Singapore/North and West

Map of attractions in the North and West

The northern and western parts of Singapore are the city's hinterlands, consisting of jungle dotted with public housing blocks and a significant industrial area in Sungei Kadut and the reclaimed area of Tuas. In addition there is a reclaimed island, Jurong Island, made from the merging of 7 previously smaller islands.

Get in

The western junction of Jurong East is 20 minutes away from the city center on the MRT East-West Line. Traveling there by the North-South Line will take closer to 60 minutes as it goes one big loop to Woodlands and the North.

See Johor Bahru for information on crossing the Causeway and the Second Link from Malaysia.


The sights of Singapore's hinterland can be easily divided in two: there's the zoo and the bird park, and then there's everything else.


Gazebo in the Botanic Gardens


Quite a few sites related to World War II are scattered around the island, but most will appeal only to war history buffs.


Orangutans at the Singapore Zoo

Without a doubt the top attractions in the area, the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park offer joint tickets valid for one month (Park Hopper tickets). Adult combination tickets to any two attractions vary from $26 to $49, while combination tickets to all four parks cost $89.

You can also explore the Southeast Asian Birds’ aviary, which features Asia’s largest collection of Southeast Asian birds, including the critically endangered Bali Mynah. The fourth free-flight aviary is Jungle Jewels, home of the colourful birds from South America. The park also has a collection of penguins which are housed in an outdoor enclosure. The recently opened Breeding & Research Centre provides a behind-the-scenes look at how eggs are hatched and taken care of. For kids needing reprieve from the tropical heat in Singapore, head over to Birdz of Play, a bird-themed water playground. $28/18 adult/child (3-12 years).
Bring along swimsuits for kids, so they can cool off in the "Rainforest Kidzworld". There's also an award-winning programme, the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife ($29/19 adult/child extra), daily from 09:00-10:30, where you get to enjoy a buffet in the company of elephants, orang utans, snakes, and more. Advanced booking is highly recommended to ensure a spot. $22/14 adult/child (3-12 years).


Disrespect your elders? It's off to the lava pits for you!


To find out what a sauna full of bugs feels like, go for some steamy jungle hiking. Best times are very early in the morning or in the late afternoon.

Mangrove trees in Sungei Buloh

And there are a few things to do that don't involve stomping about in the jungle:


There is little noteworthy shopping in the north or west. The major shopping malls are Jurong Point (nearest MRT station: Boon Lay), IMM, Jem and JCube (nearest MRT station: Jurong East). A stroll around the HDB heartlands may uncover interesting finds, though, not to mention an authentic taste of ordinary Singaporean life.

Tourist attractions such as Singapore Zoological Gardens, Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Botanic Gardens have gift shops overflowing with cute plush toys and tacky local kitsch.



Hawker food is cheap in the boondocks, and there are a few culinary gems to be found if you can find them, that is. There are also clusters of good western cafes and restaurants in Holland Village and Dempsey Hill.



The Bukit Timah area to the west of the city is one of Singapore's poshest residential districts featuring many high-quality restaurants, particularly in the expatriate enclave of Holland Village. Another good option is Dempsey Hill, a convenient cluster of British-era army barracks converted into restaurants for the expat set, just ten minutes from Orchard Rd.

Another small cluster of upscale restaurants is nestled on the grounds of the Botanic Gardens.


Except for the odd karaoke TV pub, beer at your favorite hawker stall and a few low-key hangouts in expat enclave Holland Village, the north and west of Singapore were long virtually devoid of nightlife. However, since 2006 there has been a veritable boom of colonial black & white bungalows being repurposed into upscale dining and drinking complexes, with areas like Portsdown Rd, Rochester Park and Tanglin Village (Dempsey Rd) now buzzing on weekends.


It's not really advisable to stay far from the centre in Singapore, but if you want to try life as the Singaporeans live it, you have one good choice:

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