Go for a walk, end with a cup of tea and a snack
Listening to NOSH Host Steve Chua from Gastrogeography of Singapore tell a story about discovering night-blooming fauna in his neighbourhood inspired us to check out places in Singapore where you can stroll outdoors among the foliage when the sun goes down.
Remember to wear light-coloured clothing, apply mosquito and insect repellent, tell hotel reception or a friend where you are going, bring along a mobile phone if you’re carrying one.
If you’ve had a fine dinner, embarking on an evening walk in Singapore is a great activity. Discover the nocturnal habits and nightlife of Singapore’s streets and parks in cooler temperatures, unwind and prepare your appetite for a post-walk late night snack.
As you walk around, note the trees and their drooping leaves; these trees are “asleep.” Direct your nose to plants that are most fragrant at night, like the Evening Primrose, Gardenias, Casablanca Lilies, Kahili Ginger and Dragon Fruit flowers. Your walk should be relaxed, conducive to easy conversation, yet long enough to stir the digestive system so that you can make way for a cup of tea and late night snack at the end of it.
Gardens By the Bay
“Where wonder blooms” – A premier award-winning horticultural attraction, Gardens By the Bay features a large selection of plants, including species from other climates and habitats. The Gardens is the location for many nighttime events, including the ongoing Garden Rhapsody (a lightshow with sounds of music).
Tickets to the conservatories are on sale until 8pm, and with final admissions at 8:30pm. If you fancy a wander around the Supertree Grove, Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, and a peer into the Heritage Gardens, you can do so until closing time at 2am.
Punggol Waterway Park
“Stroll in the suburbs” – The Malay term ‘Punggol’ means ‘hurling sticks at the branches of fruit trees to bring them down to the ground,’ and according to the National Parks Board, is reference to “the area’s history as a fruit-growing district or as a rendezvous for wholesale fruit agents.” Today, Punggol is a new town in the North-East Region of Singapore.
The number of new condominiums and apartment blocks in the area means that the Punggol Waterway Park is built to service residents of all ages. It offers an environment that is conducive to leisure activities like cycling and skating, and provides picnic areas and scenic views. The park itself is segemented into a Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone and Green Gallery.
Photo courtesy of flickr/tee_eric.
Changi Point Coastal Walk
6 Changi Village Rd
Changi Point Coastal Walk
“Out on the boardwalk” – On the Western end of Changi Point, take a well lit leisurely 45 minutes – 1-hour walk on this coastal route, also referred to as the Changi Boardwalk. You can catch a glimpse of Johor Bahru (Malaysia), walk adjacent to the beach and see the boats at the Sailing Club.
The Boardwalk is divided into six separate sections. Starting out West, you’ll find Sunset Walk, Kelong Walk, Cliff Walk, Sailing Point Walk, Beach Walk and Creek Walk. Tall heritage trees can also be found in the area.
Photo courtesy of flickr/小猫王.
Marina Bay to Robertson Quay
“Wander the inner city” – For those who like to stay within an urban setting, a walk along the Singapore River is a good option. Flanked by colonial architecture, bars and restaurants, with tall office buildings lighting up the skyline, this route will talk you through the central business district through Boat Quay, Clark Quay and Robertson Quay.