Right at the end of Lim Chu Kang Road lies one of the last few wooden jetties in Singapore still made out of wooden planks and poles. The 100m-long jetty sticks out into the Straits of Johor. It is privately owned and apparently it has been around for more than 30 years. Currently, it serves as a docking place for the offshore fishing kelongs (villages built on stilts) and aquafarms.
There is a ‘no trespassing’ sign at the entry point of the jetty but the fishermen were probably used to many visitors, like us, coming here to take some rustic photographs and they mostly leave us alone. One of them offered us a ‘gentle’ reminder that we can take photos of the area except the the Police Coast Guards and the patrol boats.
The old jetty is actually a good place to relax by walking along the fishing jetty to the end. You can enjoy the tranquil sea breeze and see a panamonic view of Johor and sometimes even getting a glimpse of the fishermen returning with their catch.
On weekends, Lim Chu Kang jetty is a popular haunt with anglers and photography and makes for a nice change as compared to urban city life surrounded by concrete buildings. The setting gives you a laidback feel and is a throwback to Singapore of the past.
The jetty is kept afloat by large plastic drums and while on the jetty, you will wonder if it is safe and stable. The planks are well worn, rotten in places, wobbly at times. However it does what its meant to do and does its job well.
As you look out across the water to Malaysia, just a short distance away, to your right you area able to see Cashin House, also known as The Pier.
One of the most unique houses in Singapore can be seen from the jetty. The Cashin House was built on a pier in 1906 by Irish Henry Cashin for the rubber estate. Henry’s grandson, Joseph Cashin, built a house on the pier some time in 1920s or 30s, hence nicknamed ‘The Pier’. The Cashin House was occupied by his family and him till 2009.
‘The Pier’ was also one of the sites where the Japanese Imperial Army first landed on the north-western coastline in the dark days of early February 1942. During the Japanese Occupation the house was used by Japanese Officers as a ‘comfort’ stop.
According to URA Draft Master Plan 2013, the building will be restored and become a new visitor gateway to the western part of sungei buloh wetland reserve.
The pier is currently vacant and access to it has been restricted. Do not attempt to reach it via the mangrove swamps as there are warnings of crocodiles.
Of course we tried to try our luck to reach ‘The Pier’ via land and came to a dead-end a sign stating WWII First Landing site.
While you are there, take some time to visit some of the remaining farms in singapore.
How to get to Lim Chu Kang Jetty
Address: 695 Lim Chu Kang Road 709654
Bus: 175 (Stop at Bus interchange)
No parking available