Thursday, November 29, 2012

escapades of a local sightseer #7: Sentosa Island Part 1

Yesterday, I had the urge to go out and do some exploring. I didn't know where else to go and it was too last minute to do an extensive research and a detailed itinerary. Initially, I thought of sailing to Pulau Ubin (well not really sailing by myself but rather, I have to get onto a scheduled bump boat which costs round $2.50 at the Changi Point Ferry Terminal) But the weather wasn't very much accommodating this past few days and it would a bummer if I get caught under a stubborn ,unpredictable, persistent rain which usually last for hours in an island made up of jungle trails and cycling paths. I abandoned the thought and found my way to Sentosa!


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Sentosa is a small island located down south of Singapore.

There are 3 ways to get there:
1. Jewel Cable Car ride from the Harbourfront Station at Harbourfront Tower II which then brings you to the Imbiah Lookout Station, Sentosa. Costs S$29.
2. Sentosa Express (a 2-cabin light rail transit) from Vivocity level 3. There are 4 stations around Sentosa to drop at (Sentosa station, Waterfront station, Imbiah station, Beach station). Costs S$3.50.
3. Hail a cab. Costs from S$2-S$6 (vehicle admission) + metered taxi fare.
4. Drive. Vehicle admission applies.
Or...
5. Walk along Sentosa Boardwalk (700m) from Vivocity to Sentosa and pay S$1 upon entrance. (And that's exactly what I just did!)



The S$1 fee was deducted through my ez-link card (transport concession card).



Passing through Universal Studios Singapore.


I've visited Sentosa countless of times (and trust me when I say countless, I really mean it) but not on this side. We usually just wander round the confines of Resort World Sentosa or just get tanned at the beach (Siloso/Palawan/Tanjong Beach). I've left Resort World and headed straight to Merlion Park. The Merlion marks the starting point for my search of the Sentosa jungle trails. (Just for the record, I've not been on this of Sentosa since I don't know, 7, 8 years ago?)


Passing through Imbiah Lookout.


Tiger Sky Tower


Jewel Cable Car Station


To Imbiah Trails.


to be continued...

2 comments:

  1. This place looks so fun! Oh, I would totally walk along the boardwalk.
    What nice things you might see. :)
    How I envy that you are able to walk to such nice places!
    It's rather difficult to get around via walking, in my city anyways.
    It is definitely not walking nor biking friendly (it is dangerous!). Although, it is gradually getting better.
    Most cities are like that, I suppose. With the exceptions of New York, San Francisco, Chicago, etc.
    The public transit system is also terrible. If only these things were better, then I wouldn't have to use a car to get around!
    Did you find those jungle trails? I hope you did.
    oh, and I totally agree about what you said in the previous post.
    b&w night photos are the best! it really does express the night scene better.

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    1. Here, it is generally safe to walk around, day or night as compared to other cities worldwide. Even if you leave your bag unzipped/open or wallet sticking out of your rear pockets, there's a higher chance of carelessly dropping them yourself along the way. Well of course that's not 100% guaranteed. There's still places where you've gotta take extra precautions and have the right sense of mind to walk right through. Better safe than never.
      Public Transport here is good too. The only problem is, finding sits.
      Oh and yea I found some of the trails! some. Haha

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