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SINGAPORE-OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Updated: Jun 20


GO WHERE FEW TOURISTS DARE TO TRAVEL

You will discover more of the Lion City if you start-out with a good plan. At Singapore Street Shots our Blogs will help you discover Singapore’s hidden gems. We'll give you Information & tips for creating stunning photos and exploring Singapore's neighborhoods.

Choa Chu Kang - Ang Mo Kio - Woodlands - Sengkang - Punggol - Yishun - Mandai - Kovin

Pasir Ris - Bukit Timah - Jurong East - Geylang - Katong - Tampines - Bedok - Joo Chiat - Changi



CAPTURE THE CULTURE & COLOR OF SINGAPORE WITH PHOTOS

Discover & Photograph Singapore's Hidden Gems


Who knew there was so much to see and do on this tiny Red Dot we call Singapore. Sadly many holiday travelers visiting our island nation never make it beyond the tourist areas of Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam or the Marina Bay area.

Now it's true these are beautiful and exciting locations and you will have incredible experiences discovering them. The truth is Singapore has so much more to offer.


In this blog we're going to talk about taking the road less traveled and help you discover Singapores many hidden gems. The information below can help you do your research and create a great plan for exploring Singapores off the beaten path locations.


We'll also give you tips for creating beautiful photos that help you tell your unique Singapore story. So grab your camera, put on some comfortable shoes and follow me as we go where Few Tourists Dare to Travel.


 

THE FAR NORTH



SEMBAWANG - SENGKANG - PUNGGOL - PASIR RIS

ANG MO KIO - BUKIT PANJANG

The neighborhoods above are accessible using the MRT- North east (Purple) line, North South (Red) line, or the Thompson East Coast (Brown) line, Downtown (Blue) lines.


Let's start with Sengkang and Punggol as they are centrally located in the north and easily accessible with the MRT, Plus they have a really cool train system for getting around town called the LRT. Both of these train systems do sort of a figure eight through the Sengkang & Punggol neighborhoods, making it super easy to discover all they have to offer.


You can visit many of the locations listed in the pdf files below


Sengkang

Things to do in Sengkang
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Download PDF • 1.93MB

Punggol

A PUNGGOL DAY-TRIP
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Download PDF • 827KB

Ang Mo Kio

ANG MO KIO DAY-TRIP
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Download PDF • 1.49MB

Bukit Panjang

A Bukit Panjang & Choa Chu Kang Day-Trip
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Download PDF • 634KB

Bukit Panjang Sites
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Download PDF • 316KB

Choa Chu Kang

Choa Chu Kang Temples & Mosques Photo-walk Pdf
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Download PDF • 3.11MB



 

GETTING AROUND


I use GOOGLE MAPS and the MRT & BUS Systems along with a few Taxi's to explore Singapore.



Want to learn more about using the MRT & BUS system to quickly get around Singapore? See our Blog Using Singapore's MRT & BUS System to save time and money



 

IT'S HOT & HUMID IN SINGAPORE SO SEE OUR BLOG FOR STAYING COMFORTABLE


DRESSING FOR SECCESS-Look good and Feel good on your day-trip Discover Singapore in style and comfort after reading our blog.

 

SINGAPORES FAR EAST




KALLANG - GEYLANG - TAMPINES - BEDOK

Just a hop-skip-and a Jump Away



If you're staying in the Downtown or Orchard area, the Marina Bay or any of Singapores tourist sections, it's easy to get out and discover these distant locations. Fact is they are just a hop-skip-and a jump away.


Jo Chiat Road is one of the most historic areas in Singapore, boasting beautifully restored Shophouses, trendy restaurants and more. This is one area you don't want to miss exploring.



KALLANG

Joo Chiat Road Katong tour
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Download PDF • 5.87MB

 


SINGAPORE OFF THE BEATEN PATH





TEMPLES - CHURCHES & MOSQUES


Now is your chance to photograph some of the most beautiful Temples-Churches and Mosques in Singapore, like the Chong Yee Temple 萬國山忠義廟, Masjid Al-Islah and the Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary.


I can tell you that you won't find any of these locations advertised in the city guides, these are truly Hidden Gems. If you love to visit and photograph Temples, Mosques and Churches you're going to be happy with the lists below.

Trust me when I say, your friends will be envious and impressed with the photos you post, as all these locations are stunningly beautiful.



TEMPLES - CHURCHES & MOSQUES

See our lists below of Singapores Off the beaten path Temples-Mosques & Churches. Here you will find stunning locations for photography that most tourists never discover.


SINGAPORE TEMPLES
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Download PDF • 118KB

SINGAPORE MOSQUES
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Download PDF • 91KB

SINGAPORE CHURCHES
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Download PDF • 85KB

 

SINGAPORE OFF THE BEATEN PATH

RESTAURANTS-HAWKERS-MARKETS


You don't want to miss out on some of the Lion city's best food so you'll have to visit Singapores Hawker Centers. I recommend you venture out into neighborhoods and explore as many Hawkers & Stahl's as possible.


TIP- Everyone in your group order a different dish, so all can try as many different dishes as possible.


