Roll out your sleeping bags and get that tent pitched: we've found the camping spots around Singapore for some good old fashioned family fun...
Whilst we’re totally on board with the idea of sleeping under canvas on a family-friendly glamping holiday, our kids have been pitching the idea of a more rustic overnight trip: camping in Singapore! Yep, our little Scouts and Girl Guides are twisting our arms to persuade us to head outdoors on an alfresco camping trip where nature is our neighbour, and campfire tunes are our game. We’ve found the 5 camping sites around Singapore where the whole family can get cosy together under the stars and pitch a tent for a weekend packed with adventure…
Where to go camping in Singapore with kids
1. Pasir Ris Park
Fuss-free and fun-packed are what it’s all about at Pasir Ris Park, and with playgrounds for kids of all ages, an enormous mangrove trail, water activities galore and even the chance to try a spot of horse riding, camping overnight will extend the adventure pitch perfectly. You’ll need a camping permit before you head to the sea-view camping sites in areas 1-3, which permits a maximum camp time of four days per month.
2. East Coast Park
We all know that East Coast Park makes a great family day out, so why not extend the fun to an overnight trip? But before you pack up your sleeping bag and marshmallows for toasting, make sure you apply online for a camping permit through NParks. Once you have the official stuff dealt with, head over to areas D or G of the park and set up your family base for a back-to-basics kinda adventure, full of sandcastle building, BBQ dinners, adventure playgrounds and water sport activities: and that’s just for starters!
3. West Coast Park
Head to the wilds of the west for a family camping trip that’s low in cost but big on fun when you pitch a tent at West Coast Park. Kids will be nicely worn out for a peaceful night under canvas after running riot around the eight playgrounds dotted about the park. We’re talking a spiderweb maze, Ninja Warrior style obstacle courses and even a flying fox. If that doesn’t tire the little campers out, then we don’t know what will! Don’t forget to apply for your permit before you set up camp at Area 3, and book a BBQ pit too if you fancy flexing your outdoor cooking skills.
4. Pulau Hantu
Another offshore island that you can pitch your tent at is Pulau Hantu, which translates to ghost island in Malay. Comprising of two islets, Hantu Besar and Hantu Kecil, this is the camping site to check out if you’re looking to get away from the city. Go snorkelling in the reefs and observe marine life up close, take a dip and swim across the two islands during low tide, or just enjoy the tranquillity with a stroll along the shore. There are no convenience stores here (it is a secluded island, after all) so be sure to get everything you need beforehand. You will have to obtain a camping permit at least seven days before your trip as well as arrange for a fast work boat from Marina South Pier or West Coast Pier to ferry you to the island.
5. Pulau Ubin
We love spending as much time as possible at one of our favourite pockets of green, Pulau Ubin. So we are always on board for a night or two under the stars listening to the sounds of wild boar and resident macaques. Apply for a permit at least two weeks in advance and then head to Jelutong, Mamam or Endut Senin campsites to pitch your tent for the night. Prepare to be a tad stinky by the time you return though: there are toilet facilities around the campsites, but no showers! We’re pretty sure the kiddos won’t care… And what it lacks in washing facilities, it defo makes up for with a peaceful kampong style life.
Where to buy camping supplies in Singapore
1. Campers’ Corner
This place is perfect for the more serious campers amongst you: you’ll find top quality gear not just for camping, but for all manner of outdoor pursuits including climbing, skiing and hiking.
Where: Campers’ Corner, 75 Bukit Timah Road, Boon Siew Building #01-01, Singapore 229833
2. Outdoor Life
As the name suggests, Outdoor Life is the place to head for adventures in the great outdoors. Camping goodies include everything from tents to sleeping bags, insect repellent to knot tying kits (yep: that’s a thing apparently).
Where: Outdoor Life, 107 North Bridge Road, Funan Mall #02-20, Singapore 179105
Grab all the gear you could ever need for your camping expedition, and also pick up fishing equipment if you fancy catching your own dinner too: Nalno has you covered for all things camping and angling.
Where: Nalno, 100 Jalan Sultan, Sultan Plaza #02-20, Singapore 199001
Schedule plenty of time for a trip to Decathlon: you might think you are heading in just for camping essentials, but you’ll end up browsing this huge sports emporium for hours. Expect bargains galore on pretty much everything you will need for your adventure except the kitchen sink. And maybe even the kitchen sink.
Where: Decathlon, various locations islandwide
5. Adventure 21
This is the one-stop store that you’ll need to visit if you’re looking at quality camping equipment that is also comfortable. Their Ferrino tents look spacious enough to fit a family of four, yet comfy enough for a good night’s sleep.
Where: Adventure 21, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, The Central #03-55, Singapore 059817
With prices for a four-man tent starting at under $60, and sleeping bags coming in at under $20, Giant is the affordable option that isn’t going to blow a hole in your camping budget. They even sell airbeds for those of us who fancy adding a tiny bit of luxe to the whole back-to-nature experience…
Where: Giant, locations throughout Singapore
If you would prefer to do your shopping from the comforts of your home, click on that mouse and peruse Lazada for all your camping needs. With so many options to choose from, you will need a few days to scour their listing and add the stuff you want to your cart.
Where: Lazada, online only
Enjoy your camping trip!