We all have heard Singapore being called as a concrete jungle, it is famous for its malls and shopping and not known for anything natural. I never knew before this week that Singapore had a tropical rainforest and a hill in the city.
Last week (12 May 2019) while travelling in Singapore with family, we went to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore – the trek and the park was tranquil and peaceful, we loved it. Unbelievable such a place exist in Singapore. We went for an easy trek, which was a nice and comfortable trek, was about 3 to 5 Kilometres. Remember, to reach there early in the morning to beat the heat.
You can reach Bukit Timah Nature Reserve by MRT, get down at Beauty World stop, but it will be a 25-30 minutes walk from there to the visitor centre. I will suggest you a taxi or Grab to reach the place, otherwise, you risk becoming tired before even starting the trek – and in Singapore hot climate that is a real concern.
This 163-ha reserve includes Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah Hill, which stands at 163 m and retains one of the few areas of primary rainforest in the country. The forest on the hill has been a botanical collection ground for more than a century. Established in 1883, Bukit Timah Forest Reserve was one of the first forest reserves to be created in Singapore.
Next time you are Singapore, and you have half-a-day time and are comfortable walking 3 to 5 kilometres to a summit, visit Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.