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The Best Nature Places in Singapore

Find out the best nature places in Singapore to get away from the hustle and bustle of this busy city…

Singapore is a modern city, bursting with sleek high rises and business-suited inhabitants of a corporate world. Bustling with people. Filled with shopping malls. Chaotic. Frenetic.

Well yes, Singapore is all of those things, but I also found another side to this incredible city. A green side.

I am always looking for the natural side of cities because they are a big part of what makes cities special to me. It is the reason I didn’t adore New York but am obsessed with Vancouver.

The reason I chose Sydney over Melbourne to live in. Why I will go back to live in my home country of New Zealand one day.

I am keen for green.

Visit these lush nature places in SingaporeDuring the week I spent there over three separate visits, I noticed an underlying natural beauty to Singapore that could almost be overlooked in this concrete jungle of the city.

Wandering along the streets in the city there were small reminders of the pre-urban environs. Fragrant flowers provided bursts of color to a background of steel and glass.

Large Angsana trees line the upmarket Orchard Road and dense foliage grows wildly in tropical parks. These little swaths of green have hung in there despite the high level of urbanization.

Bukit Brown flower in SingaporeThe modernization of Singapore has failed to completely extinguish the city’s jungled beginnings. A reminder that nature cannot be completely repressed.

Here are my favorite nature places in Singapore that I visited.

My Favorite Nature Places in Singapore


Chinatown was the first place we explored in Singapore and we immediately were surrounded by green as we walked along the outskirts of the district through lush parkland.

Chinatown in Singapore

Rogue chickens pecked at the rich soil on the side of the pathway which was shaded by a canopy of vine-draped trees. A rooster greeted us from atop a tree stump. A small, rural enclave in the big city.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens were another fantastic spot to escape the fast pace of city life. Free to enter you could wander around for hours, surrounded by rolling fields and native trees.

There is a dense pocket of tropical rainforest with a raised boardwalk that takes you through thickets of vegetation.

Flying squirrels dart from tree to tree and the air is thick and humid. Singapore is one of the only cities in the world to have tropical rainforest within the city limits, along with Rio de Janeiro.

Gardens by the Bay is one of the best nature places in Singapore Bird at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Also within the Botanical Gardens is the National Orchid Garden which is home to the largest display of orchids in the world: Over 60,000 plants!

Set over three hectares, the Orchid Garden includes a mist house, which was very refreshing to walk through both for the orchids and for me, and a cool house, which recreates the environment of a tropical highland forest.

The morning before our visit to the Botanical Gardens was stressful when we took the wrong bus and ended up in the middle of nowhere but all of my worries washed away while walking among the beautiful orchids.

Orchid in Singapore Botanical GardenThe Singapore Botanical Gardens is one of the top nature places in Singapore

Gardens By The Bay

Another garden in Singapore that is well worth a visit is the impressive Gardens by the Bay. The main gardens are lush and tropical, surrounded by the waters of Marina Bay on one side and encompassing a lake and a river.

Giant glass domes encase a cloud forest and a world of flowers, both of which looked amazing but were out of our price range.

The stars of the show are the manmade super trees, giant creations that light up in a display of beautiful colors at night, but the rest of the gardens are very natural.

Gardens by the Bay in SingaporeGardens by the Bay in Singapore

We saw locals running along the river as the night approached and the air became cooler.

Sitting riverside at an outdoor food court, we ate sticks of chicken and prawn satay as the night got dark, surrounded by trees with fairy lights strung between them. A cool breeze drifted off the water.

Gardens by the Bay restaurants in Singapore

Bukit Brown Cemetery

The most unique green space we found in the city was the 213-acre Bukit Brown Cemetery, a historic cemetery bordered by a busy highway.

It is believed to be the largest Chinese cemetery outside of China and is the last resting place of around 100,000 people.

Bukit Brown Cemetery in SingaporeBukit Brown Cemetery is one of the more unique nature places in Singapore

It is delightfully lush and overgrown, with some headstones completely engulfed by the long grasses and jungle vegetation. It feels more like a nature reserve than a cemetery.

There are sections of the cemetery that were closed off when we visited due to road construction, but there is still so much space to explore and we hardly saw anyone else during our ramble.

