- Location: 177 Hindhede Drive, Singapore
- Attraction Type: A nature reserve
- Significance: Singapore’s oldest rain forest with pant species nearing 850
- Best Time to Visit: All through the year
- Visiting Hours: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
- How to Reach: Take Singapore Mass Rapid Transit train to Newton Station, and then by Bus 171
- Nearest International Airport: Singapore International Airport
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a primal rainforest within the city limits of Singapore. Worldwide, only Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has a similar rainforest within its city area. Singapore Bukit Timah Nature Reserve covering an area of 164 hectares perhaps has more species of trees than in the entire continent of North America. While trekking along the well-marked paths of this nature reserve you would come across flying lemurs, monkeys, exotic birds, squirrels and innumerable butterflies.
Established in 1883, Bukit Timah was protected by legislation as a National Park in 1951. The origin of the word ‘timah’ is debatable. ‘Timah’ in Malay refers to ‘tin’, which however is not found in this area of Singapore. ‘Timah’ most likely would have referred to ‘temak’, a tall pale-crowned timber yielding tree found in abundance in these forests. Significance Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore includes Singapore’s highest point of 163 meters. Being the city’s oldest primary rainforest the variety of plants is countless. This exceedingly productive forest has plant species which are unique and still undiscovered.
Bukit Timah Reserve being Singapore city’s oldest rain forest has never been cleared and still exists in its primeval form with nearly 850 varieties of flowering plants including climbers or ‘rattans’, orchids, ferns, gingers and lilies. Look out for the Bat or Black lily. The animal species are equally attractive. Long tailed Macaques would surprise you. Among the bird varieties bulbuls, striped tit babbler and fairy bluebird would amaze you.
Activities in Bukit Timah Natural Reserve can keep you engaged throughout the day. There are five walking trails ranging from ‘easy’ to ‘difficult’ to be selected from. Trekking these routes ranging from 35 minutes to 2 hours is the best way to discover this rain forest. You might also hike up to the Bukit Timah Peak at 164 meters to get a breathtaking view of Singapore island. If rock climbing interests you, then a couple of sites inside this nature Reserve would impress you. Outside the reserve’s boundary there is a biking trail of 6km which takes about 30 minutes to complete. Accommodation
Singapore is a tourist’s paradise and hence has umpteen hotels and guest houses to be chosen from for staying. Marina Mandarin Singapore, Holiday Inn Atrium, Peninsula Excelsior, Grand Mercure Roxy, Golden Landmark, The Elizabeth Singapore, and Furama City Center are some of the selected hotels of this city-state.
Singapore being the busiest port in Asia and a favored destination of tourists from all over the globe has restaurants serving the choicest recipes from all corners of the globe. Crystal Jade is a specialized Chinese restaurant, while The Rice Table serves Indonesian varieties. Angus Steak House serves authentic Italian and American delicacies, and Sakae Sushi served Japanese delights. Seoul Garden specializes in bar-b-cue preparations, while Coffee Club is a gourmet coffee shop.