22 May 2013 - We are proud to have earned another recognition from TripAdvisor.

Certificate of Excellence 2013


5 June 2012 - In conjunction with World Environment Day, we have been featured in Channel NewsAsia's Saving Gaia Campaign 2012. Check out CNA's video and news write-up of our hostel.

Channel NewsAsia's article on Tree In Lodge

23 May 2012 - Tree In Lodge is proud to be awarded TripAdvisor's prestigious "2012 Certificate of Excellence"!

"Our travellers consistently commend your property with the highest praise, and we recognise your 4.5 rating as an exceptional achievement. Only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence." TripAdvisor

2012 Certificate of Excellence


23 May 2011 - Tree in Lodge's authentic Singapore experience! Some of our newfound friends from Korea, Malaysia and The Netherlands joined us on a day out to Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin (or "Granite Island" in Malay) is an island north east of mainland Singapore. What was once a buzzling granite mining and rubber trees cultivation island has now been touted as Singapore's last kampong (village), a throwback to Singapore in the 1960s. Nature walks, bird watching, camping, mountain biking and exploring Chek Jawa wetlands are some of the activities not to be missed with a visit to Pulau Ubin! For more photos, please visit our facebook.

Nature Society of Singapore welcome to pulau ubin exploring the island on rental bikes

a resident wild boar in chek jawa best way to wind down after a day - coconut! sunset


5 May 2011 - Join us and support The Green Corridor!



29 April 2011- Another cyclist hits town! Xu Tan, a Chinese national is aiming to cover Indonesia, Australia, South America and North America in 2 years time. His cycling partner, an American is already in Australia while Xu Tan needs to sort out visa matters with the Australian consulate in Singapore. Bike touring is increasingly popular in China but to travel out of China, it is still a daunting task for China cyclists. (In fact, Xu Tan is the first Chinese we have met so far attempting the globetrotting stint).

We hope Xu Tan will be able to sort out visa matters and embark on his live changing journey soon.

PS: Prior to this attempt, Xu Tan has ridden extensively in China, tackling the Tibetan plateaus and crossing from north Xinjiang to Shanghai. For more on his past expeditions with his foreign friends, please visit

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20 April 2011- Our friend Pablo has just left Singapore for Indonesia. He has been cycling around the world for the past 9 years. He targets to cross the five continents traveling through more than 100 countries with the final goal of documenting all the different cultures and ways of life.

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We would like to wish him all the very best for the rest of his journey.

Please join us and support him. You can find out more about his project on his website



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Silat Estate

Our area has its origins from selat or salat. In Malay, it means "straits" and was later known as silat, a Malay slang of the word selat. Silat Road was appropriately named as it led to the Keppel Harbour, then known as Silat until 1819. During the 19th century in the colonial days, Silat road ran through gambier, pepper and nutmeg plantations. The old Silat road was replaced by Jalan Bukit Merah and Neil Road which still exist today.


What to see around our vicinity …

The following highlights are just some of the most prominent places of interest around our vicinity. They are merely minutes of walking distance from us and you can easily explore them by foot!

However, do check with us during your stay to find out more about our recommended off the beaten trails in Singapore – be it on food, cultural, historical or green trails, we have more for you!

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Silat Road Sikh Temple (1 min by foot)

Silat Road Sikh TempleA historical site declared by Singapore's National Heritage Board, Gurdwara Sahib Silat Road, a.k.a. Silat Road Sikh Temple takes its name from the location previously known as Silat Road (now renamed as Jalan Bukit Merah).

It has the largest palki or "palanquin", the Sikh Holy Book, weighing 10 tonnes and measuring 3m long, 1.5m wide and 4m high. Its 10m dome topping the Gurdwara is the largest in the world for Sikh temples outside India. The pinnacles are gilded in pure gold leaf.

The temple, dedicated to the original builders, the Sikh Police Contingent who helped to build in 1924, still continue to draw devotees from around the world and has a 7-storey heritage centre.

The present Gurdwara is managed by the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board.



