Useful Tips When Visiting Bukit Brown:
- To find your way there, this blog has very clear, idiot-proof pointers for using public transport (the very considerate blogger even provides road views for the navigationally-challenged).
- Don’t count on calling your friends for directions if you are late – poor phone signals means you may not reach your friends for directions. Poor signal also means probably no 3G for your smartphone. (Hiking in Bukit Brown is your best excuse when your boss asks why he/she cannot reach you.)
- Wear good walking shoes. Covered shoes recommended, not flip-flops unless you’d like to increase likelihood of experiencing the full Bukit Brown experience with a sting from a centipede, snake, or scorpion. Or horse poo?
- Bring water to enjoy the hikes and not dehydrate (the water also comes in handy for cleaning dust and dry grass off the beautiful tiles and carvings so you can take better photos)
- Pee before you go as there are no amenities nearby. Do not pee on graves unwittingly when looking for a bush!
- Have some snack bars or trail mix with you (you can always use this to re-enact Hansel & Gretel when you go off-trail)
- Bring repellent or wear long pants & long-sleeved shirts to protect against insect life. Few cab drivers will pick you up after your BB excursion if you’re polka-dotted and scratching like a flea-bitten macaque.
- Watch where you step: do not disturb ants or other nests to avoid being stung. There have been snake sightings:
- Watch where you step: be mindful there are tombs to be respected, tombs that have been exhumed and which you could trip into, and tombs with broken edges which could cut you.
- Do not step on the tombs. Walk around them. You can’t see the Bukit Brown residents but they can see you!
- Do not disturb any offerings (see point above; we told you to bring your own food and drink)
- Mind your head: there are over-hanging branches that could scratch your face, or spider webs above you. Cobwebs (and their residents) are considered fashionable only at Halloween. (Screaming may wake the dead.)
- Mind your feet: souvenirs include dog poo.
- Watch out for thorny bushes, scratchy grass or broken twigs.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat or carry an umbrella to prevent heat stroke. Drink frequently. A WATERPROOF hat however can also do duty as an emergency port-a-potty (loo roll not included, use of nearby flora not advised due to allergic rash potential) Umbrella can be used as walking stick. So hat or umbrella, you decide. Can’t decide? Bring both and be labelled kiasu
- Print out the walking map and information brochure. Here is one.
- Decide which tombs you want to see or which route you want to take (it’s unrealistic to do everything at one go)
- Go with someone as you could get hurt and no one knows you are there, or you have no phone signal to call for help.
- Do not feed the monkeys – only your guide(s).
- Give way to the horses: they are not all used to the crowds and can be startled. Don’t point your camera and use that flash on them. Step aside. Besides, they’re much bigger than you are – Think Kancil vs Bentley. No contest!
- In an emergency, use the emergency button on your phone to call for help. (Admit it – we know you always wanted a chance to test it out.)
- There aren’t usually any emergencies, especially if you listened to the above instructions not to pee in the bushes, disturb the offerings, or watch where you were stepping!