Lying at the southernmost tip of the Asia land mass, extended by the Malayan peninsula, is a little gem of a bird sanctuary. The Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve is tucked at the far western corner of the Singapore island and accessible within 30 mins from the buzzling city centre. This is a 130 hectares of oasis for migratory birds escaping the harsh winters as far north as the Asian tundra. Here is a tropical paradise of peace and tranquility. Writer and photographer: Chua Chin Leng
This is the larger main entrance to the Wetland from the main road, Kranji Way on the western side next of the Kranji Beach Battle site of WW2. Visitors can now enter the Wetland from here and commence trekking the trail through the new extension. The previous main entrance is at Neo Tiew Crescent, a right turn 50 metres further down the road and 300 metres further into Neo Tiew Crescent.
The Visitors Centre includes administrative offices and also a showroom on the flora and fauna in the park.
A super size mud skipper to cheer the kids near the entrance to the Wetland.
Children's playground with a pulling platform to juggle to and fro to fascinate the children. This is located on the right of the entrance before entering the Wetland.
On 6 Dec, the new extension to the east of the existing wetland was opened to the public. This new addition is about half the size of the original wetland and stretches to the Kranji World War 2 site where a battle was fought against the advancing Japanese invaders.
A new and bigger Visitors Centre has been erected right in the middle of the Wetland between the old and new extension to the east. The second picture is a rope bridge hanging over a water area.
PS: The pictures of the original wetland are posted following these few pictures of the new extension.
These are views of natural swampy jungle in the island, a half an hour from the heart of the city state. Visitors could get a feel and preview of the larger Malaysian jungle up north.
In Sungei Buloh, visitors could feel, smell and trample inside the jungle in absolute safety short of waddling into the swamp where crocodiles are sighted quite regularly. Occasionally crocodiles could be sighted crossing the jungle path and adults should exercise extreme safety when letting the children run wild.