Singapore is not called the Garden City for nothing, boasting a huge number of national parks and reserves - quite amazing when you consider that this small island of just 41.8km by 22.5km is home to around five million people. They make popular outings for the local population at weekends looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and you will often find yourself sharing the trails with hikers, joggers and cyclists.
The two top spots on the list go to the MacRitchie Reservoir Park and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve which both offer plenty of rugged walking trails in amongst the rainforest to get acquainted with the local wildlife. The highlight of the MacRitchie Reservoir Park is the HSBC Treetop Walk, a freestanding 250m-long suspension bridge giving a bird's-eye view of the rainforest canopy, while Bukit Timah is the highest point in Singapore.
Pulau Ubin provides cyclists with plenty of trails through the rainforest and is home to Chek Jawa, one of Singapore's richest ecosystems, while Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in the north of the island is a haven for bird-spotters and those hoping to catch a glimpse of a crocodile.
For something more staid, the Botanic Gardens should not be missed. It has sloping lawns, lakes, fountains and sculpture gardens and is also home to the National Orchid Garden, with over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchid to admire. Further afield to the West of the city (but easily accessible by MRT) is the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, with the spectacular Bonsai garden and plenty of picturesque spots for quiet reflection.
Off Lornie Road
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177 Hindhede Dr
1 Cluny Road
Main entrance at corner of Cluny Rd and Holland Rd
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301 Neo Tiew Crescent
Explore the wildlife amongst the Mangroves...
Along East Coast Parkway
East Coast Pkwy
Junction of Kampong Bahru Road and Telok Blangah Road
1 Chinese Garden Rd
Off Canning Rise
(next to Hill Street Fire Station)
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Connaught Dr, on the marina, running from the mouth of the Singapore River along the Padang to the Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay