Sungei Buloh: a wetland, yes we have those too in Singapore

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Recently, we’ve been checking out the nature reserves here and enjoying some ‘forest bathing’ as well. Apparently, that’s the term for slow forest walks that we do.

One of those bathing sessions (hahah) brought us to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Yes, a proper wetland in metropolitan Singapore! We just found out that we actually have a few of those here.

Sungei Buloh is a 202 ha wetland reserve in the northern part of Singapore and can be easily reached by bus, taxi, or private car. Forest bathers (is there such a term?) and other outdoor enthusiasts could start from the main visitor centre (Kranji Carpark C) where Eagle Point is located. It could then be followed by the Coastal Trail, a 3 km long boardwalk, along Straits of Johor, the narrow body of water that separates Singapore and Malaysia.

Visitors would then end up on the other end of the reserve where they could do the Migratory Bird Trail which is 2km long, and the Mangroves Trail.

The city opposite Eagle Point is Johor, Malaysia. The narrow Straits of Johor divides Malaysia and Singapore.

We started our late afternoon walk at Eagle Point. We quickly understood why it’s called such. We did see a couple of white-bellied sea eagles gliding above (check out the short video).

It’s a superb idea to have benches along the mangrove trail
Boardwalk through the mangroves

The Coastal Trail (3km) was closed at that time so we just drove to the other end of the reserve and parked outside the Wetland Centre. From there we did the Migratory Bird Trail which goes around the Buloh Tidal Ponds.

A few rivers like this weaving throughout the reserve

We stopped at almost all the observation points (like the one in the photo below) where bird enthusiasts await the migratory birds.

Waiting till the birds come home
The city is not far from the wetlands at all

We found ourselves lucky to be in the bird tower just in time when several flocks of the birds were flying into the reserve to rest for the night. Here’s a short video of that…

We continued walking and saw a couple of squirrels, some spiders, bats and some fish as well. But no crocodiles. Others swore that they’d seen some either in the water or crossing their path.

Forest walk
Pretty dark and secluded part of the reserve but worth a stop
Plenty of lookouts inside the reserve, and on the perimeter like this one where Malaysia could be seen across the water
We didn’t see any. Hopefully next time.
At the visitor center, this seems like a fun place for kids (and adults) to test their balance

We will surely visit Sungei Buloh again. We still have the coastal and mangrove trails to explore. xoxo

Sharing some websites that will give more information:

Nparks website for direction, park hours and details on birds that make their pit stop in Singapore.

VisitSingapore website

Little Day Out website for tips when you visit the reserve

Forest bathing benefits

15 comments

    1. Hey Amanda, yeah we have a growing number of them here, not the fluffy, big ones though. They visit my plants weekly too. They’ve been eating the daisy flower buds I noticed hahah. 🙂

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  1. Lovely to visit Sungei Buloh through your eyes! Haven’t been in a while, and when we do, we see such different sights! I love your captures at the bird watching huts – you got to so much there! My favourite image is of Eagle Point – such an artistic capture! Certainly a fabulous place for forest bathing (I am a big fan!)

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    1. Thanks JuLyn! Yeah I like that photo too. I just wish it was not overcast though, too difficult to get a better shot. We’d surely go back now that the coastal trail is open. 🙂

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  2. Crocodiles crossing the path 😬. A beautiful place though. When we have a city break, we often like to have a day out of the city to escape, so I’ll reference your recent posts in case we make it to Singapore.

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