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Explore Singapore: Experience Nature and Heritage in Pulau Ubin

Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle? Try exploring Pulau Ubin, an island northeast of mainland Singapore. A one-way boat fare cost $3 per person and it takes about 15 minutes to reach the beautiful island.

Visitors are greeted by the tranquil island offering untouched nature. Take a pause and keep a lookout for wildlife in the mangroves.

A must-do activity in Pulau Ubin is to rent a bicycle and get off the beaten track to enjoy the views of traditional kampong villages, nature trails that weave through old rubber plantations and discover the island’s mangroves. It is not uncommon to encounter abundant wildlife like jellyfish, kingfishers and sometimes, even pink dolphins!

House 363B has a rich historic background and it was owned by Mr Chew Teck Seng, a local provision shop owner from 1970 to 2005.

The house has since been conserved and refurbished as a model Chinese kampong house. The original architecture was retained and minimal changes were made to conserve its rustic charm. The house now serves as an immersive “museum” that takes guests back in time to life on Pulau Ubin during the 1970s. Many items in the house, including furniture, appliances, kitchen utensils and photograph were donated by past and residents, as well as friends of Pulau Ubin.

Those who are interested to take a look at this house will be pleased to know that it will be open on the 2nd and 4th weekend of the month and public holidays, from 10.00am – 2.00pm. Teck Seng’s Place is currently one of the highlights in NParks’ Kampung Tour, held on every third Saturday of the month.

We took a walk along the Sensory Trail. If the scorching heat is not a show-stopper, you should take a walk through the backyard planting of the Pulau Ubin village home where nature-lovers will love to see tropical fruits trees of different varieties. It takes about 1 hour to complete the trail.

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Image Credit – Habitatnews – NUS

Some kampong houses may look dated but they still retain their rustic charm. It was learnt that the National Parks Board (NParks) will be restoring kampong houses on Pulau Ubin to their former glory.

The first of its kind in Singapore, Ubin Fruit Orchard is a one-hectare site that showcases fruits such as rambutan, lychee, logan and others.

Further into the island, visitors get to see kingfishers, magpies and native birds inhabiting along the mangroves of the Chek Jawa Wetlands. Travelers to Singapore, mark Pulau Ubin down during your visit!

From National Parks Board.

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