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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hiking Trails in Singapore

When I first came to Singapore I only had this idea of a bustling city with diverse people working their hats off. I didn't know the it has a different side as I expected only to see Skyscrapers, Malls, Themed Parks, Bars and all things made of concrete. Then I discovered their nature parks and that's when things started to change especially with my perception about this small country. Now I see that this little red dot of Asia is not that bad, a little balance of nature preservation was done for people to enjoy.

Before I discovered these parks I dreaded the feeling of not being able to go to the beach whenever I want to. The beach here is beyond comparison to where I'm from. The nature parks around the city really put a big smile on my face, it was closer to nature and it was good enough. Thou the country still reminds of this song by Counting Crows "Big Yellow Taxi" , it goes like this "Took out all the trees and put them in a tree museum and charged the people a dollar and half a dollar to see them, don't we all seem to go that know you don't know what you got till its gone, the big paradise put on a parking lot." 

If I want to get away from the busy life of Singapore, I go to these parks to rejuvenate and get my senses back together. 

Vacation Checklist:
- running/hiking shoes
- water and some energy bars 
- shades
- hats
- camera
- poncho ( it case it rains)
- handy first aid kit 

Optional: insect repellent
Reminders: Avoid bringing things wrapped in plastic wrappers. They're are monkeys all over the place and they're extremely attracted to the plastic's noise. Do not feed them too for safety purposes. 

Hiking Trails in Singapore:

1. MacRitchie Reservoir

This hiking trail is my favorite among the list, I've been here several times and I'm coming back for more. It's friendly atmosphere offers a pleasing wandering feeling for anyone who visits the place. Macritchie Route also connects to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Park. Another great place to exercise all those tired muscles. 

How to get there: 
From Bishan Mrt , nearby 7'11 take bus 156, alight after Mount Alvernia Hospital. Take the skybridge to Macritchie Park.Two Options:

a. Petai Trail, MacRitchie  Nature Trail, TreeTop Walk, Ranger Station, Exit:Venus Drive to nearest Bus Stop.
b. The other side of Macritchie; Lornie trail, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore Island Country Club, Golf Link, Jelutong Tower,Ranger Station, Exit:Venus Drive to nearest Bus Stop.

2.Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Park

Address: Hindhede Drive, 589318

How to get there: according to my research Busses serving Upper Bukit Timah Road (opposite the Bukit Timah Shopping Center) are 67, 75, 170, 171, 173, 184, 852, and 961. 


Go to Dairy Farm Nature Park (along Dairy Farm Road) and head to Carpark B. Another entrance into the nature reserve.

Heads up the public access to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (BTNR) will be limited for about two years, with effect from 15 September 2014 for park upgrade, repairs and restorations.

3. Pulau Ubin

How to get there:
Take the MRT to Tanah Merah MRT Station (EW4), then board Bus No. 2 to Changi Village bus interchange. Head to Changi Point jetty a metres away from the bus interchange. From the jetty, take a bumboat ride (S$2 per adult one way) to Ubin.

The picture on the left side is the view on top of Jejawi Tower at Chek Jawa Wetlands. 

Rent a bicycle from S$8-S$15 for a whole day activity or simply wander the island with your hiking shoes. Both ways are pleasurable for the nature lovers and hike enthusiast. 

4. Southern Ridges Hike

How to get there: Starting point is at Harbourfront MRT

The Southern Ridges consists of the lush hilly parks of Mount Faber, Telok Blangah Hill, and beautiful gardens in HortPark and Kent Ridge Park. It even connects to the Labrador Nature Reserve Park. Passed by Henderson Waves, a cool bridge structure that connects from Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. Southern Ridges also includes the Forest Walk and Canopy Walk which gives you a top view of the trail.

5. Lower Peirce Reservoir

How to get there:

Located in Upper Thomson, 30 minutes away from Yio Chu Kang MRT.

A great place to see the sunset and watched the day pass by. I saw some photographers who waited to capture the perfect moment for the sun to go down. As me and my friend watched in splendid awe as we had our snacks seated on one of those rocks in the water.

One of the oldest reservoirs in Singapore. 

6. East Coast

A perfect place to run, jog, bike and skate. There are plenty to choose from, the park is jam-packed with exhilarating choices of fun activities.

How to get there: 2 options        
Location: Along East Coast Parkway and East Coast Park Service Road

a.(according to Nearest Bus stops: 92289 (Regent Bowl), 92191 (Opp CP C3), 92199 (Tennis Ctr), 93181 (Opp CP C4), 93189 (Opp Victoria JC), 93179 (Island Resort S’pore), 93171 (Opp Island Resort S’pore), 93169 (Bef CP D5), 93161 (Opp Pond), 93159 (Cable Ski Pk), 93151 (Opp Cable Ski Park), 92251 (Opp Singa Inn), 92261 (Opp Playground @ Big Splash), 91101 (Tg Katong Flyover), 91111 (CP B1). 
b. (according to On weekends only, bus 401 from Bedok Bus Interchange, outside Bedok MRT, takes you directly to East Coast Park. On weekdays, take bus 197 from Bedok and stop along Marine Pde Rd (ask the bus driver where to get off). Walk 250m south to an underpass, which will take you into the park. 

7. For a trekking trail away from Singapore check out Gunung Lambak Trek, Johor Bahru Malaysia.

8. Coney Island

How to get there: From Punggol interchange, take bus 84 to Punggol Point Park/Punggol Settlement. Walk about 500m east along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to Coney Island West Entrance.

Park opening hours: 7am to 7pm (gate will be closed at 7pm)

Nearby Parks/Park Connectors: Punggol Promenade Nature Walk, Punggol Point Park, Punggol Waterways.

Cycling is allowed along the main path.

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