The island nation of Singapore has always been divided into the east and the west, both having completely different lifestyles, are at least half a day trip away and have always had a friendly competition to see who is better. The east of Singapore or eastern Singapore has been known to be the more relaxed and laid back side. Being only 10 minutes from the Changi Airport, one of the most beautiful airports in the world, eastern Singapore is easily accessible by all modes of transport.
The east side is vastly covered by the East Coast Beach Park, the biggest park of Singapore, while the rest of Eastern Singapore is a hub for cultural diversity where cultures like the Malay and Peranakan culture in the Katong and Geylang area thrive with a lively beat. For a visitor, eastern Singapore might not host the attractions which are most popular and boasted about when talking about the island nation but is definitely worth the visit for some of the best, unique experiences you would ever have.
The East Coast Beach Park is a major attraction of eastern Singapore and is perhaps the most talked about and visited. As the name suggests, the park is located beside the beach shore and is the largest in Singapore. The 185-hectare coastal park is stretched out to the length of 15km of grass expanse, playgrounds, and a beach strip. The park offers something for everyone regardless of age. Some of the activities provided by the East Coast Beach Park are fishing, camping, barbequing, cycling and in-line skating tracks, sandcastle pits, and a wide range of water sports to choose from. The park is also a little haven for kids as aside from the other activities, the Marine Cove Playground in the park premises promises a fun time with a fully equipped playground experience.
Several cafes and diners serving all sorts of cuisine also line the beach park if you are in search of a quick bite. Aside from the plethora of amenities, the beachside location enables the park to provide some of the most breathtaking views of the sunset and the ocean waves to the visitors.
Changi is another area eastern Singapore is comprised of. Aside from being home to the infamous Changi Airport, it has several attractions that make the visit here worthwhile.
Changi City Point
If shopping is what you are looking for, stray no further. Changi City Point is a huge factory outlet located in the east of Singapore. The mall consists of all local and popular brands and all at a lower than average price. The three storey mall with one basement level also has a landscaped rooftop garden with several inspiring art installations which are worth the visit. Changi City Point also makes a great last-minute shopping destination as it is just one station away from Changi Airport.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Changi Point Coastal Walk
A 2.6-kilometre boardwalk by the beach, Changi Point Coastal Walk is a popular place for many individuals to visit for some peace and tranquillity. The boardwalk is known to provide the best view of the beach and the breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. Furthermore, the Sunset Walk at the west end is the best part of the boardwalk to view the sun setting.
Each part of Singapore is laden with heritage and speaks volumes about the history and progress of the island nation. Changi is no exception to this, and the history of this area, as well as the rest of Singapore, is accurately displayed at the Changi Museum. The museum showcases the struggles of the imprisoned POW's, civilians, and the people and provides you with a deeper understanding of Singapore's struggle in the previous decades.
The area of Pasir Ris may provide some of the best experiences for visitors. The area is home to the Pasir Ris Beach Park which is another coastal park in east Singapore and is home and is, in fact, the 2nd largest along with the largest playground in Singapore. Aside from this, the park is known for the 70-hectare mangrove forest that resides in its premises. Other activities include camping, water sports, cycling, nature trails, etc. For a truly unique experience, one must visit the Gallop Stables for activities such as horse riding, feeding ponies, etc.
The Katong Antique House, along with the streets around it, is a perfect example of the display of Peranakan culture in eastern Singapore. The antique house is filled to the brim with trinkets and age-old artefacts that show just how rich the culture is. The owner, Mr Peter Wee is a well-learned man and will be happy to tell you the stories behind each antique piece in this shop.
Wild Wild Wet, Singapore's largest water park is just the place to be for those who want to beat the heat and have a day of relaxation and enjoyment. Wade the waters at this water park or experience the thrill of a lifetime by sliding down the many thrilling rides the park offers. Wild Wild Wet has always been a favourite for locals and is a far better option for individuals looking for deadly rides and heart-dropping slides. The park also has a set of rides for the little ones to enjoy their day and end with a huge splash. Rental Floats and Cabanas are also available for those who would prefer lazing around in the sun and water while enjoying the lively atmosphere of the water park.
Opening Hours: Off Peak Days (Weekdays except for school or public holidays) 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM Peak Days (Weekends and school or public holidays) 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Geylang is another area that makes up eastern Singapore and is known for its Malay culture. The area is home to Geylang Serai New Market which is the busiest market in Singapore and is known for selling everything related to Malay food and its preparation at some of the lowest prices in Singapore. This market is your one-stop for trying out all the different local foods while also enjoying the unique Kampong style architecture of the two storey place.
The Intan around the corner is also a must visit as it is a home museum based solely on the Peranakan culture (much like Katong Antique House) and displays various historical artefacts that relate to this culture. The place is located in Joo Chiat area, not far from the market and offers personal tours by the owner, Alvin Yapp who is extremely knowledgeable and filled with anecdotes.
Opening Hours (Geylang Serai): Wet Market- 6:30 AM to 12:00 AM Food Market- 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
MRT Stations Tanah Merah Station Eunos Station Paya Labar Station Pasir Ris Station (More routes available)
Bus Upper East Coast Rd- the Summit- 10, 14, 43, 48, 197 Sims Ave- Blk 416: Bus No. 24, 76, and 7 Changi Rd: Bus No. 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 67, 154, 155 and NR7