The one thing I didn't see many locals doing but that was very easy is walking this town. The majority of the major areas are actually a lot closer to each other than the map makes them appear. The temperature and humudity do make you wonder why anyone would actually do this most MRT stops are little more than 3 or 4 blocks from each other. This makes walking from area to area very very easy.
And let's be honest. You don't see the city from underground on the MRT.
At the Tourist Information Centres or at your Hotel, you can pick up maps on walks that you can do around Singapore. The Map is really good, shows you the route, has the places of interest marked, and tells you about them. We thought it was very well done. There are quite a few different walks all over Singapore that are mapped out. We did the Singapore River walk, which was good, what we liked, is, because you are not on a tour, you can take your time, and if something interests you, you can stay there as long as you want.
The website gives excellent details and shows the maps that are available.
You probably would have chanced upon many Singapore sites recommending the touristy spots (which are great) but for a start, you might like to try one of 'The Original Singapore Walks'. It's brings you on (yes) a walking tour of the popularly known and not so known places in Singapore. These places range from Little India and Chinatown to Kampong Glam (The 'so-called' Malay community area) to Singapore River. These are educational tours looking at the history, facts, stories (or rumours) and secrets about many spots (monuments, buildings, parks) in Singapore. Lasting about 2 to 3 hours, you can check out their website for their tours and schedules. The tours cost about SIN$18 per tour per person.
Ask for the Ghost Walk ('Of Bomohs & Pontianaks' - Fictional spirits although some claim sightings) or the Kranji War Cemetery Walk ('The Last Post'). These need to be requested beforehand. Email or call them - details provided below.
Anne and I decided to walk aouund the waterfront and enjoy the sights of the city. From the famous Merlion we ventured along the river toward Boat Quay and stumbled the interesting sculptures that are dotted here.
Excellent Thursday walking tour of Arab Quarter by a company in Singapore. They do different ones on different days. Very good guides, very intersting and only S$18. Usually meet at around 9.30 for morning walks. To be recomended.
Singapore is a walking city. One of the things I enjoyed doing during my last trip was to walk along the river banks. There are so much to see.
There's the colorful restaurant row on Clarke Quay and on Boat Quay. Opposite Boat Quay is the Asian Civilisations Museum. And along the way you will find quaint little statues depicting Singapore of old.
It's best to do this very early in the morning or at dusk, when not too many people do the same and when it is cooler. It's also a great jogging path for health buffs.
Don't forget to take your camera with you!
This is where rows and rows of bars, and restaurants are located since it's located next to a nice river. Usually this area is packed over the weekend or afterwork hours.
Trying to even find a nice seat for a view at the river was pretty hard.
But whether you want a great night out with your friends on a saturday night, or a relaxing drink alone on a sunday afternoon....this is the place with the amazing view
If you are into nature and love to walk, there are plenty of trails and walks available.
I really like the architecture of the Henderson wave bridge that goes across one of the highway (Ayer Rajah Expressway).
Quoting the National Parks Board
"To get up close and personal with nature and greenery, embark on any one of the walking or cycling trails in our parks, gardens and park connector networks. Several trails wind through our nature reserves filled with greenery and secondary forests. Set against the backdrop of majestic heritage and native trees, most trails provide excellent opportunities for spotting large numbers of biodiversity and hundreds of bird species. Be it a long seamless walk on a meandering chain of hills and parks, a rustic experience off mainland Singapore or cycling along green belts in the great outdoors, there is definitely a trail suitable for you."
This is a good place to do some hiking. Lot of the locals come here for their daily jog.Its located near the Mac Richtie Reservoir. The forest is surrounding the Reservoir and a trekking path within this forest starts from the reservoir and leads up to the tree top walk. Its a good 5 km trek.
A shorter route is available from the Venus Drive (road).
Free admission. Size : 34 Ha
The park is lit from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am.
Aptly themed 'Recapturing the Past Splendour', Telok Blangah Hill Park has a history that few other parks can boast about. This park has long been a place of gathering for trading communities which flourished at the site since the early nineteenth century. The prosperity of the traders is symbolised by the Alkaff Mansion - an elegant colonial bungalow built by an Arab trader and is previously a place for grand parties of the social elite.
Come in the morning or evening, and join the residents of the nearby neighbourhoods for their exercises such as taiqi and jogging. If you are looking for an outdoor picnic, the park is well-equipped with picnic tables and shaded by magnificent tall trees such as Eugenia, Alstonia and Rain trees. You can sit back and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and watch the birds, squirrels and butterflies in their natural surroundings.
At Bencoolen St., I saw this big, glass-walled building named the Bencoolen. This is just another shopping center with spectacular architecture. A little walking distance from our hostel in Dunlop St.
At Dunlop St., you'll find most of the things you need here like the restaurants, net cafes, the market, etc. Walk straight up to the end of the street and you'll see the Little India Arcade and the nearby malls.
From Robertson Quay down to Clarke Quay, you find may of the best restauarant, bars and attractions Singapore has to offer. It's a great walk and a great way to see how the locals relax on their weekends.
The center view from the point of the bridge. Just realx walk along and enjoy ... Actually I would do that to but 10 minutes after the picture was taken there was a heavy rain ... Maybe next time when I visit Singapore ... haha
This walk was named Queen Elizabeth Walk in honour of Queen Elizabeth in her Second Coronation in 1953.