The Singapore Road Trip

Who says that Singapore is too small for a road trip?

Here’s a rough plan for a few road trips to the most ulu (remote) ‘countryside’ places in Singapore, or in other words, places which most Singaporeans never knew existed and/or have never been there before. Some of the places are road-ends, many are parks, beaches and shores, and some are man-built structures. Most places are only accessible by car. Some food places are included for your enjoyment. As there are too many destinations, I decided to split them into 3 segments: Northern, Southwestern and Southeastern. However, since they are linked, you can possibly travel all of them at one go, if you have enough time, and maybe skipping some destinations. (After creating this, I found out that Google Maps only allow a maximum of 25 destinations in their Directions.) Photos are either taken by myself, or from flickr, or from other blogs.

I have not tried the actual proposed routes yet, will update if I get the chance to. Most of the destinations are based on my previous experience in exploring Singapore by car. Some of them are new/recently built which I have not been to before, and some which I just found out recently (like Woodlands Waterfront).

1. Northern Route
2. Southwestern Route
3. Southeastern Route
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1. Northern Route

This route covers the northeastern to northwestern shores of Singapore.


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Route: 18 locations

  • A. Kampung Buangkok >
  • B. Punggol Road End >
  • C. Seletar Estate >
  • D. Seletar North Link >
  • E. Yishun Dam >
  • F. Casuarina Curry >
  • G. Old Upper Thomson Road Grand Prix Street Circuit >
  • H. Upper Seletar Reservoir Park >
  • I. Sembawang Road End >
  • J. Woodlands Waterfront >
  • K. Admiralty Park >
  • L. Kranji War Memorial >
  • M. Kranji Reservoir Park / Kranji Dam >
  • N. Kranji Countryside >
  • O. Lim Chu Kang Road End >
  • P. Choa Chu Kang Cemetery >
  • Q. Qian Hu Fish Farm (Optional) >
  • R. Beauty World

Estimated Total Time needed: >9 hours
Estimated Total Distance covered: 110 km

A. Kampung Buangkok

Start off the day by going to a rustic area. This is the only surviving real village/kampung left in urbanised mainland Singapore. Visit it before it’s completely gone! It’s a little place as if trapped in a time warp zone, with zinc-roofed houses and small roads and animals running around.

Travelling Time: 0 min (assuming this is the first stop)
Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 20 min
More Info: Wikipedia | Photos

B. Punggol Road End / Punggol Point

Punggol Eggs and Waves
Punggol is about to be transformed into the waterfront town of the 21st Century. Visit the road end, where they are building a nice beach, and see Pulau Serangoon / Coney Island across the strait, which will be developed into a resort island of sorts in future. On a side note, Bus 84 U-turns on this road. In the past, many buses used to start from bus terminals at road-ends.

Update: Now there is a “ranch” and two restaurants at the end, with more seafood restaurants under construction.

Travelling Time: 17 min (from previous location)
Exploring Time: 10 min
Total Time: 47 min
More Info: Wikipedia | MyOnlineTour

C. Seletar Estate/ Jalan Kayu / Old Seletar Camp


This place is going to be demolished and redeveloped into Seletar Aerospace Park. It is a very tranquil estate with many colonial bungalows and buildings, with English road names such as Oxford, Hyde Park and Piccadilly, makes you feel as if you’re in an England suburb. Faster visit before everything is gone!

Travelling Time: 16 min
Exploring Time: 30 min
Total Time: 93 min (1 h 33 min)
More Info: URA | Photos | Jalan Kayu Trail Blog

D. Seletar North Link / Pulau Punggol Barat / Pulau Punggol Timor

This is a newly constructed road on two reclaimed lands. Both are relatively empty except for some construction materials (sand) storage areas. Pretty interesting “countryside” area which I have not been before. I first knew about it through a Straits Times report.

