Trains depart from this point every half hour, but you can also download the Euskotren app for more precise updates.

longest train ride - euskotrenEuskotren carriages are air-conditioned, and even have toilets on board. Image credit: Gary JOUAN via Google Maps 

Hendaye to San SebastiánAverage travelling time: 37 minutesPrice: From €2.75/pax  (~S$4.02)

How to book tickets: At the Euskotren station upon arrival in Hendaye. The service runs from the early mornings till late just like our MRT. 

longest train ride - san sebastianImage credit: @sansebastiantourism via Instagram

There’s plenty to see in this Spanish seaside town of San Sebastián so it’s highly recommended you stay overnight if possible to get an authentic Basque Country-experience. Your connecting train at Renfe’s San Sebastián terminal is only 800m from where you first alighted, so there’s no real need to rush anyway.

longest train ride - urgullMonte Urgull peak.Image credit: @corinna.reiter1106 via Instagram

Check the postcard-worthy beaches of La Concha or hike up to Urgull for a panoramic view of San Sebastián – both are free to visit.

longest train ride - charmatin stationThere’s a cafe behind Charmatin station that sells coffee and unsweetened churros.Image credit: @akicho22 via Instagram

You will be swapping the regional Spanish metro for one of the Renfe Alvia trains that connect Spain to neighbouring countries. This is where the journey gets a bit complex, as you’ll need to take a train down to the capital city of Madrid before you move Westward to Vigo Guixar, your last Spanish city before crossing the border to Portugal.

There are multiple trains you’ll need to take here, so it pays to be meticulous here. You’ll have to ride 2 Alvia trains to Segovia Guiomar then Ourense. Here, you’ll have to switch to an Avant train and ride that to Santiago de Compostela. Your last train is the Media-Distancia railway, which will take you to Vigo Guixar at the edge of the Spanish border.

San Sebastian to Vigo GuixarAverage travelling time: 10h 37mPrice: from €23/pax  (~S$33.61)

How to book tickets: You can book all train tickets to Vigo from Rail Europe or Trainline.


longest train ride - alvia renfe trainAn Alvia Renfe train.Image credit: @renfe via Instagram

If you’ve made it this far, you’ve almost reached Portugal from Singapore by train, mostly. All that’s left is to cross into Portugal. It’s simple enough, just take the Trencleta from Vigo Guixar to Porto Campanhã station to finally reach Portugal.

longest train ride - campanha platformImage credit: Key West via Google Maps

 Vigo Guixar to PortoAverage travelling time: 2h 22mPrice: from €14.95/pax (~S$21.86)

How to book tickets: Tickets from Vigo to Porto can be found on Rail Europe 

longest train ride - portugal metroImage credit: Comboios De Portugal

Portugal is the last country in this epic journey. But you still can extend the train trip even further. From Porto Campanhã swap to the local Comboios de Portugal line and take a train to Lagos station – the furthest possible station to earn the title of travelling the furthest distance by train.

Lagos station is near Duna Beach – about a 15-minute walk away. Head over, snap a selfie, then kick back and relax to celebrate the end of your journey. Phew.

longest train ride - duna beachLago’s Duna Beach is only metres from the station.Image credit: @maheer_khan via Instagram

Porto Campanhã to LagosAverage travelling time: 7 hours 17 minutesPrice: from €42.25/pax (~S$61.77)

How to book tickets: Tickets for the local Comboios de Portugal line can be purchased from their Comboios de Portugal website where you can also find updated schedules.

Would you take a train from Singapore to Portugal?

As the crow flies, it’s only 6,421 nautical miles from Lisbon, Portugal to Singapore, a journey that usually takes about 16 hours by plane, and costs about S$1,317 for a ticket.

This compared to this 18,755km train route that would take approximately 21 days to reach the Portuguese coast. And this is only if there aren’t any delays between transfers. It’ll also cost slightly more, at about S$1,605.65 total for the whole journey.

You’ll have to bear in mind that this journey isn’t feasible right now, since routes between China and Paris are still suspended. The furthest you can go right now is Beijing. For now, you can daydream about this trip until routes reopen.

For more long-haul travel ideas:Longest cruises from Singapore49-day cruise from Singapore to FloridaCountries that Singaporeans need a visa for

Cover image adapted from: Watchaatom Sangaemjit via Google Maps, Comboios De Portugal, & @renfe via Instagram  Avatar

11 New Things To Do In JB 2024 If You’re Tired Of Going To The Same Malls & Cafes Each Time


New things to do in Johor in 2024

A Singaporean’s love affair with Johor Bahru is a tale as old as time. Be it grocery shopping in supermarkets in JB, catching the sea breeze at Puteri Harbour or enjoying outdoor activities in JB, it’s safe to say that she holds a special place in our hearts.

But if your same old haunts are starting to feel a little stale, fret not, we’ve got you covered. Here are 11 things to do in Johor in 2024.

Table of Contents

New things to do in Johor in 20241. Space & You – Put on a spacesuit in an outer space exhibit2. GT Karting – Late-night karting opposite Toppen MallMST Golf Arena – Golf & football simulations in Toppen Mall4. SingCube – Karaoke rooms shaped like cute huts5. The Little Loop Playground – Children’s playground & thrift store6. Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre – Rock climbing & parkour7. Jaya Grocer – Gigantic supermarket with imported goods galore8. Roller Coast – Zoom around in a neon skating rink9. PLSC Drift – Drift around a neon-lit indoor circuit for $510. Kidz Republic JBCC – Dinosaur-themed indoor playground11. Chill ‘N Chow Cafe – Play with adorable chow chowsCheck out these new things to do in JB

1. Space & You – Put on a spacesuit in an outer space exhibit

JB Things To Do 2024 Space & YouImage credit: @yumikoleng via Instagram

Space themed exhibitions seem to be all the rage these days, with Expo playing host to Space Fest and the ArtScience Museum putting up Mars:The Red Mirror. But if you’d like to visit one during your day trip to JB, you can head over to Space & You, held in Toppen Shopping Centre.

Running from now till 20th March 2024, it boasts various exhibition zones featuring different aspects of space exploration. For example, the Aerospace Popular Science hall sports scale models of spacecraft as well as an astronaut’s survival kit. Alternatively, you can head over to the Realm of Outer Space, which boasts a light projection of outer space. 

You can even don a spacesuit and imagine being an astronaut for a day, though with gravity, of course. Tickets for the general exhibition are available from RM58 (~S$16.54), while those inclusive of the Space Suit Experience start from RM70 (~S$19.96).

Address: Toppen Shopping Centre, 33A Jalan Harmonium, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 10.30am-10pm, DailyContact: Space & You website

2. GT Karting – Late-night karting opposite Toppen Mall

JB Things To Do 2024 GT KartingImage adapted from: cheeboon chuah via Google Maps, GT Karting Entertainment via Facebook

If you’re looking for late night things to do in JB, consider heading over to GT Karting. With prices starting at RM45 (~S$12.88) for 10 minutes, it’s an affordable option if you’re feeling the need for speed. There’s even a competition mode, where racers accumulate points and can win attractive prizes. 

Those who prefer getting down and dirty will be glad to know that you can race ATVs and dirt buggies here as well. These start from RM120 (~S$34.34) for a 30 minute jaunt around their dirt track. Alternatively, PS4s are also available, for those who prefer racing virtually in the comfort of an air-conditioned room. 30 minutes of play will set you back RM40 (~S$11.45).

If you’re feeling hungry after crossing the finish line, you’ll be glad to know that Toppen Shopping Centre is conveniently located across the street. Besides the many F&B outlets available, Ikea Tebrau is also handily located here, should you decide to snag some furniture on the way home.

Address: Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 4pm-2am, DailyContact: +60 18-208 0201 | GT Karting Instagram

MST Golf Arena – Golf & football simulations in Toppen Mall

JB Things To Do 2024 MST Golf ArenaImage credit: @mstgolfarena via Instagram

If swinging irons is more your deal, you’ll be glad to know that MST Golf Arena has just opened in Toppen Shopping Centre

It boasts more than 20 golf simulators, and you can practise your swings here in air-conditioned comfort, with 55 minute sessions starting at RM60 (~S$17.17). Private suites are available as well, with 55-minute sessions available from RM120 (~S$34.34).

Alternatively, you can try out their football simulators, if a game of footy is more up your alley. Otherwise, you can sit back and watch your friends have a go, all while slurping up dishes such as Oxtail Asam Pedas (RM60, ~S$34.34) or Tom Yum Risotto (RM50, ~S$14.31).

Address: L.3.15, Toppen Shopping Centre, 33A Jalan Harmonium, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 10am-10pm, DailyContact: +60 7-359 6961 | MST Golf Arena Instagram

4. SingCube – Karaoke rooms shaped like cute huts

JB Things To Do 2024 SingCubeImage credit: SingCube

Boasting 2 outlets conveniently located in Paradigm Mall and Permas Jaya Mall, SingCube is one of the newest karaoke studios in Johor Bahru. Rather than featuring standard rooms just like any other KTV studio, theirs are shaped like cute little beach huts, and finished in very Instagrammable pastel colours. 

Depending on the size of the room, these can fit anywhere from 2-7 pax, and are available from RM12 (~S$3.42) for 30 minutes.

Paradigm Mall outletAddress: Lot 2F 33&33A Second Floor Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru, Skudai, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 10am-10pm, DailyContact: +60 13-333 8981

Permas Jaya Mall outletAddress: 77-01, Jalan Permas 10/1, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Masai, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 10am-10pm, DailyContact: +60 18-668 7771 | SingCube website

5. The Little Loop Playground – Children’s playground & thrift store

JB Things To Do 2024 Little Loop PlaygroundImage adapted from: Celine Chai via Google Maps, Little Loop Playground via Google Maps

If you’re looking to pick up some clothes for Junior on the cheap, you can head over to The Little Loop Playground. It’s much like a thrift store for children’s clothes, but it features a ball pit and a carousel where the young ‘uns can play while you browse the racks. 

In addition, they even offer seasonal workshops and activities for both parents and children, so you can rest assured that clothes won’t be the only thing you’ll be bringing home. Past runs have included keychain-making and cookie baking workshops. Moreover, the venue’s also available for private bookings, making it a viable option for hosting birthday parties.

Address: 1F-06, Jalan Daya 1, Taman Daya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 10am-10pm, DailyContact: +60 18-766 4367

6. Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre – Rock climbing & parkour

JB Things To Do 2024 Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth CentreImage credit: hizree fahmee zainal abiddin (Hyzry Famey) via Google Maps

20 minutes away from Woodlands Checkpoint, Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre boasts a variety of activities for all. 

Mountain bikers can look forward to trailbashing at the mountain bike trail, while those who prefer doing tricks can consider heading over to the BMX pump track or the skate park. There’s even a parkour arena and a rock wall, if freerunning or bouldering are more your kinda thing.

If you’re looking to just watch skaters in action, there’re chill pods available for you to hang out at. Otherwise, you can head over to the Canopy Walk to enjoy a view of the lush greenery surrounding the park. 

Address: 21 Jalan Tun Abdul Razak (Susur 4), Taman Imigresen, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 6.30am-9pm, DailyContact: Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre Instagram

7. Jaya Grocer – Gigantic supermarket with imported goods galore

JB Things To Do 2024 Jaya GrocerImage credit: Eco Galleria at Iskandar Malaysia via Facebook

Stocking a whopping 40,000 products on its shelves, Jaya Grocer Eco Galleria is the supermarket chain’s biggest outlet yet. It’s only a 20-minute drive away from Tuas Checkpoint, so Westies can consider making this a regular stop for cross-border grocery shopping.

On top of the regular groceries that you can expect to find in other supermarkets in JB, it also stocks a large selection of imports. These range from Australian honey (RM29.90, ~S$8.58) to a wide range of Japanese and Korean snacks, some of which are unavailable in Singapore. 

Address: C0110 Block C Eko Galleria, 3 Persiaran Eko Botani, Taman Eko Botani, 79100 Iskandar Puteri, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily

8. Roller Coast – Zoom around in a neon skating rink

JB Things To Do 2024 Roller CoastImage credit: @myy_622 via Instagram

Conveniently located in Eco Palladium mall, Roller Coast eschews conventional white overhead lighting for bright neon signs, perfect for taking aesthetic shots for the ‘Gram.

Unlike other roller skating rinks, Roller Coast uses 4-wheel roller skates instead of the more commonly found inline skates. If they’re not your cup of tea, fret not, you can bring your own skates here too. 2 hours here will set you back RM45 (~S$10), while those wishing to stay longer can rent their skates at RM65 (~S$18.59) for a day.

Address: Eco Palladium, B02-06, Blk B, Jalan Ekoflora 7/1, Pusat Perdagangan Ekoflora, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 12pm-12am, DailyContact: Roller Coast Facebook

9. PLSC Drift – Drift around a neon-lit indoor circuit for $5

JB Things To Do 2024 PLSC DriftImage credit: @plsc_johor via Instagram

Located in Aeon Mall Bandar Dato Onn, the track at PLSC Drift features many twists and turns, which is no surprise given space constraints. But before you assume that this is just another cramped indoor go-karting experience, think again.

Rather like Hyperdrive, this circuit is illuminated by Tron-esque neon lights. But that’s where the similarities end. Unlike go-karts used at other circuits, the ones here feature special wheels that enable them to drift around the many tight corners. 

Prices start at RM18 (~S$5.15) for a 5-minute session, so consider heading over to live out your Initial D fantasies without having to book a flight to Japan.

Address: Ground Floor, 3, Jalan Dato’ Onn 3, AEON Mall, Bandar Dato Onn, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm (Closed on Sundays)Contact: +60 10-367 6040 | PLSC Drift Facebook

10. Kidz Republic JBCC – Dinosaur-themed indoor playground

JB Things To Do 2024 Kidz Republic JBCCImage credit: Kidz Republic Indoor Theme Park – JBCC via Facebook

Situated in Komtar JBCC, a mere stone’s throw away from Woodlands Checkpoint, Kidz Republic JBCC is JB’s largest children’s playground. 

Featuring a prehistoric jungle theme, you can be sure that Junior will be entertained as they explore the many tubes, ball pits and slides here. Entry to the playground starts at RM40 (~S$11.40) for kids aged 2-12, while tickets for adults 18 and up cost RM20 (~S$5.70).

Address: Lot No. 308, 3rd Floor, Komtar JBCC, City Centre, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, MalaysiaOpening hours: 10am-10pm, DailyContact: +60 12-796 9600 | Kidz Republic JBCC Facebook

11. Chill ‘N Chow Cafe – Play with adorable chow chows

JB Things To Do 2024 Chill 'N ChowImage credit: @desmondpangchingder via Instagram

The latest addition to the many canine cafes in JB, Chill ‘N Chow features 4 adorable chow chows. It’s conveniently located on top of Bon Appetit restaurant, and ticket prices start from RM18 (~S$5.14) and entitles you to an hour’s play with the dogs. Do note that socks are a necessity if you’d like to play with the canines. If you need a pair, they’re available at RM3 (~S$0.86).

When you’ve had your fill of doggy fun, you can chill out over a nice Cheesecake Latte (RM12, ~S$3.43). Alternatively, if you’re looking to beat the sweltering heat, cold drinks such as Lemon & Lime Soda Espresso (RM12, ~S$3.43) or Mango Yoghurt Ice Blended (RM13, ~S$3.71) are available too.

Address: No 16-01 Jalan Austin Heights 8/4, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Johor Bahru, MalaysiaOpening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-7pm (Closed on Mondays)Contact: +60 17-787 8335 | Chill ‘N Chow Facebook

Check out these new things to do in JB

Whether it’s freerunning across concrete blocks, drifting go-karts under neon lights or simply shopping for groceries, there are plenty of new things to do in JB for your upcoming 2024 trips across the border. 

Other things you can head north for:JB supermarkets to beat the 2024 GST hikeKaraoke studios in JBLate-night activities in JB

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10 Best Places To Catch Fireworks In Singapore This NYE 2023, Including Lesser-Known Spots


NYE fireworks in Singapore

NYE isn’t complete without firework displays. After all, there’s nothing like ending off the year with a bang. Just about every year, some of us would be flocking to Marina Bay or the heartlands to catch a glimpse these pyrotechnic displays. Although, sometimes it almost feels as if the whole of Singapore is there. 

If you’re trying to find a less crowded spot to catch the fireworks, we’ve rounded up the best places to catch fireworks this NYE.

– Best viewing spots –

1. Bay East Garden – Unobstructed views of the Marina Bay fireworks

Bay East Garden - New Year FireworksImage credit: @princess.kyoko via Instagram

Marina Bay is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of NYE fireworks. For superior views without needing to be right in the middle of the action, head to Bay East Garden. You’ll get an unobstructed view of the fireworks with our iconic skyline as the backdrop – sans the crowd.

Sit on one of the many park benches or lay a picnic mat down on the grass patches while enjoying the display with your loved ones. And now that the Gardens By The Bay MRT station has opened as part of the Thomson-East Coast Line, it’s a lot more accessible too.

Address: 11 Rhu Cross, Singapore 437440Contact: 6420 6848

2. Marina Barrage – Picnic under the fireworks

Marina Barrage - New Year FireworksImage credit: @ galile_x via Instagram

For a picnic under the stars – and fireworks – Marina Barrage is a popular choice. You can find people picnicking there throughout the year, but especially on NYE. As such, we recommend coming early to chope a spot there.

It overlooks the Singapore skyline, which makes it a great viewing spot for the fireworks. Remember: if got a lot of people, means it’s good. 

Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951

3. Merlion Park – Usher in the new year with our national mascot

Merlion Park - New Year Fireworks|Image credit: @menglongcong via Instagram

Another popular spot to view the fireworks from is Merlion Park. There are steps right next to the half-lion half-fish statue where you can sit at. With this spot being right at the edge, you’ll get a clear and close view of the fireworks display.  Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2024 (Teaser)play buttonMarina Bay Singapore Countdown 2024 (Teaser)

Across the water, the flower-shaped ArtScience Museum will also be swathed in mesmerising light projections.

The Merlion will even light up in flamboyant colours and patterns as part of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2024 celebration. An emphatic countdown will also be flashed onto the iconic water-spouting statue as onlookers watch the seconds tick down with bated breath.

Here’s a fun fact: The Merlion has been strategically placed to face East for good feng shui. So you’ll be sure to enter the new year with some good luck. Who knows, you might even end up imitating it when your jaw drops while watching the spectacular show in the sky.

Address: 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213

4. Sentosa Central Beach Bazaar – Free fireworks & drone show

Sentosa Central Beach Bazaar - New Year FireworksIt’s free entry to Sentosa’s Countdown to 2024, so head down earlier to beat the like-minded crowds and secure a spot with your trusty beach mats.Image adapted from: @sentosa_island via Instagram

Mainland Singapore’s ain’t the only place revelling in the year-end festivities. Sentosa’s known for throwing the most rambunctious parties of the land, such as Zoukout and Sentosa Music Fest, so trust them to host a killer NYE countdown as well. This year, they’re upping the ante by accompanying their fireworks show with a choreographed drone show.

Sentosa Drone Show - New Year FireworksImage adapted from: @sentosa_island via Instagram

Watch as dozens of drones seemingly dance as orbs of lights to form intricate displays, followed by a 10-minute long fireworks display. The prime viewing points to watch the magic unfold include the Central Beach Bazaar, the Wings of Time seating gallery, and the Sentosa Sensoryscape

For those who don’t have to tuck the lil’ ones into bed just yet, beach clubs like Tipsy Unicorn Beach Club and 1-Altitude Coast are hosting raves that’ll have you partying into the wee hours of the morning. There’s nothing quite like starting 2024 with your best dancing foot forward.

Address: 60 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098997

– Lesser-known spots –

5. Arena @ Our Tampines Hub – Catch fireworks in the heartlands

Fireworks At Our Tampines Hub - New Year FireworksImage credit: Our Tampines Hub via Facebook

Every year, Our Tampines Hub (OTH) has a countdown event to usher in the new year. While some may choose to watch the fireworks from the heart of OTH or nearby blocks, a good viewing spot is The Arena @ Our Tampines Hub.

Easties, this one’s a good option if you’d rather not make the downtown trip to mingle with the hoards of people at Marina Bay. Although OTH is quite the hotspot when it comes to these large-scale events in the heartlands, at least you’ll have a quick and fuss-free trip back home when everything’s done and dusted. 

Alternatively, there are a couple of late-night eateries to chill at while you and the squad ponder over new year resolutions. Hit up either the tried and tested Encik Tan, or make the stroll over to the 24-hour McDonald’s, both at OTH. 

Address: 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523

6. Tanjong Rhu Promenade – Marina Bay skyline view without crowds

Tanjong Rhu Promenade - New Year FireworksImage credit: @tris_soh via Instagram

If Bay East Garden and Marina Barrage are a tad too mainstream for you, go a little further down to Tanjong Rhu Promenade. We recommend renting a bike and cycling down – it’s well worth it for the peace and quiet you’d get.

Fireworks aside, enjoy a picturesque view of the river as you stroll along the promenade and stand at the Tanjong Rhu Lookout Tower or Suspension Bridge. Here’s the perfect opportunity to take a moment to reflect on the year as you gaze out at the sick views.

Address: 50 Tanjong Rhu Place, Singapore 436621

7. High Street Centre Car Park – Lesser-known spot by the SG River

High Street Centre Car ParkImage credit: @lorenz_huang via Instagram

We know what you’re probably thinking, “a car park for fireworks?” Well, High Street Centre Car Park is often overlooked but it’s a hidden gem for a nice view of the Singapore River landscape. Head up to the 5th floor of the carpark for a higher view of the area.

It’s a 6-minute walk from both Clarke Quay and City Hall; so you can grab an EOY dinner with loved ones before heading over for the fireworks display.

Address: 1 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179094Contact: 6631 0078

8. Nicoll Highway – Peaceful riverbank

Nicoll Highway RiverbankImage credit:  고윈ᄐugly via Google Maps

If you’d like a rather ulu spot that is a good distance away, there’s a little park that’s just a 2-minute walk from Nicoll Highway MRT. You can sit by the riverbank with your loved one and watch the light show from afar. So you’ll also be spared the loud popping sounds from fireworks while getting to enjoy them visually.

While clear views are not guaranteed, you can enjoy a relaxing picnic or stroll here to enter the new year with a calmer mindset. There are shelters and a public toilet too so you’ll be dry if it were to rain.

Nicoll Highway riverbank on Google Maps 

9. Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore – Alternative view of the city

Marina Bay Cruise Centre SingaporeImage adapted from: Jeremy John Kum via Google Maps

Those who go on cruises to let off some steam will be familiar with the Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Located at Marina South Pier, you can get a sweeping view of Singapore from there. 

Specifically, head to the carpark’s top floor where you’ll find symmetrical architecture that frames the landscape nicely. Simply look out for the large wheel, the Singapore Flyer, to agak-agak where the fireworks will be. 

While the view may not be as promising as the Esplanade, risk-takers can try hitting this place up to see if they can catch the fireworks from there. One thing’s for sure, the sound of the fireworks will be softer on the ears.

Address: 61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947

10. Golden Mile Tower Car Park – Rooftop hideout facing Marina Bay

Golden Mile Tower Car ParkImage credit: @theredyolonote via Instagram

A hidden gem within the town area is Golden Mile Complex. Since the popular Golden Mile Complex rooftop has been closed off to the public, we have an alternative close by – Golden Mile Tower Car Park

While not as high up, it still offers a good view of the city and fireworks display. Head up to the top floor of the open-air car park and perch on the parapet facing Marina Bay. It also features some vibrant designs of its own with a grey and turquoise colour palette.

Address: 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589Contact: 6856 6600

11. Mount Faber Peak – Romantic dinner overlooking fireworks

Mount Faber Peak

We all know Mount Faber for its Sentosa-bound cable cars – in fact, they’ve even kicked things up a notch with their Pokémon-themed cabins which are in service till 31st December 2023. With that in mind, Faber Peak is also another secluded getaway for you and a special someone to clink glasses as you usher in the new year.

Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro

Since it’s a lofty vantage point facing Sentosa, you’ll be perched high enough to appreciate the aforementioned offshore fireworks. There are also a couple of bars and restaurants to dine at, such as Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro if you’d like a romantic dinner date accentuated by the glow of the fireworks. 

Address: 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203

Watch the fireworks from your desired vantage point

NYE comes once a year, so it’s no wonder some are willing to pull out all the stops for this occasion. Whether you’re the kind who likes to soak in the lively atmosphere or relax in tranquillity, you’ll find a firework-viewing spot on this list that will check off some boxes.

For more things to do this year-end:Spectrum 2024 – CQ @ Clarke Quay’s NYE Countdown PartyKeppel Centre for Art EducationOne Holland Village Shopping Mall

Cover image adapted from: Our Tampines Hub via Facebook, @menglongcong, @princess.kyoko & @sentosa_island via Instagram.Originally published on 24th December 2022. Last updated by Khoo Yong Hao on 26th December 2023.Avatar

8 NYE Countdown Events In Singapore To Welcome 2023 With A Bang


New Year’s Countdown 2024 Singapore

Welp, in a blink of an eye, we’ve made another trip ’round the sun. This only happens once a year, so it’s no surprise we’re making a big deal of it by hitting up the biggest New Year’s Eve countdown events in Singapore.

If you’re undecided on where to go yet, then this is just the list for you. From free-flow cocktails to massive AR projections, here are 13 places to welcome 2024 with a bang:

Table of Contents

New Year’s Countdown 2024 Singapore1. Mediacorp Let’s Celebrate – Renowned local & regional artists2. Smoke and Mirrors – Free-flow cocktails & wine3. Bollywood Countdown – Dinner party with Indian food buffet4. 2023 New Year’s Pub Crawl – Pub-hopping with party bus5. Our Tampines Hub – Projection mapping of residents’ stories6. Time Travel to Y2K24 – Retro 90s hits & arcade games7. Singapore Flyer Countdown – Bird’s-eye view of fireworks8. Aquanox at Adventure Cove – Ring in 2024 with a splash9. Sentosa Countdown Party – Movie screenings & drone displays10. Spectrum 2024 – Graffiti art & kaleidoscopic photobooth at CQ11. Tipsy Unicorn – Entry from $20 with free drink12. NYE Countdown Beach Party – Massive bubblesHype up your New Years’ Eve at these events

1. Mediacorp Let’s Celebrate – Renowned local & regional artists

New Year Countdown Mediacorp IImage credit: Mediacorp CLASS 95 via Facebook

It’s not a New Year’s Eve countdown without Mediacorp’s staple event: Let’s Celebrate. You can soak in the lively atmosphere at The Promontory at Marina Bay or catch the event on TV from the comfort of your home. Regardless of how you choose to attend the event, it is free for all. 

This year, expect to jam along to performances by renowned local artists Jasmine Sokko and Iman Fandi. Canadian band Crash Adams and homegrown comedians Kumar and Suhaimi Yusof will also be gracing the stage.

New Year Countdown Mediacorp IIImage credit: Mediacorp

There’s more to just performances at Let’s Celebrate. This year, celebrations also take a virtual turn with their virtual game. Create a free account and avatar which you can then use to virtually tour the concert backstage. The game also comes with quests you can complete which will earn you real-life prizes like bubble tea and Grab vouchers.

New Year Countdown Mediacorp IIIImage adapted from: @mediacorp via X

Admission: FreeVenue: 11 Marina Boulevard, The Promontory at Marina Bay, Singapore 018940Time: From 7.30pmContact: Mediacorp Let’s Celebrate 2024 website

2. Smoke and Mirrors – Free-flow cocktails & wine

New Year Countdown Smoke & Mirrors IFree-flow cocktails include classics like Negroni and Manhattan.Image credit: @smokeandmirrorsbarsg via Instagram

Maybe you’re all raved out from attending ZoukOut 2023, and you’re looking for a much chiller gathering for your NYE plans. Look no further than Smoke & Mirrors located at the rooftop of National Gallery Singapore.

New Year Countdown Smoke & Mirrors IIFor more nosh, the regular menu has bar bites like spring rolls and crispy panko shrimp.Image credit: @smokeandmirrorsbarsg via Instagram

You’re still going to get lit though, as there will be 4 hours of free-flow cocktails and bottomless beers, as well as sharing platters with oysters and mozzarella sticks. The price tag is a little steep at $588/pax, but you do get unblocked views of the fireworks show happening just yonder at The Float @ Marina Bay.

Price: $588/paxVenue: 1 St Andrew’s Road, #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957Time: 9pm-1amContact: 9380 6313 | Smoke & Mirrors website

3. Bollywood Countdown – Dinner party with Indian food buffet

New Year Countdown Bollywood CountdownImage credit: Suntec Singapore

If you’d rather vibe to rhythmic Bollywood music than EDM, you’ll find yourself at home at the Bollywood Countdown 2024, happening at the Engage Theatre in Suntec City.

As the name suggests, you’ll party the night away with hits from your fave Bollywood films. But you’ll also get a taste of Bollywood with an included buffet dinner of North Indian delights such as butter chicken and kadhai paneer.

New Year Countdown Bollywood Countdown IIImage credit: Unearthed Productions

While this is a family-friendly event, the 18+ among you can get alcoholic drinks from $10 if you’re in need of liquid courage to bust it down on the dance floor.

Price:Adult (12 years old and up): $100Child (4-11 years old): $60

Time: From 8pmVenue: Engage Theatre, Hall 406, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593Contact: Bollywood Countdown website

4. 2023 New Year’s Pub Crawl – Pub-hopping with party bus

New Year Countdown Pub CrawlYour first stop of the night is at Mogambo Bar & Restaurant.Image credit: Mogambo Bar & Restaurant

If you can’t decide on a pub to hit up for NYE, do the easy thing and visit multiple in a night. It’s basically the alcoholic version of cafe-hopping. At the 2024 New Year’s Pub Crawl, you’ll head to 4 different watering holes via a party bus, so the party never stops even while in transit. There’ll even be free shots and bubbly as you usher in the new year.

Each stop gains you VIP entry and a free alcoholic beverage. If you’re hankering for more, you’ll get exclusive deals on drinks at each location too.

Price: $50/paxVenue: 3 Canton Street, #01-01, Mogambo Bar & Restaurant, Singapore 0497745Time: From 7pmContact: 8944 0583 | Singapore Pub Crawl website

5. Our Tampines Hub – Projection mapping of residents’ stories

New Year Countdown Our Tampines Hub IImage credit: Our Tampines Hub

Heartlanders in the East won’t have to miss out on any countdown fun. Our Tampines Hub will be hosting its own countdown on 31st December 2023. The main countdown event will happen from 10pm-1am where you can catch a lineup of electrifying entertainment by the likes of local acapella groups and ska bands. 

New Year Countdown Our Tampines Hub IIImage credit: Our Tampines Hub

In addition, the celebration will also feature a massive projection mapping display celebrating the memories and experiences of Tampines residents in 2023. The night ends with dazzling fireworks too, so there’s no need to FOMO if you can’t make it down to Marina Bay or Sentosa.

Take note that while admission is free, the event is ticketed. Priority collection will be given to Tampines residents, but that doesn’t mean non-Easties can’t join in the fun. Just join the queue at the Customer Service Counter after 12pm to get your hands on tickets.

Admission: FreeVenue: 1 Tampines Walk, Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528523Time: From 10pmContact: 6340 3636 | Our Tampines Hub Facebook

6. Time Travel to Y2K24 – Retro 90s hits & arcade games

New Year Countdown CapitolImage credit: @jannabeehive via Instagram

For those who like to usher in the new year with a #throwback, head down to Capitol Singapore’s Time Travel to Y2K24. While you bop along to retro 90s tunes belted out by live bands, there are also old school arcade games you can play. We hear there’s Mario Kart and air hockey available.

If the partying gets you peckish, you can also nibble on small bites from cocktail bar Hopscotch.

