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From Bangkok to Indonesia: 12 Places in Singapore That Feels Like You’re Overseas

From Bangkok to Indonesia: 12 Places in Singapore That Feels Like You’re Overseas

Are you dying to travel? Dreaming of exotic and unknown destinations to explore, indulge in new cuisines and learn about new cultures? 

We know…we miss travelling too, but thankfully, here are some places in Singapore that might just help with the wanderlust…

From Hong Kong to Indonesia, it’s time to discover these ‘overseas’ places in Singapore!

1. A 14th century inspired Royal Garden inside Fort Canning Park: Sang Nila Utama Garden

Opened in 2019, this space consists of nine different gardens, each with its own theme and time period.

Photos by @edwinyap077 on Instagram

Today we’re looking at the Sang Nila Utama Garden specifically, titled after a prince with the same name and the original founder of the Kingdom of Singapura, born in Palembang, Indonesia. 

Photos: @famouschilibykevin, @joslyn.lim, @edwinyap077 on Instagram

The architecture inside is boasts Javanese design, with the gates and walkway lined with tropical fauna, ponds and wildlife typical to that inside old Southeast Asian palaces. 

Sang Nila Utama Garden

Address: Fort Canning Park, 1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868 (Map)

Getting there: Near Exit B of Fort Canning Subway Station

Opening Hours: 24/7

2. For all the feels of Thailand: Punggol Container Park

When travelling to Thailand, one definitely can’t miss out on shopping at those famous night markets. You’ll find many of the night markets set up in trendy container spaces. You can now experience the same lively vibes right here in Singapore. 

Photos: @wjs86, @cutieb78 on Instagram

Located right next to the water, colourful containers have been set up and converted into street stall spaces where you can find Thai food, Korean, Japanese and Western foods to chow down on! 

Photos: @jqxoxo, @tinnie_wen, @jo_anz on Instagram

 Note: Dining is prohibited from May 16th to June 13th 2021, takeaways only, until further notice.

Punggol Container Park

Price: From SGD 1

Address: 50 Punggol E, Singapore 828824 (Map)

Getting There: 1 minute walk from the Riviera MRT/LRT station

Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 1am

3. Just a boat ride away, you’ll feel as if you’re not in Singapore anymore: Pulau Ubin

With views like these that are just so insta-worthy, Pulau Ubin certainly brings in the crowds. It’s a popular spot for hiking and cycling trails, and it’s also reachable via a short 15-minute boat ride. 

Apart from the views (which make us think of Indonesia for sure), you’ll feel totally transported into a natural paradise. Don’t forget to check out the Blue Lake which can be reached via the Puaka Hill trail – a super photogenic spot with all the Indo vibes.

Pulau Ubin

Address: Changi Point Ferry Terminal (Travellers need to take a boat to the island). (Map)

Getting There: From Changi Point Ferry Terminal, it takes 15 minutes to reach the island.

Opening Hours: There are no fixed opening hours to set sailing time, as long as the number of people reaches 9-12 people, the boat will set sail for the island.

4. The perfect sunrise or sunset spot: Changi Point Coastal Walk

Made up of a 2.2-kilometre stretch, this boardwalk offers six different trails that all end up reconnecting to the main walkway. Each of them shows off different natural sights along the way, named aptly according to their surroundings. 

Start at the 280-metre long Creek Walk before heading down to the Beach Walk trail. Also, tthe entire boardwalk here stays well-lit during nightfall which provides a most romantic setting. 

Changi Point Coastal Walk

Address: 6 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 509907 (Map)

Opening Hours: 24/7

5. Is it China? Thailand? NO, it’s Singapore!: Little Guilin @ Bukit Batok Town Park

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting picturesque Guilin in China before, you may notice the eerie resemblance between the rock formations there, and the ones right here in West Singapore.

The views here are quite mesmerising as the rock reflections glisten off of the waters, and you’re surrounded by lush, fresh greens…you’ll feel totally transported for sure! 

Little Guilin @ Bukit Batok Town Park

Price: Free

Address: Bukit Batok East Ave 5, Singapore 650242 (Map)

Contact: +65 1800 471 7300

Getting There: Bukit Gombak MRT Station Exit D and walk about 5-8 minutes

Opening Hours: 24/7 (Park lights on daily from 7am to 7pm only)

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6. The place to catch Sakura Blossoms!: Japanese Cemetery Park 

Now before you go asking yourselves why a cemetery would top lists, first wait until you get a load of just how incredibly exquisite the grounds are here. 

Photo by @_yekyaw_ on Instagram

The area has become somewhat of a tourist attraction, or rather a photo op, thanks to the archways lined with blooming Cherry Blossoms – and stunning garden grounds that follow, as well as a popular place for joggers. 

Photos: @klickshotx, @hhann.c on Instagram

It’s simply dreamy… Don’t forget to bring along a fully charged phone or film camera! 

Japanese Cemetery Park

Price: Free

Address: 22 Chuan Hoe Ave, Singapore 549854 (Map)

Contact: +01234567

Getting There: Take a 5-minute taxi ride from Kovan MRT Station

Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm

7. Pretend like you’re in Kyoto and indulge in kaiseki cuisine: Keyaki 

Although this is a restaurant, you will literally feel as if you’ve landed in Japan. 

