Discover Singapore’s hidden corners where a car would come handy.

Ever heard of Gardens by the Bay? Sentosa? Orchard road?

Yup, thought so. You and every other countryman here. These popular places of Singapore are inescapable for every local or visitor. Deservedly so, of course: no visit in Singapore would be complete without seeing them.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking that our little red dot has nothing else to offer. If you know where to look, you’ll find other, quieter places which prompt your jaw to unhinge of its own accord. And the only feet you’ll be drooling on will be your own, because everyone else will be posing for selfies in front of the Merlion.

Kayaking at Sungei Khatib Bongsu

Sungei Khatib Bongsu mangroves

The much neglected mangrove forest is very much a part of Singapore’s natural heritage. Paddle through the labyrinth of tree shaded channels and savour an experience that is almost magical in its beauty. While exploring this natural playground and kayaking beneath low hanging branches of immense figs, Sungei Khatib Bongsu’s is a such a peaceful space that brings much joy to to the rower.

Farm-hopping at Kranji

You don’t have to fly all the way to Australia or New Zealand for a farm-stay experience. Experience and embrace nature away from the concrete jungle surrounded by lush greenery, a particular serenity you won’t be able to find in the city. The farms there have been deliberately preserved to retain the rusticity of Singapore’s early days. Goats being milked every morning, the opportunity to feed frogs, enjoying a farm-to-table lunch and just embrace the feeling like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Apart from visiting the different farms, you also can hop onto a fascinating heritage trail around Kranji that traces its role in World War II.

A Nod to the Arts at Gillman Barracks

Gillman Barracks hill and signage

Located in a lush tropical setting south of Singapore, Gillman Barracks is the perfect place to take a stroll around in an afternoon of art and culture. With over ten galleries located in five buildings, it’s easy to forget about the time in the massive compound. Art lovers can revel in an impressive collection of contemporary art by a range of artists from internationally famous to up-and-comers from around Asia.

A Bonus: Drinks overlooking the South China Sea

Cascading pools at bobs bar capella

Want a unique and quiet experience? Capella Singapore in Sentosa is an oasis of calm located away from the hustle and bustle of the island. Drop into Bob’s Bar, which affords you a magnificent view of the South China Sea while you’re sipping on your Negroni. After which, you can take a leisurely stroll around the hotel’s verdant tropical gardens – the soft breeze against your face and the sounds of birds chirping will make you forget you’re even in Singapore.