Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

#16 in Best Things To Do in Singapore
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve picture
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Key Info

Hindhede Dr, Singapore 589318

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.9

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

For those who want a wilder interaction with nature than Gardens by the Bay offers, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve beckons from northwest of the city. The nature reserve sits about 8 miles from Singapore’s city center, in the geographic center of the island. The government dedicated the reserve in 1883 to protect the variety of plant, animal and insect life. Nowadays, travelers can trek to the top of Singapore’s tallest hill, Bukit Timah Hill, via the park’s paths.

Be sure to bring a camera; recent visitors snapped numerous photos of the area’s monkeys, foliage and birds. Past travelers appreciated that the reserve offers four different levels of hikes, which range from paved paths to steep slogs. Cyclists can also enjoy the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve’s well-built mountain biking trail. More information about trails is available at the reserve’s Exhibit Hall, which also offers limited parking that fills up exceptionally quickly, according to recent reviews.

The nature reserve is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the Exhibition Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Travelers can take public transit to the Alight at Beauty World MRT Station, while a handful of bus lines also stop nearby. Access to the park is free. Be sure to double-check the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve’s website before you visit to make sure all of the reserve’s trails are open, as well as for additional information.

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#1 Gardens by the Bay

If you're looking for a taste of nature without the trek, Gardens by the Bay is your urban jungle. The attraction is conveniently based in Marina Bay and features a wide of variety of enticing things to do and see that seamlessly mix Mother Nature with the metropolis. The Supertree Grove, the most recognized landmark of the park, features 18 "supertrees" that support the OCBC Skyway, a 419-foot-long aerial walkway that affords views of both the surrounding gardens, as well as Marina Bay.

In the nearby seashell-shaped facilities, visitors will find the highly lauded Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. The Flower Dome is the largest greenhouse in the world and showcases numerous types of plants and flowers grouped by country. Expect to find tulips next to replicas of Dutch architecture and Birds of Paradise flowers in the South African Garden. The Cloud Forest  a crowd favorite  features a 114-foot-tall mini mountain that plays host to the world's tallest indoor waterfall, which visitors can observe via the aerial Cloud Walk or Tree Top Walk. And that's just a few of the activities available on-site.

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