Lives in Lake Forest, California
Since Jun 2011
50-64 year old male
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Nature & Wildlife Areas
Singapore is known for it's Orchids. The National Orchid garden is contained within the centrally located Singapore Botanical gardens. This is a must see, along with the botanical gardens. Singapore creates hybrid orchids for special occasions and visits from foreign dignitary. These are on display in various settings. The "cool room" environment is refreshing as they have simulated higher elevation temperatures to enable certain species to grow. This is really nice on a hot Singapore afternoon. Small admission is required, but worth the cost.
Singapore is unique in that more of the recent buildings are including gardens as a part of the architecture. The iconic Marina Bay Sands is a signature part of the Singapore skyline and the ship like structure on the top features an amazing garden and deck with arguably, some of the best views in the city. Hotel guests have access to the infinity pool that is 57 floors above the city. The best time to go is at dusk as the city lights up.
Singapore's zoos are excellent and Jurong Bird Park is no exception. A wide variety of birds are housed here and one of the biggest attractions is a large central space where guests are in the enclosure with the birds. Kids love to feed colorful birds with nectar.
The Esplanade Park is sandwiched in-between the historic Singapore Cricket club with it's back drop of colonial buildings, and the durian-like Esplanade Theater. Start here and work your way around Marina Bay. Make your way up past the Asian Civilizations museum and cross the cast-iron, Cavenagh Bridge, pass by historic Fullerton Hotel. Cross Fullerton Road to One Fullerton and see the iconic Merlion fountain with the back drop of Marian Bay Sands. Follow counter clockwise around the bay, by the customs house, past The Promontory. In the corner, the Marina Bay City gallery has a model of the plans for the Marina Bay area. Stroll by the super luxury boutiques along the boardwalk by the Marina Bay Sands. There are plenty of cafes inside if you need refreshment. Head toward the flower blossom like ArtScience Museum and cross the Helix pedestrian bridge for some of the most amazing skyline views in Singapore. As you walk back towards the Esplanade theater, look for the frequent free concerts and events hosted in the outside pavilion.
This is a great way to end a day at the Singapore zoo. There is a tram which will take you past enclosures that feature nocturnal animals. The Singapore zoo is one of the world's best.
An amazing new land-mark in Singapore, this free out-door garden is striking with its futuristic tree structures. There is a small admission to go up in one of the towers, and traverse a curved cat-walk that is suspended high above the gardens for some amazing vistas. Go in the morning or later afternoon to enjoy "golden hour." There are two shell like flower domes which provide access to different climates and the plants from those regions. There are some exotic plants inside. It is one of the largest suspended green houses. The outside gardens also feature different areas for plant and garden styles from different regions. There is also a nice large pond which reflects the Marina Bay Sands.
Once in the MacRitchie reservoir, you will feel far from any city, as it is a full on "jungle" inside. There is a recommended hike (11km) that loops around the Reservoir that takes one along the water and into the jungle. Macaques, and Monitor Lizards and a host of insect and bird sounds reflect the wild-life that live there. It is hard to imagine you are still in Singapore when inside. There is a suspended bridge that allows you to see the tree-top environment, as well as a tower you can climb for a view of the surrounding area.
Located in the center of Singapore, Ft. Canning Park is on a hill close to the Central Business District. It is not only scenic, but good for colonial era and WW-II history buffs. Inside you will find spice gardens, natural amphitheaters where concerts and plays are performed. It is surrounded by great museums, including the Singapore National Museum, the Paranakan Museum, the Philatelic Museum. Don't miss the Legends Fort Canning attraction, which is the bunker where the British made the decision to surrender during the war.
A Short Walk from the Chinese Garden MRT station, this expansive garden features a large pond and some islands. There is also a Japanese style garden. The best attraction of this garden is the Bonsai Garden which features beautifully "trained" trees in a traditional Chinese Style courtyard garden. The Key-hole doorways frame and trees and gardens in a spectacular way. Take time to climb the pagoda style tower.
Visit the Merlion as a part of a walk around Marina Bay. This is the symbol Singapore and a recognized landmark of the city. A favorite photo spot for visitors.
If you want to bike, run, roller-blade, this is the place as it is one of the longest parks in Singapore and stretches from the Singapore Flier all the way to Changi Airport along the south-east coast of Singapore. Locals will picnic along the tables that dot the trail. They can be reserved on-line. Bikes can be rented, and there are nice places to stop and eat along the way. There are piers along the way and one can go out and marvel at the volume and scale of container ships and freighters coming in and out of Singapore.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of the best places to hike or mountain bike in Singapore. It also links to the MacRitchie Reservoir. There are separate hiking and biking trails. Be aware that the biking trails are difficult at times and require some expert riding, over rocks, roots and steps. The central area of this park is a former cow pasture backed by a stone wall used for a quarry at one time.
