Singapore is famously known for its premium shopping districts, diverse cultures and of course deliciously cheap food. Though all of that is mandatory to experience while you are in Singapore, here is another addition to the list and a reason to extend your stay if you plan on visiting Singapore. Hiking in Singapore is going to be an entirely different experience due to the non-existence of mountains. That means that you will be hiking through some of Singapore’s well-maintained forestry with a little twist of urban buildings that might randomly appear. So dress comfortably, put on the right shoes and get going!
The Marang Trail Entrance
This 5.23km (3.25miles) hike that takes approximately 161 minutes (without stopping) is on the contrary, a relaxing walking adventure. With only a few steep hills and a couple of stairs to climb, the rest of the path is usually flat and manageable. The hike starts from the Marang Trail located right next to the bus interchange near the Seah Im Food Centre (MRT: Harbourfront (NE1)). The Marang Trail consists of the most number of stairs and leads you right to the top. Do not worry, the climb will be worth it!
The Faber Peak
The exit of the Marang Trail brings you to Faber Peak, where you can get a clear view of the cable cars that seem to be hanging by a thin thread from where you will be standing. At 100m above sea, you will get a panoramic view of the vast greenery that surrounds the area and also the waters that many ships and boats sail from every day. The Faber Peak also offers tempting high-end restaurant options from western to asian cuisines that you can consider trying on a separate day! Faber Peak is also known for its ‘Sky Dining’ experience where you literally dine 100m above ground onboard a cable car! Now that is a must-try if you ask me!
As the name suggests, your next stop is known for its unique wave-like structure consisting of strings of smooth curves that can be seen clearly from a distance. Henderson Waves stands 36 meters above Henderson Road and it is the highest pedestrian bridge to date in Singapore. It is also a great place to do bird watching and to appreciate the vast variety of flora and fauna. If you feel a little tired from the hike, Henderson Waves is a great place to take a break where there are several platforms for you to sit or even lie down on. It is a great location to soak in all that fresh air!
The Forest Walk is by far the longest trail clocking in at 1.3km (0.81 miles), which would take about 35 minutes of walking. It allows you to walk amongst the secondary forest located in Telok Blangah Hill Park. This is made possible by the pathways that have been raised between the heights of 3 to 18 meters above ground, encompassed by the canopy of trees. This trail offers the bird’s eye view of the forest and the chance to walk alongside the tallest of trees. This could possibly be the highlight of your hike.
The long walk from the Forest Walk trail leads you to HortPark, built to be a one-stop gardening resource centre. HortPark organizes gardening-related, educational and research activities in their centre. You are able to see how different fruits, herbs and vegetables are grown, which is truly a rare sight for the local city-bred Singaporeans. HortPark is also the perfect place for you to freshen up, as there are water coolers and vending machines available here. Continue on your hike as and when you are ready!
Kent Ridge Park
Kent Ridge is one of the places in Singapore that is rich in both history and geology. This ridge is actually where Singapore fought its last battle against the invading enemies known as the Battle of Bukit Chandu. This site is also one of the 11 World War II sites in Singapore. Reflections at Bukit Chandu, a museum dedicated to portray the history of this hill is located here and if you have time on your hand, you should give the museum a visit! Additionally, Kent Ridge is also home to many indigenous plants like the White Leaved Fig and Rubber which you are still able to see today.
A fun way to discover Singapore
Make your way to Science Park 1 and this is where the hike will end. The nearest MRT will be Kent Ridge (CC24) located near National University Hospital. It is like killing two birds with one stone, not only are you able to gain more knowledge on Singapore’s history and witnessing its vast greenery on this hike but you are also getting some exercise done! Isn’t that the best form of exploration, don’t you think?
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