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Wat Ananda Metyarama (3 mins by foot)

Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist TempleWat Ananda Metyarama is the oldest Theravada Buddhist tradition Temple in Singapore. Formerly located at 83 Silat Road, it was completed in 1925. Currently located at 50-B Jalan Bukit Merah, only 3 minutes walk from our hostel.



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Tiong Bahru Estate (16 mins by foot)

Tiong Bahru estateSingapore's first public housing estate was developed in the 1930s and granted conservation status by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2003. Unlike modern blocks of Housing Development Board's flats around Singapore, the apartments in Tiong Bahru are uniquely built with rounded balconies and shuttered windows. Singapore's oldest neighbourhood has its rich and colourful past and has since evolved into probably the hippest neighbourhood around. Dotted with hip, trendy cafes, bookstores, old grocery stores and people from old and new. It is probably this complex mix of old and new that makes Tiong Bahru so appealing to locals, and tourists alike.

In 2013,the National Heritage Board (NHB) launched the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail as part of their ongoing efforts to bring heritage closer to the community by raising awareness of the places where we live, work, study and play in. Featuring 10 heritage makers, this trail will bring you through old architectural buildings, and significant sites close to the local community. For more reading, please refer to NHB's Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail.

In addition, this local guide "The Complete Tiong Bahru Cafe Hopping and Food Guide" will definitely help you to find your way around the maze of Tiong Bahru's rich heritage.


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Everton Park Estate (13 mins by foot)

Everton Park EstateNestled in a sleepy 50-year old housing estate in Outram, on the fringe of Chinatown is a neighbourhood slowly becoming the next hipster enclave. In recent years, Everton Park has seen hipster joints popping up in its ageing estate. Nowadays coffee joints, cake shops and old provision shops-turned new life share the neighbourhood with older stalwarts like pre-war Peranakan shophouses and the conserved building of an old Methodist school. Oh, and not forgetting Singapore highest Housing Board blocks at 50-storey stand just across the road. Fancy a bird's eye view of the city from the 50th storey of the Pinnacle@Duxton from a skybridge?


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Green Corridor (8 mins by foot / 3 mins by bike)

The Green CorridorOn 24 May 2010, Singapore and Malaysia leaders agreed on the issue of the Malayan Railway Land in Singapore. Malaysia will move the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB station) to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint by 1 July 2011, and will co-locate its railway Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facility there. Both leaders also agreed that the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Passenger Terminal building would be conserved given its historical significance, and that the old Bukit Timah Railway Station building at Blackmore Drive can also be conserved.

Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS) has submitted a proposal,The Green Corridor: A Proposal to Keep the Railway Lands as a Continous Green Corridor, to the Singapore government on 21 October 2010. NSS proposes to retain the current KTM Railway Land as a Green Corridor after the train operations cease. The Railway Land connects many green spaces together and is “already like a nature park; much of it a mix of secondary forest growth, grasslands, and small scale fruit and vegetable farms. Open areas are interspersed with canals, streams and marshland on both sides of the tracks.”

The Green Corridor lies just a stone's throw away from our hostel - in fact, we are located right at the end of the Green Corridor due to our proximity to the old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Explore this stretch of green space by bicycle or by foot and you will be surprised!

Tree In Lodge is proud to support the Green Corridor campaign.


View the nearest walking route from our hostel - from Kampong Bahru to Jalan Hang Jebat.

View maps of the various walking routes along the old railway track, a.k.a. The Green Corridor.

source: The Green Corridor campaign website.


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Sentosa (5 mins by bus)

Sentosa 'nuff said. There's probably nobody who don't know about this island famed for its man-made resort, theme park, attractions and the BEACH. The island is flooded with tourists and locals on weekends and public/national holidays. But during the weekdays, lazing on the beach is probably one of the best escape from the buzzling city.

And the best thing? We are only four bus stops away from the gateway to Sentosa - VivoCity Shopping Mall. So head to the beach if you miss the sun (and you know we do get LOTS of sun in Singapore ...) and don't worry, we loan towels too.


