But standing atop the 250 meters long HSBC Treetop walk, this is exactly what I have in front of me and for once after a very long time I get to experience once again the true definition of a weekend getaway, a rejuvenating feeling personally for someone like me who takes greatest pleasure on long walks and nature.
At 25 meters height from the forest floor, standing atop the free-standing suspension bridge was me, a Western couple, and an Indonesian family of three together with about a dozen macaques eagerly waiting for us at the bridge.
We are clearly outnumbered and there is only one way to go as the bridge has the strict rule of no turning back. So we all cross the bridge slowly, observing the park rules of no feeding the animals or flash photography. I’ll be honest my heart skipped a bit and some random thoughts of a monkey jumping on us crosses my mind, but nothing unpleasant happened.
Reaching the treetop walk requires a short hike from the bus stop close to the Venus Drive at Upper Thompson Road. The trail is properly marked, simply follow the Pierce track and enjoy the flora and fauna along the way until you reach the Ranger Station.
The TreeTop Walk is only a portion of the vast interconnecting nature reserve in Singapore, with much time left and no desire to leave this nature enclave just yet from the wooden planks of Petaling Trail I continued to walk along the MacRitchie Nature Trail towards the MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
With more macaques along the trail however they are now mostly outnumbered as the afternoon park visitors and joggers started to arrive, though the trail towards the reservoir park remain to be a peaceful walk.
If you reside in Singapore and bought a new hiking boots for an out of the country trip, the various available 4 to 11 kilometers trail loop is the best place to break into those boots and to get into the spirit of hiking.
After months of walking around the city visiting various parks and popular hangouts, I believe I just found the place in Singapore which I am simply in awe.
It is an admirable effort from the Singapore government to maintain and preserve nature enclave such as MacRitchie Reservoir-HSBC Treetop walk and its the responsibility of every visitors to make sure that it will remains as it is- nature at its best.