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One of my big discoveries this year is that Singapore is officially on the world map as a tourist destination. And if you’re planning to spend some time there, one place you should definitely visit is the Gardens by the Bay.
Covering 101 hectares of reclaimed land right in the heart of Singapore, there’s something for everyone here, whether you just want a place for a short stroll, or whether, like me, you suffer from “fear of missing out” syndrome.
Amongst the free attractions, there is the Sun Pavilion housing the largest succulent collection in South East Asia, the Heritage Gardens taking you through the history and culture of Singapore’s colonial past and 3 main ethnic groups, and the Children’s Garden which includes tree houses and a water play area.
What will no doubt catch your attention and fancy from the outset, though, is the Supertree Grove.
This collection of 12 man made trees 16 storeys in height with a 128m long curved walkway connecting 2 of them is, in my opinion, quite a spectacle to behold.
For a different view, you can chill out at a bistro located 50m high at the top of one of the trees, or better yet, take a stroll along the 128m OCBC Skyway. Alas, I did not allow myself enough time for either this visit, and had to content myself with photographing the lucky people on the walkway.
There are an additional 2 clusters of 3 trees each at the Golden and Silver Gardens. Be sure to visit the Silver Garden for spectacular views including Marina Bay Sands in the background.
Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes as these gardens are a delight to walk through with spectacular views and even a few surprises at every turn.
If you’re seeking some refuge from the infamous heat and humidity, there are also 2 cooled conservatories that are worth a visit.
Truth be told, I found the Flower Dome a tad underwhelming, having visited several other world famous gardens in the past renowned for their blooms. I did appreciate the graceful curves of the structure itself though.
If you only have time for 1 of the conservatories, my recommendation is the Cloud Forest. It’s like stepping into a different world altogether. As you enter the dome, you are greeted by this waterfall.
From there, you climb a series of walkways, making your way higher and higher, and closer to the top of the waterfall.
I half expected blue people with pointy ears and spears to jump out at me!
After my visit, I headed back to find myself a good vantage point of the Supertree Grove and settled myself down for the 10-15 minute FREE spectacle that is the Garden Rhapsody, held at 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily.
When you’re done, why not head to Marina Bay for a spot of shopping or supper? I didn’t work out how or where to catch them (as I was too tired after all that walking in the Garden), but there are also a daily water show and a daily light show at Marina Bay, both at 8pm and 9.30pm.
Take the MRT to Bayfront and follow the signs. After you exit the underground linkway, you will be heading left until you cross the Dragonfly Bridge to get into the garden.
Supertree Grove, Heritage Garden – 5am-2am daily
Sun Pavilion, Cooled Conservatories, OCBC Skyway – 9am-9pm daily
Children’s Garden – Tues-Fri 10am-7pm, weekends and public holidays 9am-9pm, closed Mondays, or closed Tuesdays if a public holiday falls on the preceding Monday
$28 for 2 conservatories, $15 for children 3-12 years
$5 for OCBC Skyway, $3 for children 3-12 years
Have you experienced the Gardens by the Bay? What are your favourite parts to wander in?
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