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Mount Faber & Southern Ridges (35 mins by foot)

Mount Faber & Southern Ridges

Mount Faber, hill, is only 110m a.s.l. but as part of the southern ridges and highest point on this part of the island, it offers panaromic views of Keppel Harbour, the south-west coast of Singapore, southern islands, and even the nearby Indonesian Riau archipelago islands, on a clear day. On the north, visitors will enjoy views of the spectacular towering skyline of Singapore's Central Business District from Faber Point, the peak of Mount Faber. A 20-min hike up the hill will bring visitors into the natural tranquility and luscious greenery surrounding Mount Faber. Now, a 10 km trail on the Southern Ridges connects Mount Faber to Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. And connecting these parks is a series of intersecting trails: Marang Trail, Faber Walk, Henderson Waves, Hilltop Walk, Forest Walk, Alexandra Arch, Floral Walk and Hort Park, Canopy Walk and Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk.


Recommended off the beaten path -> View/Download the Southern Ridges Guide

Source: National Parks Board


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Chinatown (20 mins by foot)

ChinatownSingapore's largest historic district, long settled by earlier Chinese who cultivated gambier and pepper. When the British came, the area was officially carved out to contain the Chinese immigrants for easy administration, thereafter known as "the Chinese Campong" (kampung in Malay means "village"). This kampung became the home of many Chinese immigrants. Besides the Chinese population, there were in fact small communities of Indian traders and Malays and as today, there exist in Chinatown one of the oldest Hindu temple and several Muslim mosques. This mixed, multi-racial community is a true testament to the multi-cultural living that sets Singapore apart from many countries.

Overview of Chinatown, today:

  • Telok Ayer ... Old temples and mosques, eclectic cafes and shops, offbeat drinking holes
  • Bukit Pasoh ... Clan associations and cultural societies, chic boutique hotels, European and fusion restaurants
  • Tanjong Pagar ... Pinnacle@Duxton, pubs, bars and karaoke lounges, bridal outlets, Korean restaurants
  • Kreta Ayer (a.k.a the heart of Chinatown) ... Heritage brands, street hawkers and eateries
  • Ann Siang Hill ... Eclectric cafes, quirky shops, offbeat dinking holes



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Civic District (30 mins by foot)


This is the historic birthplace of modern Singapore where early settlers worked and lived. Covering 105 hectares’ area, including the banks of Singapore River, Singapore’s most historic buildings and structures, parks and monuments can be found here. And most importantly, due to their proximity to our hostel, you can literally explore all of them by FOOT !


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Marina Bay (30 mins by foot)


Singapore’s new downtown in the making. A newly-opened 3.5km waterfront promenade provides a continuous route linking the Marina Centre, Collyer Quay and Bayfront areas.



  • Enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond on board the 165m high Singapore Flyer observation wheel (It’s even higher than the London Eye!)
  • Experience eating in the 1960s at Singapore’s first 1960s-themed food street, Singapore Food Trail at the Singapore Flyer. Get spoilt by a mix of heritage hawkers* who represent Singapore’s original and most famous hawker foods.
  • Theatre lovers and concertgoers can catch a performance at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
  • Visit the Marina Bay City Gallery, housed in a new two-storey building with eco-friendly design features. The gallery showcases the story of Singapore’s urban transformation and the development of Marina Bay.

(*) “Hawkers” are food vendors selling inexpensive food from stalls in hawker centre (a term for food centre in Singapore). This is Singapore’s version of “fast food” as varieties of food such as noodles, rice with selection of vegetables and meat are prepared within minutes for consumption. Definitely our most favourite source of good local food. For more on this unique representation of Singapore’s food scene, visit !

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IKEA Store and Alexandra Neighbourhood (25 mins by bus)

IKEAIt might sound strange that we highlight IKEA as one of the places of interest but over the years, we have had many requests from guests who wanted to visit IKEA. And now, we are very much nearer to IKEA!

Around IKEA lies a neighbourhood that is actually worth the visit if you are looking for sports accessories and good hawker food*:

  • Queensway Shopping Centre - a one-stop mall specialising in sports shoes, accessories, etc.
  • Alexandra Village Food Centre - simply good hawker food ... ;-)


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