Along the southwest coast of Singapore is Pasir Panjang, a district whose name means “long sands” in Malay, though any significant beach has long gone – as have the sleepy villages that used to dominate what is becoming an increasingly urbanized area. It’s home to one worthy sight, the delightful Buddhist theme park that is Haw Par Villa, which makes a reasonable starting point for an exploration of the Southern Ridges just inland, where you can take in the wartime museum Reflections at Bukit Chandu and views from Mount Faber.

The account below takes the Southern Ridges walk in an easterly direction, ending at HarbourFront MRT beneath Mount Faber – a sensible choice as this avoids a steep climb up the hill and allows you to finish at the massive VivoCity mall, where you can assuage any appetite and thirst worked up along the way (or even continue to Sentosa). Haw Par Villa, the sight furthest west, is really an optional extra as far as the walk is concerned. One more practical point: the links between parks on the walk often offer little shade, so be assiduous about sun protection and bring a reasonable supply of water.

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