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“Excellent Refreshing Place”

MacRitchie Nature Trail
Ranked #15 of 805 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A short trip from the city center lies the serenity of MacRitchie Reservoir, part of Singapore’s water catchment system that captures rain water to help supply the island’s growing population. Trails surround the park, which has an upgraded visitor’s center featuring a café, restrooms and information station. The best views are from the TreeTop Walk, a 250-meter suspension bridge across the rainforest canopy, which can be accessed along the seven-kilometer Venus Loop. Wear hiking shoes and bring water.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Excellent Refreshing Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Likes: The place is well planned and it is very safe. In the forest it is cool and you can bring your kids for education and excising purposes. Bus is available right outside of the place.

Dislike: It might rain but there are not many shelter, please bring your raincoat!

Visited September 2012
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“The surprising side of Singapore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I am a walker. I walk every day, if I can, for at least an hour, usually much longer.
Macritchie? Fantastic. Here we are in urban Singapore. Walk along the several paths, boardwalks along the lakeside, trails over hills and down dales, climb up to a tree top walk, take two to three hours and walk through to Bukit Timah or even as far as Chua Chu Kang, and you could be anywhere but Singapore.
Monkeys, birds, wildlife, monitor lizards, a few snakes even, squirrels, wild pigs - you will see them. Guaranteed.
I read somewhere that 40% of Singapore, by law, remains green area. It is probably right. It is over ten kilometers to walk from the main entrance at Macritchie to Chua Chu Kang, and apart from one kilometer long the isolated Rifle Range Road, it is bush all the way.
Or just do the circuit around the lower reservoir and wonder as youw ander along the boardwalks and forest paths. Beautiful. About the only danger is from the many joggers who know its attractions and exercise there mainly in the cool of the evening.
You can even cool off and shower in the excellent facilities at the main entrance.
If it rains, a few huts here and there provide shelter.
IN a word, wonderful.

Visited October 2012
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“Weekend Hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

My partner and I headed over to the reservoir on a Saturday morning and it was fairly easy to get to - although the journey from Pasir Ris to the park did take a significant amount of time, but all worth it. It is best to start hiking as early as 7am before the sun comes hitting its blaze on your face - and regular hikers were also seen. We decided to take a moderate trail, so as not to get lost or too tired on our first visit there. The signboards are pretty straightforward and it is unlikely that you would get lost. It was good to have many "rest-areas" in between with clean water to refill our bottles with. We finished at about 12pm.

Visited March 2012
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“nice to get out of the malls”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Note: we only did the Tree Top loop starting at Venus Drive.

Fun to see monkeys. Broke a sweat, but doesn't actually feel like you get out into nature. Lots of people everywhere. But it was still a break from the city which was nice

Visited October 2012
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“Good place to Exercise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

If you like running, go Macritchie,
If you love Nature, go Macritchie,
If you enjoy peaceful environment and escape from city noise, this is a place for you to be.

Going there need to take bus as no near by MRT, do know the route to take early, follow the map advise and don't choose to explore new one, as you may get lost. Enjoy the Run : )

Visited October 2012
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