Singapore is a concrete jungle with amazing skyscrapers and fascinating landscape. Walk along the streets of Orchard Road and you will be greeted with rows and rows of malls and shops. In the financial district, each building is unique with its own architecture style and design. Yet, did you know that Singapore is known as a green city because it is simply so green? This week, we went to explore Singapore’s TreeTop Walk, at the largest catchment area in Singapore.
This trail can last for 1 hour or up to 4 hours, depending on where you start and end. We started at MacRitchie Reservoir and ended up in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. This is one of the 2 trails that you can do in Singapore. The other is from Mt Faber to Kent Ridge Park.
What Is The Tree Top Walk
The tree top walk is one of the new nature spots in Singapore (2015). Featuring a 250m suspending bridge between the 2 highest points in Singapore, it gives you an amazing view of the catchment area of the Nature Reserve. It is one of the natural panoramic viewpoints in Singapore.
The tree top walk is located in the heart of Singapore. Because Singapore is rich in the biodiversity, you will be thrilled with the flowering plants and 500 species of animals that call MacRitchie home.
Why Is It In The Singapore Bucket List
This is 1st on the list of the Singapore Bucket List! This trail shows a very authentic side of Singapore, other than the developed cityscape. In the past, Singapore was a fishing village, a great trading harbour and a jungle. We had a huge diversity of plants and animals. As our little nation developed, we started to replace these forests with concrete ones. However, this tree top walk, located in the heart of Singapore, remained true to itself – being green and home to flora and fauna. Not only that, it is the largest catchment area in Singapore!
This activity shows a softer side of Singapore, where you see families gathering, youths canoeing and people working out. That is the Singapore life. It is not always super fancy dinner, power cars and sophisticated gym. The stress of a fast-paced city can get too overwhelming, and be surrounded by Mother Nature brings peace to one’s hearts.
Of course, the important thing is the amazing picture you can take. It is a very different picture from the usual Singapore Touristy shots. Perhaps that is why many couples visit the walk together.
Find out more on what else is on the Singapore Bucket List when you are traveling here!
How To Get to Singapore Treetop Walk
Getting there is easy. You can choose between car, cab or bus. No matter what though, you will still have to trek a little.
By Bus to Tree Top Walk
Venus Drive (shortest distance): take bus number 52, 132, 163, 166, 167, 855 and 980 and alight just outside ESSO station before the junction of Venus Drive, Upper Thomson Road and Sin Ming Avenue.
Original point (full experience): take bus number 52, 74, 93, 130, 132, 156, 157, 162, 162M, 165, 166, 167, 852, 855 and 980 and alight at MacRitchie Reservoir Park bus stop. It is the main bus stop for the park.
From there, walk into the park and follow the signs. The signs are everywhere and it is not possible to get lost. Head towards “TreeTop Walk”.
By Cab/Car to Tree Top Walk
Traditional Method: Take the cab to the public car park at Venus Drive or the main car park at MacRitchie Park. Alight and follow the signs.
Shorter Distance: alternatively, drive into Singapore Island Country Club, along Upper Thomson Road. Enter the country club and follow the Island Club Road and keep driving. On your left, you will see a small road that leads towards the Tree Top Walk. You can alight there and start walking. As for the car, you can park it in Singapore Island Country Club, if you are a member.
Secret Method: After meeting a Singaporean army officer, he told us a secret. You can drive to Rifle Range Road and start your trekking from there. You might need a pass to park your car, but you can take a cab instead. It is a shorter distance, less inclination and perfect for families.
TreeTop Walk Information
Name of Place: TreeTop Walk
Address: 601 Island Club Road, Singapore 578775
Operating Hours: Weekdays: 0900 – 1700, Weekends: 0830 – 1700. Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)
Contact Number: 1800-4717-300
Distance: 6km, round trip
Cost: The entire trip is free! Download the walking trail guide here.
This place is great for everyone. The walkways are very paved and rather flat. There is a slight inclination at some point, but it is manageable. Most people visit this place as a couple or with friends because you can take some amazing “hipster” shots. Nonetheless, it is a great place for families too.
We met an army officer who told us that he brings his family to the TreeTop Walk often. The greenery and nature give kids new experiences since they grew up in the city.
We decided to take the longer route instead of the short ones. This means walking about 7-8km to cover the entire place. We started at MacRitchie Park and ended up at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which we continued on to the Bukit Timah Railway. It was definitely a lovely experience because I once again saw how beautiful Singapore is. As you enter the reservoir, you will see the catchment area. It is simply a huge reservoir with lots of greenery around and the amazing blue skies. And suddenly, everything in the world does not matter anymore, for beauty is all around.
- There are water coolers around the toilets, so remember to bring a bottle of water.
- The hike is not too much, you can do it in the morning and still have half of the day remaining.
- The shortest distance to the Tree Top Walk is to enter through Riffle Range Road.
- Beware of the monkeys! DO NOT FEED THEM. DO not show them any of your food. They can get really aggressive.
- Have fun and explore the other paths less taken.
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