Travelling Time: 12 min
Exploring Time: 15 min
Total Time: 120 min (2 h)
More Info: The Craftsman’s Forge Blog | Photos

E. Yishun Dam

Yishun Dam
Yishun Dam along Yishun Avenue 1 separates Lower Seletar Reservoir from the sea. As it is a long and straight road, it is a favourite spot for racing-cars-wannabes. Beware of police at night. Other than that, it’s pretty scenic and peaceful.

Travelling Time: 5 min
Exploring Time: 5 min
Total Time: 130 min (2 h 10 min)

F. Casuarina Curry

Have lunch at Singapore’s best crispy roti prata!

Travelling Time: 15 min
Eating Time: 45 min
Total Time: 190 min (3 h 10 min)
More Info: Official Website | HungryGoWhere

G. Old Upper Thomson Road Grand Prix Street Circuit

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Did you know that we have another circuit other than Marina Bay? It was a very old circuit used in the 60s and 70s. With many twists and turns, it’s pretty fun to drive through

Travelling Time: 5 min
Exploring Time: 5 min (Drive through)
Total Time: 200 min (3 h 20 min)
More Info: Wikipedia

H. Upper Seletar Reservoir Park

Singapore Upper Seletar Reservoir
A favourite hang out for couples (with cars), Seletar Reservoir Park overlooks the Reservoir with the Zoo across it. Watch out for couples who make-out at night in their cars.

Travelling Time: 11 min
Exploring Time: 15 min
Total Time: 226 min (3 h 46 min)
More Info: NParks | Wikipedia

I. Sembawang Road End / Sembawang Park

sunset at sebawawng park(2)
Check out another road-end and see some ships pass by the Johor Strait with the shipyards on both sides. Nearby is Sembawang Park, a popular area for people who live nearby.

Travelling Time: 19 min
Exploring Time: 10 min
Total Time: 255 min (4 h 15 min)
More Info: NParks | Wikipedia

J. Admiralty Road West / Woodlands Waterfront

Sunset @ Woodlands Waterfront
URA just built a new little park facing the Johor Strait with one or two jetties. Drive through the road that is closest to Johor Bahru, check out their skyline, and see how impossible (or possible) it is to swim over. Haha just joking.

Travelling Time: 18 min
Exploring Time: 5 min (Drive through)
Total Time: 278 min (4 h 38 min)
More Info: URA

K. Admiralty Park

A relatively new park in Woodlands that’s beside Republic Polytechnic. I have not been there before, wonder how is it like.

Travelling Time: 5 min
Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 303 min (5 h 3 min)
More Info: NParks

L. Kranji War Memorial

Tribute To The Dead_
This is an interesting place where many war victims and soldiers were buried. The place looks quite picturesque in the day, but eerie at night. I always wanted to visit it but haven’t got a chance it.

Opening Hours: 7am – 6pm

Travelling Time: 10 min
Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 333 min (5 h 33 min)
More Info: Wikipedia | YourSingapore.com

M. Kranji Reservoir Park / Kranji Dam

bridge across kranji
Yes, this is another dam for another reservoir for Singapore’s water needs. The water looks nice on both sides, one is the Johor Strait, one is the reservoir itself.

Travelling Time: 8 min
Exploring Time: 10 min
Total Time: 351 min (5 h 51 min)
More Info: NParks

N. Kranji Countryside: BBC Antennas, Farms, Agriculture

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Kranji is an interesting place with many farms and nature reserves. As you drive down Kranji way, you will notice a vast area of land with some weird looking antennas. They are part of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Relay Station. The combination of antennas and vast area of flat land makes this countryside area look very foreign, reminiscent of a scene from some country with vast areas of land. There are many attractions in Kranji, such as the D’Kranji Farm Resort, Jurong Frog Farm, Hay Diary Industries, Bollywood Veggies and many more. And of course, Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve is also in Kranji. You can possibly take many days to explore all the attractions there.

