Singapore: Side Trips
If you've ever wondered what Singapore was like when its founder Sir Stamford Raffles first stepped ashore in 1819, the rustic, leafy island of Pulau Ubin will give you a pretty good idea. Politically, it's the same country but geographically, it's a whole other time and world. The island's highlight is Chek Jawa, a lovely marine sanctuary of rare sea creatures and wildlife. Because the area's ecosystem is so fragile, visitor numbers are strictly controlled on a first-come, first-served basis; contact the National Parks Board Ubin Information Kiosk (65-6542-4108) for visiting information. From the Tanah Merah MRT station, take a cab to Changi Point Ferry Terminal (Changi Village) and then hitch a 10-minute boat ride out; round-trip tickets cost S$5.