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Singapore The Great Outdoors


Get out and about and explore Singapore's great outdoors. Sure Singapore is sometimes called a concrete jungle but the fact is—it used to be ALL jungle! Fortunately, plenty of wild patches have been carefully preserved and now, there are many leafy green places where you can get a breath of fresh (non-air-conditioned) air. Whether you're looking for an invigorating trail hike or a relaxing nap by the sea, Singapore has the outdoor spaces that please! Visitors are often impressed by the lush, verdant, and healthy greenery that pervades our cityscape—making Singapore truly a "garden city." The riches of our region are just as noteworthy— did you know that one-third of the world's biodiversity can be found in Southeast Asia?

Park Life

Pick a park and have a perfectly relaxing day!

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Hindhede Drive, (65) 6468-5736. © Bukit Gombak
Singapore is one of the only two cities in the world to include a significant area of primary rainforest and the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is our claim to that fame. Here you'll find the most challenging and wild trails on the island, as well as the highest hill (at 164 metres). Climb well-marked footpaths, have fun sighting plentiful wildlife (including lots of long-tailed macaque monkeys), or take in breathtaking views of the reservoir Alternatively, cycling enthusiasts can take to the mountain bike trail which gets tough in certain parts, but always remains a fun ride.

East Coast Park

The city's most popular stretch of beach always buzzes with activity—even when it's not playing host to the wide spectrum of sporting events that graces its shores each year, like the Singapore Marathon. There's plenty to do here—you can bowl, bike, fish, sail, stroll, have a picnic, rollerblade, windsurf, wakeboard, kayak, or just chill out at any of the many restaurants and bars that line the over-15-kilometre sandy beach—including the Mana Mana East Coast beach club. The famous East Coast Park Seafood Centre is also here.

Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Green, (65) 6332-1302. Dhoby Ghaut
Also not-to-be-missed is the lush, sprawling garden of Fort Canning Park, home to hundreds of birds and squirrels, as well as ancient fort walls and tombstones, which makes it a great spot for a morning or afternoon stroll. The sacred park is presumed to be the resting place of Iskandar Shah, a 14th-century Sumatran prince who once ruled the island. Raffles Terrace sits on the site where Sir Stamford Raffles once built his own bungalow. This park also plays host to numerous summer performances like Ballet Under the Stars and Shakespeare in the Park, as well as world-class mega-events such as F1 Rocks.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

1 Cluny Road (65)6471-7361/ (65) 6471-7138. Orchard
The sprawling Michelin 3-star Singapore Botanic Gardens provides a great respite from the bustling city. It's also an increasingly popular venue for outdoor concerts. Located here is the National Orchid Garden, hailed as the world's largest orchid display featuring over 60,000 plants and orchids. Come during evenings for a great jogging workout.

Mount Faber

109 Mount Faber Road. www. sg. Harbour Front
Head up to Mount Faber for one of Singaporeans' favourite views. The long trail here is ideal for joggers and strollers alike, as it is also linked to the beautiful 9-kilometre park connector, with pit stops including the beautiful Hort Park and the stunning Henderson Waves bridge that you simply cannot miss. Also stop by The Jewel Box for a drink or a meal while you savour the magnificent view of Singapore's landscape.

Kranji Countryside

www. kranjicountryside .com. Kranji
The Kranji Countryside, located at the northwestern corner of Singapore, is one of the island's best kept secrets. This pastoral pocket of the city holds within it different farms raising everything from frogs to veggies. It's a great spot for a day in the country—without leaving the city!

Forest Adventure

825 Bedok Reservoir Road, Bedok Reservoir Park (Booking is recommended) Bedok
Come and experience two hours of exhilarating fun swinging from tree to tree five metres above ground. Forest Adventure is the first and only aerial course built in the trees and comprises ladders, bridges, swings, nets, trapezes and four giant zip lines. All participants are equipped with harnesses and are responsible for securing themselves to a safety line at each stage, ensuring a sale recreational outdoor activity for all.