Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
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This protected rainforest, just 12km away from the city's high-rises, offers hiking and bike trails for observing some of the rarest insect, bird and mammal species in the world.
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Karen
Singapore, Singapore208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Went for a 7:30am walk up Bukit Timah Hill ( Singapore's highest peak at 163.63m above sea level) on a cool sunny weekday morning. Fortunately mornings are still cool and breezy this time of the year here. Not that crowded being a weekday but quite a few people were already making their way up to the summit. Not having been here for a while and not being in the fittest of states, I decided to take a slow gentle walk up to the summit, admiring the scenery and enjoying the pristine sounds and sights of a tropical jungle forest as morning sunlight in its yellow-golden beams filtered through the leafy greens and gently lit up the forest part by part. An very enjoyable and easy stroll to the top and managed to work up a light sweat. Quite a few signs along the way up to explain what you’re seeing eg. an old heritage tree or a rare type of plant ( one was only recently discovered and described in 2015!). There is no crowning glorious viewpoint when you reach the summit as there are tall trees all around blocking the surrounding view somewhat. This is a protected nature reserve so I guess they would not cut down any trees here intentionally just to give summit trekkers the reward of a great panoramic view at the top. (So it’s not like the more commercial Mount Faber which is blessed with more fabulous views of urban Singapore).Rested for a while on a bench in the summit hut and enjoyed the wonderful refreshing morning breeze there for 20 minutes before descending. Some people were doing their morning exercises there too. Did not see any monkeys this trip but have seen them quite often in the past. All in a very nice enjoyable morning walk which I would happily do again especially since it is quite close to my residence.
Written March 2, 2020
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Andy C
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May 2021 • Family
One of the best parks in Singapore. The MTB trails are top 3 in Singapore. They are fairly technical so it would be advisable to start on less difficult terrain if you’re new to MTB (maybe Chestnut South). The hike to the summit on walking trail is great. It’s steep and it’s very smart that Singapore doesn’t allow bicycles. That could be disastrous. The stairs are also pretty steep at the top for the final climb to the radio towers on top. It’s worth the trip up there. You can access from the parking area right at Bukit Tima, or from the Dairy Farm parking area off BKE. Check before you drive there. The parking area at Bukit Tima is often closed due to COVID restrictions. I guess the cars in the parking area could spread COVID if allowed to park there. 🙄
Written July 14, 2021
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MeMbro
Bristol, UK783 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Couples
The walk is nice, not too difficult, and we’ll signposted. It’s nice to get out of Singapore city centre and break some fresh air surrounded by nature, but the walk itself is a bit boring. I’ve seen no monkey or other wild animals. I couldn’t complete the loop leading to Singapore Quarry, which may have affected my rating of this attraction.
Written July 15, 2023
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mellieann
Thornhill, Canada288 contributions
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Jan 2020
I’ve done Bukit Timah two days in a row. Yesterday was a public holiday so it was packed, finding a parking spot was a lesson in patience. My friend does this walk several times a week and she said she normally avoids weekends and pholidays.

The park is well marked and in very good shape. Lots of signage and points to stop, some with shelter and seats. The steep hill is definitely more than 45 degrees in slope, maybe even 60? That’s why a lot of locals walk downhill backwards as it’s supposed to be easier on your joints but I did experience a bit of dizziness when I tried it. Otherwise, descend in a zigzag path to decrease the steepness of your path.

Like I said earlier, bring a face cloth so you can mop your brow, and wipe yourself down when you’re done. Change into a fresh top and hydrate yourself. There are taps for cleaning muddy shoes by the toilets, as well as water dispensers to fill up your bottle. Expect to spend at least 2 hours here unless you’re a seasoned marathon runner.
Written January 28, 2020
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wesleywaisiu
Singapore, Singapore2,258 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Solo
The famous Bukit Timah trail is always crowded. The trail is quite steep in the beginning. Not easy if you have kids. The summit is just less than 200 m, quite easy to reach. There are a few paths there, the rock path was closed due to the fallen tree. But overall the place is quite small and can easily finish explore the whole place if you don’t walk to dairy farm area.
Written August 31, 2020
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Mikel Syia
Singapore, Singapore26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I really love this place to go for a walk and to see the beautiful nature in Singapore.
It's really fun especially together with your friends or family . Please bring water to hydrate. What a great spot!
Written May 15, 2020
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Singapore, Singapore774 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Couples
After a hiatus of more than a year and also due to the closure of Dairy Farm Loop, we hiked the Dairy Farm Loop today. The Devils' Stairs is reopened since April 2023. I was struggling up the steps due a recent leg injury but made it nonetheless. The next challenge was the 184 steps. Did it but had to stop for rest along the way.

The Dairy Farm Loop is shown as "Difficult" but for the very fit, it will be easy. Those who exercise regularly will find it a moderate workout.

MRT - Beauty World Station. Walk about 700m to reach the reserve.
Written August 13, 2023
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
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Mar 2020
I came here twice in March 2020 for some hiking. Both times it was very busy, with the car park nearly full and people everywhere. A steep climb up to the highest point in SIngapore, but good exercise and a few interesting trails to explore.
Written June 19, 2020
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traveler294265
Melbourne, Australia42 contributions
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We really enjoyed our trip to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. This is a great place to go to see some rainforest and to take a break from the city. Within a few minutes walk you feel like you have left civilisation behind. There are a range of walks - all clearly marked. The jungle is really impressive and we saw alot of different plants and animals.

We went late afternoon/early evening which was great as the animals were quite active at this time - we saw squirrels, monkeys and monitor lizards. There were a few people there (tourists as well as locals) but this did not spoil our enjoyment.

To get there we caught the 171 bus from Stamford Road near the City Hall MRT and got off at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (this bus also goes past the Newtown MRT station). To get to the Nature Reserve it is a short walk around the Shopping Centre and down Hindhede Drive. You need correct change to buy tickets on the bus (about S$2 one way), ticket prices are based on distance travelled and are listed at the bus stops. From City Hall it took about 30min by bus, and allowed us to see a bit of Singapore from air-conditioned comfort. There are car parks at the Nature Reserve Centre but we found the bus vey easy to use.

Make sure you take a water bottle as it is very hot and humid but it is well worth a visit.
Written October 19, 2010
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Highadventurer
Singapore, Singapore4,700 contributions
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Jul 2015
To avoid misleading foreign visitors, please note the park is yet to be fully operational (as in previous year). only a singular trail hence keep your superlatives for later.

only one of many trials is opened ie Summit Trail Gravel Road. The mini path leading to the trail is only about 100 m and I m not sure you can call that a trail and the summit gravel road a trail !

Don t take my word but read the signboards on the pictures posted here. The auth will not allow walking on the official jungle trails as yet.

if you live in Singapore , you will know there are 'no signboard trails' around the perimeter of reserve some of which you have to share with mountain bikers.

if you are really an avid walker, go walk on the old rail trail nearby in the absence of a fully operational park.

I would recommend you do the MacRitchie reservoir /nature where you can find a fuller jungle and many trails ! I will save the 4/5 stars when park re opens fully!!
Written July 25, 2015
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