Travelling Time: 16 min
Exploring Time: 5-60 min (Depends on whether you are just driving through or stopping at any of the farms)
Total Time: 372 min (6 h 12 min) (Assume drive through only)
More Info: Kranji Countryside | WildSingapore | YourSingapore.com

O. Lim Chu Kang Road End

end of the road
Yes this is the 3rd road end in this list. It has a small private jetty and offers an interesting view of the Malaysian countryside. Wonder if Mas Selamat came here. Haha.

Travelling Time: 16 min
Exploring Time: 5-60 min (Depends on whether you are just driving through or stopping at any of the farms)
Total Time: 372 min (6 h 12 min) (Assume drive through only)
More Info: ClubSnap Photos

P. Choa Chu Kang Cemetery

This was once a peaceful and beautiful place for the dead to rest
Singapore’s largest cemetery area tucked away in a corner. It’s quite interesting if you only seen it on TV and not otherwise. Just be careful at night. As you drive down Lim Chu Kang Road, you will also notice that the road is exceptionally wide and straight, as it is one of the emergency runways. Race-car-wannabes frequent here often too.

Travelling Time: 11 min
Exploring Time: 10-30 min (Depends on how brave you are)
Total Time: 393 min (6 h 33 min) (Assumes that you are not so brave)
More Info: Some Eerie Photos

Q. Qian Hu Fish Farm (Optional)

Another farm in Kranji, just that  is on the other side, and is for fish. They have guided tours and fish spa too.

Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 9am to 6pm, Fri-Sun & Public Holidays 9am to 7pm

Travelling Time: 17 min
Exploring Time: 30-60 min
Total Time: 440 min (7 h 20 min)
More Info: Qian Hu Website

R. Beauty World

The last stop of this leg, have dinner/supper at the historic Beauty World Area.Check out the abundant food sources here: Al-Azhar Roti Prata, Al-Ameen Naan, Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice, Udders Ice Cream and many more.

Travelling Time: 17 min
Eating Time: 45 min
Total Time: 502 min (8 h 22 min)
More Info: URA

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2. Southwestern Route

This route covers the western and southern coasts of Singapore.


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Route: 15 locations

  • A. Beauty World >
  • B. Diary Farm Nature Park >
  • C. Memories at Old Ford Factory >
  • D. Little Guilin / Bukit Batok Town Park >
  • E. Church of St Mary of the Angels >
  • F. Bukit Timah Railway Station >
  • G. Abandoned Railway Track >
  • H. Jurong Hill Observatory Tower >
  • I. Tuas! (Optional) >
  • J. Kent Ridge Park >
  • K. Labrador Nature Reserve >
  • L. Keppel Island >
  • M. Mount Faber >
  • N. Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre >
  • O. Marina South Pier

Estimated Total Time needed: >10 hours
Estimated Total Distance covered:  100 km

A. Beauty World

Continuing from the previous route, have your meal at the spew of eateries opposite Beauty World.

Travelling Time: 0 min (Assuming this is the first stop)
Eating Time: 45 min
Total Time: 45 min

B. Diary Farm Nature Park

Another pretty new nature park in Singapore, check out the Wallace Education Centre for some interesting insights into Singapore’s flora. There seem to be some interesting trails there too.

Travelling Time: 7 min
Exploring Time: 45 min
Total Time: 97 min (1 h 37 min)
More Info: NParks | Butterflies of Singapore Blog | Flickr Photos

C. Memories at Old Ford Factory

One of the remaining World War 2 commemorative sites in Singapore, where the British surrendered to the Japanese. Some of you may have been here on your National Education trips though.

Opening hours:
Mondays to Saturdays 9:00am to 5:30pm
Sundays 12:00noon to 5:30pm
Admission Fee charged.

Travelling Time: 3 min
Exploring Time: 45 min
Total Time: 145 min (2 h 25 min)
More Info: Official WebsiteNational Heritage Board

D. Little Guilin / Bukit Batok Town Park

Little Guilin, Singapore
This famous place, a lake formed from an old granite quarry, is called 小桂林 as it looks similar to the real 桂林 in China. Often used in the scenes of many MediaCorp TV dramas, it is a nice scenic place.

