Singapore’s Gardens By the Bay was probably the most heavily advertised attraction listed across blogs, tourism websites, and brochures covering the top things to do in the ‘Lion City’.
Sprawling 250-acres, Gardens By the Bay is a remarkable recreational space brimming with several eye-catching conservatories that house plants, flowers, and trees from regions all across the world. Not bad, right?
It was day 2 of my 4-day adventure in Singapore and after spending around 2hrs tossing back drinks and admiring the extraordinary view of Singapore from atop of Marina Bay Sands, I made my way over to Gardens By the Bay, which was situated within a short walking distance of the resort.
The entrance to the park was flooded with decorative wooden displays and tourists from every corner of the globe.
After shelling out $33 (Singapore Dollars), it didn’t take long to arrive at the 1st conservatory attraction: Cloud Forest.
Once inside I was immediately taken back by a grandstanding “Cloud Mountain,” which was a 42-metre tall artificial mountain like structure that contained vegetation from tropical highlands over 1,000 meters above sea-level.
It was also equipped with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall that everyone couldn’t help but take a photo in front of. What an entrance!
Afterwards I made my way around Cloud Mountain and discovered several areas that contained large wooden statues of animals surrounded by very distinct sets of flowers.
The coolest part, though, was looking up and seeing everyone traversing the Cloud Walk, which was a series of paths running along the side of the mountain at dizzying heights above the ground. I had to make my way up!
Once at the top I discovered a large lush green area jam-packed with orchids, ferns, moss, pitcher pants, ravines, and many other rare plants that I had never laid eyes upon in my 20 some odd years.
Next up was a thrilling walk on the Cloud Walk.
I thought it was a pretty cool concept to have a walkway sticking out the side of the mountain.
On one hand we were like ants moving in, out, and around a small hill, examining its vegetation up close and checking out the premises.
On the other we were like birds high up in the sky overlooking the jungle from 42-metres up and enjoying the strong bursts of sunlight filtering through the glass walls surrounding the conservatory.
After awhile I found myself inside the mountain, wherein lied two exhibition areas—Earth Check and Crystal Mountain—that offered interesting facts and statistics about our planet’s geology.
And then I stumbled upon a long path that wrapped itself around Cloud Mountain near ground level and offered some of the best views in house.
Take a look for yourself!
Cloud Forest is definitely an attraction that is not to be missed while visiting Gardens By the Bay.
The 2nd stop on my list at Garden By the Bay was to Flower Dome, a massive 3-acre, 38-meter high greenhouse—the world’s largest—that was overflowing with flowers and plants found in the Mediterranean and semi-arid tropical regions of the world.
Flower Dome housed a much larger green space than Cloud Forest, and that was pretty evident by the time I barely walked in a few feet past the entrance.
As I made my way around Flower Dome I came across Chilean Wine Palm Trees, Monkey Puzzle Trees, Drunken Trees, Wooly Cactus, California Lilac, Kangaroo Paw, King Sugar Bushes, and Pomegranate Trees, to name a few.
I also found some very peculiar artwork nestled in-between garden areas.
Flower Dome was definitely a well-pieced collection of colorful plants, flowers, and trees.
Last on my list was a trip to the iconic Supertree Grove, a cluster of towering tree-like structures that not only served as prominent landmarks in the park, but were also equipped with hundred of thousands of plants, dining areas, aerial walkways, observation platforms, and mechanisms to gather and store energy, just to name a few.
So when you see advertisements for Gardens By the Bay you’ll most like catch a picture of Supertree Grove, a landscape riddled with 12 supertrees ranging in different sizes, with the tallest reaching a height of 50-meters!
The first thing that came to mind was taking a leisurely stroll on the 128-metre long aerial walkway passing through the trees, but I had unfortunately come to find out that it was shut down due to rainy weather. Womp.
Nevertheless, I soon found out that admission into SuperTree TreeTop, which contained a restaurant and observation deck on the 15th floor, was open and so I ventured in.
The 360-degree view from atop of the SuperTree TreeTop was nothing short of extraordinary, offering an unobstructed look at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, and Singapore Strait in the distance, in addition to providing a grand view of the entire Gardens By the Bay landscape.
It was surely a great way to cap off my amazing trip to Gardens By the Bay!
If you’re planning a trip to Singapore I recommend paying a visit to Gardens By the Bay for an informative and visually impressive look at Earth’s geology that is guaranteed to stimulate all of your senses!
For more information check out the Gardens By the Bay website!
Directions to Gardens By the Bayga ipore: Hop on the subway to Bayfront MRT Station. Take Exit B and follow the signs.