Singapore may be widely known for the grand concrete buildings, skyscrapers, and the bustling city life. But it’s not only those that are great sights to see. The richness of nature in Singapore is also something that both locals and tourists should not miss. And there’s no better way to explore nature than to take a hike! Hence, here are some go-to hiking trails in Singapore.
1. Southern Ridges
Although almost all hike trails in Singapore are scenic, Southern Ridges deserves a special mention. This is because Southern ridges is a 10-kilometer trail that goes through Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Mount Faber Park, and Labrador Nature Reserve. All the parks and the nature reserve provide scenic views of nature and even a view of Singapore’s skyline (in Mount Faber Park). The whole trail takes about 3-5 hours overall but it can be easy enough for everyone.
The TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir is a 6-kilometer trail. Expect a wavy path and steep slopes along the way, but the sight at the top rewards you with a stunning view all in all. The 250-meter suspension bridge provides a bird’s eye view of the surrounding forest which allows for a picturesque sight. Just a precaution, though it is considered one of the best hike trails to go to, it’s considered a more difficult one compared to others. So, make sure you have enough water and you wear the right shoes.
3. Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is Singapore’s most famous offshore island. It is a great place to take a hike if you want a temporary escape from city life. You’ll surely bask in the glory of nature as Pulau Ubin is abundant in both greenery and wildlife. You can also go to the Chek Jawa Wetlands and enjoy the view of the cobalt-tinted waters and nature all in all. You can take the nature trails, hike up Puaka hill, or even wander around the coastal boardwalk. Though the hike up Puaka hill is quite rocky, you’ll be rewarded with a great view of the Malaysian borders.
4. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has the tallest natural hill in Singapore. It is known for being one of the richest in wildlife, trees, and plant species. For this reason, there’ll be a lot of nature lovers taking a hike as well. There are also four walking trails you could take. One is a paved trail that leads you directly to the peak and there are three unpaved, yet more interesting trails too. From September 2014 to October 2016, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has been closed off for restoration. This has made hiking more convenient, even for the children and the elderly.