Admission: $22Venue: 13 Stamford Road, Capitol Singapore, Outdoor Plaza, Singapore 178905Time: 8pm-2amContact: Capitol Singapore website

7. Singapore Flyer Countdown – Bird’s-eye view of fireworks

New Year Countdown Singapore FlyerImage credit: Singapore Flyer

We all like things to end on a high note. Examples include TV shows, dates, and our careers. In the same vein, you too can expect the same at the Singapore Flyer Countdown. Snack on Janice Wong chocolate bon bons and toast to the new year with complimentary champagne as your capsule makes its way up to the top of the Ferris wheel.

If you’re lucky, you’ll reach the peak as fireworks explode in the distance.

Admission: $180Venue: 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803Time: 11.30pm-12amContact: Singapore Flyer Countdown website

8. Aquanox at Adventure Cove – Ring in 2024 with a splash

New Year Countdown Adventure CoveImage credit: Singapore Tourism Board

If you’re looking to welcome the new year in with a literal splash, head over to Adventure Cove Waterpark for the annual end-of-year celebration, Aquanox. The 31st December celebration features 3 international DJs leading the party.

Tickets start from $78, and come with a free beer, entry to selected rides, and unlimited entry and re-entry into the park.

Admission: $78Time: 10pm-12amVenue: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269Contact: Aquanox website

9. Sentosa Countdown Party – Movie screenings & drone displays

New Year Countdown SentosaImage credit: Sentosa

For those of us who prefer dry land, consider heading over to Palawan Green for the Sentosa Countdown Party. Much like the Sentosa Music Fest 2023, it boasts a drone show, live performances, and most importantly, fireworks. There’ll even be an outdoor movie screening happening in the evening before partying and countdown starts.

Get the whole fam down for the event and you’ll get a Family Fiesta ($168/4pax) that includes food like salads, sandwiches, and sushi. Otherwise, if you’re just here for the party and drinks, it’ll be $58/pax with free-flow beer from 5pm-7pm.

Admission: From $30Venue: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269Time: 5pm-12amContact: Sentosa Countdown Party website

10. Spectrum 2024 – Graffiti art & kaleidoscopic photobooth at CQ

New Year Countdown Spectrum 2024Image adapted from: @clogtwo via Instagram, CQ @ Clarke Quay

There’s no New Year’s Eve party list that would be complete without Clarke Quay. Party central has a bunch of countdowns happening at the best bars and clubs like Zouk, Chupitos, and Cuba Libre.

If you don’t want to be tied down to one place, then head over to Spectrum 2024, the Clarke Quay NYE countdown party. Dance the night away to the spins of YANG Club’s resident DJ Kaylova and tunes of local singer Benjamin Kheng. There’ll even be a live graffiti session at Block B.

Those that need a pic for IG to close off 2023 can also look for the kaleidoscopic backdrop near the River Valley Road taxi stand. 

Admission: FreeVenue: 3 River Valley Road, CQ @ Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024Time: 5pm till lateContact: CQ @ Clarke Quay Instagram

11. Tipsy Unicorn – Entry from $20 with free drink

New Year Countdown Tipsy Unicorn I

There’s the Sentosa Countdown Party if what you’re looking for is a wild time before starting the year. But for something more chill, you just need to turn up at Tipsy Unicorn Beach Club that’s just down the road from the major countdown party.

New Year Countdown Tipsy Unicorn II

There’ll be dance performances, but don’t let their hot moves stop you from getting up and bopping away to the music the rest of the night either. Partygoers will also receive countdown gift packs that’ll help you ring in 2024. Tickets start from a rather affordable $20 and come with a complimentary drink.

Admission: From $20Venue: 36 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-01, Singapore 099007Time: 4pm till 2amContact: Tipsy Unicorn Instagram

12. NYE Countdown Beach Party – Massive bubbles

New Year Countdown Sand BarImage credit: C Side

End your 2023 with a bang at the New Year’s Eve Countdown Beach Party at Siloso Beach, Sentosa. In addition to the fire performances that take place every year, party-goers will also be treated to a show from bubbleogist CJ the Bubble Girl who makes giant bubbles. The rest of the night is set to get lit as well with DJs Jagi, AKAME, and BadGalDiDi taking turns at the deck that night.

Admission: From $25Venue: 52 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099012, SingaporeTime: 7pm till lateContact: Sand Bar Instagram

Hype up your New Years’ Eve at these events

Before auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind, gather up your pals for an unforgettable start to 2024 with these New Year’s Eve countdown parties. We may not know what the next 365 days will bring, but at least you would’ve started it together with your loved ones.

And with more family-friendly countdown events that include carnivals and laser tag, everyone can join in on the fun to celebrate the new year – provided they can stay awake till midnight, of course.

Cover image adapted from: Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Flyer via FacebookOriginally published on 23rd December 2022. Last updated by Mattias Tan on 22nd December 2023.Avatar

17 Free Running Tracks In Singapore Sorted By Neighbourhood To Get Your Cardio In Check


Free running tracks in Singapore

There are many ways to get into the groove of the #fitspo life in SG – think cycling, hiking and an outdoor excursion to our many nature parks like Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. But if you thrive on lacing up the track shoes, these free running tracks in Singapore may be what you need to iron up your stamina with zero distractions.

Table of Contents

Free running tracks in Singapore– East –1. Our Tampines Hub – Elevated indoor & outdoor running tracks2. SUTD Running Track – 400m track open as late as 11pm3. Bedok Stadium – Sports complex with nearby gym4. TMJC Running Track – Less crowded option– Central –5. MOE (Evans) Stadium – Near Botanic Gardens6. 100Plus Promenade – Sheltered 888m-long track7. Home of Athletics – Used by national athletes8. Toa Payoh Stadium – Opposite Toa Payoh MRT9. Bishan Stadium – 5-minute walk from J810. Serangoon Stadium – Short bus ride to popular cafes11. Hougang Stadium – Opens at 4.30am for early birds– North –12. Sengkang Sports Centre – Beside IG-worthy nature park13. Yishun Stadium – Opposite ORTO14. Choa Chu Kang Stadium – ActiveSG with next-level pool-West-15. Bukit Gombak Stadium – View of Little Guilin16. Jurong East Stadium – Next to pool with fun water features17. NTU Running Tracks – 3km track along the forest18. Clementi Stadium – Near Clementi 448 Market

– East –

1. Our Tampines Hub – Elevated indoor & outdoor running tracks

Nature hideouts like Bedok Reservoir, Tampines Eco Green and Pasir Ris Park form some of the places that Easties go to for their daily jog. But if the weather takes a downer, have Our Tampines Hub as your plan B.

free running tracks - OTHImage credit: Our Tampines Hub Facebook

It’s the biggest integrated community centre in SG with both outdoor and indoor running tracks – the latter takes up the entire 5th floor and comes with shower and locker facilities.

Address: 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523Opening hours: 24 hours, DailyContact: 6340 3636 | Our Tampines Hub website

2. SUTD Running Track – 400m track open as late as 11pm

SUTD Running TrackImage credit: World Orgs

Ideal for those living further east is SUTD Running Track, which is located within the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s (SUTD) campus in Changi. It’s open to the public till as late as 11pm, catering to night owls out there who favour jogging without sweating under the sun.

It also happens to be right opposite Changi Business Park AKA the “Eastside’s CBD”, which has many yummy food spots to grab a bite at without forking out a pretty penny. 

Address: 55 Changi South Avenue 1, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore 485997Opening hours: 7am-11pm, DailyContact: 6499 8927 | SUTD website

3. Bedok Stadium – Sports complex with nearby gym

Bedok StadiumImage credit: ActiveSG

Just up the street from the famed Bedok 85 Market is Bedok Stadium, which has a standard outdoor running track Easties can easily get to. 

If you’re down for a weightlifting sesh to tone your muscles, head to the gym at Heartbeat@Bedok across the road. Admission costs $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for students and senior citizens.

Address: 1 Bedok North Street 2, Singapore 469642Opening hours: 4.30am-8.30pm, DailyContact: 6443 4846 | Bedok Stadium website

4. TMJC Running Track – Less crowded option

Sports stadiums aside, there are schools with running tracks that are made open for public use too. Tampines-Meridian Junior College’s (TMJC) track is available for anyone to pop by during the weekends. Plus, you won’t have to worry about sharing the lanes with too many people since it’s less crowded than at stadiums.

Address: 21 Pasir Ris Street 71, Singapore 518799Opening hours: Sat 3pm-9pm | Sun 9am-7pm (Closed on weekdays)Contact: 6349 3660 | TMJC website

– Central –

5. MOE (Evans) Stadium – Near Botanic Gardens

free running tracks - MOE (Evans) StadiumImage credit: Studio Hippocampus

Suitable for night runs, MOE (Evans) Stadium is located right next to the Singapore Botanic Gardens so you can easily combine it with an outdoorsy walk out at the massive park. It’s open as early as 7am on Sunday, and closes at 10pm, daily.

The tracks are also well lit by stadium lights after sunset. You don’t have to worry about hydration either, with the multiple water coolers dotted around.

Address: 21 Evans Road, Singapore 259366Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm-10pm | Sat 2pm-10pm | Sun 7am-10pm

6. 100Plus Promenade – Sheltered 888m-long track

100Plus Promenade

BTS’s world tour concert and the World Rugby Sevens Series are just some of the many roaring events that have taken place at the Singapore Sports Hub

But that’s not to say we should give its sporting facilities a pass – the 100Plus Promenade is SG’s largest sheltered running track, spanning 888m around the National Stadium. It’s also open 24/7 for you to pop by for a quick cardio sesh whenever you wish.

Address: 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore 397629Opening hours: 24 hours, DailyContact: 6653 8900 | Singapore Sports Hub website

7. Home of Athletics – Used by national athletes

Home of AthleticsImage credit: @redsportssg via Instagram

Rookie or pro, many runners out there might have idols they look up to. To help #manifest the reality of one day becoming as fast as Soh Rui Yong, clock your kms at Home of Athletics, the main track used by TeamSG athletes. 

Other features such as hurdles, a shot put ring and a steeplechase pit are also available – perfect for trackies out there who wish to clock in extra training hours. 

P.S. Check out these running tips as shared by Rui Yong.

Address: 52 Stadium Road, Singapore 397724Opening hours: Mon & Wed 7am-3pm | Tue, Thu & Fri 7am-5pm | Sat 12pm-5pm | Sun 7am-9.30pmContact: 6348 1291 | Kallang Practice Track website

8. Toa Payoh Stadium – Opposite Toa Payoh MRT

Toa Payoh StadiumImage credit: @plau333 via Instagram

TPY Residents can head over to Toa Payoh Stadium for a run, which is located opposite the MRT station.

Toa Payoh Town Park

The estate isn’t just known for its iconic dragon playground either. Once you’re done, slip out of your running shoes and pop by Toa Payoh Town Park, a serene oasis with nature views you can soak in while catching your breath.

Address: 297 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319389Opening hours: 4.30am-8.30pm, DailyContact: 6259 2916 | Toa Payoh Stadium website

9. Bishan Stadium – 5-minute walk from J8

Bishan StadiumThis stadium hosts the annual AFF Suzuki Cup that invites players from around the region.Image credit: via Instagram

Bishanites may fondly remember this place from their sports day memories – Bishan Stadium is a convenient spot where all residents can head to. It’s also just 5 minutes away from Junction 8. 

Address: 7 Bishan Street 14, Singapore 579784Opening hours: 4.30am-8.30pm, DailyContact: 6352 6631 | Bishan Stadium website

10. Serangoon Stadium – Short bus ride to popular cafes

Minutes away from Serangoon MRT sits Serangoon Stadium, with a full-sized running track amongst other facilities including a swimming complex.

There are also many food options around the corner if you’re looking for some post-workout fuel. Besides NEX, cafes such as Eleven Strands and Lola’s Cafe, which are just short bus rides away.

Address: 33 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545677Opening hours: 4.30am-9.30pm, DailyContact: 6288 0086 | Serangoon Stadium website

11. Hougang Stadium – Opens at 4.30am for early birds

They say that the early bird catches the worm; pre-dawn risers will get to have the track all to themselves at Hougang Stadium from 4.30am onwards. Time to soak in the crisp morning air before the daily hustle begins.

Address: 100 Hougang Avenue 2, Singapore 538856Opening hours: 4.30am-8.30pm, DailyContact: 6386 4856 | Hougang Stadium website

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12. Sengkang Sports Centre – Beside IG-worthy nature park

Sengkang Sports CentreImage credit: ActiveSG

Low-key as it may be, Sengkang has many nooks to look out for, with Sengkang Sports Centre being one of them. Housed within the same complex as a world-class hockey pitch, the running track is one you can pop by for runs if jogs around the neighbourhood aren’t your thing. 

Sengkang Riverside Park

Be sure to visit the scenic Sengkang Riverside Park just outside the complex. The picturesque lalang fields and floating wetlands will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a Monet painting IRL. Check out our guide to Sengkang for more things to do in the area.

Address: 57 Anchorvale Road, Singapore 544964Opening hours: 7am-10pm, DailyContact: 6315 3576 | Sengkang Sports Centre website

13. Yishun Stadium – Opposite ORTO

Yishun StadiumImage credit: ActiveSG

Northies have Yishun Stadium as their daily go-to track. It is situated near Khatib MRT, making it a convenient midpoint for dwellers of both neighbourhoods. 

Now that you’re pumped, HomeTeamNS Khatib is located nearby with Adventure HQ indoor playground where you can sweat it out with rock climbing, high element obstacle courses, and ninja warrior challenges.

Address: 103 Yishun Avenue 1, Singapore 769131Opening hours: 7am-10pm, DailyContact: 6851 8600 | Yishun Stadium website

14. Choa Chu Kang Stadium – ActiveSG with next-level pool

Choa Chu Kang StadiumImage credit: ActiveSG

Don’t think Choa Chu Kang is just an ulu hideout. For those who call this estate home, there’s Choa Chu Kang Stadium which is pretty easy to get to. 

Choa Chu Kang Swimming ComplexImage adapted from: ActiveSG

CCK dwellers can also brace themselves for some splashin’ good fun at the swimming complex located beside the stadium. It’s also ideal for active family outings with the kiddos – they wouldn’t want to miss the long slides and water playgrounds for sure.

Address: 1 Choa Chu Kang Street 53, Singapore 689236Opening hours: 4.30am-9.30pm, DailyContact: 6767 4576 | Choa Chu Kang Stadium website


15. Bukit Gombak Stadium – View of Little Guilin

Bukit Gombak StadiumThe view of Little Guilin will push you forth as you complete your run.Image credit: eventfinda

Some prized perks Bukit Gombak residents have under their belts are the nature parks right at their doorstep. No stadium has quite the view like Bukit Gombak Stadium, located just behind Little Guilin at Bukit Batok Town Park. Runners will get treated to some sicc views while working out, making them forget about the pain burning through their legs for a moment.

Bukit Batok Hillside Park

After finishing your workout, drop by Bukit Batok Hillside Park to explore even more nature views. Try finding these “torii” gates on your next hunt for Instagrammable things to do in Singapore.

Address: 800 Bukit Batok West Avenue 5, Singapore 659081Opening hours: 4.30am-9.30pm, DailyContact: 6565 2467 | Bukit Gombak Stadium website

16. Jurong East Stadium – Next to pool with fun water features

Jurong East StadiumImage credit: ActiveSG

Westies have Jurong East Stadium in the ‘hood, where they can hit the tracks for a stamina boost.

The stadium sits next to a sprawling swimming complex, located at Jurong East Sports Centre. With giant slides and a lazy river, they need not travel across the island to get to Wild Wild Wet for some water fun. 

Address: 21 Jurong East Street 31, Singapore 609517Opening hours: 7am-7.30pm, DailyContact: 6563 5052 | Jurong East Stadium website

17. NTU Running Tracks – 3km track along the forest

NTU Running TracksImage credit: The Nanyang Chronicle

Even if you’re not a student, you can head to NTU’s running track, which is open to the public. While burning some calories, you can enjoy an unofficial tour around Pulau NTU along the 3km-long track, passing by some forested areas near campus as well. 

