Not many of us realise that we actually have some form of countryside in Singapore. That’s right, nestled deep within the silent back roads of Kranji is our very own Kranji Countryside. Well, at least it’s a countryside by Singaporean standards.
If you’re worried about how ulu this place is, don’t fret. Going off the beaten path is made easier with the Kranji Countryside Express, a shuttle bus that ferries you around certain farms in Kranji.
Here are three farms you can explore to get in touch with your country-side:
The younger generation may remember taking a school excursion down to this small goat farm. Well, it is a good place to relive those memories again. Hay Dairies is the only goat farm in Singapore since 1988, with more than 800 goats of mixed breeds on the premises.
You can buy a packet of Alfalfa Hay (S$5) to feed the goats, but try not to get too carried away with feeding the first few rows of them. There are actually more of them behind — we don’t want you to leave feeling guilty like us.
Also, do take note that the goats can be a little bit curious to get a taste of your bags and clothes. So be careful not to get too distracted with your selfies or they may take a playful nibble.
At around 9am, you’ll be able to watch the staff going about their daily goat milking session. If you see an educational tour being conducted, we recommend sticking around to learn a thing or two about the process of goat milking.
At the end of the feeding, you can buy a bottle of goat milk. There are two flavours: original and chocolate — the Chocolate Goat Milk (S$2.50, small) tasted fresh and not overly sweet.
Not too far from Hay Dairies is the Bollywood Veggies Farm with different types of trees and fruits. The farm provides jobs for less fortunate and marginalised Singaporeans and is sustainably run — kudos to the owners!
Take a brochure at the entrance just in case you lose your way. Simply choose between a 10-minute self-exploration or 30-minute guided trail. Psst, pay attention to the quirky descriptions and get ready to be entertained.
In fact, all around the farm, you will find little signages marking out the pathways that the ants traverse. Definitely a sweet little initiative for the tiny insect.
Almost every tree comes with a board to pinpoint what you should be looking out for. And trust me, you’ll need it because all of them would look the same to the uninitiated botanist.
And wherever a path exists, make sure to give it some attention. You will find a miniature forest maze, a fruit path, and more!
When all that is over, grab a refreshing cup of Fresh Fig Tea (S$2) at Poison Ivy Bistro, the farm’s in-house cafe. Life really seems to slow down just a little when you’re here.
Not my personal favourite of the farms we visited, but I took the leap (pun intended) of faith and so should you. Jurong Frog Farm breeds American Bullfrogs. Here you will find different frog enclosures for mating and feeding, and tadpoles too.
If you are a brave soul, you can put on those fisherman boots and get yourself busy by catching some frogs. They even have special activities such as the Frog Quest (S$15), a package that includes rental of frog farmer’s equipment, frog feeding and even station games!
If you’re looking for a bite, the farm offers exotic meats such as Crocodile Nuggets (S$15) and Fried Frog Meat (S$15). Fortunately for us, the cafe was closed when we were there. I would admire your guts if you would dare to eat the aforementioned dishes.
But for the simpler lot of us, do get a dollar coin ready to feed the frogs. While there are plenty of creatures croaking away, you really shouldn’t be too hard on yourself if they don’t reach out and gobble the feed — those Prince Charmings really play hard to get and can take a while to respond to the food.
Keep yourself entertained with the quirky graffiti painted on the walls. Who knows, you might really find your Prince Charming while visiting this farm!
Now let’s be honest, most of us are city people, as we live in an almost 100% urbanised city. But once in a while, I think we can all agree that a little bit of the countryside air can be good for our souls.
Head on down to Kranji Countryside to soak in those countryside feels today!