Top Tips for Walks in Singapore
Looking for top tips for walks in Singapore? For a little island, Singapore is packed with interesting places to take a walk and get up close and personal with the natural beauty of the little red dot. These five walks showcase both the city and the countryside, so grab a pair of comfy shoes and get going!
Henderson Waves and the Southern Ridges
Number one on our top tips for walks in Singapore is one of Singapore’s most famous. One minute you’re in the middle of a busy metropolis and the next you’re overlooking lush gardens and vegetation. The walk takes you from the peak of Mount Faber and along the ‘Henderson Waves’ bridge. This bridge is Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge and links up the area between Mount Faber and Kent Ridge. Aside from the bridge there are also aerial walkways that make for brilliant views. The route is mostly paved so whilst wearing sensible shoes is probably a good idea there’s no need to get carried away. You can start at either end of the walk and the total walk is about 10km.
Bang in the centre of town is the famous Fort Canning Park. Known for it’s less than auspicious role in the fall of Singapore in 1942, the park is now a tranquil oasis right in the middle of a big city. You can still visit the Battle Box on the hill, or even join a tour to learn more about the fascinating history. Otherwise you can just wind your way around the well paved paths, smelling the frangipanis and reading up about plants and previous inhabitants on the many signposts you’ll spy en-route. If you complete a full circuit it’s only about 1 to 1.5km so this is a nice one for all ages and abilities.
Third on our top tips for walks in Singapore in the Marina Barrage. Marina Bay is one of Singapore’s iconic structures. The whole area, from the end of the river, used to be open to the sea. Now you’ll find the Marina Bay district with office towers, the spectacular Marina Bay Sands and the iconic Gardens by the Bay. All built on reclaimed land and all a tribute to the vision of Singapore’s founder Lee Kuan Yew.
A good walk begins at Marina Bay Sands (MBS), or anywhere nearby really. Just head to the waters edge with MBS behind you and, facing the water, turn right. You’ll stroll past the giant greenhouses that are the heart of Gardens by the Bay. Follow the path along the water and eventually you’ll come to the barrage, a 350m dam that separates the freshwater reservoir on the city side from the salt water on the sea side. You can walk along the entire length and then across to Gardens by the Bay east and ultimately to the Singapore Sports Hub, making it about 5km all up. The views across the bay span the entire city, including Marina Bay, the Singapore Flyer and the Singapore Sports Hub.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
If you’ve been hanging out in Singapore for a while you may have realised that for a big city we are surrounded by a lot of nature. One of the key nature hubs in Singapore is the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. It’s right up near the north east border with Malaysia and it’s a key spot for birds flying between the land Down Under and Siberia, (truly!).
You can walk along a range of paths, there’s a canopy walk that’s only 150m long, or stretch those legs and take the migratory bird trail for 2km. The best time to spot birds is between September and March, but any time of the year you’ll see a range of wildlife from little mudskippers to otters and even the occasional crocodile!
MacRitchie Nature Park
Last on our list for top tips for walks in Singapore and down on ground level is MacRitchie. This 10km loop can be done either clockwise or anticlockwise and begins and ends at the same point. If you’re feeling energetic you could even tackle the extra 1.5km tree tops loop in the middle. Well worth it for views over nothing but green as far as the eye can see.
Along your walk you might see monkeys, giant monitor lizards and even….snakes. Yes, Singapore has snakes. And they can be dangerous so watch your step. Mostly there are enough people schlepping the path to keep them away though do don’t worry too much. It’s a good idea to wear some sturdy footwear for this one, the path is uneven in places and can get very muddy if there’s been a lot of rain.
For any of these walks, unless you’re a hardened outdoor nutter, then take sunscreen, a hat and an umbrella. That should cover all the bases and let you take the time to appreciate the awesomeness of Singapore. Hope you enjoyed our top tips for walks in Singapore and let us know how your adventure went!
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