While you’re at it, be sure to check out Yunnan Garden, a gem within the university that’s filled with aesthetic photo ops like a waterfall, stone paths and picturesque pavilions.

Address: 50 Nanyang Avenue, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798Opening hours: 24 hours, DailyContact: 6791 1174 | NTU Runners’ Club website

18. Clementi Stadium – Near Clementi 448 Market

Clementi StadiumImage credit: @stevepham via Instagram

If you find yourself in the far West and are eager to get your track shoes out, you can have Clementi Stadium as your default go-to spot.  

When the tummy starts to rumble post-run, pay a visit to Clementi 448 Market located just 10 minutes away from the stadium. A bowl of zhou (congee) from Soon Lee Porridge will satisfy your hawker cravings, especially on a cool rainy day.

Address: 10 West Coast Walk, Singapore 127156Opening hours: 7am-8.30pm, DailyContact: 6776 2560 | Clementi Stadium website

Exercise at these free running tracks in Singapore

Health is wealth, but it doesn’t take a fortune to keep fit. With the right discipline, a consistent cardio routine is a great way to get started. With these running tracks in Singapore, you can carve an exercise regime for yourself that’ll do wonders for your body in the long run.

For more ways to keep fit:ActiveSG gyms in SingaporeIPPT running tipsUnique nature activitiesMountain bike trails in SG

Cover image adapted from: @redsportssg via Instagram, The Nanyang Chronicle, eventfindaOriginally published on 19th April 2022. Last updated by Kezia Tan on 22nd December 2023.Avatar

I Quit My Job Without A Backup & Here’s The Harsh Reality That Millennials Aren’t Prepared For


Quitting your job without a backup

I wish I could quit my job” are words that most of you reading this have probably uttered before. I know what you might also be thinking: such typical first-world millennial problems! But it happens to the best of us, whether it’s because we’re simply burnt out, or because we’re stuck in jobs that we aren’t truly passionate about. 

Wishing to quit and doing it are 2 completely different things. And when I did it at my previous job, pretty much all of my friends applauded me for doing something they’d always dreamt of. The only thing was, there was a lot more to the romanticised notion of “following your heart”. Here’s what really went down: 

Note: All this is based on my personal experience, and the situation may differ for different people. 

Why I quit without a backup job

So, before keyboard warriors start hurling words like “entitled millennial” about, let’s clear some things up. 

I had previously left a comfy career in the media industry in Kuala Lumpur to become a cabin crew for Singapore Airlines. This was in a bid to travel the world, earn more money, and have a quarter-life YOLO stint before I settled down. Prior to this, I had always taken calculated moves with my career – only leaving a job should I have a good backup in place.

Now don’t get me wrong, being a cabin crew was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I’ve never regretted. But 2.5 years in and I was perpetually riddled with terrible anxiety. I hated not knowing if my next flight was a lion’s den with a particularly nasty crew member or passenger. Plus, behind a facade of glamorous hair and makeup, work was physically taxing. 

Singapore Airlines cabin crewPainful days aside, I had amazing experiences onboard that I’ll always cherish. Needless to say I have mad respect for crew who make a career out of this – but this job just wasn’t for me.Image credit: Jessica Fang

On top of that, this job caused me to always be M.I.A. when it came to spending time with loved ones. I was always either abroad, or recuperating in bed completely knackered from flights. Worst still, I dragged myself through all this knowing I was “stuck” in a career I wasn’t truly passionate about, but was too exhausted to find another job.

It got to a point where just waking up each day felt unbearable, and I could no longer cope with feeling frustrated and hopeless all the time. So without a second thought, I resigned without securing another job, and finally waved goodbye to life in the skies. 

cabin crew exiting gateMy last flight was filled with crew who were arguing with each other throughout – needless to say, the look of joy on my face after I stepped out of the terminal was legit.Image credit: Jessica Fang

When I did that, a lot of friends gushed about how they wished they no longer had to deal with the daily struggles they faced at work. That, and take a break without worrying about their next gig. It all seemed like a dream come true from the outside, but I wasn’t prepared for the harsh reality that followed: unemployment for nearly half a year. 

Below is what I went through, with tips on how to “survive” joblessness post-YOLO-resignation. 

1st – 2nd month: Pure bliss

Needless to say, not having to wake up to a job that shrouded me in anxiety was initially extremely liberating. I no longer had to bid for annual leave or tediously swap flights for days off. And I didn’t have to paint my nails or put a full face of makeup on for work. That – plus no more obligation to be constantly courteous and make nice with hundreds of strangers each day.

Not having a care in the world was exactly what I needed to recuperate from never having taken a proper break from work for some 7 years prior. 

Quitting without job - playing video gamesBy my 2nd month of funemployment, I fell into the habit of waking up at 2PM and sleeping at 4AM, and lounging in front of the TV all day.Image credit: Jessica Fang

But after about a month or so, “funemployment” lost its charm on me. I had planned to use my free time to brush up on my hobbies and take language and art classes. Instead, I fell into a cycle of watching Netflix and indulging my video game habit all day long. 

And I wasn’t alone on this – many of my friends who’d taken significant time off work have also experienced this trap of unproductivity.

There was one particular day where I paid my rent and realised my bank account balance had dwindled more than I expected it to – and I had nothing to show for it. No new skills or experiences, just the after-effects of constantly ordering from food deliveries and buying PS4 games. 

My laziness eventually backfired on me. Should I have used up this time to start focusing on upskilling or looking for a job, the few months that followed might’ve been less painful. 

Tip: If you’re planning to quit your job but don’t have a backup yet, prepare a schedule of to-dos. Set personal goals to hit by specific dates, and send yourself reminders if you tend to procrastinate. Check out these free productivity apps if you need a boost. 

Having a plan may not sound as YOLO as the idea of quitting your job, but it will help alleviate any productivity funk you may fall into. 

3rd month: Job hunting

The thing about quitting your job without a backup is…well, you don’t have a backup. There are people who are lucky and coveted enough to be able to find another position as soon as they’re ready to kick back into action. Others like me? Not so much. 

I could list down a myriad of reasons – or excuses – as to why it was so difficult for me to find a job, but none of it changes the fact that Singapore’s job market is extremely competitive. It also didn’t help my case that the only experience I had working in Singapore was with SIA. Plus, I wasn’t qualified enough for the media jobs that I was ambitiously eyeing.

online job interview Many companies tend to ghost candidates who don’t get the job, so prepare to wait…and then wait some more.

After 2 months of slacking, it took another 3 months for me to finally snag a small handful of job offers. 3 months wasn’t long per se, but after you send out a hundred applications and only receive 10 replies, job hunting can get extremely demoralising. It didn’t help that some companies required several rounds of interviews which stretched over a couple of months.  

Tip: Prep your CV and portfolio before you leave your company, while your achievements are still fresh. It may seem like a difficult step when you’re already exhausted at work. But it’ll be all ready for you to send out once you start applying for jobs.

While you’re enjoying your life of freedom, don’t alienate yourself from your work-related acquaintances. Add them on platforms like LinkedIn or even Facebook. These connections could potentially help you score that new job, or even provide alternative forms of work for you. 

I’d always kept in touch with my former colleagues in the magazine industry in KL. This was how I managed to continue writing freelance while I was unemployed. 

Check out these job-hunting tips and LinkedIn profile tips if you don’t know where to start.

3rd – 4th month: Desperation

I was about 4 months into unemployment when I really began to get desperate. My small freelance gigs were not able to financially tide me through. I was barely getting responses from media companies. So I began applying for jobs in sales that I knew I could get thanks to my experience with SIA. 

By doing so, I was immediately offered a job as an insurance agent. Now here’s where you can say I got a little entitled: I decided to turn it down because taking up this job was as good as me staying in SIA – I would’ve been doing something I knew I wasn’t passionate about, and dread heading to work each day. 

Quitting without job - unemploymentMy friends meant well – especially since some of them had been in the same boat before. But no one really saw the struggle that happened behind-the-scenes.Image credit: Jessica Fang

Tip: You quit your last job for a reason. Don’t bother applying for jobs that will devalue your experience. That, or place you in a similar situation you wanted to get out of in the first place. 

Also, don’t wait too long to start sending out your resume. A good buffer is about 1 month post-resignation so you can avoid awkward answers when potential employers ask you about your “break”. 

As soon as you see a position that’s suitable for you, apply immediately. If you get the job, you can let your employer know that can only start in 1-2 months time. 

4th month: Savings running out 

Let’s backtrack to before you hand in that resignation, and talk about money. I was pretty frugal with my cash while I was flying, and managed to amass quite a lot of savings over 2.5 years. But if you’re living on several months on savings alone, it’ll run out fast, especially when you can’t help but splurge on those cups of BBT to kill time. 

quitting without job

Tip: Have savings equal to 6 months of your salary to tide you through at least 6 months of unemployment. Avoid splurging on luxuries like a 3-month-long Eurotrip, in favour of more affordable holidays to nearby countries. My R&R breaks were spent in Kuala Lumpur, where I could take advantage of the favourable exchange rate.

Budgeting is also important so you don’t deplete your savings too quickly. Prioritise necessities like utility bills and food, and try not to spend excessively on luxuries like shopping and partying. It’s easier said than done, of course, given the amount of free time you have. 

It does help if your family is able to cushion the blow, but don’t expect them to readily help you. After all, money issues tend to cause friction. Always be open and talk to them about your to-be financial situation if you’re thinking of quitting your job.

5th month: Breakdowns & getting out of the rut

If you’ve been reading this far, you can already tell that my situation was filled with irony. I had quit my job in order to find solace for my mental health, but by being unprepared, it ended up backfiring on me. 

That said, my mental health did not take months of joblessness and uncertainty very well. Think 4am anxiety attacks and extremely dark thoughts of worthlessness wondering if I simply wasn’t good enough for Singapore’s workforce.

Mental health struggles

Tip: Never shut off. Be honest with people you can trust or consider counselling if you have frequent bouts of spiralling negative thoughts. It also helps to detox from social media – during this time, I deleted my Instagram and Facebook account as I found myself constantly comparing my desolate situation with my friends’ happy lives and successful careers. 

Most importantly, ask for help or accept help when it’s offered. I had wanted to “do it all” on my own. But when you’re in a pit of disparity, sometimes a helping hand can make all the difference.

In a twist of fate, a friend offered to refer me to TheSmartLocal. Although I was throughly exhausted from the string of companies ghosting and rejecting me, I forced myself to write in. Needless to say, pushing forth got me out of the jobless funk, and now here I am…writing this!

The Smart Local

From then, I realised that it’s always going to be a “no” if you don’t bother trying. And even when it doesn’t feel like it, the stars will align and job opportunities will come if you put in the work, like tailoring your resume and cover letter for the roles you’re applying for.

Check out these job search mistakes to avoid and online interview tips to brush up on job-hunting. Also, read these tips on mental health and mental health support workshops if you’re experiencing feelings of hopelessness and depression.

And if you’re looking for a job, check out openings at TheSmartLocalsorry, couldn’t help it.

Should you quit without a job?

Quitting a job without a backup has probably worked for some of you reading this. But for me, it was a whole new ballgame I wasn’t prepared for. 

Don’t get me wrong – I have zero regrets on leaving a workplace that I didn’t see a future at. But the glamorised idea of marching out of your workplace to finally “live your best life”, is simply overrated. Unless you have zero commitments – and tons of cash to fall back on – it can be an uphill struggle to get back on your feet. 

So if you’re currently in the same shoes as I was, it’s best to really prepare before taking the leap. It could be the best decision you’ve ever made in your life. But it also comes with a reality check that not everyone would be willing to face. 

For more perspectives like this, check out: What it’s like to be an SIA stewardessChoosing to be a photographer vs a 5-figure jobWhat being a healthcare worker is likeGraduating during Covid-19 season 

Originally published on 10th September 2020. Last updated by Jessica Fang on 6th May 2022.Avatar

12 Best Long-Distance Cycling Routes In Singapore For A Challenge On Your Next Outdoor Adventure


Long-distance cycling routes in Singapore

Spin classes have been all the rage recently but if you’re craving real outdoor adventure, cycling is a great way to access our many nature parks and reserves. Instead of hopping onto the same go-to paths you’ve tried time and again – no hate @ ECP-Marina Barrage route – try some long-distance cycling routes instead.

Below are some of the best routes in Singapore that stretch across different areas of Singapore, with plenty of attractions you can stop by to explore along the way. Think obscure corners of Seletar and the nature-filled roads of Mandai. Difficulty levels and route maps are also included.

Table of Contents

Long-distance cycling routes in Singapore1. Kranji Marshes Loop – Less-crowded route by nature reserves2. Central Urban Loop – Heartland areas with makan spots for foodies3. Rail Corridor – Scenic locations like sunset observation decks4. Mandai Loop – Nature-immersive route passing Singapore Zoo5. Seletar-Thomson Route – Ulu Seletar Airport & reservoirs6. Eastern Coastal PCN Loop – Cruise through the East at sunrise7. Northeastern Riverine Loop – Waterfront cycling trail8. CBD Loop – City skyline, best experienced at dusk9. Northern Explorer Loop – 11 parks and nature sites10. Western Adventure Loop – Rocky Little Guilin & Bukit Timah 11. Coast-to-Coast Trail – Famous 36km route with mobile app guide12. Round Island Route – Conquer the whole of Singapore

1. Kranji Marshes Loop – Less-crowded route by nature reserves

Distance: 70km (6-8h of cycling)

kranji marshImage credit: National Parks Board

Unless you’ve spent 2 years at the receiving end of encik quotes, some places like Kranji or Choa Chu Kang wouldn’t be your typical spots to check out.

So if you’re having a case of FOMO, you can explore these places on the Kranji Marshes Loop. This 70km route is challenging with its number of inclined stretches, so you might want to prepare pain relief patches for your quads once you’ve conquered the route.

cycling routes - kranji marshes loopImage adapted from: Strava

Though it’s one formidable bike ride, you’ll at least have the benefit of peace and quiet, since this route sees relatively few people, especially after MacRitchie. You’ll be able to take in nature without much interruption.

kranji marshes tower

Do bring a camera along as there are interesting sights you’ll want to snap pics of, like Kranji Marshes where you can take a pitstop to explore on foot. There’s a ~11m-tall tower that’s ideal for birdwatching and taking in your surroundings.

Difficulty: Intermediate-AdvancedRoute (loop): Bras Basah, Bukit Timah, MacRitchie, Upper Thompson, Mandai, Kranji, Lim Chu Kang, Old Chua Chu Kang, Bukit Batok, Bukit Timah, Bras Basah

Kranji Marshes Loop map

2. Central Urban Loop – Heartland areas with makan spots for foodies

Distance: 36km (2h of cycling)

cycling routes - central urban loopImage credit: NParks

Here’s a unique crossover for foodies and cyclists alike: the Central Urban Loop takes you around Singapore’s heartland areas via park connectors. The modest 36km route is definitely doable for newer cyclists. Plus, there are a few makan spots to stop along the way.

hexagonal bridge toa payoh town parkHexagonal Bridge at Toa Payoh Town Park.

You’ll travel through several parks like Toa Payoh Town Park and Punggol Waterway Park – both of which have iconic structures like the Observation Tower and Sunrise Bridge respectively for IG-worthy pics. And if you’re up for a side quest, you can even fish at Punggol Park.

 lorong ah soo lor mee hainanese village centreLorong Ah Soo Lor Mee at Hainanese Village Centre.Image credit: Eatbook

When it’s time to fuel up, there are several hit food stops which foodies will want to check out: Hainanese Village Centre and Circuit Road Hawker Centre both have a wide variety of local delights, including Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee at the former, which has been around for 50 years.

