READY FOR INTA 2023 IN SINGAPORE?
by Liwei Tang
We are excited that the INTA Annual Meeting is coming to Singapore next May and getting to know the city where INTA will be held is one of the keys to a successful conference. Members from our office in Singapore have provided recommendations that may go some way to make your conference successful, fun, and yummy. For this week’s post, we would like to share our member of the firm, Liwei Tang’s best five recommendations for outdoors activities you’d better try when visiting Singapore during INTA (and generally):
* Hiking at the Southern Ridges
The Southern Ridges is probably the most popular hiking trails in Singapore. No matter whether you are walking enthusiasts, history buffs, nature lovers, or families, you are going to love this trail. It is a 10-km long connector linking parks along Singapore’s south that you may be stopping by and exploring, like Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. You can start your journey at the National University of Singapore and walk all the way down to Harbourfront MRT station. Highlights of the Ridges are the Henderson Waves, which is one of the best spots to enjoy panoramic views of the city and harbour, and the Forest Walk and Canopy Walk to observe a large variety of flora and fauna. Lastly but most importantly, you can make great photos here.
*Biking around Pulau Ubin
If you want a getaway from the hustle of city life, Pulau Ubin would be one of the best places you can go as it is one of the last areas in Singapore that is free of urban construction. A 10-minute bumboat ride from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal will take you there. You’ll catch a glimpse of what Singaporean life was like back in the 60s. There is no public transportation on the island so biking is the best way for you to explore the island. The most popular site is the Chek Jawa wetlands where you can observe several distinct ecosystems. Enjoy charming kampong life.
* Kayaking at MacRitchie Reservoir
MacRitchie Reservoir is not only known for cross-country runs, nature trails and the TreeTop Walk, but as one of four reservoirs that make up the Central Catchment Nature Reserve is also one of Singapore’s most serene spots for kayaking. You can observe beautiful, natural scenery while kayaking in MacRitchie Reservoir.
* Meeting inhabitants at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve situated north of the Singapore, is home to over 150 species of rare and exotic birds. It is the largest mangrove forest in Singapore with wetlands, mudflats and ponds. The Coastal Trail (1.3km) features views of the ocean while the Migratory Bird Trail (1.95 km) is perfect for bird-watchers. The various habitats give rise to rich biodiversity — macaques, monitor lizards, and even crocodiles! As you trek through this ecological wonderland, you’ll be greeted by its native inhabitants, which include otters, kingfishers and sunbirds. While during the migratory season, you’ll be able to catch migratory birds escaping the cold on their way to the warmer climes of Australia including plovers and sandpipers.
* Chilling out at East Coast Park
With so many sporting, entertainment and dining attractions packed into this 15 km stretch of scenic coastline, East Coast Park is a fabulous place for families and sport lovers. You’ll never run out of things to do like cycling, rollerblading, cable skiing and water sports. It’s a great place to just sit back and relax too, enjoying sea breeze, having a picnic, taking drinks at bars or café along the beaches. Whatever you choose to do, there’s no better way to end the day than with hearty local fare at the East Coast Food Lagoon, where you can feast on local favourites like satay (grilled meat skewers) or seafood right on the beach.
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For more information about INTA, check out https://www.inta.org/
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