Best Places to Camp in Singapore

February 14, 2012 by

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Granite Island (Palau Ubin), Singapore. Photo Courtesy of Eustaquio Santimano via Flickr.

Granite Island (Palau Ubin), Singapore. Photo Courtesy of Eustaquio Santimano via Flickr.

Though a relatively recent development, it is now possible to camp at any number of parks and beaches in Singapore. This phenomenon is a considerably cheaper option than even the most affordable budget hotels (though you may want to invest in affordable gear before traveling), and it can also be much more pleasant.

Note: although cooking pits and barbecues abound, it is necessary to pay a fee to use them legally.

East Coast Park

Of the parks available, East Coast Park offers access to sports and activities, including cycling, in-line skating, cable skiing, and water sports. There is also a large skate park for people interested in skateboarding.

Changi Beach Park

Changi Beach Park is the oldest facility in Singapore, and with its white sand beach, coconut palms, and barbecue pits, it has been beloved by locals for decades.

Pasir Ris Park

Pasir Ris Park is a good choice for travelers interested in bird watching, as there is a bird watching tower and a mangrove forest. There is also a beach “blot-rope” and an elaborate playground, making it a good choice for campers with children.

West Coast Park

West Coast Park has more in the way of established facilities for campers willing to endure a little bit of bustle. There are gardens, lawns, restaurants, jogging paths, and a fitness center.

Granite Island

For outdoor enthusiasts seeking wilderness and culture, the boomerang-shaped Granite Island (Pulau Ubin) offers more than 2,500 acres of wilderness, abandoned granite quarries, rolling hills, and some of Singapore’s last remaining traditional kampongs (or “villages”). Easily and affordably reached by ferry, Granite Island is also different because it is possible to camp without a permit.

- John Reality

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