The end of the year is traditionally a time when people go on leave. If you have no plans to go overseas for a holiday, but have some leave to use up, why not take the opportunity to explore Singapore together with your co-living flatmates?
Those who’ve recently relocated to Singapore will most likely head to well-known attractions and places such as Gardens by the Bay, Jewel at Changi Airport, the Singapore Zoo and Orchard Road. But Singapore has much more to offer.
Here are 5 places you can visit with your co-living flatmates on your days off in Singapore.
1. Tiong Bahru
Tiong Bahru is a neighbourhood in Singapore with a charming vibe. Visit the Tiong Bahru Food Centre for tasty local fare. Home to many quaint cafes, Tiong Bahru is also an ideal place for café hopping. There are also many Instagram-worthy spots in Tiong Bahru with various street art murals dotted around the area. Besides that, you can also admire the interesting art deco architecture of the buildings in Tiong Bahru.
Katong is known as the jewel of the east and is synonymous with Peranakan culture in Singapore. Many YouTubers and Instagrammers actually take the effort to traipse down to Katong to take a shot with the colourful, three-storey Peranakan heritage shophouses. Katong is also a well-known foodie’s haven. Besides old-time favourites such as 328 Katong Laksa, Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House and Chin Mee Chin Confectionary, there are many other F&B options from international cuisines to cafes. You’ll have to keep coming back to try them all!
3. Pulau Ubin
If you love nature, then we suggest spending your day off exploring Pulau Ubin. It’s the perfect getaway to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily urban life in Singapore. To head to the island, take a ferry from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Spend the day cycling, hiking or kayaking around Pulau Ubin while admiring the rustic beauty of the island.
4. MacRitchie Reservoir
MacRitchie Reservoir will appeal to hikers and nature enthusiasts. If you prefer a leisurely walk, you can take your time strolling around the reservoir. For something more challenging, take the walking trail that leads to the Tree Top Walk – a 250m suspension bridge that will give you a bird’s eye view of the forest canopy surrounding the area. Be sure to wear proper footwear – the trail is undulating but you’ll be rewarded with eye-catching views once you reach the suspension bridge.
5. Farm hopping at Kranji
For something different, why not try visiting the various farms in the Kranji area? There are various experiences you can choose from. Visit Thow Kwang Pottery, where you’ll find one of the last two surviving pottery Dragon Kilns or head to Singapore’s only goat farm, Hays Dairies, where you can try goat’s milk. Alternatively, try a unique farm-to-table experience at Bollywood Farms. With more than 15 farms in Kranji, you are spoilt for choice.
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