Changi Bay Point
Singaporeans are huge fans of cycling and hiking, with folks conquering all sorts of routes from cycling routes of all difficulties to epic round-island walking trails. Let that love for the outdoors loose once again, with a brand new seaside destination to explore: Changi Bay Point, along the 3.6KM Changi Bay Park Connector.
Below is a guide on what you can expect during your next trip down.
New park connector to explore in Changi
Changi may be far away for many, but anyone with a penchant for good views would have surely visited the area for its panoramic vistas, particularly during sunrise. On 22nd January 2022, this area near Changi Beach Park unveiled a brand new park connector (PCN) that you can add to your bucket list.
Bus stop near Changi Beach Car Park 7 with Bus 35
Start your journey near Changi Beach Car Park 7, which is best accessed by car or taxi. A 3.4KM journey along the Changi Bay Park Connector lies ahead.
Entrance to Changi Bay Park Connector
Cycling bridge and park benches
A wide cycling bridge – the first of two 80M bridges – will let you know that you’re on the right path. From this point onwards, expect seaside views throughout. Now would be a great time to sweep the dust off your skateboard as other than for walking and cycling, the flat pavement is great for cruising as well.
There are plenty of sea-facing benches, where visitors can have a rest and chow on some snacks. Since there aren’t any F&B stops along the way, it may be a good idea to stop by Changi Village beforehand to dabao some food over for a scenic picnic.
More aesthetic benches lie along the PCN
Flower patches, lalang grass and lookout pavilion
Bask under the sun among the colourful patches of flowers along this PCN – at this point, anyone could have convinced us that we were in a faraway land. In fact, tell your friends that you are in NZ and they may just take your word for it.
Image credit: @mackymuy
Before long, you’ll come across Changi Bay Point itself, a picturesque lookout point by the sea. There’s a romantic pavilion from which you can catch a stunning sunrise – but even if you’re not an early bird sorta person, the area still offers stellar vistas you can chill in throughout the day. We were there in mid-afternoon and still, the experience was 10/10.
Thanks to the unblocked views, you can spot Pulau Tekong and even some of Johor’s hills sticking out on the horizon.
Tuas may be the legendary spot to find lalang grass for “Tumblr-worthy” photoshoots but we’ll say Changi Bay Point easily dethrones it with dreamy lalang grass by the sea.
Snap a gazillion shots, and once you’re done, take a break under the nearby shelter. There’s a vending machine here where you can purchase a bottle of water or other outdoor essentials like packets of tissue paper and bandaids.
Breakwater with an obscured entrance
The breakwater is an obscure spot some might miss out on as it seems cordoned off by a wall of trees. We found a semi-shrouded dirt path leading in, where you snap some shots, or simply chill out and soak in the vitamin D.
Path leading into the breakwater
Scenic public washroom and boardwalk
Whether you need to go number two, purchase a drink or even take a shower, head to the new Changi Bay Public Toilet.
There’s a vending machine here with cold drinks, alongside a water cooler to refill your bottles. If you’ve taken a dip in the sea, rinse off the sand at the indoor and outdoor showers here.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that this toilet looks like a Maldives resort from certain angles.
Connected to this is also a short boardwalk where you can take a break from your adventure and soak in the views. Our quick tip here would be to use this stop as an opportunity to slather yourself in sunscreen, especially if you’re there on a sunny day. There won’t be much shade along the rest of the way.
Small forest path and a leaning tree
If you’re catching Coney Island vibes from the image, you’ve got that right. Near the public toilet is a small forest patch that our photographers were quick to go gaga over. The mystical enclave was one that we didn’t expect to find, but it’s a spot that would be worth checking out if whimsical photos are what you’re gunning for.
While we nearly ended our trip there, we were glad we didn’t – a little further down the road is a picturesque leaning tree right by the sea where you and your friends can sit down and enjoy some HTHT with a view. Bali, Phuket and Okinawa, y’all can take a back seat today.
Visit Singapore’s newest park connector at Changi Bay Point
Part of the Eastern end of the Round-Island-Route, Changi Bay Point is a beautiful new stop to add to your outdoor adventure. After visiting the area, you can continue on the PCN, either upwards to Punggol or downwards to East Coast Park.
Be sure to check the weather forecast before heading down and try to come on a weekday if you’d like the space all to yourself.
Address: Aviation Park Road – find it on Google Maps.
For more outdoor activity ideas in Singapore:
- New parks and nature spots
- Hidden gardens in the city
- Sunset-to-sunrise overnight cycling itinerary
- Long distance cycling routes
- Hiking trails at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Photography by Huiwen Chan.
Originally published on 31st January 2022. Last updated on 24th February 2022.
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