If you’re just moved to Singapore, why not discover some of Singapore’s natural wonders? If you’re renting a room in a co-living unit, here are some areas you can explore with your flatmates. Get ready to explore hiking spots, scenic walking trails and serene nature parks in this guide.
1. MacRitchie Reservoir Park
MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a popular hiking destination in Singapore. There are various hiking trails around the area. Beginners should stick to the easy trail around the reservoir while those who relish a challenge can hike all the way through the forest towards the TreeTop Walk for a bird’s eye view of the lush forest canopy. Don’t forget to spot the wildlife along the way.
2. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Located in the heart of Singapore, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is home to the highest natural peak in Singapore. At 163m tall, going all the way up to Bukit Timah Hill will be quite the workout. There are different walking routes with varying degrees of difficulty, weaving their way through the pockets of forested areas. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you traverse through the trails but remember to choose a trail that’s suitable for your fitness level!
3. Southern Ridges
The Southern Ridges is a network of trails connecting several green spaces in Singapore, including Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and Kent Ridge Park. At Mount Faber Park, you’ll be greeted with panoramic views of the city skyline and as you walk along the elevated pedestrian walkway, you’ll reach the iconic wave-like structure of Henderson Waves. Further along, you’ll pass through Telok Blangah Hill Park with its picturesque gardens before hitting Kent Ridge Park. Don’t forget to soak in the scenery and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.
4. Labrador Nature Reserve
Situated at the southern part of Singapore, Labrador Nature Reserve sits at the edge of a secondary forest with a scenic view of the sea. It has meandering coastal trails, lush greenery and a mix of historical and natural attractions including some old British military battlements. This hidden gem offers stunning sunsets along the elevated boardwalk.
5. Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is a small island northeast of Singapore and to get there, you’ll need to take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Get ready for a a unique and rustic hiking experience at Pulau Ubin, with various trails such as the Sensory Tail, Chek Jawa Wetlands and Puaka Hill. Known for its untouched natural beauty and laid-back charm, Pulau Ubin will take you away from the hustle and bustle of city life to a different pace of life.
Don’t forget to bring along water, slap on plenty of sunscreen, put on your cap or hat, bring a poncho, some snacks and wear a sturdy pair of shoes with a firm grip. Oh, and check the weather report beforehand.
For other ideas on where to go in Singapore, check out this article: New to Singapore? 5 Place to Explore With Your Roommates