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The Best Walks in Singapore: From the Forest to the City

Singapore crams a lot of variety into its tiny borders, and there is no better way to get to know this misunderstood country than to go for a walk. Check out this list of the best walks in Singapore, which pass by beaches, mangrove forests, historical districts, skyscrapers and a whole lot of trees.

The Southern Ridges

If you are looking for a walking trail in Singapore with plenty of variety then you should definitely check out the Southern Ridges. It starts at Harbourfront MRT station and takes you up the hill to Mt Faber Park, where you’ll find great views over some typical Singapore suburbs and Sentosa Island . You can then continue all the way to Kent Ridge Park, taking in a unique bridge (Henderson Waves) a treetop boardwalk and plenty of open space – an extremely accessible respite from the chaos of the city (and you might be lucky enough to see some monkeys!). This walk can be done in sections – with the whole trail coming in at around 10 km, which is pretty tough going in Singapore’s hot and humid conditions.

Further Reading: The Best Free Things to Do in Singapore

City view from the Southern Ridges, one of the top walks in Singapore

The Green Corridor

One of Singapore’s many quirks is that up until 2011 Malaysia owned the railway line that cut through the country. This “corridor” was one of the few places in mainland Singapore to survive the rapid development that transformed/consumed the landscape, and even though it has since been handed over to the Singapore government (Malaysia took its tracks back though) it retains its untamed charm. It’s a peaceful place to walk through, and even though you can often still hear traffic in the background, it really does feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. There are some bridges and abandoned railway stations to check out, but the biggest draw is definitely the wide open green spaces. The Green Corridor is best accessed near the old Bukit Timah Railway Station (I tried to get on it near Tanjong Pagar, close the centre of the city, but it was completely fenced off – the government makes it pretty tough to enjoy the Green Corridor and there is very little promotion around about it.) The whole corridor is around 26 kilometres, good luck completing that in one day though!

Further reading: Find out more about the Green Corridor and why it’s such a great Singapore success story.

A bridge on the Green Corridor, one of the best walks in Singapore

Marina Bay to Robertson Quay: one of the best night walks in Singapore

Singapore has some stunning inner city scenery, the best of which can be seen on a walk down the river. You’ll see old colonial buildings surrounded by modern marvels of engineering, you’ll get to visit museums, bars, cafes and restaurants, and if you go at night you’ll see the mind-blowing site (if you’re from a small town) of immense skyscrapers lit up as far the eye can see.  The whole journey takes an hour or 2 (depending on how many bars you stop at) and is one of my favourite walks in Singapore.

The city view at Boat Quay - Marina Bay to Robertson Quay is one of the best walks in Singapore

Macritchie Reservoir

Macritchie Reservoir is a popular spot, but go there during the week and it’ll be extremely quiet. The reservoir itself is an attractive spot for a stroll, but venture a little further and you’ll find the unsettlingly high tree top walk. Those with a fear of heights might be better to stay on the ground, but it’s an experience I definitely recommend. I also saw monkeys up there, which is always a bonus! There is a pretty decent hawker centre style restaurant by the reservoir, and from there it’s around 6 km to the treetop walk.

Along the boardwalk at Macritchie Reservoir, one of the best walks in Singapore

Pasir Ris Park to Tampines Eco Green/Sun Plaza Park

Not many tourists (or expats) do this walk, but it’s definitely worth an hour or so of your time. Pasir Ris Park has a decent beach and a small boardwalk over a mangrove forest, but if you keep walking you’ll get right into heartland suburban Singapore. You’ll pass a prawn pond (you can pay a fee and catch them yourself) and lots of public housing buildings until you eventually reach Tampines Eco Green – a great place to surround yourself in nature. I saw a few birds and monitor lizards and also got caught in a torrential downpour, it was still fun though.

Tampines Eco Green, part of the journey from Pasir Ris Park to Tampines, one of the best walks in Singapore

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

If you want to get out into some proper wilderness in Singapore, this is one of the best options. The road leading to the wetland reserve actually houses farms (tiny ones compared to most countries, but they are still farms!), and is about as far away from the city as you can get. You can see Malaysia in the background, and if you’re really lucky you might even see a crocodile. I wrote a full post about Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve which you can read here.

Sungei Buloh Weland Reserve, one of the best walks in Singapore

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

This is the highest natural point in Singapore, but don’t go hoping for an amazing view as you’ll be very disappointed (the most interesting thing I saw at the top was a sign saying you’ll be shot if you go to the restricted area). It’s still a nice walk though, and there are plenty of other trails in the nature reserve.  Be careful if you decide to walk on one of the mountain biking paths like I did – cyclists go pretty fast and it can be treacherous at times. You can also walk to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve from Macritchie Reservoir (it’s about another 6 km past the treetop walk).

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, one of the best walks in Singapore

Pulau Ubin

Perhaps more famous for cycling, Pulau Ubin is also one of the best walks in Singapore. It’s quite a big island and you’ll struggle to see it all in one day, but there are a few highlights that you shouldn’t miss. There are some strange coloured lakes (the remnants of the quarries that used to dominate the island), a coastal boardwalk, wild pigs and some you’d expect to see in Indonesia or the Philippines, not Singapore! Read a full post on Pulau Ubin here.

Pulau Ubin, one of the best walks in Singapore

Sentosa Island

If you’re after beaches but can’t be bothered going to Thailand, Cambodia or the Philippines, then head to Sentosa Island where you’ll get a convincing simulation. The beaches are nice (even though they are man-made) and there are plenty of other activities on the island, including a theme park, aquarium and indoor skydiving. The walk between the 3 main beaches (Siliso, Palawan and Tanjong) is great, and if you’re there at night consider walking back to Vivo City Mall/Harbourfront MRT instead of taking the train.

The beaches of the Sentosa - one of the best walks in Singapore

Historical districts in Singapore

Singapore has 3 main historical districts; Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam. Kampong Glam (the old Arab quarter) is my favourite, but if you’ve got time you can walk around them all as they are pretty close to each other. Read a full post on Singapore’s historical districts here.

The historical districts, exploring these is one of the best walks in Singapore

If you’re spending some time in Singapore then you should definitely check out some of these walks – you’ll get to see areas of the country you’d never expect to see, and you’ll burn some calories in the humid conditions.

Have you been on any walks in Singapore? What was your favourite, or which one would you like to try? Let me know!

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Jon Algie

A travel blogger from New Zealand who hates talking about himself in the third person and has no imagination when it comes to naming websites.
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6 Comments

  1. Jessi
    August 21, 2014 at 9:45 am — Reply

    Hey Jon – Thanks for these! I look forward to trying them out sometime soon 🙂

    • August 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm — Reply

      Nice, I hope the teaching is going well!

  2. Michael
    April 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm — Reply

    Hello ,
    Really helpful posts about Singapore , i am visiting next month and find this blog so helpful . Have 1 question about walking tours especially in greenery / areas of not much traffic .
    Is it possible to do them on a bike ? ( cycling / bike rental )

    many thanks

    • April 22, 2016 at 12:24 am — Reply

      Hi Michael, Singapore is a great place to rent a bike. There are cycle lanes all over the city and you can also cycle at places like Bukit Timah, the Green Corridor and Pulau Ubin. East Coast Park is also a popular place. Enjoy your trip!

  3. July 30, 2016 at 10:59 am — Reply

    Thanks Jon 🙂 We’re in Singapore this coming week and can’t wait 🙂

    • July 31, 2016 at 1:55 pm — Reply

      Enjoy your trip, Singapore is awesome!

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