Difficulty: Easy-IntermediateRoute (loop): Toa Payoh, Whampoa, Kallang, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Punggol, Whampoa, Toa Payoh

Central Urban Loop map

3. Rail Corridor – Scenic locations like sunset observation decks

Distance: 24km for the entire stretch (3-4h of cycling)

rail corridor path

While we don’t have a set cycling route for the Rail Corridor, you can make your own trail via more than 40 different entry points available along the entire stretch. For more of a challenge, you can even ride the whole length of the corridor, which starts at the old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and ends near Kranji MRT Station.

It’s a 24km route end-to-end, so take note that it’s double the distance if you want to make it back to the same starting point. Also, fair warning to newbie riders that there are quite a lot of inclined areas on this route.

cycling routes - rail corridor observation deck sunsetImage credit: @filmz.y via Instagram

If you’re starting from Kranji, be sure to check out the new Rail Corridor North as well. Hop off your bike and trek southwards for tonnes of scenery, including a lookout point near Hillview. Speed demons may be a bit disappointed by the 10km/h speed limit on the Rail Corridor, but it’s a good opportunity to slow down and appreciate nature.

Difficulty: Easy-IntermediateRoute (North-South): Kranji, Mandai, Stagmont, Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Timah, Holland Road, Buona Vista, Bukit Merah, Tanjong Pagar

Rail Corridor map

4. Mandai Loop – Nature-immersive route passing Singapore Zoo

Distance: 35km (2-3h of cycling)

mandai loopImage credit: Run Different SG

Open a map of Singapore and you’ll notice a giant patch of green right in the middle of the country – that’s where the Mandai Loop lies. A ride through this nature-immersive segment of Singapore will take you past Thompson Nature Park, Dairy Farm Nature Park, and MacRitchie Reservoir.

cycling routes - mandai zooSpot the Singapore Zoo from afar as you go along.

Bikes go much faster than our legs can, so while the route sounds like a scary 35km, it can be completed in as quick as two to three hours. That means plenty of time to stop and smell the roses – or in this case, disembark and explore the area. 

Folks with the time and energy to spare can consider parking their bikes to visit the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, or River Wonders – all part of the Mandai Wildlife Reserve.

Difficulty: Intermediate-AdvancedRoute (loop): Upper Thompson, Thomson Nature Park, Mandai Road, Bukit Panjang, Dairy Farm, King Albert Park, Lornie Road, Upper Thomson

Mandai Loop map

5. Seletar-Thomson Route – Ulu Seletar Airport & reservoirs

Distance: 28km (3-4h of cycling)

seletar thompson route

The breathtaking Seletar Aerospace area is also an ulu one, lying far away from everything else. For cyclists, that makes it a great cycling route, seeing as you won’t have to weave around other passers-by or use that abysmally loud bell on your handle. 

cycling routes - seletar aerospace

This looping trail takes you past the gorgeous Yishun Dam, scenic Lower Seletar Reservoir and cafe stretch along Upper Thomson. But best of all, the trail goes halfway around the Seletar Airport, where you can catch the occasional plane taking off into the skies from up close. 

Pro-tip: Since many of these routes are loop trails, you don’t have to follow the designated start and end points. Pick whichever starting point is most accessible to you to begin and end your journey.

Difficulty: IntermediateRoute (loop): Lower Seletar Reservoir, Upper Thomson, Thomson Nature Park, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Ang Mo Kio, Seletar Airport, Yishun Dam, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park

Seletar-Thompson Route map

6. Eastern Coastal PCN Loop – Cruise through the East at sunrise

Distance: 42km (4-8h of cycling)

cycling routes - changi park connectorChangi PCN.Image credit: @kosala_89 via Instagram

It’s no secret that the East is home to many popular cycling routes, with East Coast Park, Changi and Bedok Reservoir. Cover these in one go with the extensive 42km-long Eastern Coastal PCN Loop.

bedok reservoirBedok Reservoir.Image credit: SG Bike

Fully-lined from start to finish with a Park Connector Network (PCN), this is the perfect trail for fitspos with plenty of stamina but not much experience with outdoor cycling. You’ll get the best of a rewarding long-distance route, but without the worries of getting lost or anxiety of having to cycle on the main road.

changi beach sunriseSunrise at Changi Beach.Image credit: @richardkwok68 & @artsycook007 via Instagram

Pro-tip: Try this route in the morning, as much of the stretch lines the eastern coast of Singapore, providing unblocked views of the sunrise.

Difficulty: Easy-IntermediateRoute (loop): Pasir Ris, Changi, East Coast Park, Telok Kurau Park, Bedok Reservoir Park, Pasir Ris

Eastern Coastal PCN Loop map

7. Northeastern Riverine Loop – Waterfront cycling trail

Distance: 18-24km (2-3h of cycling)

north eastern riverine loop

The North Eastern Riverine Loop is perhaps one of the more well-known routes in this article, but it’s nevertheless worth a visit if a waterfront ride sounds like your idea of fun.

cycling routes - lorong halus wetlandsLorong Halus Wetlands.

The PCN in this area is pretty extensive, leading cyclists on a loop that goes around Punggol and Sengkang. Half the time you’ll be riding alongside the sea or a river, with waterfront parks like Sengkang Riverside Park and Punggol Promenade Riverside Park lining the way.

The loop is at least 18km-long, but we’ll recommend adding on short detours to the picturesque Coney Island and Punggol Waterway Park to make the journey all the more worthwhile.

P.S. Check out Punggol Container Park along the way to refuel.

Difficulty: EasyRoute (loop): Sengkang Riverside Park, Punggol Point, Coney Island, Lorong Halus Wetland, Punggol Waterway, Punggol Promenade, Punggol Park, Kampung Lorong Buangkok, Sengkang Riverside Park

Northeastern Riverine Loop map

8. CBD Loop – City skyline, best experienced at dusk

Distance: 21.8km (2-3h of cycling)

cbd loopImage credit: @travel_link via Instagram

While it’s often worth waking up in the wee hours of the morning for an AM bike ride, the CBD Loop is something you’ll want to save for the evening instead. Also known as Friday Night Lights, this 22km route brings out the best of Marina Bay and the surrounding CBD area, especially once the sun starts to set.

civic districtCivic District.

If you prefer sprawling cityscapes to endless nature, here’s where you can enjoy the glimmering lights dotting skyscrapers as you make your way around Marina Bay, through Orchard Road and down to Marina Barrage. 

Difficulty: Easy-IntermediateRoute (loop): Marina Bay, Marina Barrage, National Stadium, North Bridge Road, Orchard Road, Marina Bay

CBD Loop Map

9. Northern Explorer Loop – 11 parks and nature sites

Distance: 25km (2-3h of cycling)

cycling routes - admiralty parkAdmiralty Park.

11 parks and nature sites are packed into the Northern Explorer Loop – a 25km stretch that offers constantly-changing landscapes. One minute you’re within the neighbourhood Admiralty Park and before you know it, sweeping vistas of Woodlands Waterfront lie before your eyes.

woodlands waterfrontSay hello to JB at Woodlands Waterfront.

Northies will love this trail that brings cyclists along PCN pathways, from Sembawang through Yishun, with views of rivers, dams and gardens along the way. But even if you’re not from the area, the loop will provide a great change of scenery well worth travelling there for.

There are plenty of accessible start points such as Sembawang, Marsiling and Khatib MRT where you can hop off and look for pay-per-use bikes such as SG Bike.

Difficulty: EasyRoute: Admiralty Park, Woodlands Waterfront, Ulu Sembawang PC, Central Catchment PC, Yishun Park, Sembawang Park,  Admiralty Park

Northern Explorer Loop map

10. Western Adventure Loop – Rocky Little Guilin & Bukit Timah 

Distance: 20km (2-3h of cycling)

cycling routes - western adventure loopImage credit: National Park Boards

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve may be home to one of the tallest hills in Singapore, but that doesn’t mean that this route’s an arduous one. The Western Adventure Loop covers 8 nature parks in the area via PCN, and takes you past nooks and crannies you might otherwise never think of visiting – like the Primary 5 Adventure Camp destination of Dairy Farm Nature Park

cycling routes - little guilin bukit batok town park

Soak in the views of lush greenery at the reserves before continuing on through residential areas like Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang. No worries about the view looking too repetitive as the neighbourhood holds gems like the rocky facade of Little Guilin in Bukit Batok Town Park.

Difficulty: EasyRoute (loop): Ulu Pandan PC, Little Guilin, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Zheng Hua Park, Bukit Panjang Park, Choa Chu Kang, Little Guilin

Western Adventure Loop map

11. Coast-to-Coast Trail – Famous 36km route with mobile app guide

Distance: 36km (2.5-4h of cycling)

cycling routes - jurong lake gardensPlan for extra time to explore the super-gorg Jurong Lake Gardens.

We simply can’t possibly have an article about cycling routes without the well-loved 36KM Coast-to-Coast Trail. One thing that this route has that the rest don’t is an accompanying Coast-to-Coast Trail mobile app that’ll guide you through the extensive route with quests and AR features.

cycling routes - bishan ang mo kio parkCut through Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park.

Unlike many of the looping routes featured, the Coast-to-Coast Trail features a different start and end point. Start at Jurong Lake Gardens and end at Coney Island, or go the other way around.

Pro-tip: Consider renting a bike instead of bringing your own, so you can drop it off at the end point easily. 

Difficulty: Easy-IntermediateRoute:  Jurong Lake Gardens, Bukit Batok Nature Reserve, Hindhede Drive, Adam Road, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Sengkang Floating Wetlands, Punggol Waterway, Coney Island

Coast-to-Coast Trail map

12. Round Island Route – Conquer the whole of Singapore

Distance: 150km (10-11h of cycling)

round island route

Now for those who’ve got a bit of experience under your belt, the next thing you might want to challenge yourself to is the 150km Round Island Route. Not for the faint of heart – or weak of quads – this takes you round the perimeter of Singapore, covering everything from West Coast Park and Lim Chu Kang, to Woodlands Waterfront and Lorong Halus Wetlands. 

cycling routes - round island route mapImage adapted from: treknology3

Think of this as the mother of all cycling routes in Singapore. You’ll want to set aside a full day for this as the trip can take you anywhere between 10-14 hours. Alternatively, split the route into 2 or more days to complete.

One thing you’ll need to know before starting is that segments of the route, such as the Lim Chu Kang stretch, have no PCNs so be prepared to go on the main road. Make sure you’ve got your bicycle mirrors attached and helmet on for safety!

P.S. It’s also possible to walk the journey – read our article on walking the 150km Round Island Route.

Difficulty: AdvancedRoute (loop): Coney Island, Pasir Ris Park, Changi Beach, East Coast Park, Southern Ridges, West Coast Park, Jurong Lake Gardens, Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Yishun, and back to Coney Island

Round Island Route map

Long-distance cycling routes to try this weekend

For those who love exploring the far reaches of Singapore, cycling is a great way to do it while getting exercise in as well. These long-distance routes do require some muscle and a solid bike before you attempt them. While bicycle rentals are a great start, check out our guide to buying a bicycle in Singapore if you plan on conquering all 12 routes.

For more cycling guides:Lesser-known cycling routesFun cycling routes in SingaporeNeighbourhood cycling routesObscure bike adventures

Cover image adapted from: @kosala_89 via Instagram, Run Different SGOriginally published on 26th May 2021. Last updated by Raiz Redwan on 16th May 2023.Avatar

8 Things To Do Outside Batam City Centre, Besides Shopping And Nua-ing


Alternative things to do in Batam

You’re planning your next Batam trip, and chances are that you’ve got all the new malls and hot city spots listed down in your itinerary. But if you want to break free from the city gal life for a day or two, there are places worth visiting outside the city centre. 

From affordable kelong restaurants to the most romantic beaches, here are alternative things to do in Batam

1. Chill at the tombolo & gazebos of Setokok beach

Setokok Beach

It’s never too late to enjoy a hot girl summer, and Setokok Beach is the perfect place to do so. From its scenery to amenities, it’s a pretty unique beach all around. For starters, the shores at Setokok are known for having a unique wavy sand pattern, as well as a gorgeous tombolo a sand patch that connect the island to the mainland – that makes for a good photo spot. 

Alternative things to do in Batam - Setokok Beach

You can also get your summer tan on while chilling on the beach’s swing sets, or alternatively stay in the shade at one of the many gazebos. 

Address: Pantai Setokok, Pulau Setokok, Bulang, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29475, Indonesia

2. Dine by the sea at Love Seafood Restaurant in Piayu

Alternative things to do in Batam - Love SeafoodImage credit: Love Seafood

Imagine chilling at a restaurant with a sea view and feasting on fresh crabs for just ~$20/kg. While it may sound like a pipedream in Singapore, it’s very much a reality at Love Seafood Restaurant in Piayu. 

The seaside restaurant sells a range of freshly caught seafood, ranging from spicy sauce crabs (Rp290,000, ~S$26.85) to sambal prawns (Rp85,000, ~S$7.87)

Love SeafoodImage credit: @yuniah66

If you’re coming with a whole jin gang, we recommend getting the mini buffet set (Rp400,000, ~S$38.14), which comes with crabs, squid, prawns, sea snails, and other sides. It feeds about 8 people, so each person’s portion only amounts to slightly over $4

Address: Kampung Tua Tanjung Piayu Laut RT.02/RW.10 Sei Beduk, Kabil, Kecamatan Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau, IndonesiaOpening hours: 10am-9pm, DailyContact: +62 823-6111-7775

3. Catch the sunset at the Barelang Bridge

Alternative things to do in Batam - Barelang BridgeImage credit: @wiraseto

When you’re in Batam, Barelang Bridge is a must-visit attraction. It’s a well-known spot amongst both locals and tourists, thanks to its unique architecture that comprises a chain of 6 bridges connecting different islands. 

When you’re there,visit the seaside cafes and restaurants scattered around the area, so you can soak up the view while enjoying a cuppa or while feasting on kelong seafood. Here’s a bonus pro tip: It’s pretty hot in the day, so come near golden hour or sunset to avoid the heat.

Address: Q5MG+69M, Jalan. Trans Barelang, Sembulang, Galang, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29481, Indonesia

4. Go for a romantic picnic at Viovio beach

If you’re in Batam with your significant other, be sure to hit up Viovio Beach. These sandy shores will get you in the feels for a romantic beach stroll, with cute photo-ops along the way. 

Alternative things to do in Batam - Viovio beachImage credit: @vioviobeach

For one, pose with your partner at a larger-than-life “I love you” wooden structure that’s located at the top of a small slope near the beach. If you’re not up for an uphill climb, you can spend a lazy day resting in one of the little huts lined up along the shore instead. 

Viovio Beach

There’s a small entrance fee of Rp15,000 (~S$1.42) on weekdays and Rp25,000 (~S$2.36) past 5pm on weekends, but it’s pretty worth it if you intend on staying till late as there’ll be DJs and live music performances to keep you entertained into the night. 

Price: From Rp15,000/pax (~S$1.42)Address: Jalan Trans Barelang, Kelurahan Sijantung, Kecamatan Galang, Kota Batam, Kepulauan RiauOpening hours: 9am-11pm, DailyContact: Vio Vio Beach website

5. Shop produce & second-hand clothes at Pasar Pagi Tos 3000

Alternative things to do in Batam - Pasir Pagi Tos 3000Pasar Pagi Tos 3000 is only about 10 minutes away from the city centre area by car. Image credit: Google Maps

Even if you’re not a morning person, this farmer’s market is worth waking up early for an insight into the local’s lives in Batam. 

Pasar Pagi Tos 3000 is a traditional market that sells affordable produce, including a ton of fresh fruits. For instance, fruits like rambutans can cost around $1-$2/kg, making them a total steal.

There’s also a whole section dedicated to selling second-hand apparel ranging from clothes and shoes to children’s toys. If you’re a self-proclaimed bargain hunter, you know where to be. 

Address: Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444, IndonesiaOpening hours: 5.30am-11am, Daily

6. Enjoy a beach day at Rock Salt Beach Club

Alternative things to do in Batam - Rock Salt Beach ClubTake a dip at Rock Salt Beach Club’s infinity pool.Image credit: @rocksalt_beachclub

Since you’re on vacay, it’s time to let loose and party. Better still, do it at a fancy beach resort like Rock Salt Beach Club for maximum vibes. 

