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Hidden Hideways
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Singapore may be small, but there are still some hidden hideaways tucked around our island that you may not know about. Here are some of these spots that are worth a drive to.
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ith the school holidays around the corner, you may be wondering what you can do to keep your children entertained. Instead of spending a lavish amount on an expensive overseas vacation, or hitting up the usual overcrowded tourist spots in Singapore, how about taking some time to explore some of the lesser-known hideaways that exist on our little island?
If you're looking for something that's a bit out of the ordinary, then perhaps you may want to consider planning a trip to these five locations, to see a side of Singapore that you may not have known existed. Of course, these places are a bit ulu and out of the way, so having a car to drive to these places would be ideal if you want to explore off the beaten track.

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1. Tuas South Beach

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Hidden well away on the western edge of Singapore lies Tuas South Beach, an idyllic hideaway nestled amongst the heavy industries and empty grasslands of Tuas. Located not far from Tuas Second Link, this relatively unknown beach is a quiet spot where you can seek serenity, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While the waters may not be that clean, and there aren't exactly park facilities like you'll find at East Coast Park, there's no question that this secret spot offers a sense of peace and quiet that will be hard to find anywhere else in Singapore.

Location: 4A Tuas Bay Street, Singapore (637316)

2. Thow Kwang Industry

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If you're looking for something educational and useful to do with your kids, how about trying your hand at pottery? Thow Kwang Industry is a pottery kiln located on the western side of Singapore, not far from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Over here, you can shop for porcelain wares like vases and pots, observe how the masters create these intricate pieces of art, and even have a go at making one yourself with their clay-making workshops. Certainly an enriching experience that is well worth the road trip.

Location: 85 Lorong Tawas, Singapore (639823)

3. Jurong Eco-Garden

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A short step away from Thow Kwang Industry is Jurong Eco-Garden, which is Singapore's first freshwater swamp forest located within an industrial park. Spread over four areas - Summit Forest, Wildlife Corridor, Stream Ravine and Freshwater Swamp Forest - Jurong Eco-Park intersperses building parcels seamlessly with green spaces, and is usually free from crowds as it is not particularly well-known or accessible. It is also designed to be self-sustainable too, with green features such as a holistic storm water management system to collect rainwater for toilet flushing and irrigation.

Location: 1 CleanTech Loop, Singapore (609434)

4. Sembawang Hot Spring

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Head over to the north side of Singapore and you'll stumble upon the island's only natural hot spring. The Sembawang Hot Spring is located near the junction of Sembawang Road and Gambas Avenue, along Jalan Ulu Sembawang, and the water was once used by a bottled drinks company. Today, the hot spring lies within the grounds of Sembawang Air Base, and is popular with nearby residents as the water is said to have healing properties, and can relax sore muscles and joints.

Location: Jalan Ulu Sembawang, near Sembawang Road and Gambas Avenue

5. Farmart Centre

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Farmart Centre, located near Choa Chu Kang New Town, houses a collection of shops, a farmers' market, petting zoo and food outlets serving local fare. On weekends, your kids can even get up close to farm animals such as goats, bull frogs, tortoises, rabbits, birds, fishes and hamsters at the Weekend Animal Farm Corner. It's a slice of the country located right in our city, and offers the opportunity to get closer to nature, a stone's throw away from urban life.

Location: 67 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore (699008)

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