Bukit Brown Cemetery in Singapore Bukit Brown Cemetery in Singapore

Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island

The sun finally came out on our last day in Singapore so we headed to Sentosa, determined to find a natural side to this flashy tourist island.

Walking across the Sentosa Boardwalk that links the island to the mainland, we continued on past numerous theme parks, tacky souvenir shops, and American chain restaurants.

It certainly felt like a South East Asian Disneyland and I suspect that is exactly what they are going for. The closer we got to the other side of the island, the quieter it became.

Sentosa Island Boardwalk in SingaporePalawan Beach on Sentosa Island in Singapore

Arriving on Palawan Beach we were pleasantly surprised. I have always heard that the beaches in Singapore are nothing great but I thought it was beautiful with its swaying palm trees, a crescent of white sand, and sparkling waters.

It wasn’t completely undeveloped (it is still Sentosa after all) but it was more tastefully done, just a couple of discreet beach bars/restaurants to compliment the natural beauty.

The beach was relatively empty with just a few people sunning themselves on the sand or swimming in the slightly murky sea.

Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island in Singapore Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island is one of the prettiest nature places in Singapore

We had left the crowds behind at the theme parks.

A suspension bridge spanned the short channel between the beach and tiny Palawan Island, the southernmost point of Continental Asia. There wasn’t much on the island, just a tiny beach, a couple of towers you could climb up for a view over the Singapore Strait, and a few palm trees.

It felt so good to soak up the sun between dips in the reasonably cool ocean. I wandered the other section of Palawan beach along from the suspension bridge and came across a peacock also out for a wander.

Peacock on Palawan Beach, Sentosa Beach in SingaporeAfter days of rain, our perfect morning at the beach could not have been more appreciated.

We only had the chance to visit a few nature places in Singapore. There are so many more that I would love to experience in the future such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve with its tropical rainforest and hiking trails, Pulau Ubin which is a small island off the coast where there is a traditional Malay Kampong (village) and MacRitchie Reservoir and its treetop walk.

Singapore is a super modern city that has risen out of the jungle, seemingly changed completely from what it once was, but there are still so many incredible nature places in Singapore.

You just need to know where to look.

Sentosa Island's Palawan Beach in Singapore

Where To Stay in Singapore

There are a large number of accommodation options in Singapore from hostels to luxury apartments and hotels.

The most affordable option is to stay at a hostel. The most highly-rated hostels in Singapore are the YMCA @ One Orchard, Wink Capsule Hostel, and Atelier Hostel.

My top picks for affordable hotels are Citadines Rochor, Wanderlust, and KINN Capsule Hotel. If you want to splurge, stay at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Oasia Resort Sentosa, or The Clan Hotel Singapore.

If you prefer a vacation rental, stay in this one-bedroom serviced apartment, or this Novena one-bedroom apartment.

Orchids in Singapore Botanical GardenPalawan Beach is one of the most beautiful nature places in Singapore

The Best Insurance For Your Singapore Trip

Make sure you get travel and health insurance before your Singapore trip – this is very important! Safety Wing is my go-to and they are cheap and easy to claim with. 

Safety Wing also allows you to sign up when you are already traveling, unlike a lot of other travel insurance providers.

Also, don’t forget to pack this awesome water bottle with a heavy-duty filter – it’ll allow you to drink from the tap during your time in Singapore, saving money as well as being more environmentally friendly.

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18 Comments on The Best Nature Places in Singapore To Visit

  1. Well said. I’m planning a trip to Singapore myself after a few months and your guide was very helpful!
    And I do agree with the beaches, they look amazing! Not sure why, but I’ve also heard from other people that they’re not good in Singapore.

  2. Ooooh! Those flowers are beautiful. I really like the greenish one with the little red dots of sorts. I would love to see flying squirrels one day, too! That would be really cool I think. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Lovely post! That cemetery looks awesome!! We didn’t go and I think we definitely missed out with that one. What a shame that they’re building a road through it!! That’s so sad that they’re disturbing the resting bodies. We also got lazy to go to Sentosa (I know… No excuse since we had a month), but I don’t feel too bad about that. I had a feeling it’d be Disneyland-ish. The beach actually looks pretty decent though.

    • The cemetery was pretty special, definitely put it on your list for next time! Sentosa Island essentially is Disneyland but I really enjoyed the beach – would be nothing on Boracay though!

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