Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

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When I first heard of the news that the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve was fully reopened to public at the end of October 2016, I knew I had to make a trip up to its summit and share with you guys the rejuvenated Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

View along Upper Bukit Timah Road (after Southaven II Bus Stop)
View along Upper Bukit Timah Road (after Southaven II Bus Stop)

The easiest way to access Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is via Hindhede Drive. Take any bus that travels along Upper Bukit Timah Road and alight at Southaven II Bus Stop and you will see big signboards leading you to the nature reserve. 

Entrance to the nature reserve is free of charge. I went on a Sunday morning and it was really crowded. The open parking area in front of the reserve was full. 

Do not feed wild monkeys!
Do not feed wild monkeys!
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve entrance
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve entrance

There is a Visitor Centre where you can read up some interesting information about the nature reserve and also get up close with tigers! Apparently, tigers used to roam wildly around Bukit Timah and Choa Chu Kang. Well not anymore as they were all caught or killed after the 19th century. 

alright, lets hike!

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Map (Map Credits: http://www.geocities.ws/t01-g1/HTML/Bukit%20Timah%20Nature%20Reserve2.html)
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Map (Map Credits: http://www.geocities.ws/t01-g1/HTML/Bukit%20Timah%20Nature%20Reserve2.html)
Well paved hiking trail. Love the tall green trees here!

The hike along Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is not difficult as the paths are well paved with wooden railings on either side of the trail. But due to its steep gradient, it might be challenging for some and definitely a good spot to do some cardio. 

There are lots of small paths branching out from the main trail. I took the Kruing Path -> Cave Path loop to explore further and also to get away from the crowd. Finally some peace time in the park!

SPOILER ALERT! If you are wondering about the Cave Path
SPOILER ALERT! If you are wondering about the Cave Path
There is also a mini waterfall at the end of the loop
There is also a mini waterfall at the end of the loop

After joining back to the main trail, it is time for the final stretch to the summit! You can either take the Summit Steps or continue along the main route to reach the summit. 

Heading towards the summit!
Heading towards the summit!
Arrived at the summit point. If you haven't been here, well there is no look out point at the summit =(
Arrived at the summit point. If you haven't been here, well there is no look out point at the summit =(

If you don't feel shiok or satisfied enough from hiking to the summit, why not pay the Hindhede Quarry a visit on your way back! 

The Hindhede Quarry is located just beside the entrance of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Just head along the winding wooden platform route and follow the "Look Out Point" sign and you will be greeted with scenic views of the Hindhede Quarry.

From the Visitor Centre of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve entrance, head on to this wooden platform to access the Hindhede Quarry
From the Visitor Centre of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve entrance, head on to this wooden platform to access the Hindhede Quarry

Along the way to Hindhede Quarry, there is also a playground for children to play mini flying fox. When I was there on a Sunday, the playground was filled with children's laughter. 

Mini flying fox for children
Mini flying fox for children (or the child at heart)
Paper lanterns made from fresh milk packets
Paper lanterns made from fresh milk packets

I will definitely pay more visits to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to explore the other side trails. There is even a trail that leads to Dairy Farm Nature Park!


Getting there:

Location: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

By Public Transport: Bus No. 67, 75, 184 (or any other bus that travels along Upper Bukit Timah Road). Alight at Southaven II Bus Stop (towards the city)

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