There are a number of hiking trails in Singapore, but I prefer to go hiking in the Mount Pulai in Johor (Malaysia). Located in 90km from Singapore, Pulai trail is a jungle mountain trail, suitable for walking and cycling. The whole way length is about 10km: 5km up the hill and 5km down.
Mount Pulai stands about 700m above sea level. By the way, it’s the nearest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia which you can visit from Singapore. There is a military base at the end of the one-way 5km hike. So don’t be surprised if once or twice during this track you’ll see the military guys on motorbikes.
On the way you can meet wild animals such as monkeys, lizards and wild birds. The good thing is that monkeys here are not so impudent as, for example, on MacRitchie trail in Singapore.
You’ll pass by water streams:
On the return trip you can visit a small waterfall:
To see waterfall you have to go through those gates:
There is a beautiful scenery near the summit:
This track is really enjoyable: soothing sounds of the jungle and waterfall, the chirping of cicadas, YOU and your sneakers – a few hours of total mind relaxation.
- Opening hours: Every day (daytime)
- Admission: Free
- Getting here: To get Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, head to Pontian town. The entry to the park is along Johor Bahru – Pontian trunk road. Upon reaching Pekan Nenas, which is about 35km from Johor Bahru city centre, turn right and head for the base of the mountain (Show Map).