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Have you heard of the Tree Top Walk Singapore?
There are a few options for hiking near Singapore.
And the area between the MacRitchie Reservoir and Central Catchment Nature Reserve is one of your best bets, if you would like to spend some time outdoors. It’s more out of the city, and the area is significantly bigger than of the other parks. You also feel more like in the nature there.
This is also where the Tree Top Walk is situated.
It’s a beautiful area and a beautiful trail worth checking out!
Hiking in Singapore: The Area of Macritchie
There are many short trails in the area.
You can enter it from several entrances, and at the end make your way to the Tree Top Walk. Of course, you can also skip the Tree Top Walk part and just walk or run in the area. Most of locals do just like that.
For them it’s just a park where to exercise.
The sign above is near the Venus Drive car park.
1. Tree Top Walk, Singapore: Basics
It does not look like this all the way.
In fact, it’s just a short part of the total walk you’ll be doing (some 5%).
The total length of this bridge is about 820 ft / 250 m. Its height varies, with the highest point being some 82 ft / 25 m. While the total length of your walk will be at least some 3.7 miles / 6 km.
STARTING POINT: there’s no one starting point.
If you want to make it shorter, start hiking from the Venus Drive car park.
Start somewhere here, if you enjoy long walks.
TIME: 2-3 hours, if you’ll be doing the shortest trail and taking it slowly.
It’s rather easy to find the right trail and get to the Tree Top Walk.
But take into account that there are stairs, and the bridge is high above the ground (in case you are scared of heights).
TIPS: fill up your water bottle at the Ranger Station.
2. How to Get to Tree Top Walk
It depends from where you plan to start walking.
If you’ll be starting from the Venus Drive car park, take metro (MRT) to Marymount MRT, and then take a Grab to get to the trailhead.
If you’ll be taking a longer walk, there are two metro stations nearby – Caldecott and Marymount MRT stations. Go to the one which is more convenient for you, and start walking from the station.
You can also take Grab all the way to the trailhead, as I did when coming from Geylang.
3. Macritchie Trail and the Tree Top Walk: My Experience
During my travels in Asia I have been to Singapore several times.
I love this city, and I love to walk. I have tried the Henderson Waves Trail and the Southern Ridges, I’ve been to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, walked to and across Sentosa Island and tried cycling in Singapore.
The area of Macritchie so far has surprised me the most.
I wasn’t expecting this much wild greenery in Singapore.
Here are a few photos from my early morning walk.
On the other side there you’ll have to take some stairs.
There is no way around it.
I walked the tree top trail taking the shortest path, and came back slightly differently by stopping at Jelutong Tower. It’s a nice place to have a look at the surrounding jungle.
Where to Stay in Singapore
VALUE FOR MONEY – CapsulePod@Aljunied
A very nice hostel a few stops away from the city center.
The hostel is situated right next to the metro station – Aljunied. There are several restaurants and shops only a short walk away. It’s not the cheapest hostel, but it’s the best I have stayed at in Singapore. There are only a few rooms, meaning that it doesn’t get crowded. The breakfast is better than in cheaper alternatives.
The beds are very comfy, clean. A/C is on all day long.
There are medium size lockers for your stuff, and you can do your laundry for free.
The breakfast is included in the price.
See also our guide on how to do Singapore on a budget of 50 SGD/day or less.
Have you been to Singapore? Did you do some hiking in Singapore? Did you try the Tree Top Walk? What was your experience?
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