When many tourists think of Singapore, they think of big shopping malls, a bustling city centre and a skyline of skyscrapers. But did you also know that Singapore has a reputation for being a garden city? The “garden city” vision was introduced in Singapore way back in 1967 by Singapore’s first prime minister, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He dreamed of a Singapore with lush greenery and a clean & green environment for all to enjoy and he would be proud to see his vision come to life! In 2017, Singapore beat out 16 other cities and won the “City in a Garden” crown. As a tourist, you should spend some time in the parks and be in awe of the wonderful flora and fauna. WithTravel has done our research to present to all visitors the top 5 parks in Singapore:

 

No. 1: Gardens by the Bay – Singapore’s Garden of Wonder

 

Singapore’s most popular attraction in recent years, the Gardens by the Bay is an absolute favourite among locals, expats and tourists alike. You can be sure to have seen images of the epic SuperTree Grove when you google photos of Singapore. A great spot to snap a photo of the SuperTree Grove is by walking to the end of the link bridge linking the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to the Gardens by the Bay. Another great vantage point is the OCBC Skywalk (paid entry), which is the bridge that links two of the tallest SuperTrees. From there, you can take photos of the surrounding park which includes the Dragonfly Bridge, the Dragonfly Lake, Heritage Gardens, Sun Pavilion, Floral Clock, Silver Garden, Golden Garden, Floral Clock and World of Plants (which are all free to enter and open from 5am to 2am daily) and the paid conservatories – Cloud Forest and Flower Dome (both are open from 9am to 9pm daily). If you’re feeling hungry, you should visit Satay by the Bay, where you can enjoy local delicacies in a lovely setting. After dinner, head back to the SuperTree Grove for the nightly light and music show (which is free for all to enjoy)

 

Gardens by the Bay

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

 

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No. 2: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – Singapore’s tallest hill at 163.63 metres above sea level

 

Established in 1883, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a 163 hectares nature reserve (the largest nature reserve in Singapore) and is built around Bukit Timah Hill (Singapore’s highest hill at 163.63 metres), and the surrounding tropical rainforest (Bukit Timah Forest Reserve). Here, you can experience pristine nature untouched by the development of the bustling city centre, which is located just 12 kilometres away. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems and a huge variety of flora and fauna and gives visitors a chance to get up close and personal with nature. In lieu of its natural heritage and cultural significance, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve was declared as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2011.  There’s also the Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trail (7km long) which is the oldest biking trail in Singapore and was open in 1997 and is meant for intermediate to advanced technical mountain bikers which is considered as an intense trail with fast descents and rock drops.

 

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Address: Hindhede Drive, Singapore 589318

Opening hours: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is open daily 7am to 7pm

No. 3: Singapore Botanic Gardens – Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

The Singapore Botanic Gardens was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 and is the Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was added to this world acclaimed list due to its cultural and ecological significance. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the only tropical botanic garden on the list of World Heritage Sites, which makes it a must-visit for tourists who are nature lovers. At the centre of the park is the Bandstand located on Lawrence Niven’s parade ground, which is a popular site for pre-wedding photos. There are 47 heritage trees in the Gardens and the most popular one is the Tembusu tree, which is older than the park itself! Another popular attraction in the park is National Orchid Garden, which houses over 1000 species of rare orchids and display 2000 hybrids (entry to the Orchid Garden is 5 SGD for adults).

 

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

Opening hours: 5am to Midnight daily

National Orchid Garden

Opening hours: 830am to 7pm daily. Last entry is 6pm

 

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No. 4: MacRitchie Reservoir Park & TreeTop Walk – Singapore’s largest reservoir park

 

MacRitchie Reservoir Park has been a popular choice with nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts for many years now. It forms part of Singapore’s central catchment area and is the nation’s biggest reservoir park (12 hectares). Here, you can rent kayaks and canoes and explore the great outdoors. MacRitchie Reservoir is also known for its long hiking trails and the TreeTop Walk, which is a 2-hour hike from the entry point at MacRitchie Reservoir Park. The TreeTop Walk features a 250-metre-long suspension bridge (the tallest free-standing suspension bridge in Singapore) that takes hikers on walk on the wilder side of life as you explore the forest canopy (You’ll be at 25 metres above sea level at the highest point of the walk – this is not a walk for the faint hearted – there’s no backing out once you’re on the bridge as its one-way traffic only!) A note of caution to avoid bringing fresh food into the park, as wild monkeys roam freely and are known to get up close and personal with visitors if they smell the scent of delicious food! Please do not feed the monkeys as they are known to be aggressive when they are hungry.

 

MacRitchie Reservoir

Address: Lornie Road, Singapore 298717

Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (Park is lit from 7pm to 7am and visitors are advised to stay along designated hiking trails at all times)

 

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TreeTop Walk

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Friday 9am to 5pm, Weekends & Public Holidays 830am to 5pm, Closed on Mondays

 

No. 5: Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park

 

Located in the middle of two popular residential estates in Singapore, Bishan and Ang Mo Kio, the Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park is a sprawling outdoor park (62 hectares) and filled with amenities like an open field for ultimate frisbee, a track for cyclists, a play area for dogs, a roller blading centre and a meandering river feature (Pond Gardens & River Plains which is 3km long). Also located in the park is an exclusive spa (Aramsa – the Garden Spa), alfresco diners (ToriYard, Canopy Garden Dining and Bar) and a popular brunch cafe (Grub). Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park is a hidden gem seldom discovered by tourists and is mostly frequented by locals. This is a one-stop shop for a day-out for the entire family and best of all, there’s no admission cost.  

 

Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park

Address: 1384 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569932

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Park is lit from 7pm to 7am.