Jurong Frog Farm – BYO Prince

We took our own princes to Singapore’s Jurong Frog Farm.

We had one prince each when we set out. And a tiny princess. We weren’t sure how many princes we’d be coming home with, though.

Unfortunately – or fortunately perhaps – we didn’t get close enough to any frogs to kiss them.

We did get close enough to smell them, which was a bit disconcerting. Who knew frogs had a smell? But in the dim shed that housed the frog ponds there was a distinct smell that had to be frog.

The frog farm was a hit, simply for the bizarre concept of farming frogs. Goggle-eyed, we ogled the frog food for sale in the gift shop, the frog meat on sale in the freezer and the fried frog on skewers on display on the patio. We pegged pellets of frog food (S$1 per container) at the frogs and got no response. We tried to strike up a duet with some of the bullhorn honkers in the frog shed but to no avail. And taking pictures in the low light was damn difficult too.

We discovered American Bullfrogs aren’t really handsome enough to kiss. I’d been expecting a farm full of cute green tree frogs, the type we have in Australia. Instead, we got large mottled bug-eyed frogs. Doubtful they’d turn into a suitable type of prince if kissed. Thank goodness we brought our own.

American Bullfrog

Photo by Adrian Duncan

We asked the guy in the gift shop if we could pick up the frogs. He advised us not to. “They can get quite aggressive,” he said, without smiling. “And they have teeth.” Enough said.

There were also two dogs at the frog farm to entertain the princess. She liked the dogs more than the frogs. Although she gave a long baby babble commentary at the first frog pond.

Forty-five minutes was enough time for the frog farm, especially in Singapore’s midday swelter. Our sidekicks had arrived on an overnight flight and they needed to be fed. The fried frog meat on skewers didn’t tempt them. Neither did the Essence of Bullfrog sold in the gift shop.

Jurong Frog Farm

Jurong Frog Farm

So we jumped on the Kranji Express bus and begged the driver to take us back one stop to Bollywood Veggies.

The darling driver agreed to flout the published schedule and soon we were in air-conditioned bliss. First on the bus, then in Bollywood Veggies’ Poison Ivy restaurant. Then, baby fed, blokes beered, ladies lunched, we plunged into horticultural heaven.

Herbs, fruit trees, towering plots of sugar cane and corn, a lake, flowers, pink snail eggs, lizards, butterflies and strange signs, one promising a nudist enclosure, others threatening various violent acts by farm “warriors” for any breach of farm etiquette, such as leaving engines running in the carpark.

We even stumbled onto a Bollywood set at the back of the farm. (Or it could have been a local TV show, but we’d prefer to have had a brush with the glamour of Bollywood.)

By 3.30 pm, the heat and the lack of sleep had wiped us all out. We were more than happy to get back onto the Kranji Express and be whisked past all the other farms. But at the next stop, Hay Dairies, Singapore’s only goat farm, the driver announced he was taking a 15 minute rest break. That gave us enough time to whip around the goat viewing area — and boy-oh-boy do goats have a stronger smell than frogs. No one was interested in tasting the chocolate goat milk.

The Kranji Express is the brainchild of the Kranji Countryside Association, a cooperative of the farmpreneurs based in Singapore’s north-west. The farmpreneurs operate businesses from nurseries to farm resorts to frog and goat farming and the Kranji Express bus service stops at 12 of the businesses that are open to the public in a loop service that takes about an hour and a half.

We cheated a little by taking a taxi to our first stop, the frog farm. From Orchard Road, it was a 20-minute drive that cost S$25. We could have taken the train to Kranji MRT station (MRT map here) and then hopped on the Kranji Express.

The Kranji Express is only $3 and entrance to most of the farms is free. So a day out in the Kranji farmlands is an amazingly cheap family day out, especially in Singapore where things can seem so expensive. If you had a car and didn’t need the Kranji Express, you could even put this day trip on your “free things to do in Singapore” list.

There’s a bit of fun for everyone in the Kranji countryside. I’m already planning our next trip back, when we’ll check out the farm resort, a fish farm and one of the big nurseries.

Jurong Frog Farm
51 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6
Ph: +65 6791 9714
www.jurongfrogfarm.com.sg

Bollywood Veggies
100 Neo Tiew Rd, Singapore
Ph: +65 6898 5001
www.bollywoodveggies.com

Hay Dairies
3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4
Ph: +65 6792 0931
www.haydairy.com.sg

Kranji Express
For details, go to www.kranjicountryside.com and click on the “location” tab.

9 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.

29 Comments

  1. Love the idea! Our kids kept finding frogs when we went on the houseboat. Each morning they’d find more had hopped in over night. They loved them and wanted to carry them around with them for the whole day.

    Unfortunately we found out later that by holding a frog the acid in our skin can actually burn them and cause them to die.

    • The Dropout says:

      I think Australian frogs are very sensitive. These American bullfrogs look quite sturdy and kids get to hold them when they’re on school excursions to the frog farm, I think.

  2. Can’t say I’ve ever been to a frog farm before!
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  3. Never knew Singapore has a frog farm, but now I do! Most Singaporeans would never think of going to Kranji but would instead spend time in Orchard Rd. The heat outside can be overwhelming at times!
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  4. adventureswithben says:

    Frogs have teeth? I never knew that!

  5. robin says:

    Ah the smell of frog…

    What is it with you and farms recently?
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  6. Jan Ross says:

    And this is why I love travel blogs. How else would I know about frog farms??
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  7. i’d be grossed out by the smell, too. ugh! frogs and teeth?! who knew?!
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  8. jade says:

    A Frog Farm?! and it’s free!? this is awesome! I love animals so this sounds like a really fun place for me too!

  9. Jeremy Branham says:

    My kids would LOVE the animals! However, I had no idea frogs could be so aggressive!

  10. Laurel says:

    Never would have guessed that there was a frog farm and a goat farm in Singapore and who knew that frogs had teeth!
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  11. Aggressive frogs with teeth?? Uh-uh… to hell with the prince! 😛
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  12. Norbert says:

    I’m not sure I would be able to do the frog farm, as I don’t like them! THe rest looks really cool, and even the bollywood filming… how cool!
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  13. Gabriel Ang says:

    The frogs look brilliant! A dash of sweet chili sauce and they’ll be delicious. Kung pow frogs with plain porridge is pretty tasty too. They can be found along Geylang Rd. They aren’t just famous for their chickens. (Chuckle)

    Yes, I know I said Singapore had no farms. I take that back. Thinking about it, I have driven past road signs with the word ‘farm’ on it, so I have no idea why I said that. Seems like there is plenty more for me to explore back home.

  14. We grew up in neighboring Malaysia and didn’t even know there was a frog farm in Singapore!

  15. Jillian says:

    A frog farm! Since the weather has turned a bit hotter here we are finding tons of frogs in the backyard. In the evening when we go out walking we see about half a dozen in the grass… it’s a bit like our own frog farm, I mean without the bottled frog juice!
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  16. Ohh, I would just love that frog farm – although I never knew frogs had teeth. That’s a bit disconcerting! 🙂 I can almost imagine the smell of frog – and in my head, it’s not too pleasant.
    Julia
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  17. Liv says:

    I might be a bit aggressive when cuddled too if i was headed for the pot!

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  19. Alfee says:

    Fried frog meat on skewers looks seriously wrong!

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