Sungei Road flea market
Shopping malls of various shapes and sizes are plenty in Singapore. With the air conditioned environment, the authentic merchandise with fixed prices provides shoppers with hassle free comfort. There is another world of shopping experience available on this sunny island. It has open air colourful street bazaars displaying cheap merchandise where every item can be bought at its lowest price through expert bargaining.
This is the infamous Sungei Road flea market. Sungei Road is also known as “Kek Sng Kio” in the Hokkien dialect or “结霜桥” in Chinese. The name was made in reference to the Singapore Ice Works which used to exist in the precinct. Founded in 1930, the Sungei Road flea market is the largest flea market in Singapore. In the past, this favourite spot was also known as the Thieves Market for the daring display of stolen goods up for sale to the highest bidders. Today, the business is operating in a legitimate way, both fair and square to the sellers and buyers.
During the early years, there were up to 400 street vendors peddling all types of merchandise; such as standard playing records, cuckoo chime clocks, exotic delicious food, old camera and watches, Buddhist amulets, clothing and even hiking boots. However, in the latter half of 2011 the range in the flea market was drastically reduced by half, as a result of the Downtown Line, which is also the Sungei Road Metro station construction project. Presently there are about 240 stalls available and each stall is also limited by its products’ range which was delineated be the Environment Bureau. Although the location has been reduced by nearly half of its orginal size, the crowds still remain undeterred and continue to pour to this area.
Interestingly, the vendors are of different races. The customers are mostly locals or expatriate workers and tourists. The world tourism bible Lonely Planet has published in 2010 that the 2 most exotic places in Singapore are Sungei Road flea market and the other is Haw Par Villa. The book also regards the Sungei Road flea market as a weird place in squeaky clean Singapore.（■Singapore360°）
- Address: Sungei Road Singapore 208785
There is a reason why this place is called the Little Guilin. It’s scenery has a strong resemblance of the actual Guilin in China. This breathtaking GEM of a place is hidden behind a stadium in Bukit Gombak. Just to let you know, this is a insta-worthy place to go.
There is a granite rock sitting within a lake. Two dome shaped shelters give you a fantastic view of the tranquil lake. You can have a relaxing walk along the lake and take in all the greenery and fresh air. After the walk, you can sit and rest and even take some pictures to post on your social media as everywhere is a perfect spot to take pictures!
Besides walking, you may do some bird watching at the park too as there is high biodiversity in the park due to the presence of a myriad of habitats such as the secondary forest and a quarry pool. Also, immerse yourself in nature when you visit the park. Surround yourself in the scent of the flowering shrubs, brightly coloured dragonflies and cheerful bird calls. Not only a place of serenity, but also a place of discovery for everyone to enjoy.
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Address: Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, 650242
Entrance Fees: Free
If you love the sea, beach and snorkeling, this is the perfect place for you to go to. As you can see from the image above, the sea is blue and clear as if it is a painting. Also, there are even dolphins that have been sighted here!
Sisters’ Island is one of the Singapore’s richest coral reefs reside. There are 2 different trails with varied depths showcasing a variety of marine biodiversity and reed features.
The depth for the diving is around 10m to a maximum of 15m. There are also 20 stations marked by sign letting you know the type of marine. There are more than 250 species of hard corals, 100 species of fishes, 200 species of sponges and 12 species of seagrass.
If you are not interested in snorkeling and diving, you may picnic under the shade of palm trees or even better, apply for a camp permit! As NParks has designed Sisters’ Island to be a marine park, there will be free tour guides here. Those tour guides are all really nice and friendly with a lot of knowledge about marine life too! But remember to walk in a line with the guide to minimize the harm to the fragile “residents”.
How to get there:
Visitors can charter their own boat from West Coast Pier or Marina South Pier to visit Big Sister’s Island. We advise the public to join the introductory guided walks organised by NParks, for a more fulfilling trip. Boats will be chartered for participants of NParks’ guided walks.
7am to 7pm on a daily basis
30 St John’s Island, Singapore 098593
For more information:
MacRitchie Treetop Walk
The TreeTop Walk (TTW) is the highlight of several long hiking routes at MacRitchie that brings you through the different stages of a mature secondary forest. The first of its kind in Singapore and in the region as well, this free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points, Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kallang, in MacRitchie and offers a bird’s eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy. The total length of the walkway is about 250 m and its height from the forest floor varies, with the highest point at 25 m. The TreeTop Walk also play an important role in forest canopy research as it gives researchers access to areas well off the ground.
Venus Entrance to Tree Top Walk
Noticeboard showing major trails in MacRitchie
The TreeTop Bridge
From the NParks website:
Tue to Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 8.30am-5pm.
Closed on Mondays except public holidays for maintenance and research.
The HSBC TreeTop Walk gate will be closed at 5pm sharp. Visitors are advised to start hiking towards the bridge by 4.45pm from Ranger Station to avoid disappointment.
How to get there
“The TreeTop Walk is accessible from MacRitchie Reservoir Park via MacRitchie Nature Trail (indicated as Route 3 on map) or from Venus Drive, off Upper Thomson Road. The distance to the entrance of the TreeTop Walk is approximately 4.5 km (1.5 – 2 hour walk) from the reservoir park and 2.5 km (45 mins – 1 hr walk) from the carpark at Venus Drive. Therefore, a round trip including the TreeTop Walk is about 7 to 10 km (3-5 hours depending on your walking pace).”
Amped Trampoline Park
What’s fun, bouncy and it’s awesome time for the whole family? AMPED Trampoline Park, that’s what! It is an indoor trampoline arena for enthusiasts to jump until as they… “until you drop”. It can be a stress-relief sport for adults and not to worry as it is safe for the kids to play too. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, it’s suitable for all ages — even kids and adult will love this place. It’s pretty no-frills, but very well-organized as you can book your time slot online and then fill in a waiver form, so that when you can avoid long queues upon reaching the arena because there is limited time slots for the day. Hence when you arrive, you just pop your socks on, collect your coloured bracelet and get ready to jump around!
For more details visit their website: