We were fortunate enough to be invited to Singapore by Singapore Tourism Board (STB), for the Epicurean Market by Marina Bay Sands, just last week. And of course, eventhough our schedule was tight, we managed to squeeze in a run or two!
One of the great places to run whilst staying at Marina Bay Sands, is a circuit that will bring you along the Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Barrage, and back to Marina Bay Sands. This early morning run with my friends was as such :
Marina Bay Sands – Marina Barrage – SportsHub – Kallang Riverside Park – F1 Pit – Helix Bridge – back to MBS , for an easy 10KM run;
Or, carry on towards, Raffles Place – Chinatown – Havelock Road – Lower Delta Road – Henderson Road – Telok Blangah Rise/Crescent, for a 21K run!
Running down along the river is the best route, from Marina Bay Sands .. there is a most scenic view of the city as well, and the iconic Singapore Flyer!
The route is a lovely one, and you will notice a lot of runners and folks out and about just working up a sweat and enjoying the great outdoors. Running is also very safe in Singapore, which is great as you don’t need to constantly worry about getting mugged!
Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay requires a complete day to explore if you ask me!
We run past the water park for kids, called Children’s Garden, at Gardens by the Bay
Super fun! A great playground for kids, in the intense humidity in Singapore
We run towards the Marina Barrage..
Loads of people can be seen working out at all hours of the day – love the healthy lifestyle of Singaporeans
We head towards the Marina Barrage Green Roof – and elevated area with the best view of MBS, the Flyer and the City skyline.
On the green, kids can be seen exercising their dogs.. such fun!
A nice elevation and you should run up the path that circulates the Marina Barrage
At the top, families and kids can be seen flying their kites
Best view of the city. Great spot for a picnic too!
These kids were having a great time getting entangled in a giant, pink squid kite!
I can’t resist untying my runners and getting into the whole kite flying business!
Later, we resume our run along the Barrage..
The Solowheel – a tiny single wheel urban transport gadget that acts like a self-righting unicycle without pedals. A great way to get around!
A fantastic running route -we highly recommend it!
Another great running area, is the Botanic Gardens. Located just a stroll from Orchard Road, we found this the ideal running spot when we were staying at the St. Regis Singapore, on Tanglin Road, very close to Orchard.
The Botanic Gardens is open from 5 a.m. to midnight, so great for insomniacs and early risers who are looking to let off some steam.
Downtown Singapore’s last remaining green lung is a lovely landscaped retreat filled with runners, walkers, walkers with their dogs and tai-chi fanatics.
Wander through the swaths of virgin rainforest and be prepared to be wow-ed. From lakes, to landscaped gardens and orchid gardens, this place is just so close to nature, you never want to leave.
The lush lawns of Palm Valley are a popular spot for picnics and outdoor concerts
The main entry is from Upper Palm Valley Road but we entered through Tanglin Gate as this was closest to where we stayed.
There are many maps along the way, so you won’t get lost. We did one big loop followed by two times of the inner loop, which gave is a 10K run easy.
Taking in nature at sunrise is a marvelous thing!
Nice spots to practice Yoga!
My favourite spot was the Evolution Garden…
Replica of the ancient Lepidodendrons or giant clubmosses at the Evolution Garden
Found a friend.. or rather, a friend found me!
The orchid garden was not in full bloom so we could not enjoy Singapore’s National flower in all its glory
Some kind of group work out- breathing techniques and expelling toxins from the lymph nodes..
Very interesting.. even hubby joined in!
Music was played at this gazebo (on right), known as the Bandstand, in the Singapore Botanic Gardens in the 1930s
Tai-chi masters doing their thing..
Such a great place to be. We consider the Botanic Gardens one of the prettiest spots to run in Singapore – definitely a must run. The MBS route is great too, and our only lament is not having enough time to cover more running routes. Perhaps on our next trip!