There is something about ending your day at a fantastic restaurant directly on the waterfront. Its so nice to sit back with a few sunset beers or cocktails, and talk about the incredible sites you've visited and the fun you've had during your day. All the while waiting for your Chilli crab or sizzling hot steak to arrive at your table.


Knowing some great locations for lunch & dinner, along with a few awesome spots for an AirCon break and a cool drink are essential for any successful day trip.



SINGAPORE OFF THE BEATEN PATH

RESTAURANTS-HAWKERS-MARKETS

See our list of fantastic off the beaten path restaurants below. Many of the restaurants on this list are on the water and great places for dinner and sunset cocktails.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS
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Download PDF • 83KB

TIP- Eat lite during the heat of the day and avoid having to many alcoholic beverages. Remember your whole day and evening is ahead of you...


See our Blog on Singapores Hawkers-Markets & Restaurants for more information on great places to visit and dine out in Singapore.


 


PARKS - NATURE RESERVES


Northern Singapore



Some of these parks and nature reserves are huge, and you can make a day trip exploring them. Bring along your best 400-600mm long lens if you have one, as you'll make good use of it with the amazing birds and wildlife hidden in these reserves.


  • Central Catchment Nature Reserve - Is the largest of Singapores nature reserves occupying over 2,000 hectares of forest. located in this reserve is the MacRitchie Reservoir Park with its famous Tree Top Walk. Bring along your longest zoom lens and keep a close eye out for wildlife and birds in this reserve.

  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - Home to a large percentage of Singapores (native) flora and fauna and also Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah Hill, which stands at about 165mtrs. The forest on this hill has been a botanical collection area for over 100 years.

  • Bukit Batok Nature Park- Create some stunning photos of the cliffs at Hindhede Quarry and Singapore Quarry, located within this Nature Park.

  • Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

  • Kranji Coastal Nature Park

  • Upper Seletar Reservoir Park

  • Lower Seletar Reservoir Park

  • Pasir Ris Park

  • Changi Point- Coastal Walk-Beach Park

  • Singapore Zoo & Bird Park


 


SHOPHOUSES




You guessed it! Some of the most stunning Shophouses in Singapore are located OFF THE BEATEN PATH. No worries though, we make them easy for you to find.


Want to learn more about Singapores beautiful Shophouses and there locations, see our Blog SINGAPORE SHOPHOUSES - Telling your Singapore story with photos.



 

Closing Remarks



In Conclusion,


I hope this Blog has been helpful and informative, and inspires you to make the most of your visit to Singapore and Asia. Be sure and enjoy one of our Singapore Street Shots Photo walks while you're in town.

Singapore is well known for it's incredible verity of delicious foods from every corner of Asia, so do stop at the Hawker centers for lunch and discover the local cuisine...

Also for night life, try hitting some of the Roof-top Bars and restaurants in Chinatown and the downtown area for drinks & dinner.


Please do not forget to post some of your best Singapore photos along with a short story about your experience on our Singapore Street Shots Facebook Page.


Cheers,

Mark Stevens & Ilonka Guenther

Business Owners, Photographers & Travelers



 



Want some help going off the beaten path in Singapore

Book a Singapore Street Shots Photo walk and let us help you create stunning photos for your Singapore story.



 

BLOGS


Singapore in Pictures - Telling your Singapore story with photos.

(A Seven blog series)​


SINGAPORE SHOPHOUSES - Telling your Singapore story with photos.

Singapore Skyline Panorama's - Photograph Singapore's world class Skyline

Singapore's Chinatown - Kreta Ayer - Telok Ayer - Tanjong Pagar - Bukit Pasoh

Singapore's Little India - Culture & Colour

Kampong Glam - Singapore's Arab Quarter

Hawkers & Markets - Flavor the Moment

Singapore - Off the Beaten Path - Discover the Singapore most tourist never see



 


DRESSING FOR SECCESS -Look good and Feel good on your day-trip

Tips for Travelers: Capture your Memories with Pictures

A Rainy Day Holiday in Singapore - Things to do in Singapore when it's rainy weather

MASTER YOUR CAMERA - Use your camera like a pro

EASY EDITING - Make all your photos pop

Great Singapore Shophouse locations - The best locations for photographing Singapore Shophouses



 

FUTURE BLOGS

(Coming soon)



A Five Blog series

"Discovering Singapores Parks"

Parks:

1st Series: East and West coast parks:

2nd Series: Singapore Botanical Gardens:

3rd Series: Kent Ridge & Hort parks:

4th Series: Fort Canning park:

5th Series: Lakeside Gardens


A Three Blog series

"Photographing Singapores Natural Beauty"

Nature Reserves:

1st Series: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

2nd Series: MacRitchie Nature Reserve

3rd Series: Singapore Zoo and Singapore Bird Park


 

A Six Blog series

"Photographing Singapores Islands"



Singapore’s islands:

1st Series: Pulau Ubin

2nd Series: Coney Island

3rd Series: Sentosa Island

4th Series: St. John Island

5th Series: Kusu Island

6th Series: Lazarus Island.


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