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Nature / Outdoors

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Nature / Outdoors

9 days vacation in Singapore coming up next month . I prefer outdoors expeditions rather than zoo’s / USS etc and discovered some nice spots to visit like the Southern ridges , The green Corridor , Macritchie reservoir and Sungei Boloh besides day trips to Pulai Ubin and st.John’s

Island . My enquiry is with the first four and although my impression is they are easy/moderate walking tours i prefer to cycle instead .

Is it possible to rent a mountain bike near by and do all the trails by cycling ? And what it they type of terrain ? ( muddy / wet )


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1. Re: Nature / Outdoors

I think you are out of luck. The only one of the places you mentioned with hike hire is Ubin. May I add Coney Island to your list? You can hire bikes from nearby Punggol/ Sengkang. The planned urban area nearby is even more interesting than Coney Island ( also named Serangoon Island) to cycle along, IMO.

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2. Re: Nature / Outdoors

Singapore doesn't really have many nice outdoor places. A good option would be Ubin island where bike rental is cheap and the trails there are solid. Helmet rental is also available so no worries.

Bukit timah hill has one bike rental shop iirc but it is way overpriced. The trails at bukit timah were also overpopulated with hikers as the main hiking trails were closed. Visited a few months back.

Biking is illegal around macritchie reservoir. No rental available at the green corridor or at sungei buloh.

Macritchie reservoir and sungei buloh offers good hiking options. The green corridor isn't that great to be honest. It's an open trail and you'll receive the full force of the sun without any real scenery.

I would highly recommend the zoo and the river and night safaris. They are really nice to visit and can be done in one day.

Edited: 5:04 am, April 22, 2016
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3. Re: Nature / Outdoors

Being a large city, crowds can be an issue. However there are a number of areas, either man made parks or fairly natural.

The OP said he didn't want to visit the zoo, but he might want to consider it. It's a very nice zoo, with lots of space for the animals, which are seen in a natural environment (I always take binoculars).

For a chance to enjoy the scenery:

Sungei Buloh is one of our favourites, along with Macritche reservoir.

Also there's Labrador Park, esp the boardwalk leading to it.

For cycling there's East Coast Park and Changi beach, man made but pleasant parks.

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4. Re: Nature / Outdoors

Bicycles aren't allowed in Sungei Buloh Wetlands, according to the NSParks website. Indeed, the ecosystem there is very fragile.

The MTB trail in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is actually over at the southwest Hindhede end, near Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. (The MacRitchie Reservoir entrance is at the southeast end, near the Lornie-Thomson junction.) But it & the other off-road trails (Chestnut, Gangsa Hill) off the long Upper Bukit Timah Road aren't really for sightseeing, which I think you are more interested in.

Otherwise, here is the rental shop mentioned:




Further down Upper Bukit Timah Road, to near King Albert Park MRT station, is the old railway bridge that is part of the Green Corridor. I'm not sure if there are rental shops nearby. If not, there's BYX (see above) & the Bikehaus (which has 2 branches slightly further away):



No idea about the Southern Ridges. I've read about bloggers who lived in the HDB estates close by who have cycled over, but they also said that there are signposts telling cyclists to dismount & push their bikes across all the connected bridges. Pedestrians will have priority, I presume.

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