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“Tropical Oasis and Monkey paradise”

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Ranked #81 of 864 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 19, 2012

As you reach the enterence to Bukit Timah nature reserve, you are immediately aware that you are stepping into a jungle with the smell of the vegetation and the humidity . Its a steep climb to the summit and as you walk up you will see lots of little paths leading of from the main one and deep into the jungle. Full of the sounds of birds and insects, there is something to look at everywhere.
The whole place is full of monkeys, you can see them swinging from tree to tree or grooming each other, feeding their young and carrying their babies. Just be very careful not to take any food, as they will snatch it off you and don't put your bag or your camera down as the cheeky things will take a liking to it and run off with it when you are not looking.
Well worth a visit.

2  Thank Charlie190262
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"dairy farm"
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"highest point"
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"primary rainforest"
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"mountain biking"
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"steep steps"
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"nice hike"
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"paved road"
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"main trail"
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"south view"
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"great exercise"
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"highest hill"
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"rest points"
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"highest peak"
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"catchment area"
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"tropical rainforest"
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

good place to escape from malls, etc. careful not to bring any food, or at least cover them well. Monkeys are around to snatch them.

Thank Aria M
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Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

I didn't climb the summit on my visit, not that it's that high or that the steep approach put me off. Just didn't have time.

I did however follow nature trails through the dense forest. Not from this part of the world all the flora and fauna are quite amazing and totally different to home. If you're lucky like I was you will also see the local monkeys, and there are plenty of them.

Where you're here you forget you're in the middle of a cosmopolitan city and surrounded by highways.

If you're in Singapore for more than a few days I would definitely include this on your itinerary for a few hours.

1  Thank Harisap
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

If you are visiting Singapore for more than a few days you may wish to take an hour or two and climb Bukit Timah Hill and visit its Visitor Centre. You will see lots of locals taking their exercise, and one sight to watch for is the practice of returning back down the steepest part of the hill backwards, which is meant to save the knees from injury. If you are lucky a friendly Singaporean will strike up a conversation with you about their exercise regime! It is a reasonably challenging walk, especially the first part, in the Singapore heat, and do watch out for the naughty macaque monkeys. My friend rustled a plastic carrier bag and they began to approach from all sides at speed! Do spend ten minutes in the visitor centre as well, to learn a little about the history of the Japanese invasion, the battle at Bukit Timah and the fall of Singapore. This is quietly touching stuff.

1  Thank beauchamptraveller
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Reviewed August 31, 2012 via mobile

Went to the park for a stroll but came home a few hours later after a long exhausting walk. At the park you can choose how much you want to walk. Take care with children in prams... Not easy for mom and dad. Well worth the visit. Well signposted.

Thank GreatTrue
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