Rock Salt Beach ClubImage credit: @rocksalt_beachclub

Rock Salt Beach Club is located at HARRIS Resort Barelang Batam, and has a bunch of luxurious facilities for visitors to enjoy. Some highlights include an infinity pool, bar, and even a DJ booth. 

The beach club also has an in-house restaurant serving both Western and Asian cuisine at relatively affordable prices. You’ll be able to enjoy mains ranging from Nasi Goreng Nusantara (Rp85,000, ~S$8.03) to Margarita Pizza (Rp105,000, ~S$9.92) and Churrasco Steak (Rp300,000, ~S$28.34)

Address: Tembesi, Sagulung, Batam City, Riau Islands 29439, IndonesiaOpening hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-12pm Fri-Sat 12pm-1amContact: +62 778 4091111 | Rock Salt Beach Club website

7. Take pictures in Batam Botanical Garden

Alternative things to do in Batam - Batam Botanical GardenImage credit: @guntur.30Batam Botanical Garden has been gaining popularity in recent years thanks to its multiple photo ops and wide variety of plants. So if you’re looking for a relaxing nature spot in Batam, this is probably the perfect place to explore. One of its highlights are the many colourful stairs and huts scattered around the garden. The multi-coloured structures compliment the surrounding greenery, making them pretty backdrops perfect for the ‘Gram.

Plant and nature lovers will also enjoy admiring the wildlife here, which comprises an impressive number of over 430 different plant species. 

Address: 53CJ+5GQ, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Sambau, Kecamatan Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29465, IndonesiaOpening hours: 8am-6pm, Daily

8. Island hop to Penyengat Island, off the coast of Batam

Alternative things to do in Batam - Penyengat IslandImage credit: @23nd_oFor a day trip that’s truly away from the city, travel to Penyengat Island, where you’ll get to step on royal land. It houses the Sultan Riau Great Mosque, which boasts unique architecture that’s rumoured to be partially made of egg whites. That’s right – legend has it that the Sultan’s loyal subjects gifted him eggs in the past, which were used as bonding agents in the construction of parts of the mosque. 

The Sultan’s Palace is also being restored, and you’ll be able to see the influences of both Dutch and Javanese architecture in its construction. 

Sultan Riau Great MosqueAddress: WCHC+Q55, Penyengat, Tanjung Pinang Kota, Tanjung Pinang City, Riau Islands 29114, Indonesia

Getting there: Take a 1-hour ferry from Telaga Punggur to Tanjung Pinang, before taking a 15-minute boat ride to Penyengat Island.

Visit Batam’s scenic spots

Besides the usual “eat, sleep, shop, repeat” trips we often have to Batam, this list will give you a couple more places to visit to make your trip truly worthwhile. While they aren’t located at the heart of Batam’s city area, most of these spots are within an hour’s drive away, so you’ll still be able to access them relatively easily. 

More things to do in Batam: Panbil Nature Reserve in BatamOutdoor activities in BatamThings to do in Grand Batam Mall

Cover image adapted from: @vioviobeach, @wirasetoOriginally published on 2nd October 2022.Avatar

50 Walking & Hiking Trails In SG, Sorted According To Difficulty, Pick A Random Number To Explore


Walking & hiking trails in Singapore

Sure, Singapore may be teeny tiny. We don’t have our own Alps, or the extremely long Trans Bhutan Trail. That’s not to say explorers have to sit on their bum bums and wait for their vacation to embark on their next adventure.

Our little red dot happens to be pretty green, with loads of nature parks we can pop by. We’ve got easy peasy hikes as short as 0.4km to challenging ones stretching 150km. Young or old, beginner or fitspo, there’s going to be something for you in the mega-list of 50 walking and hiking trails below:

Table of Contents

Walking & hiking trails in Singapore– Central – – South – – North –– North-East –– East – – West –– Multi-region –

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1. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – Fastest way to our highest peak

hiking trails in singapore Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

The closest thing we have to a mountain in Singapore is Bukit Timah Hill, and it’s nestled in the 163-hectare rainforest of one Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Starting from the visitor centre, the Summit Trail will take you straight to top in 45 minutes or less.

You’ll be starting off the hike with a steep climb, which eventually tempers down to a much more manageable amble. While this trail is suitable for physically fit adults and teens, those with difficulties walking are recommended to sit this one out. 

Distance: 1.2kmDifficulty: Medium

Getting there: Take buses  67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, 961 and alight opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre and Opp Beauty World Ctr. Or, head to Beauty World MRT and take exit A and walk towards Hinhede Drive.

2. Hindhede Nature Park – Mini-ziplines & quarry views

hiking trails in Singapore - Hindhede Nature Park

A gentler alternative to the Summit Trail, Hindhede Nature Park has a more family-friendly climb with slower inclines and well-defined footpaths. The little ones can go ham at the playground, which sports enough swings, trampolines, and mini-ziplines to keep them tickled. It’s right beside Bukit Timah Nature Reserve too, so it won’t take a separate hike to get here.

Hindhede Nature Park

There’s also a dreamy view of the Hindhede Quarry from the 1900s that’s just a couple minutes away from the carpark. 

Distance: ~1kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting There: Alight at Beauty World MRT and head towards Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The entrance to Hindhede Nature Park is located right behind the Visitor Centre at the base of Bukit Timah Hill. 

3. Dairy Farm Nature Park – Hike to the highest point of Singapore

hiking trails in Singapore - Dairy Farm Nature Park

Despite its name, Dairy Farm Nature Park may no longer have farms – but it does have trails for avid and beginner hikers alike. If you’d like to take it slow, try the Wallace trail. Extended in 2020, this 2.2km trail has a flatter terrain with abandoned huts and a viewing deck along the way.

hiking trails in Singapore - Dairy Farm Nature Park

Go-getters can take on the Dairy Farm Loop that leads up the highest point in Singapore – Bukit Timah Hill summit. This trail, though only 1km, is an arduous journey and deemed ‘difficult’ by NParks – so attempt at your own risk.

Distance: 2.2km (Wallace Trail) | 1km (Dairy Farm Loop)Difficulty: Easy | Hard

Getting there: From Carpark A or B at Dairy Farm Nature Park, follow the signs pointing towards the Wallace Education Centre and the Singapore Quarry.

4. MacRitchie Loop – Hike around Singapore’s largest reservoir

hiking trails in Singapore - MacRitchie Loop

With a 25m-high suspended bridge, waterfront boardwalks, and lookout towers, MacRitchie Reservoir Park has it all. Nature lovers will find an extensive 11km-13km trail that loops around Singapore’s largest reservoir, for an outdoor adventure that doesn’t feel like Singapore. 

hiking trails in Singapore - MacRitchie LoopHSBC Treetop Walk.

Seeing as there aren’t much high rises and towering BTOs in sight, it’s the perfect place to escape the city. The one downside? It can get pretty crowded during weekend mornings, but for hiking rookies, this can be a good thing. For one, you won’t get lost – since you can simpy follow everyone else.

Distance: 11km-13kmDifficulty: Hard

Getting there: Enter via MacRitchie Reservoir Car Park, which is a 12-minute walk from Caldecott MRT. Alternatively you can enter the trail via Windsor Nature Park.

5. Bay East Garden – Unobstructed views of SG’s skyline

Bay East Garden

Probably one of the most scenic routes on the list is none other than Bay East Garden. While it’s not much of a hiking trail, it’s a great location for a morning or evening stroll. Conveniently linked via park connectors from East Coast Park, Bay East Garden is a relatively easy spot to get to, with gorgeous views of the Kallang Basin and CBD in the distance.

Bay East GardenThis route gives you the best of both nature and the city.

Distance: 1.51kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take bus 158 and alight at Opp Costa Rhu Condo. Alternatively, you may travel here via MRT and alight at Bayfront station.

6. Clarke Quay River – Beginner-friendly urban hiking trail

Clarke Quay River

A refreshing change from traditional hiking spots amid nature, this route takes you through the heart of Singapore’s urban landscape – Clarke Quay River.

Clarke Quay River

The trail is essentially a loop of Clarke Quay’s waterfront, taking you past Boat Quay and the Coleman and Elgin Bridges. En route, keep a look out for the murals that line Clarke Quay’s underpasses, making them Instagrammable pit stops to get some photos in.  

While more experienced hikers may not get a kick out of this city route, it’s a nice break from the usual parks and nature reserves we’re used to exploring. Office workers in the CBD can bookmark this for a quick lunchtime walk too.

If you’re heading here with bae or the fam, throw in a river cruise for the ultimate experience with this Singapore River Walking and River Cruise Tour.

Distance: 0.92kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take Exit E from Clarke Quay MRT station.

7. Bukit Brown Cemetery – Find whimsical trees & abandoned cars

Bukit Brown Cemetery

You’ve probably heard of the hidden “Avatar trees”, which gives off massive Indiana Jones vibes. Getting here involves a trek on an unofficial trail from Bukit Brown Cemetery, and you can follow this secret Avatar Tree trail guide on how to get there. Past these whimsical trees, you’ll find more unique greenery that you can photograph for your next Instagram post. 

hiking trails in Singapore - Bukit Brown Cemetery

Up ahead, the terrain is much trickier to hike. It’ll be worth the challenge as you’ll find the path splits into 3. The first 2 lead to spots with abandoned cars that have been at the mercy of mother nature. The 3rd path leads to the Xinhengshan Pavilion Dabogong Temple, that’s over 130 years old.

Distance: 3kmDifficulty: Medium to hard

Getting there: Take bus 855 from Commonwealth MRT and alight at Aft Kheam Hock Road bus stop. Walk 10 minutes to Bukit Brown Cemetery.

8. Thomson Nature Park – Abandoned buildings overgrown with vines

hiking trails in Singapore - Thomson Nature Park

Thomson Nature Park barely needs an introduction; you may immediately recognise it from its characteristic ruins of a 1930s Hainanese village. Best part is, you don’t need to be #fitspo to see the ruins in all their glory. The trails at the park are relatively beginner-friendly, and you just have to follow the Ruins & Figs Trail (1.5km) to spot the tiled walls dotted with moss and vines.

hiking trails in Singapore - Thomson Nature Park

Don’t end your journey here, though. Thomson Nature Park has several other easy trails to conquer. The Streams & Ferns Trail (1.4km) is where you can spot some wildlife like frogs and turtles, and there are a couple of other short trails where you can check out an old rambutan plantation and see wild macaques. 

Distance: 1.5km (Ruins & Figs Trail) & 1.4km (Streams & Ferns Trail)Difficulty: Easy

Getting there: Walk 2.3km from Lentor MRT, or take buses 138, 167, 169, 860, 980 to either Aft Tagor Dr or Bef Tagore Dr.  

9. Windsor Nature Park – Elevated bridgewalk in Bishan

Windsor Nature Park

Nestled in the heart of Bishan, Windsor Nature Park will appease those seeking a challenging hike with a jungle vibe. The mix of cobbled pathways and rocky terrain with ups and downs makes this trail one of the most exciting that requires steady footing.

hiking trails in Singapore - Windsor Nature Park

Multiple freshwater streams lead to the marshlands where a variety of wildlife awaits you. Everything from tiny mudskippers to monkeys and squirrels, which the trail is named after, reside along the path so remember to have your camera ready to snap some nice pictures. 

Distance: 4.4kmDifficulty: Hard

Getting there: Take buses 132, 163, 165, 167, 855 from Upper Thomson MRT station and alight at Opp Flame Tree Park. Walk for 4 minutes. 

10. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park – Riverside jogging trails

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Being one of the biggest parks in Singapore, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is sure to provide lots to see and do. Apart from a 3km park long river, the park also has scenic jogging trails with a stunning view of the biodiversity in the park. 

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Not only is the park filled with natural beauty, it also has a unique sculpture that only enhances the aesthetic of the park. Take a detour down to the therapeutic Gardens, within the park, which is specially designed to stimulate your senses with 4 different themed segments. 

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Distance: Over 3kmDifficulty: Easy 

Getting There: Take buses 71, 133, 136 and 262 and alight at either Opp Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex, Teck Ghee Court or Opp Block 315. 

11. Lower + Upper Peirce Reservoir – Scenic sunrise hike

Lower + Upper Peirce ReservoirLower Pierce Reservoir.Image credit: @zul_samian via Instagram

If there’s one thing we can tell from IG location tags, you’ll have a good chance of catching a scenic sunrise at the Upper and Lower Peirce Reservoirs. Start your journey at Lower Pierce, where you can catch the pavilion looking stunning at dawn, before continuing over to Upper Peirce. Both reservoirs lie side by side and are connected via a forest-y 4km road.

Distance: 4km+Difficulty: Medium

Getting there: From Bright Hill MRT walk 1.7km along Casuarina and Jacaranda Roads. Alternatively, take buses 163, 167, 169, 855, and 980 and alight near Sembawang Hill Food Court.

– South – 

12. Canopy Trail – 100-year-old trees & suspension webs

hiking trails in Singapore - Canopy TrailImage credit: @gilmangirl via Instagram

As its name suggests, the Singapore Botanic Gardens Canopy Trail is lined with towering trees that are believed to be more than 100 years old. Begin your journey at Canarium Drive, and follow the track till you reach the Keppel Discovery Wetlands.

Canopy TrailImage credit: @zella.zanana via Instagram

Along the way, see if you can spot any big reptiles and forest fruits. For those who aren’t afraid of heights, stop by the Canopy Web situated high up at tree level to channel your inner Tarzan. Do remember to hang tight to small belongings, because it’s a long way down.

Distance: 1.4kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Enter the park from the Botanic Gardens MRT, and start from Canarium Drive.

13. The Southern Ridges – 5 parks in 1 hike

hiking trails in Singapore - The Southern Ridges

X-in-1 deals have always been like a siren song to Singaporeans, which is probably why The Southern Ridges is a hiking favourite here. The 10km trail meanders through Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve – that’s 5 parks in 1 efficient stride.

The Southern Ridges

You’ll never get bored of the scenery here either, because it’s always changing. One minute it’s a sweeping panorama from Mount Faber, and a couple of steps later, it’s the IG-famous Henderson Waves. There are plenty of rest stops along the way for you to catch your breath too.

Distance: 10kmDifficulty: Medium

Getting there: Take the Circle Line or North East Line to HarbourFront MRT Station. Marang Road is beside exit D of Harbourfront MRT. 

14. Marang Trail – Short flight of stairs leading up Mount Faber

Marang TrailImage credit: Jerry Wong via Flickr

It’s no secret that Mount Faber is great for a breath of fresh air and scenic views. In order to get to the peak by foot, take the Marang Trail up from Harbourfront MRT. It’s only 0.4km long, but it’ll give you quite the workout as it mostly comprises a flight of stairs. Nevertheless, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery so there’s no lack of oxygen here.

hiking trails in Singapore - Marang TrailImage credit: Rafael Frias via Alltrails

The climb won’t be for naught because you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the city. You can continue forward towards the Henderson Waves bridge or head back down to VivoCity. 

Distance: 0.4kmDifficulty: Medium

Getting There: From Harbourfront MRT, take Exit D and head towards Telok Blangah. The trailhead is a 4-minute walk away.

15. Sentosa Imbiah Trail – Uncover natural waterfalls 

Sentosa Imbiah Trail

Sentosa might not be the first place that comes to mind when discussing hiking trails, but it’s home to the Imbiah Trail that is famous for its waterfalls. There are 3 of them, all of which are natural and are considered one of the island’s best-kept secrets. 

Sentosa Imbiah Trail

And since Sentosa was once a part of the British military’s coastline defences, there are plenty of installations – such as the Mount Imbiah Gun Battery – that have been either refurbished or preserved. Remnants like a 10m-tall lookout tower gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of the ocean – a good place to snap some shots of the blue sea peeking through the greenery.

Those who want an in-depth guided experience can check out this Imbiah and Fort Siloso Trail tour.

Distance: 2.3kmDifficulty: Medium

Getting there: Take Sentosa’s Intra-Island bus A or C from Resorts World Sentosa and alight at Imbiah Lookout stop.

