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5 Best Places to Immerse Yourself in Nature

Life in Singapore can get a little hectic sometimes and we all need a break from our busy lifestyles every once in awhile. What’s a better way to relax our minds and rejuvenate our souls than to immerse ourselves in nature? Here is a list of our chosen places for you to let loose and take in some fresh air.

 

1. MacRitchie Reservoir

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Photo from: National Parks website

 

If you are up for a hike or maybe fancy some water sports, head down to MacRitchie Reservoir! It is a popular spot for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts, with hiking trails, a newly improved pontoon for kayakers and an upgraded canoe shed. Not forgetting the famous TreeTop Walk, where you can get the best view of the rainforest on a 250 meter-long suspension bridge. Definitely the perfect place for recreational activities, both on land and in water.

 

How to get there:

By bus: 52, 74, 93, 157,130, 132, 156, 157, 162, 162M, 165, 166, 167, 852 and 855, 980

Alight at MacRitchie Reservoir (Bus Stop ID: 51071)

By MRT: Alight at Caldecott MRT

 

2. Coney Island

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Photo from: National Parks website

 

Being one of the newly found gems in Singapore, Coney Island houses a wide variety of habitats, including coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves and casuarina woodlands and it is home to many fauna and flora, some of which are critically endangered. Take a cycle along the rocky paths in the forests and have a feel of what is it like to be in the wild.

 

How to get there:

By bus: 84 from Punggol interchange

Alight at Punggol Point Park/Punggol Settlement. Walk about 500m east along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to Coney Island West Entrance.

 

3. Southern Ridges

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Photo from: YourSingapore website

 

Challenge yourselves to a 10km walk along the green and open spaces that connect Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. The panoramic views from the Henderson Bridge is certainly not to be missed!

 

How to get there:

Marang Trail

By Bus: 10, 30, 57, 61, 65, 80, 93, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 161, 300, 408, 646 or 855

Alight at bus stop in front of Seah Im Food Center at Telok Blangah Road

By MRT: Alight at Harbourfront station, Exit D

 

Henderson Waves

By Bus: 131, 145, 176, 409 or 648

Alight at bus stop along Henderson Road, take the staircase up to Mount Faber Park.

 

Forest Walk

By Bus: 51, 61, 93, 97, 100, 166 or 963

Alight at bus stop along Alexandra Road (junction of Hyderabab Road)

 

4. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

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Photo from: Channel News Asia website

 

With its rich history, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of the first forest reserves created in Singapore. It is home to 40% of our island’s flora and fauna and it has the tallest hill, Bukit Timah Hill, where many locals enjoy climbing it through a trail. What better way to get in touch with both nature and history than this?

 

How to get there:

By bus: 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, 961

Alight at Jalan Anak Bukit Road, opposite Beauty World Centre (Bus stop ID: 42109), or

Alight at Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (Bus stop ID: 42091)

 

By MRT: Alight at Beauty World MRT Station, take Exit A

 

5. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Photo from: National Parks website

 

Uncover a world of interesting plants and animals as you wander through the wetlands with an extensive mangrove forest in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Opened in 1993, it is Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park. There are many activities to do there, such as bird watching, going on nature walks and photographing the beautiful nature right before your very eyes.

 

How to get there:

By bus: 925 from Kranji MRT Station

Alight at Kranji Reservoir Carpark B. Walk across the road to the Visitor Centre.

 

 

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