SINGAPORE’S HIDDEN SPOTS

Published on 18 February 2017

Feeling like you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Why not retreat to these secluded gems for a break from shopping centres?

By: Melanie Lee

FREE SOAKS: SEMBAWANG HOT SPRING

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While it’s been around since 1909, many Singaporeans have never heard of this “watering hole” or bothered venturing there. However, according to the regulars there who collect the water in huge pails, it’s great for their skin! While it’s rather functional-looking with just metal pipes delivering hot spring water (for safety), it is surrounded by lovely greenery and has a rustic, relaxed vibe. The spring is located along Gambas Avenue on Sembawang Air Base grounds, and is open daily from 7am-7pm.

PRIVATE PANORAMIC VIEWS: JURONG LOOKOUT TOWER

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This 18-metre spiral tower built in the 1970s used to be a prominent observation deck where luminaries such as Queen Elizabeth II and Deng Xiaoping could get a breezy bird’s eye view of Singapore’s industrial estate. Today, it’s popular with lovey-dovey couples, because of its relative seclusion. The park below it also makes a peaceful picnic spot. The tower is a 10-minute walk up Jurong Hill from the base at Jurong Bird Park.

NOSTALGIC VILLAGE: KAMPONG LORONG BUANGKOK

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For a blast from the past, head down to Singapore’s last kampong which still houses around 30 Chinese and Malay families. This quaint residential area was built in 1956, and appears to be in magically bubbled somewhere in the 1970s with dirt roads, houses made of wood and zinc, with roaming dogs, cats and chickens. The village is located near Gerald Drive (off Yio Chu Kang Road)

OLD SCHOOL COAST: LIM CHU KANG JETTY

Lim Chu Kang Jetty - SIngapore
Photo: Seet Yoong Loh

While Singapore has no shortage of pretty beach parks, an alternative way to get some sea air is to head over to a wooden jetty with plenty of idyllic kelong vibes. It is located right at the end of Lim Chu Kang Road near the Police Coast Guard base. While over there, do also check out the charming Cashin House (also known as The Pier), the former residence of a rich family built in the 1950s.

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