Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
If you usually think of Singapore as an all-urban centre full of high-rises and shopping malls, you'll think again after you've visited the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. This stretch of pristine rainforest, untouched since the founding of the state, clings to Singapore's highest hill, from which it takes its name. And while it's geographically in the heart of the city, it's the perfect antidote to the frenetic bustle of Singapore's central streets: a serene zone of jungle trails, chestnut trees and rare wildlife.
Hike, jog or bike through some of Bukit Timah's enticing paths, stopping to admire delicate butterflies, cute macaque monkeys and blue-black racket-tailed drongos with feathers like piano keys. The adrenally-inclined can even try out climbing or abseiling in the nearby quarry, while children will love the mini zipline which spans the picnic area in next-door Hindhede Nature Park, at the foot of Bukit Timah Hill. And, speaking of picnics, no worries if you haven't brought your own: the area around the reserve is full of bijou bakeries, tea shops and coffee spots, meting out sweet rewards for your walk or run.