Travelling Time: 8 min
Exploring Time: 15 min
Total Time: 168 min (2 h 48 min)
More Info: Wikipedia | NParks

E. Church of St Mary of the Angels


This is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful modern (Catholic) churches in Singapore. Tucked away in a corner of Bukit Batok, it has a heavenly peaceful sanctuary with the body of Jesus hung midair from the ceiling. Sublime.

Travelling Time: 4 min
Prayer/Worship/Contemplation/Mediation/Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 192 min (3 h 12 min)
More Info: Official Website

F. Bukit Timah Railway Station

Bukit Timah Railway Station
The Malaysian KTM Railway is about to be shifted to Woodlands Checkpoint. With all the fanfare of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, little is known or mentioned about the Bukit Timah one. This station is not really operating, but there is still some people there. It is very laid back and there is a nice bridge. But please do not walk on the tracks until they really close down the railway. (You can do so in the next stop.)

Travelling Time: 8 min
Exploring Time: 15 min
Total Time: 215 min (3 h 35 min)
More Info: URA | Wikipedia | HeritageTrails.sg | I Live in Bukit Timah Website

G. Abandoned Railway Track / Bridge near Sunset Way

This one is really abandoned, so you can safely walk on it. It used to be a track linking Bukit Timah to the factories in Jurong. Park near Blk 104 and walk up the slope. Apparently, the rails have been overgrown with ferns and plants. The bridge is still intact although slightly dangerous if you do not watch you step. I have not been there before, but definitely would love to check this out. I love railways!

Travelling Time: 5 min
Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 240 min (4 h)
More Info: Photos | Singapore Hidden Blog

H. Jurong Hill Observatory Tower

Jurong Hill 8
Other than Jurong Bird Park, there is a nice observatory tower in this corner of Singapore. On a clear day, you can see all the (polluting) petrochemical industries and ports in the whole of Jurong, and at night, you can see all the lights glittering from the industrial city.

Travelling Time: 14 min
Exploring Time: 15 min
Total Time: 269 min (4 h 29 min)

I. Tuas! (Optional)

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This one is a bit far and out of the way, but if you never been to Tuas before, it is a good drive. Tuas South Ave 5 and Ave 14 is the southwest-most corner of Singapore which you can get. It also seems to be another emergency runway. Unfortunately, there are no beautiful beaches here, except for loads of factories. You could still see the sea and ships passing by though.

Travelling Time: 24 min
Exploring Time: 10 min (Drive through and get lost only)
Total Time: 303 min (5 h 3 min)

J. Kent Ridge Park


As you drive down South Bouna Vista Road, it is possibly one of the most crooked road in Singapore. Kent Ridge is another WW2 historic site, there are some tanks placed here. It is also part of the Southern Ridges Trail, offering nice overlooks over the Pasir Panjang Harbour, and linking to HortPark towards the east.

Travelling Time: 37 min
Exploring Time: 21 min
Total Time: 360 min (6 h)
More Info: NParks | Pasir Panjang Heritage | Wikipedia

K. Labrador Nature Reserve

Sunset in Labrador Park

Labrador is always rumoured to have a secret tunnel to Sentosa. Sadly, they are closed for maintenance. Well, other than that, it has a pretty good lookout to the western harbour with a jetty offering a nice stroll and place to watch the sunset.

Travelling Time: 10 min
Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 390 min (6 h 30 min)
More Info: NParks

L. Keppel Island / Marina at Keppel Bay

Marina at Keppel Bay
There’s a slight error in Google Maps, it doesn’t show the bridge across to Pulau Keppel. In any case, it is a nice private island with a park and yacht clubhouse but accessible to the public. Have a taste of the bourgeois in the restaurants there, especially the Prive cafe. Take a short stroll around the island, or have a picnic beside the waters where the huge cruise ships pass by. I think the bridge is the most romantic at night. Nice private place which is not too crowded!

