You won’t run out of exciting activities in Singapore. You can go on a shopping spree at Orchard Road, check out the iconic landmarks in the city center, or head to Sentosa for its beaches and amusement parks.
You can even go camping in Singapore, and I highly recommend that you try it because there are so many natural wonders you can find here!
If you’re interested to learn more, this article lists all the best camping spots in Singapore.
Important Things to Know about Camping in Singapore
Before we talk about the camping spots in Singapore, it’s important for you to know some policies regarding this activity.
Firstly, you can’t just camp in any of the camping spots without permission; you need to get a camping permit, which you can do by applying online or via an AXS machine. Ideally, you should apply for a permit at least three days in advance.
For some areas (Pulau Hantu, Lazarus Island, and St. John’s Island), camping is free, but you will need a Temporary Occupation License from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). You should obtain this license at least seven days before your scheduled outing.
Additionally, the only people allowed to camp at all sites are Singaporeans, permanent residents, and foreigners with a residence permit. If you’re a foreign tourist, your only option is Pulau Ubin.
Where to Go Camping in Singapore
East Coast Park
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Address: E Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore
Operating Horus: Open 24 Hours
Camping Areas: Areas D and G
East Coast Park is one of the most popular parks in Singapore, which is understandable since it’s the largest. This park boasts 185 hectares of space, so you can find all sorts of facilities here, such as playgrounds, skating areas, hiking trails, and a fishing spot.
This park also has designated areas for camping: Areas D and G. These two areas are right by the park’s beach, so you can enjoy the cool sea breeze as night falls.
Other activities you can do here include watching the sunrise and swimming in the sea.
For a memorable camping experience, feel free to use the picnic tables, which should be near the camping sites. You can also find barbeque pits, so you can cook something delicious for everyone (take note that you need a permit to use any of the pits).
West Coast Park
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Address: W Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126978
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday—7 am to 7 pm
Camping Areas: Area 3
West Coast Park is East Coast Park’s counterpart in the western region, but the main difference is that it’s a lot smaller. In fact, it only has 50 hectares of land, but don’t let that number fool you; this park has a lot to offer to guests.
There are various gardens if you want to take a break from the city and decompress, and if you’re in for an exciting time, you can try rollerskating or even learn how to shoot a bow and arrow!
The designated camping area is within Area 3, and it faces the sea, so you can enjoy the salt air and the view of the ships passing by. If you want to get a better view of the scenery, head to the lookout deck.
Pasir Ris Park
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Address: Along Pasir Ris Central, Opposite MRT Station, Singapore 519639
Operating Hours: Open 24 hours
Camping Areas: Areas 1 and 3
Pasir Ris Park is a popular spot among families because of its tranquil nature and wide range of family-friendly activities, such as in-line skating and pony riding. The park is also known for its mangrove forest, which hikers and nature lovers enjoy visiting.
For campers, the designated camping sites are within Areas 1 and 3. These sites also have a grill, so you can enjoy a cozy cookout night with your loved ones.
Since Changi Airport is relatively near to the park, you might be able to watch planes flying by.
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Camping Areas: Jelutong, Mamam, and Endut Senin
If you’re looking for an underrated place to go camping in, you might want to consider Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin is a verdant island just north of mainland Singapore, and it’s the kind of place that makes you in awe of nature.
With 1,020 hectares of land, Pulau Ubin boasts countless hiking trails that you can take on to see exotic plants and wild animals. Pekan Quarry is best known for its bird sightings, while Puaka Hill lets you enjoy a panoramic view of the island.
Pulau Ubin has three designated camping sites: Jelutong (located near the village), Mamam (further up north of the island), and Endut Senin (a 30-minute walk from the jetty and faces the sea).
Though these areas have toilet facilities, do take note that only Jelutong allows a campfire. Additionally, the water here isn’t safe to drink or shower, so it’s best that you bring your own.
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Camping Areas: Hantu Besar and Hantu Kecil
Another Singaporean island that might capture your interest is Pulau Hantu, which is literally “ghost island” in Malay.
Many people believe that the reason for this name is the stories of soldiers dying here and their ghosts forever haunting this place. But others think that the name refers to the moment when the middle part of the island disappears during high tide.
It’s not just the name that makes Pulau Hantu interesting. Its untouched environment makes it appealing to people who want to take a break from the city, and its location also makes it perfect for divers who want to observe marine life up close.
You can choose to set your camping tent in either of the two islets (Hantu Besar and Hantu Kecil). Both have their own jetty, shelters, and picnic areas, and you’ll also have access to swimming lagoons either way.
Just like Pulau Ubin, however, it’s highly recommended that you bring your own water.
Lazarus Island and Pulau Seringat
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Camping Areas: Areas A to F
Lazarus Island and Pulau Seringat are two islands located south of mainland Singapore, and the only way to reach them is by riding a ferry from Marina South Pier.
These two Southern Islands are noted for their largely undeveloped areas, so you can explore nature in all its glory. They’re also not prone to crowds, which is why people looking for a relaxing time love coming here.
The camping areas are located along the bay of Lazarus Island, so you have access to the swimming lagoon. Additionally, the campsites give you an unobstructed view of the clear, blue water, so don’t hesitate to capture some photos.