Where to Go in Singapore for Nature Lovers

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  Singapore Botanical Gardens
Singapore is a thriving metropolis filled with skyscrapers, high-rise buildings and offices amidst apartment homes. But its also the garden city. Driving down any one of Singapore’s freeways you will soon notice the many trees and shrubbery that line the streets. Everywhere, it seems, is an open garden in Singapore. If you love nature and cities simultaneously, here’s where to go in Singapore for nature lovers…

Palau Ubin

Palau Ubin

Just a 10 minute ferry ride from the mainland, nature lovers will have love hearts pouring out their eyes when they discover Palau Ubin. This is the old Singapore you think you can only now read about. It is untouched and rustic, a complete contrast to the present day thriving metropolis that seems a world away once you step foot on Palau Ubin. Once here be sure to rent a bike and cycle around this little slice of paradise, all the while enjoying the nature that surrounds you, including a great range of wildlife.
Getting there: By public transport, take the MRT to Tanah Merah MRT Station (EW4), then board Bus No. 2 to Changi Village bus interchange. Changi Point jetty is not far from the bus interchange. From the jetty, take a bumboat ride (S$2 per adult one way) to Ubin.

Macritchie treetop walk Singapore

MacRitchie Treetop Walk

Its easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the best attractions and places to visit in a new city are those you read about most. But after asking a local insider for some tips on where else to go in Singapore that perhaps wasn’t so well known but equally worth seeing, I wound up at the MacRitchie nature reserve – home to the treetop walk. This part of Singapore also feels a world away from the speedy taxi drivers and red traffic lights. Best of all, it’s entirely free to visit!
Getting there: To get to the treetop walk, you need to walk 4.5km from MacRitchie Reservoir or 2.5km from Venus Drive near Singapore Island Country Club. Closed on Mondays.

Singapore_Super_trees

Supertrees

From a distance the colourful supertrees inside Gardens by the Bay look like a gleaming tourist attraction bedazzled with glittering lights. Yes, tourists love them. But you’ll be delighted to learn that the trees are in fact an eco-friendly creation. Not only are the tree structures covered in 1630,000 plants of over 200 species, but they are also built to produce solar energy!
Getting there: Via the Circle Line or Downtown line: exit at Bayfront MRT and take Exit B. Follow the Underground walkway, exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge to enter Gardens by the Bay.

Botanic gardens singapore

Botanic Gardens

Its easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the best attractions and places to visit in a new city are those you read about most. But after asking a local insider for some tips on where else to go in Singapore that perhaps wasn’t so well known but equally worth seeing, I wound up at the MacRitchie nature reserve – home to the treetop walk. This part of Singapore also feels a world away from the speedy taxi drivers and red traffic lights. Best of all, it’s entirely free to visit!
Getting there: Nearest MRT is Orchard MRT or Botanic Gardens (Circle Line).

 

World of Wanderlust was a guest to Singapore with thanks to the Singapore Tourism Board. As always, my opinion is my own.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

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    monika

    February 17, 2016

    I like to your Singapore for nature lovers Destination and those are near by in India.

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    Bibiana

    March 2, 2015

    Definitely recommend Gardens by the Bay! Don’t forget to visit the Cloud Forest and stay to watch the Garden Rhapsody! https://travellingomnomnivore.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/gardens-by-the-bay-singapore/

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    Linda

    February 26, 2015

    I would love to do the treetop walk next time I’m in Singapore! But 2 to 4 km of walking until you get there omg.

    I think there was an editing mistake in the paragraph below Botanic Gardens? I see the same text you wrote for the treetop walk.

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    Goodnight and travel well

    February 21, 2015

    Wow… I thought that Singapore is only skyscrspers 🙂 this is good to know! Lovely pics.

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    Aisyah

    February 21, 2015

    As a Singaporean, I was completely enthralled by this post! 🙂 There are so many lovely things to see in my country, and I hope you enjoyed your stay there 🙂

    xx.

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    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)

    February 21, 2015

    Beautiful! We are headed through Singapore in a week or two, only for a lay over. Might should have scheduled a little longer there. http://www.eatallovertheworld.com

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    The Daily Miacis

    February 21, 2015

    Always that I read Singapore, it comes to head Captain Jack Sparrow saying ” You clearly never been in SIngapore”, and sure I didn’t. It looks so crazy to meet and with so many to see, color and smells. And that garden *.*

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    Leanne Winters

    February 21, 2015

    this is a lovely edit, i love nature & i would love to walk that bridge ( a bit scar though!)

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    anna

    February 21, 2015

    Love this post! Bookmarked in case I decide to travel, but for now British gardens are my main focus.

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    Olga

    February 21, 2015

    I love botanic gardens!
    They are usually located quite centric (at least in all the cities I’ve been to), so it gives them that special urban touch that I like so much 🙂

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    Trou

    February 21, 2015

    So gorgeous! I’m always a big fan of botanical gardens. 🙂
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    Anna

    February 20, 2015

    It looks like such a nice place 🙂

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    LowestRoomRates

    February 20, 2015

    Pulau Ubin great spot to get closer to nature from busy city life.

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    Janina

    February 20, 2015

    Love these pics! The supertrees and the botanic garden looks gorgeous 🙂
    XO Janina
    http://janinafran.blogspot.ca

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    Bartek

    February 20, 2015

    Hi Brooke,

    Thanks for nice pics. I didn’t know that Singapore is so full of the green spaces and nature!
    Maybe one day I will check myself.

    Regards,
    Bartek from Gdansk, Poland

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    Rae

    February 20, 2015

    Wow Singapore looks absolutely beautiful. I haven’t yet been able to make it out to that part of the world, but I hope to be able to very soon. Thanks for the wonderful tips – will definitely refer to them if I ever get to Singapore!

    Rae | love from berlin

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    Cheyenne

    February 20, 2015

    So beautiful, I love how Singapore is so small and urban and yet so green!

    xx Cheyenne
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    Kasey LK

    February 20, 2015

    I love going to singapore <3 I have been here before, and it take wonderful nature images <3

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    Malena

    February 20, 2015

    Such fantastic spots! Singapore has been on my bucketlist for a long time now and since I’m living in Perth (not too far away at all!) I think it’s about time I book my flights. Especially after seeing these tips.

    X Malena
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    SAUL

    February 20, 2015

    amazing! Love Singa and everything it has to offer.

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    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel

    February 20, 2015

    Gorgeous photos and wonderful suggestions! I have been to Gardens by the Bay but I haven’t yet done the MacRitchie treetop walk – next time! By the way, it looks like you might have accidentally duplicated the paragraph for MacRitchie and Botanic Gardens 😉

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    Maiko

    February 20, 2015

    Oh these places look absolutely beautiful and the photography is just amazing.

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    Leesa and Kate

    February 20, 2015

    Thanks for sharing. Will see some of them on our next visit!

    Travel inspo? http://www.wanderlustchronicles.com.au

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    Hazel

    February 20, 2015

    Love beautiful natures! <3 Never knew this side of Singapore. 🙂

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    Sue

    February 20, 2015

    Hi Brooke,

    It’s ‘Pulau’, not Palau. 🙂 Pulau means island in Malay language. 🙂

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