Thursday, August 7, 2008

Nature Culture Guided Walks






Kampong Ubin Walk
A stroll through parts of rural Ubin. We will look at what the locals grow in their backyards, from the herbs used as traditional medicines, to vegetables, wildflowers and fruit trees. Many of these are ‘old-fashioned’ plants no longer common, such as Sawtooth Coriander, Ceylon Spinach and Rambai. Durian trees abound on Ubin, with two fruiting seasons a year.

Duration: 2 hrs
Trails: Mostly level earth paths and tar road. Suitable for all.
Walk fee: $13 per person, 6 years and above, excluding bumboat ride, for groups of 20. For groups of less than 20 pax, the minimum fee is $240. The bumboat ride is $2.50 per person one way.



Chek Jawa Walk
We go on the extensive boardwalk at Chek Jawa on Pulau Ubin. Here we shall see a diversity of unique flora and fauna. At low tide, exposed seaweeds used to be collected by locals to feed their pigs. From the mangroves, Attap Palm leaves were harvested for thatching while durable Nibong Palm trunks were used to build kelongs. The shallow sea here was also a rich hunting ground. Many natural resources were depended upon, and used in sustainable ways by the kampong folk who lived at CJ.

Duration: 3 hrs
Trails: Wooden boardwalk. Earth paths, some parts with gentle slopes.
Walk fee: $15 per person, 6 years and above, excluding the bumboat ride and mini-bus ride to Chek Jawa, for groups of 20. For groups of less than 20 pax, the minimum fee is $280. The bumboat ride is $2.50 per person one way. The mini-bus ride is $4 return per person to and from the main village.



Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
This wetland reserve is now a resting and feeding spot for migratory birds. But it also hosts a fantastic diversity of native fauna and flora. In the past, the area had several kampongs (villages) with the locals tending to vegetable and fruit tree plots. Many of these fruit trees and traditional herbs still survive and may be encountered along the trails. The people also constructed fish and prawn ponds in the mangroves. These are now used by the birds.

Duration: 2 hrs, preferably in the morning.
Trails: Level dirt paths and boardwalks suitable for children, the elderly, disabled or participants using wheelchairs.
Walk fee: $13 per person, excluding park entrance fees, for groups of 20. For groups of less than 20 pax, the minimum fee is $240.
Park entrance fee is $1.00 for adults, 50 cents for children and students during weekends. Free entrance on weekdays.


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