After yet another leisurely breakfast it was time to start exploring again, this time on a forest trail. We caught Bus No.166 from outside Clarke Quay MRT station to the MacRitchie Trail and Reserve. The nearest stop being at Venus Drive, we used the GPS on our phone to find out where it was. The trail starts nearby and is well signposted. It takes around two hours to get around its 4.5 km length.
There isn’t anywhere to buy drinks, so I suggest taking bottles of water with you. The trail is mostly along well maintained boardwalks through mangrove swamps and dense jungle, so a good insect repellant is recommended. It’s quite easy, yet a very pleasant hike. I have never seen so many monkeys, they were scampering around everywhere and seemed to take a great delight in stealing water bottles from people’s backpacks. The highlight of the trail is the tree canopy bridge. As it is narrow, it’s a one way circuit so it’s well organised. After we’d completed the trail we returned to the main road and were then able to catch any bus returning to the city centre. We stopped off at the hotel for a rest and to freshen up before deciding how to spend the rest of the day.
Monkeys on the MacRitchie Trail
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