Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips
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About Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Live and co-exist with natural surroundings and experience the serenity of the Bukit Timah Natural Reserve located only 12 km away from the hullabaloo of Singapore. Considered as the richest ecological wonder in the beautiful city of Singapore due to its affinity with the equator, the reserve boasts of lush green vegetation, and a diverse variety of flora and fauna. The reserve also has Singapore's highest peak, Bukit Timah hill and has also preserved its rainforests.

The forests located on the hill have the rarest quality of Malayan plants which surely should be seen. The rarest of flora and fauna are found here and that is primarily the reason why the reserve is considered a favourite spot for people to visit every year. Once a hidden gem but when people started coming here and spreading the good word the place has become an extremely popular destination to explore.

The premise also has an interactive gallery which allows the visitors to gather and seek information on forest ecology, varieties and pictures of flora, insects and fauna along with tree-spotting displays. The charm of the centre is in the centrepiece where two grandiose and imposing Sumatran Tiger replicas are kept on display. A reserve is also a great option for passionate hikers who can grab the opportunity to take a hike up the hill battling high slopes and taking tougher terrains on your way. You can research on the umpteen walking routes available and select one according to the difficulty level you can take.

If you do not like voyaging on foot then you can surely bike your way on the segregated routes. The reserve has a lot of activities to do in Singapore for all age groups, especially children who can take a lot of learning back home. The reserve also conducts a nature workshop where kids can enjoy the arts and craft making in the luxury of lushness. The reserve is the pride of Singapore and also a sigh of relief when you are in contact with nature and yourself.

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Essential information

Located at Hindhede Dr the reserve opens at 7.00 AM and functions till 7.00 PM every day. The reserve is very particular about its closing time; hence it is a good idea to ensure you visit before to finish well on time. The exhibition functions between 8.00 AM and 5.30 PM. The entry to the reserve is free of cost. The entire tour might take a close to 5 hours to complete so the timings have to adjust accordingly so that you are out before 7.00 PM.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Dos and Don'ts

Every place has its charm and we want to explore it to the hilt, although there are many precautions one needs to take to enjoy the destination in its truest form.

1. Maintain your distance with the monkeys: Monkeys can be a big problem here so when you encounter them on your way, ensure that you look down and walk at a good distance away from them. The monkeys can get aggressive if they sense any threat which then will not be a favourable situation.

2. Maintain the spirit of the Reserve: The Park is a rejuvenating experience and it will help if the visitors maintain it by ensuring that they keep it clean.

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3. Check the weather: Ensure that before you decide to embark on this beautiful journey, you get first-hand information about the weather because we do not recommend you to visit here during the rainy season and stormy situations.

4. Do not become noisy: The venue is meant to be enjoyed because of its pristine and immaculate experience. The peace one experiences are unmatchable and visitors should maintain the sanctity of the location and ensure not to spoil the peace by becoming very noisy.

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5. Respect the wildlife and fauna: The preservation of wildlife and the plantations is done so with relentless zeal to ensure the guests enjoy and learn. It is requested that all visitors do not try to disrupt the process and pose any harm or danger to these animals.

6. Be careful in your hikes: Ensure that you follow all safety standards and do not go off track the trail that is meant for your hike. A little deviation can be fatal and can go against the safety standards that are ensured by the authorities.

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Things to See and Do in Bukit Timah

Bukit Timah is a natural wonder in beautiful Singapore and provides respite in the truest form. The lush natural habitat with the highest peaks, some challenging trails and activities to go with, Bukit Timah is by far the best places to see in Singapore. This locale is full of interesting things to do and seek as a travel enthusiast.

1. The horse ride you'll never forget: Gallop stables at Horse city lets you take a good look of the reserve riding a horse with an instructor. If you are not up for a foot journey, the ride can get interesting especially when your kids also can sit on a pony while taking the ride.

2. Visit the Pasar Bella Farmers market: The farmer's market is spread in a sprawling space of 30,000 sqft. A zone where traders meet foodies, this market is a wealth of discoveries in the form of pastries, sauces and much more.

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3. Treetop walks: Hikers will love to venture on this treetop especially when it takes them above the lush rainforests. The treetops as suggested in the title takes you atop the hills which will enable you to envision sights of monkeys and macaques. You can take different trails to reach the treetop providing the much-needed thrills for you.