16. Sentosa Coastal Trail – Ocean view with historical artefacts 

Sentosa Coastal Trail

The Coastal Trail in Sentosa offers visitors the sea breeze and an unobstructed view of the ocean. The route comprises paved roads and has plenty of benches so it’s a much easier walk compared to the dirt path and uneven terrain of the Imbiah Trail.

Sentosa Coastal Trail

The path is also littered with historical landmarks like totem poles that were once part of the old ferry terminal. And if you keep your eyes peeled, you may even spot the ruins of a jetty that was used by the British during wartime that is located several metres from the shore.  

To deep-dive into the hidden gems and history of the area, hit up this Southern Coastal Trail tour.

Distance: 1.8kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take Sentosa’s Intra-island bus A or C from Resorts World Sentosa and alight at Siloso Point.

17. Labrador Nature Reserve – Photogenic waterfront trail  

hiking trails in Singapore - Labrador Nature Reserve

Right at the southern tip of Singapore is Labrador Nature Reserve, the only place where you’ll find a rocky shore and the Red Beacon, a lifeguard tower lookalike that is used to guide ships. 

There’s a playground behind the Beacon that hides a former WW2 pillbox that was once used by the British and a replica of the Dragon’s Teeth Gate, a gateway to Keppel Harbour as well. 

For those who love nature and history, this Southern Coastal Trail tour will uncover all there is to love about the Labrador Nature Reserve..

Distance: 2.1kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Alight at Labrador Park MRT station and simply follow the signs. You can also reach Labrador Park via Berlayer Creek Boardwalk or through Labrador Villa Road. Both paths will take you to opposite ends of the park.

18. Berlayer Creek & Bukit Chermin – Mangrove boardwalks

Berlayer Creek & Bukit CherminBerlayer Creek Boardwalk.Image credit: NParks 

Nature lovers know that mangroves in Singapore are perhaps the best place to observe wildlife in all their glory. Exotic birds, crabs, mudskippers, monitor lizards, snakes, and even crocodiles – you name it, mangroves have it. To kill two (figurative) birds with one stone, head over to Berlayer Creek and Bukit Chermin for a calming walk over water.

Berlayer Creek & Bukit CherminBukit Chermin Boardwalk.

Berlayer Creek Boardwalk brings you through the mangroves itself and even has an iconic lighthouse. Bukit Chermin Boardwalk, on the other hand, takes you out of the mangrove and onto the waters of Keppel Bay. The distance between the two is about 950m. 

Distance: 960m (Berlayer Creek Boardwalk) & 330m (Bukit Chermin Boardwalk)Difficulty: Easy

Getting there: From Labrador Park MRT, walk 8 minutes along Labrador Villa Road and Port Road to Berlayer Creek Boardwalk. From there, walk 950m to Bukit Chermin Boardwalk. 

19. Keppel Hill Reservoir – Discover a hidden reservoir

hiking trails in Singapore - Keppel Hill Reservoir

Explore the Seah Im Bunker, which has been long abandoned since WWII. The journey begins through a gap in the fence at Seah Im Carpark. The trail there is not hard to follow, though you’ll have to traverse rocky terrain. Afterwards, train your thunder thighs up a steep hill, with ropes to aid your climb.

Keppel Hill Reservoir

At the top, you’ll find Keppel Hill Road with abandoned buildings – one being the No.11 Keppel Hill House which was allegedly an atas mansion in the 19th century. Down the beaten path, Keppel Hill Reservoir awaits you. Take a break at this “secret garden” with teal blue waters.

Before you reach the top, choose to exit at the carpark – or take the challenge uphill and discover the tomb of a Japanese naval engineer from the 1940s. Then, exit at Mount Faber Peak and enjoy the view of luscious greenery and cable cars.

Distance: 1kmDifficulty: Medium

Getting there: From Harbourfront MRT exit D, walk 9 minutes to Seah Im Carpark.

– North –

20. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – Spot wild crocodiles

hiking trails in Singapore - Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

You might remember Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve from a school excursion back in the day, and perhaps it’s time you jog that memory. There are several routes you can explore here, and plenty of wildlife to greet you. Climbing up the Aerie Tower along the Migratory Bird Trail will help you spot marsh sandpipers and little egrets, plus a sweeping view of JB in the distance. 

 Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

The star of the reserve is the Eagle Point Boardwalk from the Coastal Trail, whose iconic pavilion has been no stranger to our IG stories.The reserve is known for its wild crocodile spottings too – just keep your distance and your eyes peeled for them.

Distance: 1.3km (Coastal Trail) | 1.95km (Migratory Bird Trail)Difficulty: Easy

Getting There: Take bus 925 from Kranji MRT station and alight at Kranji Reservoir Carpark B.

21. Kranji Marshes – Bird observation deck & shelters

hiking trails in Singapore - Kranji Marshes

Kranji Marshes boasts big biodiversity, especially that of birds – which is why bird-watchers often flock here. Tread the boardwalk up to the Raptor Tower, where you can view birds such as the Changeable Hawk-Eagle, identified by the distinct dark feathers on its head.

hiking trails in Singapore - Kranji Marshes

Along the way, you will find lookout and observation shelters where you can find information on birds and observe them from a good distance. There are also many photo ops with beautiful natural landscapes such as the bridge at Kingfisher Burrow.

Distance: 2.3kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: On weekends and public holidays, take the Kranji Farms Shuttle bus – accessible with a $5 pass. This bus makes stops around Kranji to places like Kranji Marshes and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves. 

22. Zhenghua Park – Hiking spot in the heartlands

hiking trails in Singapore - Zhenghua Park

Nestled in between the BKE and Bukit Panjang, Zhenghua Park is suitable for Northies that don’t want to travel far. The trails here also connect to Bukit Timah Nature Park and Chestnut Nature Park should you feel like going on a longer hike. 

Zhenghua Park

Walking trails here are partially paved and surrounded by greenery, providing you with some shelter from the sweltering heat on sunny days out. Do be careful hiking here as some sections of the walking trails are frequented by mountain bikers. 

Distance: 2.5kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take buses 972, 171, or 187 and alight at Bukit Panjang Road (Blk 270). Take a 5-minute walk to the entrance of the park. 

23. Woodlands Waterfront Park – Promenade stroll with nearby resto 

Woodlands Waterfront Park

At the edge of Malaysia, I mean Singapore, lies Woodlands Waterfront Park. It spans 5km, so there’s more than enough ground to cover here. With a long waterfront promenade and jetty that overlooks the straits, you’re shore in for a breezy time while you’re there. It’s also a good spot to catch an unobstructed view of the sunrise and sunset

Woodlands Waterfront Park

If you get hungry during your long walk, head on down to Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant which is conveniently located right in the middle of the jetty and chow down on local and western favourites.

Distance: ~5kmDifficulty: Moderate 

Getting There: Take bus 856 and alight at Bef W’Lands Waterfront Pk or Aft W’Lands Waterfront Pk.

24. Admiralty Park – Spot rare species of bugs 

hiking trails in Singapore - Admiralty Park

Besides its popular mega playground, Admiralty Park also has one of the easier walking trails for those who want to get a glimpse of Singapore’s wildlife. 

Admiralty Park

Though a short hike at 2km, you can spot various bugs – even rare ones such as the arthur’s midget found on mangrove trees. You can identify it via the blue stripes on its body. Other sightings include the big atlas moth and long-tailed macaques.

Distance: 2kmDifficulty: Easy 

Getting there: Take bus 856 from Woodlands North Station bus stop. Alight one stop later at After Woodlands Waterfront Park bus stop and you’ll see Admiralty Park.

25. Yishun Pond Park – Boardwalk trail overlooking the pond

hiking trails in Singapore - Yishun Pond Park

Yishun Pond Park is one of the many waterside trails in Singapore, where Northies can catch some calming views of  the Yishun Pond. The 1km trail here is perfect for a quiet stroll with its fair share of greenery and boardwalks. Be sure to stop by the sculpturesque lookout tower for an IG shot or two. 

hiking trails in Singapore - Yishun Pond Park

Distance: 1kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: From Yishun MRT, take a 10-minute walk along Yishun Central. 

– North-East –

26. Coney Island – “Secret” beach & mangroves with wildlife

Coney Island

Aside from being a popular spot for hikers, Coney Island has a unique diversity of environments that is blended together perfectly. There are 5 different beaches scattered across the paths that are accessible by foot or bicycle.

hiking trails in Singapore - Coney Island

And if you’re planning to explore the wild side of the island, the mangroves are the perfect place to do so. The boardwalk allows you to enjoy the serenity of the environment without wrecking your shoes, and you can easily spot wildlife like mudskippers and a family of boars. 

Distance: 2.5kmDifficulty: Medium

Getting there: From Punggol MRT, take Exit C to get to the bus interchange. Board bus 84 and alight at Punggol Road End, then take a ~10 minute walk along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to reach the West entrance.   

27. Punggol Waterway Park – Walk along a wandering man-made river

Punggol Waterway Park

Spanning 12.25 hectares, Punggol Waterway Park has 4 themed sections so you’ll never get bored while trailing the park. The themed zones include a Green Gallery with plenty of greenery to admire and a Recreation Zone with a fitness centre and sand and water play area suitable for all ages. 

Punggol Waterway Park

There’s also a Heritage Zone which is reminiscent of Punggol back in the good ol’ kampong days and a Nature Cove where visitors can admire Punggol’s waters. The park is also filled with one-of-a-kind bridges that make for great photo spots. 

punggol waterway park

Distance: 4.2kmDifficulty: Easy 

Getting There: From Damai LRT, walk 5 minutes towards southeast entrance of the park. You can also take buses 3, 34, 43, 62, 82, 83, 84, 85, 136 to Punggol Bus Interchange which is a 9-minute walk to the northwest entrance of the park.

28. Sengkang Riverside Park – Wetlands with fruit-themed boardwalk 

hiking trails in Singapore - Sengkang Riverside Park

As its name suggests, Sengkang Riverside Park has nothing short of scenic views over serene waters. The many trails here are beginner-friendly and perfect for a stroll, especially for those who love to spot wildlife such as birds and dragonflies buzzing around. Take your time, because the park spans 210,000sqm so there’s plenty to see. 

Sengkang Riverside Park

Take a breather – and lots of pics – at the fruit-themed boardwalk. The kiddos will probably love it here. Then, wander forth to the northern end of the park to find lalang fields in all its glory.

Distance: 1.3kmDifficulty: Easy  

Getting There: From Farmway LRT, walk ~7 minutes towards Sengkang North Bridge. Alternatively take bus 374 to Blk 338A and walk across to the park.

 29. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park – Water play area for kiddos

Lower Seletar Reservoir Park

Bring your active kiddos down to Lower Seletar Reservoir Park because this gem in Yishun has plenty of space for them to run free. Besides taking a breezy stroll along the 1.5km loop, families can bring the young’uns to splash around at the water play area here. 

Lower Seletar Reservoir Park The water play area.

Else, take a breather and admire the view of the waterfront. You’ll likely be able to spot kayakers and fishermen doing their thing here. 

Distance: 1.5kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Walk 12 minutes from Khatib MRT, or take bus 117 to Opp Blk 816 or Blk 816.

30. Upper Seletar Reservoir Park – Landmarks like a “Rocket Tower”

hiking trails in Singapore - Upper Seletar Reservoir Park

Not many of us share Elon Musk’s passion of going “to the moon”. Still, you’re sure to have a blast when you visit a rocket-shaped lookout tower. A stroll along Upper Seletar Reservoir will take you past the 1969 Seletar Rocket Tower, which is open 24/7.

hiking trails in Singapore - Upper Seletar Reservoir Park

Take a leisurely walk along the ~2km trail, or chill and chit-chat on one of the water-facing benches. Those training for a marathon can also extend their journey by continuing down Mandai Road, to Lower Seletar Reservoir.

Distance: 2kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Upper Seletar Reservoir Park is best accessed by car. The nearest MRT is Springleaf, a 1.9km walk away. Head north, up Upper Thomson Road and turn left at Mandai Road, and left again at Mandai Road Track 7.

31. Seletar Aerospace Park – View private planes taking off

Seletar Aerospace Park

If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably heard of places like Wheeler’s Estate or Wildseed Bar located at Seletar Aerospace Park. But the place has much more to offer than just a collection of awesome restaurants; there’s a boardwalk where visitors can sit and have a nice picnic while enjoying the view of planes from a private airport. 

Seletar Aerospace Park

The nearby Hampstead Wetlands Park is also worth visiting, with an Amazonian feel to the place and tons of birds like hornbills and buffy fish owls – perfect for bird-watching enthusiasts. 

Distance: 0.8kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take buses 103 or 117, and alight at Aft/Bef Baker Street bus stop.

32. Puaka Hill – Bali-like quarry views on Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin’s Puaka Hill Bali’s Nusa Penida? Not quite. 

There’s no denying that Pulau Ubin is a great spot for cycling but the next time you visit, explore the island on foot for a more intimate experience with nature. Puaka Hill is a short walk from the main jetty, followed by and an easy 10-minute hike up.

At 75m above sea level, this peak is the highest point of Ubin, with views stretching past the bright blue quarry below, and into the distance. 

Distance: 300mDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take a 10-minute bumboat from Changi Ferry Terminal to get to Pulau Ubin. From there, walk 1.8km towards Merbah Hut. The entrance to Puaka Hill is behind the hut.

33. Chek Jawa Wetlands – Views that don’t look like SG

hiking trails in Singapore - Chek Jawa Wetlands

Overseas vibes in Singapore? You know we love them. Head over to Chek Jawa Wetlands on Pulau Ubin to detox from city life and soak up relaxing views of the waterfront. Here, you’ll get to tune into nature while spotting a variety of mangrove critters such as colourful birds, starfish, and mudskippers. 

hiking trails in Singapore - Chek Jawa Wetlands For stellar views of the surrounding island, head up the Jejawi Tower 

P.S. For peace of mind, book a tour of Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa to explore all of Pulau Ubin’s best gems. 

Distance: 1.1kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take a 15-minute bumboat ride from Changi Ferry Terminal. Once you reach Pulau Ubin jetty, you can walk, cycle, or take a van to Chek Jawa Wetlands, located 3km away.

– East – 

34. Changi Bay Point – Picturesque views of the sea

hiking trails in Singapore - Changi Bay Point

If you’re looking for a photogenic trail, then Changi Bay Point would be the perfect candidate. Sure, it may be out of the way for our Westie friends out there, but rest assured that your trip to the East will be well worth it.

Picturesque views are 10/10 here throughout the whole 3.6km trail which features 2 cycling bridges for extra photo opportunities. 

Changi Bay Point

The hike here will mostly be on flat pavement, so don’t expect to be bushwhacking through unmarked paths. The trail is also connected to East Coast Park and Changi Beach Park for those wanting to continue the route.

Distance: 3.6kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Hop on bus 35 from Tanah Merah MRT, alight at Bef Changi Ferry Road and walk 5 minutes to the park entrance. 

35. Changi Jurassic Mile – Kid-friendly with dinosaur statues

hiking trails in Singapore - Changi Jurassic MileImage credit: Changi Airport Group

The Changi Jurassic Mile is a fun reimagining to what life would be like if we were living amongst dinosaurs. This 1km stretch is adorned with life-like dinosaur installations on both sides, making it a fun spot for younger families.

Changi Jurassic MileImage credit: @petfriendssg via Instagram

With Changi Airport nearby, planes taking off aren’t a rare sight here. The airport is also home to various dining options to refuel after your hike. If you don’t feel like walking, bicycle rentals are available from East Coast Park, and you can ride your way to the Jurassic Mile from $10/hour. 

Distance: 1kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take the MRT and alight at Changi Airport and head towards Terminal 2. Follow the signs and walk 2km to the Changi Jurassic Mile.

36. Pasir Ris Boardwalk – Mangrove trail for wildlife lovers

Pasir Ris BoardwalkImage credit: Steven Ong via Google Maps

For the kiddos who love animals, the Singapore Zoo or Night Safari aren’t your only options. With mudskippers, chickens, and otters, the Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk is a great alternative for Easties looking for an uncaged experience with animals.

