Camping under the stars in Singapore is an exciting and affordable getaway for people of all ages. From beautiful beaches to nature-filled parks offering hiking trails, a myriad of outdoor activities, and even barbecue pits to cook up the storm and host a picnic…these camping experiences are unmatched. So, we’ve created the ultimate guide to camping in Singapore including the five best locations (that you can legally camp at), permit information, a camping check list, and other tips.
1. East Coast Park
Stretching along 15km, East Coast Park is an excellent seaside location for a picnic and camping under the stars. Visitors are only permitted to camp in Area D and Area G in East Coast Park. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and the sound of soothing waves of the ocean. The attractive park features a diverse collection of dining, sporting and recreational activities – for every type of person so you won’t be bored. Play volleyball at the beach, cook up a feast at the BBQ pits, try cycling, to name a few attractions. Plus, there’s a nearby hawker centre for cheap eats and a waterpark to cool off. And hey, you can even bring your pets along!
2. Pasir Ris Park
Pasir Ris Park is one of three parks where you can go camping in Singapore. Situated in the East, the charming beachside park allows visitors to camp in Area 1 and Area 3. Discover secret attractions like the Butterfly Garden, Kitchen Garden, and a 3-storey high bird watch tower to spot exotic birds like the White-Collared Kingfisher. Explore the Mangrove Forest, which is home to a habitat of animals and plants, offering an educational outing. Plus, there’s a playground to keep children entertained and some restaurants to dine at. Overall, Pasir Ris Park is one of the best camping spots in Singapore – especially if you’re a nature lover!
3. Pulau Ubin
Why not go on an island adventure to Pulau Ubin just 10 minutes by boat? There are three rustic campsites that can cater up to 40 people per night. Set up your tent at one of three campsites: Endut Senin, Mamam, and Jelutong. There’s a campfire to get cosy beside and you can get up close and personal with nature and wildlife. Attractions include a 10km hiking trail, Singapore’s last remaining kampung, old plantations, exotic pathways to bike along a rich coastline, and kayaking tours, to name a few. However, permits for the islands must be booked two weeks in advance. Learn more via NParks.
4. West Coast Park
West Coast Park is a large regional park situated in the southwest of the city. It’s a superb place for families to camp because it offers a range of activities and other conveniences nearby. You can pitch your tent on the grassland at Area 3 and there are toilets and outdoor showers available. Wonderfully, there’s an Adventure Play Area for kids in the zone, barbecue pits, activities like cycling and a dog run for pets, and a McDonald’s nearby if you want cheap fast food. Otherwise, we recommend ordering a food platter in advance to take on your camping adventure for the ultimate experience.
5. Lazarus Island
As one of the best islands to explore near Singapore, you won’t be disappointed. Hop on the ferry to reach the uninhabited secluded island in 30 minutes. Visitors get off at St. Johns Island and then walk across the causeway to reach Lazarus Island. There are more than five camping zones on the island. But we recommend pitching your tent beside stunning white sand beaches and turquoise waters, to immerse yourself in nature. There’s a range of activities to do, from hiking, to discovering plantations, sunset sessions, and more. Remember, there are no shops so be sure to pack everything you need. To camp on Lazarus Island, you need to book a permit via Singapore Land Authority.
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Camping permits are free. However, you must book a permit in advance with the exact dates you plan to go camping in Singapore. Additionally, only people who live in Singapore or have a residence permit are allowed to camp at sites.
Book permits through NParks or any AXS Station in Singapore. Meanwhile, a separate booking is required if you plan to have a BBQ in the wilderness.
Camping permits are required every day of the week, including public holidays and weekends.
Camping check list
- Sleeping bags & pillows
- Waterproof blankets
- Food & water
- Insect Repellent & sunscreen
- Portal charging devices
- Wireless speaker
- Cosy clothing
- Camping chairs
- Toilet paper
- Games & books
- Bin bags
What about Glamping?
Glamping is known as a more ”glamorous” camping experience. All you need to do is pay a fee to a provider in advance and arrive at your selected destination where your tent will be pitched with a dash of luxury. Wonderfully, these tents are normally decked out with power outlets, blowup beds, air-conditioning, and other amenities to make it a comfortable stay.
Book a glamping package with companies such as Glamping City, Glamping Society, Go Glamping SG, Wondrous Glamping, and Heavenly Glamping, to name a few. It’s actually one of our favourite birthday, date, or anniversary ideas in Singapore.