Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – Singapore - Atlas Obscura

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

This rare wildlife haven in Singapore feels like you're in the tropical rainforest. 


Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a fresh spark of natural greenery and rich biodiversity, something which is largely uncommon in Singapore. The unique rustic charm is especially beautiful around the mangrove areas. In many ways, it almost feels like you’re entering the tropical rainforest of Malaysia or Indonesia.

But in fact you are here in the far northwestern area of Singapore in a unique wildlife haven. Sungei Buloh, Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park, has its trails pass through coastal areas, forest trails, mid-canopy walks and migratory bird trails. The entire route covers the distance of 3,700 meters. The reserve is an important stopover point for over 150 species of exotic migratory birds from as far as Alaska, Siberia, Northern China and Australia, making this an important ecological site forming the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network.

Other than migratory birds, many distinctive fauna can be found along the wetland. One of the most frequent animal sightings is the infamous Malayan water monitor lizard, which is huge enough that some people confuse them with the Komodo dragon.

For expert guidance, learn and explore with experienced guides by joining the free guided walks that are conducted at the reserve every weekend.

Know Before You Go

- The best way to get to Sungei Buloh is by boarding Kranji Express from Kranji MRT Station, which operates 8.30-17.45 everyday.
- Migratory birds are best spotted during September-March period. Make sure you bring a binocular so that you can observe these unique birds from a respectful distance.
- Singapore's well-conditioned and hygienic indoor environment may make you forget that it's still in Southeast Asia after all. Humid, hot environment is to be expected in Sungei Buloh, so wear breathable clothes and bring insects repellent.

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