Singapore is a sunny island with many natural reservoirs and beaches for hiking. It is amazing how so an island like Singapore with numerous skyscrapers can co-exist peacefully with the rich wildlife, forests and marine life that surrounds and occupies the island. Here are a few hiking spots that you can visit for a good workout or to do some bird and wildlife spotting.
1) Macritchie Reservoir Park
The Macritchie Reservoir Park is one of the most popular hiking trails in Singapore. Besides a rich canopy of ferns and tropical plants, the reservoir offers very scenic views of tropical scenery. The HSBC treetop walk offers a birds eye view of the forest. Macaques and other wildlife have been released into this natural forest. Catch a glimpse of them while trekking along the trekking paths.
2) The Southern Ridges
The Southern ridges is a long span of trekking path that connects to five other hiking trails,one of which is the Henderson Waves, a pedestrian bridge well known for its wavy architecture and design. Along this long 10 km trek, there is no lack of scenic imagery and fresh air.
3) Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
This 163 hectare nature reserve is home to a rich and abundant wildlife. It houses over 840 species of flowers and 500 species of animals. With such a large place,there are several trekking trails and something new to see and discover at every corner.
4) Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is the only trekking spot that is an offshore island.You need to take a ferry to get to the island. The island is full of wild macaques and wild boars. The entire island is open for you to trek and wander around. There are even bicycles available for cheap rent at the ferry boarding point.
5) Fort Canning Park
The Fort Canning Park is located right in the heart of the city. It is bordered by universities and schools and is elevated above the ground so that you can have a birds eye view of the city from above. The park also has a hotel with a stunning restaurant on its grounds. A little spice garden is also located within the park.
6) Labrador Nature Reserve
Built along Singapore’s cliffs and seaside, the Labrador nature reserves is one of the most scenic in Singapore. Walk along the beach or trek into the forests with the skyline of Singapore in the background.
7) Mount Faber Park
The mount Faber park is one of the parks connected via the southern ridges. On the top of this hill you can get a glimpse of the cable cars that travel over the land to Sentosa. Along the trek there are several telescopes that you can look through.
8) Sungei Buloh Wetlands
These wetlands are home to a range of animals and swamp creatures such as the mudskipper fish that crawls out from the swamp. Or the winker crabs that are known for their one big claws that keep pinching away at the air. Of course, there are the monitor lizards to catch as well. If you happen to be there during the bird migratory season, you may catch a whole flock of birds flying around the wetlands.