The quaint 6-hectare mangrove park also has a 3-storey-high bird watching tower from which we’ve spotted woodpeckers and swallows. It’s no wonder that the part is often filled with birdwatchers with giant cameras, vying for the perfect shot. 

After you walk, add-on a quick horse feeding detour at the nearby Gallop Stable. Read our guide to Pasir Ris Park for a breakdown of the area’s activities. 

Distance: 1.5kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Walk 10 minutes from Pasir Ris MRT.

37. Tampines Eco Green – Quiet east-side enclave 

hiking trails in Singapore - Tampines Eco Green

If you’re someone who loves being one with nature, check out Tampines Eco Green. The park consists of 3 different trails: the diversity trail, marsh trail, and forest trail. All these trails are well suited for novice hikers or those who just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle. 

Tampines Eco Green

Make sure to get a good look around while you’re there to catch a glimpse of the beautiful biodiversity in the area like colourful butterflies and sultan dragonflies. 

Distance: 3kmDifficulty: Easy 

Getting There: Take buses 15, 46, 969 and alight Opp Blk 638A.

– West –

38. Chestnut Nature Park – Largest nature park in Singapore

hiking trails in Singapore - Chestnut Nature Park

If you’re all about “bigger is better”, you may very well appreciate the fact that Chestnut Nature Park is the biggest of its kind in Singapore. It’s larger than 110 soccer fields, so you know you’ll be totally surrounded by nature. 

Chestnut Nature Park

That’s not to say that the nature trails here are too lengthy for the casual hiker. Beginners will be at ease on the Northern Loop that’s literally a walk in the park. But if you prefer a more challenging terrain complete with inclines and rocks, go for the Southern Loop. For easier exploration, rent a bike (from $15/hour) to explore the park. 

Distance: 3.5km (Northern Loop) & 2.1km (Southern Loop)Difficulty: Easy (Northern Loop) | Medium (Southern Loop) 

Getting there: Take buses 700 or 966 and alight at Block 202 on Petir Road. Walk 15 minutes along Chestnut Avenue to get to the park.

39. Rifle Range Nature Park – Singapore’s newest park 

hiking trails in Singapore - Rifle Range Nature ParkBanyan Trail – 647m.

You may have been elated as were to hear that the authorities have somehow managed to find space for yet another park. For those who’ve already explored many of the others, check off a new experience at Singapore’s newest green space. Rifle Range Nature Park has 4 trails winding through it, adding up to 7km of stone paths and boardwalks to explore. 

Rifle Range Nature Park

Don’t miss its pièce de résistance, the 31m-high Colugo Deck, which offers panoramic views of the quarry below.

Distance: 7kmDifficulty: Medium

Getting there: Take the MRT to Beauty World Station and enter the park from the overhead bridge connected to level 4 of Beauty World Centre. 

40. Bukit Batok Nature Park – WW2 war memorials

Bukit Batok Nature Park

If you’re a beginner looking to get some steps in, then Bukit Batok Nature Park is the place for you. With clear pathways, no elevation gains, and views that’ll take your breath away, the trail is a good place for fitspo newbies to start.

hiking trails in Singapore - Bukit Batok Nature ParkStop for pics at the scenic quarry.

The park is also where the Syonan Chureito and British Memorial Cross once stood before they were destroyed after the war. Today, you can look out for the book-shaped WW2 memorial plaque atop Bukit Batok Hill.

Distance: 3.2kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take buses 157, 174, or 66 and alight at Blk 288C. Walk along Bukit Batok Avenue 6 to get to the park.

41. Bukit Batok Hillside Park – Abandoned “torii” gates

Bukit Batok Hillside Park

In a city of new, “abandoned” is not a word you hear of very often. For a relic of the past that isn’t in a museum, try Bukit Batok Hillside Park. Dilapidated tables, wells, and artificial rocks make this look like a scene out of The Walking Dead. Navigate broken boardwalks and wander under a shelter frame that resembles a Japanese torii gate. 

Bukit Batok Hillside Park

The hiking route starts from Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 and cuts through a thick forest. Warning: this requires some serious jungle bashing – so it’s best if you visit with proper hiking shoes and a hiking stick for the hilly portions. You may also have to make some detours as last we visited, a part of the jungle was undergoing construction.

Distance: 5kmDifficulty: Hard

Getting there: Walk 10 minutes from Bukit Gombak MRT along Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 towards the park.

42. Clementi Forest – Rugged trail with surreal views

hiking trails in Singapore - Clementi Forest

Clementi Forest isn’t your typical Singaporean hiking trail. Mostly untouched by development, this is where avid explorers can get down and dirty with trails that weave through thick foliage and unpaved ground. 

hiking trails in Singapore - Clementi Forest

If you’re heading here, we recommend to do so just before sunrise to catch stellar views of the forest. Also, be sure to check the weather before going, as the trail gets muddy after rain. 

Distance: ~3km-5kmDifficulty: Hard

Getting there: Take buses 52, 61, 74, 75, 151, 154, and 184 to Opp Ngee Ann Poly, where the trail’s entrance is. Alternatively, walk 15 minutes from King Albert Park MRT.

43. Jurong Lake Gardens – IG-worthy sculptures, boardwalks & fields

hiking trails in Singapore - Jurong Lake Gardens

Jurong Lake Gardens has it all – lalang fields, play zones, sculptures, boardwalks and of course, tons of photo ops. This 90-hectare heartland oasis is the latest in a line-up of national gardens, and a must-visit for both active families and shutterbugs.

hiking trails in Singapore - Jurong Lake Gardens

The garden features several terrains, including solid pavements, boardwalk beams, gravel footpaths, and grassy plains, plus little to no inclines. While you’re here, look out for the unmissable Lone Tree sculpture and Rasau Walk, a crimson boardwalk that suspends over a pond that’s perfect for some birdwatching.

Distance: 7kmDifficulty: Medium

Getting There: Take Exit C from Lakeside MRT station and take a 10-15-minute walk to Jurong Lake Gardens.

44. Jurong Railway Line – Hike along an abandoned railway 

hiking trails in Singapore - Jurong Railway Line

You can hike along old train tracks in the vicinity of an HDB estate in Jurong. Your trek starts from a short and dark tunnel at Clementi Road, where you’ll thread along part of an abandoned railway. This trail is mostly shaded, making it ideal for the vampires in our society who dislike the sunrays. 

hiking trails in Singapore - Jurong Railway Line

The 40-minute trek through the forest and the bridge across from the truss bridge is fairly shaded. Plus, walk under an Instagrammable walkway shelter with rainbow-coloured pillars on the way to the Sunset Way Railway Tracks.

Distance: 2.1kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: From Clementi MRT Station Exit B, take buses 52, 154, or 185 to Maju Camp. Walk 3 minutes to the railway tunnel.

– Multi-region –

45. Eastern Coastal Loop – Free sightseeing option at Gardens By The Bay

Eastern Coastal Loop

Who says you need to get out of the city in order to get some fresh air and eyefuls of greenery? At the Eastern Coastal Loop, you’ll get just that, plus the comfort of a proper tarred road on which you can cycle or skate. Else, a stroll (2-3 hours) is just as good, and you can take in the dramatic Marina Bay skyline in the background. 

Eastern Coastal Loop

The trail takes you through areas such as East Coast Park, Marina Barrage, and goes past the domes of Gardens by the Bay, to name a few. 

Check out Npark’s map of the Eastern Coastal Loop

Distance: 8.3kmDifficulty: Easy

Getting there: Take bus 11 or 158 to Tanjong Rhu Promenade. You can reach this area from Stadium MRT which is a 10-minute walk away. 

46. Coast-to-Coast Trail – 36km-long across Singapore

hiking trails in Singapore - Coast-to-Coast TrailImage adapted from: NParks

Did you know that you can actually walk the entire Singapore? It may take you 7 days to conquer 120km, but here’s an alternative that can be completed in a day if you’re up for a challenge. Spanning a whopping 36km is the Coast-to-Coast Trail that brings you diagonally across Singapore from Jurong Lake Gardens to Coney Island Park.

There are 10 checkpoints you can take a breather at, including the quarry pools of Bukit Batok Nature Park and the manicured greenery of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Distance: 36kmDifficulty: Hard

Getting there: Walk 3 minutes from Lakeside MRT to Jurong Lakeside Gardens, which is the first checkpoint of the trail. Check out NPark’s map of the Coast-to-Coast trail for different entry points. 

47. Pipeline Trail – Massive pipes that look like a sci-fi scene

No prizes for guessing how the Pipeline Trail got its name. Yep, pipes – massive ones, at that – are what you’ll be seeing as you traverse landscapes that span grassy terrains and paved roads. 

hiking trails in Singapore - Pipeline Trail Image credit: @cykiclee via Instagram

The 10km trail is a feat in itself, but outdoorsy folk will probably enjoy passing by Bukit Timah Nature Reserve en route. Remember to slap on lots of sunscreen and bring a hat and shades, as a good chunk of the trail takes place on open grassy terrain.  

Distance: 10kmDifficulty: Medium

Getting there: From Marsiling MRT, walk 10 minutes to Block 413A on Woodlands Street 41. The trailhead is opposite the block.

48. Green Corridor – Explore an old KTM railway line

hiking trails in Singapore - Green Corridor

Once upon a time, there was a KTM train that chugged through Singapore. Today, the defunct railway has been transformed into the Rail Corridor, also known as the Green Corridor. The walking paths here feature a relatively flat terrain, and will be around 24km long when it’s fully upgraded in 2024, and is split into 3 parts:North Rail Corridor: 10km Central Rail Corridor: 4kmSouth Rail Corridor: 10km

hiking trails in Singapore - Green CorridorImage credit: @wennie_chai via Instagram

As it gradually opens in phases, there’s already plenty of things to see and do, including a revamped Bukit Timah Railway Station, new cafe, and boxy “train carriages” that make for great photo ops at the Central section. 

Distance: ~14km – for Central and South sectionsDifficulty: Medium

Getting there: Enter via one of the >30 access points.

49. Round Island Route – 75km of linked park connectors

hiking trails in Singapore - Round Island RoutePhase 1 of the RIR.Image credit: NParks

Launched in early 2022, the Round Island Route (RIR) currently features a lengthy 75km of linked Park Connectors. Starting from Rower’s Bay Park and ending at Berlayer Creek, this takes you on a well-paved adventure around the Eastern side of Singapore. New features you’ll see along this trail are a cycling bridge at Sengkang Riverside Park, and a pretty park connector node at Changi. Launch of the Round Island Route (Phase 1)play buttonLaunch of the Round Island Route (Phase 1)

If a 75 klick walk sounds out of reach, hop on a bike instead. The well-paved paths make for a great bike adventure you can complete in a day.

Distance: 75km (to be extended to 150km by 2035)Difficulty: Hard

Getting there: To get to Rower’s Bay Park, take bus 117 from Khatib MRT Station and alight at Aft Shell Aviation, West Camp Road. 

50. Round-Singapore Trail – 150km trail for the true fitspos

hiking trails in Singapore - Round-Singapore TrailImage adapted from: SGTREK

The king of SG trails is none other than the Round-Singapore Trail, which takes you on a long adventure along the circumference of our little red dot. Brave hikers who attempt this will touch ulu tips on every end of the country, from Changi Beach Park, to Tuas Lamp Post 1.

hiking trails in Singapore - Round-Singapore Trail

Unless you have Superman’s quads, it’s impossible to complete this in a day. Most split it into 2, 3, or more sessions to fully appreciate the experience at a leisurely pace. You can read our interview with someone who completed this 150km walking trail for some insights before giving it a shot yourself.

Distance: 150kmDifficulty: Hard

Getting there: We recommend starting the trail somewhere near your home. 

Embark on a local adventure on foot

Some sun, a little sweat, and a little exercise can only do us good. Stretch those quads, pick out your favourite activewear, and choose a route you’ve never tried before. Or, roll a randomiser with your hiking buddies if you’re up for something impromptu.

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Cover image adapted from: via InstagramOriginal article published on 21st December 2022. Last updated on 13th April 2023.

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Ranoh Island Is A Lesser-Known Beach Retreat Near Batam With Glamping, Kayaking & A Water Park In The Sea


Ranoh Island

So you think you’ve run out of things to do after checking off these things to do in Batam and things to do outside Batam city. Well, here’s the scoop. There’s a private island just 15 minutes off the city’s southern shore that offers a resort-style escapade for those who seek thrill and tranquillity.  

Ranoh Island is a 43-hectare oasis, cradled in the snorkelling spectacular of the Riau Archipelago. From a floating water park to glamping tents to seafood barbeque, here’s what you can expect.

White sandy beaches & turquoise waters

Ranoh IslandImage credit: @ranohisland

It’s easy to see why Ranoh Island is a self-described “premier tropical getaway”. With its white beaches, turquoise seas, and coconut trees, the island is nothing short of a beach paradise.

Day tours to Ranoh start from a modest $55 and end with a speedboat back to Galang Terminal, Batam’s southern-most port, at 4pm. For guests who wish to revel in the resort a little longer, there are villas and hostels on Ranoh Island that you can check in to. 

Ranoh Island - Villa HostelInside the villa and hostel.Image credit: @ranohisland, @ranohisland

Also, use this opportunity to embark on a digital detox and embrace mother nature, since there’s no internet connection here. If you’re ever in need of any assistance, the friendly staff are more than happy to help you – so say the reviews online.

Of course, no island getaway is complete without its fair share of beach fun – at Ranoh Island, there are 19 free activities that cover both land and sea. 

Flounce in a water park & canoe to mangrove forests

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A water park on actual water is a luxury Singapore’s geography can’t ordinarily afford. Thankfully, you can slip n’ slide yourself silly on the island’s floating obstacle course, and challenge your friends to an epic Wipeout or Ninja Warrior showdown. 

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Canoe around the island to explore hidden mangrove forests, or snorkel among some of the best-preserved reefs in the South China Sea. You may even pay extra for premier water activities like fishing, ocean rafting, or “Fat Boy” – a see-saw-like float that will launch you upwards when someone jumps on it from behind.

Beach volleyball, mahjong & glamping

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Once you’ve soaked long enough, dry off with some land sports like beach volleyball, soccer, archery, and frisbee. If you don’t jive with physical games, try some mental exercises instead at the beach’s darts, chess, and mahjong huts. 

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Then, ride an ATV to your glamping spot and fall back into a hammock or tanning bed with a cocktail from the island’s bar in hand. The sun tents and Balinese umbrellas strewn across the beach offer ample shade and breeze for you to sit back, relax and watch the world slip by.

Spicy & grilled Batam food

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Among the few independent eateries scattered across the island, most of their menus serve grilled and spicy Batam specials with fish, prawn, chicken, and vegetables. The locals recommend Ikan Bakar, a charcoal-grilled fish which is usually served alongside homemade sambal kecap, and Rojak Ayam, which is fried chicken drenched in tangy, rojak sauce. 

Visit Ranoh Island for a quick getaway

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If you’re stuck on where to go for a quick getaway, beach please – Ranoh Island is where it’s at. From Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, take a 40-minute ferry ($79 for round trip) to the Batam Centre Ferry Terminal. Then, take an hour-long drive through Batam before boarding a 15 minute speedboat from Galang Terminal to Ranoh Island. 

Book a ferry from Tanah Merah to Batam.

While it may sound like quite the journey, you’ll reach your destination within 2 hours – a fraction of the time taken for the usual 3-hour flight from Singapore to Bali. 

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Plus, take in sun, sand, sea, and savings when you book itinerised tours through travel agents that offer a variety of day-trip and meal-inclusive packages. Most travel packages to Ranoh Island also cover all the transport logistics, so that’s an extra load off your shoulders.

Here’s to livin’ la vida loca.

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A portion of this content may contain referral links to products. However, all opinions are ours.Cover image adapted from: Ranoh Island, @ranohisland, @ranohislandOriginally published on 11th October 2022.Avatar