4. Visit the Botanic garden: A UNESCO world heritage site spread in 74 acres is a visual treat with about 10,000 different species of plants. Nature lovers are sure to love this place and the garden is free to visit.

5. Don't forget the National Orchid Garden: An important part of the Botanical garden, you can find 60,000 species of plants here. You will find carpets of beautiful and colourful flowers and walks which you will remember.

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Best Time to Visit Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Visiting the reserve is surely a good idea most of the year barring a few months in between because it gets really hot and sometimes it rains heavily. So as per our recommendation, it is best visited especially in the months between November and March when the weather is friendly and the vegetation looks greener than ever.

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How to reach Bukit Timah Nature Reserve from Airport?

To reach the reserve from Changi airport, you can use many ways to reach here based on how much you are willing to spend.

- If you have opted for the bus, the buses that are available for the locations are 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852 and 961.
- If you opt for the bus route, get down at Jalan Anak Bukit Road which is located across the Beauty world centre. The bus stop id is 42109. You can also get down at the Upper Bukit Timah Road which is right opposite the shopping centre. The Bus stop ID is 42091.
- If you are travelling using the MRT, then you need to get off at the Beauty world centre MRT station and take Exit A.
- You can take the subway which will take about an hour and a half but can work well within your budget. 
- You can rent a car and take a drive to enjoy the drive and reach in no time.
- The airport shuttle also takes you directly to the reserve but at a higher cost and a quicker drive.
- Taxi and cab services give you a good option to save yourself from driving.

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Q1. What Are The Highlights At The Reserve?

The Bukit Reserve is an absolute delight for nature and trek lovers. The Bukit Timah hill stands tall spread at an area of 163 m. The reserve is full of rich flora and fauna that is native to Singapore. Despite having 40% of native flora and fauna, the area so occupied is only close to 1% to that of the total area in Singapore. You will find rare species like Plantain Squirrel, the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the Singapore Freshwater Crab which is also a very rare form of crab that can be found only in Singapore. The Reserve is the only hill forest located in Singapore which in itself is a highlight because such reserves can be found only when they are above 300 meters from the sea level.

Q2. How do I get to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve?

The location is accessible and reachable because it is not very far from the central part of Singapore. The reserve can be reached by bus and by MRT which gives you the flexibility to choose your route according to your convenience. You can take the bus to reach here and specifically the buses that need to be taken is bus no 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852 and 961. You have to stop at the beauty world centre bus stop that takes you to the Upper Bukit Timah road.

If you take the MRT then you can come directly from the Beauty World Center stop which will bring you to the reserve. You can also come to the reserve by car where you can drive in the direction of the reserve from the city centre. The roads are good and you can easily reach the reserve with very little twists and turns in the direction to reach. You can avail the parking facility at the visitor centre which is open from 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM.

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Q3. How long does it take to complete a visit to the park?

If you have decided to take a trail atop the hill, ascend and descend will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The entire visit to the reserve will easily take 3-4 hours and if you include the trek it might take a bit longer. Since the park is open only till 7.00 PM we advise you to experience the bright and chirpy mornings and complete the entire tour in daylight.

Q4. How long is Bukit Timah Hill?

The Bukit Timah Hill also fondly called as the Mount Everest of Singapore stands 163 meters tall. The hill is accessible and has proven to be a popular point especially for trekkers and nature freaks. Entry to the hill can be done via Hindhede road. The trail to the peak of the summit can get risky if precautions are not taken. There are several routes to reach the top of the hill and the hikers can pick the route that suits their determination.

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Q5. May I bring my own food into the park?

You can bring food here and a sufficient amount of water too because the trail and the reserve walk can tire you and make you hungry. You have to be careful about littering here as the reserve is extremely well kept and renovated new. Also, there are many monkeys here so it is best to hide food whenever they are around so that they do not get aggressive.

Q6. Can I do trekking at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve?

The reserve is known for its hikes and trails. The natural wildlife centre has a hill which is a great way for trekkers to spend their day trekking. There are 7 hiking trails around the reserve which you can take based on the level of difficulty you can take.

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Q7. Can I bring my own stroller or wheelchair into the park?

The wheelchair and strollers are allowed access into the park.

Q8. Is it known as the ASEAN heritage site?

The Natural reserve is protected under the Parks and trees act and also has been officially declared as the ASEAN heritage site in 2011. It is now a part of the prominent regional network of about 35 protected areas.

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