Something that most tourists would not know about, but there is a hidden gem in Singapore, the Southern Ridges Walk. Its a walk that can start from Harbourfront MRT all the way to either Labrador Park MRT, or Kent Ridge depending on which path you take. Best part is, after a long ass walk you can train it back to Harbourfront for some great food in an air conditioned mall :). I definitely recommend visiting this as a tourist to escape from the repetitive shopping malls and crowds that most go through.
How to Get to the Southern Ridges Walk
If you want to start at Harbourfront, then easy, take the Circle line (Orange) to Harbourfront MRT and take Exit D. Once outside, turn left and you will see on the footpath the words “Southern Ridges Walk”. I can see the benefits of starting at Kent Ridge and walking back to Vivocity, but each to their own, i took the path recommended by the Parks Association. Some highlights
Mini Merlion and Mount Faber Park
I believe there are a few merlions scattered around the country, and not just the two in Fullerton. Alot of tour buses drop people off here so its hard to get a good shot of it without someone in the way.
Note – Mount Faber is also connected to the cable car, so you can go from here all the way to Sentosa Island.
After you pass the Merlion, there are a few interesting art works in the shelter area, just before you start making your way down the stairs. This is an art work of Singapore, resembling the type of art from Ancient Persia (Modern day Iran).
Henderson Waves is one of the highlights of the trail. Its much better to go at night to get really good photos though. We saw a random stray cat taking a dump on the boardwalk though, which was kind of funny.
Bring an Umbrella
Contrary to what we thought, there arent a heck of alot of vending machines on your way, so please pack water bottles. This vending machine and shelter was a savior when it started to downpour randomly (as it does in Singapore). Its not a bad idea to bring one of those crummy raincoats and an umbrella incase it does rain and you want to continue walking. Of course we didn’t bring either so we stood here like idiots while sipping on cold canned coffee.
The Singing Forest and Forest Walk
Actually im not sure of the background to why its called this. I will google it one day..
Some epic shots to showcase the divide (or closeness?) of the city to the forest. Side by side.