This is a nice little forest in the city. It's not a huge piece of land but the initial entrance is quite steep and there are some longish trails so you can get a workout. It's amazing to see all these little old ladies just bopping along, barely breaking a sweat. It's invariably extremely humid so bring water. The top of the hill - the highest point in Singapore - is a tad disappointing since all the trees block any view. Bukit Timah is in the western part of the island so if you're staying closer to Orchard Rd, it's easy to reach by bus but not MRT. Take the 77, 171 or 174 or any bus that goes out Bukit Timah Rd and get off at Beauty World. Follow the rd in the same direction, cross it using the overpass at Court's department store and walk north for about a block and go under the old train trestle. When you see the Stop Feeding the Monkeys sign (which is surrounded by monkeys and people feeding them), you're just down the street from the entrance. There are lots of monkeys, which is kind of fun, but also snakes, butterflies, lots of birds and colugas. The latter are flying (gliding) tree-dwelling mammals. They blend into the trees but if you look closely, you can often see them.
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