Travelling Time: 10 min
Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 420 min (7 h)
More Info: Official Website | HungryGoWhere

M. Mount Faber

View south from Mount Faber
It’s not exactly a mountain, but who cares. I’m sure you may have been to Mount Faber before. But have you driven down Mount Faber before? It feels like Initial D, especially at night. Hahaha. It is also part of the Southern Ridges, with the Henderson Waves bridge nearby.

Travelling Time: 10 min
Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 450 min (7 h 30 min)
More Info: NParks | Official Jewel Box Website

N. Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre at Seng Poh Rd


Most young people probably been to Tiong Bahru Plaza above the MRT but probably not the famous Seng Poh Road Hawker Centre. Although it has been revamped, many of the stalls are still the authentic famous kind, such as Tiong Bahru Fishball, Tiong Bahru Pau, Tiong Bahru something something. If got queue = good! Be sure to also visit the much raved ‘art-deco’ shophouses built by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT), the predecessor to the HDB, in the pre- and post-war periods. Block 78 is an interesting U-shaped building with old-school winding staircases and alleys at the back. There is even a film about civic life in this area by the British Council.

Travelling Time: 15 min
Eating/Exploring Time: 60 min
Total Time: 525 min (8 h 45 min)
More Info: Wikipedia | Tiong Bahru Estate Blog | Flickr PhotosHungryGoWhere | ieatishootipost | soshiok.com

O. Marina South Pier

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Did you know that other than Marina Barrage, there is also the Marina South Pier? This is the place to go if you want to take ferries to Kusu and St John’s Island. A new International Cruise Terminal will also be built near it in future. The modern-looking building has a nice rooftop with grass to sit on, offering a good view of the ships and the sea. It is also pretty romantic at night.

Travelling Time: 16 min
Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 561 min (9 h 21 min)

More Info: Maritime and Port Authority Website

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3. Southeastern Route

This route covers the eastern and southern coasts of Singapore and is the shortest and least-interesting route.


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Route: 12 locations

  • A. Marina South Pier >
  • B. Katong/Joo Chiat Area >
  • C. Original Katong Laksa at 1 Telok Kurau >
  • D. Newater Visitor Centre (Optional) >
  • E. Changi Coast Road >
  • F. Changi Beach Park >
  • G. Changi Village Hawker Centre >
  • H. Changi Coastal Boardwalk >
  • I. Johore Battery >
  • J. Changi Museum / Prison Chapel >
  • K. Bedok Reservoir Park >
  • L. Fengshan Bedok Blk 85 Hawker Centre

Estimated Total Time needed: >9 hours
Estimated Total Distance covered:  51.9 km

A. Marina South Pier

We begin by connecting from the last destination in the previous route.

Travelling Time: 0 min
Exploring Time: 20 min
Total Time: 20 min

B. Katong/Joo Chiat Area: Katong Laksa?

328, 49,…which one is the real Katong Laksa? Well, it’s debatable, don’t eat the ones here, ieatishootipost seemed to have found the real one (see next destination). Meanwhile, there are many interesting sights in this historic area. Read URA’s guide.

Travelling Time: 17 min
Exploring Time: 30 min
Total Time: 67 min (1 h 7 min)
More Info: HungryGoWhere | Wikipedia

C. Original Katong Laksa at 1 Telok Kurau


Well, the original Katong Laksa is…not in Katong, according to ieatishootipost. I have tried the ‘fake’ ones at the Katong area,  but I didn’t know there is this real one at Telok Kurau. Shall go try next time.

Travelling Time: 3 min
Eating Time: 45 min
Total Time: 115 min (1 h 55 min)

D. Newater Visitor Centre (Optional)

If you have not been to this place in your National Education visits, it’s pretty interesting to see and know how our Newater is created. A little gross if you think about it, but drink and don’t think.

You need to book the guided tours in advance though.