Marina Barrage is a bit off the radar and more popular with locals, but it is one of my favorite parks. The building features exhibits and display which speak about the barrage's role in managing the Marina for recreation and as an emergency water supply. The building features a design that the roof is part of a spiral, grassy ramp that allows people to walk up to the top. Once there, you have views of the water, and the skyline. With the breezes that come off the sea, it is one of the most popular places to fly kites on Singapore. There are fountains and water features that are favorites with the kids.
Singapore Botanical Gardens are a gem in the middle of the city. A popular spot for families and couples to stroll on Sundays and weekends. If you go early in the morning, during the week and or on weekends, you may spot the slow-motion grace of a group of Tai-Chi practitioners. There are a variety of gardens, plant types. From top to bottom, it is quite long, so you can visit the total park over several visits.
The Henderson Waves bridge is a beautiful pedestrian bridge that connects Mt. Faber park, one of the highest points on Singapore with parks to the west. One can start at the top of Mt. Faber, or walk up steps from Henderson Rd. to get to the bridge. This starts a great hike/walk that connects via Telak Blanga Green to another great pedestrian tree-top walk, via a zig zagging structure and connects to Hort Park. Keep going through Hort Park and you will enter Kent Ridge on the eastern edge. This will take one all the way to NUS.
Kent Ridge played role in WW-II and has an interesting history. One can learn about this at the Reflections of Bukit Chandu at the eastern end of the park. It features a nice shaded walk and connects to Hort Park via a tree-top walk. There are great views of Bukit Timah and the sea to the south.
Hort Park is not only a park, but it has plots that individuals and organizations can rent to show innovative gardening styles. There is a vertical garden and a water features. There is a nice restaurant on site too, and is a nice place to eat dinner in the cool of the evening
The Pinnacle is one of the largest HDB structures in Singapore. With an MRT card, one can gain admission to the roof-top garden. These tall towers are linked with a roof-top platform that features mini gardens, and nice places to take in the sunset. It offers a great view of China Town, the CBD and the Western side of Singapore. The admission is pretty in expensive for one of the best, but lesser known vistas in the city.
If you are looking for Beaches in Singapore, this and Tanjong Beach are your best bet. It is a great spot to spend some time with a picnic. There are some small cafes close by for beverages. The water is calm and current free.
Tanjung beach is a little less crowded than Palawan Beach, so it better for a day of sun bathing and swimming. It is also a great place from which to watch the sunset in the sea and over the line of freighters coming and going from Singapore
The Istana is like the White House of Singapore. It is set in a beautiful estate with a sprawling lawn and beautiful gardens. When Dignitaries visit, the meetings are often held here, so security is of essence. Thus if you want to see it, you need to wait for a major public holiday, when it is open to the public to see. Stay alert, you may catch a glimpse of the PM or President. The building is beautiful and has a museum of gifts presented by world leaders.
The area on the Marina Bay water front offers great views from all the way around the bay. Start at the Esplanade Theater or One Fullerton and work your way around. Look for concerts in the tent pavilion by the Esplanade, the light and water show by the Marina Bay Sands by night.
Locals love Pulau Ubin as it is like time travel back to Singapore's past. It still has a "Kampong" village feel to it. Catch a ferry from Changi Beach area. It is a great place to rent or take mountain bikes. It is a great place to take a picnic and explore for the day
Changi Beach has a famous hawker center and provides views across the straits into Malaysia. Great place to watch boats and take a walk along north shore. If you have a bike, you can ride some distance along the Changi Coast Track, that connects to East Coast Park in the south.
For Singaporeans, this feels like the hinterlands. It is accessible by bus, but it may be best to bike or taxi or drive. Inside there are some alligator sized monitor lizards, crabs, birds and otter like animals in the inlet and mangrove areas. Bird watchers come here during migrations time and photograph birds from bird huts around the marshes. It is good for hiking and nature watching. Like MacRitchie, it is one of the more natural parks in Singapore
The center attraction of this park is the pond that fills an old stone quarry that creates a scenic backdrop. There are some trails that take one up the hill to a WW-II memorial at the top. For WW-II history buffs, the Old Memories at Ford Factory is just over this hill on Upper Bukit Timah Road and is worth a visit.
Very close to Bukit Batok, this little park is easy to miss, but very scenic. It is like a miniature of the scenery of Guilin China, thus the name. It is a pleasant park adjacent to Bukit Batok East Ave 5. It is a great place for some interesting photos. it is walking distance from Bukit Gombak MRT
Labrador Nature Reserve provides some great views entrance to the Singapore Harbor. It also holds some historical significance for WWII. The best part of this park is the long connector path that has been developed in recent years that skirts along the water. It turns into a board walk by the very fashionable Keppel Club area. The buildings here are very unique and modern with their organic, bending surfaces. It also provides a view of some amazing yachts and boats in Keppel bay. Take the unique bridge across to Keppel Island via Keppel Bay Vista. It is a great place to spend an afternoon walk or ride.
Right in the hub of one of Singapore's planned HDB communities, this park displays how with great planning, even densely populated areas can enjoy green and natural surroundings. It is between Bishan and Ang Mo Kio Stations.