When was the last time you took in the sights and sounds of nature in Singapore? While we are probably familiar with all the shopping districts in Singapore and have probably fully seen everything from Orchard Road to Bugis, our island nation has amazing pockets of nature reserves that are waiting for you to explore.
Not to mention the memorable moments and awesome Instagram pictures you can take with your family! From nature parks tucked away amidst the city to wetland reserves, it’s time to get started and hike amongst the lush greenery while breathing in the clean fresh air.
What To Bring For Your Hike
But before we go through our list, let’s make sure you are ready and prepped!
At the very least prepare bring along:
- A hiking backpack
- An extra change of clothes
- Bottles of water
- Hiking boots (ideally waterproof)
- First-aid kit and any medication you might require
Without further ado, here’s our list of the top 10 hiking spots in Singapore!
1. MacRitchie Reservoir
Everyone has heard of MacRitchie but not everyone has gone hiking there yet! Popular with joggers, families and students on a nature tour, MacRitchie Reservoir is a great place to take a short hike, the 3km Petai Trail, or go the full 10km where you get to explore the entire park!
Besides the beautiful scenery, mud trails and wood duckboards, you can also visit the Treetop Walk and behold the forest in its glory with a breathtaking 360 panoramic view.
More about MacRitchie Reservoir
2. The Rain Forest Walk (Botanic Gardens)
Home to the oldest rainforest in Singapore, this boardwalk hiking trail is suitable for families, seniors and even children looking to enjoy nature in an easy and safe way. This 600m hike will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete as you wander through the multi-layered canopy and learn the different species and plants that reside in the rainforest.
Be sure to look out for the forest giants such as the Jelutong hard timber tree as well as the Common Flameback woodpecker with their distinctive golden yellow wings! More about The Rain Forest Walking Trail
3. Pulau Ubin
Want a more rural hiking experience far away from Singapore City? Then hop onto a boat and make way to Pulau Ubin! Explore your way through Chek Jawa’s six unique ecosystems appreciating the island’s distinctive flora and fauna of over 700 native species of plants and 250 species of birds and animals.
Be sure to stop by Pulau Ubin’s Sensory Trail (1 hour to complete) where you can view the various fruit trees (such as Rambutan, Banana and Papaya) are planted by the villagers for their own consumption!
More about Pulau Ubin
4. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Located in the heart of Singapore, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of Singapore’s first forest reserves and is home to our nation’s native flora and fauna! The hiking trail here is 1.2km that will run you almost an hour to complete – but it’s well worth it.
You’ll be able to encounter nature in its pristine form as you make your way up to Singapore’s highest peak as well as immerse yourself in Singapore’s history as you encounter the bronze plaque that details the story of the Battle of Bukit Timah during World War 2.
More about Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
5. Bukit Batok Nature Park
Once a granite quarry, this 36-hectare park is a great place for beginners to hike and will only take 2 hours to complete. Have the chance encounter with monitor lizards and be surrounded by the sounds of birds as you ascend the stairs that will take you to greater heights towards a war memorial at the top. Be sure to look out for the ‘King of Fruits’ Durian trees!
More about Bukit Batok Nature Park
6. Windsor Nature Park
Windsor Park’s Hanguana Trail is a great way to explore the park and appreciate the various birds, dragonflies and fruit trees including banana and jackfruit.
If you’re bringing a camera along to snap away beautiful photos of nature, be sure to head to the Drongo Trail that features a sub-canopy walk, allowing visitors to walk through and view the flora beneath them! If you’re itching for a challenge, take a 4 hour trail to the Treetop walk at MacRitchie (yes, they are connected!)
More about Windsor Nature Park
7. Fort Canning Park
Nestled right in the middle of Singapore City, you just can’t miss the Fort Canning Trail. The Fort Canning trail is an AR (augmented reality trail) experience through an app that any visitor can experience which takes you through a 2.5km journey through history when it was once known as Government Hill.
Be on the lookout for Sir Stamford Raffles’ first bungalow to really soak in the historical heritage of the park.
More about Fort Canning Park
8. Coney Island Park
Located away from the mainland, Coney Island Park is one place to take your hiking game to the next level (with lots of sandflies, zero water points and only one toilet that might be under repair)! This trail takes you through one of the least developed parks in Singapore which will expose you to the full ecological beauty of nature when left untouched.
Fun fact: All of the park signage, seats, benches and boardwalk at the Casuarina Exploration are made from uprooted Casuarina trees!
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9. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
As the first wetland reserve in Singapore, Sungei Buloh Wetland is home to 202 hectares of mangroves mudflats, ponds and forest with a host of native species including mudskippers, crabs, monitor lizards and otters. Trek through the many trails and you might catch amazing sights from migratory birds to even crocodiles!
More about Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
10. Kranji Marshes
Being Singapore’s largest freshwater farmland, hikers here will be able to walk along Neo Tiew woods to watch for the native woodpeckers and monitor lizards as well as head to Raptor Tower for an impressive view of the conservation area.
If having a guided experience is more up your alley, be sure to visit the marsh with the ‘Kranji Marshals’ to gain access to the conservation area filled with unique marsh birds.
More about Kranji Marshes
Do Your Part For Nature Too!
While exploring our national parks are awesome, you can also do your part for nature every single day with your electricity supply.
Our price plans are 100% carbon neutral at no extra charge – that means the carbon footprint from your electricity use is accounted for!
Learn more about our residential price plans here.