Photos by @gwencys on Instagram

The garden grounds replicates a scene straight out of Kyoto – with its ryokan-inspired dining area, and surrounding greens filled with Japanese flora and fauna, koi pond included. 

Photos: @daisybunch, @shar0nlim, @vivianmok_ ,on Instagram

The cuisine is all Japanese, using fresh ingredients that are prepared by skilled chefs demonstrating Japanese cooking techniques. From bentos to sashimi, it’s a whole experience here. 

Note: Dining is prohibited from May 16th to June 13th 2021, takeaways only, until further notice.

Keyaki

Price: From SGD 6

Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard Pan Pacific Hotel Pan Pacific, Singapore 039595 (Map)

Contact: +65 6826 8240

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm

Website

8. A private vintage collection on display: Wee’s Collection

Are you a lover of all things retro and vintage? Come and get a load of this inspired space that’ll transport you back to the eras of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Get a glance into the past, including some epic collector’s items for sale! 

Apart from their store set up, you can also contact them to host themed events where they set up a retro-themed heritage site, including vintage props for rent, old-school snacks, and beloved kampong games! 

Wee’s Collection

Address: 512 Changi Rd, Singapore 419913 (Map)

Contact: +65 9173 7915

Website

9. Did you know you could find Hong Kong here?!: Jurong Point Shopping Mall

Talk about convenience, this mall is located near Boon Lay MRT Station and is also connected to a bus interchange. 

Photos: @kaiallard, @darrell.photography, @ngkongling on Instagram

Head to the second floor, following the signs that point you towards Mongkok, and you’ll discover a maze of different streets made to replicate the Mong Kok district in Hong Kong! 

Photo by @ngkongling on Instagram

Known for its narrow streets filled with shops and dining options – you can expect neon lights and plenty of food stalls where you can hunt down iconic Hong Kong delicacies too! 

Jurong Point Shopping Mall

Address: 1 Jurong West Central 2 #03-07 Jurong Point, Singapore 648886, Singapore  (Map)

Getting There: Exit Boon Lay MRT Station

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm

Website

10. Calling our thrill-seekers: Abandoned Jurong Railway Line i.e. the Old KTM railway tunnel

Do you love creepy stories, or anything a bit eerie? You’ll have fun discovering this abandoned railway line, and the surrounding area. From a mini forest with overgrown trees to the dark unused train tunnel… Oh wow.

Photos: @theophiluskwek, @anarchetype, @hadrianleaves on Instagram

PS: The old metal truss bridge can be found about the Ulu Pandan Canal to be exact, and half the fun of this activity is adventuring and exploring the scenes all around!

Abandoned Jurong Railway Line i.e. the Old KTM railway tunnel

Price: Free

Address: Found above the Ulu Pandan Canal, Ulu Pandan Park Connector (Map)

Getting There: Near the Opp Maju Camp bus stop

Opening Hours: 24/7

11. From colourful houses to insta-worthy cafes: Joo Chiat Road 

Put on something cute to wear, make sure your phones are charged and head on down to this super insta-worthy street. The old pastel-coloured shophouses from the 19th-century colonial period will have you snapping away, and you’ll want to stop and pop into every boutique store. 

Photos: @mariannepriscilla, @unishijimi, @mikixnomundo on Instagram.com

Fill up on food at retro-inspired Sinpopo or grab a delicious cup of coffee at Homeground Coffee Roasters. And get this, Katong District is the historical and cultural area of Peranakan culture in Singapore, and the birthplace of Nyonya culture! 

Joo Chiat Road

Address: Joo Chiat Road (Map)

12. Recreate your own Blackpink music video moment: Redhill MRT Station

There’s something so enthralling about pink-themed destinations, one only has to look at popular tourist spots around the world like the Pink Cathedral in Vietnam, the Pink Beach Indonesia or Mexico’s Pink Lake! 

Photos: @oohmonaa, @lisa_huang0829, @chonlanan_nk, @ice_icee on Instagram

For your own pink scene, visit the only completely pink subway station in the whole of Asia, from the walls to the escalators! The setting is so dreamy, and famed South Korean girl group Blackpink recreated the same scene in the music video, “As if it’s your last”!

Redhill MRT Station

Address: 920 Tiong Bahru Rd, Singapore 158792 (Map)

Getting There: Redhill MRT/Redhill Subway Station

Didn’t think it was possible until now to escape the everyday mundane? The proof is right here and it’s time for an adventure! 

If you’re curious to find out more places to visit in Singapore, things to do both outdoors or even at home, download SmooveX app!

I live to travel and I travel to live. I'm a travelling Gypsy with a passion for the English word, being inspired daily by the different cultures and colours, scents and scenic overloads, sensory explosions, and mind-awakening experiences. The ones that take your breath away. Walking along with the earth, one country at a time, it's what I live for; a life full of adventure, sharing my thoughts and experiences through literature.