Go back in time to a simpler life at Pulau Ubin, the last village or “kampong” in Singapore. A visit here is like taking a time warp back to the 1960s when things were much simpler, as you’ll notice from the old wooden houses. Located off Singapore’s north east coast, the best way to get here is to take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
The name Pulau Ubin means “Granite Island” in Malay, which isn’t surprising, considering the many abandoned stone quarries there are on the island. The best way to explore Pulau Ubin is to hire a bike and ride around the Island, although it remains a great place for a quiet stroll.
For a laidback break from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit the Celestial Resort nestled at the Southwest of Pulau Ubin Island. Hire a van or rent a bicycle for a short ride through the woods to get to the resort, which offers plenty of outdoor activities and water sports.
One big attraction on the island is the intertidal flat at Chek Jawa, which has extremely rare ecosystems, animals and plants. You can also go on guided trips and nature walks while you’re on Pulau Ubin, but to save yourself from the multitudes of mosquitoes, don’t forget to bring lots of insect repellent.