The North of Singapore has always been a bit of an enigma. Perhaps more so due to the “publicity” from murdered cats, a busted drug lab and simply being far off from the main bulk of housing estates in Singapore.
However, there are plenty of good things going on in the North, and with the central areas getting a little tiresome after a while, perhaps it’s time to explore these lesser-known parts of Singapore (to non-Northerners).
Read on as we highlight 7 things you didn’t know you could do in this part of Singapore.
This has to be one of the most surprising places you’d expect to find in Singapore. And just in case you’re wondering, this is nothing like what you’d expect to see from a Japanese onsen.
The site is minimally maintained, and the actual hot spring well is locked up behind a concrete structure, possibly for conservation. There are, however, a few taps around the well that deliver the spring water to those who want them.
And just like almost every natural hot water source, this is said to possess properties that help heal the body. Gamblers in the past, however, used to take baths there to rid themselves of some other mysterious ailments. Go figure.
Visit for a foot bath, or even take a shower using the scalding hot water - you may borrow a bucket from the caretaker for these purposes. You may need to bring your own bath tub if you wish to soak in the spring water. Just note that there are no toilet facilities in the area.
If you do decide to visit, don’t forget to bring some eggs to boil using the hot spring water. I suppose this makes Sembawang Hot Spring a new interesting breakfast date location as well?
Location: Gambas Avenue between Woodlands Avenue 12 and Sembawang Road
The 11-hectare Woodlands Waterfront Park is a scenic and tranquil coastal park that offers a great view of the sea, as well as scenic trails with dedicated jogging and cycling tracks.
The main highlight of this national park is undoubtedly the 1.5km-stretch of the waterfront promenade, where you can get unobstructed panoramic views of the entire coastal park and the Straits of Johor.
Soak in the gorgeous sunrise and sunset from the waterfront, and nail those perfect Instagram shots. In fact, Woodlands Waterfront Park is recognised as being one of the most Instagrammable parks in Singapore!
Location: 6A Admiralty Road West, Singapore 759956
Tucked away at the old Bottle Tree Park is ORTO, a complex the size of seven football fields and touted as Singapore’s first 24-hour leisure facility. ORTO boasts round-the-clock activities such as prawning and fishing, as well as a sports facility decked out in top grade artificial turf.
Now you know where to go for those prawn and fish cravings at 4 in the morning (we’re sure it happens to some people).
Also available here, but not open 24-hours, are a drift karting track, a paintball park and a trampoline park.
A host of F&B outlets that open till as late as 3 in the morning, and event venues perfect for wedding receptions and parties top off the list of offerings at this hidden gem.
Location: 81 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769198
Dim sum all day and all night? Yes please!
There are many famous eateries in the north, but Wong Chiew Eating House gets on this list for providing us with 24-hours of dim sum happiness.
The best part is that not only do they have dim sum, but they also offer a wide variety of local zi char dishes if you prefer those over the best cuisine in the world (dim sum).
What makes Wong Chiew so good is that their food is of a consistently high standard, with prices kept reasonable.
Location: 19 Sembawang Rd, Singapore 779075
The undisputed highlight in the newly-enhanced Admiralty Park is the majestic collection of 26 slides - the most in any single park in Singapore.
These are suitable for children of all ages - and adults too! Just follow the instructions on signages to see which slides are suitable for you and your children.
This national park even features an inclusive playground, which provides the physical structure that supports play between children with and without special needs.
Location: Admiralty Road, about 15 minutes’ walk from Woodlands MRT station
If you love the idea of going back to a time before smartphones, Facebook and digital everything, you’ll love what Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) has to offer.
Return back to life in the kampung days and get your hands dirty through their various programmes, which include farming experiences and woodworking workshops. There are also education programmes just for the kids, as well as group volunteering programmes.
As a community with a focus on urban sustainability, GUI has built up their Kampung Kampus, a 2.6 hectares land plot in Yishun that showcases best practices in sustainable living for Singapore, which also includes a bee farm and paddy fields.
Location: 91 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769201
Take your home decor game up a notch and shop for home accessories that complement both both your home and personality at mrphy (yes, that’s us!) at Gambas Crescent.
Get quirky and cleverly-designed products from award-winning international brands such as Qualy Design, Ototo Design and Dreamfarm.
Also, don’t forget to check out our bean bags from doob and SoftRock Living as well. You’ll be surprised at how much your butt will appreciate it, plus bean bags go a long way in making a home that much more cosy. Check out our showflat at the times listed below.
Mondays - Fridays: 9am to 6pm (appointment only)
Saturdays: 2pm to 7pm (walk-ins are welcome)