The northern part of Singapore are the cities' heartlands and it also goes to Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Khatib, Yishun, Sembawang, Woodlands to the causeway.
The North South Line goes from the city centre and Orchard Road to Toa Payoh, Braddell, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Yio Chu Kang, Khatib, Yishun, Sembawang, Admiralty, Woodlands and Marsiling.
The Circle Line passes through Bishan, Marymount and Caldecott stations.
From Johor Bahru, Malaysia via the Causeway, take a bus from Larkin Bus Terminal or the Johor Bahru Checkpoint. SBS 160, SBS 170 and Causeway Link CW1 go to Kranji MRT Station, while SMRT 950 goes to Marsiling and Woodlands MRT Stations. All buses stop at Johor Bahru Checkpoint and Woodlands Checkpoint for immigration and custom checks; bring all your luggage with you, and keep your ticket for reboarding the bus after each checkpoint.
The sights of Singapore's hinterland can be easily divided in two: there's the zoo and the bird park, and then there's everything else.
Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and Bird Park
Bored proboscis monkey, Singapore Zoo
Without a doubt the top three attractions in the area, the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Bird Park, were joined in 2014 by a new zoological park, the River Safari. Joint tickets, valid for one month are available: adult combination tickets to two attractions cost $58-$71, to three attractions cost $89-$98 and a combination ticket for all four parks costs $121 (2015 prices).
- Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road (Bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT), ☎ +65-62693411, . 8:30 AM-6 PM daily. One of the best zoos in Asia, if not the world — it was endorsed by the late Steve Irwin and Animal Planet uses it for some of its documentaries. The animals are kept in spacious, landscaped enclosures, separated from the visitors by dry or wet moats. To spare yourself walking under the hot tropical sun, you can board a little train that trundles through the park (extra $5/$3), but it's still best to get there early. Bring along swimsuits for kids, so they can cool off in the "Kidz Zone". There's also a Jungle Breakfast ($25/16 adult/child extra), daily at 9 AM, where you're joined at a buffet breakfast by a host of critters from orangutans to otters and you can even try feeding the elephants; very popular, so book ahead. Note that it takes almost an hour in a bus to get to the zoo from the MRT station, so plan accordingly. $32/21 adult/child (3-12 years). edit
- Night Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road (Bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT), . 7:30 PM-midnight, last admission 11 PM. A part of the Zoo but located on completely separate grounds that are closed during the day, this is the world's first wildlife park built to be viewed at night. The grounds are in fact larger than the main Zoo and only parts are accessible to visitors on foot, so most people opt for the guided tram tour instead. There is a 30 minute show at the amphitheater with trained animal displays three times per night. (Sit in the center section three rows from the front for a nice surprise.) The tram tour is highly recommended unless you have the time to do a lot of walking and it brings you the eastern part of the park which is not accessible by walking. Lighting throughout the park is minimal, but sufficient. Stopping at the second tram station is a must as there is a walking path (The Leopard Trail) for viewing giraffes, flying squirrels, lions and others. Flash photography is not allowed, so a tripod is recommended. Some other animals you can expect to see include various types of tigers, elephants, bats, flamingos, porcupines, leopards, otters, badgers, and storks. $42/28 adult/child. edit
- Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill (Buses 194 and 251 from Boon Lay MRT), . 8:30 AM - 6PM, last admission 5.30 PM. Large bird sanctuary with walk-through aviaries. $28/18 adult/child. edit
- River Safari, (Bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT), . $28/18 adult/child, two boat rides are also available at $5/$3 each. edit
- Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, 88 Bright Hill Road (Bus 410 or 52 from Bishan MRT), ☎ +65-68495300, . 5 AM-4:30 PM. Singapore's largest Buddhist temple and monastery sprawls over a hill in a residential suburb of Singapore. Founded in 1920, the present buildings are all oversized and rather gaudy concrete structures, but it's still a rather surreal place. The highlight is the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, whose dome is decorated on the inside with, you guessed it, ten thousand tiny Buddha figures. Runs meditation retreats (mostly only in Chinese though) and gets packed with worshippers on major Buddhist holidays. edit
To find out what a sauna full of bugs feel like, go for some steamy jungle hiking. Best times are very early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
- MacRitchie Reservoir, Lornie Road (bus 162, 166 from Scotts Rd), ☎ +65-64685736, . Park open sunrise to sunset, Treetop Walk open 9 AM-5 PM Tue-Sun. Rather more exciting than it sounds, this serene artificial lake is surrounded by acres of virgin jungle (and not a few golf courses). On the north side, the HSBC Treetop Walk is a 250-meter bridge suspended as high as 27m above the ground. Trails range from 3 to 11 km, and are of different difficulty levels. One can even hike all the way to Bukit Timah. There is a basic food court at the south entrance, and a ranger station with toilets and water at the 4.5 km mark (near Treetop Walk) on the north side. The park is also a popular haunt of canoeing enthusiasts, joggers and strollers. For history buffs, this was also the site of a Shinto shrine (then called the Syonan Jinja) built by the Japanese during World War II, and the ruins of the shrine, while largely inaccessible without navigational equipment, still survive. Free. edit
- Singapore Turf Club (Kranji MRT), 1 Turf Club, ☎ +65-6879 1000, . Host horse races, most commonly on Fridays (starting 6:30 PM) but occasionally on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday as well. Betting is allowed, making this a major draw for local gamblers. The Upper Grandstand is air-conditioned, while the Lower is not. $3/7 Lower/Upper Grandstand. edit
- ITE College Central, Ang Mo Kio Drive (Bus 72 from Yio Chu Kang MRT). ITE College Central is a new campus that has a lot of opportunities for their technical education. It had various courses such as Design, Business, Electronics & Information Technology and Engineering. edit
There are a lot of shopping in the North. These includes AMK Hub (Ang Mo Kio), HDB Hub (Toa Payoh), Junction 8 (Bishan), Northpoint (Yishun), Sun Plaza (Sembawang), Sembawang Shopping Centre (Sembawang) and Causeway Point (Woodlands).
- Cheng San Market & Food Centre, Blk 527 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 (Bus 88 from Ang Mo Kio MRT). Essentially a food centre, but a complete list would have been mandatory. Food that is there include Kway Chap and Wanton Mee. edit
- Blk 640 Xchange, Blk 640 Ang Mo Kio Street 61 (Yio Chu Kang MRT). Blk 640 Xchange is a drinking hub and karaoke lounge. It fits for the Anderson Secondary School purpose. edit
- Marsiling Secondary Hotel, 12 Marsiling Road (Woodlands Checkpoint Overground). Marsiling Secondary Hotel is a hotel that spans from level 5 to level 12 and fits for the Marsiling Chinese Orchestra. edit
- St Nicholas Renaissance, 501 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 2 (Bus 425 from Ang Mo Kio MRT). Part of CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School, it has 5 stories and fits for the orchestra. edit