With half of Singapore’s land area under green cover (approximately 700 square kilometers), it is far greener than the skyscraper jungle it first appears. Scroll down to see a few of the spots that I visited this year and why you should also.
Singapore Botanic Gardens is the only major garden in Southeast Asia landscaped in the English style. Founded in 1859, the gardens were designed by Lawrence Niven, whose work reflects the influence of the English pleasure garden style of parks and gardens in England. Picturesque spots include the Swan Lake Gazebo, majestic Burmese Banyan tree and a number of scattered bandstands.
Singapore is home to over 2,000 native vascular plant species. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in particular, is said to contain more tree species in a single hectare than the total number of tree species found in North America.
Henderson Waves Walk
Henderson Waves Bridge is Singapore’s tallest pedestrian bridge. With a design mimicking an undulating wave, it forms part of a 5km hiking route that connects Kent Ridge, Telok Blangah Hill and Mount Faber parks. Aside from being able to observe a rich variety of tropical flora and fauna, a walk on the Ridges gives stunning views of the island.
One of Singapore’s most popular islands with around 20 million people visiting each year! It includes Universal Studios Singapore, a 1.5 mile long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso & Serapong and a number of beach clubs. In the 1900’s the Island was important for protecting the passage to Keppel Harbour.
I hope you enjoyed reading! If you're a fan of architecture, head on over to my post featuring Singapore's best architectural spots.