The town is bordered by the Tampines Expressway (TPE), Sungei Serangoon, Buangkok Drive and Jalan Kayu. Sungei Punggol divides the town into Sengkang East and West. It counts Punggol, Paya Lebar, Hougang and Seletar its neighbouring estates.
The name ‘Sengkang’, which ‘prosperous harbour’ in Mandarin, pays homage to the area’s fishing port history. After a rapid HDB-initiated development, the new Sengkang Planning Area comprises Sengkang New Town and Jalan Kayu. Within Sengkang New Town are four major neighbourhoods: Rivervale (N1), Compassvale (N2), Anchorvale (N3) and Fernvale (N4).
There is plenty to do in Sengkang, which stands out from other estates with its recreational parks. Possibly due to its close proximity to Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon, water sport facilities in Sengkang are not hard to find. One of them is the Sengkang Sports and Recreation Centre, which houses four swimming pools, five water slides, a sports hall and a football field. Other parks include Sengkang Riverside Park, Sengkang Sculpture Park and Sengkang Floating Wetland.
Perhaps because of its youth, Sengkang is not known for its culinary offerings. There are the usual array of food courts, fast food joints and chain restaurants Kopitiam, McDonald’s and Swensen’s.
Interestingly, pubs and bars are much easier to find in this estate. Brewbaker’s Kitchen & Bar (Anchorvale Community Club, 59 Anchorvale Road), Meat Haven Restaurant & Bar (259 Jalan Kayu) and One Place Western Food Restaurant (273 Jalan Kayu have enough drinks to keep your thirst quenched.
Three malls – namely Compass Point, Rivervale Mall and Rivervale Plaza – cater to Sengkang residents’ daily shopping needs. You can also find retail regulars like Best Denki, Kiddy Palace and Popular Bookstore.
As the estate is the starting point for the government’s environmentally friendly urban planning efforts, Sengkang boasts various modes of efficient public transportation. The Sengkang MRT and Sengkang Bus Interchange connect this estate to the rest of Singapore. The Sengkang LRT line keeps the entire area accessible and links the suburb to neighbouring Punggol. The nearest highways are the Central Expressway (CTE), TPE and Kallang Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE).