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    Posted June 5, 2014 by
    Singapore, Singapore
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    McRitchie Reservoir: A Nature Getaway from the Bustling Cosmopolitan Singapore

    Singapore, probably one of the busiest cities in Asia is a haven of the glitz and ever fast changing city life. This bustling multicultural city offers world class living environment with landscapes that define the city skyline and swanky gardens. This cosmopolitan city is pretty small that locals call it “little red dot” and highly advanced with high rise scrapers that you will find it amazing to discover grounds that nest lush vegetation such as Thompson Reservoir.


    Thompson Reservoir or better known as McRitchie Reservoir is a man-made water catchment reserve that captures rain water to help supply the island’s growing population. When I set foot on McRitchie Reservoir, I was welcomed by fresh air, a water so placid, and a view so scenic that would literally make you think of romance like moments. Think of beautiful love stories of Nicholas Sparks or lake side movie scenes such as The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.

    This beautiful nature in a crowded city, you can rent kayaks at the paddle lodge and it offers different kind of trails that extend from 3 km to 12 km walk. Walking around the trail is probably the common reason most people come here. Walking the trail you find yourself in what feels like actual jungle, with different faunas and floras from plants and trees to monkeys (long-tailed macaques), and get lucky to see huge monitor lizards and turtles that darts around the shallows and banks, birds or what not.

    The best way to get around is to walk and climb to the tree top, a 250 m-long suspension bridge up in the forest canopy. No maps are printed for environmental reasons however all trails are well signposted, illustrated in a wooden signboard situated all over the reserve.


    The whole 10-12 km circuit around the reserve may take you 3 to 4 hours of walking or you may opt for a more easy detour on 3 to 5km walk about 60 minutes however, you can refreshed yourself in the changing facilities and grab a snack in a small café.


    My best routine with McRitchie Reserveoir is jog around the 12km stretch. And it is fun!
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