Monday, August 12, 2013

Going to Pulau Ubin

After 10 years, I finally went back to Pulau Ubin and my, how it has changed since then. The only thing that hasn't changed is how do we get to Pulau Ubin.  In summary, to get to Pulau Ubin, you will need to take a bum boat via Changi Point Ferry Terminal. You can take a look at the map below.


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What you may not be able to see on the map is that the Changi Bus Interchange is just a few minutes walk away the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. In fact, the only thing that stops you from getting to the ferry terminal is the Changi Village Hawker Centre. Buses 2, 29, 59, and 109 route ends at the Changi Bus Interchange. Take any of these buses and you will not get lost, as long as you travel in the correct direction. :)

Personally, I think it is good if you have your lunch at the Changi Village Hawker Centre before you go to Pulau Ubin, reason being there is quite a lot of good food at that Hawker Centre, namely the Nasi Lemak, Ipoh Hor Fun, Beef Kway Teow, etc.

Enough said, you need to approach the Changi Point Ferry Terminal from the main entrance, which is near the car park. You will need to go down a flight of stairs and the departure for Pulau Ubin is to your right after getting down the stairs. The constraint about getting the bum boat to Pulau Ubin is that there is no fixed departure times. That boat will only leave if the boat is reasonably filled (maximum 12 passengers). You will need to pay $2.50 cash per person for the bum boat ride, one-way. Best if you get the exact change.

What's the best way to travel in Pulau Ubin? Bicycle of course, and you can see rows and rows of bicycle shops the moment you disembark.


Above is the picture of the start of the rows of bicycle shops.


I've seen a few drink shops like the above but they are all empty. In fact, it would be better if you follow the signs that says that there are drink stalls ahead. There is also a small little contraption that to me, looks like a toilet. :)


Does the above picture looks like a toilet? :)



Surprisingly, there is also interesting architecture in Pulau Ubin, one of which is the original Tudor style house, which doubles up as a visitor centre. This visitor centre is situated near the jetty next to Chek Jawa. There are some write-ups on the history of Pulau Ubin. There is also a vending machine situated within if you're thirsty.

Pulau Ubin has become much more structured compared to 10 years ago. The left side of the island, you will find the mountain bike trails while the right side of the island you will find Chek Jawa. Do note that there are many small little trails up and some of these trails have explicit signs that indicate that it is not meant to be ridden up. Do follow those signs as there is an obvious reasons why bicycles are not allowed. The outward bound school is to the north and centre of the island.

Below are a few pictures of the amazing nature scenery you can find at Pulau Ubin. Pretty nice right?








There will be a separate post on Chek Jawa and the amazing wildlife you can find there. However, some teasers below on the interesting birds I saw while roaming around the island.



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