A weekend jaunt at the countryside

Get up close and personal with goats at Hay Dairies or frogs at Jurong Frog Farm (above).
Get up close and personal with goats at Hay Dairies or frogs at Jurong Frog Farm (above).ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Get up close and personal with goats at Hay Dairies (above) or frogs at Jurong Frog Farm.
Get up close and personal with goats at Hay Dairies (above) or frogs at Jurong Frog Farm.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Have a meal at Bistro by Gardenasia (above) while staying at its Gardenasia Farmstay Villas.
Have a meal at Bistro by Gardenasia (above) while staying at its Gardenasia Farmstay Villas.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Have a meal at Bistro by Gardenasia while staying at its Gardenasia Farmstay Villas (above).
Have a meal at Bistro by Gardenasia while staying at its Gardenasia Farmstay Villas (above).PHOTO: GARDENASIA
Or head for Bollywood Veggies Bistro and order The Warrior's Platter.
Or head for Bollywood Veggies Bistro and order The Warrior's Platter.PHOTO: BOLLYWOOD VEGGIES

Here is a suggested itinerary for a two-day, one-night stay at Kranji Farms.

SATURDAY

9.30am: Take the Kranji Express from Kranji MRT station.

10.05am: Arrive at Hay Dairies in time to see goats being milked. Pick up a bottle of fresh goat’s milk.

11.35am: Leave Hay Dairies for Jurong Frog Farm. There, you can feed the frogs and sample some frog meat.

12.20pm: Leave Jurong Frog Farm for Bollywood Veggies. After walking around the farm, you can have lunch at Poison Ivy Bistro. Specialities include The Warrior’s Platter, which comes with chicken curry, vegetables and fish fillets ($20 for small platter, $40for large), and farm-fresh fig tea ($2).

2pm: Leave Bollywood Veggies for Gardenasia. Check in at Gardenasia Farmstay Villas, which has facilities such as a tennis court, a children’s playground and a swimming pool. There are four villas for up to four guests each. Gardenasia Farmstay Villas cost $350++a night on Friday and Saturday, and $280++ on Wednesday and Thursday. They are not available on Monday and Tuesday.A15-per cent surcharge applies on public holidays.

3pm: Explore the manicured gardens or pickup a potted plant at Gardenasia. Walk about 100m along Neo Tiew Crescent to Kin Yan Agrotech and see how organic pea sprouts and wheat grass are grown. You can also buy fresh wheatgrass juice ($1), fresh cactus ($6 a kg) and sample free fresh cactus chicken soup.

4.15pm: Take the bus to Kranji Marshes, Singapore’s largest freshwater marshland. Try to spot birds including endangered species such as the purple heron.

6.33pm: Leave Kranji Marshes and head back to Gardenasia via bus. Head to Bistro by Gardenasia and enjoy fusion dishes such as Char-Grilled Ribeye Horfun ($20) and Gardenasia Mee Goreng Pasta ($15). Rest for the night.

SUNDAY

8am: Have breakfast at Bistro by Gardenasia.

9.15am: Take the Kranji Countryside Express (you will have to buy a new ticket) to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and explore the mangrove forests.

11.10am: Catch the bus back to Gardenasia and check out of the villa.

12.45pm: Leave Gardenasia and head back to Kranji MRT.

If you still want to explore Kranji Farms, you can head to Choa Chu Kang MRT and visit Farmart Centre to buy some fresh farm produce such as quail eggs, or drop by Qian HuCorporation for a fish spa experience ($10 for adults and $5 for children for 30minutes).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2016, with the headline 'A weekend jaunt at the countryside'. Print Edition | Subscribe