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Woodlands is a planning area and residential town located in the North Region of Singapore. The town is connected to Malaysia’s southernmost city, Johor Bahru, via the Johor-Singapore Causeway. This is a well-known part of Singapore and therefore offers a variety of experiences and things to do in Woodlands West.

About Woodlands West

A view of downtown core

It is the regional centre for the North Region. Woodlands planning area borders Sembawang to the east, Mandai to the south, Sungei Kadut to the west and Johor Bahru to the north. Woodlands New Town is situated within the Woodlands planning area.

The area consisting of modern-day Woodlands Town first witnessed the opening of the Johor-Singapore Causeway in 1923. Early Woodlands consisted of villages and squatters where residents made their living mostly as small-time shopkeepers and vegetable farmers in the Marsiling area, while rubber plantations and poultry farms dot the landscape in Jalan Ulu Sembawang where modern-day Admiralty is located. The first HDB flats were built from 1972 in the northern part of Marsiling, and the Woodlands Bus Interchange located at Woodlands Centre Road was built in 1980.

Development of Woodlands began in 1981. This compromises of the building of HDB flats in the Neighbourhood 1, which was completed in 1985; well after the Marsiling Estate. The Neighbourhood 8 were completed in 1987, together with the Neighbourhood 3 in 1989. Because of the saturation of HDB flats, the numbering system added ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’. Blocks 6xx in Admiralty begun to be completed in 1996, together with the 7xx in 1997. Expansion into Innova began in 1998 and was completed in 2002, which consists of block 5xx. Expansion into the Woodlands East began in 1999 and completed in 2004.

The Jalan Ulu Sembawang is a kampong road that cut across parts of the Woodlands New Town and the Sembawang Airbase. Starting from June 1992, the Jalan Ulu Sembawang is being cleared because of the extension of Woodlands New Town, Gambas Avenue, Sembawang Airbase and the Seletar Expressway. The kampong was being cleared by 1996 and it was being converted into a military training ground.

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3 Things To Do In Woodlands West Singapore

Here are some of the most interesting things to do in Woodlands West Singapore on your next Singapore vacation:

1. Museums


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The Choa Chu Kang city which is known for its rich cultural past and exquisite architectural heritage has got some fine museums themed on all things archaic and classic. For all those history lovers who find immense pleasure in knowing the past of the city, the museums of this place have got to be your modern world paradise! The National Museum of Singapore or the Images of Singapore should be in your list if you are looking for some serious historical knowledge and cultural essence of the city.

Read More: 9 Exciting And Thrilling Things To Do In And Around Choa Chu Kang

2. Night Safari

Night Safari

Visited the zoo way too many times- Then experience over 2500 nocturnal animals, as they graze and hunt in their natural environments. Night Safari is amongst the best night activities to do in Singapore. From the rugged Himalayan Foothills to the swampy banks of the Asian Riverine Forest, your moonlight journey will feel nothing less than fascinating. Wildlife safari are interesting, but a night safari like this one is an experience of another level.

Location: Night Safari, Mandai Lake Road (Daily 7.30 pm – 12 am)
Cost: Adult: $42 ; Child: $28
Recommended for: Nature & Wildlife

Read More: 16 Best Adventurous Activities in Singapore To Make You Scream In Thrill In 2022!

3. Chakra


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Chakra is one of the few Indian restaurants in Johor Bahru Malaysia which serves authentic, flavoursome Indian food. Their preparations of meat and fish are quite popular with the locals as well as tourists. A popular dish here is the Crab Rasam which most people seem to love. The ambience is casua and the servers are polite.

Location: Jalan Yusof Taha, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Cost for two: INR 1000/-
TripAdvisor rating: 4/5
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Read More: 11 Indian Restaurants In Malaysia For An Excellent Gastronomic Experience

Are you excited to try our these above-listed things to do in Woodlands West Singapore? If yes, plan a trip to Singapore right away and get going. Just know that this would be the most surprising and exciting holiday of your life.

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