A dragon kiln, hot springs and Singapore's most famous veggie garden – have you discovered these day trip destinations yet?
Got a case of wanderlust but can’t wait for the next public holiday to go on a quick escape from Singapore? There’s lots to explore right here, from hidden attractions to island hopping. Right now we’re all about the day trip. Best part, you don’t have to buy any plane tickets or pack a weekender!
Thow Kwan Pottery
Here is where you can find the last dragon kiln in Singapore. Just what is that? Dragon kilns get its name from its shape, resembling a dragon with its smoky head at the base of a slope and its tail uphill. It is basically a wood fired kiln, which was in use for many centuries in China. At Thow Kwang, dragon kiln was used to fire pottery wares such as latex cups for the rubber plantation, orchid pots for the nurseries, water jars for the local consumer market and started supplying pottery wares in the 1965. For something crafty and historical, this is one to go to.
Thow Kwang Pottery, 85 Lor Tawas, Singapore 639823
Sembawang Hot Springs
If aesthetics is not your main concern, the Sembawang Hot Springs will suit you just fine. Grab a pail and plastic stool and you’re good to go for a little soak. Heads up though, it’s not exactly the most relaxing place, chances are you’ll be sharing this communal space with an uncle or a family. Hey, the more the merrier!
Sembawang Hot Springs, Gambas Avenue (between Woodlands Avenue 12 and Sembawang Road)
Coney Island and Punggol End
Discover the hidden white sandy beaches of Coney Island in Punggol as you explore the rustic and natural island by foot or on bike. It’s also home to plenty of wildlife, some of which are endangered species. The island also serves as a refuge for migratory birds, so wildlife enthusiasts might want to pack a camera and a zoom lens. While you’re in the area, check out the Punggol stables and the Western-style chalets.
What, Singapore has a countryside too? This sanctuary away from the city is set in the rustic northwest Kranji Countryside and we promise you, it definitely feels like going back in time. Rejuvenate and refresh as you check out the sprawling 10-acre of land where owner Ivy Singh-Lim grows more than 100 varieties of plants, including rare native fruits. (Read our interview with Ivy for some real talk!) Need some grub? Head over to the wholesome Poison Ivy Bistro where food is prepared fresh. You’ll easily spend a whole day here. Time for a day trip!
Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026
Haw Par Villa
If you have an appreciation for all things macabre, mythical and also campy, Haw Par Villa is your kind of place. This offbeat Disneyland of sorts sits on the West Coast of Singapore in the middle of an industrial and residential area. Known for its technicolour statues and dioramas depicting scenes from legends and myths across Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese traditions and mythology, its most famous attraction? The Ten Courts of Hell and its traumatising diorama. Check out that time we sent our writer to Haw Par Villa for the first eye-opening time…
Haw Par Villa, 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
Pulau Ubin is one of Singapore’s most iconic islands, home to Singapore’s last kampungs, Chek Jawa Wetlands and also a good place for a day trip. Located off the northeastern corner of Singapore, and easily reached via a short 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Get ready to be swamped by a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and expect to meet monkeys too. There’s also plenty of old-school heritage to explore, from rustic kampungs to a German girl’s shrine. The island is also best explored by bike – check out our own cycling trip in Pulau Ubin and video!
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