5 Best Trekking Trails in Singapore

Got hitched and those extra pounds tagged along (I’m guilty of this)? No worries! One thing that won’t cost you a dime is hitting the trails for a good run. Dive into nature and get your sweat on at the various hiking trails and parks scattered across beautiful Singapore. The best part? Trekking won’t put a dent in your wallet!

Why are we known as the Garden City, you ask? Well, because we’re decked out with an abundance of parks, nature reserves, and some hidden gems tucked away from the bustling city skyline. You name it – from lush hills to serene wetlands – Singapore’s greenery has something in store for every adventure-seeking hiker out there. Check out this list!


Let’s kick things off with the Changi Bay Park Connector, a section of the eastern corridor on the Round Island Route. This stretch, spanning 3.6km, connects Changi Beach Park to the East Coast Park Connector Network, allowing you to embark on a 75km trek from Rower’s Bay Park to Berlayer Creek

Be sure to take a breather at the boardwalk to soak in the breathtaking waterfront scenery. And hey, if you’re a K-drama fanatic, this place might ring a bell – rumors are swirling that it exudes vibes reminiscent of Jeju Island!


Guess where my sister and I love to run? It’s none other than Singapore’s oldest and most beloved nature park – MacRitchie Reservoir. This place is a haven for joggers, families, and weekend wanderers. But the cherry on top has to be the HSBC TreeTop Walk, a suspension bridge hanging 25 meters above the forest floor. It links the two highest points in the reserve, treating you to awe-inspiring panoramic views. Remember, it’s a one-way journey on the bridge, so no turning back once you step on it!

For a true rainforest escapade, explore the MacRitchie Trails, offering both leisurely boardwalk paths and more daring treks extending up to 11km. The wildlife here, from flying lemurs to tree frogs and pangolins, is thriving but a tad elusive. You might come across the ever-present long-tailed macaque monkeys, but be cautious – they’re used to handouts from less responsible visitors and can be a bit feisty.


Folks in the eastern part of town, rejoice! You don’t have to journey far for a good hike. The expansive Tampines Eco Green awaits, covering a whopping 36 hectares. This eco-friendly oasis boasts diverse natural habitats, including grasslands, wetlands, and rainforests.

Take your pick from three hiking trails and see if you can spot the delightful bird and butterfly residents during your trek. Keep the adventure alive by exploring the lush waterway along Sungei Tampines.


Now, brace yourself for a challenging trek – the Coast-to-Coast Trail. This 36km trail isn’t for the faint-hearted or those easily winded. It takes you on an exhilarating journey from Jurong Lake Gardens in the west all the way to Coney Island Park in the northeast. The route is meticulously planned, leading you through numerous parks and park connectors. To help you out, the Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Mobile App is your go-to guide for planning your route and discovering the fascinating native biodiversity, complete with augmented reality (AR) features.

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Speaking of Coney Island, keep your eyes peeled for native macaques, rare birds, and butterflies as you explore the woods and uncover hidden beaches. Oh, and if you’re venturing into the woods, a heads up: be on the lookout for snakes!


Last but not least, let’s talk about Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, one of Singapore’s largest parks spanning a whopping 3km. Split into two sections by Marymount Road, this park is a nature enthusiast’s paradise. And guess what? On top of all the natural beauty, there’s a spa and a handful of eateries where you can recharge.

What’s the highlight, you ask? Well, it’s the Kallang River that gracefully meanders through the park. Walk along the banks for a close-up view of the waterside, and you might just catch sight of Singapore’s famous river otters snacking or lounging around on the banks.

So, there you have it – a fantastic lineup of Singapore’s finest trekking trails. Lace up and step out with your partner!

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Run With Life-Sized Dinosaurs At Jurassic Mile

As you bring more focus to your health this year, it is important to include running or jogging to your fitness regimen. The health benefits of running and jogging include improving one’s cardiovascular fitness, strengthening bones and muscles, burning plenty of kilojoules, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Goal setting for running and jogging vary for each individual. For others it may be a tool to help them compete in marathons and fun runs. While, some people use running and jogging to achieve their desired weight. If you are a beginner, you should start with brisk walking, progress to jogging, and work your way up to running This may take a couple of months to achieve.

Add life to your running or jogging trail by considering the newly opened Changi Jurassic Mile. Travel where no man has been – to the pre-historic land of Dinosaurs. You read that right!

The Changi Jurassic Mile is Singapore’s newest and biggest permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs. You and your loved ones can now interact with dinosaurs while you jog, run, or cycle along the trail. This trail stretches from the Changi Airport to the East Coast Park.

About twenty-two different pre-historic creatures can be found in the trail. Amazing creatures from nine different species occupy the 1-kilometer path. These creatures come with information boards and growling noises in the background. The visual and sensorial installations will truly bring life to your usual jog!

The Jurassic Mile includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which towers for about 5 meters. You will also see different carnivorous species, herbivorous species, defensive dinosaurs, as well as the flying dinosaurs. Create a game with your children and let them spot and name each dinosaur. From a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex to gigantic dinosaur eggs, visitors will be amazed by the life-like installations inside the Changi Jurassic Mile.

Invite your friends or family as you travel by foot or by cycling from HUB & SPOKE or from East Coast Park via the Changi Coastal Park Connector. It is open for 24 hours. Entrance is free on Mondays to Thursdays. No need to book a slot.

However, you must book a slot if you are visiting on a Friday or a weekend. Entrance is still free. To ensure safe distancing, you must book a slot online from October 16 to January 3. Book a slot here.

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Look out for bicycle rental shops and cafes spread throughout the trail to enrich your experience.



Boost Your Health And Wealth Through Running

It is never too late to catch up on your “2015 New Year’s Resolution”!

And if losing weight or keeping a healthy physique is a part of your list, try crossing it out by running regularly. Running is a convenient and affordable option. You can do it almost anywhere without the need of costly equipments – aside from a pair of running shoes.

There are fewer barriers in maintaining a running regimen too! I know this personally because my sister and I make it a point to run outdoors as much as possible. Aside from this, running boasts with many benefits from strengthening your finances to overall health!

Read for yourself:


High-intensity exercises stimulate more “afterburn” of calories than low-intensity exercises. In fact, a long-term comparison study of runners and walkers showed that calories burned through running resulted to 90% more weight loss than walking. Thus, running regularly helps you to shed and maintain your desired weight.

If you are still skeptical, here are 15 inspiring weight loss stories aided by running.


Running regularly has been shown to improve cardiovascular fitness, strengthen the muscles, and increase the levels of good cholesterol. It also aids in building stronger bones, as it is a weight-bearing exercise.

With health benefits like these, how can you not love running?


Aside from its physical benefits, running radiates emotional benefits too!

Running outdoors and feeling the glimmer of the sun can make you feel better. Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day (5 times/week) can alleviate the symptoms of depression and sunlight reduces stress and improves one’s mood, according to the researchers from University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

What’s more? Since running helps emit endorphins or “happy hormones” without the need of prescription drugs, you can reduce the symptoms of depression naturally.


If you are still contemplating on whether or not you must run or not then, you must know that regular exercise helps to increase your salary.

In 2012, a study published under the Journal of Labor Research found that employees who exercise regularly earn 9% more than their lazier or sedentary counterparts. This may be due to the enhanced mental function, energy levels, and mood. These improvements make them more valuable to their employers.

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What are you waiting for? Grab a good pair of shoes and start running at your nearest town park!

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