Take the kiddos to Qian Hu Fish Farm, where entry is FREE, there’s a fish spa and little ones can fish for their own guppies (longkang fishing!) to take home
Living in the north side of Singapore pretty much all my life means discovering hidden gems on the West side of town is pretty crucial. My parents used to take us to Qian Hu Fish Farm in Choa Chu Kang every weekend when we were kids, and I remember being so delighted by the sight of huge tanks filled with fish like koi and arowana. We love that Singapore does have fish farms (there are also goat and cow farms too did you know!) giving the kids a fun opportunity to interact with nature. We recently decided to go down memory lane and rediscover Qian Hu Fish Farm with our one-year-old in tow!
One of the bigger fish farms in Singapore, Qian Hu Fish Farm is home to over 1,000 species and varieties of ornamental fish from all over the world. What started as a family business has now turned into a hot spot for aquatic fish owners from all over the island seeking colourful fish, unique marine life (like albino turtles and Polkadot stingrays) and aquarium accessories like aquatic plants and tanks. But what really keeps families coming back to Qian Hu Fish Farm has to be the free entry and super-fun longkang fishing… keep scrolling to find out more!
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Guide to Qian Hu Fish Farm in Singapore
What to See at Qian Hu Fish Farm
If you’re an ornamental fish aficionado, Qian Hu Fish Farm will be a haven for you! For the rest of us regular fish-admiring folk, the aisles of tanks at the entrance and in the Fish Gallery at Qian Hu Fish Farm are more than enough to keep us looking in awe at all the colourful fish and marine life, including prawns, stingrays, frogs, eels and turtles. There’s also a section at Qian Hu Fish Farmdisplaying a variety of aquatic snails and plants!
Longkang Fishing at Qian Hu Fish Farm
‘Longkang’ is the Malay word for ‘drain’, referring to the well-loved pastime of catching fish along canals and streams in olden day Singapore. Qian Hu Fish Farm features a cluster of ponds and canals that allows kids to catch guppies with a little net and fish tank! The fish you catch are yours to keep at no extra charge.
How much: $7/person for 30 minutes of longkang fishing. Price includes a net and plastic fish tank.
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Fish Spa at Qian Hu Fish Farm
Treat yourself to a little spa moment (albeit ticklish!) by soaking your feet in the Qian Hu Fish Spa! The Garra Rufa fish thrives on dead skin cells and will help to provide your tired feet with natural exfoliation with their painless nibbling.
How much: $10/adult; $5/child for 30 minutes
After a day of longkang fishing and discovering all that this fish farm in Singapore has to offer, you’ll be happy to know that there’s an on-site café at Qian Hu Fish Farm with snacks, steamed buns (pau) and other hot finger food, drinks and ice cream!
As with most outdoor areas in Singapore, make sure you slap on the sunscreen and have some mosquito repellent handy when visiting Qian Hu Fish Farm. Dress comfortably too as it is an entirely open-air fish farm with almost no air conditioning.
Don’t be afraid to bring your stroller! Our little one was on her trike almost the entire time and we had no problems manoeuvring it around the Qian Hu Fish Farm. We also appreciated that it was mostly sheltered, save for the fishing ponds and car park.
How to Get to Qian Hu Fish Farm
Qian Hu Fish Farm is located along Jalan Lekar, past the SPCA and surrounded by a number of plant nurseries.
Qian Hu Fish Farm Shuttle Bus Service
Besides getting to Qian Hu Fish Farm by car, taxi or private hire, there’s also the free Qian Hu Fish Farm Shuttle Bus Service to and from Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station Exit A Bus Bay 1. Qian Hu Fish Farm Shuttle Bus Service is available Mondays to Sundays, including Public Holidays, unless otherwise stated. Check out the Qian Hu Fish Farm Shuttle Bus Service schedule here.
So there’s everything you need to know about Qian Hu Fish Farm. Enjoy admiring the fish and trying out longkang fishing in Singapore with the kiddos!
Qian Hu Fish Farm Opening hours:
Monday to Friday & Eve of Holiday : 9am – 6pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday : 9 am – 7pm