We walked from the Sentosa Merlion to Palawan Beach to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. I remembered (sort of) going here in during my very first visit to Singapore in 2006 and thought that it would be a nice quick stop to actually cross the swinging suspension bridge.
It’s a free thing to do in Sentosa (rare)!
Palawan Beach is one of 3 beaches in Sentosa (Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong beaches). And Palawan Beach in particular is very family friendly. The water is so calm, which is such a big difference from the many (surf friendly) beaches in Southern California.
There is even a Palawan Kidz City thing nearby too. It’s kind of interesting to see an airplane sticking out of the building. I guess it would be cool to sit the the cockpit of that airplane?
You can see this little island from the distance as you approach the beach. We simple walked along the beach making our way to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia.
And this is the entrance to the bridge. It actually looks a little scary as we had to finally put our feet in the sand (we were walking on the pathways all the way up to this point) and walk into the bushes.
But once you’re in the bushes, you will actually walk right into an opening and see an amazing tree thing anchoring one side of the bridge. At first glance it reminded me of the big red wood trees in Northern California where people can actually drive through (I think that tree collapsed recently….sad sad).
The bridge is narrow and barely gives enough room for two-way traffic. And that was when I remembered why I never made it across the bridge many years ago. I don’t like bridges! And this hanging bridge swings and sways quite a bit!
We waited for the bridge to quiet down a little bit from other people crossing and took our time to take a few pictures.
One of my favorite pictures here. Yunti is taking a picture of the bridge just before crossing. Can you see how narrow this bridge is?
The beginning is still hanging over land, surrounded by the bushes. Ok, I’m sure they’re not exactly bushes but that’s what I am going to call it here. I do just enjoy the fact that it is so green in Singapore. It is called a “garden city”.
I was much more comfortable on the bridge when I was able to cling onto both sides of the bridge like how my mom clinging onto the bridge in the picture on the left. And look at how the bridge is swinging. It definitely swings much more when there are more people, especially the brave (adventurous) people who are running and purposely making the brings swing more.
I held on very tight to the ropes on the bridge and ended up not taking very many pictures while crossing this bridge. I am pretty proud of the fact that I’ve been conquering one bridge after another over the past few years. I’m sure this doesn’t seem like much compared the the Sydney Bridge Climb, but this one is quite different compared to that.
In retrospect, this hanging bridge really shouldn’t even be very scary. It only hangs above the water by a few feet!
Do you think this is the ACTUAL Southernmost Point of Continental Asia considering Singapore is an Island, and Sentosa is an island, and this is another island?
I was pretty confused when I first heard that this is the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia considering the number of islands we had been standing on before arriving to this point. I’m sure the actual place would be somewhere in Malaysia if it has to be on the continent of Asia.
But I think the idea is that this is as for south as you can get without having to hop onto an airplane or a boat. The bridges that connect Malaysia to Singapore to Sentosa and then to this point here keeps our feet on the ground.
And looking into the horizon from this point we’re looking on into the equator somewhere ahead. Now that I think about it, this is our second time standing at some “southernmost point.” We were at the southernmost (is it one word or 2 words?) in the USA a few years ago in Hawaii – Kalae South Point. But the view is very different. This one doesn’t look nearly as mysterious. Unless you consider these cargo ships as mysterious.
The ships in the distance contribute to the Port of Singapore. This port is one of the worlds busiest ports measured by the amount of containers coming through the port. One interesting thing I find with these huge ports full of these container boxes is that the top 3 biggest in the world are located in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai).
There were quite a few people that actually brought snacks and just hung out from the top of the 2 towers. I’m sure these towers need a little more upkeep though, because I noticed a few of the boards on the stairs were getting loose. That actually made me a little nervous.
But the view from the top was worth the (nerve wracking-ish) three-story hike up. Looking down to the beach on the Sentosa (northern side) of the little island you can see the beautiful lush greenery in the distance along with the calm blue green gradient of the water below.
It really made me think that this is more like a resort kind of place then a destination place to see unique places in the world. The man made / reclaimed land we were standing on created an amazing calm beach below safe for families to play.
So there was little moment when I looked down to see pretty palm trees swaying to the wind below along a rocky beach. There was one in particular that was pretty cool. There was one hanging off the coast like a plank or something.
When we got back to the bottom of the tower, there was a guy actually on the tree. I wonder if he made it all the way to the end of it or if he turned around. There is something hanging off of it, so do people actually hang off of that?
We really didn’t spend too much time there, but it was a fun little stop in Sentosa. In general Sentosa is a very interesting place and this island; like much of Sentosa really gives you a perspective of what Sentosa is all about.
Just from the small city-state of Singapore, I’ve been hearing account after account of it having the worlds biggest something or the worlds most something etc. And even here claiming the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. These are just a few of the many things that have placed Singapore on the map and gained its recognition to the world.
For someone from San Diego, CA we are located at the Southwestern Point of the Continental U.S.
As we made our way off the man made / reclaimed island via the hanging bridge again. Look at my dad just walking on that bridge without much of a concern of the swinging.
Do you think this is worth visiting? Is it really the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia? Do live in a place that claims like this?