#TheGOALdenList: Things To Do In The North Of Singapore
Easties and Westies often argue who lives on the better part of Singapore, but how many of you Easties and Westies have ventured to the North of Singapore? There are a number of good reasons for you to make the trip there too! From farms to hot springs and nature parks, the North has many interesting places for you to explore, whether you’re going solo or with your loved ones.
Get Your Onsen On At Sembawang Hot Springs
Enjoy a natural spring water foot bath at the Sembawang Hot Spring Park. Temperatures at the lowest onsen tier go up to 40 degrees, so you can soak in the warmth and relax. You can even cook your own onsen eggs in the hot water, as long as you bring your own bucket!
Top Tip: The nearby Floral Walk is lined with fruit trees and edible plants that were commonly found in kampongs. You might even spot flowers popular in horticulture and gardening in the 1960s to 1990s! Go on a self-guided tour around the area to learn more about Sembawang Hot Spring Park’s history, and how the hot springs were formed!
Watch The Sunset At Punggol Waterway Park & Trek Through Coney Island
Trek through the amazing scenery at Punggol Waterway Park and snap beautiful pictures next to the reservoir. If you’re up for something more active, explore the nearby Coney Island, bird-watch, or cycle down the trails. Coney Island is open from 7am to 7pm.
Top Tip: Right next to Punggol Waterway Park’s Carpark A is a wheelchair-friendly therapeutic garden, where you can see and touch a variety of plants. Therapeutic horticulture is said to help improve the mental well-being of visitors. There is also a fitness area for seniors, as well as a wellness zone.
Spend Your Day At ORTO Park
Go prawning or longkang fishing at ORTO Park, a multi-recreational park with kampong vibes. A quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, the park also has an array of restaurants serving delicious cuisines, ranging from Thai boat noodles to Taiwanese bubble tea.
Top Tip: With ORTO Park’s lease expiring this December, take your last chance to fish at Singapore’s last freshwater fishing pay pond before it closes down.
Explore Our Local Farms
Depending on your interest, you can visit animal farms, fish farms, vegetable farms, or even frog farms. Animal lovers should visit Hay Dairies, Singapore’s only goat farm where you can watch the farmers milk the goats every morning. You can also learn more about sustainable vegetable farming at Bollywood Veggies.
Top Tip: For those interested in trying goat’s milk, Hay Dairies sells it in bottles of 250ml and 800ml at $2.50 and $8 respectively, in original and chocolate flavours. Hay Dairies is open every day, except Tuesdays.
Build a Rainforest Terrarium Workshop
For those who prefer the indoors, J2 Terrarium is an indoor garden centre where people of all ages can create their own terrarium. With workshops at $38 per pax, all the supplies you’ll need will be allocated to you. All you have to do is bring your creativity to build your unique miniature garden, and bring it home with you at the end of the workshop. Who knows, you might even develop a new hobby while participating in their workshop!
Top Tip: If you enjoyed the workshop so much that you would like to create more at home, J2 Terrarium also sells Do-It-Yourself kits from $38, so feel free to create as many different terrariums as your heart desires.
We hope you’ve found an activity that has piqued your interest. As always, we hope you enjoy your day of exploration, and stay safe!