Singapore Botanic Gardens:
Known as one of the top attractions in Singapore, the Botanic Gardens are an area of extraordinary natural beauty and a favourite hotspot of visitors to Singapore. Founded in 1859, the gardens are made up of 82 hectares of greenery, plants and flora. The area is of significant national importance and is also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home of the Para Rubber, Hevea brasiliensis plant, the gardens have also developed and grown important plant goods that have brought prosperity to the region. The Botanic Gardens hold a range of volunteer-led guided tours, enabling visitors to learn more about the history and heritage of the area. In addition, the gardens often hold informational events where visitors can receive in-depth knowledge of the gardens, along with leisure events such as concerts.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve:
Just 12 km from Singapore’s city centre, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a lesser-known area of natural beauty that is certainly one of the best attractions near Bukit Timah. Even larger than the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the 163 hectare reserve is made up of rainforest, flora and fauna – including some of the nation’s most significant plants. The nature reserve is home to Bukit Timah Hill – Singapore’s highest point. From the Shorea curtisii to the Malayan Colugo, the nature reserve grows at least 40% of the nations native flora, and the location of the reserve on the equatorial belt contributes to the flourishing of this diverse and beautiful ecological system.