Travelling Alone in Singapore - How Safe is It?

by Jan

A young female friend of mine is planning a trip to Singapore this summer and would like to spend some time in Bukit Timah. She will be entirely alone and I would like to make sure that she is going to be safe whilst she is there.

Can anyone please provide information on how safe the area is and What I can suggest to her to make it safer?


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Travelling Alone in Singapore - How Safe is It?

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Mar 23, 2010
Singapore Generally Safe. What's She Doing in Bukit Timah?
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Jan

It's not entirely clear what your friend would be doing in Bukit Timah. But here are 2 possible scenarios:

She's taking a walk at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

There are clear, marked trails in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - an area comprising primary and secondary rainforests.

As long as she gets hold of a free map at the Visitors' Centre and keeps to these marked trails, she'll be fine. If she plans to venture off these trails, she needs to get help from the park ranger.

She's staying at a hotel or at a friend's place in Bukit Timah.

Singapore is one of the safest places to visit. And the Bukit Timah area is a prime residential district, with a mix of landed property, condominiums and top-end restaurants.

Your friend is unlikely to face any safety issues here. However, as with any city in the world, the normal commonsense precautions apply if she plans on staying out late, e.g. don't walk back to her hotel alone along a dark stretch of road, etc.

If you need further clarification, you might want to take this offline - use my contact form and provide more specific information about your friend's location, and I might be able to tell you more pertinently what the area is like, or if your friend should take any other precautions.

Mar 23, 2010
Many thanks
by: Jan

Hi, Gabriel,
Many thanks for your reply. I have suggested that the young lady in question contact you. She is visiting Bukit Timah as part of a project for her degree and I suspect her visit with involve slightly more than a gentle stroll through the park!!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again


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