IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
We made our way by taxi to the Changi Point Ferry Terminal which is close to Changi Village on Lor Bekukang, very close to Changi Airport. It's then a very short ride via bumboat over to Pulau Ubin. The bumboats leave when they are full (capacity around 12 people) and cost S$2.50 a person each way (have cash ready, not sure your plastic is going to cut it here). We arrived around 10am, being a Thursday, it was pretty quiet so we pretty much walked straight on to our bumboat and set off.
Once on the jetty at Pulau Ubin, it is a very short stroll down to the start of the village. Immediately you will see bike shop after bike shop looking to rent you a bike. Biking or walking is pretty much the only transportation on the Island.
After finalizing the deal on the bikes, we were given a very useful (not) paper map of the Island, so we would not get lost! Bring your glasses, the writing is tiny.
We were all set to explore and headed out of the Village on some quite nice paved roads. Not really having any real plan in mind, we just followed the road, enjoying the breeze in our hair and the sun beating down on us like a furness (sunscreen, plenty of sunscreen and also bug spray is a good idea). There are sign posts along the way and also huts (which were useful in helping us to figure out where we were on the map), offering some shade and also information on the flora, fauna and wildlife on the Island.
Next we found ourselves on a really narrow track, thankfully this joined us back up again with the gravel road and we all breathed a sigh of relief.
After an hour or so, we were all feeling extremely hot and a little peckish. The water supply had depleted, so we headed back to the Village to take a rest. There is a restaurant with yellow chairs which seemed to be pretty much the only option for a meal although the shop next door did sell ice creams. The main attraction was the fans, we seriously needed to cool down.
It was whilst on this gravel path that we also encountered some of the wildlife we were told inhabited the Island. Macacque Monkeys thrilled us by running across the path right in front of us. As we neared the Punai Hut (the track to the wetlands shoots off here), we saw some Wild Boar snuffling their way across the path. By this time, we were all getting really hot and tired again, so we elected not to go and investigate the Wetlands.
We made our way back up the gravel path loop and back onto nicely paved roads. After resting at Baperek Hut for a bit to catch our breath, we all agreed we had had enough. Time to head back to the Village and the bum boats.
We dropped off the bikes, bought ourselves some more water and walked the few yards back to the jetty. Time to get the bum boat back to Singapore.
Despite the heat, we all really enjoyed biking around the Island, it was very peaceful and a nice change from the hustle and bustle of mainland Singapore. Would love to know just how busy it gets at the weekend. Maybe one day we will find out.
Some more images of our day in Pulau Ubin
Slightly better map of Pulau Ubin, click here.
National Parks Singapore, Pulau Ubin website, click here
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