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Sep 17 2012

Singapore’s other 62 islands: Pulau Semakau

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"I think we took a wrong turn somewhere around Orchard Rd."

Most of the 62 small islands considered part of Singapore are well off the tourist trail, but Pulau Semakau has a waiting list of eager visitors. Considering this island is used as Singapore’s landfill, why would anyone want to go here? The Pulau Semakau landfill is a unique environmental experiment and one of Singapore’s land … read the full post

May 14 2012

A visit to the farms of Singapore’s Kranji countryside

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Although Singapore is so densely populated that the government has resorted to literally increasing the size of the island, the northwest corner of the country remains refreshingly rural. The few businesses operating here have banded together to promote the Kranji countryside as an “agri-tainment” destination where you can visit small farms selling organic veggies, goat … read the full post

May 10 2012

Singapore’s other 62 islands: Pulau Ubin

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Any Singapore trivia buff should know that the city-state isn’t made up of just one island, but 63 small separate ones. In my ongoing series exploring the 62 lesser-known islands, I take a short bumboat ride to the east coast island of Pulau Ubin, one of the most rustic places left in Singapore. In local … read the full post

Mar 08 2012

Scuba diving at Pulau Hantu, Singapore

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No, I’m not about to reveal that Singapore is Southeast Asia’s most underrated dive destination, nor that it really compares with some of the best. Of the sixty-some islands that make up Singapore, only one called Pulau Hantu is frequented by local scuba divers and snorkellers. About 30 minutes south of Singapore by boat, Pulau … read the full post

May 23 2011

Singapore’s other 62 islands: St John’s Island

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Continuing my exploration of Singapore’s 62 lesser-known islands, I caught a ferry at the Marina South Pier for a 15-minute ride to St John’s Island. After sailing through the busy port and getting my closest look yet at the huge container ships that dock outside of Singapore, underdeveloped St John’s Island felt a world away … read the full post

Apr 25 2011

Singapore’s other 62 islands: Kusu Island

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Here’s a factoid for you: Singapore is actually made up of 63 separate islands. But most people, even locals, don’t venture much further beyond the main island and Sentosa. Many of the outlying islands are explicitly off-limits to visitors because they’re used for heavy industry or military training, but my goal is to visit as … read the full post