Travelling Time: 12 min
Exploring Time: 90 min
Total Time: 217 min (3 h 37 min)
More Info: PUB Website

E. Changi Coast Road

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Take a nice leisurely drive on the eastern-most road of Singapore, seeing planes taking off and landing at Changi Airport. Don’t anyhow stop and take photos though, the airport police may find you suspicious.

Travelling Time: 14 min
Exploring Time: 5 min (Drive through only)
Total Time: 236 min (3 h 56 min)

F. Changi Beach Park

Sunrise at Changi Beach Park (Carpark 3)
After driving pass the SAF Ferry Terminal (yeah), you will reach Changi Beach. Quite a popular camping spot for plane spotters, it has a nice shore, and relatively quieter than East Coast or Pasir Ris Parks.

Travelling Time: 7 min
Exploring Time: 15 min
Total Time: 258 min (4 h 18 min)
More Info: NParks

G. Changi Village Hawker Centre

If you are hungry, eat some Nasi Lemak and other good food here, or have some coconut juice.

Travelling Time: 6 min
Eating Time: 45 min
Total Time: 309 min (5 h 9 min)
More Info: Makansutra

H. Changi Coastal Boardwalk

Sunset along Sailing Point Walk at Changi Point Boardwalk in Singapore - HDR

This is another hidden treasure in Changi which those who explore out of their chalets should know. It offers beautiful views of the sea, Pulau Ubin and the rocks.

Travelling Time: 6 min
Exploring Time: 30 min
Total Time: 345 min (5 h 45 min)
More Info: WildSingapore | URA Changi Point Brochure | URA Map | TravelerFolio

I. Johore Battery


Another WW2 relic which is interesting to see, although some may have visited before in your NE trips. Free admission.

Opening hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon to Fri)

Travelling Time: 9 min
Exploring Time: 30 min
Total Time: 384 min (6 h 24 min)
More Info: HeritageTrails.sg | Flickr Photos | MINDEF

J. Changi Museum / Prison Chapel

Changi Prison Museum chapel
Yes, another site related to WW2 (wonder why), although it is interesting to know about the POWs and a little about Changi Prison.

Opening hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm daily. Free admission.

Travelling Time: 4 min
Exploring Time: 45 min
Total Time: 433 min (7 h 13 min)
More Info: Official Website

K. Bedok Reservoir Park

Bedok Reservoir Sunrise 19 June 2010

Bedok Reservoir has tranquil peaceful waters for various watersports, as well as a Forest Adventure centre with high elements and flying foxes. Sounds fun.

Travelling Time: 9 min
Exploring Time: 30 min
Total Time: 472 min (7 h 52 min)
More Info: NParks | Forest Adventure

L. Fengshan Bedok Blk 85 Hawker Centre

Lastly, stop by and eat at one of the most popular hawker centres in the area, with many interesting food such as its unique Bak Chor Mee.

Travelling Time: 6 min
Eating Time: 45 min
Total Time: 523 min (8 h 43 min)
More Info: Ryan’s Food Talk | Where-else-to-eat | HungryGoWhere

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That’s all folks. Thanks for reading and let me know your comments and suggestions!

M. Mount Faber

3 thoughts on “The Singapore Road Trip”

  1. They all sound good! I visited quite a few of the Northern route ones before on bicycle.

    I think the Western/Southern route can add more stuff. At Tuas somewhere along the sea, there’s a marine center or something that’s quite nice at night. The roads there are very nice to drive on weekends also, haha (4-5 big lanes all empty!). There are also a lot of small places along the western-southern stretch, but maybe those need to get off the car.

    You’re right, the east side less interesting. Maybe you can add Changi Hospital or something…

    Anyway, you covered mainly the more ‘out-of-the-way’ areas. Maybe your next list you can work on those smaller, neighbourhood kind of places (which, although they are more urban, are still nice).

  2. Funny. Over the years my wife and I have been at many of these spots. But there’s still some inspiration. Will bring the kids to Kampong Buangkok tomorrow I think!

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