Be one with nature at this beach-park-mangrove forest combo. Located by the stunning coastline, Pasir Ris Park features playgrounds and maze gardens where the kids can burn some energy, and barbecue pits where the adults can fire up the grill for a family cookout. But for a spot of wildlife, bird-watch from the three-story viewing tower, and explore the six-hectare mangrove forest via the boardwalk. If you're lucky, you might spot mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, and also monitor lizards in the waters.
Take a one-way (MRT) trip to the far east of Singapore, and you'll find more than just the beach, chalets, and NS men. Historically, Pasir Ris dates back to 1844 when it was first mentioned in land surveyor John Turnbull Thomson's map as 'Passier Reis'. This could have been derived from the words 'pasir' (sand in Malay) and 'hiris' (to shred or slice in Malay), which could reference the white sandy beachfront.
Like many neighbourhoods, it was once a kampung before it made way for residential estates and recreation areas such as Downtown East and Wild Wild Wet. But even after its modern makeover, this tranquil side of the city remains a breezy escape for laid-back locals and nature lovers.