Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
177 Hindhede Drive, Tel.: 1800 468 5736, (7-19 daily)
One of only 2 rainforests in the world within city
boundaries (the other is in Rio de Janeiro), the
164-hectare reserve contains more species of plants than
the entire North American Continent. In the heart of the
reserve lies Singapore's highest point, Bukit Timah, 164 m
above sea level, with wildlife like long-tailed macaques,
flying lemurs and the seldom-seen pangolin and mouse deer
waiting to be discovered.
Chinese and Japanese Gardens
1 Chinese Garden Road, Tel.: 264 3455, (9-18 daily)
Situated side by side, Chinese and Japanese Gardens,
reflect very constructing landscapes. The 13-hectare
Chinese Garden re-creates a classical Chinese imperial
garden with twin pagodas, a tea gallery and other Chinese
architecture. Japanese Garden, on the other hand,
emphasizes simplicity, with stone lanterns, shrubs, Zen
rock gardens, traditional summer houses and classical
Japanese motifs creating a soothing atmosphere.
Chinese and Japanese Gardens
East Coast Park
Off the East Coast Parkway (ECP), between Bedok &
A favorite playground of Singaporeans, East Coast Park
holds many avenues for fun. One can bowl, cycle, windsurf,
canoe, have a picnic, roller-blade or just chill out here.
Fort Canning Park
Behind Singapore Drama Center & Singapore History
Built by British between 1859 and 1861, as an arms store,
barracks and hospital. The hill is scared to Malays
because this is where early Malays rulers were laid to
rest. This is also where Sir Stamford Raffles built his
own bungalow, Singapore's first Governments House. Fort
Canning is now popular venue for arts, including sculpture
exhibitions, plays and ballet under stars.
Mandai Orchid Gardens
Mandai Lake Road, Tel.: 269 1036, (8:30-17:30 daily)
This is Singapore's largest commercial orchid garden and
it's worth a visit for colorful displays and method and
manner of cultivation. "Orchid Gift Box Service"
will deliver the elegant flowers to any address in the
Marina South City Park
Marina South, off Prince Edward Road via East Coast
A giant sundial and disc sculptures which revolve in the
breeze are the park's main attractions. With open spaces
and breezy winds, it is a popular haunt for kite-flyers.
Kampong Bahru Road (leading to Mount Faber Road)
Mount Faber offers excellent views of Singapore skyline,
harbor and offshore islands.
Reservoirs (MacRitchie, Peirce, Lower Seletar &
Off Thomson, Upper Thomson Road & Mandai Road
Surrounded by broad swamps, jungle and greenery, the cool
reservoir parks and MacRotchie and Seletar are popular
strolling and picnic spots for families.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cluny Road, Tel.: 471 7361, (5-24 daily)
Close to the city, Singapore Botanic Gardens combines both
primary jungle and manicured gardens in a 52-hectare
spread.. Housing an abundance of flora, including many
rare specimen, it is also a popular venue of outdoor
concerts. National Orchid Garden (8:30-19) has the
world's largest orchid display featuring over 60,000
plants and orchids, and houses the famed "VIP
Orchids" named after visiting state dignitaries.
Sungei Buloh Nature Park
301 Neo Tiew Crescent, Tel.: 794 1401, (7:30-19)
Sungei Buloh Nature Park is Singapore's first designated
wetland nature reserve offering hiking trails, 10
observation points and many hectares of freshwater ponds,
prawn farms and mangroves.