Do you crave nature walks? Are you a fan of trudging through the forest and listening to the sounds of nature? The crying of monkeys and the smell of fresh grass?
Well, you’re in luck because Singapore has some great places for the nature lover to check out.
In this article, we’ll talk about some of the green areas in this island city where you can experience nature to your heart’s content.
Contrary to popular belief, many tourists think that Singapore is nothing but a concrete jungle – a super modernized urban city. True in some ways – but if you explore enough, you’ll find many pockets of natural scenery which have not fallen prey to the urbanization process.
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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Let’s talk about one of the most prominent nature reserves in Singapore – the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Home to the tallest ‘hill’ in Singapore, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the best place to go trekking on a sunny afternoon. There are steps up the hill which are usually dotted with young travelers, backpackers, or even students out on a field trip.
You can see the odd monkey or two, as well as listen and experience the sights and sounds of nature. Its kinda odd, because this nature reserve is right smack in the middle of this ultramodern city – but it does provide a good respite from the hassles and trials of city living.
Fort Canning Park
Next up is Fort Canning Park. This place often sees outdoor concerts and couples taking their wedding photographs. A very scenic area, filled with trees and colonial style buildings and arches – this place is worth checking out if you ever want to know or experience what colonial life was like in Singapore.
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Trudge through the old steps up to the top of the hill in the park and you’ll almost feel like an emissary from the British East India Company in the 18th century!
If you’re interested in marine life and want to venture out of the main Singapore island for a while, the best place to go (besides Sentosa island) is Chek Jawa. A treasure trove of marine wildlife, Chek Jawa is a favorite haunt of bird watchers and nature lovers. You have to take a short ferry trip to the island of Pulau Ubin and from there, move on to its eastern tip to find this little area.
East Coast Park
Another place worth checking out is of course East Coast Park. Long seen to be a favorite spot for youngsters and beach lovers, this park is one of the most popular nature sites for Singaporeans. Take a stroll along the beach, cycle down the cyclist pathways, or even taste some seafood near the jetty. East Coast Park is one of the best places for understanding what Singaporeans do when they want some sun! On weekends, this place is filled to the brim with families and friends gathering to do rollerblading, cycle, swim or barbeque.
Well! I hope you’ve seen where some of the most popular nature spots are in sunny Singapore. The next time someone tells you that the city of Singapore doesn’t have any spots for nature lovers – don’t be too quick to believe them. There are spots you can find to enjoy nature – even amid the concrete jungle. Good luck in your search for nature!