Brief Guide to Camping in Singapore
Want to try a new experience that would liven up your senses and give you a deeper appreciation of nature? Well, there’s nothing better than camping! Here are the five spots where you can camp in Singapore, and everything else you need to know.
East Coast Park. The park’s biggest attractions are its cool ocean breeze and beautiful horizons, plus toilets and barbecue pits are easy to find too. If you want a quiet night, come during weekdays as the area gets very lively during weekends.
West Coast Park. West Coast feels closer to nature with its hilly area and nearby tall trees. It’s better for families as there is also a big playground nearby. You can find food places just across the West Coast Highway.
Pasir Ris Park. This is your best bet if you want a romantic night under the stars. While quite peaceful, there are also modern facilities just close by. Wake up to watch the sun rise, and then go exploring in the area’s 6-hectare mangrove trail.
Pulau Ubin. If you don’t mind going offshore, you can enjoy a camp with a rustic vibe here. Its main attractions are its idyllic kampung village, granite hills, and wonderful tide pools. It’s definitely closer to the wild so come prepared.
Pulau Hantu Besar. Located well away from the city, the “island of ghosts” is for campers who aren’t afraid to rough it out with nature. Its perks: total seclusion and a white sand beach where you can go for a swim and even snorkel.
Reminder: Do note that camping is no longer allowed in Noordin Beach in Pulau Ubin, Changi Beach Park and Sisters’ Islands.
Want the fun and romantic feel of camping with the comfort of a hotel stay? Then “glamping” is for you. For a fee, Companies like the Glamping Society and Glam Nomad will pitch a tent for you and provide your food and bedding needs, so all you need to do is come and enjoy being close to nature.
Securing a camping permit
You need to apply for a camping permit if you want to pitch a tent at East Coast Park, West Coast Park, or Pasir Ris Park. This is a simple process that you can do at any AXS station or online at the NParks website. If you’re staying at Pulau Hantu Besar, get your permit from Sentosa. We recommend getting your permit at least three days before you camp.
Things you’ll need to bring
- Sleeping bag
- Plenty of water
- Torch light and lamps
- Extra batteries
- Head lamp
- Mess tins
- Solid fuel
- Cooking utensils
- Tissue paper and wet wipes
- Ziploc bags
- Trash bags
- Swiss knife
- Insect repellent
- Portable charger
You can find all these at the following stores: Decathlon (at City Square Mall), Outdoor Life (at Thomson Road and Orchard Road), Camper’s Corner (at Waterloo Street), Adventure 21 (at Eu Tong Sen Street). Some sports shop also offer tent rental.
Things to remember
- Make sure to have a checklist and an itinerary so that your whole camping trip is well-organized.
- Scout the area before your trip to familiarize yourself with nearby facilities and adjust plans if necessary.
- Always clean after yourself; make sure all your trash and other wastes are properly disposed.
- Prepare for both a very hot as well as a typhoon weather – you can never be sure which one you’ll get.