Bukit Timah Hill & Bukit Nature Reserve, Singapore
One wonders reading the rest of the reviews where the other folks went.
On thing that really gets me down about Singapore is the total absence of a real contact with "the wild" in any form.
The same is depressingly true about Bukit Timur or whatever it is called.
I jogged round it a few times.
What summed it up for me was the sign saying "warning - do not run" on the downhill sections. The Singapore Cilvil service figure that jogging down steps is a risky activity for their model citizens.
The most memorable part of the trip for me was the quantity of sweat I produced whilst jogging round a depressing selection of "trails", all carfully constructed so as to produce the minimum risk to health an enjoyment of the residence.
perhaps the people writing the other reviews have never left singapore hence their enthusiasm ?
call me an anarchist, but i prefer somewhere where it does not feel like i have been temporarily anethesetised from the neck down
Located outside of the city centre-this is a wonderful large area to go hiking or mountain biking. Lots of trails. You can even take the long trail to Mac Ritchie resevoir-which is around 10-15km.
By the visitor center, there are lots of monkeys hanging around. Just remember, not to feed them.
There is a small shop at the visitor center, that sells drinks and popsicles.
A good place where you can spend your Sunday. It take you about 3 hours to go around the park on your foot, but can hire a bicycle. Don't forget to bring water and snacks with you as you can't find anything inside the park except at the entry. Pay attention to the signs because its easy to loose your way.
Here are two pictures of Bukit Timah Hill. One of them is a sign with a description that is better than anything I could write. Under the photo is a link for another picture of the green foilage. If you click on the picture of the sign, it will be enlarged so you can read it.
Somebody recommended walking around Mac Richie Reservoir which is slightly east of Bukit Timah Hill but a little too far to walk.
I was disapointed until I climbed the summit path. The paved paths to the Left of the visitors center are nice if you have kids in strollers or want an easy walk, but the summit path and dirt paths off of it are what really allow you to feel like you are "exploring" the forest. It is wonderful. Free tip: if you do want to do the summit path when you get to the top of the hill and the sign points up some massive steps - take the path to the left it will take you to the summit and you dont have to climb the steps.