Escape Into Nature In and Around Singapore

August 19, 2011 by

Things To Do

Though Singapore is known the world over for its architectural splendor and ambitious city planning, the modern urban landscape of Singapore can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, there are a wide array of opportunities to escape the steel, glass and concrete jungle and commune with the natural one.

Elephant Ride at the Singapore Zoo

The hushed ambiance of the night safaris at Singapore Zoo can be a perfect antidote for travelers fleeing the garish karaoke bars that form the bedrock of nightlife in the city. Employees encourage quiet and calm as visitors observe an array of largely nocturnal creatures lit by fixtures designed to replicate moonlight.

The stately Mount Faber raises out of the southern fringe of the city. Its summit is accessible by cable car, shuttle bus and a network of trails that wend their way through dense jungle. Any of the many strategically placed pavilions offer a welcome respite from the urban for visitors and locals alike.

Botanical gardens are a tried means for city dwellers to soak up a little nature. As one might expect in a city so well thought out, Singapore has an excellent garden, which is divided up into themed zones (a rainforest zone, an orchid garden, and so on).

Located in the north of the city, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is home to more than a hundred species of birds. A morning visit comes highly recommended, as the atmosphere is still and serene (apart from the odd encounter with giant monitor lizards and the crocodiles lurking in the water).

- John Reality

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