Nature in the North

January 14, 2017

Singapore is usually identified as a buzzing metropolis, replete with glass canyons and towering skyscrapers. There is, however, a parcel of land that remains relatively untouched from the fast-forward urban development seen across the island nation…The North.

A Natural Habitat

The North throws up veritable delight for nature lovers. In the Mandai region there is the Singapore Zoo, the River Safari, and the Night Safari. There are many small farms scattered around Kranji too. Once you have got your fill of the exotic animals and birds, you can rest your feet and try out the rustic Sembawang hot springs: the only one of its kind in the entire island nation. And there’s more. 

Avid trekkers can indulge in some gorgeous walking trails that line the MacRitchie Reservoir. The serene Treetop Walk takes you on a stroll amongst the clouds and inside virgin jungle territory. The artificial lake that sits right at the heart of this tropical paradise offers a breath-taking view.   

For those interested in observing biodiversity, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve offers an extensive experience. You walk through the sprawling mangroves that include mudflats, ponds and forest cover; discovering species like the mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, water snakes, and otter. 

The area is a one-stop shop for everything ecological.   

 Welcome To The Heartland 

The region is the largest in terms of geographical area. Add to the fact that it is also one of the slowest developing areas, and you have plenty of open space to go around. This makes it a perfect residential enclave. Far from the ever-busy Downton Core, neighbourhoods have sprung up, offering citizens a more relaxed environment. 

Yishun is one of the earliest neighbourhoods to have developed. The name is inspired from a prominent industrialist, Lim Nee Soon, who opened up the region for trade and commerce. The area remains a cluster of housing and retail establishments. 

Woodlands is one of the latest neighbourhoods that has witnessed development. Its signature landmark is the Johor-Singapore Causeway that connects the island nation to Malaysia and is the first of its kind. You will find the neighbourhood covered with green acres such as the Town Garden and the 27-hectare national park, Admiralty Park. The neighbourhood has got a good mix of recreational facilities, libraries, and shopping malls. Everything and anything you wanted is just a few steps away in Woodland. 

Find Some Inner Peace 

The pace of life in Singapore can be such that you may find yourself running n fumes. This is the perfect excuse to take a break and visit the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. The location is a quiet hill. The interior dome is a must see with 10,000 tiny Buddhist figures decorating it. The tranquil and surreal monastery offers the perfect place to sit down, relax and focus on your inner self.