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Walking in Singapore

  1. Michael Filippone
  2. Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Photo courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

Photo courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

Walking in Singapore

While some would argue that Singapore is just one large shopping paradise, walking in Singapore is a great way to explore the area.

The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

offers a tropical forest walk just minutes away from the city. The reserve is home to over 840 flowering plants and over 500 species of animals. Bukit Timah was established as a nature reserve in 1883 and in 2011 became Singapore’s second ASEAN Heritage Park. Start the walk at the visitor’s center before encountering the flowering meninjau trees, the majestic dipterocarp, the ornamental fan palms and the bountiful fig trees. Be sure to watch out for the thorny rattans before you are poked. Those who enjoy watching birds will be thrilled with this hike. Watch for the greater racket-tailed drongos, the Asian fairy bluebird, the red-crowned barbet and the emerald doves.

The Heritage Roads

offer fun walking in Singapore opportunities. The best way to walk them all is to start at the intersection of Acadia Road and Adam Road. This stretch of the road has many beautiful rain trees. The leaves of this tree fold up when it rains. Follow Arcadia Road, Adam Road, Duneam Road, Whitley Road and Mount Pleasant Road, making it a point to notice the historic Adam Park Estate home. The second part of the journey runs along Mount Pleasant Road, Thomson Road, Upper Thomson Road and Mandai Road. Pay special attention to the heritage tree located in front of number 162 and is one of only two such trees in Singapore. The third stretch of the walking tour runs along Mandai Road, Woodlands Road, Kranji Road, Kranji Loop, Kranji Way, Neo Tiew Road and Lim Chu Kang Road. Pay special attention to the ordeal tree, which produces a red sap. In ancient times, people would be given this sap to drink during a trial. If they lived, they were found innocent. This walk has six segments in all.

A third popular walking in Singapore opportunity is the Dairy Farm Nature Park walk  Start at the Wallace Education Center where you will have the opportunity to learn about many of the plants that you will see on your hike. Some of these plants include arrowheads, heliconias, chempedak trees, betel plants and bracket fungus.

Walking in Singapore is a wonderful way to see both the city and the more rural areas of Singapore. Make sure to take the opportunity to see some of the heritage trees along the way. Enjoy time spent at the Wallace Education Center and the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve visitor’s center.

Walking in Singapore.


Michael Filippone

About the Author: Michael Filippone

Michael Filippone has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. Each year he travels several hundred thousand miles. He regularly visits Singapore for business and has a great love of the Orient.

His favorite things are morning runs in big cities and getting lost. He has a great passion for all things that are water-sport related: paddle surfing, surfing, free diving, fishing, rowing… Here you will find his musings on everything from where to go get lost on a jungle adventure to a road-trip in Thailand to a romantic cruise weaving through the Indonesian archipelago. Here too are hand-selected articles penned for him by writers he likes on the best places to go from Singapore. As well as being one of the key drivers behind setting up Singapore.com, he runs and part-owns Asia.com – a travel site on all things happening in the wider region. Michael is known to be fond of skipping rope and other than the odd beer, his preferred beverage is coconut water. He loves to fish and play volleyball with his children. He trained as an Olympic rower and loves to see his children find their way in sports and life.

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