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Travel Blog: Day Trip to Pulau Ubin, Singapore

 

One fine Sunday morning we thought, “hm… why don’t we make a day trip to Pulau Ubin?”.

Feeling adventurous, pack a backpack of water and towel, applied some sunblock, off we go !

1. Travelling to Pulau Ubin from Singapore

We drove to Changi Point Ferry Terminal (Near Village Hotel Changi and Changi Village Hawker Center). There are a few big open air public carpark just right outside the terminal.

You can also go there by taxi or by bus.

 

Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin

We went straight to the basement departure hall, and follow the sign to “Pulau Ubin”.

There is no need to buy the tickets first, everyone bought the ticket once onboard. Make sure you prepare $3 per person CASH, and if you are bringing your bicycle, extra $2 will be charged. No passport needed as Pulau Ubin is still within Singapore. The bumboat took a short 10 minutes.

There are no fixed departure times for the bumboats as the boat will depart whenever they have enough passengers onboard (12 people). We waited for about 5 minutes. Pretty fast.

2. Brief Intro of Pulau Ubin (Ubin Island), North East of Singapore.

Pulau Ubin is an small island located at north east of Singapore. Granite quarrying was popular in 1960s and there were thousands of settlers but there are only about a hundred villagers live there today.

 

3. What to see/ do in Pulau Ubin, Singapore

  • 1970s kampong style houses (the whole village is literally a kampong)
  • Wild animals (wild pig, jungle chicken, native birds like Oriental Pied Hornbill, Chek Jaya Wetlands etc)
  • Camping
  • Biking trail, walking trail
  • A good getaway from the city life

We reached Pulau Ubin at around 11am, then rented our bicycles from one of the bike shop for $8 each.

There is an old Tua Pek Kong temple just around the corner of the main square.

We prayed at the temple and rode our bikes towards the west side of the island. It was a quiet trail and took about 30 minutes. On the way we also passed by a few more temples,

One of the temple we visited on the east side of the island

a few small bridges, and reached Ketam Mountain Bike Park at the end. To be honest, nothing much there unless you are an advanced biker, the bike trail can be quite challenging for casual biker like me.

We rode back to the main square and settled for lunch at one of the seafood restaurant there. Food was good and the price was reasonable.

Wild Pig Spotted in Pulau Ubin

After lunch we rode towards east side of the island.

East side of Pulau Ubin seems more interesting comparing to the west island. There are more things to see and it’s more populated (total population of Pulau Ubin as of 2012 = 38 people)

Teck Seng’s Place – a 70s style house owned by a local provision shop owner from 1970 to 2005. The house will be open on the 2nd and 4th weekend of the month and public holidays, from 10.00am – 2.00pm.

Chek Jaya Wetlands passed Muslim Cemetery is quite interesting. There was this long walkway built on the water and if you love aircrafts spotting, this is the perfect spot to watch aircrafts descending to Changi Airport.

Overall, it was a relaxing day and it felt like back in a small kampong in Malaysia or Singapore 30-40 years ago.

We definitely should come back again. A sweet getaway from Singapore.

 

You can also watch my video 2 minutes to summarise our day trip to Pulau Ubin, Singapore

 

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